March 24 Letter from the Pastor
March 24, 2019

Dear Members and Friends of Zion,

    Grace to you and peace, from God out Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Last evening, the council met via conference call.  Information from that meeting is listed at the conclusion of this letter.  As we came together on the call, we were able to check in with each other about how we are doing and about how other members are faring.  Zion family and friends continue to care for each other while we practice social distancing.  I encourage us to be in regular contact and in prayer with each other via phone call, text, email, and/or other means.  Jesus’ promise, “for where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20) holds true; in person, over the phone, and online.

    In this time when we are apart from one another, remember that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ      Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).
        
    In the midst of this global health crisis, let us be constant in praying for leaders, those serving others, and those in need of care.
 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  – Philippians 4:6-7
          

   The peace and love of Christ be with us all.
           
   Pastor Karin


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 to 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 (information above) 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.
Zion’s building will be closed through Monday, April 6.  The council will meet by conference call that evening to plan for Easter Sunday and the time following.  We will look to guidance from the state and federal government regarding meeting and re-opening the building.
Online 10:15am Sunday Worship via Zoom.  We hope to be up and running this Sunday, March 29.  Zoom allows for participation by computer and/or by phone. As we learn to use this format, we plan to host Bible Study, WOW (Worship on Wednesday) and other church events online.  Details will be emailed and posted on the website.
Church Offering. Contributions can be mailed to the church office:
Zion Lutheran Church, 15 S. 4th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Easter flower orders have been cancelled. If you have already sent a check, we will return it to you, or you can designate it as a donation to Zion’s Altar Guild.  Please communicate your choice to the church office.
All Holy Week and Easter activities, except the 10:15am Worship Service, are cancelled.  If we cannot meet in person, we are planning for the 10:15am Easter Worship Service to take place online.