Ministry Opportunities
 
Per the Governor’s Executive Order, the church needs to be closed to activities until at least May 20th
 
Please email office@zionlutheranct.org or 
call the church at 860-628-5759 if you need anything.
The voicemail and email will be checked. Thank you
Worship THIS Sunday: Before viewing Sunday’s worship service, please consider having a candle (to be lit) and a bowl of water. You will have the opportunity to remember your baptism and to light the candle to begin the worship service.
NEW…ZOOM Bible Study! Join Pastor Jeff and others on Zoom on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 pm for a basic Bible Study. Afterwards, we will talk about how it went, if we want to try more, and what area of the Bible you want to explore.  See the Yellow email for Meeting ID and password.
Youth Group: How do the Youth Group and Pastor Jeff get to know each other in a Pandemic? Zoom, of course. The Youth Group is invited to participate in a Zoom session hosted by Ali and Pastor Jeff on Sunday night, May 17th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. It will be a chance for some icebreakers, games, and questions you might have. Ali will be sending out the meeting ID and password. Or contact Ali at sundayschool@zionlutheranct.org to get them.
UPDATE:  The weather has finally improved (a little) and we were wondering… are you bored and looking for a great excuse to get out of the house for a few hours?  Well, if so, this is a dream come true!  We are offering you a fantastic opportunity to get out, maintain social distancing while at the same time help to beautify our church. Come by yourself for some ‘ME’ time, or bring your entire family; it’s your choice. All are welcome! (Just remember to social distance if anyone else is around.)
(Look at the pictures below of the Rose garden transformation!)
submitted by John Miller
null


You can find a “to-do” list on the front door of the church and a blue bin of small weeding tools to use. There will also be mulch available here at the church for you to spread once the weeding is done.  Contact the church office with questions! THANK YOU!!!
Thank you to everyone who has signed up for ‘Online Giving’ through our website or has been mailing in their offering!  We have had a bunch of new accounts set up in just the last week! Someone even mentioned today that they love the online giving because they get “points” on their credit card. Giving online can be set up as a one-time gift, ongoing weekly, or monthly giving,  and it can be changed at any time. It’s easy to set up and if you need help, call the office and we will assist you. Click Here for the link:  Zion Lutheran Online Giving.  or if you choose not to do online giving, please continue to mail your gifts to Zion at 531 Woodruff Street, Southington, CT 06468. Thanks for remembering whether people are coming into the church or not, we are still doing ministry in new and different ways.
UPDATE: Audio Books Still Wanted! Some older members of our congregation have a difficult time reading, so we came up with an idea so they can enjoy a book by ‘listening’ to it;  and we need your help!  Do you own a book on CD or a book on tape that you would lend? We have received a CD player to share but we don’t have any audio books to send with it! We are aware that most audio books can be downloaded from apps or websites these days,  yet some of our older members don’t have access to smartphones or computers and can not utilize these methods. Unfortunately libraries are not open right now either so we are relying on our Zion friends. If you can help share these resources with an older more isolated member, please respond to this email or call Christine in the church office (860-628-5759) THANK YOU
‘First Communion’ has been postponed due to our current situation and the Governor’s executive orders.  We look forward to celebrating our 4th grader’s First Communion at a date convenient for all involved.  Letters and emails have sent to families and we will announce the new date as soon as it as been determined.
‘Affirmation of Baptism’ for our current 8th grade class has been postponed until October 25, 2020.  Due to our current situation it is necessary to move the date; Pastor Jeff and the Council have decided that Reformation Sunday would be the perfect time.  Families of those involved should have received an email and letter detailing this information.  If you did not receive it, please let the office know as soon as possible.  We look forward to celebrating Confirmation with the entire Zion community when it is safe to do so.
Southington Community Services is requesting the following:
juice boxes, children’s snacks, mac & cheese CUPS, canned vegetables, canned tuna/chicken, canned soups, canned fruit, ramen noodles, cereal and personal hygiene items (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) Please DO NOT make a special trip to the grocery store, but if you are there and can pick up a few items for the food pantry, it would be appreciated.  *Items can be dropped off in the Blue Recycling Bin by the front doors Monday – Thursday and we will bring them into the church and deliver them to Community Services weekly.
*Please do not come into the church to drop off donations as we must adhere to the Governor’s order to keep our doors closed. THANK YOU!
Do you follow our Facebook page? It is another way to see what we are doing and to keep in touch with people in the Zion community.  Click HERE for the link.
Prayer List: Our newsletter “The Light”  was mailed last week and on the third page is our monthly prayer list. (Click HERE to see it on the church website.) Please let us know if it needs to be updated in any way (by adding someone or removing someone.)  Thank you!
Also, if you would like the weekly prayer list, please call the office at 860-628-5759 or email office@zionlutheranct.org and we will be happy to send it to you.
Prayers: Each Sunday during the Prayers of Intercession, we will be praying for families from the Zion community. We will start on May 3rd and go alphabetically. Sometimes computer databases can be funny things. So, please, if we missed your name, please contact the office. (office@zionlutheranct.org or 860-628-5759)
Our Shepherds continue to be busy contacting their ‘flocks’ on a weekly basis.  Our goal is for everyone in the congregation to receive a call from a shepherd and have someone to contact should they need help.  We are here to listen and provide help in any way that we can.  If you have not had someone call you yet or if you prefer not to be on our list of people to call, please let us know.  You can contact the office at office@zionlutheranct.org  or Pastor  at pastor@zionlutheranct.org. Praying you are all safe and healthy.
CLICK HERE for May 10, 2020 Taking Faith Home insert
 
The Week Ahead 5/10-16
 
*See “YELLOW” email blast w/ instructions for all “VIRTUAL” Opportunities                                 
Sunday, May 10         8:00AM See email blast with worship service

Happy Mother’s Day!                  Fifth Sunday of Easter
11:30AM VIRTUAL Fellowship / Coffee Hour
Monday, May 11          7:00PM VIRTUAL Dessert with Pastor Jeff
 
Tuesday, May 12         6:30PM VIRTUAL Apple Harvest meeting
Wednesday, May 13    7:00PM VIRTUAL Bible Study
  
Thursday, May 14        2:00PM VIRTUAL Coffee w/ Pastor
Save the Date
 
Sunday, May 17           6:00PM ZOOM Youth Group Meeting