Who we are
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….
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.
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.
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.
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. Individual choir members frequently perform solos, accompanied by Susan Gadd, our Director of Music.
Susan Gadd (BMus) zips all around Bergen County teaching piano, and though you don’t need to be one of her students to volunteer to perform special music (the entrance or exit hymn, hymn of the day or offertory) but there’s little hope of you avoiding performing special music if you are one of her students. Poly-instrumentalists like Dr. Ed (guitar, trumpet, organ (?!), and tenor vocals) she keeps on speed dial.
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.
“Prophets and Priests: God’s Response to Sexual Abuse” – Seminarian Leif McLellan
“The Unsung Heroes of Faith” – Rev. Richard Bowman
“Getting By With a Little Help from Our Friends” – Rev. John Havrilla