Hilltop Headlines

July 3, 2022

Serving this Week


Elders: Mark Breckenridge, Jaime Urias

Greeter: Carlene Schultz

Audio: Clay Braun

Tech Director: Cody Stephens


Elders: Bert Holmstrom, Martin Warnasch

Greeters/Ushers: Melanie McLendon, Heather Ullmann, Darlene Zinke

Parking Lot/Golf Cart: Bert Holmstrom

Hilltop Cafe': Sona Holmstrom

Presentation: Chad Winkler

Camera: Chad Mathews

A Return of Our Blessings

Offerings/Electronic Giving: Home $6,565; General $12,566.97; Cemetery Fund $20; Major Repairs $200; Pam Hight Scholarship Fund $150; Playground Security Fence $16,787; Missions $360; Landscape Improvement $200; Annual Fund $125; Altar Guild $50; Worship Enhancement $50; JILM $100; Concordia Univ. Scholarship $200; Learning Legacy Endowment $105; Camp Zion $5; Capital Campaign $930; Sunday Attendance: 8am - 106; 10:45am - 248.

10% of General Funds go to the following organizations: TX Dist LCMS, The Caring Place, CHS Round Rock, LINC Austin, The Locker, Upbring, Faith in Action and Concordia University: $1,396.33

Office Closed

The Church Office will be closed Monday, July 4. What a blessing it is to enjoy the freedoms we too often take for granted and the blessings that attend us in this country. Let us remember to give thanks for our freedom and pray for those who protect that freedom.

From Your Pastors

With July 4th on Monday, we are reminded of the many blessings the Lord continues pouring out on us and our country. On July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell rang on top of Independence Hall in Philadelphia calling people to the first reading of the historic Declaration of Independence. The inscription on the Liberty Bell is from Leviticus 25.10 (KJV): "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all inhabitants thereof." While Independence Day is not a religious event, it is a reminder of the freedom we have in our country to boldly share our faith and tell others about the Good News of our Savior who has liberated us from the consequences of sin. He is the one who ultimately gives real “freedom” from sin, death, and the power of the devil.

As mentioned last week, during corporate prayers on Sunday we are generally excluding the last names of most individuals for whom we pray. Since our worship services are essentially “broadcast” via the internet each Sunday, we want to be sensitive to protecting the privacy of individuals. More detailed information on individuals and prayer requests can be found on the prayer list in the Hilltop Headlines, especially for individuals who want to send a card or note of encouragement to folks on the list. Your pastors will continue to evaluate this procedure as we seek to find ways to keep the congregation better informed about special prayer requests.

As Pastor Kevin challenged us several weeks ago, consider setting aside 3 minutes in the morning, afternoon, and evening each day to spend some focused time with your Lord in prayer. God works His incredible power through the prayers of His people! In addition, Pastor Dave continues a Sunday morning study of the New Testament at 9:30 AM in the sanctuary. That class will run through mid-August.

Please continue keeping your pastors informed on how we can be a blessing to you and your family. Call (512.863.3065) or email the church office (church@zionwalburg.org) with any news to share. We look forward to seeing you in person as often as the Lord brings us together in the next few months! See you Sunday!


Ephesians 1:1-14

John 15:12-17

Pastor Kevin & Pastor Dave

School Supply Drive

Our Zion VBS Mission/Service Project this year was a school supply drive for surrounding communities. I challenged our VBS participants to fill a very large bin all the way to the top with school supplies and if they were able to do it, I would take a pie to the face! I also told them that for every backpack donated I would have a raw egg smashed on my head. By the second night of VBS the bin was full! By Thursday night we had 40 backpacks brought in by families. I look forward to sharing the photos of our final nights closing ceremonies where I was covered with pie and eggs! To build off what was started at VBS I would like to continue the supply drive for the month of July. There is a collection bin in the Worship Center Lobby. Join us in making sure families can provide school supplies for their children come August!

Here are the items we need:



#2 Pencils



Colored Pencils

Red, Blue and Black Pens


Spiral Notebooks

Composition Notebooks



Wide Ruled and College Ruled Paper

Glue Sticks

Liquid Glue


Post It Notes


Pencil Bags/Boxes


Thank you for partnering with us!

Mrs. Rachel

Landscape Improvement Fund

The Board of Trustees are beginning the process to provide new landscaping within the asphalt driveways surrounding the Sanctuary/Worship Center (new building) to the South parking lot. The costs are estimated to be around $180,000. Therefore, the Landscape Improvement Fund will be created as a new church dedicated account to help fund these efforts. Please prayerfully consider donating to the Landscape Improvement Fund to help cover these costs to beautify Zion’s campus.

Wurstbraten Memories

The Wurstbraten leadership would like to create a permanent memory of 50 years of Wurstbraten with a booklet of some kind and have asked Weldon Mersiovsky to spearhead and coordinate this project.

If you have any pictures, newspaper articles, or memorabilia you may want to contribute, a receptacle will be set up in the narthex. If you want them back, please put your name on it. We are especially interested in the first 20 years.

If you have any special memories, please send it to me by email or put it in the box.

If you would like to be part of the process to come up with the design and implementation please contact Weldon at 512-635-6429 or email at 49weldon72@gmail.com.

Bluegrass Sunday

Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 17 at 10:45am for Bluegrass Worship. Invite a friend and come enjoy the talented musicians that Zion has to offer!

Thank you

We would like to thank the Zion pastors and congregation for all the prayers, calls, meals, cards, donations, and support we have received since I received my cancer diagnosis late last year. Thank you also for the overwhelming support of the blood drive in May. We look forward to my continued recovery and the day we can return to worshiping in person again.

Keith, Jane, Avery, and Brandon Frank

Zion Family Camp Weekend 2022

Zion’s Mission Board is once again hosting a family camp weekend this fall. ALL are welcome to join in on the fun from Friday, October 7th through Monday, October 10th (Columbus Day weekend) at Bastrop State Park. The weekend will include fellowship, worship, food as well as ample free time for families to experience some of the wonderful activities Bastrop has to offer. A variety of options have been reserved for our group including RV and tent sites. In addition - breakfast and dinner each day are provided Saturday morning through Monday morning. The total cost per family is $50 per RV/tent site. Bastrop State Park is absolutely stunning and we are praying for many families to join us. Click the button below to RSVP by August 28th. Reserve your spot now before they are all gone! Please contact the Church Office, Pastor Kevin at 817-455-1594 or Patty Loutherback at 512-695-6140 for more information.


National Youth Gathering

Please join us in covering 26 Zion Sr. High Students and 5 adult leaders as they participate in the National Youth Gathering, from July 9-13. Over 19,000 teenagers from across the United States will come together in Houston, Texas, to strengthen and share their Lutheran faith with one another and explore the theme of "In All Things". Zion's Youth will also be participating in an off-site servant event to serve Abba's House in Cypress. Please pick up a prayer card in the Narthex or Lobby as a reminder to pray daily for our students and leaders!

Camp Zion- Summer 2022 - Sign Up Now!

CAMP ZION 2022 – We are so excited for another Summer on the Hilltop.

If you have a child/children ages 4 to 12, they are eligible to participate.



July 18 – 22…SUMMER REWIND

Each week is filled with arts & crafts, teambuilding, Lego challenges,

cooking activities, field trips & Kona Ice. Registration begins March 1st.


7 am – 3 pm ($160/week)

7 am – 6 pm ($210/week)

Drop-Ins ($55.00/day)

Any questions, contact Director Rhonda Schwertner at


Or… call at 512.639.9449

Many thanks to all that have donated supplies to Camp ZIon!!

Elder Encouragement for June

There is no doubt that the world we live in is changing rapidly and by all appearances not necessarily for the better. Things that have historically been taken for granted now appear to be in perilously short supply. Food, fuel, housing, building materials, labor, and basic daily use items have been or continue to be scarcely available. Prices for many of these items, especially housing in our area, have risen to unprecedented heights. Rumored shortages fuel panic buying and situations that do not warrant empty store shelves result in them nonetheless.

Situations like these can be discouraging at the least and fear provoking at their worst. Of course, news travels very quickly today and the smallest of sensational news items are reported endlessly to bolster the ratings of all sorts of media outlets. Unless you live under a rock completely disconnected from the rest of the world it is all but impossible to tune out the negativity that surrounds us all.

The good news is that no matter what situation you may find yourself in help is right there with you all the time. Almost anything you name can fail at any time including the government, relationships, careers, health and so on. One thing that will never be on that list is God. The scriptures make this abundantly clear in many instances:

Deuteronomy 31:6

6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

Matthew 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

When times are difficult and problems seem insurmountable it is important to remember that God is truly right there with His children. He does not desert Christians in the difficult times or expect them to provide for themselves without His help or input. He can provide help in the most difficult circumstances imaginable when men are not capable of seeking, let alone, finding a solution.

