Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church • Ridgefield, New Jersey
Who we are
We are a community in Christ, and our mission is to share the gospel of God’s love and grace for everyone. We are called to live out that mission through hospitality, Christian friendship, sharing our faith, education, and service to our neighbors. We would love to have you join us for worship, bring your children to our Sunday School, and be welcomed by your friends at Zion.
SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Worship with Holy Communion 10 am
Christmas Tree Decorating
Friday, Dec. 2nd 6:30 pm
All ages Refreshments
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
How to find us
We are located in Ridgefield, New Jersey, just three miles from the George Washington Bridge.
What do Lutherans believe?
Zion Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.elca.org). Here are the church's statements of belief:
- Lutherans believe in the Triune God. God created and loves all of creation - the earth and the seas and all of the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God's Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God's Spirit is active in the world.
- We are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.
- The convictions shared by Christians from many different traditions are expressed in statements of belief called creeds. Lutherans affirm the Apostles, Nicene and Athanasian creeds.)
- The Confession of Faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is part of our founding constitution.
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A Message from the Pastor
Why get involved with a church? Many people think of themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” They say, “I can commune with God on my own. Why do I need a church?” They may view churches with suspicion. Some people think that those who go to churches are narrow-minded or hypocritical.
The problem is that it's hard to be a Christian by yourself. We all need the faith and support of other Christians -- the fellowship, love, and hospitality we share with each other are what keep us from feeling isolated in our journey with Christ.
Here at Zion we want to show that there is important work that needs to be done by the church in the world. We are reaching out to our communit y with the message that Jesus is here for us. Jesus brings love and peace to us in our personal faith lives, and inspires us to works of love and justice. Jesus is with us as individuals, but also as a community that is part of the body of Christ, membership we share with Christians of every time and every place.
At Zion, we are part of a cross-cultural dialogue that includes the Korean community. We have a weekly “ESL Bible study” where people whose first language is not English can practice conversation, get pronunciation help and gain insight into the Bible. We experience wonderful discussion and enjoy each other’s fellowship every week. You are invited to join us at 7:30 on Tuesday evenings if you would like help with your English while you learn more about the Bible.
In addition, we are part of an interfaith, intercultural dialogue with the Muslim community, especially the Turkish people who live in our area. We very much value our friends in the Muslim community and continue to participate in interfaith learning opportunities such as our “Islam in Brief” event earlier this year.
But we are especially inspired to witness to the love of Jesus. We would like to reach out to you, too, in friendship and Christian love. You can be spiritual by yourself, but there is no substitute for the love one experiences in a Christian community. We invite you to join us for worship or to contact me by phone or email. I will respond.
I wish you God’s blessings on your spiritual journey and look forward to hearing from you.
Pastor Janet E. Blair
Our children's ministry
Children are are vitally important to us at Zion. We try to provide an atmosphere that’s fun and meaningful, where they can learn about the Bible and the Christian faith.
Twice a year we have a Crafts night, with pizza and different Christian crafts, where people of all ages can have a good time.
Our children are involved in worship also. On Palm Sunday, the children presented the Stations of the Cross, which is a meaningful and different worship experience for everyone.
We are very proud of our preschool, Little Learners, and invite you to check out their website: