Zion is a great name for a church. In the Bible, Zion is that place in which God’s promises come true. Zion is that place, a launch pad if you will, from which the Great Commission is fulfilled first of all, beginning on Pentecost: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
Prayer, mutual support, and fellowship, often along with food, go hand in hand. It is essential to see ourselves in mission, with time and talents to share with others. It is essential to allow ourselves to be built up by feeding on the word of God.
Small groups are an excellent place to grow in grace and knowledge. There is a group of girls of middle school age, almost a dozen, who meet with Alyssa Knoll on Wednesday evenings as part of GIFT. There is a group of boys, a half dozen to a dozen, who meet with me and other men of the church on many a Saturday afternoon. The Children’s Choir is starting, thanks to Jackie and Alyssa, with more than a dozen interested in participating.
This Fall, in the second half of October and the first half of November, in partnership with His House campus ministry and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, we plan to offer a Vacation Bible school type of experience for 4th through 12th graders for a series of four weeks on consecutive Mondays. In November and the beginning of December, there will be a disciple building program for 4K through 3rd grade from 10:45 to 11:45 am on Sunday mornings. Arts and crafts and the making of Christmas presents will be the hands-on project of that offering.
New small groups will be offered soon, for those who are new to Zion and anyone who would like to learn to share their faith with others. It’s about learning to be family to one another and bearing witness to the impact of God’s judgment and mercy and providence on our lives.
I am in the midst of writing a book of translation and commentary on the book of Jonah. My co-author is Sam Bray, a professor of law at Notre Dame University. If I take off for a couple of days now and then to Indiana, now you know why: to work on our forthcoming publications.
Here in Oshkosh, I will be offering a Bible Study on the book of Jonah in two places: at the Evergreen Retirement Community for a series of five Tuesdays at 9:30 am beginning on October 2nd and ending on Tuesday November 6th (no class on Tuesday October 9th), and at the 20th Ave YMCA for a series of five Tuesdays at 4 pm beginning on Tuesday October 16th and ending on Tuesday November 12th. These Bible Studies are a form of outreach and are open to everyone. Members of Zion are encouraged to participate. Last but not least, consider participating in the
2018 Oshkosh Area Crop Walk
Join Us in the Fight Against Hunger
on Sunday October 21st
Winnebago County Park (off of Hwy Y)
Registration at 1:00 pm, Walk at 1:30 pm
Last year we raised almost $5000 and Zion walkers and donors made a huge difference.
See you in church!
Pastor John Hobbins
Youth and Family Ministries
400 N Sawyer St, Oshkosh, WI 54902