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February 23, 2020

Camp Wapo Registration is Open


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Camp Wapo

Hope Full
This year’s Camp Wapogasset theme is HopeFull, and is based on Romans 15:13. 
  • This year Zion Seeds weekend, for students who have completed first through third grades, will be July 10th-12th. This is a great way for younger kids to experience the fellowship of Wapo, and get a feel for what camp is like without being away from their families for the whole week. 
  • For older campers Zion’s camp week is July 12th-17th.
  • Wapo One Day will be July 15th. Wapo One Day is open to any students who have completed first through fourth grade. It’s perfect for families with hectic schedules, or children who don’t want to sleep over at camp. 
Registration for Wapo 2020 will open at lwlbci.com/zion-buffalo  on Wednesday, January 15! Make sure to list your home church as Zion in order to receive a special discount courtesy of the Zion Lutheran Foundation.  Be sure to register by March 15, in order to ensure a spot during Zion’s week. 

If you're on the fence, or your child is unsure what to expect at camp we will be having a Camp Sunday, January 26th, and Camp Wednesday, February 13, when a representative from Wapo will be here to introduce the theme, we'll play some games, and she can answer questions regarding all aspects of the Camp Wapo experience!



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Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 pm

GIFT Class: First Corinthians - Library/Chapel


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Jonathan Shun
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Library/Chapel

First Corinthians

GIFT (Growing In Faith Together) is a multigenerational get together that focuses on a rotating 5-6 week series guided by RightNow Media presentations, and facilitated by Zion's GIFT Coordinator, Jonathan Shun.

Christianity calls us to sacrifice instead of living for oneself. We have to choose one or the other—we can't do both. The Christians in Corinth tried to live the Christian life in a worldly way. Paul wrote the letter of 1 Corinthians to a divided and self-centered people to remind them to follow Jesus and only Jesus. 

In this 12-part series, author and speaker Jennie Allen walks into the messy lives of the Corinthians and takes us through Paul’s words to the conflicted church. We'll see how the truth of the gospel and the Spirit of God can empower us to choose to follow Jesus every day of our lives. 

Registration for this GIFT series will open Sunday December 15th, through the Zion registration web page (include link). Zion would like to "GIFT" you the study guide to this course (a $25 value) for taking the time to preregister online. "The First Book of Corinthians" series will meet Wednesday evenings in the Zion Library from 6:30-7:30, with the first session beginning January 8th.
  • 6-week class; Wednesdays 6:30
  • January 8 to February 19 (no class February 12 due to Family Matters)
  • Free class; Free workbook ($25 value) for those registered by January 1

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Wednesday, February 26, 12:00 pm

Ash Wednesday Noon Service - Sanctuary


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Sanctuary
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Lenten Everything

A Traditional Ash Wednesday worship service, ideal for those who can take a moment to worship over the lunch hour and for those who prefer being out during the day more than at night.  All Ash Wednesday services include imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.


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Wednesday, February 26, 5:00 pm

Ash Wednesday Family Express - Sanctuary


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Sanctuary
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Lenten Everything

This worship service includes interactive activity stations, designed to help families of all sizes, ages and stages explore and grow their faith both together and as individuals and learn what Ash Wednesday and Lent are all about. Special music will be provided by Youth Handbells. All Ash Wednesday services include imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.

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Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 pm

Ash Wednesday Evening Service - Sanctuary


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Sanctuary
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Lenten Everything

This is a traditional Ash Wednesday service with special music will be provided by the Senior Choir. All Ash Wednesday services include imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.

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Wednesday, March 4, 12:00 pm

Lenten Noon Service - Sanctuary


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Sanctuary
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Lenten Everything

On Wednesdays during Lent there are three worship services to choose from: 
  • The traditional worship service at noon is ideal for those who can take a moment to worship over the lunch hour and for those who prefer being out during the day more than at night. It is a reflective worship of scripture, hymns and message. 
  • The Family Express worship service at 5pm includes interactive activity stations, designed to help families of all sizes, ages and stages explore and grow their faith both together and as individuals and learn what Lent is all about. 
  • The Holden Evening service at 6:30pm includes scripture, message, and Holden Evening Prayer. 
All of the regular Wednesday activities and rehearsals continue during Lent with a few schedule changes to accommodate the worship schedule. The Wednesday night meal is open to all, serving from 5-6:15pm in the Fellowship Hall.

