2019 Church Council
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church – 2019
Pastor Pastor Kris Schroeder
President Howard Carruthers
Vice-President Sean Resley
Secretary Jennifer Neuman
Treasurer Hope Nottke
Members-at-Large Leo Kaufman, Paul Nabors
Audit Committee: Pat Tomazic, Andrea Lenyo, Sandi Klingelsmith
Trust Fund: Ron Finke, Neal Gray, Steve Nevison
FLAMe: Karen Munsterman, OPEN
Please keep these members in prayer as they work to fulfill their commitment to Zion and each of our members.
At the end of this year, three positions will be open: Council President, Treasurer, and a Member at Large. All three of these positions offer the opportunity to serve and grow. Please feel free to contact your Council if you are interested in serving.
New Picture Directory:
We are in the process of completing our picture directory. As a community, this will help us get to know one another and make sure we have correct and updated contact information along with current pictures. We are planning on having the directories available soon.
New Volunteer Scheduling System:
Worship Assistants: Thank you for glorifying God by your service to one another. Our next quarterly period from Oct. 1, 2019 – Dec 31, 2019, has been completed. For a quick link to your schedule, please click on the Resources tab (located on this website.) and you will find the Volunteer Ministry Web Terminal link. We are in need of the following positions for Nov: Nov 3 at 8:00 am service – one Worship Monitor. On Sun, Nov 17 at 8:00 am service – one Worship Monitor and on Sun, Nov 24, at 8:00 am worship we need one reader.
If you haven't yet signed up, there are Volunteer Information forms available in the narthex for you to complete, allowing you to best determine how to use your talents plus your availability. There are also volunteer booklets with job descriptions explaining what needs to be done, and how to do it. Questions or comments can be directed to Dawn at the church office, 419-433-4711 or Forrest Airhart at 419-433-4758.
Kids of the Kingdom (Age 4 through Grade 5)
Kids of the Kingdom (KoK) is our weekly Sunday school program that meets during our 10:00 am worship service. Each week, at the beginning of worship, Pastor Kris gathers the kids around the altar for a special blessing. They then go to the Fellowship Hall for a lesson and video usually based on that day's gospel message. The children return to the sanctuary and rejoin their families for communion. KoK is for children in preschool – 5th grade. There is no registration and no fee for this program. All are invited!
KoK will not be held on Sun, Nov 24 so that the kids can participate in our "Hanging of the Greens" Service.
Chi Rho (Grades 6, 7, 8)
Chi Rho is our faith formation ministry for middle school and junior high students. Our next class is on Sun, Nov 24 from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.
Adult Bible Study
Adult Bible study is presented at 9:00 am on Sun mornings. We are studying the Book of Luke Please join us.
Word & Sacrament
Regular choir rehearsals take place on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the church. Handbell rehearsals are on Thursday afternoons at 3:45 pm. Rehearsal dates are available on our church calendar on this website. Contact Walt at if you have any questions or concerns. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Ways & Means
WE HAVE AN APP FOR THAT! Along with setting up your bank account for direct payment to the church, Zion now has an app called GIVEPLUS+ you can use to make an offering to our church. This can be used for one-time, weekly, monthly, yearly or "anytime you wish" donation. If you are on vacation, were not able to attend Sunday service or get paid every other Thursday you can choose anytime to make an offering. Go to your app store, search giveplus and it will say Vanco Payment Solutions below GivePlus. If you have any questions please contact Sean Resley, 419-515-3255 or Joyce Keane, 614-264-6373.
Coffee Connector is BACK! Connectors are held the last Sun of each month, Sept – March. To host an upcoming Coffee Connector in Nov or Dec, please sign up in the narthex.
Please join our DINNER OUT GROUP on Fri, Nov 22 at 6:00 pm at Marconi’s Italian Restaurant. We extend this invitation to all, and an RSVP is necessary. Please call either Amy Nevison at 419-357-5277 or Karen Terenzi at 419-656-2641.
POINSETTIA PLANTS will decorate the sanctuary during the Christmas season. To order a plant in honor or memory of someone, please return the order form that can be found in the narthex, to the office by Dec. 8. The cost of each plant is $8.00.
“Warmth for the Winter” a tie blanket project has begun! We are having two additional "Fleece Cutting Party” on Mon, Nov. 18 from 1:00-5:00 PM and from 6:30-???. Please, come and go as you choose. We meet in the Fellowship Hall, and everyone is welcome. If you have a pair, please bring your favorite fabric scissors to use for the evening. We are having so much fun, and making beautiful gifts - together!
Community Outreach - Fellowship
Pub Theology “WHERE FAITH IS ALWAYS ON TAP!” We gather at an informal and casual space that allows us to share thoughts, insights, questions, and practices as they relate to our spirituality and world-view. We will meet on Tues, Nov 19 at Small City Tap House at 7:00 pm. It’s a place to share God, Faith, and Beer (root beer if you’d prefer!) Pastor Bill Schroeder will lead the discussion. All are welcome.
The Huron Community Prayer Path and Labyrinth is a shared ministry of the churches in Huron and is located behind the Christian Center and in the woods along the northeast side of our grounds. The Prayer Paths and Labyrinth are open year-round from dawn to dusk and are a great space for prayer, meditation, and reflection. The Prayer Path workday is scheduled on the second Saturday of the month from 9:00 am-12:00 pm and the next workday is Dec 14, 2019. We hope you can make it!
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE is happening! Food and monies will be donated to the Huron Helping Hand Food Pantry for this year’s distribution. Collection baskets remain in the narthex until Nov 24. Thank you for your generosity.
JOIN OUR WINTER DARTBALL TEAM – Dartball is a fellowship-filled, fun, and friendly-competitive baseball-like game played with darts and a dartboard. We play Mon evenings, 7:30 - 9:30 pm Oct thru April with teams from various area churches. All are welcome to play. Call Paul Nabors (440-967-6064) or Forrest Airhart (419-366-2900) to join.
BLUE CHRISTMAS, A SERVICE OF HEALING AND HOPE is offered on Sat. Nov 30 at 6:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave. Sandusky. The holidays can often be a difficult time. Come to a service of prayer, healing, and communion that acknowledges the challenges of life, and reminds us of God’s promises. There is a flyer on the bulletin board in the narthex for this event.
Learn to Paint Watercolors: by following step by step demonstrations by teacher/artist Clela Neale. Classes are held every Wed. from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm at the Christian Center. The cost is $12 for each 2 1/2 hour class. Everyone is welcome! For more information and a list of basic supplies contact Clela at Clelasart@gmail.com.
BRAT meets at 7:00 pm on the first and third Thurs of each month. It is an extension of the Alpha Program from years ago and is open to people of all faiths. It also supports the Prayer Path.
LIFETREE CAFÉ meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Thurs of each month and is open to people of all faiths. Due to scheduling conflicts, LifeTree Café will only meet once in Nov. The program on Thurs, Nov 14 is titled “A Day in the Life of the Hidden Homeless,” and will explore the daily struggles and experiences of the transitionally homeless population. This program is free and open to the public.
WOMEN OF ZION usually meet for Bible study on the second Thursday of each month at 10:15 and follow the Bible study found in the Gather Magazine. A rescheduled meeting will be held on Thur, Nov 14 from 10:15 am – 12:00 pm in the Christian Center. Extra magazines are available on the shelf by the bulletin board in the narthex. All women are invited to join us for study and, if you like, lunch at a local restaurant.