To our Zion family,
I write to you again in the midst of our world-wide health crisis. Each of us is well aware of the unending changes we meet each day. As a family of God this is our call to compassion, mercy and love. This is why we go to church. Since the day each of us was brought to the waters of baptism, this is what we’ve been preparing for. How we respond to a crisis such as this will speak volumes to the world about our God and who we are as His people.
I want you to know that I have been in constant communication with our area clergy, the Erie County Health Department and our synodical representatives. Last evening upon arriving home I was met with the following message from our NWOS Bishop Daniel Beaudoin;
“While I do not have the authority to compel, I am strongly suggesting that parishes suspend their in-person worship services through Palm Sunday, April 5.” (THIS TIMEFRAME HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE).
After further conversation with Zion’s Council President, Howard Carruthers, and the leadership at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sandusky (since we have joined together for mid-week and Holy Week worship) we will heed our bishop’s advice. ALL in-person worship services have been suspended. We do this to protect one another, especially the most vulnerable.
In light of this news, please hear the following; do NOT panic (God hasn’t gone anywhere), this is an amazing opportunity to pray. I share with you my regular meditation and prayer practices. Turn your radio to 97.7 or 103.3. Each offers great Christian music and talk radio throughout the day. Also, Klove.com offers online listening since we do not have access to their station in this area. Positive music and conversation can go a long way, especially in times like these. If you are a bit tech-savvy, consider adding the “Bible App” or “Pray as You Go” to your mobile device. Better yet, dust off your Bible and read God’s Holy Word, holding those mighty stories of love in your hand. Again, these are additional opportunities to draw close to the ONE who knows everything we are going through and remember God isn’t going anywhere!
Lastly, Pastor Bill, from St. Paul, and I are working tirelessly to bring some sort of worship/devotion to you this Sunday via social media. Please stay tuned for updates. I expect they will come regularly.
For now, stop and pray for one another in this difficult time. Thank God for all we have been given, it is MUCH! Pick up the phone and check on someone. A simple “hello, I’ve been thinking of you” will go a long way. NOW is the time to be the church. Let’s show the world Who created us and model compassion, grace, mercy, and love! God’s got us!!!!
IN-PERSON Worship is TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED and the CHURCH OFFICE
8:00 am - Worship service is TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
10:00 am - Worship service is TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
10:00 am - Kids of the Kingdom is usually presented in the Fellowship Hall during the school year. (Currently suspended.)
Holy Communion is offered at both services. (Currently suspended.)
7:00 pm & 9:00 pm - Christmas Eve
7:00 pm - Wed, Mid-Week Lenten Services. CANCELED
7:00 pm - Maundy Thursday Remote Service via Facebook Live
7:00 pm - Good Friday Remote Service via Facebook Live
6:00 pm - Holy Saturday Remote Service via Facebook Live
9:00 am Easter Sunday Remote Service via Facebook Live
REMOTE SERVICES are posted to St. Paul's Facebook page:
SUMMER DAY CAMP HAS BEEN CANCELLED
We are heartbroken to announce that our Summer Day Camp program has been canceled. Our partner, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio. has deemed it necessary to cancel due to health and safety concerns over the Coronavirus. Although we were saddened to hear of LOMO’s decision, we applaud their strong resolve and self-sacrifice for the safety of others.
With that being said, we are currently exploring the option of having virtual VBS for our children and community. This planning is in the very early stages, but we are excited about the countless possibilities! Please stay tuned to our Facebook page, our website, bulletin blasts, and emails for details as they become finalized.
Zion Lutheran Church, Huron, and
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sandusky,
sharing worship together!
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE ON FACEBOOK TO WATCH OUR WEEKLY SERVICES. GO TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND LOOK FOR THE LINK THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO ST. PAUL'S PAGE.
St. Paul Facebook:
Facebook Live Worship will take place at 9:00 AM each Sunday morning with a message/ devotion/music. For technological ease, we will go LIVE to St. Paul’s Facebook page ONLY.
Zion Website: Will post inspirational thoughts/prayers at
St. Paul Website: Will also post sermons/inspirational thoughts/prayers at
Radio: You may listen at 10:00 am to a sermon from St. Paul each week at 1450 AM (WLEC) on your radio dial.
We are working hard to provide spiritual support in this new normal. We will do our best to keep you in the loop. Those who are not savvy with the internet, ask a family member to help you. Stay tuned to your email, our Facebook page, and this website for additional options as we identify and implement them.