Proclaiming the love of God through His Son, Jesus Christ, by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, so the church shall grow in love for God, and each other, and share that love to the unbelieving world.
What We Believe
- We believe, teach, and confess the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28: 18-20
- We believe, teach, and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe in Him.
- We believe, teach, and accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inerrant Word of God and the sole authoritative source and norm of our proclamation, faith and life.
- We accept the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the scriptural faith we believe, teach and confess.
- We believe, teach, and accept the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and the Small Catechism as true witnesses of the Word of God, normative for our teaching and practice.
Church AffiliationThis congregation is an independent member of the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).
From Our Pastor
Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ: “Let us pray: Merciful Father, we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us—ourselves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” Of all the times of the year it is now we should be putting our minds toward offering to God and to others the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. In that vein, Zion has undertaken two projects, which are currently underway and need your support. First is the Sub-Zero Mission. We are collecting new or serviceable used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and sleeping bags to be given to the homeless. Helping Sub-Zero has a two-fold benefit in that we are helping the homeless but also concentrating on homeless veterans. In helping out Sub-Zero you help out someone who has served this nation. Collections of items at the church will continue until Christmas Eve. Second, we have our “Reverse Advent Calendar.” The goal is for participants to donate one food item per day through December 17 when the children of Zion will lead a procession of our members to the food pantry at St. Anthony’s to make our donation. You do not have to wait until December 17 to bring in your food. Collection boxes are in the church and at the Luther Center. Please do what you can to help our hungry neighbors. The prayer I began with speaks of three blessings we have been given: Ourselves, our time, and our possessions. You can support his congregation and the work of Christ in many ways. We need workers in the vineyard. Social Ministry Committee needs a chair. Other committees need your support. There is much to be done. Ask to help or say yes when asked. As for our time, we have time for so many things that do not matter eternally. If you ever find yourself saying, “I would help out, I would attend I would… at church but I don’t have time,” maybe some priority reevaluation is needed—prayerful reevaluation. Now for possessions. Unfortunately, we live in a world where Caesar wants what belongs to him. Paying the bills and doing the work of the church in this world does not run solely on prayers, though through prayer material blessings do come. We have recently embarked on the “Simply Giving” program at Zion, whereby members can sign up for automatic contributions to the church. This has a multi-fold advantage in that it allows donors to better budget their giving, allows giving to be more consistent and allows the church a predictable funding stream, which helps with budgeting. I have signed up and I have encouraged our church council toward maximum participation. Our goal is a big one: To sign up 25 members per quarter over the next year. My personal pitch for Simply Giving is this: I know I will give more when I don’t have to worry about having cash on me, do not miss if I am on vacation, and have a solid number at the end of the year to look at and evaluate against my income. Plus I don’t have to worry about it. It is just transferred to the church, as easy as you please. Please consider Simply Giving. It makes sense. And please consider if what you are giving is in accordance with the blessings God has bestowed upon you. So, okay, that’s my crass pitch for funding, but as I said, Caesar won’t take a prayer when it comes to paying the light bill. That’s about it for now. I wish all of you a splendid Christmas, much warmth and love with family and friends and a deeper faith in Christ. Peace. Pastor J.
From Our Council President
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we close out the 2017 year, may we reflect on the many blessings we have received this year. Zion received a sizable bequest that helped us make much needed repairs in the church: repair and painting of the bell tower & Father’s room walls, the repair of the men’s bathroom, and replacing the air conditioning. Sidewalk replacements, and boiler repairs are just a couple of the other major repairs that have been completed. Many members have spent hours in cleaning and sprucing up our properties by planting flowers, trimming bushes, raking leaves, cleaning closets and office areas, and sorting and organizing old files and book shelves. Thanks to all who have willingly given their time to help maintain our properties. Another blessing this year was the starting of new events, thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of our members. Our First Annual Cornhole Family Tournament was held in April and the First Annual Neighborhood/Community Picnic was held in September. May we continue to use these outreach events to lead and guide others to join us in fellowship. One more time, thanks to the many hours spent by the Call Committee, we have a new pastoral leader, Pastor Frederick Johnsen, I’m sure he will have many new ideas that will help us grow and become better disciples. Thanks be to God! Once again, we are collecting for the Needy Family Fund. If you know of any person and/or families needing a little support, fill out the information & place your suggestion in the box by the church entrance or contact the church office. (name, address, & need) God bless you all as we close out 2017 and move into the 2018 year!
UPCOMING EVENTS Saturday,December 2 – Harbor Holidays / Fellowship Hall Tuesday,December 12-6:00 PM – Candlelight Buffet Sunday,December 10 – 1st Half Congregational Meeting (immediately after the service) Sunday,December 17 – Children’s Christmas Program at the 11:00 Worship Service Saturday,December 23-6:30 PM – Contemporary Saturday Service (w/communion) Sunday,December 24-11:00 AM – Traditional Sunday Service (w/communion) Sunday,December 24-7:00 PM – Family Candlelight Christmas Eve Service Sunday,December 24-11:00 PM – Midnight Candlelight Christmas Eve Service Monday,December 25 – Happy Birthday, Jesus! (NO SERVICE)
In His Service, Mary Biller, Council President
Zion Lutheran Church
508 Eagle Street,
Fairport Harbor, OH