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Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Welcomes You.
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
120 Cooper Street.
Manchester, Connecticut 06040
Telephone: (860) 649-4243 (work)
Pastor Dana Hallenbeck



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We look forward to the year 2017 which is the anniversary of the Reformation.
The anniversary year "500 years of the Reformation" will be celebrated worldwide with ecclesiastical and cultural events, conferences and large exhibitions.
It will be the pinnacle of the Luther decade, although it will not be the end of our encounter with Luther's life and work.

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Our beginning and future are firmly grounded in the authority of the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God; as Martin Luther wrote in his well-known hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”.

We believe that humanity is declared right with God through faith in Jesus Christ,

God's Son and our Lord. Throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible the Word "faith'' is key to all of God's blessings.

In the Old Testament, faith was given as a promise of things to come; in the New Testament, we believe the ancient promises of God were fulfilled through Jesus Christ our Lord.

John the Apostle wrote, and we believe, for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Jesus said that man should not live by bread alone, but every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).


The people of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church wish to share the Good News of God's blessings and love through His Word and sacraments, in Christian service and love to others.GOD BLESS & KEEP YOU!

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church has made a commitment to volunteer on a rotating basis.
Our next dates are to be announced Please arrive at 6:45 PM
Please contact Barbra Taylor if you want to volunteeer with Zion at the MACC Food Kitchen from 7:00 PM -9:00 PM..
Contact Barbara Taylor for details at Volunteer



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You Know You're a Lutheran When...

