Pictorial Directory Info: If you need to schedule or reschedule an appointment you can call 800-866-2263. Remember the directory will not be complete without you in it. Each family unit that participates and views their proofs will receive a complimentary 8”x10” color portrait and a new directory. If you have additional portrait needs, you will be able to choose from various portrait packages at special savings. A directory will only be given to families who participate. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Photography sessions will take place ACROSS THE STREET (at the building formerly Dr. B’s office). Please plan to enter by the back door unless stairs are a problem, then you may enter by the front door. Volunteers are needed to act as host/hostess during the photography sessions. If you would be willing to serve for a few hours in this position, please contact the church office or talk to Gloria Morrow this morning. Thanks in advance for your help! Group Photos will be taken as follows: Sunday, May 1 – During SS hour: Sunday School & Bible Class After Worship: Ushers, Naomi-Ruth Society, Altar Committee, Any Boards or Committees who didn’t have their picture taken last Monday evening At Awards Night: PTL Schedule for Week of May 1 - 8 Sunday: - Sunday School & Bible Class 9:00 am - Holy Communion 10:00 am - Group photos taken after Worship (see note above) - Basement reserved 12:00 – 4:00 pm - Day School Awards Night at ZLEC 6:30 pm Wednesday: - Chapel 8:15 am Thursday: - Market Day order forms due in school office Friday - Saturday: - Picture Appointments for Church Directory Sunday: - Sunday School & Bible Class 9:00 am - Worship 10:00 am - Basement reserved 12:00 – 4:00 pm +++++++ Next Sunday (5/8) Head Usher: Larry Collier (Team B) Acolytes: Matthew Amidon & Kurtis Hoock Second Sunday of Easter May 1, 2011 Welcome! A cordial welcome to all visitors! We are happy to have you with us and invite you to worship with us again. Guests, please sign the fellowship record with both your name and address when it is passed during the offering. We remind our members seated around guests to greet them and make them feel welcome. Hearing Impaired: Zion has individual units for those hard of hearing. Please speak to one of the ushers for a unit. In our prayers this week we remember Marinda Beccue, Marie Louise Remmert, Linda Radtke, Rick Travis, Dennis Park, Marcus Bates (military), Wanda Tendick, Ruth McCormick, Jean James, Pam Morrow, Betty Kopatz, Helen Rich, Shirley & Don Allspach, the family of Marie Ahrens, the family of Buddy McMahan, Julian & Lois Schmidt (68th wedding anniversary) and Willard & Marie Louise Remmert (65th wedding anniversary). Today’s Head Usher: Larry Collier (Team A) Acolytes: Aimee Howe & Mikayla Meyer Flowers: The altar flowers this morning are given to the glory of God in celebration of Julian & Lois Schmidt’s 68 th wedding anniversary. The organ flowers are given to the glory of God in celebration of Louetta Lewis’s birthday. Funeral: Marie Ahrens entered heaven on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Her funeral was Saturday, April 30, 2011. We pray God’s comfort for her family. Calling All 6th – 12th Grade Youth & Parents: Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 15! Stay after Worship that day for a kick-off event for the youth group which will include pizza and “Minute-to-Win-It” games with parents vs. kids. Hope to see you there! Mites: There will be an ingathering of mites for Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) on Sunday, May 1. There will be large mite boxes set out at both the main and the wing entrances. Sunday School: Beginning the first Sunday in June, there will be NO Sunday School during the summer months. Adult Bible Class WILL continue to meet throughout the summer months. Sunday School will resume the Sunday after Labor Day. You’re Invited: Please join the family of Willard & Marie Remmert in celebrating Willard’s 90th birthday and Willard and Marie Louise’s 65th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, May 1st with an Open house from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. here in the church basement. (No gifts please – your presence will be gift enough!) th You’re Invited: The family of Fern Maus will celebrate her 85 th birthday with a Cake reception on Saturday, May 7 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Christian Church Family Life Center in Mt. Pulaski. Please stop by and join her family to help Fern celebrate. No gifts please. More Gifts from the Heart: The Naomi-Ruth Society is collecting the following items for the ingathering at the National LWML Convention in Peoria this summer: Bath towel 2 gallon zip-lock bags (for Hand