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
LUTHERAN CHURCH WOMEN—SPONSORED ACTIVITIES
May 14 (Tuesday) — You are invited to join us at Zion’s, 6:00 p.m. for Tea.
Our regular meeting night will feature this special event hosted by Janet Burton, Barbara Panigal, and Carolyn Petroski.
We are asking you to please sign up for this evening. June / July No regular meetings scheduled. Tentative plans — attend a play.
August 13 Meeting to be decided (All Day Bible Study to be discussed)
“The Art of Coloring” — Adult Crafts – This group continues to meet the first Monday of each month: May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, 9:30 a.m. at Zion’s.
September (date to be decided) All ages invited.
INPORTANT EVENTS / HAPPENINGS FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS
INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
PENN-TRAFFORD HIGH SCHOOL BACCALAUREATE SERVICE
The Penn-Trafford Ministerium will be hosting the annual Baccalaureate Service for graduating seniors and their families. All people are invited to join in this event on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in the high school auditorium. Peter Leonetti from Young Life will be the guest speaker. As Pastor Steiner will be participating in the Baccalaureate Service, there will be no worship at Zion’s that evening.
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL AT BRUSH CREEK
Brush Creek is hosting a Strawberry Festival on Wednesday, June 5th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. A sign-up sheet will be available in the churches so adequate preparations can be made. Plan now to come out and enjoy some fellowship.
ANNUAL SYNOD ASSEMBLY
Please keep our synod, its professional clergy and leaders, and all of our congregational representatives in prayer as the Southwestern PA Synod meets in Assembly at California University of PA, June 13-15, 2019. May the Holy Spirit lead and guide all who attend as the business of the wider church is debated and voted upon. Especially this year we pray for the Spirit’s guidance in electing a Bishop, a new President of Synod Council, and a new Secretary of the Synod to lead us over the next several years.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
On Wednesday, June 19th at 7:00 PM, our worship service at Zion’s will include the Blessing of the Animals. Our pets are part of our family and creatures created by God. This is a special service where we can give thanks for them. Animals must be on leashes or in pet carriers
AMANI CHILDREN’S CHOIR FROM UGANDA
We are hosting the Amani Children’s Choir from Uganda again this year. What a lovely time we had in 2017 as they lived among us and led us in a wonderful evening of praising God. They will be with us from Tuesday, June 25 through Thursday, June 27th, doing a performance at Brush Creek on Wednesday, June 26th at 7:00 PM. All people are invited and strongly encouraged to attend this concert – you will not be disappointed.
The Amani Children’s Choir will be sleeping at Zion’s in Harrison City both Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Our Penn-Zion’s & Brush Creek Lutheran Cooperative Ministry is responsible for providing meals and at least one opportunity for showers. Please consider how you may help out in preparing and serving meals – a menu will be prepared beforehand – as well as donating fruits, snack foods, cookies, and drinks.
We hope that you will spread the word and come out that Wednesday, June 26th at Brush Creek to enjoy the wonderful ministry of music and dance from the Amani Children’s Choir. All people in the surrounding communities and churches are being invited.
PITTSBURGH PIRATE GAME OUTING (LOOKING AHEAD TO JULY)
As per decision of the Joint Council of the Penn-Zion’s & Brush Creek Cooperative Ministry to host a joint fun and fellowship activity, 30 tickets have been ordered for the Pittsburgh Pirates home game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, July 19th. Tickets are $23/person. Anyone who wants to reserve tickets for this game should contact LaVerne Mochnick at 724-744-4243 ASAP…if we know early enough, it is possible to TRY to order more if there is a need for more. You may pay in cash or checks made out to “LaVerne Mochnick” as she is handling the ticket arrangements.
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.
PENN-TRAFFORD COMMUNITY BAND
The Penn-Trafford Community Concert Band, under the direction of our own Doug Skoretz, will be performing at several venues throughout the summer season. A few of our members and friends are actively involved and look forward to having members of our family of faith come out to hear them play. Upcoming dates and times in May-June include:
Walden’s View in Irwin Sunday, May 19th 1:30 PM
Flag Day at Norwin Elks Saturday, June 8th 10:30 AM
Kennywood Park Sunday, June 30th 4:00 PM
Join us for fellowship on Tuesdays, May 21st and June 18th at Penn, for our regular Helping Hands as we prepare our on-going and special mission projects. We offer both hourly morning and evening sessions on these dates. The morning session is at 10:00 am and the evening is at 6:30 pm. Special Helping Hands dates of Tuesday May, 28 at 6:30pm & Saturday, June 1 9:00am-noon are set for sorting and preparing the donations we received from the Just Between Friends sale. Drop in for an hour or stay for the shift. Please contact Gwen with any questions or suggestions for upcoming activities. Also, if you are interested in delivering to nonprofit organizations within Westmoreland and Allegheny Counties, please let Gwen know so we can coordinate delivering our in-gatherings.
THRIVENT ACTION TEAMS
All Thrivent members are encouraged to use the Thrivent Action Team Grants available to them through Thrivent as a way to give back to our church and our community. Each Thrivent member is entitled to two $250 grants per year to support an activity or mission project. This equals several thousand dollars of Action Team grants available through the number of Thrivent members we have within our parish. Let us be good stewards by not letting this money pass us by…see Gwen if you would like suggestions of possible programs you can support through these grants and Project Hope or application support.
TEDDY BEAR PATROL
National Emergency Services Week occurs during May. So, we are collecting stuffed teddy bears for our on-going Teddy Bear Patrol ingathering. Our goal is to replenish the teddy bears for our local Police, Fire, and EMS departments. The EMS personnel provide teddy bears to children who experience trauma-fire, natural disaster, accident or violence. Please only new or gently used teddy bears
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.