While times are changing, there is nothing that is outside the control of God. Consider these examples:

No matter the difficulty man may find himself in, the seasons continue to change as they should and time moves forward. When you feel that the world may be spiraling ever downward consider the natural world and how it moves along almost completely unaffected.

Zion Lutheran School is growing at an unprecedented rate, to the point where additional facilities are going to be required to adequately house and educate those desiring to attend.

Zion is seeking it’s next Senior Pastor following the retirement of Pastor John. Losing a faithful servant after more than a quarter century can certainly bring about some consternation. However, there have been thirteen pastors in the history of this congregation and believe it or not some have served the congregation for well over a quarter century. At some point, each of these men have moved on from Zion and yet the congregation survives, adapts and moves forward. There is no doubt, this will be the case again with the help and direction of God.

This is just an encouragement to look to God during good times and bad, pray for His guidance, be thankful for His provision and remain confident in Him.

Blessings on Your Week,

Chad Mathews - Elder

Nursery Help Needed

Nursery workers are needed to help watch children on Sunday mornings from 9:30am-Noon. Contact Heather Faske if interested or for more information about this paid position: heather.faske@zionwalburg.org

Thank You!

To the LWML members and anyone else who attended the Texas District Convention last week in Houston, I extend a huge thank you on behalf of Acts of Love Early Childhood Education Center. The LWML Texas District awarded AOL ECEC a $25,000 grant, which will allow it to have a greater impact on the population they serve! The LWML is chock full of amazing women who work diligently to raise tons of money for projects all over the globe! As an exhibitor representing Acts of Love, I met so many people who selflessly give of themselves to care for their neighbors. Thank you All for your passion and commitment!

AOL ECEC provides free Christian childcare for teen moms so they are able to complete high school when often they may drop out to care for their babies. This service helps to break the cycle of poverty for these families by raising the level of education for the current and future family generations.

The Lutheran Hour

LHM Mobile Apps

Take Lutheran Hour Ministries on the road with you this summer! You can access The Lutheran Hour, Daily Devotions, video Bible-studies, and Project Connect booklets - all with the touch of your finger. "Studying God's Word was never so easy", and they're FREE to download and use on your mobile device. To learn more, visit lhm.org/apps.

Sermon schedule

July 3

"Play the Sunset"

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler

We can't negotiate our value with God; however, God regards us as infinitely valuable.

(Ecclesiastes 2:25)

You can listen to The Lutheran Hour on KLBJ on Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. or online at lutheranhour.org, through a mobile app, and on new media platforms like Spotify, iHeartRadio, Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Sirius XM satellite radio.

The Caring Place

The Caring Place will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

The Caring Place is currrently hiriing addtional staff and recruiting new voluteeers. For more information call 512-943-0700 or visit the websote caringplacetx.org.

Donations are now being accepted on Saturday for 12 PM to 4 PM!

The Shops at The Caring Place Thrift Store at 2000 Railroad Avenue: Mon-Sat, 10 AM - 4 PM.

Second Helping Thrift Store at 3700 Williams Drive: Tues-Sat, 10 AM - 4 PM.

Donations drive through at 2000 Railroad Avenue: Mon-Saturday, 12 PM - 4 PM, for a list on what The Caring Place accepts, visit caringplacetx.org/donatemystuff.

Furniture Pick Up: Wed, Thurs, Fri, 9 AM - 11 AM, appointments are made by calling 512-943-0711 and leaving a message.

Programs & Services at 2001 Railroad Avenue: Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 4 PM. Financial Assistance for those in The Caring Place service area includes rent, mortgage, utilities, transportation, emergency dental and prescription assistance with verifiable proof of crisis. Clothing vouchers are not available at this time. Financial assistance will be handled remotely. Please call 512-943-0700 and follow the prompts for the basic needs assistance you are requesting. Please do not arrive at The Caring Place office unless instructed by staff.

Food Pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. They are closed on Wednesday. For more information on food programs, go to caringplacetx.org/getfood.

Pastors: Kevin Hintze and David Kluth

Director of Worship and Music: Marc Profant

Principal: Thomas Wrege

Church Office Hours: 8-4:00 Monday-Friday

Church Phone: 512-863-3065

School Phone: 512-863-5345 Fax 512-686-5807


6001 FM 1105, Georgetown, TX 7862