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Prayer Requests Call the church office at 763.682.1245 or visit Zion’s Zion community at with your prayer requests. If you want a pastoral visit or would like to be included in pastoral prayers during worship, please use a yellow pew card or call the church office.

Address, Phone & Email Corrections Zion maintains a database of all its members. If you have had any changes to your address, phone number, marital status, etc. please contact the Membership Secretary with your name, phone number and the changes that need to be made.

If You Are Ill Hospitals no longer notify churches when their members are admitted for care. Call 763.682.1245, and let us know so we can support you with prayer and with presence.

Sunday Worship Times 8:30 am 9:45 am 10:30 am

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Christ’s word, strengthen faith and serve those in need. Publishing Deadlines Weekly Bulletin: Thursday Noon Newsletter: Thursday 10/16 Noon If you would like to contribute to the church newsletter please send your submissions to Angela in the church office or Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm (763) 682-1245 (763) 682-1312 (763) 684-1967 1200 Highway 25 South, Buffalo (across from 13th St S.) PO Box 88, Buffalo, MN 55313

Zion Staff Rebecca Sogge

Interim Pastor (starting in October)/ x304 Pastor / x305 /

Sherilyn Burgdorf Roxie Otten Holly Husom Myron Crawford Jim Onstad

Shared Ministry Director / x 307 / Co-Director of Christian Education / x 331 /

Diane Montplaisir Angela Bengtson Sue Stensrud Jill Pryor

Administrative Secretary/ x302 / Communications & Membership / x325 / Financial Secretary / x303 / Building & Grounds Manager

Michael Walsh

Coordinator of Music

Co-Director of Christian Education / x331 /

Director of Youth Ministries / x308 / Youth Staff

Zion Council Kirk Bengtson

Zion seeks to share

Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary, Sunday school, & nursery Family Express in Trinity Hall Jubilee Worship in the Sanctuary, Sunday school, & nursery

Carol Clark Dirk Foster Jud Goerss Nicky Haskins Debbie Johnson Charles Krause James Larson Kevin Lincicum Arnold Rude Dave Schmidt Doug Schmidt Beth Solberg Marci Wold Idella Ziegler

2006-2008 Personnel /Vice President / Global Missions/ Foundation 2008-2010 Secretary /Adult Education 2008-2010 Stewardship 2008-2009 Treasurer /Finance 2006-2008 New Member 2007-2009 Social Ministry 2008-2010 Youth 2006-2008 Memorials & Placement 2007-2009 Worship & Music 2008 2008-2010 Christian Education 2008-2010 Property 2006-2008 Fellowship 2007-2009 Evangelism 2007-2009 President / Stewardship

And Pete & Judy Weis Stephen Ministry Leaders Julie Kabe Food For Friends Coordinator Kathy Martinson Food For Friends Coordinator

from the pastor What Are Your Favorite Bible Verses? What are the verses that come into your mind when something bad or something good happens? Each of us has a handful of verses that sustain and shape our faith. I invite you to share one or more of these verses with another person and tell what experiences you have had with these verses. How has God comforted you with a verse in a time of grief? How has God calmed you in a time of fear? As we share these experiences we grow in faith.


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hat ood and w g is t a h w ve O people, o justice, lo d o s told you t a t h u e b , H u o The ELCA is beginning a five-year emphasis on Bible Study to help od. quires of y with you G ly b the Lord re m us become more fluent in the language of scripture. It’s about our u h and walk opening the book of faith and being an active part of God’s kindness Micah 6:8 unfolding story.

I encourage you to begin each day, each meeting, each gathering here at Zion as well as dinner conversation by sharing a favorite verse and telling why it important to you. Try it; you will be blessed.

The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

Another invitation. Join me on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 as we study the book of Galatians. We are going to look at each passage devotionally, historically, literally and also in light of I know that my redeemer lives. Lutheran theology. Our goal is simple, to open the book of Job 19:25a faith together and through our mutual conversation listen to God’s voice in our lives. So what is your favorite Bible verse? Today mine is:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let sels so in earthen ves re su ea tr is th your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do For we have is de clear that th a m be y a m not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and s it that to God and doe s g n lo be er w po supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made extraordinary s. ot come from u n known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all 4:7-8 2 Corinthians understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. In Christ, John 3:16 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life….nor anything else in all creation will separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 Pastor Becky Sogge


news & views

Senior Pastor Update

10 Years Ago

By Karen Mattson, Chair, Personnel Committee

A Look Back at the October 1998 Newsletter

When will we have a permanent Senior Pastor and why is the process taking so long? Will we have another interim Senior Pastor and will the Call Committee be calling more than one pastor to Zion? These are just some of the questions that Zion members may be wondering about as we await a new Senior Pastor. At the July 2008, church council meeting, Glenndy Ose, Bishop’s Associate, outlined the multiple steps that an ELCA congregation typically goes through before calling a pastor. It is a very thorough and time-consuming process, but necessary to match a congregation with a pastor who can best guide and assist it in living out its mission. The Synod provides suggestions and guidance, but the congregational call committee, church council and congregation have the ultimate say in selecting the pastor to call. The first part of this process was completed this summer by the Transition Committee. They were charged with researching and completing background information about Zion and its history, the community, and obtaining Zion member input on what we are seeking in a Senior Pastor before turning over the next step to the Call Committee. The Call Committee was recently selected and they will seek Senior Pastor candidate names from the Synod and Zion member suggestions, conduct interviews, make church visits and ultimately recommend a candidate to the church council and congregation for call. It is expected that a Senior Pastor will be in place at Zion sometime in 2009. This committee will only be seeking a Senior Pastor. Once a new Senior Pastor is onboard, Zion’s additional staff needs will be reassessed. On September 30, 2008, Pastor Delwayne Hahn completed his one year contract with Zion as our interim Senior Pastor. The Personnel Committee has been working with the Synod on interim candidates and we expect to have an interim Senior Pastor in place in early October, who will be with us until a Senior Pastor is called.

Golf Day Results On September 7, the weather cooperated and 35 golfers plus Pastor Ed headed out to Albion Ridges for Zion’s Annual Golf Day. The winning score was 32, and other winners for the day were: Kathy Gaulke for long drive for women, Jeff Bonde for long drive for men, Larry Janski for closest to the pin on the par three, Keith Nygaard for closest to the pin in 2 shots on the par four, and Torey Farniok for longest putt. Pictured are Pastor Ed and Sherri Larson with winning team, Kevin Miller, Bob Strommen, Keith Nygaard, Larry Nygaard. Many of the other groups are pictured in the church online photo album. Thanks to Sherri Larson for organizing the event.

Zion began a long–range planning process using a program from the Search Institute called ―Your Congregation’s Future, A FaithCentered Planning Process.‖ Judy Hauer was President of the congregation and Kip Wold was Vice President. Training had just begun for a Stephen Ministry class of 12 led by Vicki Johanneck and Howard Burgdorf. Zionaires brought something old and shared their special memories. Sunday School students studied Noah, Abraham & Sarah, and Joseph & the coat of many colors. 3rd to 6th graders had a guest speaker, Don Banja who spoke of his faith following a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed. The adult education program included a speaker on ―Religion and Politics: What NOT to Talk About In An Irish Pub.‖ Senior High students were planning a mission trip to Pennsylvania, and held a fundraiser ham & cheese egg bake breakfast. Middle school students went to the Covenant Church for early dismissal day.


Family News Baptisms Sarah Emily Grack August 3 Nash Gordon Erstad August 10 Kaelob Lloyd Preston August 10 Owen William Anderson August 24

Council Update Wednesday August 20, 2008 The Finance Committee has asked the financial secretary to update various committee chairs on their YTD spending so they can be sure to keep it in line between now and year end. A letter from Bishop Craig Johnson was read to Council expressing appreciation for our support of the Sudanese Lutheran Church ―Making a World of Difference‖ project. The roof repair loan was has been approved and documents have been filed and approved so the repair can commence. All personnel reviews have been completed and the procedure is now in place so it can be done annually moving forward.

Molly Nicole Winkelmann August 24

The Constitutional Review Committee identified where Zion’s current constitution (last passed in 2002) is out of step with the ELCA current model constitution. (which is updated every two years). Council members are to study the proposed changes for discussion at a future meeting.

Anthony Davis Jordan & Matthew Charles Jordan August 24

Two of the three Listening Team sessions are finished. The Listening Team’s report and recommendations will be presented to the Bishop/Synod and then brought back to the council.

Trinity Grewell August 30

Weddings Jessica Frericks & Tony Davis August 23 at Zion September births & pastoral acts will be reported in the November Newsletter.

Council was advised on long time member Amy Chalupnik’s admission into seminary. There was a discussion on confidentiality and council business. A proposed formal confidentiality policy will be considered at a future meeting. Rolf Mohwinkle and Merle Walters, shared their concerns on rumors and innuendos they had heard floating about the congregation. Letters of concern from congregational members were shared. Complete minutes will be available online once they are approved.

Supper Teams

Active Military

There are currently vacancies on the Baked Potato, Sub Sandwich, and Pasta teams. Serve just once every 6 weeks, and the same menu each time. Contact Cindy Bonde (684.1476) or Dorothy Valentine (682.6695).

Chris Paulsen-Schmidt, at Navy Great Lakes Boot Camp; Ben Pecarina, stationed at Nellis AFB, NV; Jake Swanson, stationed at Fort Bragg, NC; Trent Baumann, returning to Iraq after two weeks home; Cody Bauman, at Airborne Training at Ft Benning, GA; Aaron Hatling, deployed to Baghdad, Iraq; Greg Bremseth, deployed to Iraq; Jon Strommen, deployed to Camp Liberty, Iraq; DeAnna Strommen, deployed to Kuwait.

Please Pray For

Families of Active Military Zion would like to include your loved one in prayer here at Zion. Please contact the office to let us know where your military person is stationed.



Harvest of Hands

Data Entry

Harvest of Hands has been a very successful annual event at Zion. Each year we are able to give a gift of many thousand dollars to the World Hunger Appeal of the ELCA. It does not just happen by chance! Hours of planning and creating items to sell at the event have begun, and everyone has an opportunity to be involved.

