Please take note:
Church Mailing Address is Penn-Zion’s Lutheran Church Box 351 Harrison City, PA 15636
Any mail sent to 3417 Route 130, Harrison City will be returned to you.
Community members are invited to attend any of the activities listed in this website.
Call the church for additional information 724-744-3151.
WORSHIP TIMES COOPERATIVE MINISTRY AGREEMENT
Penn-Zion’s Lutheran Churches
Brush Creek Lutheran Church
Pastor Steiner leading worship at the following
Penn Church 8:30 a.m.
Brush Creek 9:45 a.m.
Zion’s 11:00 a.m.
Note: Donuts before worship at Zion’s 10:15 a.m. first Sunday of each month
PENN-ZION’S & BRUSH CREEK COOPERATIVE MINISTRY JOINT COUNCIL MEETING
The Joint Council of the Penn-Zion’s & Brush Creek Cooperative Ministry will meet at Brush Creek on Tuesday, October 16th. Penn-Zion’s leaders will meet at 6:30 PM to complete their business, while Brush Creek church council will meet at 7:00 PM. Then, at 8:00 PM or very soon thereafter, there will be a combined meeting of both councils to discuss and handle matters together relative to our cooperative ministry efforts. All members of both Penn-Zion’s and Brush Creek are invited to attend all church council meetings as guests, and to stay informed.
PENN-ZION’S & BRUSH CREEK COOPERATIVE MINISTRY JOINT WORSHIP SERVICE OF CELEBRATION
The church councils of both of our congregations invite and encourage all members of both Penn-Zion’s and Brush Creek to attend our first Service of Celebration together on Sunday evening, October 28th, 7:00 PM at Brush Creek Lutheran Church. We will be celebrating the Reformation, as well as our new relationship in our cooperative ministry, in carrying the Gospel into the future. Guest preacher for the evening will be the Rev. Sarah Lee-Faulkner, Assistant to the Bishop of our Southwestern PA Synod, who helped lead us in pulling together our cooperative ministry. Current plans are to collect a special offering that evening for Lutheran World Relief, specifically for earthquake recovery efforts in Indonesia. There will be special music during the service and a time for fellowship following worship. Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend this important event in the life of our ministry together. And keep an eye and an ear out for announcements regarding help with refreshments for the evening.
BLESSING OF THE FIRST RESPONDERS-SEPTEMBER 16TH
Joins us in worship on Sunday morning on September 16th at Zion’s, beginning at 11 AM. During this service we will take time to say “THANK YOU” and offer a special blessing of our First Responders and their vehicles. This is a combined worship service for Penn and Zion’s (NOTE: by a church council decision, there will be no worship service at Penn on September 16th, as all our encouraged to be present for the service at 11:00 AM), followed by a light meal/refreshments for all. We have invited members of our local police, fire and EMS stations. If you know someone who is a First Responder, please take the time to say THANK YOU and invite them to this event. There will be sign-up sheets for cookie donations. Other food arrangements are being by LaVerne Mochnick, so please contact her if you are willing and able to help out.
COME TO WORSHIP – GO TO SERVE!!
COFFEE & CONVERSATION
Coffee & Conversation at Zion’s every Sunday, at 10:15 a.m. in the Social Hall. Hosted by the Discipleship Ministry Team this is an opportunity to share in a good cup of coffee (or tea), conversation and fellowship. Any questions, please contact a member of the Discipleship Ministry Team.
World Communion Sunday
The first Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world. On October 7th we will celebrate with our brothers and sisters through the offering of global breads as we share in the feast of Holy Communion
LUTHERAN CHURCH WOMEN ACTIVITIES / EVENTS
SHARING FEELINGS – ALL DAY BIBLE STUDY — “LET US PRAY”
As part of ourBible study the following quotes were shared by Carolyn Petroski.
¨ “Sometimes God makes better choices for us, than we could have made for ourselves.” …Jennifer Hudson
“ Faith is a firm trust and conviction that sometimes if God doesn’t give you what you think you want, It’s not because you don’t deserve it, but because you deserve better.” … David White
¨ “We often think that when God closes a door, that is His final answer. We put a period where God puts a comma.. We think it’s a “no”, but it’s really a “not yet.” …. Mark Batterson
On August 14th, 18 women came together at Zion’s for the all day Bible Study / lunch to learn more about our prayer life. What a perfect way to spend (about 5+ hrs.) together – sharing our friendship, love, and great food. Jean Heasley related to me “She went home with much joy and happiness (a feeling of closeness and love) in her heart”. What a statement and hopefully felt by others present on this day. My thanks go out to all who attended and donated food for lunch – the women from Brush Creek, Paintertown, Our Savior, and Penn-Zion’s Lutheran Churches. Special “thanks and appreciation” is given to Betty Feathers and Diana Miller for leading the bible study sessions, along with myself.
“We know that all things work together for good, for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
LaVerne Mochnick—President of Penn-Zion’s Lutheran Church Women
PENN-ZION’S LUTHERAN CHURCH WOMEN ACTIVITIES / HAPPENINGS
September 10 (Monday) 9:30 a.m. at Zion’s “The Art of Coloring” will be held this day. Normal meeting is the first Monday of month, thus Labor Day being the first Monday we will meet on September 10th.
