October 18th Zion Lutheran congregation had a privilege to hear Pastor David Floyd preach and administer the Sacrament.
Pastor David Floyd is currently the Pastor at Benicia Lutheran Church in Benicia CA since 2013. The church membership is approximately 170 baptized members. Church ministries include Bible Study on Sunday and Wednesdays, Sunday School, youth ministry and confirmation, “WINGS” or Women IN God’s Service, handbells and a Lutheran preschool, Noah’s Ark Preschool.
Pastor Floyd was born and raised in southern California. He and his wife, Laura, have 2 adult children, Carey, and Christa. Pastor Floyd is a graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary at Ft. Wayne IN. During our interview with Pastor Floyd the call committee agreed Pastor Floyd was forth right and Christ centered in speaking about is goals and his pastoral style. His approach to laity in ministry, liturgical worship, and communion is like Zion. He is committed to community outreach and the church preschool at Benicia. He would be interested in living in the campus parsonage. The call committee encourages all to visit the BLC website at https://www.benicialutheranchurch.com and familiarize yourself with his sermons and more information about his current parish. The call committee agrees that Pastor David Floyd is fully qualified to be a candidate for pastor at Zion Lutheran Church.
Last weekend - October 17-18 - there was LWML Weekend in Zion congregation.
This is what Yvonne said: "I did a presentation on the Grant process and the ladies really enjoyed it and have a better understanding of how important those grants are. We planned our next meeting which is Saturday - November 14 at 10:00 and Elaine will present a special "Heaven" program. Everyone has to come to find out what that will be but I know it will be inspiring.
We talked more about out Christmas Potluck and how we will maintain social distancing, etc. We will send out fliers soon and anyone who comes will have to RSVP. The potluck is scheduled for Saturday - December 12 @ noon with a special gift exchange.
Last Sunday we celebrated LWML Sunday. Every lady who came to church, both 8:00 and 10:30 received a purple or yellow carnation. I gave a brief history of the LWML at both services. It was great!
Our next Days For Girls workday is this Saturday - October 24 - at 10:00.
Sunday, October 4th members of our congregation were able to meet in the sanctuary. Following the health guidelines (25% capacity etc.) we could celebrate the presence of the Lord in His Word and Sacrament. The feelings were overwhelming and truly joyful when anyone can say: "home, sweet home"!
On Wednesday, September 30 our congregation received a shipping order, a really great one. It was a new blower motor set for our organ. It turns out that when the previous motor was installed it was undersized. Therefore, our music director could not use the organ at it's full capacity - and we are not only talking about the volume (or loudness). It was impossible to perform some of the nice musical features that our beautiful instrument is capable of.
Please continue to pray for the installation process - we need to schedule a technician to come over from the Salinas area, plus some funds will need to be raised to pay for the installation and maintenance.
Hopefully, in a few weeks we'll have our re-newed organ to play even more inspiring music than before.
In photo: Greg Riley next to the set in the narthex.
The Lutheran Women in Mission group here at Zion Lutheran Church held their regular monthly meeting Saturday – September 12.
We were blessed to have as our guest speaker Kirsten Conejo from Central Coast Home Health Agency. She shared with us the services they provide such as nursing, physical and occupational therapy, nutrition education and hospice care. It was a great and very informative talk.
For information about our meetings please contact Yvonne Simpkins art 805-466-6632. “SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS”
On photo Kirsten Conejo with her colleague performing flu shots.
Today we had our first outdoor service under the patio next to the fellowship hall. It was 97 degrees, we wore masks, and remained socially distant but the body of Christ is united because as Jesus says in our Gospel today, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there among them" Matthew 18:20.
What a special day it was…having some of our children back - teaching God’s word and loving this curriculum - water activity with Rob - ice cream - just everything joyful and my heart overflowing…still singing God’s word is a lamp unto my feet and can do that in public with bandanna as no one can see my lips move and they wonder where this music is coming from…kind of fun:)