Office Volunteer Needed

This year we are repeating history with a sweater bar, as was part of the event in the 70s. During the next few weeks bring sweaters your family no longer wears or has outgrown to the collection box in the narthex. We will wash them and have them for sale. We hope this will be a way adults and children can buy a sweater for themselves or to give as a gift and receive a gift tag thanking them for helping children through the World Hunger Appeal. The Harvest of Hands event on November 1st is coming fast. Your help is needed to make this event a success. October preparations include Lefse Making, Posting Flyers, Apple Pie Making, Egg Roll Prep , Egg Roll Making, and Candy & Cookie Making. The craft group and committee meet every Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM in the Wilderness Room. Come to help with tasks of the evening including creating crafts, planning and organizing the event. Do you like to make jewelry or embroider towels? Do you need supplies for craft projects to be made at home for the event? Supplies are available so you can work on projects at home. Please contact Joy at 763-658-6124 for more information. Check the calendar on page 10 for dates and times, look at the sign up book at the Information Desk to see where help is needed, and watch the Sunday bulletin for extra work days. Other ways to help include: Donate food for making the baked goods, pies, and candies for the event. Donate food for the brunch. Donate money for supplies for the event. Donate crafts that you have made at home. Volunteer to help with one of the many extra work sessions - check the calendar for details. Volunteer to be help coordinate the event. Volunteer to work the event. There are many positions open. Put your hands to work—crafts, cookies, candy, pies, wood projects, paintings, items for the silent auction—and most of all plan to attend! Thanks for your help!

November 1, 2008 . . . it all begins at 9am!

A volunteer is needed to assist with data entry in the membership database. Skills needed are familiarity with Windows, attention to detail, and availability sometime during office hours or Wednesday evenings. Contact Angela in the church office with questions or to volunteer.

Bloodmobile The American Red Cross blood mobile will be at Zion on November 11 from 1pm to 7pm. Donors and volunteers are need. Please sign up at the information desk or contact Beverly Smith at 763-675-3182 or 763-7427493 (cell) . Messages can be left at either number.

Meals on Wheels November is Zion’s month to deliver Meals on Wheels to seniors in Buffalo. We are asked to provide 3 drivers per day. This is a most rewarding activity and makes a good family service project. Consider which days you can help and sign up at the information desk. Sign ups can also be done via email: Drivers are asked to be at Lake Ridge Care Center (formerly Ebenezer) at 11:45am. Come to the kitchen entrance in the back of the building on 4th Avenue South. Thanks you for participating in this special community outreach. If you've driven before and prefer a specific route please request it when you sign up. If you'd like to try it but you're unfamiliar with Buffalo let us know. We'll find a partner for your first drive.


Celebrate Music at Zion! Look for our musicians on the following Sundays. Oct. 5—First Sunday Oct. 12—Joy Choir, Ring Forth, Joyful Ringers Oct. 19—Barbary Coast Dixieland Oct. 26—Jubilee, Senior Choir, Brass ensembles Nov. 2—Class Ring, Rock’n U, Youth Choir, & Jubilance Nov. 9—Family Express musicians, Zion accompanists Nov. 16—Sonshine Choir

Handbell Concert St. Olaf Ensemble at Zion Mark your calendars for the St. Olaf Handbell Choir concert, here at Zion on Sunday, November 16 at 2:00pm. Maria Squadroni, daughter of Minda and Joel Squadroni, is a member of the choir. A free will donation will be taken to cover travel costs for the choir. The thirteen-member choir is the premier ensemble in a program of three handbell choirs at St. Olaf College. The ensemble is an auditioned group that meets once a week for 70 minutes. On campus they perform for chapel and church services, student (Handbell concert continued on page 15)

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing. 3Know that the LORD is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. 5For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100


Joyful noises happen each week at Zion as musicians meet to rehearse and serve as music leaders each Sunday and Wednesday. We are thankful to have over 10 musical groups that rehearse weekly to provide a large variety of music for our worship services. There are numerous people who give of their time and instrumental talents to be hymn/song leaders at worship, Wednesday night confirmation, weddings, funerals, and special church events. Take time this fall to give thanks for the many music ministers. Meet them before or after worship and give a well-deserved thank you for their year’s commitment. They will all be seen, heard, and recognized this fall at Sunday morning worship services. If you’d like to add your voice or instrumental talents to the groups you are welcomed warmly! See the website for details. Also mark your calendars for three special music visits this fall:

Barbary Coast Dixieland Jazz Band Leading worship at 8:30 and 10:30 on Sunday, October 19 (see page 15)

Wright County Chamber Chorus Watch for a concert at Zion the first weekend in November

St. Olaf Handbell Choir A concert at Zion on Sunday, November 16 at 2:00pm (see sidebar)


fellowship & study

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson Zion Book Club The book club meets on October 13 at 7pm in the Zion library to discuss A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. This is a low pressure book club. Readers are encouraged to simply come for discussion with no preparation, they are not obligated to agree on (or even finish) the books. Come when you have interest and time, so that book club will enrich your life, and not become another stress or obligation. Upcoming books include Digging to America by Anne Tyler on November 10, Cold Mountain by Charles Frasier on January 12, and So Brave, Young and Handsome by Leif Enger on February 9. Book Club will not to meet in December. We inform Buffalo Books usually has copies of our selections; mention the Zion Book Club and receive a 15% discount.

A Study of James Women United in Faith Women United in Faith is extending an invitation for you to join an ongoing Bible Study on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month starting October 14, 2008 at Zion. The study through December is the book of James . The study guide in the Serendipity Study Bible is used. This Bible is not a requirement, bring your own Bible, as different versions can give participants different insight. If you’ve never been in a bible study before, don’t let that keep you from coming. Many of us are just beginners. Bring a friend! The mission of Women United in Faith is to strengthen our faith and provide a safe, comfortable and confidential environment where women can share their hurts, struggles, joys, and heartfelt emotions while maintaining respect and understanding for each other. Contact Cheryl Mager (682.3777) or Judy Weis (682.7014) for more details.

Small Group Ministry A Great Spiritual Awakening The newly formed Social Ministry Committee is working on ―Small Group Programs‖ and will give all church members numerous opportunities to become involved in ministry and fellowship within a small group atmosphere. Small groups are the heart of making a large church community, like ours, intimate, vibrant, and friendly. They are how we bind together in building our faith. These groups will focus on spirituality, social fellowship, and mission outreach. Sign ups for both small groups and large groups are currently underway. If you have not signed up, it’s not too late. Sign up forms are available at the information desk or on-line. The path of spiritual growth comes slowly, piece by piece and it is a path of lifelong learning. We hope you will all join together on this journey!!

Wednesday Menu October 1: Baked Potato October 8: Pasta Night October 15: No Meal (Fall Break) October 22: Sub Sandwiches October 29: Chicken Kiev


More photos online


October calendar

Wednesday 1 6:30 am, Men of Zion Bible Study 2:45 pm, Class Ring 3:45 pm, Kids' Club 3:45 pm, Ring Forth 4:45 pm, Joy Choir 5:00pm, Family Supper 5:15 pm, Youth Choir 6:00 pm, Confirmation 7:00 pm, Joyful Ringers 7:00 pm, Senior Choir 7:30 pm, Graceland Thursday 2 8:00 am, Men of Wisdom Bible Study 6:00 pm, HOH Lefse Making

4:30 pm, Sr. High Leadership Team 4:45 pm, Joy Choir 5:00pm, Family Supper 5:15 pm, Youth Choir 6:00 pm, Confirmation 6:30 pm, Christian Ed. Meeting 7:00 pm, Joyful Ringers 7:00 pm, Senior Choir 7:30 pm, Council Meeting 7:30 pm, Graceland Thursday 9 8:00 am, Men of Wisdom Bible Study 6:00 pm, HOH Lefse Making

7:00 pm, Joyful Ringers 7:00 pm, Senior Choir 7:30 pm, Graceland Thursday 16 8:00 am, Men of Wisdom Bible Study 9:30 am, Faith in Action Meeting 7:00 pm, Rebecca Circle Friday 17 9:00 am, LSS Counseling 6:00 pm, Scrapbooking/Craft Night Saturday 18

Friday 3 9:00 am, LSS Counseling

Friday 10 9:00 am, LSS Counseling 6:00 pm, Club 45 Hayride 6:00 pm, HOH Egg Roll Prep

Saturday 4 9:30 am, Baptism Class 1:00 pm, Wedding

Saturday 11 9:00 am, Confirmation Retreat 9:00 am, Egg Roll Making

Sunday 19 Barbary Coast Dixieland Band 8:30 am, Traditional Service, Holy Communion, Sunday School 9:45 am, Family Express 10:30 am, Jubilee Service, Holy Communion, Sunday School 7:00 pm, Esther Circle

Sunday 5 8:30 am, Traditional Service, Sunday School, Holy Communion 9:45 am, Family Express, Holy Communion 10:30 am, Jubilee Service, Sunday School, Holy Communion

Sunday 12 8:30 am, Traditional Service, SS 9:45 am, Family Express 10:30 am, Jubilee Service, SS 4:00 pm, First Communion Class

Monday 20 9:30 am, Lake Ridge Bible Study 3:45 pm, Sonshine Choir 7:00 pm, First Sunday Rehearsal 7:30 pm, Alcoholics Anonymous

Monday 13 9:30 am, Lake Ridge Bible Study 7:00 pm, Book Club 7:00 pm, First Sunday Rehearsal 7:30 pm, Alcoholics Anonymous

Tuesday 21 9:30 am, Naomi Circle 12:00 pm, LSS Counseling 6:00 pm, Christian Ed. Meeting 6:00 pm, Stephen Ministries Meeting 6:15 pm, Rock N U 7:00 pm, Jubilee Rehearsal 7:00 pm, Overeaters Anonymous 7:00 pm, Property Meeting

Monday 6 9:30 am, Lake Ridge Bible Study 6:00 pm, HOH Apple Pie Making 7:00 pm, First Sunday Rehearsal 7:30 pm, Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesday 7 12:00 pm, LSS Counseling 6:00 pm, Christian Ed. Meeting 6:15 pm, Rock N U 7:00 pm, Jubilee Rehearsal 7:00 pm, Overeaters Anonymous Wednesday 8 10:00 am, Parkview Devotions 2:45 pm, Class Ring 3:45 pm, Kids' Club 3:45 pm, Ring Forth

Tuesday 14 12:00 pm, LSS Counseling 6:15 pm, Rock N U 6:30 pm, Women United in Faith 7:00 pm, Jubilee Rehearsal 7:00 pm, Overeaters Anonymous Wednesday 15 6:30 am, Men of Zion Bible Study 2:45 pm, Class Ring 3:45 pm, Kids' Club 3:45 pm, Ring Forth 4:45 pm, Joy Choir 5:00pm, Family Supper 5:15 pm, Youth Choir

Wednesday 22 9:30 am, Lake Ridge Care Center 10:30 am, Parkview Care Center 2:45 pm, Class Ring 3:45 pm, Kids' Club 3:45 pm, Ring Forth 4:45 pm, Joy Choir 5:00pm, Family Supper 5:15 pm, Youth Choir 6:00 pm, Confirmation 6:30 pm, Confirmation Walk-thru

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7:00 pm, Joyful Ringers 7:00 pm, Senior Choir 7:30 pm, Graceland

It’s Lute Time at Zion!!

Thursday 23 8:00 am, Men of Wisdom Bible Study

On Friday, October 24th Zion will hold its annual Lutefisk / Meatball dinner. The dinner will be from 4:30-7:00pm. Tickets are available on the website, in the church office, or watch for the ticket seller in the narthex between services on Sunday mornings - October 5, 12 or 19. Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $13.00 at the door.

Friday 24 9:00 am, LSS Counseling 4:30 am, Lutefisk Dinner Saturday 25 9:00 am, HOH Candy & Cookies 1:00 pm, Affirmation of Baptism Service Sunday 26 8:30 am, Traditional Service 9:45 am, Family Express 10:30 am, Jubilee Service No SS - Sanctuary Sunday Monday 27 9:30 am, Lake Ridge Bible Study 3:45 pm, Sonshine Choir 7:00 pm, First Sunday Rehearsal 7:30 pm, Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesday 28 12:00 pm, LSS Counseling 6:15 pm, Rock N U 6:30 pm, Women United in Faith 7:00 pm, Jubilee Rehearsal 7:00 pm, Overeaters Anonymous Wednesday 29 2:45 pm, Class Ring 3:45 pm, Kids' Club 3:45 pm, Ring Forth 4:45 pm, Joy Choir 5:00pm, Family Supper 5:15 pm, Youth Choir 6:00 pm, Confirmation 7:00 pm, Joyful Ringers 7:00 pm, Senior Choir 7:30 pm, Graceland Thursday 30 8:00 am, Men of Wisdom Bible Study Friday 31 9:00 am, LSS Counseling

Ticket Information

Volunteer Needs Many hands are needed to provide this delicious dinner. All new helpers are needed and welcome! Be here on Monday, October 20 at 6:30pm to make meatballs, or on Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 to peel potatoes and set up the dining room . Helpers will be needed the night of the dinner to serve and clean up. If you are available to help in any way for this fun event, please sign at the information desk.

What’s Lutefisk Anyway? ―. . . some of you, not being ScandiHOOvian, may not even know what Lutefisk is. Well, guess what? I'm here to educate you today . . . Now lutefisk is not easy to love, or even like - take my word for it. What's more, it's certainly not easy to explain. It's actually cod fish caught in the cold water of the North Atlantic that is hung over wooden racks to dry until it tinkles in the breezes like a crystal wind chime. It can be kept indefinitely in this manner, and sometimes is. When one gets the urge to eat lutefisk, it's soaked in water for a number of days, then in a lye solution - yes - I said LYE - and then in water again. If you're a commercial dealer you then package it and sell it to "customers" who bring it home and either boil it or bake it, loaded with butter. Why a soak in lye solution, you ask? The lye breaks down the dried cell walls and allows them to absorb water, which turns this fish into a gellike mass that wiggles like white jello. MOST ScandiHOOvians go crazy over this . . . ― From the Lutefisk and Lefse blog (


finance & stewardship

Financial Report


August 2008 General Services Fund

Gifts to Zion

Income General Offering Rent and Sunday School Missions and Hunger Other Designations Total

August 2008 $50,628.84 $2,420.28 $987.00 $110.00 $54,146.12

YTD 2008 $412,432.98 $18,692.14 $8,572.70 $2,853.75 $442,551.57

Expenses Synod Benevolence Other General Services Total

$1,250.00 $47,615.27 $48,865.27

$10,000.00 $458,206.89 $468,206.89

Bank Balance as of 8-31-08


Forward in Faith Fund Income Offerings and Interest Other Receipts Total

August 2008 $16,720.44 0.00 $16,720.44

YTD 2008 $119,989.31 $1,000.00 $120,989.31

$17,087.30 $0.00 $17,087.30

$134,466.91 $5,924.75 $140,391.66

Expenses Mortgage Other Expense Total

A gift to the Zion Foundation in memory of Flora Mohring from John and Janet Halvorson. A memorial gift in memory of Flora Mohring from JoAnn & Bobby Wegner

We’ve Still Got Money in the Bank! A Note from the Finance Committee Your generous contributions and a substantial estate gift put our congregation in excellent financial condition at the end of 2007. We paid all of our bills; we balanced our accounts between the general fund and the building fund; and we ended the year with significant balances in both the general fund and the building fund. Despite year-to-date contributions that have not kept pace with our expenses, as of August 31 we still have a bank balance of $5,531 in the general fund and $80,714 in the building fund. We continue to be blessed with generosity. Thank you for your faithful and regular giving.

Bank Balance as of 8-31-08 $80,714.03

As we look forward to new programs and renewed ministries this fall, we anticipate with excitement how God will work through us to provide for our needs and the needs of others. We are confident in the future of Zion as we embrace God’s will and trust in his promises.

Other Benevolence

New Newsletter Sponsors

World Hunger



Tanzania Missionary Support



Through Aug 31, 2008, Zion Lutheran Church has received 51.7% of the total anticipated budgeted income from friends and members for the current year. In addition, expenses paid through August 31, 2008 are 55.8% of the total anticipated expenses for the current year.

BJ’s Deli Kid’s Haven Re/Max Don Helmbrecht Buffalo Dental Group Domino’s Pizza Dojo Karate Tri-County Tree Movers Veolia Environmental Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic Buffalo Books & Coffee

Dairy Queen FH Schmidt Inc. Troy Schroeder Landscaping Rolstad Construction Adam’s Maintenance Service Buffalo Esquire & Large Animal Clinic Hwy 55 Trailer Sales Peak Builders A/C & Heating by George See page 18-19 for all ads.


A Steward’s Creed This statement of faith outlines the biblical principles of Christian stewardship. It will be incorporated into our Sunday services this fall.

I believe that what we have is not ours. It all belongs to God. We are merely stewards of his precious resources. I believe that Jesus is the perfect example of learning to give generously. Jesus shows us how to die to ourselves and our selfish desires so that we may care for others, giving with trust, giving with love, and giving with joy. I believe that the Holy Spirit gives us the will to share our gifts and the strength to let go of them, looking confidently to God for all our needs in order that we might live responsibly in true gratitude.

A Spiritual Issue: Stewardship! If we embrace the first statement of the steward’s creed, we can easily conclude that God would like us to discuss our money issues with him. Unfortunately, most of us separate our financial decisions from our spiritual life. In a recent survey of our congregation 30% of us never pray about our financial decisions and another 27% only pray about them monthly. Jesus dedicated a significant part of his ministry to how we use our possessions. Twenty-five of his forty-two parables incorporate money as a focus or illustration, and the Bible records him talking about possessions and giving 2,172 times! God knows that money is an important part of our lives. He invites us to share our financial concerns with him. Let’s take him up on his offer. Thanks to all who How often do you pray about completed the stewardship your financial decisions? survey. As we embark on Daily Never our ―Year of Discovery‖ 15% 30% these results will help to guide our program and our stewardship ministry. To see the complete survey results, visit the church website or pick up a copy of Monthly Weekly the data from the 27% 28% information desk.

Fundraising or Stewardship? Fundraising raises funds. Stewardship raises funds…but doesn’t stop (or start) with funding. Fundraising is a financial matter. Stewardship is a spiritual matter. Fundraising helps congregations carry out ministries. Stewardship is a ministry. Fundraising focuses on a congregation’s need to receive. Stewardship focuses on an individual’s need to give. Fundraising asks, ―How much money does the church need?‖ Stewardship asks, ―What does God ask as my faith response?‖ Fundraising generates the funds needed to balance the budget. Stewardship is the way we live out our commitment to Christ. ―Giving is Good for the Giver‖ suggests that we must shift from a secular fundraising mentality to a spiritual stewardship mentality. We prayerfully embrace this transformation as we invite God to participate in our financial decisions.

Thanks, God’s Gardeners!

Adapted from “Generous People” by Eugene Grimm


missions & social ministry

Redeemer Lutheran Church Faith is the Victory that Overcomes the World By Pastor Kelly Chatman of Redeemer Lutheran Church

Pipe Organ Repaired

In September, Zion’s pipe organ Faith in God, in ourselves, in others and in the mission God has put down before received some TLC to get it back in us is essential for us if we are to fulfill our promise as a people of God. Jesus said, shape. . .The reed pipes had been All things are possible for those who believe:‖ Faith inspired a community of falling over by their own weight, one believers to establish Redeemer Congregation nearly one hundred years ago. of the pipes was almost ruined. Hearing that the needs within the Harrision Neighborhood were that there might be more jobs, youth programs and affordable housing, faith inspired our congregation to establish the separate non-profit, Redeemer Center for Life. When our It was the power of faith that congregation’s membership had dwindled and inspired Redeemer women to we did not have the financial or human capacity suggest that they might hold to make it on our own, faith inspired an auction with the proceeds to congregations to establish mission partnerships to insure that the vital ministry of church would go to missions in Kenya, continue at Redeemer. Faith is the key that Mexico, and Uganda. Through unlocks the powerhouse for doing things others the quilt auction more than might think to be impossible.

$6,500 will go to these

Last month Redeemer held its very first Quilt ministries. Auction. The auction was the outgrowth of a small group of women gathered faithfully on Tuesday mornings. One of the working women suggested adding a Block Club for quilting and these women discovered their passion for quilting, prayer and fellowship. Quilting then led into bible study, African American history and expanded relationships with mission partners and women from other churches.

The pipes were removed, repaired and straightened.

It was the power of faith that inspired Redeemer women to suggest that they might hold an auction with the proceeds to go to missions in Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda. Through the quilt auction more than $6,500 will go to these ministries. Faith subdued kingdoms, stopped the mouths of lions and quenched the violence of the fire in the furnace.‖ Faith removed mountains, and gave Moses and the children of Israel victory over Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Faith drove out fear and made it possible for Moses to live until he was a hundred and twenty. We may not always do great things with the limited faith we have, but without faith we surely could not accomplish the wonderful things God is doing through Redeemer, mission partners and the many people who each day are touched by the faith-filled ministry of the church. It’s a ―faith thing‖ that after nearly one hundred years we are able to come out of the fire like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego able to say, ―We are still here‖. We are like Moses and the children of Israel, able to come out of the wilderness of the lean years when we did not know where God was taking us, ―we are still here‖.

Then they were reattached to the rack and tied into place with nylon ropes to prevent them from shifting again.

The biblical narrative is filled with examples of a victorious faith brought into the world through ordinary people of faith. Our God is able . . . if we would but believe.

Faith is the Victory that Overcomes the World Daniel 3:17

The work was done by Michael G. Christian from Roscoe, MN, who tunes this organ on a regular basis.


Letter from Dennis It is Well With My Soul A letter was received from Dennis Murnyak just as this issue was ready for the publisher . . . It has been posted online and is available at the information desk.

Barbary Coast Dixieland Band October 19 Worship Services The Barbary Coast Dixieland Band will be with us again this year on October 19, as they have for the past several years. The Barbary Coast Band started playing together as a banjo band leading group singing at a peanut and beer shack in 1967, and have lead worship services of different denominations throughout the area since 1984. This been a very popular and well attended worship experience at Zion. They will participate in both the 8:30 and 10:30 services. Please come early and enjoy this unique worship opportunity.

In the summer issue of the Thrivent Magazine, there is a wonderful article from Gracia Grindal. Gracia is a professor of rhetoric at Luther seminary. In this article, she reveals the events that inspired the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul". "Horatio Spafford, a successful Chicago lawyer and investor, was grieving the death of his young son when much of his real estate holdings burned down in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Two years later, a ship carrying his wife, Anna, and their four daughters to England went down, and Spafford received a telegram from Anna with the words "saved alone". Spafford rushed to board a ship to be with his wife in England, and as that ship approached the spot at sea where his daughters had perished, the story goes, Spafford cried out to God with the lines:

"When peace, like a river, attendeth my way When sorrow like seas billows roll Whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say It is well It is well with my soul" Several years later, Spafford's good friend and contemporary, Philip Paul Bliss, one of the most famous and successful hymn writers of the day, wrote a melody for Spafford's words, giving its "It is Well With My Soul". This hymn gives us a glimpse into one man's sorrow and reverence for God's grace. In the midst of heart-wrenching pain, Spafford was able to turn to God and utter words not filled with anger, but with hope. To view this article in full, go to If you would like to learn more about Thrivent Financial and it's products, please contact Mark Worner at 763.682.6011.

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recitals, and a yearly combined concert with all the handbell choirs. In addition, they regularly perform off campus church services and concerts. Ten years ago the group began touring. They have performed in many cities in Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. They have performed twice in the critically acclaimed St. Olaf Christmas Festival premiering Glories Ring and Joyous Noel written by faculty member Steve Amundson for handbells and orchestra. The choir plays five octaves of Malmark bells and handchimes. Jill Mahr has been the director of the handbell program at St. Olaf for the last thirteen years. Additionally, she teaches flute at St. Olaf and is principal flute in the Mankato Symphony Orchestra.


youth ministries

Confirmation Schedule (Grade 7-8) Weekly Topics: Oct 1 - Flood Oct 8 - Abe, Ike, Joe & Jake Oct 15 - NO CLASS - FALL BREAK

Don’t for get your Bible, Lu Handboo theran k and pe n/pencil . Please be on time!

Oct 22 - Moses/Ten Commandments

Director of Youth Ministries Myron Crawford 763-682-1245 ext. 308

Zion Youth Ministries We exist to reach out to youth, to come together and learn how to be for God and others through worship, study, fellowship and service.

