Welcome to
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

We are pleased to announce that we have called Dr. Jisun Kwak to be our Pastor. Pastor Jisun begins her first Sunday with us on October 3, 2021 with worship at 10:00am in the Church Sanctuary. All are welcome! Come and be part of our wonderful congregation.

Upcoming events

200th Anniversary Service – 10/14/2021 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Welcome Brunch for Pastor Jisun Kwak – 10/17/2021 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free Yoga Week – 10/11/2021 - 10/15/2021 at All Day
Food Drive – 09/12/2021 - 10/16/2021 at All Day

Postponed Until May 2022

Who we are

Our Community

Zion has a mixture of white-collar, blue-collar and retired members who mostly do not live in Saddle River. We are as friendly as you can get while still being largely German-American and think of ourselves as an actual family….

Our Worship Style

Lutheran congregations hold certain things in common.  Central to our worship life is the presence of God through word and sacrament.  We gather…We encounter God’s word.  We share a meal at the Lord’s table.  We are sent into the world.  Worship is about what God is doing and our response to God’s action.

Our Groups

Our purpose is to spread the Gospel through service to others.

A list of our most popular groups/missions appears immediately below….

Ministries and Groups

Paterson Shelter Dinner Preparation

Zion has recently taken over the ministry of feeding the men in a Paterson homeless shelter each month. You can participate in this much-appreciated, Gospel-compatible ministry by donating cash or foodstuffs, by helping to cook the meals we serve, and/or by going with us to Paterson to help serve the meals and visit.

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The Quilters will not stop until all of the fabric squares are sewn!  The WELCA and other members of the quilting group gather weekly to stitch quilts from tasteful pieces of fabric (both new and donated). Seamstress skills are not necessary to join in.

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Men’s Group

Wee will probably hold off on re-starting our monthly Men’s Breakfasts until after our new pastor is installed, although we do occasionally get together for drinks and good conversation.

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Contemporary Music – Praise Band

Once per month Zion uses the Chicago Folk Service, which is a Lutheran liturgy (based on the old red book) that is upbeat and joyful.    Please check our calendar for CFS dates.

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Sanctuary Choir

Sanctuary choir: throughout the school year and especially during high church holidays like Christmas and Easter, the choir provides music for processionals, the offertory, recessionals and assorted other elements of the service.

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Bell Choir

Bell Choir: our high church holiday worship experiences (especially Christmas) are enhanced by the bell choir. Bells can be a considered an introductory instrument.  You’ll simply need a sense of rhythm and reasonably strong wrists (we use use colored highlighters to mark your notes red and green for “right” and “left”).  Please sign up to learn more about joining the Bell Choir.

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