Celebrating Pr. Paul Gateman

May 7th & 8th 

Saints of Zion, Beloved Ones, 

It is with deep grief and the sure and present hope of the resurrection that we notify you of the death of The Rev. Paul Gateman, pastor of Zion Lutheran in Ferndale from 1977-2018, after a long fight with cancer. We pray for peace and love for the entire family, especially Eve, Lori and Matt, and all the friends and family here in the Ferndale area.  Eternal rest, grant him O God, and let light perpetual shine upon him.

Funeral Arrangements for Pastor Paul are as follows:
Visitation - Zion Lutheran Sanctuary, 143 Albany, Ferndale MI
We will have traffic flow from the main narthex doors, to the front, and out the parking lot door. 
Friday, May 7th, 2-8pm & Saturday, May 8th, 10-11am

Saturday, 11am: Procession from the sanctuary, out the narthex doors and into the courtyard for the funeral.

Covid -19 Safety - Wearing a mask is required. Maintain a 6-foot distance from anyone not in your household or not vaccinated for COVID-19.  

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to U of M Cancer Center at MI Medicine, Kindred Hospice, or Zion Lutheran Church. 

If you missed the Wednesday Hope celebration for Pastor Paul on May 5th, you can watch it here Facebook Page.

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Sunday Worship 

May 9, 2021

6th Sunday of Easter

10:30am- Eastern Time 

Ways to Join

Use the Zoom video conferencing information below to join us for online worship. 

Click Here for May 6th Order of Service 

Meeting ID: 972 4592 2829

If you prefer to call in by phone, use the number below.

 (312) 626-6799 

Meeting ID: 972 4592 2829

Wednesday Hope

Easter Worship

7:00pm - Eastern Time 

Ways to Join

Use the information below to join us for online worship. You will be connected to online worship via Zoom video conferencing.

Click Here  for Wed Lenten Order of Service

Meeting ID: 937 4467 5511

If you prefer to call in by phone, use the number below.

 (312) 626-6799 

Meeting ID: 937 4467 5511


Holy Communion Online

1st Sunday of the Month

Zion will offer Holy Communion in person and online first Sundays of the month. Click here to view Pastor Bode’s Statement about Communion Online including the appropriate elements needed for communion at home.


Sunday's Sermon

May 2, 2021

Sunday Worship 

5th Sunday

of Easter

Pr. Matthew Bode

Just because we aren't gathering for service at this time doesn't mean you have to go without your weekly sermon or worship.

Zion is committed to staying connected and being a resource of hope during this time of separation.


Community Resources


Oakland County 



Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) is working closely with healthcare providers, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively monitor the presence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. OCHD is providing  information about how to prevent the illness and stay healthy, and where to get testing and help.

Detroit  COVID Vaccine Update

These groups can now schedule an appointment by calling 313-230-0505 Monday-Friday from 9 am until 6 pm.

  • Any resident of the City of Detroit who is age 16+.

  • Any person who works in the City of Detroit whose job requires them to work from their job site.

There will be no cost to individuals for the COVID-19 vaccination.

One caller can book for multiple people in your car.  You will need 6 pieces of information for each person when you make the call:

  1. Name

  2. Address

  3. Date of Birth

  4. Phone number

  5. Email

  6. Have you had previous allergic reactions to vaccines.

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"Save Your Spot" in Line

On Monday, April 5, all Michigan residents age 16 and over became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Oakland County will continue to require appointments and prioritize from the Save Your Spot list based on highest risk including older adults, disability, medical conditions, essential or frontline workers, and communities with residents who may have more difficulty accessing the vaccine.

When you are eligible to set an appointment and vaccine doses are available, you will be contacted by phone, text or email.

Free Covid Testing

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (8129 Packard Avenue, Warren, MI) is now a COVID Testing Site on Wednesdays (12 noon to 7 p.m.), Thursdays and Fridays (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

For more information, call the Mount Calvary Church Office at (586) 757-0319.

Severe Blood Shortage Due to Coronavirus 

Mental Health


For staying healthy in mind during these times:

Coloring pages to spiritually uplift anxious adults! 

Slow down and take a few soothing breaths - Video

30 Grounding Techniques to Quiet Distressing Thoughts

Dealing With Depression: A Resource Guide

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, it can be difficult to know where to turn. There are many excellent resources online that you can use to find out more about depression, including treatments, where to get help, and support for family and friends.Click the link for  websites, organizations and other helpful resources available to anyone who has been diagnosed with or suspects they are suffering from depression. 

A family devotional written for these times to help stay spiritually grounded, as well as busy! 


Outdoor Activity


For mental, spiritual and physical health


If you’re looking for things you and your family can do over the next few weeks, your Metroparks have some options for you to consider. Across the 13 Metroparks properties, you can walk, bike or hike a variety of trails, paddle our rivers or just sit back and enjoy the nature around you as spring returns to Southeast Michigan. 


Resource Libary


Due to changes in mobility and cognition over time (and in the midst of a global pandemic), it's only natural that our needs change as well. Not every senior has family nearby to lean on, which is where the church community can step up and support seniors in a big way.


Here are some resources for helping seniors with needs related to aging in place, daily living and combating social isolation.


Church Boosts Health and Wellness in Seniors

By Jason Lewis

Aging brings many changes in life. Getting older may mean that your activity slows down a bit, and the years can have a way of putting distance between you and old friends, which results in less social interaction. For seniors, the risk of isolation is high. Loneliness is not a path to good health, so it's essential for seniors to be engaged.  One way to increase social engagement and battle loneliness is to become involved in a church, and such spiritual connectedness may benefit health as well.

Alzheimer Support

Alzheimer Support is a free service that helps families who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Memory Care Facilities

Memory Care Facilities is a free service that helps families who have loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Through our free search tool and nationwide database of memory care facilities, families who are in need of memory care for their loved ones are able to find licensed care homes and communities in their location.

Senior Guidance

Seniorguidance.org, provides numerous helpful resources and articles on senior living, aging, dementia, senior care, caregiving, and more. In addition, we enable seniors and caregivers to search and find 50,000+ senior living facilities across every city, town, and county in the United States.