All of your casserole dishes have your name on the bottom.
The only meal time prayer you know is "Come Lord Jesus".
They have to rope off the last few pews in church so the front isn't empty.
A mid life crisis means switching from the old hymnbook to the new one.
You can't imagine a celebration without food.
While watching Star Wars you hear "May the force be with you" and you reply "And also with you".
At pot lucks all the men have tableware and napkins in their shirt pockets so their full plates are easier to carry.
You sing "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" while sitting down.
You arrive in church and start having a panic attack because someone else is sitting in your pew.
You only serve Jell-O in the proper liturgical color for the season.
You didn't know chow mien noodles were a Chinese food.
When someone mentions red and green (in terms of Christmas), you immediately think of a battle over hymnals.
During the entire service you hold your hymnal open but never look down at it.
During communion you hum the hymns so you can see who's at church that Sunday.
Rather than introducing yourself to a visitor at church, you check their name out in the guest book.
You think Garrison Keillor's stories are totally factual.
You have your wedding reception in the fellowship hall and feel guilty about not staying to help clean up.
A mid life crisis means switching from the old hymnbook to the new one.
You forget to put water in the baptismal font but never forget to put water in the coffee pot.
The pastor skips the last hymn to make sure church lasts exactly 60 minutes.
You make spaghetti at your house with the little macaroni noodles because they're not so messy then.
You don't make eye contact when passing someone in the hall because you think it's impolite.
Your choir believes volume is a fair substitute for tonality.
You don't know what was sooo funny about that movie "Fargo" then.
In response to someone jumping up and shouting "Praise the Lord!", you politely remind him or her that we don't do that around here.
You think a meeting isn't legitimate unless it's at least three hours long.
Peas in your tuna noodle hot dish add too much color.
You make change in the offering plate for a ten.
Your dad's name is Luther N., your brother is Luther Hahn and you are Lew Theran.
You think butter is a spice.
The church is on fire, and you rush in to save the coffee pot.
You have more than five flavors of Jell-O in your pantry.
You know what a "dead spread" is.
You talk to someone else and look at their shoes first.
You have more than three friends whose first names have the letter "j" as the second letter.
The only open pew is up front, so you volunteer to shovel the sidewalk.
Ole and Lena are really the names of your relatives.
You know what a Lutheran Church Basement Woman is.
You give a party and don't tell anyone where it is.
You think hot dish is one of the major food groups.
Your five-year-old recites the Old Testament books as Genesis, Exodus, Lutefisk...
Someone asks you after church if there's any "decaf coffee" and you laugh because you KNOW that if it doesn't have caffeine, it can't be coffee!
You think anyone who says "casserole" instead of "hot dish" is trying to be uppity (or maybe even Episcopalian!)
You think the term "Jell-O salad" is redundant.
You freeze the leftover coffee from fellowship hour for next week.
When you were little you actually thought the Reverend's first name was "Pastor."
You think you're paying your pastor too much if he gets a new car for the first time in eight years.
You hear something really funny and smile as loud as you can.
Doughnuts are in the official church budget.
They have to rope off the last pews in church so the front isn't empty.
You're watching "Star Wars" in the theater and when they say, "May the force be with you," the theater replies, "and also with you."
You tap a church visitor on the shoulder and say, "excuse me, but you're in my seat."
You doodle on the back of communion cards and you can say the meal prayer all in one breath.
Bach is your favorite composer just because he was Lutheran, too.
You refer to your trip to Minneapolis as a pilgrimage.
Sharing the peace during the service takes more time than the sermon.
You hesitate to clap for the church choir or special music because "it just wasn't done that way in the old days."
Your church library has three Jell-O cookbooks.
It's time to change a light bulb and the left side of the aisle begins a debate on "change," while the right side of the aisle musters five volunteers--one to hold the bulb, and four to turn the ladder.
You think the four food groups are coffee, lefse, lutefisk, and Jell-O.
You sign a petition to have Campbell Soup Co. rename its "Cream of Mushroom soup" "Lutheran Binder!"
You actually think the pastor's jokes are funny.
The bumper sticker on your car says, "Legalize Lutefisk!"
You pronounce the word Lutheran "Lutern."
Requests you hear are proceeded or followed by the phrase, "If it's not too much trouble then..."
You know all the words to the first verse of "Silent Night" in German but can't speak a word of it.
You carry silverware in your pocket to church just in case there's a potluck.
You have an uncontrollable urge to sit in the back of any room.
P.M.S. is defined as "Post Merger Syndrome."
Your house is a mess because you're "saved by Grace," not by works.
The doilies underneath the Thanksgiving flowers make nice snowflakes at Christmas.
You think the communion wafers are too spicy.
Your mother reminds you often that she wishes you'd studied the organ.
You dress up as your favorite reformer for Halloween.
Your mother could give any Jewish mother a run for the money in the guilt department.
You think lime Jell-O with cottage cheese and pineapple is a gourmet salad.
You think that an ELCA Lutheran bride and an LCMS groom make for a "mixed marriage."
The only meal time prayer you know is "Come Lord Jesus".
All of your casserole dishes have your name on the bottom.
A mid life crisis means switching from the old hymnbook to the new one.
You can't imagine a celebration without food.
While watching Star Wars you hear "May the force be with you" and you reply "And also with you".
At pot lucks all the men have tableware and napkins in their shirt pockets so their full plates are easier to carry.
You are at a funeral of a family member who is Catholic,
and you are the only one who says "for Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory, forever and ever. Amen." after everyone else is done.
You sing "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" while sitting down.
You arrive in church and start having a panic attack because someone else is sitting in your pew.
You only serve Jell-O in the proper liturgical color for the season.
You didn't know chow mien noodles were a Chinese food.
