Take “Stock in Youth”

Youth Ministry Stock Program for 2016

The Youth Ministry Stock Program is our primary fundraiser where we ask parishioners, family, and friends to “Take Stock,” in our youth.

In return, you will be invited to join us for our Stockholder’s potluck at church, followed by a slide show of our trip to New Orleans,

on Saturday, July 30th from 6pm to 8pm.

You will also be kept in our prayers in New Orleans and receive a post card from New Orleans from one of our youth.

More details to come.

Pastors Message

Dear Friends of Zion,

I like the Fourth of July.  We call it “Independence Day”, a celebration of freedom and a reminder of those who fought for it as our nation was being born.  We observe the occasion with firework displays and cooking on our grills.  I can still remember going to Ocean Beach Park in New London as a child to watch the fireworks from the boardwalk.  We thought they were impressive, as the “Oooohs” and “Aaaahs” were spoken by the crowd in unison.  Since then, technology has made firework displays far more spectacular.  Hopefully, they will help us focus on the real treasure that is offered by the freedom our national forefathers intended for the citizens of this land.

Patrick Henry was addressing the Virginia legislature at St. John’s Church in Richman, Virginia, when he concluded with the famous line, “Give me liberty or give me death.”  Liberty was that important to him.  And it was important to many others who chose to stand up to a more powerful opponent, risking and sacrificing lives in order to achieve the freedom they so dearly desired.

Freedom is something that we also celebrate in our church.  St. Paul once wrote, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. ” (Galatians 5:1)  The freedom we enjoy as Christians is a freedom from sin and death.  Through the sacrificial death of Jesus we have been set free from our sins.  Death has no power over us.  We are citizens of heaven and children of the Almighty God.

Jesus once said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  (John 8:36)  That freedom came at the cost of the life of God’s only Son, Jesus.  And as people who have been set free, we also have a responsibility to use that freedom wisely.  St. Paul wrote, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. ” (Galatians 5:13)

Through His sacrifice we are forgiven.  We no longer are burdened by the oppressive nature of the Law that terrorizes our consciences.  We are free in Christ.  And we celebrate that freedom whenever we gather around God’s Word and Sacraments, receiving the blessings that Christ purchased for us by His blood and sealing it with His Holy Spirit.

The freedom we have in Christ is far more spectacular than what this nation can offer.  In Christ we have liberty and eternal life in God’s kingdom.  May that freedom be our source of joy and peace as we live on this side of heaven.

– Pastor