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Wednesday, March 4, 5:00 pm

Lenten Family Express - Sanctuary


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Sanctuary
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Lenten Everything

On Wednesdays during Lent there are three worship services to choose from: 
  • The traditional worship service at noon is ideal for those who can take a moment to worship over the lunch hour and for those who prefer being out during the day more than at night. It is a reflective worship of scripture, hymns and message. 
  • The Family Express worship service at 5pm includes interactive activity stations, designed to help families of all sizes, ages and stages explore and grow their faith both together and as individuals and learn what Lent is all about. 
  • The Holden Evening service at 6:30pm includes scripture, message, and Holden Evening Prayer. 
All of the regular Wednesday activities and rehearsals continue during Lent with a few schedule changes to accommodate the worship schedule. The Wednesday night meal is open to all, serving from 5-6:15pm in the Fellowship Hall.

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Wednesday, March 4, 7:15 pm

Lenten Book Study: SHAPE - Library/Chapel


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Pastor Ted
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Library/Chapel
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Lenten Everything
Lenten Highlights

Pastor Ted SHAPE

"I look forward to some great discussion about how we are shaped for God's work in this world" ~ Pastor Ted

This Lent, dig into Erik Rees’ book “S.H.A.P.E.: Finding and Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life” alongside your Zion community. 

This book builds on Rick Warren's bestselling book The Purpose Driven® Life, to help you discover God’s unique purpose for your life based on the way God has shaped you... your spiritual gifts, your heart, your abilities, your personality, and your experiences.

We will focus on aspects of growing deeper in faith and life in our Wednesday worship as well as well as groups that meet with Pastor Ted after worship to engage in deeper conversation. Join Pastor Ted during Lent after either the noon or 6:30pm worship service, coordinate your own small group, or read along on your own. 

You do not need to purchase a book to participate in this discussion, but books are available online through the usual sources (Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Christian Book Distributors / Thriftbooks / etc.). Contact the office by February 26 if you need help ordering a book.

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Saturday, March 7, 5:30 pm

Youth Gala - Trinity Hall


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Trinity Hall
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Youth Gala

Youth Gala Hawaiian Heist 2020

This is our "all in" fundraiser for all youth, and this year's gala is a dinner theater performance of the Hawaiian Heist on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Guests are celebrating at a scrumptious, oceanfront luau in picturesque Kona, Hawaii! All week they've explored the amazing island while attending relationship building workshops. But the evening unravels when secret identities, shocking lies, and regretful pasts lead to kidnapping, threats and thievery. Will you be the one to discover the villain and bring resolution? Or will catastrophe and chaos rule the night.

Think of mysterious, awesome food and fun; a night full of upscale entertainment right here in our own church home. Social hour from 5:30 includes appetizers and punch and time to peruse the silent auction. Dinner will be served at 6:30 and will be followed by the dessert auction. Enjoy student-led entertainment and a night full of fellowship and laughs. 

Support Zion’s youth program and have a great evening out. Tickets are now on sale $25 per ticket or buy a table of 6 for only $130!! Proceeds support youth facilities and activities. 

Childcare available if requested in advance. 

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Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 pm

Lenten Holden Evening Service - Sanctuary


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Sanctuary
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Lenten Everything

On Wednesdays during Lent there are three worship services to choose from: 
  • The traditional worship service at noon is ideal for those who can take a moment to worship over the lunch hour and for those who prefer being out during the day more than at night. It is a reflective worship of scripture, hymns and message. 
  • The Family Express worship service at 5pm includes interactive activity stations, designed to help families of all sizes, ages and stages explore and grow their faith both together and as individuals and learn what Lent is all about. 
  • The Holden Evening service at 6:30pm includes scripture, message, and Holden Evening Prayer. 
All of the regular Wednesday activities and rehearsals continue during Lent with a few schedule changes to accommodate the worship schedule. The Wednesday night meal is open to all, serving from 5-6:15pm in the Fellowship Hall.

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Thursday, March 12, 5:00 pm

Communion Class - Fellowship Hall


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Brianna Carlson
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Fellowship Hall
Library/Chapel
Sanctuary
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Communion Class

first communion

Families are invited to join us for our annual Communion class. 

Choose Thursday, March 12 (5-8pm), OR Saturday, March 14 (9-Noon). 

