19th Sunday After Pentecost
     Pray always. Do not lose heart. This is the encouragement of Christ in the Gospel today. Persistence in our every encounter with the divine will be blessed. Wrestle with the Word. Remember your Baptism again and again. Come regularly to Christ’s table. Persistence in our every encounter with the divine will be blessed.

FIRST READING: Genesis 32: 22-31
     Returning to the home he had fled many years before after stealing his brother’s birthright and his father’s blessing, Jacob wrestles all night long with a divine adversary who ultimately blesses him and changes his name to “Israel,” a name that means “he wrestles with God.”

PSALM: Psalm 121

SECOND READING: 2nd Timothy 3: 14 -- 4: 5
     Paul continues his instruction of Timothy, his younger colleague in ministry, by emphasizing the importance of faithful teaching despite opposition.

GOSPEL: Luke 18: 1-8
     Jesus tells a parable of a hateful judge who is worn down by a widow’s pleas. Jesus is calling God’s people to cry out for justice and deliverance. For if an unethical judge will ultimately grant the plea of a persistent widow, how much more will God respond to those who call.
     It is that time of year again when many churches are having Craft Fairs and other events. Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church's Women’s Group is having its annual Fall Bazaar, where there will be crafts, baked goods and basket raffles on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church. If you have any questions you can contact Angela Penquite at apenquite@yahoo.com.

     There are several events coming to the Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Camps. This is a list of those events; for more details go to the LOMO web site. Maybe we could get a group to go to some of these events, I would love to go to the Christmas Bazaar.
FALL 2019

     It is that time of year again when we will be having our Annual Business Meeting. It is scheduled for Nov. 10, 2019, after the service. Among the items to be discussed are donations to charities. The Council is asking that we in the congregation make suggestions as to where our money can best serve. Pray on where you think our dollars should go. When you have a suggestion, you can contact Karen Brooks so that she can add it to her list or bring it to the meeting. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

OCTOBER 27, 2019
     Reformation Sunday will be celebrated next Sunday. It is also the date of dedication of our congregation. We will celebrate Martin Luther and the Christian Church.

     We will have a service of dedication to all of the Saints who have gone to prepare the way to Heaven on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. Traditionally we have a candle lighting and prayer for all of our family who have gone to God to prepare the way for us. This is also the day that we change the time. “Fall Back”. Don’t forget.

     Don’t forget to vote Nov. 5, or before if you vote absentee or mail in a ballot. Every election is an important election.

     “On Nov. 9, 2019, the World will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. As we look back to remember this important moment in human history, we are reminded that there is much work to be done to tear down the walls that divide us today. … My friends, I encourage you, your congregations and your communities to join together in proclaiming this truth — that we are one human family.” — The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director for Global Mission
     We will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with our service on November 10th. We would love to have everyone join us for this special service. As the Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla writes in his letter to ELCA congregations, we are “called in this moment to advocate for an end to division and oppression in our own communities and throughout the World.”

Dear Friends,
     I want you to imagine a Thanksgiving-season feast, complete with all the fixings. Joy and laughter fill the air as your neighbors experiencing homelessness enjoy a hearty meal at LSS Faith Mission. For the first time in a while, they feel hopeful.
     And it’s all because of you.
     When you sponsor a table at LSS Faith Mission this Thanksgiving season, you’re providing more than meals. You’re providing a way forward for neighbors who are struggling to build a better life for themselves. And the cost is much lower than you might think.
     Whether you sponsor one meal, one table, or 100, your gift provides meals for neighbors facing homelessness. Hundreds of hurting souls will come to us this Thanksgiving season. Your generous gift will help provide a feast and fellowship for everyone!
     Your gift also offers healing to people in need across the LSS Network of Hope—providing meals and shelter to homeless and hungry neighbors at LSS Mission in both Franklin and Fairfield counties, ensuring families struggling with hunger have access to nutritious food at the LSS Food Pantries, and blessing women and men facing domestic violence with a safe, secure place to stay and heal through LSS CHOICE.
     So please…sponsor as many meals as you can. Thank you and may God bless you.
With thanksgiving,
Sue Villilo
Assistant Vice President of Community-Based Services, LSS
See the LSS web site at lssnetworkofhope.org.

     Please keep these people in your prayers: Esther Mae Baker, Al Bausch, Arlene Castor, Dortha Feddern, Wesley and JoAnn Porter, Judy Stelz, and George Wendel. Please remember all of our shut-ins and sick. (Also, pray for the families and caretakers of those on the prayer list.)

     “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! 

     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.
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Zion Lutheran Church
230 Cemetery Road (West Jefferson Community Center) w P.O. Box 4 w 
West Jefferson, OH 43162 w 614-879-8107
Reaching in for the Holy Spirit, reaching up for God's grace, reaching out with Christ's love.
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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.
A place for everyone ...
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 in the West Jefferson Community Center.  Holy Communion is celebrated each Sunday. 
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