When someone mentions red and green (in terms of Christmas), you immediately think of a battle over hymnals.
During the entire service you hold your hymnal open but never look down at it.
During communion you hum the hymns so you can see who's at church that Sunday.
Rather than introducing yourself to a visitor at church, you check their name out in the guest book.
You have your wedding reception in the fellowship hall and feel guilty about not staying to help clean up.
A mid life crisis means switching from the old hymnbook to the new one.
You forget to put water in the baptismal font but never forget to put water in the coffee pot.
The pastor skips the last hymn to make sure church lasts exactly 60 minutes.
You make spaghetti at your house with the little macaroni noodles because they're not so messy then.
You don't make eye contact when passing someone in the hall because you think it's impolite.
Your choir believes volume is a fair substitute for tonality.
You don't know what was sooo funny about that movie "Fargo" then.
In response to someone jumping up and shouting "Praise the Lord!", you politely remind him or her that we don't do that around here.
You think a meeting isn't legitimate unless it's at least three hours long.
Peas in your tuna noodle hot dish add too much color.
You make change in the offering plate for a ten.
Your dad's name is Luther N., your brother is Luther Hahn and you are Lew Theran.
You have more than five flavors of Jell-O in your pantry.
Commandment #11--If it's never been done that way before, don't do it.
You talk to someone else and look at their shoes first.
The only open pew is up front, so you volunteer to shovel the sidewalk.
Ole and Lena are really the names of your relatives.
You know what a Lutheran Church Basement Woman is.
You give a party and don't tell anyone where it is.
Your congregation's first two operating rules are "Don't change" and "Don't spend."
Your ELCA pastor refers to Chicago as "the holy city." (WELS=Milwaukee; ELS=Mankato; LCMS=St. Louis; etc.)
You're at an evangelistic rally and you actually manage to raise your hands waist high.
The only mealtime prayer you know is "Come Lord Jesus."
You and your family of six squeeze into the last pew along with the 140 members already sitting there.
You're 57 years old and your parents still won't let you date a Catholic.
At the close of a memo it states "Peace be with you" and you respond "and also with you."
You can't get into heaven without a casserole.
You notice the Kool Aid stock shoots up during the Vacation Bible School season.
You wonder why bread and wine are used for Communion instead of coffee and donuts.
You are referred to as the frozen chosen!
You think tuna hotdish is a gourmet meal.
Every time something changes, the old one was better.
You hold your family reunion in the church basement.
You're willing to pay up to one dollar for a meal at church.
Your idea of an affirmation is "This is most certainly true."
You feel guilty about not feeling guilty.
Change means wearing your brown suit instead of your blue suit to church.
You read your Catechism and start arguing theology with yourself because no one else is around.
The most mail you receive all year is from the Stewardship Committee.
You take your grandfather to McDonalds for breakfast and he asks for a large order of McLefsa.
You win $10 million in the lottery and decide to throw a party and money is no object,
so you advertise in the church bulletin,
rent the parish hall, and ask all of your friends to bring a side dish or salad
You make your hotdishes with cream of mushroom soup and your salads with Jell-O.
You think hot dish is one of the major food groups.
Your five-year-old recites the Old Testament books as Genesis, Exodus, Lutefisk..
. Someone asks you after church if there's any "decaf coffee" and you laugh
because you KNOW that if it doesn't have caffeine, it can't be coffee!
You think anyone who says "casserole" instead of "hot dish" is trying to be uppity (or maybe even Episcopalian!)
You freeze the leftover coffee from fellowship hour for next week.
When you were little you actually thought the Reverend's first name was "Pastor."
You think you're paying your pastor too much if he gets a new car for the first time in eight years.
You hear something really funny and smile as loud as you can.
It takes 10 minutes to say good-bye.
Doughnuts are in the official church budget.
They have to rope off the last pews in church so the front isn't empty.
Folgers has you on their Christmas list.
The pastor skips the last hymn to make sure church lasts exactly 60 minutes.
You ask for "A Mighty Fortress" on the love song request line.
Your biggest fund-raisers are bake sales instead of bingo.
All your relatives graduated from a school named Concordia.
The doilies underneath the Thanksgiving flowers make nice snowflakes at Christmas.
You laugh out loud while reading this list, and relive your childhood at the same time.
You can actually come up with more responses to this list.


The people of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church wish to share the Good News of God's blessings and love through His Word and sacraments, in Christian service and love to others. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church is nationally affiliated with the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS). Member churches are self-governing and join with Missouri Synod to pursue the worldwide commission to "go into all the world and preach the good news of God's love for humanity through Jesus Christ, our Lord"  (Mark 16:15). There are a few other Lutheran affiliations, let us share with you our differences.

The people of Zion extend a Christ-filled welcome to you and your family. You may be new to the Manchester community and may be looking for a church home or you may have been in the area for some time and would like to worship with us. In any case, we welcome you warmly and extend an invitation to join us in our worship services. If we can be of service, or if you have questions, please feel free to contact the pastor.
Sunday Worship (9:30 a.m.) - Wednesday Worship (7:00 p.m.). Holy Communion is celebrated on the first, third, and fifth Sundays (if any occur) of each month for the benefit of all baptized believers in Jesus Christ. September thru June.

We believe that an early Christian education will provide a firm foundation for a lifetime of living. Each Sunday, all pre-school and elementary school-aged children are invited to attend Sunday School in the parish house following the worship service.
Parents are welcome to join the group, but not required to do so. Bible Study is provided for any who desire to know what the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod believes; all are welcome and there is no obligation to become a church member.


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