Cross Connections

Weekly News from Zion and our Ministries Under the Cross: Evergreen Academy & Nina's Place

May 15, 2024

Happy Birthday, Church!

This Sunday, we will celebrate Pentecost, one of the three most important festivals of the Christian church year. Pentecost has its roots in the Jewish festival Shavuot, on which Jews celebrate both the harvest and receiving the 10 Commandments on Mount Sinai, fifty days after Passover. Similarly, Pentecost is celebrated fifty days after Easter, commemorating the gift of the Holy Spirit on the disciples, their ability to spontaneously speak new languages, and the establishment of the "church," as thousands of new Jesus-followers were baptized as a result of the disciples' witness. Pentecost is, for all intents and purposes, the birthday of the Church.

At Zion, we consider this festival a connector between the Easter season and Ordinary Time, the Sundays after Pentecost. So, we're still bringing the joy, with an extra infusion of the Holy Spirit. Don't forget to wear RED, the color that symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church. See you in worship!

The Council has called a Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, May 26th following Worship, for the sole purpose of voting on a purchase agreement for the school property. This is not the "final sale," but rather the next step in the process. Voting members are invited and encouraged to be present.

Opportunities to "Just Show Up"

Third Tuesday in May

May 21, 2024 at Noon

Tijuana Taxi Co.

1015 S. Federal Highway

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Don't make lunch plans and come as you are! We enjoy delicious food and one another's fellowship. We each pay our own way, but everyone is invited to the table — friends, family members, and neighbors!

First Friday in June

June 7, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen

949 S. Federal Highway

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Do not write this place off if you don't like sushi!

Check out their menu:

Don't make dinner plans and come as you are! We enjoy delicious food and one another's fellowship. We each pay our own way, but everyone is invited to the table — friends, family members, and neighbors!

Opportunities to Serve Joyfully & Give Selflessly

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Nina's Place has expanded into our community including weekly distributions in one of the local senior housing developments and another in the Stanley Terrace neighborhood adjacent to Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex. In both instances, our neighbors do not have transportation to get to Nina's Place.

If you are available during the week, and can help with the daily deliveries from Publix and/or these distributions, please reach out to Alyssa Mayer-Saldivar (our own Zion member & DBCC's executive assistant) at (954) 465-4514.

Worship at Zion: There's a place for you.

This Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Day of Pentecost

Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Crossing all boundaries that would separate us, the Spirit brings the wideness of God’s mercy to places we least expect it—to a crowd of strangers of different lands and tongues, to dry bones, to our weak hearts. Jesus promises his disciples that they will be accompanied by the Holy Spirit, and that this Spirit reveals the truth. We celebrate that we too have been visited with this same Spirit. Guided by the truth, we join together in worship, and then disperse to share the fullness of Christ’s love with the world.

Sunday's bulletin can be found on the homepage of our website.

Prayers of the People on Sunday Mornings

All names submitted online (click hereby Saturday at noon will be added to Sunday's prayers of the people. In order to keep our prayer list current, all names must be resubmitted each week if you desire continued prayers.

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Cantor Kurt R. Schmidt

954-421-3146, option 2 (Church)

954-913-2125 (Cell)

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Zion is a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community, and extends God's radical welcome to all people, because we're all created in God's image.