Zion Lutheran Church Harrisburg

Upcoming Events (Online & In-Person)
Advent & Christmas Worship & Events Schedule
Visit the Seasonal Events page for the full Advent and Christmas schedule, which also includes the zoom invite information for Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve, December 24, beginning at 10am Reggie, Nehemiah, family, and friends continue their annual lunch distribution from Zion’s building. This year, they will be distributing thermals to those in need as they come to pick up a meal. There is a canvas bin in Fellowship Hall for donations of new thermals.

Serving Opportunities December & Throughout the Year
December Fellowship Events Help Request:
We are looking for cookies, sweets and/or snacks for the reception after Special Music Sunday Worship on December 11 and for the reception time before Christmas Eve worship on Dec. 24. We would like to keep some of these refreshments for Christmas Day (Dec. 25) before and after worship.

On-going Serving Opportunities: We are looking for volunteers: to assist in the sound/audio-visual area; to lector and to lead responsive readings in-person or online; to serve as assisting ministers; provide transportation to worship; and, in other areas.  Please contact the pastor if you are interested in serving.  More information and training will be provided.

Recent Events
11/15/2022: The 4-part Pre-Advent Bible Study has concluded. All of the resources and videos are available on our Bible Study Resource page here if you missed a session or would like to watch the videos and/or read the devotional materals during the Advent season.  We will be continuing this pre-advent study format with the Adam Hamilton book next fall.

10/9/2022: Harvest Home Sunday
We encourage you to support your local food pantry or one of the following organizations:
Ecumenical Food Pantry: https://efoodpantry.org/
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank: https://www.centralpafoodbank.org/
Downtown Daily Bread: https://downtowndailybread.org/

5/24/2022: Looking for a reliable and recommended charity supporting the Ukranian people? We recommend Spiritual Orphans Network(SON), formerly East European Missions Network.  They are a registered 501(c)(3).  You can learn more about their efforts in Ukraine on their website linked here.

11/12/2022: The November/December 2022/January 2023 Newsletter is available on the "Newsletters" page!

2/13/2022: Closed Captioning (CC) is now available during our livestream events online (both Zoom and YouTube) in addition to our recorded Online Sermons (YouTube). Learn more about using CC in Zoom on their website at this link or by viewing this video. If you watch Live on YouTube, CC will be automatically available.  CC is available watching our pre-recorded content on YouTube as well. 

1/28/2022: The Devotional Resources page has been updated with new resources.

5/28/2021: Ruth Cheng, missionary, has begun the next phase of her journey in mission.  You can read her thoughts in the PDF available here.

Church Office UPDATES:
Office Hours:
HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSURES November 24 & 25 (Thanksgiving); December 26 (Christmas Day transferred to Monday); January 2 (New Year’s Day transferred to Monday); January 16 (MLK Day)

We are sending group emails to provide updates. If you are not receiving the emails and would like to add your email address to this communication, please email the church office (zionhbg@comcast.net). The voicemail greeting for the church office (717-234-4064) and the this website are frequently updated. The church office voicemail and email are checked regularly. Pastor Karin is available by phone, text, and/or email. She will schedule meetings online via Zoom and/or in-person. We encourage calling ahead to confirm entry to the office and to check on the parking situation when you plan to arrive.

COVID, Cold & Flu Protocol as of November 12, 2022
We are committed to keeping the Zion community connected in worship and prayer. The Sunday 10:15am worship service and the Wednesday 12:10pm worship service are consistently offered both in-person and online. Communion will be offered in-person and online on the 1st & 3rd Sundays & Festivals and on the 1st Wednesday. Communion servers are masked. Pastor Karin is available to provide home communion.

We encourage all to prayerfully exhibit love of neighbor and respect for the wishes of those who choose to mask and to social distance from others when in the building. We request those who have a fever or who are not feeling well to remain home.

Assistance with Shopping for Supplies.  There are members on the East and West Shores who have offered to pick up groceries, prescriptions, or other life-sustaining supplies for those in need.  Contact the church office or Pastor Karin.

Weekly Worship Service Schedule
NOTICE: If you are missing your Worship Invitation emails or other emails from Zion, please check your SPAM folder and mark any emails from Zion as "Not SPAM".  This will help train your email provider to recognize our emails and send them to your inbox.

Wednesday 12:10pm, Online & In-Person: WOW (Worship On Wednesday) Service (Reoccuring WOW Invitation
WOW Advent Series “All Things New”: Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21
Special Music by the EarthTones on Dec. 14

Sunday 10:15am, Online & In-Person: Worship Service (Reoccuring Sunday Invitation)
   - 9:00am Joint Sunday School (in-person only)
   - 9:45am Fellowship (in-person only)
   - Prelude begins at 10:15am, Communion on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month

Tuesday 12:10pm, Online Currently on Hiatus 
   - Materials for the previous series are on the Bible Study Resources Page
Communion Information: Those wishing to commune during online worship are invited to intentionally prepare for communion prior to the start of the service.  Prayerfully bring the elements of bread and wine or grape juice to where you will be worshipping. If you need assistance to obtain proper elements of bread, wine or grape juice, please contact the pastor.  Since the fullness of the sacrament is present in one of the elements, you may commune with bread or wine/grape juice and simply bow in prayer as the other element is raised in worship.  Please consume the elements or return them to the earth following the service.  The bulletin will also include a prayer for spiritual communion for those who are not participating in distance communion.  For more information about distance communion, see “Pastoral Letter on Communion During COVID.”
For information regarding Communion at In-Person Worship, see "Celebration of Communion & Initial Re-Opening".

Church Offering: We thank all who continue to generously support ministry at Zion.  Contributions can be mailed to the church office:
Zion Lutheran Church, 15 S. 4th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Parking Information (Updated 11/22/2022): Street parking around Zion’s building is metered and enforced 8am-5pm, Monday through Saturday. Parking on the sidewalks around the church is not permitted, and vehicles parked on the sidewalk will be ticketed. PARKING ON SUNDAYS: There is FREE validated parking in the Chestnut Street Garage. Zion provides a validation ticket. Four congregations hold worship services throughout the morning on Sundays. We kindly request that the open street parking closest to the church be left for those who have difficulty walking.

K. Pejack, Pastor 
R. Goldsboro, Church Librarian
N. Swain, Minister of Music
L. Bortner, Council President 
W. Haas, Property Chair
T. Pejack, Ourtreach Ministry
C. Germann, Minister of Technology