The Steeple of Zion Lutheran Church After more than 260 years of ever-expanding Christian ministry in the Middletown Valley of Maryland, Zion Lutheran Church is enthusiastically embracing the future.

We welcome you to join us for spiritual growth and participation in weekly worship services. A Christian Education hour is available on Sundays for all ages.

Regular Worship Schedule:

Saturday - 6pm - Worship
Sunday - 9am - Contemporary Worship
Sunday - 10am - Sunday School (all ages)
Sunday - 11am - Traditional Worship

We celebrate Holy Communion at each service.

Holy Week Calendar

Palm Sunday, April 13th:
9:00am - Contemporary Worship
10:00am - Christian Education
11:00am - Traditional Worship

Maundy Thursday, April 17th:
12:30pm - Worship (Garden's Edge)
7:00pm - Worship (Sanctuary)

Good Friday, April 18th:
7:00pm - Tenebrae, a service of light and dark (Sanctuary)

Saturday, April 19th:
7:00pm - Easter Saturday Worship, with Special Music and Readings (Sanctuary)

Easter Sunday, April 20th:
The Resurrection of Our Lord

6:30am - Sunrise Service
9:00am - Contemporary Worship
10:00am - Christian Education
11:00am - Traditional Worship

Easter brunch Families are invited to enjoy time together on Easter Sunday. A continental breakfast will be served until 10:30am.

Flamingo Fundraiser


It might be cold outside but flamingos are flying!!! Please support Zion's work campers fundraising campaign and have some fun by turning a family member or friend's yard pink with a flock of flamingos!

The fundraiser will run from March thru May. We will deliver & remove all flamingos. To place your order, please complete an order form.

For more information, please contact Amy Lowery.

Youth Yard Sale

Spring Yard Sale The annual Youth Yard Sale will be taking place on Saturday, April 26th. We are renting spaces in our parking lot so you can sell your items in a community yard sale atmosphere.

When Sat, April 26th, 8am-1pm
Sat, May 3rd, 8am-1pm (rain date)
Where Zion Parking Lot
Cost $25 for regular space
$15 for small space
$10 for one 8 foot table
Register Complete a Community Atmosphere Yard Sale Application.

Easter Saturday Music

Praise Him The entire Middletown Community is invited to hear and experience Jesus' final hours on the cross and his glorious resurrection through the music ministries of Zion Lutheran Church. Included in the 40 minute music program will include stirring choral, vocal solo, instrumental, and dramatic reading venues.

The program will be presented on Saturday, April 19th, at 7:00pm.

Mid-Week Worship

Lent Join us for our Wednesday evening Mid-Week Worship Services during Lent. We begin with dinner in the Social Room at 6pm followed by worship in the sanctuary at 7pm.

Come and see for yourself this Lent as the good news in John's Gospel is revealed for us to- day through the presentations by Mark Vitalis Hoffman, Professor at Gettysburg Seminary.

Date Sermon
Mar 5th In the beginning was the Word.
An Introduction to John
Mar 12th Come and see.
Small Talk and God Talk
Mar 19th Spirit and truth.
The Right Way to Worship
Mar 26th How can we know the way?
Love Among Friends
Apr 2nd It is finished.
What Jesus' Death Accomplishes for Us
Apr 9th Unless I see.
Believing and Life in Christ

For more information, please contact the church office.

Community Cross Lent is a time to remember Christ dying on the Cross for our sins. It is a time of reflection as we culminate to Easter with the celebration of the fulfillment of God's promise in Christ's resurrection. During Holy week (April 13-18) a Cross will be at the side of the Church with a hammer, nails and paper.

We invite you, along with the community, to come and share/release a burden, concern, hope or prayer, by writing it on a piece of paper and nailing it to the cross.

Watch the transformation of the cross on Easter Sunday; see how Christ takes your burdens and turns them into something beautiful.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt We invite all youth, ages 3rd grade and younger, to join us on Saturday, April 19, for an Easter Egg Hunt in celebration of Christ's resurrection.

Come see the antics of our puppet ministry as they help us make sense of the season with their presentation of Easter Feaster. We'll also have games and crafts. Bring a basket or bag for the Easter Egg Hunt.

For more information, please contact Ginger.

Vacation Bible School

Weird Animals - VBS 2014 Kids love weird animals...
Kids need unconditional love...

At Weird Animals, they'll get both! God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures - including you!!! When kids feel weird, different, or even lost in a crowd, nothing compares to the unconditional love of Jesus!

When June 23rd-27th, 9:00am-12:00pm
Who 4 years old to 5th grade

Please contact Ginger with any questions.

Summer Program

Ice Cream at Summer Program The Summer Program is a one day a week, day long summer program, for elementary and middle school-aged youth.

We offer structured games/activities based on themes for the day, caring for and cultivating our community garden (Garden of Hope), science experiments, crafts, movies, and free time.

When Wednesdays from 7/2 to 8/20
Who Elementary and Middle School Youth

Video Series Watch Wash Up, the March 16th sermon by Pastor Marv Tollefson based on John 13:1-17.

For more videos, see our video library.

Wake Up Wednesday Breakfast All high school students are welcome to join us for breakfast in the Garden’sEdge on Wednesday mornings at 6:45.

Invite your friends - they get hungry too!

Safe House We invite all 6-8 graders to join us on Thursdays after school, from 3:00pm to 5:30pm, in the Garden'sEdge for games, food, fellowship, free time and FREE tutors!

For more information contact Ginger.

Running to End Malaria

ELCA Malaria Campaign Pastor Cris will be running around Camp Lemonnier – A LOT. Here's your opportunity to make him run even farther and to make a difference in the world as well.

Millions of people are affected each year by this completely treatable disease. Together we can make an impact. Pledge money today for each mile that he runs (probably about 750 over the course of a year). You can make a donation by writing a check to Zion; or through an online donation.

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