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500th Anniversary of the Reformation—October 29, 2017

Martin Luther sighting at Zion Chatt!

What is our congregation doing to celebrate the start of the Reformation that began when Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the Castle Church door at Wittenberg and brought back a central teaching of the Church, that “we are saved by grace through faith” (Ephesians 2:8), against the teaching of the day that indulgences could be bought with money to secure the Pope’s allowing you time out of purgatory?

  1. Starting a year ago the young people have been working through a coloring book on the life of Martin Luther.
  2. Starting nine months ago the pastor has written an article about the Reformation for each newsletter.
  3. We are using hymns written by Luther during worship services in October.
  4. We are highlighting the story of the Reformation in Children’s sermons.
  5. We have offered the opportunity to attend an Indiana state-wide special service at St. Matthews in Fort Wayne on October 22nd at 4:30 and an Ohio state-wide special service at First English in Mansfield on November 18th.
  6. We have offered the opportunity to watch a new movie on the life of Martin Luther on PBS—“Martin Luther: the Idea that Changed the World.”
  7. Zion’s adult Sunday School class is studying the Life of Martin Luther

There are a number of other surprises as well, so be at the service of Holy Communion on Reformation Sunday, October 29th, to celebrate! And invite a friend!

UPDATE ON THE NALC DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS (1 Oct 2017)
The NALC Disaster Relief warehouse in Caldwell, Ohio, has delivered water, flood buckets with cleaning supplies, rakes, shovels, garden hoses, and more than 1,000 hygiene kits, 500 layettes/baby items, 2,000 quilts and Bible, school supplies, and pet food to families in need from Corpus Christi to Beaumont in Texas. They have their feet on the ground in Florida, as well, and supplies for Florida may be sent to the NALC Disaster Warehouse at 810 Main Street, Caldwell, OH, 43724, or taken to Zion Lutheran Church, St. Marys to be gathered and sent to Caldwell, Ohio, in the near future. Mary Bates has urged that monetary contributions be sent to our national offices at 2299 Palmer Drive, Suite 220, New Brighton, MN, 55112-2202. It is recommended that members who would like to send contributions specifically to the Caribbean hurricane victims send them to Water Missions International, as the NALC does not have a church building for a base of operations they can use in the Caribbean. Or you can make your check out to your congregation with a note on the memo line where you would like your money to go.

NALC DISASTER RESPONSE FOR HURRICANE HARVEY, TEXAS (Sep 2017)
Our Disaster Response Team for the NALC is working to support our congregations in Texas who are endeavoring to respond to the hurricane damage there. Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Coordinator, will be on site to work with volunteers ([email protected]). Michael Giese is the designated responder who lives in the Mission District area ([email protected]). If you wish to volunteer or donate, monetary donations can be sent to 2299 Palmer Dr., Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112, or donate online at www.thenalc.org, selecting “Hurricane Harvey” and “Disaster Response Fund.”

MAKER FUN FACTORY!
Vacation Bible School, 26-30 June 2017, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, at the Chatt United Methodist Church. Sponsored by the Chatt United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church, Chatt. Ages 3 years-6th grade. Look at all the fun they are having as they hear about God!

 

Over 60 kids attend!
Bible School 2017.
Kendra leading the singing!
Ian the inventor!
Bible stories!
Gideon fights the Midianites.
Crafts!
Activities!
Maker Fun Factory!

HELP STUFF THE TRUCK!
Collecting items for NALC Disaster Relief:
The NALC is collecting quilts, flood buckets, health kits, and school kits for disaster relief. Pastor Karen will take donated items to the convocation in Nashville in August. Help Stuff the Truck!

18 SEPTEMBER 2016, LAPTOP PRESENTED TO MISSIONARY:
Two families from Zion donated a new laptop to missionary Kathleen Lutz for her work in Kenya. The laptop was presented to Kathleen during Zion’s worship service that Sunday.

Kathleen Lutz receives laptop for Kenya mission work, 18 Sep 2016.
Kathleen Lutz receives laptop for Kenya mission work, 18 Sep 2016.

HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS MONTHLY CHALLENGE
The Monthly Challenge from Zion’s Evangelism Committee is an effort to help members of Zion intentionally think about how they can be the “hands and feet of Jesus” in very simple ways. If everyone does the challenge just ONCE during the month many seeds of love will be sown and will make a difference in someone’s life. The challenges are for EVERYONE–adults, teens, and children. Get started and have fun!

October 2017 Challenge: Smile at 4 strangers! See what happens.

SUMMER CHALLENGES: Give a plant or flower to someone, just because; send a thank you note to your local police or fire department; compliment a parent or grandparent on how well their child is behaving.

February 2017: Send a Valentine to someone who would not expect it.
November 2016: Let someone know they made a difference in your life.
May 2016: Do something for a former or present military person to show your appreciation for their service. Take time to call or visit someone you haven’t talked to in a long time. (Update: During the month of May Ed and Deb sent cards to veterans they know, thanking them for  their service. Karen spent the afternoon visiting a cousin she had not seen for a while. Joe and Karen visited a shut-in.)
April 2016: Take time to call or visit someone you haven’t talked to in a long time. (Update: During the month of April Jill, Joe, and Karen re-connected with some people. Deb sent an encouragement card to a friend she hadn’t spoken to in at least 10 years and Ed sent an email to her husband.)

FALL 2015, TOMBSTONES RESET IN CHURCH CEMETERY:

Tombstones reset in Zion’s Cemetery, fall of 2015.
Tombstones reset in Zion’s Cemetery, fall of 2015.
Tombstones reset in Zion’s Cemetery, fall of 2015.
Tombstones reset in Zion’s Cemetery, fall of 2015.

27 SEPTEMBER 2015, ZION CELEBRATES 160th ANNIVERSARY:

Gift from Chatt Methodist Church, 160th Anniversary Celebration, 27 Sep 2015.
Gift from Chatt Methodist Church, 160th Anniversary Celebration, 27 Sep 2015.
160th Anniversary Celebration, 27 Sep 2015.
160th Anniversary Celebration, 27 Sep 2015.

FEBRUARY 2015, ZION GETS 2 NEW STAIR LIFTS, PROVIDING HANDICAP ACCESS TO 2 LEVELS:

New stair lift going to sanctuary. (Feb 2015)
New stair lift going to basement. (Feb 2015)

6 JANUARY 2013, INSTALLATION OF PASTOR KAREN TAMORRIA:
Pastor Karen Tamorria was installed as the pastor of the St. John Hopewell/Zion Parish on Sunday January 6th 2013 at St. John. She was installed by Pastor Dan Powell, Dean of the Ohio Mission District of the North American Lutheran Church. Pastor Powell gave the sermon and Pastor William Maki of Zion Lutheran, St. Marys, assisted at the service. Pastor Karen’s husband, Michael Tamorria, was received as a member of Zion and Pastor Karen was received as a member of St. John at the service. Pastors Karen and Michael Tamorria moved to Chattanooga from Maryland in mid-November. Pastor Karen began conducting services at both churches on November 25th 2012.

Pastors Karen Tamorria & William Maki, installation service, 6 Jan 2013.
Pastors Karen & Michael Tamorria. installation service 6 Jan 2013.
Pastor Dan Powell, NALCOMD Dean, installation service, 6 Jan 2013.