Zion is now the spiritual home to more than a dozen families of South Sudanese and Congolese heritage. There are many large families among them, eight children in one case. One more and you would have a baseball team.
A number of families have asked to become members of Zion and are now members of Zion. I have been meeting with a group of eight adults, all of whom have started attending Zion in the past year or two, and another four individually. We share our faith with one another and pray together. A few are learning more about Luther with the help of a recent PBS film about Luther. We always seem to be eating together. That’s how fellowship works. Around a table, over conversation and food. On Wednesday evening, on Sunday morning and afternoon, worship at Zion is central but also, food is shared and plenty of people love to linger, make new friends, and reconnect with old ones.
Zion is built up by means of the mutual support of its members. That happens through the bonds of friendship that fellowship creates.
I am making a lot of home visits to families who are new to Zion. I am happy to visit anyone. Just let the office know that you would like a visit.
We will have four baptisms the day before Easter, on Holy Saturday at 5 pm. It will be a lovely occasion. I know the three teenage sisters well who are to be baptized. Baby brother Garang is a cutie alread, spoiled beyond belief by his older sisters. Feel free to attend even if the traditional Easter Vigil service is new to you. It is modeled on an Easter Vigil service that is a thousand five hundred years old.
For April we are planning a project of youth ministry entitled Youth Alive! at Zion. On four Monday afternoons, April 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, members of Zion and His House campus ministry UW Oshkosh students will gather with two dozen of our youth, 4th graders on up to 12th grade. The schedule for each afternoon: 3:00-4:00 study hall with 4th and 5th graders; middle and high schoolers arrive a few minutes before 4 pm. 4:00-4:30 group games; 4:30-4:45 story time; 4:45-5:30 dinner and table discussion; 5:30-6:00 worship. If you would like to participate, let me know.
It's about building others up. It's the opposite of tearing others down. It's about showing love and bearing one another’s burdens.
See you in church!
Pastor John Hobbins
Youth and Family Ministries
400 N Sawyer St, Oshkosh, WI 54902