2016 ScareCrow

The 2016 Scare Crow Festival was a great success. Thank you to all members of Zion who devoted the time and energy toward this fantastic event. A special thanks to the many varied wonderful vendors for participating.

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Pastors Message

Dear Friends of Zion,


Have you noticed how so many things seem to lose value?  The dollar does not seem to buy as much as it used to years ago.  That new car loses value as soon as you drive it off the car lot.  Bread becomes stale, fruit becomes soft, and the shelf life of the products we buy soon expire.

Yet, there is something that God has given to us that never loses value.  That is the grace and mercy of God through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  St. Peter once wrote, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”  (1 Peter 1:18-19)  The value of what Christ offers through His body and blood have eternal value that does not diminish with time.  St. Peter referred this as “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade- kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4).

There are some things about my faith in Christ that means more to me the longer I live.  As time passes I have been greatly comforted by God’s grace that offers forgiveness, for I certainly have not mastered that perfect life God requires in His Law.  I still face temptation and the struggles of my humanity.  Yet, our Lord has blessed us with His holy Supper that continues to impart His forgiving grace and peace.

The older I get the more I treasure the presence of my Savior in my life.  Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5), and, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” Matthew 28:20b).  How precious these words are to me during those times when challenges arise.  Sometimes it seems like those challenges grow as time passes.

And what a blessing God has given us in our faith!  The value of our faith grows as we nourish it through the Word of God and His Sacraments.  St. Paul wrote, “Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)  St. Peter said it this way: “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:7)

As you see so many things fading in value, may God help us to hold on to those things that are eternal!

– Pastor

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.

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