But Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these. And He put His hands on their heads and blessed them before He left.” Matt 19: 13-15
Our wonderful youth and children assist with worship each Sunday and delight us with songs! Sunday School for the children is held immediately after church services.
All children are welcome in our Sunday School! If you know if any children who are interested in attending Church Services and Sunday School, call the office and we will make arrangements to get them here if they do not have transportation.
A nursery is available during worship for the little babes up to six years of age!
Some of the activities our youth participate in throughout the year include: Souper Bowl Sunday in February (collecting spare change to benefit our local food pantry); Easter Sunday egg hunt; The Silver Ring Thing (purity until marriage pledge); Youth Food Drive in November; Youth Fundraising Sale during Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday; Youth Christmas program.
See pictures of your youth and children here.
“I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11
“It is the same with My Word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” Isaiah 55:11
We have begun a new Bible Study entitled Really Bad Girls of the Bible, and what we can learn from them, based on a book of the same name by Liz Curtis Higgs. Please join us as we learn the cautionary tales of eight of the Bible’s most notorious females and how God demonstrates in each of their lives one life-changing truth: God rules the lives of those He loves with mercy, compassion, and hope. We meet Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. for enlightening and fun Bible Studies.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
“To give them….The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” Isaiah 61:3a…c
Healing prayer shawls, blankets and throws are provided to those needing comfort or healing, and donations of “prayer” shawls, blankets and quilts are always needed and appreciated.
“Let everything that lives sing praises to the Lord!” Psalm 150:6
The Zion Ensemble practices at the church at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights and 9 AM on Sunday mornings. Anyone interested, please join us. It is fun!
We very much appreciate our pianist and music director Jeannine Reddell, as well as those volunteers who assist with special music.
Picture of the Ensemble
“He (Jesus) took His twelve disciples with Him, along with some women….who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and His disciples.” Luke 8:1b….3b
Mary Circle: Mary Circle meets – presently, only as announced – in the church library for prayer and Bible study discussion. We use the WELCA study in “Gather” magazine and take turns as lesson leaders. WELCA is the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Mary Circle takes the summer off for vacations.
Our monthly donations to the WELCA fund for church use and a national WELCA annual donation. In December the Circle assembles cookie packages, delivers them to shut-ins and also provides cookies for Church coffee hour the following Sunday. All ladies are welcome to attend Mary Circle.
In the early Spring we participate in the weekend Southern Oregon WELCA Retreat at St. Rita’s, where women from Lutheran churches all over Oregon gather. We also participate in the annual WELCA Sunday.
Sarah Circle: Sarah Circle meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. We meet at different restaurants in the area to share a meal and Christian fellowship. We invite all women interested to join us.
Sarah Circle also helps with funerals as needed, and we take part in providing cookies for Coffee Hours, etc. Anywhere we might be needed, Sarah Circle helps.
WELCA: We participate in the National WELCA organization and contribute our “thank offering” which goes to World Missions. Our two active circles, Mary Circle and Sarah Circle, make many contributions as described here, including participation in the Crater Lake Cluster and the annual retreat at St. Rita’s. Each year we purchase a cake for Holy Humor Sunday, provide roses for all the ladies on Mother’s Day, and ten fresh wreaths for the sanctuary at Christmas time.
Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: “Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight….” James 1:27
12-Step Groups: Zion Lutheran serves our local community by providing a place for many of the 12-step groups to meet. At present we have six different NA groups that meet at Zion each week. These groups also hold marathon meetings over Thanksgiving and Christmas.
ACCESS Food Bank: Zion makes generous monthly donations of food and miscellaneous household and medical supplies, as well as volunteer work, to ACCESS.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): Zion provides a weekly meeting place for this weight loss support group.
Christian Health and Caring: Several congregation members make themselves available to provide transportation to church as needed, and a special area is set aside in the sanctuary for those who are wheelchair-bound so they have a safe place to worship. Pastor’s sermons and Sunday bulletin are sent out each week to those who wish to receive them.
Can tabs are collected and donated to Rogue Valley Dialysis Services, which are used to help with patient transportation.
Campbell Soup labels are also collected and donated to Orchard Hill Elementary School
Healing Prayer Service:
Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m.
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16b
Need prayer? We have sincere Christians who would be honored to pray for you. Also Pastor Cyril can be contacted for prayer for any reason, on the phone (541-659-2032) and in person. Calls (541-772-4674) and emails (email@example.com) are welcome for any type of question, such as, “what is a Lutheran? What is a Christian? What does it take to get God’s help in my life”.
Parish Health and Wellness
“Then….when He saw the man, He felt compassion for him. Going over to him,…soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them.” Luke 10:33..34
One of our members checks in on those of our congregation who are homebound, either by phone or by personal visits during the week. She distributes the healing prayer shawls to those needing comfort or healing, and participates in the Healing Prayer Service on Wednesday’s at 4:45 p.m.
Baptisms, weddings and funerals are an important part of life. At Zion we want to be available to serve people during these important times. Please feel free to contact our office (541-772-4674) firstname.lastname@example.org for further information regarding arranging a baptism, wedding or a funeral.