Zion Lutheran Church Harrisburg

Upcoming Events (Online & In-Person)
9/11/2022:  Rally Day!! & the 34th Annual Gallery Walk!
For more information, see the September/October Newsletter.  

Our featured Guest Artist for the Gallery Walk is Brian Behm.

Brian is an artist living and working on Catawba land in what is now Carrboro, a small town near Durham in the Piedmont region of central North Carolina. He recently completed a series of 40 paintings over the 40 days of Lent, and, after a successful crowdfunding campaign, is producing a book of this collection called “Solemn Season.” The book and other works are available for purchase on his website (BrianCBehm.com), and he invites you to follow along on Instagram for sneak peeks and first dibs on new work: @BrianBehmArt.

9/15/2022: Bethesda Mission Annual Celebration Banquet 2022
Members and friends of Zion who would like to attend the event, are invited to register individually by September 1. For more information, see the September/October Newsletter.

10/9/2022: Harvest Home Sunday

10/30/2022: Reformation Sunday Celebration & Meal

To help us plan for the meal, please let us know if you plan to attend by signing-up in the Fellowship Hall or by calling or emailing the church office.

11/6/2022: All Saints Sunday
If you would like to list in the bulletin the name of a loved one who died this past year, please email or call the church office. Please give the name as you would like it listed and the person’s relationship to you.
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
8/7/2022: Thanks to all who attended worship on the Riverboat!

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.

8/28/2022: The September/October 2022 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.

1/4/2022: Office hours will be by appointment only until further notice. Please call or email the office to make an appointment.

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.

COVID Protocol Updates as of September 12
We are committed to keeping the Zion community connected in worship and prayer. Our main Sunday 10:15am worship service will consistently be offered in-person and online. Both are important, because there are members who are not able to access the online service and there are others who, for a variety of reasons, are not able to come to the building. At all activities in the building, people may choose to mask and to social distance.

We encourage all to prayerfully exhibit love of neighbor and respect for the wishes of those who choose to continue to mask and to social distance from others when in the building. We continue to request those who have a fever or who are not feeling well to remain home. Online worship is available for the 10:15am worship service on Sunday mornings.

WOW (Worship on Wednesdays at 12:10pm) will continue online only through the end of 2021. Communion will be offered in-person and online on the 1st and 3rd Sundays and in-person and online on the 1st Wednesday. Pastor Karin is fully vaccinated and is available to provide home communion.

When attending in-person on Sunday mornings, the Chestnut Street Garage is a good option for parking. Current and functioning validation tickets are available on site at Zion. Regarding Altar Flowers, Zion will continue to utilize artificial arrangements through the end of 2021. Many thanks to Judy Reynolds for procuring the beautiful seasonal arrangements.

Communicating during the time of the Corona Virus.  We plan to send group emails to provide updates.  If you are not receiving the emails and would like to add your email address from this communication, please email the church office (zionhbg@comcast.net).  The voicemail greeting for the church office (717-234-4064) and the church website (www.zionharrisburg.org) are frequently updated.  Devotional and other resources are available through the website. The church office voicemail and email are checked regularly.  Pastor Karin is available by phone, text, and/or email.  Contact the church office for details.

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

Wednesday 12:10pm, Online & In-Person: WOW (Worship On Wednesday) Service (Reoccuring WOW Invitation

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: Bible Study - Returns in October 25th.  Learn more here.
   - Materials for the Historic Creeds of the Church Series and previous series are available at 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

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