towel packaging towels) Washcloth Christian tracts Men’s, Women’s and Children’s underwear in original packaging Look for the blue collection tub at the back of the wing. Donations will be gathered through Sunday, June 12th. Agencies in Peoria, IL and Orphan Grain Train will be the recipients of the ingathering items collected at the convention. Thanks in advance for your help. Market Day: Order forms for the next Market Day sale are available at the back of the wing. Orders are due in the school office by Thursday, May 5th. Internet orders can be placed at www.marketday.com until 11:00 p.m. Monday, May 9th. Pick up for this sale is Friday, May 13th from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Thanks for your support of Market Day & Zion Lutheran School! Attendance at Zion – Maundy Thursday: 69 Good Friday: 110 Easter Sunrise: 126 Easter Late: 163 Mark Your Calendar for CID Day at the Ballpark: The 13th Annual CID Day at the Ballpark will be Saturday, July 30 with the Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals (3:10 PM start). Tickets are $29.00 each (a $15 discount). See the May church newsletter for an order form or download a form from www.grace-strasburg.com/cidday. Orders must be postmarked NO EARLIER than May 31. Orders are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to sit with other Zion members please return your order to the church office so the orders can be mailed in one envelope. Vacation Bible School: It’s time to start thinking about VBS! This year’s theme is “Hometown Nazareth – Where Jesus was a Kid” and the dates are June 6-10th. Mark the dates on your calendar and plan now to attend or help. A registration form is included in your May church newsletter. Volunteers are also needed! About the Lord’s Supper -- God’s Word teaches that in this Holy Supper our Lord Jesus Christ offers to us His true body and true blood (Matthew 26:26-28), in, with, and under the bread and wine. He does this for the forgiveness of our sins. When we have faith in Christ, truly believe all His words, including, “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins,” we receive His body and blood worthily. The Bible clearly teaches that one must examine oneself before partaking of this Sacrament. This means that we recognize and are sorry for our sins; trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior; and plan, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to change our sinful lives. Holy Communion is also an expression of our unity of faith. Those who hold to the above teachings and those of the LC-MS are welcome to partake with us. If you have questions regarding any of our teachings please speak with Pastor Decker. We desire an opportunity to grow with you in faith and knowledge of Him. If you are visiting our church and desire to participate please discuss with the pastor your intention to commune. Children and young people who have not completed Communion preparation classes with the pastor (confirmation) are encouraged to come forward, cross their arms over their hearts, and receive a special blessing! For further reading see the 10th & 11th chapters of 1st Corinthians. Prayers for before communing and after receiving the Sacrament can be found on the inside cover of the hymnal. Please Note: We now have gluten-free wafers for those who need them. Please talk to an elder before the service if you would like to receive one. We also have alcohol-free wine for those who need it. This new wine is white and will be at the top of each tray. LSA ReSale Shop: The Lutheran School Association (LSA), Decatur runs a ReSale Shop, which proceeds benefit LSA. If anyone has items that they would like to donate to the LSA ReSale Shop, contact Larry Gerardot at 792-5954 and he will come, pick up your items, and deliver them to the shop. Jail Break: Breaking the bonds of sin and living a new life in Christ! This is the theme for summer camps at Camp CILCA and now is the time to register! Go to www.cilca.org for more info or brochures may be found in the racks at the sanctuary & wing entrances. You’re the missing piece of the puzzle…. Join us for the Family Fun Festival Sunday, May 22nd noon until 3:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Elkhart Center. Lunch will be provided. Come and join us for a fun-filled afternoon! Hope to see you all there!!! Bring a friend! Pass it on! GRADUATE RECOGNITION SUNDAY – Zion has set aside Sunday, May 15 for honoring its high school and college graduates. On this Sunday Zion invites the graduates to gather before the Service in the cafeteria, march into church in a procession with Pastor, and then sit in worship as a group. The high school graduates are also asked to wear their robes for the occasion.