September 11 (Tuesday) 6:30 p.m. Lutheran Church Women meeting will be held at the Zion’s Church. Program Leader — LaVerne Mochnick. Hostess — Joanne Dick / LaVerne Mochnick. All invited.
Ootober 01 (Monday) 9:30 a.m. at Zion’s “The Art of Coloring”
October 09 (Tuesday) 6:00 p.m. Covered Dish meeting at the church. (Note time 6:00 p.m.) Bring a covered dish / dessert to share. All invited — both men & women.
All members are invited to attend the meetings of the Lutheran Church Women
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNTIES
Opportunities for Bible Studies with the pastor are Friday mornings beginning at 11:00 AM at Zion’s and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM at Brush Creek. All people who are available at these times are encouraged to attend to deepen one’s faith in Christ our Lord.
International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church – November 4. Opportunities to write letters to Christians imprisoned for their faith.
Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off Week – November 12-19. Volunteers needed for shifts to receive donated shoebox gifts at Zion’s. More specifics to follow. Children may participate in this activity.
Children’s Grief Awareness Day Observance-November 15. Luminaries display. Volunteers needed to set up luminaries. More specifics to follow. Children may participate in this activity.
Red Sand Project-September 11, beginning 5 PM at the Greensburg Courthouse. You are invited to help pour red sand in the sidewalk cracks around the Courthouse in Greensburg as a reminder of the estimated 40,300,000 individuals that are enslaved in the world today. It is estimated that 600,000-800,000 people are trafficked across countries’ borders. The grains of sand represent these people that have fallen through the cracks, in the world, the United States and even in Westmoreland County. Additional locations where you will see red sand is Excela Hospital, St. Clair Park and Seton Hill University. This event is sponsored by the Westmoreland County Human Trafficking Task Force. Sign up sheets will be in the narthex. It is estimated that it will take about 1 ½ hours to fill the sidewalk cracks around the Courthouse. Those interested in carpooling will meet at Zion’s at 4:15 PM. If you have questions about this event or human trafficking, please see Gwen as she as on the local task force.
Westmoreland County Operation Christmas Child Packing Party-September 29. Join other volunteers across Westmoreland County as we pack 1,000 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The event is Saturday, September 29, 11:00 AM at the Calvary Chapel, 430 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg (located within the Greensburg Shopping Center). Our G.O. F.I.S.H. Kids Club will also be attending this event. Questions? Contact Gwen Steiner or Maria Stampahar.
Westmoreland County Operation Christmas Child Packing Party-September 29. Join other volunteers across Westmoreland County as we pack 1,000 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The event is Saturday, September 29, 11:00 AM at the Calvary Chapel, 430 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg (located within the Greensburg Shopping Center).
Our G.O. F.I.S.H. Kids Club will also be attending this event. Questions? Contact Gwen Steiner or Maria Stampahar.
We have some really good books and DVDs for children through adults which are great “summer reads” to take on a vacation, just relax on a porch, or if you are indoors due to the weather. There are lots of reasons to stop by and check out our library. The Library is downstairs at Zion. New features are located on the table in the narthex. Please let Gwen know if you like one of the books that are part of a series so we can complete the series for your reading enjoyment or if you have found an author that you like.
rightnowMEDIA Website – A ministry opportunity for all our homes!
Members of Church Council recently received and reviewed an offer through the website called “rightnowMEDIA,” a Christian-based website offering over 15,000 videos, Bible Studies, and training conferences, for use in the home. As Church Council went ahead and approved this “internal outreach” for our congregation, we hope that all members of our congregation will be able to benefit from this electronic capability to have Christian based educational and inspirational material in their homes. Parents will have full access to the site for helping their children grow in faith, as well as nourishing and strengthening their own spiritual lives. Categories include specific material for children, youth, young adults, men, women, marriage, leadership, Biblical study, inspirational videos, and more. Small groups may meet in homes to review and discuss together a seminar or Bible study. Grandparents can entertain their grandchildren while babysitting. Pastor Steiner will be able to tailor and encourage Biblical studies and leadership development in all of our congregation’s homes in a way to reach people whose lives have become overly involved, preventing them from being present with us; or focus on leadership development with specific individuals with the ability to receive and comment on your responses to study questions.
Signing up for access to the “rightnowMEDIA” website only requires your current email address be given to Pastor Steiner or LaVerne Mochnick. You will then be sent an invitation to open and fill out a short profile and set your own password on the website so that you can then have access at any time it is convenient for you and your household. Please make sure your server does not count this website invitation as spam. How is it being paid for? The congregation will be paying a monthly access fee for you to use this “freely” in your home. The good part is that we are locking this monthly fee into place; and if, as we hope, the congregation expands in membership, the fee will not go up. Pastor Steiner and members of Church Council are excited about this addition to our ministry and pray you will take advantage of this rich resource. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Steiner. You may send your email addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org or to RevRSteiner@verizon.net or text your email address to pastor’s cell phone 412-913-9391 in order to get started right away.
Luther’s Small Catechism
Copies of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism are available through the church office at a cost of $5.00/book. Plans are to study Luther’s Small Catechism throughout the coming year as we commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. More copies can be ordered if we run out. A free app through 1517 Media/Augsburg Fortress to download the Small Catechism on your phone or Ipad is available through the App Store
THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE
LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.