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
AMANI CHILDREN’S CHOIR FROM UGANDA
We were truly blessed to have the Amani Children’s Choir with us last month. The joy of the Lord certainly comes out in their singing, dancing and while visiting with them.
A BIG THANK YOU to all who helped with donations, meals, laundry, and cookies. Already looking forward to their return in 2021!
FROM THE AMANI CHILDREN’S CHOIR
Thank you very much for having us here at your church. Our hearts are overwhelmed by the love you have showed us and our prayer will always be that God will bless you abundantly and richly reward you. You will always be in our hearts and prayers.
Kauthara, Saphine, Angel, Jordan, Sarah, Freedom, Shalom,
Joshua, Precious, Vicent, Benjamin, Mastula, Stella, Angela,
Ruth, Driscilla, Fortune, Teddy, Denise, Rebecca, Hussinah, Whitney, and Tracy
LUTHERAN CHURCH WOMEN—SPONSORED ACTIVITIES
LCW – will attend a play at Apple Hill Playhouse July 11 at 7:30 p.m. to see “I’m Sixty”– Cost is ($15) Sign up sheet is in back of church. Please sign up and give money to LaVerne Mochnick if you plan to attend. 15 tickets reserved. (No meeting in July)
Tentative Plans —- LCW has reserved for August 7 — Matinee 2:00 p.m at Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown to see “Mid Life 2 – What Did I come in here for?” 15 tickets are available – cost is $17.00. More info / sign up sheet available later. (No meeting in August) Enjoy the plays.
Save the date — the LCW is planning a
DAY BIBLE STUDY
Zion’s Lutheran Church
Route 130 Harrison City, PA
Wednesday, September 11 starting at 9:30 A.M.
Lunch will be served
THEME: FOR JUST SUCH A TIME AS THIS
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. — 1st Session
ESTHER THE QUEEN – VOICES IN THE KING’S COURT
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 NOON — 2nd session
ESTHER SAVES THE JEWS – FINDING OUR VOICES
12:00 noon Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. — 3rd session
REMEMBERING ESTHER: USING OUR VOICES
2:00 p.m. Closing – responses
At this time: Leaders for the above to be determined
The “Art of Coloring” August 5th 9:30 a.m. at Zion’s Bring a friend — come join this morning of fellowship
INPORTANT EVENTS / HAPPENINGS FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS
INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
PITTSBURGH PIRATE GAME OUTING — 30 members of Penn-Zion’s & Brush Creel Lutheran Churches will attend the Pittsburgh Pirates home game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, July 19th.
BRUSH CREEK – PENN ZION’S PICNIC
The Penn-Zion’s & Brush Creek Lutheran Cooperative Ministry will hold a picnic on Sunday, August 11th, arriving at 4:30 PM and sitting down to eat around 5:00 PM. The picnic will be held at the Municipal Park in Harrison City (right next to the municipal building) in the big pavilion near the concession stand. All people from our congregations are invited and encouraged to attend. Please bring your favorite covered dish creations (meat dishes, vegetable dishes, & desserts) to share with everyone, and your own place settings….corn and drinks will be provided. Please make an effort to join in on this time of food, fellowship, and fun, and get to know some new people.
BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS — Children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks and/or lunchboxes to church on Sunday, August 18h . Pastor will have a prayer and blessing as you start back to school.
MEN’S FELLOWSHIP AND GROWTH OPPORTUNITY
CAN WE GET 10 MEN TOGETHER FROM BOTH PENN-ZION’S AND BRUSH CREEK ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 31ST FROM 8:00 AM – 12 NOON? Pastor Steiner is working with Denny Hyland, regional director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, to encourage spiritual growth and bless men in our local congregations and communities. Pastor Steiner is challenging the men from our congregations to form a group of at least 10 men to attend the “2019 GAMEDAY MEN’S CONFERENCE” at the Cornerstone Ministries Church off Route 22 in Murrysville. We will experience inspirational video moments with Tony Dungy (former Steeler and NFL coach), Bob and Pam Tebow (parents of Tim Tebow), Ted DiBiase, Colt McCoy, Dr. Tony Evans, and Phil Robertson (from Duck Dynasty), among others. We will have breakfast together and time for sharing and fellowship as men of God. Cost is $20/person or $200/team (which maybe our church councils would contemplate helping to defer the cost?). Proceeds help the Fellowship of Christian Athletes provide resources for coaches and athletes during the coming school year. The guiding Bible verse for this event is Hebrews 10: 24-25 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (ESV) Save the date now and reserve your spot by contacting Pastor Steiner ASAP.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW
As per Parish Council Approval
SEPTEMBER 8, 11:00 a.m.
ONE WORSHIP SERVICE AT ZION’S
BLESSING OF EMERGENCY
VEHICLES AND FIRST RESPONDERS
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AFTER SERVICE WILL BE PART OF THIS DAY!
Brush Creek will hold its regular service at 9:45 a.m. that morning.
DON’T FORGET YOUR SUMMER VACATION POSTCARDS
While making plans for this summer, don’t forget to pick a postcard or two from your summer activities for the Veterans Administration. These postcards are part of a therapy program to provide treatment and rehabilitation for disabled, homebound, shut-in and outpatient veteran patients within the VA System. This is one of our on-going Recycled Hope in-gatherings.
Join us for a time of fellowship at Helping Hands Tuesdays, July 16 and August 20 at 10 AM and 6:30 PM at Penn Lutheran Church as we prepare our on-going and special mission projects. These monthly events are open to all ages and provide an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to participate together. Please contact Gwen with any questions or suggestions for upcoming activities.
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. 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.
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 email@example.com 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.