Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of East Petersburg

About


Our Church Family at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church is a nurturing community of believers. We worship and praise God and embrace the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We share our time and talents to enrich our church experience through personal commitment and involvement.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Petersburg - Pastor Ben

Reverend Benjamin S. Erzkus—Pastor


When I graduated from Fort Hill High School in 2005, I already knew that I had my eyes on college. I went to school at Frostburg State University where I spent my years forming my future identity.


But after college I didn’t know what to do. I had a degree, loads of debt, no job, and I didn’t know where to go or who to be. What was next? Isn’t there supposed to be a next big thing? Maybe I can look back to my past and see if I did something wrong, because the future is not looking so hot. But eventually, I went to seminary, and the next big thing was being a pastor. Finally, I was a pastor and the Holy Spirit led me all across the United States and eventually placed me here with y’all.

So, what’s the next big thing? What am I doing next? What are we doing next? But eventually, I must stop looking for the next big thing and focus on the present. Master Oogway once said, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why they call it the present.” And by living in this present moment, I have learned to truly enjoy where I am and have learned how to better hear the calling of the Holy Spirit.


Staff


Rev. Benjamin S. Erzkus

Pastor

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Eldonna Marie Filardi

Director of Music

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Cindy Miley

Parish Secretary

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Vickie Swiontek

Parish Secretary

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Barbara Breneman

Treasurer

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Pat Crawford

Financial Secretary

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Linda Stoner

Sexton

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Doug Stoner

Sexton

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Membership


All are welcome to join us for worship and fellowship at Zion. We hope that you find our congregation welcoming and that you are spiritually fulfilled through God’s word during our worship services. Whether a longtime member or a visitor, we pray that you know and experience the peace, hope, joy and purpose that come from knowing Jesus Christ.

Becoming a Member


At some point, you may find that you are ready to learn more about becoming a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. Individuals can become a member of our congregation in one of three ways: Baptism, Letter of Transfer, or Affirmation of Faith.


Baptism:

People can be baptized at any age. Those who receive the Sacrament of Holy Baptism at Zion become a member of our church family.

Letter of Transfer:

Those who are active members of another Lutheran congregation may request a letter of transfer from their congregation. No formal ceremony is required. We will, however, introduce you as a new member during a worship service.

Affirmation of Faith:

Baptized persons who are not currently members of another Lutheran congregation join through “Affirmation of Faith.” This is a brief ceremony during a worship service in which new members publicly affirm their Christian faith and are welcomed into our congregation


You will learn about Zion’s history and what it means to be a Lutheran; you will meet staff and Council members; and you will also be assigned a “sponsor,” who will introduce you to other members and may help you find opportunities to get involved in the congregation.

In addition, the Evangelism Committee hosts an annual “New Member Brunch” to celebrate your membership in the congregation. For more information about joining Zion, please reach out to Pastor Ben or call the church office at (717) 569-1359.


Individuals who are joining Zion as transfers from another Lutheran congregation or through Affirmation of Faith will be required to attend a “New Member Orientation.” Our New Member Orientations are usually held for several hours on a Saturday morning.


What is Expected?


Active Members are those who:

• Commune at least one time per year

• Make a financial contribution, in any amount, at least once a year

Although very little is required to maintain active membership at Zion, we hope that the Holy Spirit inspires you to become active in the life of the church by regularly attending worship, serving as a worship participant, becoming a committee member, or by volunteering with one of our outreach programs.

Frequently Asked Questions


Where is Zion EP located?

Who is the pastor of Zion EP?

Reverend Benjamin S. Erzkus—Pastor

How do I volunteer to participate in Zion EP programs?

Does Zion EP have any community outreach programs?

As a faith-based community, we are committed to providing services to our local communities and as part of a wider global effort for those who are in need.

When are weekly worship services?

Please join us for Livestream Worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

For dates and times of Livestream Worship services and meetings, please check the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Petersburg Facebook page.

Call in for audio: 1 (646) 558-8656. When prompted enter the meeting ID.

 

For Zoom services, please visit www.zoom.us and click “join” or download the app. When prompted, enter Meeting ID and Password:

Meeting ID: 929 8074 6294

Password: 123

May I attend Zion if I am not a member or if I am a member of another denomination?

All are welcome to join us for worship and fellowship at Zion. We hope that you find our congregation welcoming and that you are spiritually fulfilled through God’s word during our worship services. Whether a longtime member or a visitor, we pray that you know and experience the peace, hope, joy and purpose that come from knowing Jesus Christ.

Are their programs for youth at Zion EP?

We offer a wide variety of faith-based programs for children and youth.

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