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February 14, 2018

Lenten Devotional Resources


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Practicing Love

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As Christians, we strive to live and love as Jesus did. In order to love well, we need to practice. And practicing as a family helps everyone to grow in their faith together each day. During Lent, we more sharply reflect upon the Word of God and upon modeling our behaviors after those of our Savior. Stop at the info desk on Sundays to pick up a copy of this devotional booklet, filled with reflections and activities that gently invite the whole family to practice love for Lent, even though love never goes out of season. Great for families and also independent reading at home or at work. 

Suggested donation: $1/booklet.

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God Pause daily devotions from Luther Seminary are short, meaningful reflections on each Sunday’s lessons and gospel. During the season of Lent, the daily God Pause devotion will be taken from the 2018 God Pause Lenten devotional "Through the Night of Dark and Sorrow,"  written by a collection of Luther Seminary faculty, staff, and students.

Luther Seminary also offers "Through the Night of Dark and Sorrow" as a PDF, available for download beginning February 2.

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February 17, 2018

Mission Jamaica Trip


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Please keep these trip participants and their work in your prayers: 
Mission Jamaica
  • Denny Gleason
  • Tina Haluptzok
  • Jason Halvorson
  • Dan & Jill Hanson
  • Rhonda Holland
  • Brian Johnson
  • Paula Lynn
  • Jody Mattson
  • Brock & Marilee Maxwell
  • Julayne R. Mayer
  • Glenn & Caren Nemec
  • Karen Norell
  • Amy, Erin, & Morgan Nystuen
  • Suzi & Marilynn Orlopp
  • Russ & Terry Peterson
  • Judy Sandeen
  • Angie Smith
  • Ron & Lisa Spier
  • Tyler Strom
  • Marlys Thomas
  • Ted Vanderpan

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Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 pm

Lenten Small Groups - Fellowship Hall


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The Life YOu've Always Wanted

The Life You've Always Wanted

This Lent, dig into John Ortberg’s book “The Life You’ve Always Wanted” alongside your Zion community. 

"The Life You've Always Wanted guides us on a journey beyond performance and externalism to a life marked by joy, peace, kindness, and all the signs of a faith that's vital and growing."

We will focus on aspects of growing deeper in faith and life in our Wednesday worship as well as well as small groups of 6-8 people that meet after worship to engage in conversation about the topics of that day. Read along with a small group meeting at Zion during Lent after the noon or 6:30pm worship service, coordinate your own small group, or read along on your own (listed start times are approximate and subject to change according to the length of the worship service. 

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February 25, 2018

Change for Children


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Beach Day

Zion’s Sunday School students have the tradition of collecting a special offering each spring that helps other children in some way... we call it Change for Children! 

The kids are encouraged to bring in their change/bills and everyone is invited to dress up in fun ways for five Sundays. The money raised this spring will help pay for meals for the Truckload of Life packing event on April 29 at Zion. Each meal costs about $0.25 and our goal is to raise enough to pay for at least 12,000 meals (or $3,000). If every Sunday School child brought in $10 over the course of the 5 weeks (or $2/Sunday), we’d surpass our goal… Help us to reach our goal and share food with those in need around the world!
  • February 11: Kids will receive info and their collection containers.
  • February 25: Zion Spirit Day; Wear your Zion KiDS shirt or Zion gear!
  • March 4: Black & White Day; Find your zebra colors!
  • March 11: Pajama Day (Daylight Savings); Come in your PJ’s, slippers, robes, or comfy clothes.
  • March 18: Beach Day; Time to dress like you’re soaking up the sun! (All Summer Registrations open this day).
  • March 25: Dress Your Best Day (Noisy Offering/Palm Sunday – kids sing in worship); Time to show off your Sunday best.

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Sunday, March 4, 11:45 am

New Member Orientation - Fellowship Hall


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New Member Orientation

New member orientationThis orientation to membership provides an introduction to Zion ministries and staff, an opportunity to meet others at Zion, and a little about what it means to be Lutheran. Those who decide to become members will be formally received into our congregation on Sunday, March 18. The orientation will include:

  • The staff and Outreach Committee will join you for lunch after the last worship service (11:45am).
  • Meeting begins around 12:25pm and will end around 1:45pm.
  • Child care and activities for children will be available after the meal if requested in advance.
  • Plenty of informal conversation with staff, existing members, and other prospective new members.
  • An overview of a wide variety of Zion programs and ministries.
  • Zion Pastors briefly introduce what it means to be Lutheran.
  • Your photo will be taken for the reception (or you may email your own photo to Angela in advance).
  • Information for church records will be verified.
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Wednesday, March 7, 5:00 pm

Lutheran Hotdish Supper - Fellowship Hall


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tatertot hotdish

Come to Zion on Wednesday, March 7 and enjoy a Lutheran Hotdish Supper. What could be better than a meal of comfort food of tater tot hotdish on a cold winter night! Also included in the meal will be a salad and dessert.

Supper will be served from 5-6:30pm. Suggested donation is $5/person or $20/family. 

Funds will be used to subsidize the bus transportation for elementary and middle school Wednesday after school music programs/Kids' Place.

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Sunday, March 25, 9:15 am

Palm Sunday Breakfast - Fellowship Hall


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pancakes

Zion’s youth will serve a breakfast of pancakes (with a toppings bar), sausage, orange juice, coffee, and milk on Palm Sunday from 9:15-10:45am. Proceeds support youth who will be traveling to Houston Texas this June to participate in the ELCA Youth Gathering. 

Suggested donations of $6/adult, $4/child and $20/household at the door.

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Friday, April 27, 8:00 am

SERVE Weekend


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SERVE Weekend

SERVE weekend is an annual tradition at Zion and this year it will become a community-wide event on April 27-29. Pastor Luke Schmidt, Pastor Steve Wintermantel from Buffalo Covenant, and Sherilyn Burgdorf have worked with the Buffalo Ministerial group to create a SERVE planning team from 8+ local churches, Lake Ridge Care Center, Parkview Care Center and Love INC. 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.

Some highlights include:
  • Truckload of Life food packing event on Sunday, April 29, will pack 100,000 meals at Zion.
  • Blessing Closet and Allina Bike giveaway will distribute free clothing and bikes on Saturday, April 28.
  • Local churches may choose to have their own specific projects that benefit their own ministries.
  • Many SERVE options will give volunteers opportunity to work with friends and neighbors from other congregations. 
Signup will be available for each project as details are finalized.

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Sunday, April 29, 8:00 am

Truckload of Life


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SERVE Weekend

Truckload of Life
Truckload of Life is back at Zion this year with a community packaging event at Zion which will be part of the community-wide SERVE Weekend. Volunteers will package 100,000 meals for those in need, and awareness of the hunger need in the local community and around the world will be promoted.

More than 500 volunteers of all ages will be needed throughout the day on April 29


This event is being led by Harvest of Hands, in partnership with The Outreach Program. 
  • Harvest of Hands is a Zion ministry that raises funds to help fight hunger locally and globally. Their primary annual fundraiser is a craft sale each November, and proceeds from last year’s sale are helping fund this packing project. 
  • Based in Union, IA, The Outreach Program is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation that organizes food packaging events around the country. With more than 300 million meals packaged to date, the organization’s mission is to provide food, safe water, education, and medical care to those in need at home and abroad. 

Collections & Special Information

February 21, 2018
Blessing Clothing Closet Collection
February 25, 2018
Change for Children
March 11, 2018
Coffee Sales & Global Missions Info
Lenten Self Denial
Sharing is Outreach
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