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
LENT / EASTER — 2019
LENTEN WORSHIP SCHEDULE FOR BOTH PENN-ZION’S AND BRUSH CREEK
Please mark your calendars accordingly for the following opportunities to worship throughout Lent. (Pastor still deciding on theme)
Ash Wednesday: (3/6) 11:30 AM Brush Creek 7:00 PM at Zion’s
Wednesdays in Lent: 11:30 AM Brush Creek 7:00 PM at Zion’s
Monday (4/15) 7:00 PM Zion’s Short Prayer Service
Tuesday (4/16) 7:00 PM Zion’s Short Prayer Service
Wednesday (4/17) 11:30 AM Brush Creek
Wednesday (4/17) 7:00 PM Zion’s
Maundy Thursday (4/18) 7:00 PM Brush Creek Service of Holy Communion
Good Friday (4/19) 12 noon Penn
Good Friday (4/19) 7:00 PM Zion’s – Tenebrae Service
Holy Saturday (4/20) Prayer & Silent Meditation on your own
Easter Sunrise Service (4/21 ) 6:30 AM Penn — top of the hill
Easter Sunday (4/21) Regular Sunday Services of Celebration and Holy Communion
May God bless each of you in this most blessed time of celebrating the new and forgiven life so freely given to us through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen
The Amani Children’s Choir from Uganda
will again be staying with us and performing.
Please mark your calendars now for June 26th.
More details to follow.
JOINT COUNCIL MEETING ON TUESDAY, APRIL 9TH
The church councils of Penn-Zion’s and Brush Creek will meet at Brush Creek beginning at 6:30 PM. Each will meet individually at 6:30 PM, then meet together as one no later than 8:00 PM. All members of both Church Councils are asked to make special note of this time and date on their calendars. As always, members of the congregations are invited to attend these meetings.
THERE WILL BE NO CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING AT PENN-ZION’S ON MONDAY, APRIL 8TH. We will have our normal Church Council meetings for March. Monday, March 11th at Zion’s starting at 6:30 PM; and Tuesday, March 12th at Brush Creek, beginning at 7:00 PM.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW
AND INVITE YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS
Penn-Zion’s (at Zion’s in Harrison City) will be hosting the PT Opioid Coalition meetings on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 6:30 p.m. and the PT Opioid Coalition sponsored “Save a Life Today” event on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 which will include “Overdose Prevention Training and a K-9 Demonstration.” Yes, Penn Township Police Department’s own “Mingo” will be present to demonstrate his skills at 6:30 p.m., followed by overdose prevention training (approximately 45 minutes -1 hour) at 7:00 PM. At this event, you will learn:
- How to identify the symptoms of an overdose
- Ways to prevent an overdose
- What to do and what not to do when someone overdoses
- Ways to administer Narcan
- Information on PA Act 139, the Overdose Prevention/Good Samaritan Law
- Our local Penn Township Coalition for Drug Awareness is sponsoring this free event. There will be other information related to this topic available at this event. Kelli Nabuda from Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services (SPHS) has presented this training throughout the county, and we are fortunate to have her as our guest presenter and member of our local coalition.
LUTHERAN CHURCH WOMEN—MARCH / APRIL MEETINGS
MARCH 12 — 6:00 P.M. SOUP DINNER at Zion’s – please join us for an evening of great soup and lots of fellowship. If you have a special reading / poem, bring it to share. Diana Miller is still recuperating from surgery and unable to present the program. This activity is open to all men and women in the congregation. Sign up sheet in Narthex at Zion’s.
APRIL 09 — 6:30 P.M. — Meet at Zion’s. All women of the congregation are invited to share this evening of fellowship. Betty Feathers will present program and Carolyn Bender & Betty are hostess.
“The Art of Coloring” — March 4 / April 1 — Join us at Zion’s—9:30 a.m.
Bring your neighbors & friends
INVITATION TO PENN-ZION’S BIBLE STUDY AT BRUSH CREEK LUTHERAN CHURCH —
Led by Pastor Sarah Lee-Faulkner
TUESDAY, APRIL 16, APRIL 23, AND APRIL 30 AT 10:00 A.M.
THEME: “THE BIBLE AND WORSHIP SERVICE”
Have you ever wondered how our worship service relates to the Bible? What parts of the Bible have been used to establish our worship service? Come join us at the Bible Study on these dates. Folks from Penn-Zion’s are encouraged to attend also.
Day Light Saving Time to start at 2 AM on Sunday, March 10th
Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed.
SOUTHWESTERN PA SYNOD ASSEMBLY
The annual Synod Assembly of the Southwestern PA Synod, ELCA, is scheduled to meet June 13-15, 2019 at California University of Pennsylvania. Two eligible voting members (one male, one female) from each congregation (Penn-Zion’s and brush Creek) are needed to represent our congregations in the deliberations and work of the wider church. We are also eligible to have one confirmed youth from each congregation to attend as congregational delegates. It is important that we have both our voices and votes heard on the synod level. Interested persons are asked to speak with members of church council or the pastor ASAP.
Join us for fellowship on Tuesdays, March 19th (MORNING ONLY) & April 16th at Penn, as we prepare our on-going and special mission projects. Please note that March is only a morning session. Our morning sessions are at 10:00 A.M. and the evening is at 6:30 P.M. These monthly groups provide an opportunity for children, youth, and adults to participate together–side by side. This activity qualifies for school or club related Community Service hours. It is amazing what all gets accomplished in a short period of time and there is always much laughter!
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.
Souper Bowl of Caring 2019.
We designated our in-gathering of soup for St. Barbara’s Food Pantry. 290 cans of soup were donated to our neighbors experiencing food insecurity at this time. We have been participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring for 7 years. To date we have donated 1,456 cans of soup to St. Barbara’s Food Pantry through our Souper Bowl of Caring efforts.
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.