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Information The Voice A monthly publication of Zion Lutheran Church Upcoming Deadlines January 15 for February 2010 Issue February 12 for March 2010 Issue Editor: Angela Bengtson This Month’s Cover Club 456 Snow Tubing Trip (see page 17)

Zion Staff Ted Vanderpan: Senior Pastor ext. 304 | Karri Anderson: Interim Associate Pastor ext. 305 | Sherilyn Burgdorf: Shared Ministry Director ext. 307 | Roxie Otten: Co-Director of Christian Education ext. 331 | Holly Husom: Co-Director of Christian Education ext. 331 | Myron Crawford: Director of Youth Ministries ext. 308 | Jim Onstad: Youth Staff Diane Montplaisir: Administrative Secretary ext. 302 | Angela Bengtson: Communications & Membership ext. 325 | Sue Stensrud: Financial Secretary ext. 303 | Jill Pryor: Building & Grounds Manager Tom & Melissa Janzen: Part Time Custodians Jennifer Weese & Tina Eich: Nursery Staff Michael Walsh: Coordinator of Music

Congregational Council Kevin Bergquist Roger Brenny Carol Clark Dirk Foster Tracy Gurneau Kelly Hanson Devonne Kent Charles Krause Sue Lyrek Colleen Manninen Scott Morin Steve Peterson Dave Schmidt Doug Schmidt


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

Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary with nursery available Family Express in Trinity Hall Jubilee Worship in the Sanctuary with nursery available

Sunday School Available for children ages 3 to grade 6 at 8:30 and 10:30 during the school year

Wednesday Nights 5:00-6:15pm 6:00pm

Programs for elementary students Supper Confirmation Programs for high school and adults

Contact Us Email Online Office Hours Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm Church Office (763) 682-1245 Fax (763) 684-1967 Street Address 1200 Highway 25 South, Buffalo (across from 13th St S.) Mailing Address PO Box 88, Buffalo, MN 55313

Prayer Requests Call the church office at 763.682.1245 or visit Zion online 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 Angela 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.

Weekly Bulletin Insert Deadline: Thursdays at Noon

Zion seeks to share Christ’s word, strengthen faith and serve those in need.

From the Pastor Voyage of a Lifetime One of the things I love the most about interim ministry is the opportunity it gives me to ―sail on different ships.‖ I get to see the amazing variety of ways that God‘s people gather together, worship, and serve. This image of the body of Christ sailing together through the waters of life comes from the early church when congregations would gather in the nave to worship. The nave is the architectural term for the place where a congregation gathers for worship. It is taken from the Latin term ―navis‖ which means ship. (This is also where the terms navigation and navy originate.) The name came from the vaulted ceilings in early churches which resembled the shape of a ship‘s keel. When I ―board‖, most ships are floating aimlessly in the waves. Some of them are just drifting along not really sure where they are going. But many of them are in the midst of storms. The real challenge is not how bad the storms are, but how well each sailor has trained for the voyage and how well they work together. Gary Wilburn, a Presbyterian pastor and author writes; ―The fact is our religious ships are dead in the water. The answer is not bigger and better sails. It is how we ‗listen to the wind in the riggin‘‖ and how we position our sails to the wind. If anything is going to change, we need to take personal responsibility for our own spiritual voyage.‖

Worship Schedule Sunday, February 7

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Luke 5:1-11 Pastor Karri Preaching Sunday, February 14

Transfiguration of Our Lord Luke 9:28-36 Pastor Ted Preaching

Wednesday, February 17

Ash Wednesday

Pastor Karri Preaching Sunday, February 21

First Sunday in Lent

Luke 4:1-13 Pastor Ted Preaching Wednesday, February 24 Pastor Karri Preaching Sunday, February 28

Second Sunday in Lent Luke 13:31-35 Pastor Ted Preaching

If we want to be ready to catch the wind of God‘s Spirit in our sails, we need to be ready when it blows. We need to know which sails to use and when, and how to watch for approaching storms. Sometimes sailing on the wind of God means we have to lower the sails and just hang on for dear life and sometimes it means we must wait patiently while no wind seems to blow at all. But no matter what the circumstances, our mission is to have our boats and our sails prepared to catch the wind of God – however it may blow. Our task as children of God is to do our best to position our sails to the Wind. As a community of faith, Zion has already done so much to get ready for the next burst of God‘s wind. During Lent we will have the opportunity to do even more by learning how to grow the life giving habits that will help us carry out our mission statement and set sail for the future. We will look at the core habits that Christian‘s have practiced for centuries; scripture reading, prayer, worship, community, service and giving in order to strengthen our faith both individually and corporately. I am so excited and feel so privileged to sail with you on this voyage of a lifetime, and I pray that the preparation we do together will make us ready to set sail with the good news of Jesus Christ, into a waiting, needful world. Let the voyage begin……….. Pastor Karri


News and Views Baptisms December 20 Addison Ann Modrow Ashten John Gerard Caden Benjamin Gerard

Funerals December 9 Carl Nyholm December 11 Don Nelson

January births & pastoral acts will be reported in the March Newsletter.

Active Military Please Pray For Ben Pecarina Deployed to Afghanistan Jay Iversen Returned from Iraq Chris Paulsen-Schmidt Deployed to the Person Gulf on the USS


Christopher Brophy Deployed to Iraq Fred Pierce Stationed at Little Rock AFB, AR Will Dobbins Stationed in Japan Korey Siltman Deployed to Basrah, Iraq Greg Bremseth Stationed at the MEPS in Houston, TX DeAnna Strommen Stationed at Fort Hood, TX Cody Bauman Stationed at Fort Bragg, NC Destiny Johnson Deployed to Basrah, Iraq Aaron Hatling Stationed at Heidelberg, Germany

Please let the church office know of any additions or corrections to this list.

Open My Eyes That I May See By Sherilyn Burgdorf Some of us see what‘s around us and others really see the big picture of God‘s creation. Zion and the Buffalo community are fortunate to have the artistic talents of Howard Burgdorf in our midst. His eye for color, design, and detail have made many spaces come to life in new ways. After growing up in the Chicago area Howard went to Bethany College (Mankato) and the University of Illinois-Urbana to study graphic arts. He‘s used his creative eye to design many business publications and corporate reports through his years of studio work at the University Press in Illinois and at graphic arts studios in the Twin Cities. Imagine doing lettering for business reports by hand, one letter at a time, instead of selecting a font style and size on your computer. Imagine doing color checks in the middle of the night with printing companies to make sure every color was done correctly. Graphic arts have changed in the past years and so has Howard‘s array of art. Howard‘s retirement to Buffalo meant a whole new vision. The old barns and buildings around the area, including the Marysville Church, became a focus of his art. Zion‘s Harvest of Hands event is the recipient of an annual painting done by Howard for the silent auction. ―Painting ‗Marysville‘ for Harvest of Hands has gotten to be a tradition for me. In a small way I want to continue its 107 year witness.‖ Howard also uses global trips and interest in all kinds of art to expand his ―big picture‖ to watercolor, acrylics, chalk, sketching, sculpture, and photography. While other people take vacations to see the world at a glance, Howard sees the everyday scenes and turns them into amazing sketches: ones that are appreciated even when language is a barrier. Howard‘s paintings in watercolor, acrylic, and chalk have become favorites at the silent auction each year and even though the building doesn‘t change, the paintings are unique each year. In a few months, we‘ll see what Howard‘s ―big picture‖ of Marysville brings for 2010. Read more about Harvest of Hands on page 14


Newly Elected Congregational Officers

Summary of the December 16 Meeting

On Wednesday, January 13, the Church Council elected new officers for 2010. Dirk Foster was elected for a second term as Council President, and newly elected officers are Steve Peterson, Devonne Hermosillo, and Roger Brenny. The Council also expressed a thank you to the outgoing officers from 2009. The officers of the Council, along with a pastor, make up the Executive Board which meets to set the agenda for the council meetings and to discuss and resolve issues and questions that do not need to go to the full Council. At the January meeting, the Council Dirk Foster will serve a second term as Council President also reviewed and approved the timeline and process for naming a Call Committee to call a permanent Associate Pastor. If you are interested in serving on this Call committee, please submit your name to any member of the Council. The full Council will elect the seven members of the Call committee on Wednesday, February 17. In other business the Council : reviewed and approved modifications to the fundraising guidelines for the church, approved a recommendation to take over the administration and management of the Buffalo Community Ministerial Association‘s Assistance Fund for three years assigned Council representatives to the various committees approved a recommendation to conduct a special Congregational meeting for the purpose of discussing a new capital funds campaign. The next meeting of the Council will be a 2/3 day long retreat on Saturday, February 6, when the Council will be discussing the Bridgebuilder reports and the motion that was tabled at the 2009 annual meeting.

Deb Johnson gave a report on Love Inc. and the work to establish a branch in Buffalo to coordinate care for Buffalo, Maple Lake and Hanover. Spots for representatives of six different denominations on the board are already filled. A motion that Zion join in spirit with the Love Inc organization to form a Love, Inc. Big Woods chapter in Buffalo passed. Guidelines for fundraisers will be reviewed and updated. The motion from the Annual meeting regarding the Churchwide Assembly human sexuality vote and suggesting that Zion withdraw from the ELCA was discussed. The Forward In Faith IV committee updated the council on interviews of consulting firms. The tentative initial goal is to raise $1 million in the course of a three year campaign. The Bridgebuilder Task Force Plan of Action was tabled until the February council retreat. After discussion, it was decided not to add an ―Open Forum‖ back to the council’s regular monthly agenda. Members can bring issues forward by consultation with a council member, written motion, or a request ahead of time to be put on the agenda. A motion that all requests for individual salary or compensation detail shall be referred to the personnel committee was passed. Complete minutes are available on the church website at council.

Steve Peterson, Council Vice President

Devonne Kent, Council Secretary

Roger Brenny, Council Treasurer


Fellowship & Study

Voyage of a Lifetime: Growing Life-Giving Habits To set sail (Naut.), to unfurl or spread the sails; hence, to begin a voyage.

