Advent and Christmas

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Christmas Eve RSVP

As we prepare:

  • Family devotion books will be available in the entry beginning in late November.
  • Lighting of the advent candles during worship is a tradition that involves families and individuals who lead the advent readings and light the candles at the in person and online worship services. If you would like to help, call or email Sherilyn.
  • Light a series of advent candles at mealtime during the four weeks of advent.
  • Hear about God’s love through the worship services each Sunday of advent.
  • Record a small group special music video for the Advent/Christmas season.
  • All Earth is Hopeful

    All Earth is Hopeful
    Hope is a word that Christians use often. It can be used as a noun or a verb and gives the image of desire and anticipation. One synonym often used for hope is expectation, but to expect has a sense of some amount of certainty and imminence that hope doesn’t always convey. We hope when we don’t know if or when something will happen. Sometimes we hope against hope for things to occur; we rarely expect against expectation. Our theme for Advent this year is All Earth is Hopeful, drawn from the hymn of that name in the red ELW. In ...
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    November 22, 2020

    Reverse Advent Collection


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    Alexis Rademacher: 763-203-2948, Olivia Glaesman:763-443-2544
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    Collection Bins
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    Christmas and Advent

    It is traditional to have an Advent calendar in your home to help you countdown to Christmas. Usually Advent calendars offer small treats, activities or fun ideas to help us prepare for Christmas. In the past years, Zion's confirmation students have done a reverse Advent calendar: preparing for Christmas by giving to our community. This year the reverse Advent calendar is open to all at Zion. 

    Each day we will gather an item each week that will be given to either the community Christmas Baskets or the Buffalo Food Shelf. These items will be collected on Wednesdays during Advent (December 3, 9, 16, 23). They can be brought to the stable in the front entry anytime the building is open, weekdays and Sundays. Confirmation students may choose to bring all items on the first Wednesday or a few items each week. In order to prepare some items for distribution, they will be collected before we reach that day on the Advent calendar. Watch for a copy of the reverse Advent calendar in the Thursday announcement email, on Facebook, or pick up a paper copy in the Zion front entry. 
    Fill the Stable with gifts to share:
    • November 29-December 2: food items for community Holiday Baskets (Jell-O, miniature marshmallows, canned fruit)
    • December 3-5: paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues / Kleenex)
    • December 6-12: items for Birthday Bags (cake mix, frosting, foil cake pan, party favors, decorative bag)
    • December 13-19: personal care items (deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush)
    • December 20-24: infant care items (diapers, baby wipes)
    Many thanks to the reverse Advent calendar coordinators, Olivia Glaesman and Alexis Rademacher, and to Roger and Sandy Brenny and Zion’s Social Ministry Committee.

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    November 25, 2020

    Adopt A Family


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    Roger and Sandy Brenny
    sandyrogerbrenny@charter.net
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    Collection Bins
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    Christmas and Advent

    Make the holidays brighter for a local family in need.

    • Bring the gift, unwrapped in a plastic bag, and labeled with the gender and age and family number # (family #1 or family #2) of the family member of your choice. 
    • Drop off donations at the Zion Narthex in the dedicated bin no later than 12/4 at 5pm to allow for safe distribution time.

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    Sunday, November 29, 4:30 pm

    Advent Evening at Home


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    Sherilyn
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    Zion Zoom
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    Christmas and Advent

    advent at homeAlong with the regular options for Sunday morning worship, Zion households are invited to gather virtually each advent Sunday afternoon as we light advent candles at our homes to bring the light of Christ as we count down the weeks to Christmas.  A Zoom link will be given in each week's online announcements.  "Come" via Zoom each Sunday or pick your favorite weeks.



