Reaching Rural America for Christ (Newsletter)

This issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ focuses on how rural and small-town churches in America are poised to become the spiritual renewal center for older adult ministries.

As a result, the Church must become more intentional about enabling people to see aging as a blessing to celebrate, rather than a burden to endure.

Rural and small-town congregations can be laboratories for all generations by teaching and modeling what the Church is all about, and they can connect people of all ages and encourage them to complete the ministry God has created for them to do.

The newsletter also offers information about ongoing Engaging the Wandering (ETW) events, Engaging Your Community (EYC) events and free monthly webinars.


Complete Funeral Service for George Boehme - Monday May 21, 2018


Funeral Service for George Boehme
Monday May 21, 2018

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George Boehme, age 87, formerly of Bethel Park, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Beloved husband for 63 years to Florence (Vaglia) Boehme; loving father of Kevin (Susan), Jeffrey (Daneen), and Tracey (John) Coyle; also survived by 10 grandchildren. George was a faithful member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Bridgeville. He was a retired Masonry Contractor and a Korean War Army Veteran. Family and friends will be received Sunday 4-8 p.m. at PAUL HENNEY CREMATION & FUNERAL TRIBUTES, 5570 Library Rd., Bethel Park. Funeral Services will be held Monday 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Bridgeville (EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). In his memory, donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 3197 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017.
Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 18, 2018

Life Decision – “Traci’s” Story 

“Traci’s” life was unstable and unsafe. With strangers coming in and out of her dad’s apartment at all hours, she knew it was no place to raise a baby. Unfortunately, her boyfriend wasn’t reliable either. So where could she turn now that she was pregnant? A friend gave Traci the number to our women’s care clinic. But questions swirled in her head: How could she get to the clinic? Who would pay for her transportation? By God’s grace, it turned out our women’s mobile clinic was in Traci’s neigh-borhood that very day. She could actually walk there! Traci was amazed by how nice the women’s mobile unit staff were. They were very kind and respectful toward her. When she explained her situation, they didn’t judge or condemn her. Instead, they offered real, practical solutions to help Traci overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles standing between her and choosing life. Once Traci entered the ultrasound room, she already felt calmer and in control. Seeing the baby’s heart beating and those tiny toes and fingers, Traci began to think that perhaps raising a child was possible. Over the next few months, Traci attended parenting classes and found a secure apart-ment for her and her child. By the time “Baby Robbie” was born, Traci was in a much different place than when she first visited our women’s mobile clinic. Robbie was the first child rescued through our women’s mobile clinic. Since then, we’ve rescued 300 children who, due to their ad-dress, were most likely headed for an abortion clinic before Human Coalition connected with their moms and brought them to our women’s care clinics. The women’s mobile clinic serves as a bea-con of light and hope in neighborhoods where abortions are prevalent. Through your generous support, we reach women like Traci and empower them with life-affirming, tangible care!

Baby Bottle Campaign
Thank you to all those who filled a baby bottle with money. We collected $1,257.06 — an all-time high raised by Zion! The Human Coalition has helped rescue more than 8,230 ba-bies and their families from abortion over the past seven years. This is due to generous donors like our church! Thank you for standing with the Human Co-alition to help save the lives of precious children! 

Readings and Sermon: Wednesday May 23, 2018


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Numbers 20:1–13

Luke 20:19–44
The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent.

There came to [Jesus] some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. And the second and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. Afterward the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.”

And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” For they no longer dared to ask him any question.

But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David’s son? For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’ David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?”