Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are you accepting new members? What do I have to do to join?
We are always accepting new members, and we are overjoyed when people choose to join in the worship, fellowship, and community that our congregation provides. At Zion there is only one requirement for membership: The willingness to join with us in worship, fellowship, and prayer, that together we would seek to know God better through relationship with His only Son, Jesus Christ, who gave his life for us on the cross and was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.
There are information forms available at the church, which can be filled out and given to the Pastor or church Secretary. We offer a new members orientation throughout the year to help newcomers learn more about our congregation. You may contact the pastor at any time to find out more about church membership.
2. I would like to help, is there anything I can do?
Yes, you can help! There are a wide variety of activities and ministries that are actively seeking your support. From ongoing projects, such as the outdoor chapel to ministry opportunities, such as our Visitation Team which reaches out to people who are hospitalized or homebound. You can also get involved with our youth as a Sunday School teacher, Confirmation Mentor, or Youth Ministry supporter. We offer weekly Bible Study for Adults and children. Check the front page of web site for schedule. Our choir is active and open to all people who would like to share the gift of song. We are always looking for volunteers to help clean the church and provide refreshments for our weekly coffee hour Sunday mornings. The bulk of the work we do takes place within the committees of the church, which include: Worship, Stewardship, Education, Social Ministry, Property, and Evangelism. These committees are open to all members, and are always actively seeking support. Additionally, if there is a ministry or project that you would like to start, we would like to hear your ideas!
3. How can I contact someone?
The Pastor can be reached in the church office Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. by calling (508) 987-1248. Karen, our church secretary is available in the church office Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m.
4. Is there Sunday school for children?
Our Sunday School program for children in pre-school through grade 6 is led by trained volunteers and meets each Sunday during the school-year. Check schedule on front page for times. Registration forms are available in church, and can be filled out when you arrive.
Our confirmation program is led by a group of trained volunteers. This program follows the “Faith Incubators” model which seeks to help young people articulate their faith through scripture, games, dramatic skits, and cooperative activities. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information!
5. What can I expect when I come to Zion?
Zion Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. You can find more information about the ELCA at: http://www.elca.org/
What do we believe?
-We believe that Jesus Christ, the only Son of God died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.
-We believe that by his death and resurrection, and through our baptism, we receive the free gift of God’s grace, redemption from sins and faith in Jesus Christ.
-We believe that God’s grace comes to us through our Baptism, the celebration of Holy Communion, and the Holy Scriptures.
We gather each week to worship God through Scripture, Song, Prayer, and Holy Communion. The worship service typically includes several hymns sung accompanied by organ, piano, and other special music offerings. We share in prayer for our world, our congregation, the community, and those in need. The heart of the service centers around scripture readings and the celebration of Holy Communion. Each service includes a sermon from the pastor, with a children’s sermon each Sunday morning for all children.