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
PASTOR STEINER AWAY IN FEBRUARY
Pastor Steiner and Gwen will be heading to Georgia after worship on Sunday, February 2nd to spend a week visiting his sister. They will return on Saturday, February 8th. During this time, Pastor Sarah Lee-Faulkner (412-512-6855) and Pastor John Gropp (412-680-7867) from our local Lutheran Cluster will be covering for pastoral emergencies. For any normal church business, please contact our church secretaries.
ADULT SUNDAY LEARNING OPPORTUNITY
Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM we will have an opportunity for adult Christian education learning at Zion’s. THANK YOU to Joe Field and Maria Stampahar.
COFFEE AND CONVERSATIONS
Coffee and Conversations meet each Sunday morning at Zion’s at 10:15 AM. Discussions have been lively and it has been a nice gathering time of fellowship. In addition to coffee, tea is available and there is usually a yummy treat to eat.
BIBLE STUDY OPPORTUNTIES
Opportunities for Bible Studies are Friday mornings beginning at 11:00 AM at Zion’s, and at Brush Creek on Wednesday mornings beginning at 10:00 AM. Bible Study at Brush Creek will resume on Wednesday, September 11th when pastor Steiner will begin a review of the Book of Revelation.
SOUPer Bowl of Caring
This year we will again participate in the nationwide youth movement to tackle hunger within our communities. Youth from across the United States will be participating in hunger-related projects on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020– Super Bowl Sunday. Our children & youth will be accepting donations of canned soup and/or monetary donations to support St. Barbara’s, our local food pantry. Look for our children & youth and their soup pots on that Sunday morning and support them in their project to reach out to our neighbors. This is our 8th year participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring and donating cans of soup to the food pantry. Gwen is setting the goal for 300 cans (last year we donated 290). To date we have collected 1500 cans of soup through the Souper Bowl of Caring since we began participating, which is pretty awesome!
Operation Christmas Child Update
We were blessed with another awesome year of volunteers from Penn Zion’s and Brush Creek! Thank you to those who packed a box for a child, volunteered a shift at our drop-off center, baked cookies or prayed for this outreach. We have received confirmation that our boxes went to Togo. This country is located in West Africa and is one of the smallest nations in Africa. The major religion is a combination of various indigenous beliefs. Please continue to remember the children receiving Operation Christmas Child boxes, not only in Togo, but other countries. May we also lift up those distributing the boxes and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Feeding the Spirit
We will be going back on Thursday, February 13th and are looking for volunteers. We will travel to Otterbein United Methodist Church, Greensburg to assist with serving meals. For those wishing to carpool, we will be leaving Zion’s parking lot at 4 PM. If you plan to go directly to Otterbein, meet us in the Otterbein parking lot at 4:30 PM. This ministry provides meals each Thursday for individuals and families trying to make ends meet within our communities. It’s a time of food and fellowship. In 2018 they served 4,218 meals to our neighbors in the Greensburg community. Sign-up sheets are in the narthex. Assisting with Feeding the Spirit is now a regularly scheduled Team Hope activity on the second Thursday of every other month. Please contact Gwen with any questions.
LUTHERAN CHURCH WOMEN
January 14 — 11:00 a.m. (weather permitting) at Zion’s Church
Program will be presented by LaVerne Mochnick
Hostess: Diana Miller and Barbara Panigal
February 11— 11:00 a.m. We will meet at the church for our meeting. Program will be presented by Janet Burton with refreshments by LaVerne Mochnick.
Note January / February time of meeting will be 11:00 a.m.
March 10— 6:00 a.m. — come and join us for our SOUP DINNER
We invite all women from the Penn-Zion’s Parish to attend these meetings.
“The Art of Coloring” will meet January 6th—9:30 a.m. and February 3rd—9:30 a.m. at Zion’s.
REMEMBERING OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS
The Lutheran Church Women will be remembering the Penn-Zion’s college students in a different facet this year. ALL names and addresses should be given to Joanne Dick, 111 Mt. Pleasant Blvd., Irwin, PA 15642 (724-864-0494) by February 11th to have your college student included in our special project. Monetary donations will be accepted. Your donation may be given to either LaVerne Mochnick or Diana Miller by February 10th. We appreciate your continued support in all our projects and say “Thank You”.
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.
COME TO WORSHIP – GO TO SERVE!!
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.