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  • Sharing Extra Produce
  • Kevin Kuhns
  • Joan Halderson
  • Deb and Rick Johnson in the Holy Land
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  • The Green SeasonThe Green Season
    We are in the middle of the great, green, growing season in the church. That’s how Godly Play, a Sunday school curriculum I taught for some years, describes the season after Pentecost.  The church year begins at Advent, which usually begins right after Thanksgiving. Advent comes in with a rush, as we prepare for the Christ light to come into the world, and then moves into the magical celebration of Christmas. After Christmas, the church year offers a bit of a ...
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  • Prayer WalkPrayer Walk
    Zion continues to seek opportunities to share the beauty and serenity of our onsite walking trails. We are excited to announce planning is underway to add signage along the trails with passages of scripture for use as a prayer walk. These scriptures will change every few months to reflect varying themes such as healing and grief. Hopefully, the trails will be a place for everyone to feel welcome, and to reconnect with themselves and our Creator. Awareness of our trails ...
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  • Financial Update 2021.08Financial Update 2021.08
    Here is a summary of Zion’s financial information as of the end of July 2021.  General Fund income for the month of July was just over $51,000 which is about 8% lower than what was received in July of 2020.  Expenses for the General Fund were about $54,500.  This is about 5.8% more than was spent in July of 2020.  For the month General Fund expenses exceeded income by about $3,400.  We anticipate that expenses will continue to increase as ...
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  • Giving to Different MinistriesGiving to Different Ministries
    Did you know that you don’t have to limit your electronic giving to just the General Fund or the Building Fund? In addition to the General and Building funds, Zion maintains a Special Projects account with over 50 specific line item ministries and programs. We recently updated online giving options. Zion’s Giving Website Here are just a few of the options you now have to give directly to a program or ministry: General Fund Building Fund donation Mission Donation Zion Foundation Donation Cemetery Fund Seasonal Donation CYF Ministry ...
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  • Good for the GiverGood for the Giver
    If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. Confucius There are many ways that giving is beneficial to the giver: gratitude, cooperation, social connection, health. In this article, I will focus on recent studies of giving and happiness. As the purse is emptied the heart is filled. Victor Hugo Studies comparing donors and non-donors indicate that those who give report that they are 43% happier than those who do not give. In addition ...
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  • Happy September!Happy September!
    I’m sure many of you are asking the same question I am….. ”How did the summer go by so fast?”I hope you were able to take some time this summer and enjoy family, friends, hobbies, and many things that bring you great JOY! I also hope you were able to take time together as a family, to strengthen your relationship with God and others. It won’t be long now and we will be back at Zion Sunday school and worshiping together, ...
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  • Council Update 2021.08Council Update 2021.08
    Last month I compared where our church and congregation is currently to looking at the horizon in anticipation of the sunrise and what it will bring. While there are still a lot of questions yet to be answered some things are moving ahead. The Sunday school program is coming together for this fall, staffing vacancies are starting to get filled, the music programs are getting rolling and our Sanctuary project is closer to completion with the news from the contractor ...
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  • Confirmation UpdateConfirmation Update
    Among the many things COVID took from us, community seems to be one of the greatest longings crossing all generational lines. We need each other. Even more than that, we belong to each other. In Paul’s letter to the Romans he writes; So, in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We miss you. All of you. Even those we’ve never met. In the New Testament, ekklēsia (Greek for church) always refers to people, never ...
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  • Appreciating the DawnAppreciating the Dawn
    I will make a confession. I’m not really a morning person. But, I’m married to a morning person and almost every job I’ve had in my adult life has required an earlier than preferred wake-up call. To be clear, this isn’t really a complaint. I really like those early hours of the morning as the sun is coming up and life starts to stir. Whether it is sipping a cup of coffee on the deck before getting ready for work ...
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  • Annual Membership ReviewAnnual Membership Review
    The Zion constitution states: The Congregation Council shall provide for an annual review of the membership roster. Well…. To tell you the truth, we haven’t been very good at doing this in the past, but we are working on changing that. Most churches aren’t very good at keeping their membership rosters updated, but a small group of Zion council members, along with Angela our Membership Coordinator, have been meeting regularly to create a process that fulfills this requirement. So far, we have ...
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Upcoming Events

September 18, 2021
9th Grade Rite of Confirmation
September 19, 2021
KiDS Activity during worship
September 21, 2021
Women's Ministry Bible Study
September 26, 2021
Bristol's Farewell
September 27, 2021
Fall Bible History Class
October 6, 2021
7th & 8th Grade Confirmation Begins
October 10, 2021
6th Grade Confirmation Begins
October 12, 2021
Fare for All
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October 10, 2021
Trunk or Treat Candy Collection

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September 22, 2021
Supper: Chicken Dinner
September 29, 2021
Wednesday Supper

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