Whether your child has received communion before, or they are preparing for their first time, this family-centered workshop will help students explore the history, ritual, tradition and meaning of the sacrament of Holy Communion. This class is designed for children grade 3 and older. 
Parents and their child(ren) will learn alongside one another as we: 
  • Participate in hands-on experiences about Passover and the Lord’s Supper
  • Bake bread that is served at worship when they celebrate receiving Holy Communion
  • Learn about the sacrament, love and forgiveness received during Holy Communion
  • Create a banner that will celebrate each student’s faith 
  • And more
Students will celebrate receiving communion and all that they have learned during worship on Sunday, March 15. Register early as classes have limited availability. Parent volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks to help us prepare and host this event. Childcare is available upon request (in advance) for younger siblings. 


We look forward to having you and your child join us for this special occasion. 

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Sunday, March 15, 11:45 am

Zambia Mission Reflections - Fellowship Hall


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Pastor Suzi
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Fellowship Hall

38 suitcases

Just a short time ago 19 travelers left from Zion, with 38 suitcases in tow, heading on a journey to the Village of Hope in Zambia. Our suitcases were filled with school supplies, clothing, shoes, games, medical supplies, and playground equipment. We still wonder what the security people at the airport thought of a suitcase full of swings, climbing rope and rings. We took those 38 suitcases with us and returned with minds full of memories, hearts full of hope, and spirits renewed by the laughter of children playing. 


We invite you to come hear more and see pictures on Sunday, March 15, at 11:45am in Fellowship Hall. 

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Monday, March 30, 6:30 pm

Bible History Class - Library/Chapel


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Rick Johnson
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Library/Chapel

bible studyRick Johnson will present an 8-week Bible History class examining major Old Testament leaders Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph and Moses. We will read their stories in Genesis and Exodus as well as examine what the Hebrew Bible states about Judaism and Jewish interpretations of these stories. This class is for anyone interested in Bible History whether you have been in a previous class or not. 

  • Class will be held 630-8pm, Mondays, March 30 to May 18,  in the library.   
  • Be sure to bring your Bibles.

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April 24, 2020

SERVE Weekend


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Sherilyn Burgdorf
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SERVE Weekend

SERVE WeekendSERVE weekend is an annual tradition of serving at Zion and this year it will be held April 24-26. Volunteers will have a chance to sign up for projects that lend a helping hand to people in local congregations, to the community, and to global concerns.


There are many chances for short term serving within and around the Zion building. Dig in to clean, fix, organize, cook, sort, and distribute food and clothing here at Zion or expand to the local communities and other projects within Wright County with things like animal shelter help, care center visits, sewing projects, and many more.

What’s the plan? You will be invited to choose one project from a long list of short-term service options, usually 1-3 hours in length. There will be some especially suited for families with children. You’ll sign up in advance so that each serving option has the appropriate number of volunteers for the task at hand. Sign up for one or more tasks during SERVE week. 

We’ll culminate the weekend with a grand scale serving day on Sunday, April 26 with the Truckload of Life packing event in Trinity Hall, sponsored by Harvest of Hands. 


When signing up to SERVE, you also have opportunity to get a free "Live Generously" t shirt, donated by Thrivent. Child and adult sizes available.

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Saturday, April 25, 10:00 am

Blessing Closet Distribution - Trinity Hall


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Roger Brenny
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Trinity Hall
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Blessing Closet

Blessing Closet DistributionThe Blessing Closet provides free children’s clothing to families with children ages infant to 18 years through quarterly distribution events. There are no income or residency requirements to qualify for free clothing. Children should ideally be present to do their own shopping, but adults who wish to pick up clothing for their absent children just need to register each child and age.


The Blessing Closet will partner with other organizations which will provide additional items at 2020 quarterly distributions. Rules to qualify for these giveaways will be available in advance of each of these distributions. 
  • February 13: Zion Lutheran Church & Read to Feed the Mind
  • April 25: TBA
  • August 20: Love INC-Big Woods & School Supplies 
  • November 12: Buffalo Food Shelf & Coats for Kids 

Collections & Special Information

February 26, 2020
Lenten Devotional Resources
March 8, 2020
Fair Trade Coffee Sale
March 29, 2020
SERVE Raffle
SERVE Weekend Signup
April 5, 2020
Palm Sunday Breakfast
Fair Trade Coffee Sale
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