Dear Members & Friends of Zion,

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

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. -Psalm 51:10

It’s time to go beyond the average spring cleaning! How often do we tidy up an area, only to find that same space re-cluttered a short time later? Why? Well, unless there is a change in how we live in or utilize the room, the mess inevitably returns. 

How do we break this messy cycle? We go beyond a surface cleansing and delve into the heart of the matter, our bad habits. The Lenten discipline of fasting teaches us to depart from behaviors that harm our relationship with God. The Lenten disciplines of prayer and almsgiving/charity train us in good habits that nurture our relationship with God. 

Fasting is not simply a giving up of certain foods, but a reorientation of our outlook. The money that we don’t spend on the food from which we’re abstaining can be put toward Christian ministry and outreach (alms-giving). Fasting also applies to our use of time. We may reorganize our schedules; fasting from time engaged in computer games, movies, social media, etc. to spend more time in prayer, Bible study, and service.

Lent is time for individuals, families, and congregations to say good-bye to bad habits and to strengthen life-giving habits that we pray will continue in the Easter season and beyond. What an appropriate time for a deep clean of our church office and a re-organization of operating procedures within Zion’s whole facility! You will all be grateful to know that I will be cleaning my own messy office at church as part of this endeavor. Over the next weeks, some
council members and I will be reaching out to ministry leaders and volunteers to assist with physical clean-up and to give input into ways services and activities can run smoothly and efficiently. And, yes, that means some hard work, short-term and long-term. From where will help come? We look to God, who invites us to return to Him (Joel 2:12-13) and to renew a right spirit within us (Psalm 51:10). We pray for God’s guidance and blessings as we discern
how to organize and staff Zion’s facility for ministry in 2022 in Harrisburg and online.

In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Karin Pejack
March/April 2022 Newsletter (PDF)

Previous Newsletters:
February 2022 Newsletter (PDF)
December 2021/January 2022 Newsletter (PDF)
October/November 2021 Newsletter (PDF)
September/October 2021 Newsletter (PDF)
June/July/August 2021 Newsletter (PDF)
May 2021 Newsletter (PDF)
February/March 2021 Newsletter (PDF)
December 2020/January/February 2021 Newsletter (PDF)

October/November 2020 Newsletter (PDF)

August/September 2020 Newsletter (PDF)

June 2020 Newsletter  (PDF)

September/October 2017 Newsletter (PDF)

May/June 2016 Newsletter (PDF)

September/November 2015 Newsletter  (PDF)
February-April 2015 Newsletter (PDF)