Workshop: Witnessing Christ

God has given the church a mission, to take the Good News of Jesus Christ into all the world! God puts you in places where he doesn't put your Vicar or your Pastor or your church. What are we to do with opportunities like this? Come to Zion's Workshop "Witnessing Christ" April 1st from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Learn about the mission of the church, discuss strategies for witness, and practice talking about Christ with your brothers and sisters in an unimposing environment! Presenters include Rev. Eric Carlson and Rev. Eric Andrae, speaking on Campus Ministry. Lunch, childcare, and a free book will be provided for each attendee! Sign up in the Narthex by March 22!

Thank You!

Dear Zion Day school Families:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for helping to make this year’s Operation Stars and Stripes drive for our troops THE BEST EVER!! The Sunday school children here at Zion assembled the Bags of Love on Sunday, February 19th. With the help of your donations, we filled 510 Bags of Love!

Included in each bag was a tract full of the Gospel message and either a letter or coloring page to add some more encouragement and words of thankfulness. The left over items that did not make it into a bag are still shipped overseas, handed out to our troops and are greatly appreciated.
The bags of love are shipped to places like Afghanistan, Korea and Greenland. They also might be shipped directly to military people living on aircraft carriers!

Operation Stars and Stripes gives us the opportunity to show love to people who we don’t know and who are so far away from us. We are grateful to Zion’s school families for joining us in sharing the love of Jesus across the world!

Blessings in Christ,
Katie Gielarowski
Zion Sunday school Director

Witnessing Christ Workshop

Witnessing Christ Workshop
God has given the church a mission, to take the Good News of Jesus Christ into all the world! God puts you in places where he doesn't put your Vicar or your Pastor or your church. What are we to do with opportunities like this? Come to Zion's Workshop "Witnessing Christ" April 1st from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Learn about the mission of the church, discuss strategies for witness, and practice talking about Christ with your brothers and sisters in an unimposing environment! Presenters include Rev. Eric Carlson and Rev. Eric Andrae, speaking on Campus Ministry. Lunch, childcare, and a free book will be provided for each attendee! Sign up in the Narthex by March 22!

Zion Lutheran Church
3197 Washington Pike
Bridgeville, PA 15017
Online at: www.ZLCB.org or
www.facebook.com/ZionLutheranBridgeville

Sermon: Wednesday March 15, 2017

John 11: 17-37
Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if youhad been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”

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Preschool News for March 2017

Greetings from the Preschool!

March is going to be a very busy and exciting month here at Zion. Aside from the usual activity in the classrooms, we will be celebrating Lutheran Schools Week this month. We will start the month out with our second Spirit Night at Chick-fil A. As you know, Chick-fil-A is a Christian organization that donates 15% of total sales that night back to our school …. and we love their chicken! Please join us on Monday March 6th from 4:30 – 7:00 at the South Hills location on Rt. 19. You can’t miss us …. we’ll be the ones wearing the very fashionable Zion Lutheran Preschool T-shirts.

The rest of the week will be filled with visits from a Storyteller for the Small Steps and Preschool classes. She will come to school completely dressed in character (The Queen of Hearts) and remains in character the entire time. “Do you LOVE to read” is the name of the interactive program and includes singing, role playing, puppets and lots of storytelling with the children. The PreK and Stepping Stones classes will receive a visit from the Aviary. The Children will discover how penguins swim, slide, waddle and eat, with the help of an African penguin … yes, a penguin will be visiting our school …. how cool is that?

We will also be hosting our annual Dads, Dudes and Donuts over Lutheran Schools Week. It’s a wonderful time when Dads, Granddads, uncles, or any special male comes for a morning filled with donuts, coffee, sports activities and fellowship time with their child … it’s an awesome day. The week’s grand finale is our Ice Cream Social and Art Show. The children have been working very hard on their masterpieces and can’t wait to reveal them at the big show. The night is topped off with ice cream sundaes, a bake sale and a themed raffle basket extravaganza!

Oh…did I mention that we will have a life-sized cardboard Martin Luther in the school lobby for this special week? Thank you, Vicar Joshua! Martin Luther just may be dressed in theme related apparel during the week, in addition to sharing some of his famous quotes. Please come and check it out.

Chapel donations this month will help support the Feed My Starving Children mission. Feed My Starving Children is a Christian, non-profit organization that partners with schools, orphanages, medical clinics, and non-government agencies in 70 countries around the world where children are at risk of dying from starvation. This fall, 500+ volunteers will gather for two hours of fun to pack life sustaining meals for 108,000 malnourished children across the globe. Each meal (which consists of rice, soy, dried vegetables, and a vitamin blend) costs .22 cents. During chapel we were talking about how Jesus’ love can’t be contained by using a simple experiment using baking soda and vinegar. When vinegar is added to baking soda a volcano-like bubble explosion occurs…much to the delight of the children. The bubbles (Jesus’ love) can’t be contained in a bag, not in a jar, and not in a box…his love comes a bubblin’ through. To help explain how we can show Jesus’ love to others, we gave each child a tube of M&Ms to take home and enjoy. When the M&M’s are all gone, they are to fill each M&M tube with quarters which amounts to $14, which will cover 63 meals, and will go towards the goal of 108,000 meals! AMEN!

Tracey Harris
Director

Vicar's Message from the Wednesday Bulletin

As we've been journeying through Lent, we've been listening to the sounds of the passion. It has been a chance to immerse ourselves in the events surrounding the death and resurrection. Lent is a season of repentance and preparation. We reflect on our own sin and prepare to watch our savior die and rise. As we prepare for this evening's service, it is helpful to take a look back at what we have experienced so far in our midweek services.

On Ash Wednesday, we discussed the sound of ripping cloth, a sound that resounded throughout the Old Testament as God's people tore their garments in anguish and repentance. We look at the sound of tearing garments as the chief priests tore their robes and finally as the temple curtain tore in two. We were reminded that we are called to repent, not merely give an outward sign, rending our hearts and not our garments, as the prophet Joel bids us do. The torn temple curtain reminds us that our sins have been laid on Jesus and no longer separate us from God.

Last week we heard the clinking coins, the price of the betrayal of our Lord. We talked about the hard-hearted disciple Judas who betrayed His Lord into the hands of his enemies. The story of Judas showed us how we so often betray our Lord for a small price. We saw the contrast between us and Judas: We run to Jesus for forgiveness for ANY sin, no matter how big, and he forgives us.

Tonight's sound is a familiar one. You have made this sound. You have heard this sound often. You may even hear it in tonight's service as you listen to the sermon.

May God Bless Your Worship!
-Vicar Joshua

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Join us at Zion for the Season of Lent
Wednesday's in Lent - Service at 7:00 p.m. on
March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, April 5th and 12th

April 9th - Palm Sunday • Service at 8:00 a.m. and10:30 a.m
April 13th is Maundy Thursday • Service at 7:00 p.m.
April 14th is Good Friday • Service at 7:00 p.m.
April 16th - Easer Sunday Service at 8:00 a.m. and10:30 a.m
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Zion Lutheran Church
3197 Washington Pike
Bridgeville, PA 15017
Phone: 412-221-4776