So Lent and Easter Sunday have come and gone for 2021. While it may seem like not much has changed from a year ago, there were some things that were pleasantly different. While we didn’t have the opportunity to celebrate Lenten services in person, we were able to come together for Easter Sunday. In fact, the three services on Easter had over 300 attendees at church between the Sunrise Service in Trinity Hall, the 9am service in the Sanctuary and the outdoor service at 10am. Speaking of the outdoor service, another pleasant change from last year was the weather. This year, our outdoor service experienced especially warm weather that allowed over 150 attendees to gather on the lawn and in their cars and enjoy an Easter Sunday service conducted by Pastor Ted, Pastor Dave and Minister Bristol Reading.
I would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers that helped make Easter Sunday a success in the midst of ongoing challenges. The list of those who made it possible would take up the rest of the space I have for this article so I’m going to say “Thank you” to everyone that I don’t mention here. All of the Zion staff do a great job on a weekly basis but I would like to call out a few that spent extra time to make sure everything was as ready as possible. Angela Bengtson and Sherilyn Burgdorf made sure we have volunteer coordination, seating arrangements and a hundred other things that helped make it easy for the volunteers. Lyle Jans shows up hours before the service to put out signage, traffic pylons, outdoor offering baskets and many other items that help everyone navigate in and out of the various services. Lorraine Statema and Steve Peterson made sure the communion preparation was complete and we were able to move through communion without interruption through three services. Warren Myhre and Bob Quady helped Lyle direct traffic in the parking lot for the outdoor service and Jenny Pecarina helped with communion. Of course there were also Council members, sound technicians, musicians and singers. Thank you all.
If you are wondering about opportunities for you to get involved with the church, your wait is over. Please see Dirk Foster’s article about the upcoming Sanctuary update and the need for volunteers over the next few months to do painting prep, remove pews, replace pews and replace the seat pads on the pews. We need all kinds of skill sets and age ranges, so if you can sand, vacuum, use hand tools or lift things, please consider volunteering over the next few months to help update our Sanctuary. And thank you to all of the very generous donors that have helped us reach our funding goal. Thank you for the generous gifts of your time, talent and possessions.