Oct 29 - Judges

Confirmation Class News (Grade 9) Please put the following dates on your calendars: Weds Oct 1 - All work must be turned in by this date! Sat Oct 11 - 9am - 12pm Confirmation Retreat at Zion. This will be a time for confirmands to go over a final lesson, make stoles and discuss final details. Weds Oct 22 - 6:00pm Affirmation of Baptism Walkthrough Sanctuary. This will be the only opportunity to do a full walkthrough and pick up robes. Parents are requested to be in attendance. Sat Oct 25 - Affirmation of Baptism Service - Sanctuary - 1pm Students must be here by 10am for pictures with robes.

Senior High


Revamp Senior High Event

Graceland is open to all Sr High Youth to come and explore their faith through Learn about God’s heart for those living games, media, studies and discussions. in poverty while having fun in the Kaleo worship is @ 7-7:30pm on Weds process. Minneapolis, MN Graceland is f@ 7:30-9pm on Weds Cost is $80/person Oct 1 - Graceland - 7:30pm Depart Zion @ 5pm on Fri Nov 7 Return to Zion @ 1pm Sun Nov 9 Oct 8 - Graceland - 7:30pm Registration deadline is Oct 1! Oct 15 - No Graceland - Fall Break

Upper Room Worship

Oct 22 - Graceland - Park View Night

Experience a community loving God Oct 29 - Graceland and others in the rhythm of Jesus! Bring Bibles, notebooks and pencils! Sun Oct 12 Depart Zion@ 3:30pm Return Zion @ 9pm Youth Sunday Planning Bring money for offering and a meal If you are interested in helping plan Register online by Oct 5! Youth Sunday worship for Nov 2, please contact Myron by Oct 12.

Middle School Dates Oct 1 - Planet Wisdom Sign Up Due Oct 17 - Friday Night Fun Night Nov 2 - Youth Sunday Dec 5 & 6 - Planet Wisdom Retreat Dec 19 - Friday Night Fun Night

Senior High Dates Oct 25 - Affirmation of Baptism Service Oct 26 - Special night Nov 2 - Youth Sunday Nov 7-9 - Revamp Sr High Event Dec 28 - Sr High Lock-Out/In

Middle School Planet Wisdom Event Are you an unlikely hero? Find out at Planet Wisdom. Grace Church - Eden Prairie, MN Fri Dec 5 - Sat Dec 6 Cost is only $70 for the weekend Registration deadline is Oct 1!

Rock N U Schedule Practices are Tues from 6:15pm-8pm in the Youth Room Oct 7, 14, & 28.

Middle School Leadership Team This is open to any 7th or 8th Grader. Thu Oct 23 @ 6:30pm Youth Room.

1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

children’s ministries Co-Directors of Christian Education Roxie Otten

Holly Husom

763-682-1245 ext. 331

October Open your Bible challenge: Please come to the Sunday school office and tell one of the office staff, to receive a treat or prize. Kindergarten, first and second grade question: What is the story of Noah, called in the Kindergarten Bible? Third-grade through sixth-grade question: Where does the story of Noah’s Ark begin in the Bible?


Sunday School Remember there is no Sunday school on Sunday, October 19th (fall break) or Sunday, October 26th (Sanctuary Sunday).

Thank You Thank you for registering your children on line. Countless hours of data entry are saved because you are willing to take a few minutes to register your children. We understand that computers are not perfect, as neither are people perfect, and we apologize for any information that was lost or printed incorrectly. Thank you for your effort and patience, as we work to keep our children safe. New registration, name tag and family pass processes are critical parts of the safety plan.

Family Pass Please continue to use your family number as the shepherd guides and teachers learn who you are.

Kids Club

Rally Day

First, second and third-grade children are welcome to attend kids club on Wednesdays from 3:45 until 5:30. Participants need not be Zion members. We share a snack, some games and music along with a Bible lesson. There will be NO KIDS CLUB on Wednesday, October, 15th, due to fall break.

Rally day was filled with fun and fellowship! Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to put together such a wonderful event.

Kids club has begun!


Kids club began on Sept. 24th and follows the school calendar through May 6th. First through third graders will have the opportunity to participate this year. Kids club is offered each Wednesday from 4:45 until 5:30 PM. At 5:30, children can be picked up in the movie room. We will sing songs, play games, learn Bible lessons, eat snacks, and create. Children can ride the shuttle from Buffalo schools. Be sure to fill out the ―alternate destination‖ form for the shuttle.

Sanctuary Sunday The first sanctuary Sunday provided a great opportunity to distribute new Bibles to our children in Kindergarten and third grade. Mark you calendar for the next sanctuary Sunday on Sunday, October 26th.

On-line registration is currently available for the Club 45 kick -off activity, which will include a Hayride, bonfire, food, faith and fun at Otten’s home from 6-8pm on Friday, October 10th! Students in fourth or fifth grade are invited to attend. Participants do not need to be members of Zion. So invite your friends, and join us for the first event just for you (fourth and fifth graders).


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Barbary Coast Band


Harvest of Hands


Celebrate Music


Study of James


Small Group Ministry


Rally Day Photos


Lutefisk Supper


Steward’s Creed


Pipe Organ Repaired


Youth Ministries


Children’s Ministries


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