Happy Birthday Zion!



On Sunday September 18, 2016, the Zion Lutheran Church will be celebrating 125 years of service to Wallingford and surrounding communities.

Proclaiming the word of GOD to all who would hear.

It all starts at 9:15 with Sunday school, Service is at 10:30 and a Pot Luck at 12:00.

Pastors Message

Dear Friends of Zion,

We have anniversaries every year that connect us to special events and times.  Some anniversaries have a greater meaning to than others.  A married couple married for 25 years celebrates their silver wedding anniversary.  If they are married for 50 years, they celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.

On September 18, our congregation is celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Zion Lutheran Church in Wallingford, CT.  This is a very special anniversary celebration.  When the founding families established this church back in 1891, they desired to have a spiritual home that would connect them to the grace of God through Word and Sacraments.  Over the years many people have come to Zion Lutheran Church to receive the same blessings.

We have been blessed by the people who have come to Zion Lutheran Church.  I think of the parents who have come to have their children baptized.  Through water and the Word, God made them His own and blessed them with the Holy Spirit.  And many children have learned about God through the Sunday School that continues to lead young and old to Jesus.  And what a joy it has been over these many years to celebrate the Confirmation of our young men and women as they also partake of the Lord’s Supper for the first time!  These are cherished memories of people who have been part of the mission and ministries of Zion Lutheran Church.

Over the years people have come to this church for other special needs and reasons.  Many a bride and groom have heard the words, “I now pronounce you husband and wife in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” as they stood before the altar of the Lord at Zion Lutheran Church.  The Word of God continues to offer the blessings of His grace in their lives.  Over the years many hearts weighed down by grief at the loss of a loved one have heard the words of Jesus, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.” (John 11:25-26).  And as we have gathered in worship with the angels and archangels and the whole company of heaven, we have been reminded that the church on earth is united with the saints in heaven!

One hundred and twenty-five years is an occasion worth celebrating.  I thank God for the people who have participated in the fellowship and ministries of this congregation.  I thank God for the leaders, teachers, officers, musicians, singers, and volunteers who have served over these many years.  I thank God for the lives that have been blessed by Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, and the joy and comfort of being in the presence of our Lord and Savior .  May that same Lord bless us as we celebrate 125 Years of God grace in this place!

– Pastor

ScareCrow 2016


Zion Lutheran Announces Return of Scarecrow Festival

October 15, 2016 Time: 10 am – 3 pm

Zion’s is pleased to announce the return of our treasured and cherished Scarecrow Festival which will be held on our church’s five acre grounds located at 235 Pond Hill Road in Wallingford, CT on Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 10 am to 3 pm.

This year the proceeds from our Scarecrow Festival will go to the mission project of Zion Lutheran Church to help support the Ministry for the Developmentally Disabled.

This years’ Scarecrow Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever!  In addition to our amazing Scarecrow Contest, a Crafter and Vendor Market Area; a variety of Food Trucks; and many exciting new activities for the children.

Here’s A Sample of the Fun We Have Planned

For You and Your Family

At This Years’ Festival

Build a Scarecrow and Enter Our Scarecrow Contest   (Link to Scarecrow Contest Rules & Entry Forms)

            There are three separate entry categories:

Individual/Family Entries

Non-profit/Civic Group Entries

Local Business Entries

First, Second, and Third Place Ribbons will be awarded to the winners in each category.

Scarecrow voting will be by popular vote of the Festival attendees.



Food Vendor Trucks

Dad’s Food Truck of Oxford known for their specialty hamburgers and Mac ‘n Cheese and much more!!!

Hometown Pizza of Yalesville known for the best Buffalo Chicken pizza!!!

744 Express of New Haven for their Cheesesteak, Sandwiches, and Wraps!!!

The Sugary Bakery Cupcake Truck of East Haven serving delicious cupcakes!!!


Besides Our Old-fashioned New England Contests

Our 2016 Festival Will Feature

Many Other Fun Venues & Activities for the Whole Family


A Crafter & Vendor Market Area Featuring Offerings from Local Crafters & Merchants (Link to Application)

We are currently seeking area crafters and vendors to participate in this high traffic event.  We are expecting large crowds at this event based on our aggressive public relations/advertising campaign, making this the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your crafts and merchandise at a venue where you are not competing with throngs of competitors selling the same items.  Our vendor spaces are reasonably priced at $25.00 for a 10’ x 10’ space, or $40.00 for two adjoining 10’ x 10’ spaces.  Interested crafters and vendors should reserve their space soon by submitting the linked Vendor Application together with the registration fee in accordance with the instructions included on the form.  Questions should be directed to Maureen Kos, Chairperson, Crafter/Vendor Sub-committee at 203-804-1613, or email kos@snet.net.

 Build your own Scarecrow

Don’t know how to build a scarecrow – stop by our Build-a-Scarecrow table and make your own. What a fun project for the family. Everything will be available to make your own unique scarecrow so you can display it on your lawn.

 Enjoy Great Performing Arts by Local Musicians/Actors

We are currently finalizing the various performers and will update this section when completed.

 Hay Rides

A tractor and wagon will bring you around our property to the different events or just enjoy a nice hayride.


Treat Your Children to the Fun Activities We’ve Got Planned for Them

What child doesn’t want to go on an Inflatable a dozen times?  It’s one of the greatest ways to bring a huge smile to a kid’s face, and a terrific way to let them burn off some of their never-ending energy!


Carnival Type Games!!!

The Great Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss                 Witch Hat Ring Toss

Casper’s Bank-a-Shot                                    Pumpkin Patch Throw

Goblins Knockdown                               Scarecrow Photo Backdrop



Treat them and the whole family to a Tractor Pulled Hayride and stop at our Free Children’s Pumpkin Picking Patch.


 All Net Proceeds from the Contests and Activities Listed Above Will Go to support Zion’s mission project:

Ministry for the Developmentally Disabled

Please Help Us to Make this Event Successful with Your Participation and Support!


Contact Information


General Information:                 Joseph Barillaro          203-265-6860            JosephBarillaro@att.net

Crafters & Vendors:                    Maureen Kos                203-804-1613              kos@snet.net

Scarecrow Contest:                     Sandy Boisvert             203-500-2740             boisvertsandy@sbcglobal.net

Activities for Children:             Doreen Freeman                                                  info@doreensdancecenter.net

Build Your Own Scarecrow:  Shirley Barillaro           203-265-6860             shirleybarillaro@att.net

Logistics:                                          David Kos                     203-804-1613              davidakos@snet.net