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Several of our members are college students who are preparing for their future. They continue to remain in our hearts and prayers.
During the times of college breaks, students who are home are invited to serve as worship participants if they so choose.
Care packages are sent to our college students as they are preparing for finals. These packages are put together by Harrold Zion Confirmation students.
Usually held on the second Saturday of the month at 8:00 AM. Men of the congregation are invited to join together for fellowship, breakfast, study which usually centers on the lessons for the weekend services, and prayer. This group is active in the church and community by partnering with Union Rescue Mission for Men and holding drives for needed items. They have partnered with Fellowship of Christian Athletes in holding a summer sports camp for elementary-age children of the community. At Christmas, the men have sponsored a family in need for Christmas.
It is our joy to welcome the baptized to the Lord's family.Through the Sacrament of Baptism, we are freed from sin, reborn as children of God, receive the promises of inheritors of eternal life and given the name Child of God.
By baptism we become members of the church which is the body of Christ. Because of God's unfailing love and grace, a person is only baptized once.
As Lutherans, we predominantly baptize children. However, it is not uncommon to welcome older children and adults to the Lord’s family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.
You are welcome to include sponsors in the life of the one to be baptized. The sponsors walk with the baptized in their life of faith and support them as they grow in the life of the Church and participate in its mission in the world. To a schedule a baptism, please contact the Parish Office at 724-837-7327.
Distribution of the Sacrament to the Sick and HomeboundEach of our homebound members receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion which is brought to them by members of the congregation. The bread and wine which is consecrated during worship is received by those involved in this ministry and taken into the residence of our sick and homebound. This is an extension of our worship and continues to include our sick and homebound as vital members of this parish.
Christmas CarolingOn a Sunday afternoon prior to Christmas, members of the church Christmas carol to all of our homebound members to lift their spirits, celebrate the joy of the season, and let them know that they are appreciated and loved.
Other areas of serviceThere are many other areas of service within the church, be it volunteering for a specific ministry where an individual can share their talents, to those who participate within the leadership of our worship services.
If you have any questions concerning service to the church, please contact the pastor at 724-837-7327.
Helping HandsIndividuals provide a luncheon following the funeral of a church member. Those who attend are welcomed by those assigned to set up and prepare the meal during this time of loss. In addition to those who prepare and serve the lunch, members of the church are often contacted to provide food dishes such as salads and desserts.
Provide MealsWhen someone in the church is ill, has returned home from the hospital and is recuperating, celebrate the birth of their new child, or for various other reasons, members of the church help by providing meals at home during their difficult time. The coordinator of this ministry seeks and contacts members who provide the meals for a period of time determined by the recipient of the meals and the coordinator.
Prayer ChainMore than forty members of the church participate in this ministry which provides prayer for those who request it due to various situations in their lives. Those who pray receive the request either by email or by phone every Sunday evening. Often times other requests are received throughout the week.
Every June, a large and dynamic Vacation Bible School is held for one week. Each year, as the children rotate to various stations each day, they get excited learning Bible stories and of God's great love of us. Crafts, music, lessons, snack, recreation and more await each participant!
In addition to our weekend worship services, there are also many opportunities to worship throughout the seasons of the church.
Ash Wednesday7:00 AM – This one half hour service is designed for those on their way to work, school or those who prefer this time of day. This spoken service includes Confession, Imposition of Ashes, Scripture, Prayers, and Sacrament of Holy Communion.
12:00 Noon – This 40 minute service welcomes those who choose to worship at this time of day and those who choose to worship during their lunch hour. The service includes a hymn, Confession, Imposition of Ashes, Scriptures, brief Homily, Prayers, and Sacrament of Holy Communion.
7:00 PM – This service is the traditional Ash Wednesday Liturgy and includes hymns, participation of our choir, scriptures, sermon, prayers, Sacrament of Holy Communion and the singing of the liturgy.
Midweek Lenten Services6:45 PM each Wednesday. We gather for a time of hymns, Confession, Bible Study,prayers and contemplation. These 45 minute services have also welcomed othercongregations in Taizé
worship service, along with participation of choruses and other musicians from area colleges.
Holy Thursday11:00 AM – This service includes hymns, the Sacrament of Holy Communion, spoken liturgy, sermon, and additional music. We welcome our home bound members to this service and transportation to those who need it.
7:00 PM – This service follows the traditional liturgy for Holy Thursday with hymns, scripture, sermon, Sacrament of Holy Communion, First Communions, and the Stripping of the Altar.
Good Friday7:00 PM – This service ranges from Tenebrae (candlelight service of darkness) to The Stations of the Cross, all of which focus on the death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of Our Lord7:00, 8:45, and 10:30 AM – These three identical festive services include full liturgy, brass, choirs, hymns, scriptures, Sacrament of Holy Communion, and Sermon all which proclaim that “the Lord is risen! He is risen indeed!"
Thanksgiving7:00 PM the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving. We gather together at this service to give thanks to God through hymns, prayers, liturgy and sermon, anthems and Holy Communion.
Christmas Pew Communion Service11:00 AM – This service is held the Thursday before Christmas Eve and welcomes those who may not be able to worship with us on Christmas Eve. This service includes hymns, the Sacrament of Holy Communion, spoken liturgy, sermon, candle lighting, and anthem. We welcome our home bound members to this service and transportation to those who need it.
Longest Night/Blue ChristmasDecember 21 – 7:00 PM - recognizes that while Christmas is a time associated with gatherings of family and friends, of smiles and laughter for others the holiday season brings times of sadness, grief, sorrow, illness, job loss, and changes of life. We join others on the longest night of the year and find we are not alone. Those in attendance will hear God's promise that he is with us in times of grief, loneliness, fear, and struggles.
Christmas Eve3:00 and 4:30 PM – At these identical services, we welcome you to celebrate the Christ Child in this service that is designed for families and children. The entire congregation participates in the proclamation of the birth of the Christ Child. The service includes The Sacrament of Holy Communion and candle lighting during the singing of Silent Night.
7:00 and 10:00 PM – We welcome the Christ Child through carols and reading of the Christmas Story, anthems and brass, Sacrament of Holy Communion and traditional candle lighting during the singing of Silent Night.
Saturday 5:00 PM
Sunday - 8:00 and 10:30 AM
Pet BlessingHarrold Zion hosts its annual blessing on the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4) who called each pet his brother and sister. On that day the community of adults and children gathers with their pets to give thanks to God for the gift of our pets as we bless each one individually. Dogs, cats, hermit crabs, goats, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits, and even horses have gathered and have joined their voices in praise of their creator.
Ash Wednesday7:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, 7:00 PM
Holy Thursday11:00 AM, 7:00 PM
Good Friday7:00 PM
Easter7:00 AM, 8:45 AM, 10:30 AM
Thanksgiving ServiceTuesday before Thanksgiving - 7:00 PM
Christmas Eve3:00 and 4:30 PM - Family Worship Services7:00 and 10:00 PM - Candlelight Carol Services