Wednesday Menu

New winds are blowing at Zion! After many months of self study, hard work, and prayer, the storms of uncertainty are subsiding and the time has come to chart a new course; time to set sail for the future.

February 3: Pasta February 10: Sub Sandwiches along with the New Member class February 17: Chicken Kiev February 24: Tacos Wednesday Suppers are served at Zion each Wednesday from 5:00-6:15pm for a suggested donation of $3 per plate.

Women United in Faith You are invited to join Women United in Faith for an ongoing Bible Study on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Zion from 6:30–8pm. 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 for each other. The group will study the book of Ephesians using the Life Changes bible study series and the study guide in the Serendipity Study Bible. That Bible version is not a requirement; bring your own Bible, as different versions can give different insight. If you’ve never been in a bible study before, don’t let that keep you from joining. Many participants are just beginners. Bring a friend and come when you can. Contact Cheryl Mager (682.3777) or Judy Weis (682.7014) if you have questions.

Where will we go? Well the possibilities are endless. Throughout January, Pastor Ted has been sharing his vision of the future with us through his sermons based upon our mission statement:

“Zion seeks to share Christ’s word, strengthen faith and serve those in need.” He has talked about those things that are life giving to us as people of God. But in order to live into our mission, in order to navigate the future, we need to be prepared. St. Augustine said, ―God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails.‖ During Lent we will be learning just what it is we need to do in order to raise our sails and get ready for the voyage. Using John Ortberg‘s book ―The Life You’ve Always Wanted‖, we will look at what we can do in our everyday lives to grow spiritually and to help us respond to the fresh wind of the Spirit in our sails. Ortberg presents the life giving spiritual disciplines as relevant, realistic steps to personal spiritual growth and transformation, a way to live life joyfully and abundantly. We will learn how to use every day, every moment of our lives being transformed by the wind of the Spirit. The study begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17, and will meet after both the noon and 6:30pm Lenten worship services every Wednesday through March 24. Weekly topics are: February 17: It‘s Morphing Time (chapters 1-3) February 24: Slowing Down and Celebrating (chapters 4 & 5) March 3: Praying and Confessing (chapters 6 & 8) March 10: Meditating on Scripture and Seeking Guidance (chapters 9 & 11) March 17: Practicing Servanthood, Finding Freedom (chapters 7 & 10) March 24: Going the Distance with a Well Ordered Heart (chapters 12 & 13) Please plan to be a part of this time of learning, sharing, and transformation as we prepare for the voyage of a lifetime! Sign up and order a discounted book at or at the information desk today.


February 10 Membership Class Those who are ready for a deeper commitment to this ministry are invited to the next Membership Class on Wednesday, February 10, from 6-8pm. This orientation to membership provides a brief overview of Lutheran Christian beliefs and practices, the ministries of Zion, and expectations of members. Those that decide to become members will be formally received into our congregation on the following Sunday, February 21 (if you‘re not ready at this time, you are still welcome in worship and all church activities). The meeting will include Supper for you and your family, served at 6pm, and meeting beginning at 6:30pm. Zion Pastors review Bible basics, faith practices, and personal spirituality. Zion Program Staff introduce themselves and share information about a wide variety of Zion programs and ministries. Your picture will be taken for the reception on February 21. Child care and activities for children after supper. An opportunity for participants to ask questions about the Bible, the Christian faith, and Zion Lutheran Church.

Zionaires Seniors Group The Zionaires 55+ Senior Group has several events planned for upcoming months: On February 16, Interim Associate Pastor Karrie Anderson will introduce herself and share a short pre-Lenten devotion, followed by a FatTuesday lunch. On March 30, Zionaires will assist in putting together the Food Shelf Easter Baskets which Zion will distribute to needy families April 20 is tentatively planned for a visit to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN. Everyone 55 and better is invited to participate in Zionaires‘ great educational, fellowship and fun activities!

3/3 Baptism Class The next class for new or prospective parents wishing to schedule a baptism at Zion will be at 6pm on Wednesday, March 3. Anyone wishing to schedule a baptism is asked to attend a class prior to the date of the baptism. Expectant parents as well as those who already are parents may attend the class. Scheduling of baptisms will take place at the class.

Choose Your Own Book The Zion Book Club will meet on Monday, February 8, at 7pm in the Library to discuss various books focused on spirituality. This could be a reread of a classic like St. Augustine's confessions, Lewis' Screwtape Letters, part of the Narnia series, focusing on a daily devotional for the month, or taking in some of the works of Walt Wangerin, Max Lucado, or Jimmy Carter. Whatever readers choose is fine; and conversation will aim to inspire more reading of books which challenge our faith and help define our spiritual lives. The selection for the March 8 is Tell No One by Harlan Coben. In April readers are encouraged to take part in two local book events: The community read for Buffalo is Kao Kalia Yang's The

Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. On April 5, Discussions will begin at 6pm on April 5 at the Buffalo High School PAC with a speaker at 7pm. St. