New Church Cookbook!

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We are excited to be creating another Zion Cook-Book. This will be a fundraiser to raise money for the Kitchen Repair Fund. The first step is we need you all to submit recipes. There are two ways to do this.
1. You can submit a copy of your recipe to the church office.
2. You can submit your recipe online. (directions are below)

Online Submission directions:
Go to: https://www.simplycookbooks.com/html-app/#/login
Log in: username: secretary@zlcb.org
Password: pudding031
Add recipe
Preview your recipe
Click Save after you input the recipe!
(BTW, the webmaster has already submitted a recipe, it's really a simple process)

Submission deadline: October 28th
We are hoping to have the cookbook available in November! These will make great Christmas gifts!!

Funeral Bulletin: Donald Jones, Tuesday September 18, 2018

View the Funeral Bulletin for Donald Jones, Tuesday September 18, 2018

Donald Jones
Oct 17, 1927 - Sep 14, 2018

Age 90, of Bridgeville, died peacefully at home with his wife by his side on September 14, 2018. Beloved husband of Sara (Barnhart) Jones; preceded in death by his parents Islwyn and Ethel (Berlew) Jones and siblings Robert Jones and Dorothy Massler; loving father of Catherine (Michael) Wildes of Wilkes-Barre, PA, Virginia Johnson of Exeter, PA and Donald Jones of West Pittston, PA; stepfather of Michelle Goetz and Kimberly (Mark) Lira; cherished grandfather of Jeremiah (Jancik), Eric (Joan) Jancik, Michael Johnson, Donald Jones, Kaleb Lira and Nathan Lira; great grandfather of Lucas and Haley Rose Jancik and Poppy to Angelo Kuhn. Donald was a devoted Pitt fan and a loving husband, father and grandfather. Family and friends received on Monday from 5-8 PM at the Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville (412.221.3333). Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 10 AM at Zion Lutheran Church, Bridgeville.

Rally Day 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church

Rally Day 2018 kicked off a new Sunday School year on September 9th with Superintendent Katie Gielarowski overseeing the transition to a brand new curriculum from CPH and the formation of teaching teams for the various age groups.  A fried chicken picnic celebration followed the second service replete with Face Painting, the Kona Ice truck, Bingo, and 21 Guessing Jars representing the 21 ministries at Zion that serve God's people and share His Gospel. Check out the ministry posters in the Fellowship Hall if you want to give or receive help. A Contact List of those who head each ministry is located at the Welcome Table in the narthex or church lobby. 

Special thanks go out to Leeann of Leeann Marie Photography for sharing her photos from Rally Day!

Pastor's Corner, part 2

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Q: Why do people make the sign of the cross in worship?
A: The main reason people make the sign of the cross is to remind themselves that they have been saved by the work of Jesus Christ. Another reason people will make the sign of the cross has to do with moving in church. Have you ever noticed in church that we never sit entirely motionless? During worship there is a great deal of movement and there is often meaning to our movements. When we pray people will often close their eyes, bow their heads and fold their hands because we are speaking to God Himself. During important parts of the service like the Gospel reading and communion liturgy we will stand because it is more respectful to stand up when someone important comes into a room rather than sit down. When people come to the altar for communion, they may kneel, if they are able, to show that we are in the presence of God Himself. Making the sign of the cross is just one of many ways we can get our whole bodies involved in worship.

Q: Do I have to make the sign of the cross during worship?
A. Absolutely not. Making the sign of the cross is something any Christian should be free to do or not do. Making the sign of the cross is just a way that you can physically remind yourself of the wonderful things Christ is doing for you. Just as people are not forced to close their eyes, bow their heads, and fold their hands during prayer, so also we are not forced to make the sign of the cross.

Q: When can I make the sign of the cross during worship?
A: There are 3 main times during worship when it is especially appropriate for worshippers to make the sign of the cross: at the invocation (beginning of worship when we call on God’s name), at communion (worshippers may make the sign of the cross after receiving Christ or when the pastor/elder is speaking the dismissal), and at the benedic-tion (when the pastor speaks a blessing upon the congregation).

Q: What should I be thinking about when I make the sign of the cross?
A: You can remember that God has made you His child through your rebirth in His name. You belong to Him. Many Christians also like to pray that as servants of Christ, He might be active in their head, heart, and all they do (reflected upon when the sign of the cross is made on the forehead, heart, and arms).

Q: I’ve never made the sign of the cross before. How can I start if I want to give it a try?
A: You are welcome to follow the insert (see next page) from “Kids in the Divine Service” which offers some guidance. Feel free to also practice at home, before meal prayers, and before bedtime prayers to feel more comfortable. Keep in mind, even though you may feel like everyone is looking at you in worship – they’re not! If you want to make the sign of the cross a part of your worshipping practice, feel free to give it a try sometime.


Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, we give thanks that you have made us your children and called us to faith through baptism and your Holy Word. Grant that we might always remember the wonderful gift of salvation in Christ you continue to bestow upon us every day of our lives. Amen.

Sermon & Readings: Sunday September 16, 2018

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View the Bulletin for Sunday September 16, 2018
Service Times: 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. — Bible Study 9:15 a.m.

Old Testament Reading – Isaiah 50:4-10
Epistle – James 3:1-12

Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the ninth chapter
When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them.

And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to [Jesus] and greeted him.

And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

We Mourn the Loss of Don Jones (Update)

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Donald Jones

Oct 17, 1927 - Sep 14, 2018
Age 90, of Bridgeville, died peacefully at home with his wife by his side on September 14, 2018. Beloved husband of Sara (Barnhart) Jones; preceded in death by his parents Islwyn and Ethel (Berlew) Jones and siblings Robert Jones and Dorothy Massler; loving father of Catherine (Michael) Wildes of Wilkes-Barre, PA, Virginia Johnson of Exeter, PA and Donald Jones of West Pittston, PA; stepfather of Michelle Goetz and Kimberly (Mark) Lira; cherished grandfather of Jeremiah (Jancik), Eric (Joan) Jancik, Michael Johnson, Donald Jones, Kaleb Lira and Nathan Lira; great grandfather of Lucas and Haley Rose Jancik and Poppy to Angelo Kuhn. Donald was a devoted Pitt fan and a loving husband, father and grandfather. Family and friends received on Monday from 5-8 PM at the Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville (412.221.3333). Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 10 AM at Zion Lutheran Church, Bridgeville.