Zion Lutheran

Zion Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 202, 183 William Street, Portland, CT 06480
Pastor Kari Rinas

email: pastorkarijo@gmail.com




Church Council Members

Sunday School Wing Photos


Contact Us



  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: 10:15 a.m.

Call for information about New Member Classes, starting soon.

September Outreach is now available.

Annual Reports



Sunny Hill Preschool


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

Upcoming events at Zion. Details in the Outreach.

September 13: Special coffee hour in support of Reach the Beach fundraiser for Camp Calumet; we are sponsoring Pete Schiller, Pastor Kari is running ans is supported by another church. More info: http://calumet.org/rtb2015 To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/CalumetReachTheBeach2015/fundraiser/peteschiller
September 18 & 19:
Reach the Beach Run, to follow along: WWW.CALUMET.ORG/FOLLOWTHERACE
September 20:
  Sunday School Rally Day
September 23, 24, 25: Drop off days for donations to Tag Sale, 1-3 p.m., 6-8 p.m.
September 26:
Zion Tag Sale
October 18: A Celebration of Weddings Tea, 2 p.m.
Thursdays, Chime Choir, 6:30 p.m and Choir, 7:15 p.m.
Riverfront Worship Service: postponed until Spring, 2016

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

Special crafted for you: greeting card fundraiser. Birthday, graduation, get well, sympathy, thank you and thinking of you. Special requests are no problem!

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

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