    November 29: All Earth is Hopeful - Blessing of the Greens
    Meet near your Christmas tree or advent wreath

    December 6: All Earth is Peaceful- Blessing of the gifts
    Meet near your tree or bring a gift or few to your Zoom call

    December 13: All Earth is Loving- Blessing of the ornaments
    Bring a favorite ornament to show

    December 20: All Earth is Joyful - Blessing of the nativity
    Bring figures from your nativity scene and some cards you've received as we do a blessing for travelers and those we love who are far away

    Advent At-Home advent kit can be picked up at Zion on Sunday mornings or whenever the building is open. This kit provides a variety of activities to do during the season of Advent (November 29-December 24). If you are staying home, many of the pieces of the kit are also available online.

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    Friday, December 11, 8:00 pm

    National Lutheran Choir Christmas Festival


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    Christmas and Advent

    The National Lutheran Choir Christmas Festival comes to audiences FREE in a virtual, multi-media format on December 11.  The Incarnation: For the Healing of the World brings music from around the globe announcing the birth of Christ with messages of peace and joy that nothing – not even a pandemic – can take away.

    This online presentation is FREE for all at NLCA.com.

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    Sunday, December 13, 3:00 pm

    Homemade St Lucia (Online)


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    St Lucia

    In the traditions of Santa Lucia in Sweden and in homes of Swedish immigrants to the US, the Lucia tradition is a "home-made" celebration. Families share a special breakfast of Lussekatter (saffron Lucia rolls). If there's a Lucia lighted crown, someone gets the honor of wearing it as the breakfast is served to the family and maybe also to extended family or neighbors. If you come to Zion for worship on the morning of December 13, expect to see Lucia who will be ready to send a few Swedish treats with you as you head back home! 

    This year, Zion women's ministry is offering a "homemade" celebration that you can bring into your own home, wherever that home may be. On Lucia Day, Sunday, December 13, a video will premiere at 3pm on Zion's website and Facebook page. Featured on the video will be music, stories, and, of course, a Lucia procession pre-recorded at Zion. Light some candles at home, find a cozy spot, and enjoy a special Lucia celebration at home. 

    Music from the wRight Ringers Community Handbell Ensemble will include "home" favorites such as Home for the Holidays, My Favorite Things, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Silver Bells, Swedish Christmas Medley, and Jerusalem, My Happy Home which features Sue Davies Polzine, Andrew Burgdorf, and Kyle Corrigan as instrumentalists. 

    If you would prefer a DVD, contact Sherilyn at 763-682-1245, ext. 108. 


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    Thursday, December 24, 11:00 pm

    Christmas Eve Online Worship


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    Christmas and Advent

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    Zion’s staff are tentatively planning for multiple Christmas worship options, subject to community health recommendations. On the recent congregational survey, about half those who usually attend Christmas worship at Zion thought they would be likely to do so this year. Zion’s Christmas worship schedule is likely to include: 
    • Christmas Eve Sanctuary worship at 1pm 
    • Christmas Eve Drive-in worship at 2pm
    • Christmas Eve Sanctuary worship at 3pm
    • Online Christmas Eve worship at 4pm
    • Online Candlelight Christmas Eve worship at 11pm
    • Online Lessons and Carols at 10am on Christmas Day
    Because of limited capacity, RSVP will be needed this year for indoor worship services. If signups for both the 1pm and the 3pm worship services fill up, an additional sanctuary service will be added (and those already signed up will be able to switch times). 



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    Friday, December 25, 10:00 am

    Christmas Day Online Worship


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    Christmas and Advent

    all the earth christmas 2020
    Zion’s staff are tentatively planning for multiple Christmas worship options, subject to community health recommendations. On the recent congregational survey, about half those who usually attend Christmas worship at Zion thought they would be likely to do so this year. Zion’s Christmas worship schedule is likely to include: 
    • Christmas Eve Sanctuary worship at 1pm 
    • Christmas Eve Drive-in worship at 2pm
    • Christmas Eve Sanctuary worship at 3pm
    • Online Christmas Eve worship at 4pm
    • Online Candlelight Christmas Eve worship at 11pm
    • Online Lessons and Carols at 10am on Christmas Day
    Because of limited capacity, RSVP will be needed this year for indoor worship services. If signups for both the 1pm and the 3pm worship services fill up, an additional sanctuary service will be added (and those already signed up will be able to switch times). 



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