Zion Lutheran Church Harrisburg

Upcoming Events (Online & In-Person)
Annual Meeting 
Sunday, June 5, 2022
Directly following 10:15am Worship Service

WOW (Worship on Wednesday) Schedule for June
Due to work going on in the building and scheduled vacations, June's WOW schedule is as follows:
June 8 - Online & In-Person (as usual)
June 15 - ONLINE ONLY
June 22 & June 29 - No WOW Service

Riverboat Sunday (In-Person Only)
Sunday, August 7, 2022
The service begins at 10:00am. Boarding begins at 9:45am. It is first come, first served, and will be open to the public, so arriving on time or a bit early is encouraged. Riverboat cruise lasts until about 11:15am.
Pastor Karin will be leading the service on the Pride of the Susquehanna.
Pastor Keith Eslinger will be leading 10:15am Worship at Zion which will be Online & In-Person as usual

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
5/24/2022: For those 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.

5/22/2022: Brian and Victoria Behm (Kim and Farid Yunez' daughter & son-in-law) have crafted a Lenten Devotional based on paintings Brian did throughout Lent last year with prayers written by Victoria. You can learn more about the project at their website, http://www.briancbehm.com/.  Their Kickstarter was fully funded!  Thanks to all who supported them. link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brianbehm/solemn-season-a-book-of-art-and-prayer-for-lent


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. 

12/24/2021:  Reggie and Nehemiah were on abc27 news spotlighting their ministry handing out food and goods to the homeless.  You can watch and read the story on the abc27 website here.

11/14/2021: We had representatives from TWR visit Sunday School for a presentation and a Mission Moment during Worship.  You can watch the Mission Moment on YouTube here.

Thanks to all who attended and volunteered for the Gallery Walk!  If you are interested in watching the "God All Around Us" Photograph Slide Show, you can watch it here.

UPDATES
5/22/2022: The Summer 2022 Newsletter is available on the "Newsletters" page!

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 September.
   - 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

Staff
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