Fourth Sunday of Easter
INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY
     The image of the Good Shepherd shows us how the risen Christ brings us to life. It is the relationship between the shepherd and the sheep, one of mutual knowledge and love that gives the shepherd authority. The shepherd’s willingness to lay down his life for the sheep shows his love. First John illustrates what it means to lay down our lives for one another by the example of sharing our wealth with any sister or brother in need.

FIRST READING: Acts 4: 5-12

PSALM: Psalm 23

SECOND READING: 1 John 3: 16-24

GOSPEL: John 10: 11-18

Announcements
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
     This year Earth Day, April 22nd, actually falls on a Sunday. It will give us another opportunity to dust off our green attire. We hope to have something special for that day. More details are forthcoming. Please mark your calendars and plan to be here that Sunday. If anyone has any ideas for making this a special Sunday or the Sundays leading up to it, please let Louise know.

“FIFTH SUNDAY” SERVICE FOR PRAYER
     April 29, 2018, we will be having a short service of prayer within our regular worship service. All will have the opportunity to pray for one another and our church and light a candle if you wish. Bring your prayer concerns as you will be invited to fill out a prayer concern form and place it in the box at the candle table.

PRAYERS
     Please keep these people in your prayers: Esther Mae Baker, Al Bausch, Beverly Bobo, Don Brooks, Dortha Feddern, and Carol Schiff. Please remember all of our shut-ins and sick during this Easter season. (Also, pray for the families and caretakers of those on the prayer list.)

THE BREAKFAST BUNCH 
     “The Breakfast Bunch” meets the first Saturday of every month at Der Dutchman in Plain City, at 8:30 a.m. “Come one, Come all” for a great breakfast, fellowship and more!

SIGN-UPS
     Please check the bulletin board behind the office door for all of the sign-up sheets for this year. Communion, birthday Sundays, and Worship Assistants/helpers. Thank you so much!
     You can also remember special occasions or special people by contributing money that would normally be used for altar flowers. Instead the donation goes to our local food pantry.
   Zion has created an Amazon Smile account. If you use this link everytime you shop at Amazon,com, Zion will receive a 0.5 percent donation. Your cost doesn't change ... and Zion gets a rebate! Remember to Bookmark the page so you can get back to Zion's Amazon Smile page everytime you shop at Amazon.com
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     Zion Lutheran Church is a small, family-oriented part of the Body of Christ, dedicated to sharing the Grace of God through worship, community outreach, music, education and having fun and fellowship together. This is a place where questions and struggles with our faith are welcomed and where all people are celebrated.
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Ann Riesbeck DiClemente
Zion Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Southern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

We worship every Sunday at 10:30 am.  Holy Communion is celebrated each Sunday. 

Sunday School for all ages (pre-school through adult) each Sunday at 9:15 a.m, September through May.
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Jerry Gossett
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Jon
Meister