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  • Reuse, Recycle, RepurposeReuse, Recycle, Repurpose
    In one sense that is what Easter is all about – reuse, recycle, repurpose – right? I would guess that like me, you have noticed those art pieces around the countryside while you have been driving someplace. Someone takes some old piece of farm equipment and turns it into a flag or dinosaur or something like that. A few pieces of scrap metal are welded together and then attached to other things to make something entirely new. It could have remained ...
  • Moving ForwardMoving Forward
    It seems spring is trying to make its presence known and hopefully we will see more warm days in our future. The same is true for Zion. The Church Council has been addressing a number of topics that will help shape Zion’s future (see last month’s article). One of the most exciting topics has been the Sanctuary update. The Property Committee is moving ahead with bids for new pew cushions and chair updates. They are also looking into bids for ...
  • Financial Report 03.2021
    The Finance Committee would like to give the following information to the congregation regarding the financial condition of Zion as of the end of February. General Fund income for February was down from the corresponding month in 2020 by about $8000. However, due to the large gifts received in January, income for the year to date is still $7000 more than at this time in 2020. Expenses continue to be below budget thanks to the efforts of our staff. As ...
  • Worship UpdatesWorship Updates
    On Monday, March 15, updated COVID-19 guidelines from the State of Minnesota went into effect, some of which impact faith communities. One of the changes is that specific capacity limit numbers were eliminated for worship services; however, the guidelines still require six-foot social distancing and indoor mask use. Since the seating arrangements in Zion’s sanctuary have been based on allowing sufficient physical distancing rather than a number of attendees, worship capacity will not change significantly at this point. Attendees are still asked ...
  • Renewing Our House Update
    As of March 10, 2021, $68,557 has been raised or earmarked for “Renewing our House – for Worship” – our effort to update and improve the Sanctuary. We have $8,443 to go to meet our goal of $77,000. Thank you to all those that have given to the project. If you haven’t yet, please prayerfully consider giving to this project to help us reach our goal. Any funds raised above our goal will go towards improvements in other areas of ...
  • Required Minimum Distributions Q&ARequired Minimum Distributions Q&A
    Give and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38 These questions and answers are practical, not biblical, but until we reside in heaven we need to keep apprised of the realities of this world. Q: What is the RMD (Required Minimum Distribution)? A: Your required minimum distribution is the minimum amount ...
  • Blessing Closet ChangesBlessing Closet Changes
    There will be changes to the operation of the Blessing Closet starting in 2021, returning to the original Blessing Closet Mission Statement from 2015 which is “to provide families in our community the opportunity to clothe their children.” Over the years the scope has broadened to include collecting and distributing large quantities of adult clothing, along with accepting many miscellaneous items. Emphasizes was on quantity rather than quality. Starting with the next distribution, we will concentrate our efforts on children’s clothing—including ...
  • God Hurts With UsGod Hurts With Us
    As I write this, we are less than a week out from the shooting that took place at the Allina Crossroads clinic on February 9 that resulted in one death and four injured people. Despite the short interval, even now there is a sense that we are in a time of transition in the healing journey. The stark immediacy of the event has passed, it’s fallen out of the news headlines, and the rest of the world has switched its ...
  • Weekly Announcements are Online
    Zion’s weekly announcements are now posted online each week at Click ‘join our mailing list’ on that page to receive them as an email each Thursday. Go to the Announcements Archive This change is intended to make the announcements more accessible to both those who are worshiping online and those who would prefer to reduce surface contacts.  The announcements include baptisms, sympathies, upcoming events, and ministry announcements. A limited number of printed copies are available upon request for those attending any in-person worship ...

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