Zion Lutheran

Zion Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 202, 183 William Street, Portland, CT 06480
Pastor James R. Reemts




Church Council Members

Sunday School Wing Photos


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  New England Synod - ELCA
  Camp Calumet
  NE Chamber Choir

The Church

Zion Lutheran Church is a worshiping, learning, witnessing, and serving community of baptized persons, among whom the Word is proclaimed and the Sacraments are celebrated according to the Gospel.

About 350 people of richly diverse backgrounds, coming from Portland, Connecticut, and surrounding towns, are joined together in fellowship at Zion.  We invite you to join us.  

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Regular Worship Schedule:
Sunday Worship
  9 a.m.
Sunday Coffee Hour  10:15 a.m.
Sunday School:10:30 a.m.

Call for information about New Member Classes, starting soon.

September/October Outreach is now available.

2013 Annual Report, date 1/2014
Previous Annual Reports

10 AM, June 29
Join us as we worship together with the members of Faith Lutheran Church, Middletown at Portland's Riverfront Park.( Map) A potluck picnic will follow the worship service. Casual dress, flip-flops and shorts encouraged! Bring a dish to share and a lawn chair. . . Invite a friend!!


Please send your email address to us at zion.lutheran@snet.net for church-related announcements. Please send your regular mail to P.O. Box 202.

Upcoming events at Zion. Details in the Outreach.

September 7 - Start of Narrative Lectionary during worship. See September/October 2014 Outreach for details.
September 8 - Sunny Hill 4 year old orientation
September 9 - Sunny Hill 3 year old orientation
September 10 - Sunny Hill, first day of regular classes
September 14 - Rally Day, Sunday School registration and fun!
September 17 - Church directory make up photo sessions. Contact Phil Olson for an appointment: prolson21@comcast.net
September 21 - Sunday School and Adult Ed begin for the year.
September 21 - Confirmation "graduates" meeting, 4 p.m.
September 28 - Current confirmation classes organizational meeting, 4 p.m.
October 12 - Worship Assistant and/or Lector training, following worship
October 18 - "Safe Church" training, 9:30 a.m.
October 19 - Visit with Bishop James Hazelwood, preaching during worship & informal conversation following.
October 26 - Rite of Confirmation, Reformation Sunday, during worship.
December 12 - Life line Screening at Zion.

Other News, details in Outreach, or call the Church:

Camp Calumet registration forms are available on the table outside the church office or at www.calumet.org

The Altar Guild will arrange to have flowers on the altar in memory of a loved one or in honor of an occasion. Call the church.

Consider purchasing gift cards through Zion's Scrip Program. Pay face value for the card, and the retailer donates a percentage to Zion. Contact Rick Borg for details.

Grace Guild is collecting can top tabs (all kinds: soda, beer, cat & dog food, fruit, etc.) for the Ronald McDonald House; and Campbell soup UPC codes and lids (see Outreach for details) for the Cromwell Children's Home. The Guild is also collecting gently used clothes for the Food Bank.

Ushers and lectors needed.  Please sign up by calling the church office, or signing up on the bulletin board at the entrance to the church.

Drivers needed for St. Luke's Eldercare, 860-347-5661.

The Food Bank needs your help.  They are serving more than 100 people per week. Please drop off donations (food and/or clothing) in the coat room.

Word in Season Daily Devotions available in the lounge.

Sunny Hill Preschool Registration:  Sunny Hill Preschool is accepting registrations for three and four year olds.  Call the church for registration details. E-mail the Preschool at:  dtalerico5@gmail.com Sunny Hill welcomes volunteers; 860-342-2860, x12. Please, leave a message.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study Classes meets after worship.  All are welcome.

Choir (7:15 p.m.) & Chime Choir (6:30 p.m.) rehearse on Thursday evenings.  New members always welcome..

Confirmation Classes meet every other Sunday.  Call the church for more details


Zion Lutheran

Mission Statement
As members of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, we exist to honor and proclaim the life of Jesus Christ through our words, actions and deeds.

Vision Statement
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church shall be a prominent magnet in the community to draw people to a new life in Jesus Christ.

Pastor:  James Reemts
Office Secretary:  Valerie Schmidt
Allen Hill
Council Members:
Geri Pearson - President; Barbara Helming - Secretary; Richard Borg, Jr. - Treasurer; Donna Berndtson - Financial Secretary; Fran Connelly; Chris Darby; Beth Keser; Cathy L'Hote; Elise O’Brien; Phil Olson; Bob Redman; Kathy Richards, and Dave Schneider.

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