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
The Penn Trafford Ministerium is
Thankful for YOU
Please Come and Celebrate
Enjoy a Turkey Dinner with all the fixin’s
Place: The Harrison Room
Harrison City Volunteer Fire Dept.
Date: Tuesday, November 20 Time: 6:00 p.m.
Volunteers and Desserts are needed (see Pastor)
A brief Worship Service of Thanksgiving will follow the meal. We hope you will stay for this
Operation Christmas Child Relay Station
We are again a drop-off location (at Zion’s) for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. Volunteers are needed to assist people when they drop off their boxes. Collection Week is November 12th -19th. Listed below are the shifts that we will be receiving shoebox donations and are looking for volunteers. We are also asking for some cookies to provide to our donors as a “Thank you!” Sign-up sheets for the shifts are in the narthex (Zion’s) and clip boards (Penn & Brush Creek). Children are invited to participate.
Monday November 12th 9:00 a.m. – noon & 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday November 13th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday November 14th 9:00 am – noon & 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday November 15th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday November 16th 9:00 a.m. -noon & 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday November 17th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday November 18th noon – 3:00 p.m.
Monday November 19th 9:00 a.m. – noon
COME JOIN US FOR THESE SPECIAL EVENTS
LUTHERAN CHURCH WOMEN
November 13, 6:30 p.m. — meet at the church
Program Dianne Field
Hostess Dianne Field / Marion Kovalchik
December 11, 6:00 p.m. Annual Pasta Christmas Covered Dish Dinner
(men invited to attend). Share this evening of great food, and fellowship,
THE ART OF COLORING — at Zion’s
The Art of Coloring group will meet on
Monday, November 5th, 9:30 a.m.
Monday, December 3rd, 9:30 a.m.
Refreshments will be served as usual.
COME TO WORSHIP – GO TO SERVE!!
SHARE THE HOLIDAY SEASON
The Joint Council of the Penn-Zion’s and Brush Creek Evangelical Lutheran
***Cooperative Ministry has established worship times for Christmas Eve this year.
Worship times are as follows:
Penn: 6:30 p.m. Brush Creek: 8:00 p.m. Zion’s: 10:00 p.m.
All people are encouraged to attend at least one of these services as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ who came into the world to save us from our sin and to show us the way to make society better. May God bless us all throughout our holidays in November and December.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE & NATIVITY DISPLAYS
Pastor Steiner and Gwen invite the parish and friends to an open house on Sunday, December 16th, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Zion’s. On display are over 120 nativities from around the world – PLUS — lots of yummy food. Your friends and family are welcome to this event to view the many ways people around the world depict Christ’s birth. This has become a cherished tradition of the Steiner family-sharing time with YOU our church family and friends.
Christmas Decorating at Penn & Zion’s
Zion’s decorating will occur on Saturday, December 1, 9:00 a.m. — come and help.
Penn’s decorating will occur on Sunday, December 2nd after worship service. All are invited to join in these times of fellowship.
Our Tree of Hope will again be located in the narthex at Zion’s with ornaments representing our Project Hope, Team Hope, and Stitches of Hope activities during 2018. It is exciting to see where Christ has guided our hands and feet within our communities, U.S. and abroad; we look forward to where we will follow in 2019. The ornaments and tree skirt were made by women in the congregation sharing their creative talents. Make sure you check out this tree.
Congregational Meeting — December 9, 2018
After Worship ServicesFor the purpose of electing Council Members (3 year term) and approval for Treasurer to pay bills until Congregational Meeting in January 2019. Terms of Parish Council members ending in December include:
Wendy Fait & Ron Wahl — Penn
Gary Teti & Dennis Wiser — Zion’s
If you wish to have your name placed on the ballot, see a member of the
Parish Council or LaVerne Mochnick, Secretary.
Annual Congregational Meeting — January 20, 2019
One worship service at Zion’s 11:00 a.m.
Alternate snow date: January 27, 2019
MEN’S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST
November 17, 8:00 a.m. Men’s Fellowship Breakfast will meet at Zion’s.
Greg Calhoun will host the breakfast.
December 15, 8:00 a.m. – place to be decided.
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. Donuts / coffee are available the first Sunday of each month before worship (10:15 a.m.) and also after the worship service. Any questions, please contact a member of the Discipleship Ministry Team.
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
During our services on November 4, we will be lifting up our brothers and sisters in the persecuted church around the world. Information related to how you can be involved in daily prayers and other means to support our Christian family in parts of the world where speaking your name, owning just a page of a Bible, meeting in prayer, studying, or worshiping in the Word can mean hardships, persecution, and even death.
HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES
Holiday Mail for Heroes is a program offered for our service men and women in military hospitals here at home and abroad through the American Red Cross. This program was updated in direct response to the men and women service members who during their stay at Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir were unable to purchase cards for their families across the country and had wished they could have sent well wishes. So, we are asking for Christmas cards (please no glitter) and envelopes with a postage stamp for mailing to be dropped off at each church by Sunday, November 25.
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.