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September 2020
September 2020
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  • Be Courageous
  • Pray for Compassion, Grace, and Wisdom
  • Sunday School Coordinator
  • Solveig Nelson
  • Wanda Weber
  • Music Can Speak to Us

Featured News

  • Our History…Our Legacy…Our Future…Our History…Our Legacy…Our Future…
    At the end of October we will celebrate the 503rd anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg.  I have been reflecting on how this act of protest and desire for change is very similar to what is going on in our world today.  We come from a history of trying to always live into being the people God has created us to be.   One of the biggest desires of Martin Luther was ...
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  • A Zion TraditionA Zion Tradition
    One of the best times of the year is upon us!  We all enjoy the fall’s cooler days, crisp nights, and the changing colors of nature, even though it is for a brief period of time. There is also a new energy and sense of mission that each fall brings to the life of our church. Youth and Children’s activities fire up. Summer travelers are back in worship. The church staff are waiting anxiously to see how the fall activities ...
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  • New and DifferentNew and Different
    My very first ZFest was on September 13, 2020. We had talked about it for over a month in staff meetings, preparing for this big event I knew nothing about. Of course, I’ve been to other church’s fall kick offs, but the staff talked about the country theme and the strong tradition at Zion, and I didn’t really know what to expect. But, no one really knew what to expect this year! Numbers were going to be lower; we couldn’t ...
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  • Financial Report 2020.09
    The financial health of Zion continues to be strong.  Offerings year-to-date are currently down about 6%. Total income year-to-date is down about 9% compared to 2019, mostly due to cancelled events and programs. General Fund year-to-date expenses are about 11% lower than 2019, mainly due to reduced payroll, ministry, operations, and property related expenses.At the end of August 2020, excluding the income from the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), the General Fund’s cash-on hand was about $176K.  The Building Fund cash-on ...
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  • Council Update 2020.09Council Update 2020.09
    At its August meeting, the Church Council received a letter from the Call Committee concerning the two pastor model and the process for filling the Pastor of Congregational Life position. Some members of the council and the committee met on September 8th to continue the discussion concerning the path forward. The decision being discussed is: Should Zion continue the search for a Pastor of Congregational Life? Or should we go forward with only two pastors? The council did decide in August ...
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  • How Can We Help?How Can We Help?
    One phrase I keep hearing (besides “unprecedented time”) is “How can we help?”  One of the most amazing parts about being part of the Zion family is people are always wanting to help.  So I want to break down for you some of the ways we know you can help right now, and thanks to those who are helping in these ways already: Giving of Time on Sunday Mornings usheringgreetingparking lot attendantssharing the gift of musicSunday school set up/clean up Giving of Time ...
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  • Welcome to September 2020!Welcome to September 2020!
    A year ago at this time we were talking about the kick off to fall programing, changes to programs and all sorts of exciting new classes, Bible studies, and all the excitement that comes with fall. And I know this will not come as a shock to any of you, but all those announcements are different this year. But that’s it…they are different but most are still happening. We are excited to be kicking off confirmation this year with a ...
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  • Zion Choirs Update
    As much as we are all anxious to get back together to make a joyful noise, the Zion Choir directors have met (via Zoom) and decided that it would be best for all of the choirs at Zion to continue to wait through the fall.  There may be opportunities for small groups to gather safely to add special music to worship during the coming months but we do not believe it is safe to bring full groups together at this time.  ...
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  • Council Update 2020.08Council Update 2020.08
    The council continues to discuss the staffing future for Zion as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on and doesn’t appear to be weakening anytime soon. A new two pastor model with a full-time youth director and two 30 hour per week coordinator positions in the Children, Youth and Family ministry was introduced at the council’s July meeting and a possible organizational chart appeared in last month’s newsletter. The council gave approval to hire the two coordinator positions which basically consolidates the ...
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  • Baking Loaves of Hope in ZambiaBaking Loaves of Hope in Zambia
    The Village of Hope, Zion’s Global Mission partner in Zambia Africa, tries to develop well-equipped disciples of Jesus Christ. Children are trained in how to live a life centered in Jesus Christ, as well as practical life and business skills. COVID-19 and the worst drought in 40 years have conspired to threaten the food security of all of sub-Saharan Africa. The Village of Hope is being proactive in addressing the current challenges. Starting in January 2021, the Village is hoping to ...
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Upcoming Events

October 24, 2020
Bible Extravaganza
Blessing Closet Distribution
October 30, 2020
Lutefisk Dinner POSTPONED
October 31, 2020
Trunk or Treat
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November 8, 2020
Mission Jamaica Supply Drive

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