PHOTO GALLERY - VBS 2017: Mighty Fortress

Click on the links below to see day-by-day photos of VBS 2017

Mighty Fortress Day One (Monday June 19, 2017)
We went back in time to the city of Jericho, where Joshua and the Israelites marched around the city one time for six days.  Then on the seventh day, we marched around seven times and, when the trumpets sounded, we shouted “God is mighty!  The victory is won!”  The walls of Jericho came down, not because of our own strength, but by the mighty power of God!  Through Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection, God gives us the victory over sin, death and Satan.  In Jesus, the victory is won!
“Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15: 57

Mighty Fortress Day Two (Tuesday June 20, 2017)
Today, we met King Hezekiah.  Hezekiah tried to solve a problem by himself, but  instead made matters worse.  He turned to God in prayer and asked for help – and our faithful God helped him in his time of trouble.  We can turn to God, our refuge, when we face troubles too.  He gives us strength and promises to always be with us.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Psalm 46 : 1

Mighty Fortress Day Three (Wednesday June 21, 2017) - Part 1 of 3
Mighty Fortress Day Three (Wednesday June 21, 2017) - Part 2 of 3
Mighty Fortress Day Three (Wednesday June 21, 2017) - Part 3 of 3

Today, we met King Josiah.  Josiah happened upon a book.  It was the Book of the Law.  This book was God’s Word.  When King Josiah read the book, it changed his life.  Reading God’s Word led him to repentance.  He shared God’s Word with all the people who also repented and turned from their sin.  We learn that God’s Word is true and powerful for us, too!  Why not share that good news with someone right now?
“Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”
Proverbs 30: 5

Mighty Fortress Day Four (Thursday June 22, 2017) - Part 1 of 3
Mighty Fortress Day Four (Thursday June 22, 2017) - Part 2 of 3
Mighty Fortress Day Four (Thursday June 22, 2017) - Part 3 of 3

Today, we reenacted the Palm Sunday story when Jesus rode on a donkey into Jerusalem.  We praised Jesus as our Savior by singing and waving palm branches.  We learned that a donkey is an animal of peace.  Jesus came into this world to give us peace, save us from sin and promises us eternal life with Him.  He deserves all of our praise!
“Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is He.”
Zechariah 9: 9

Mighty Fortress Day Five (Friday June 23, 2017) - Part 1 of 4
Mighty Fortress Day Five (Friday June 23, 2017) - Part 2 of 4
Mighty Fortress Day Five (Friday June 23, 2017) - Part 3 of 4
Mighty Fortress Day Five (Friday June 23, 2017) - Part 4 of 4

On our final day together, we discovered that Jesus lived a perfect life and didn’t deserve to suffer and die on a cross.  He knew that, on the third day, He would come back to life, defeating sin, death and Satan.  He gives to us that same victory and promises to give us the Crown of Life - eternal life – a new life without sin or trouble!  Jesus is our Savior King! God is mighty!  The victory is won!
“Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is He.”
Zechariah 9: 9

Help Send Books to Kids!

Sharing God’s Mighty Word is an outreach project that sends Bible-based literature to kids around the US. The project focuses on reaching inner-city kids, Hispanic kids, Native American kids, and kids who are in crisis.

  • $10 provides 4 Arch Books
  • $15 provides 10 Promise Comic Books
  • $25 gives 10 teen devotionals
  • $100 sends 30 Spanish coloring books
  • $170 provides a VBS starter kit

Sharing Gods Mighty Word
In the small town of Denison, Iowa, a church with few Spanish books struggles to reach out to the Hispanic immigrants who now call the area home. In Mobile, Alabama, an inner-city
Lutheran school barely has the Christian curriculum materials it needs to teach its students. In Pilger, Nebraska, kids lose their church and almost everything else in their community during a
tornado.

It’s not just kids overseas who lack Bibles and other Christian books. It’s also kids within the US — and often in our own communities! The kids who go to school with our kids, who live a few houses down, and who live on the other side of town may have never even held a Bible. Sharing God’s Mighty Word focuses specifically on delivering Bible-based books to kids in the US. And you can be part of our work!

How?

  • Bring pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars to help send books to kids. Help meet our goal!
  • Visit MightyWord.org for more information to learn about this project and the mission of Concordia Gospel Outreach.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6 ESV
 

Zion Lutheran Church VBS is collecting donations for FTHM!

Please help us support First Trinity Lutheran Church in this important outreach ministry by donating the following items:

  • MONDAY – Shampoo
  • TUESDAY – Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • WEDNESDAY – Deodorant or antiperspirant
  • THURSDAY – Adult white socks
  • FRIDAY – Bar soap (Dove or Irish Spring only)

What is First Trinity Homeless Ministry?
With a mighty hand and outstretched arm, His love endures forever.” -Psalm 136:2
FTHM expresses Jesus’ love by providing meals, conversation, prayers and invitations to
people experiencing homelessness and marginal housing in the Oakland Area. FTHM also
shares the Church’s heart by inviting outside volunteers to see what we are about.

Sunday Rounds
Every Sunday, between 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm, volunteers go out into the streets to meet
people, bringing packed lunches and open hearts. To volunteer please signup through
Pittsburgh Cares.

Monthly Mercies
Every first Saturday, between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, volunteers distribute toiletries, clothing and other essential supplies in kind donation from the church to those in need. To volunteer please signup through Pittsburgh Cares.

Testimonials:
“I had only seen Jenny once before, in the winter. We gave her new socks, blankets and meals for her and her friend staying in Highland Park. And now in the heat of the summer, this petite woman was running down the sidewalk with arms open to greet us. Moment like these remind us that the work God has given is really means something.”

“‘Can I speak with you?’ Phil pulled me aside, ‘Diana, I know you are leaving, but will keep praying for me, won’ t you?’ I assured him I would. ”Cause you know that if I could I would go where you go, and be where ever you were. How are these new people going to be? Ya think they will care as much? Talk to me not as if homeless is who I am…?”

Christ uses all types of unique people to share His love. Please prayerfully consider being involved with FTHM.

Interested in getting involved? Contact us: FTHMdirector@gmail.com
Online at: www.firsttrinity.net

VBS 2107 News!

Vacation Bible School is June 19-24

Calling VBS Leaders!!!
Storytelling – involve children in Bible stories
Bible Challenge – help children write Bible verses on their hearts
Crafts – emphasize Bible points in a fun, hands-on way
Games – incorporate Bible learning through energetic movement
Music
Snacks
Nursery

Interested in leading one of the above stations?
Please contact Katie Gielarowski: sundayschool@zlcb.org or (724) 713-6523

What's New at VBS this year?


TWO mission projects
Operation: Kid-to-Kid focuses on helping struggling families with basic home repairs so that they have a safe place to live. 
Bring PENNIES on Monday!


Trinity Homeless Ministry
1st Trinity Homeless Ministry focuses on collecting clothing and essential supplies for those who do not have a place to call
home.  
Bring SHAMPOO on Monday!


4th – 6th Grade Projects
Older kids will learn how to write letters of encouragement through the gospel to senior residents at Concordia of South
Hills.  A member of Zion will speak about Concordia and answer questions.


Youth Events
Our youth director, Joe, will involve kids in a special interactive and fun-filled learning activity

Zion Lutheran Church VBS is collecting donations for FTHM!

First Trinity Homeless Ministry (FTHM)

FTHM expresses Jesus’ love by providing meals, conversation, prayers and invitations to people experiencing homelessness and marginal housing in the Oakland Area. FTHM also shares the Church’s heart by inviting outside volunteers to see what we are about.

Please help us support First Trinity Lutheran Church in this important outreach ministry by donating the following items during Zion's Vacation Bible School:

MONDAY – Shampoo
TUESDAY – Toothbrushes and toothpaste
WEDNESDAY – Deodorant or antiperspirant
THURSDAY – Adult white socks
FRIDAY – Bar soap (Dove or Irish Spring only)

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PREVIEW: VBS 2016

Day One: (Monday June 20, 2016)
Jesus Gives Us Hope!
Meet Sal…a salamander who goes through a lot of changes before he can crawl and explore a cave…or even breathe outside of the water!  Salamanders have a lot to look forward to or hope for.  Sal reminds us that…Jesus gives us hope!

Today’s Bible Verse:  “O Lord, you alone are my hope.”  ~Psalm 71: 5
Today’s Snack:  Popcorn, Goldfish Crackers, M&M’s
Today’s Donation Request:  Pennies


Day Two: (Tuesday June 21, 2016)
Jesus Gives Us Courage!
Say hello to Mawtha…a beautiful moth!  Moths are kind of like butterflies, but most moths only come out at night or in the evening.  They don’t mind the dark.  Mawtha reminds us that…Jesus gives us courage!

Today’s Bible Verse:  “Take courage.  I am here!”  ~Matthew 14: 27
Today’s Snack:  Grapes, Animal Crackers
Today’s Donation Request:  Nickels


Day Three: (Wednesday June 22, 2016)
Jesus Gives Us Direction!
Give a Hive Five to Radar…a bat who lives in a really, really dark cave!  God gave bats a really cool trick to find their way and find food in the dark.  Bats make little noises then listen to hear how those noises echo off the walls of the cave.  Radar reminds us that…Jesus gives us direction!

Today’s Bible Verse:  “He will show you which path to take.”  ~Proverbs 3: 6
Today’s Snack:  Pretzels, Marshmallows
Today’s Donation Request:  Dimes


Day Four: (Thursday June 23, 2016)
Jesus Gives Us Love!
Please welcome Olivia…a fluffy barn owl with a heart-shaped face.  Hearts are a symbol for love.  Olivia reminds us that…Jesus gives us love!

Today’s Bible Verse:  “We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us.”  ~1 John 3: 16
Today’s Snack:  Yogurt, Goldfish Crackers, Pretzels
Today’s Donation Request:  Quarters


Day Five: (Friday June 24, 2016)
Jesus Gives Us His Power!
Introducing Ray …a glow worm.  God gave glow worms a unique power to glow.  Just like a firefly lights up the night sky, glow worms light up the tops of the caves where they live!  Ray reminds us that…Jesus gives us His power!

Today’s Bible Verse:  “Our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”  ~2 Corinthians 4: 7
Today’s Snack:  Popsicles OR Ice Cream
Today’s Donation Request:  Dollars

Recap of VBS 2015

Recap of VBS 2015
We did it! 125 children and 50 leaders made the trek up Mount Everest – Everest VBS that is! Through amazing Bible stories, Science experiments, Games, Music and Creative Snacks, they experienced how God’s mighty power helps us all conquer big challenges. God provides all we need, offers comfort and healing, has the power to forgive the biggest of sins and love us forever. Money was collected to donate the New Testament written in the Thai language for children in Thailand. $4 = one Bible. We raised $591.25 which was enough to buy 147 New Testament Bibles!

THANK YOU to those who offered support through monetary donations, words of encouragement and prayer. THANK YOU to all volunteers who offered their time and talents by sharing the Gospel to our VBS children and their families.

We are already looking forward to next year….” Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World” June 20-24, 2016!!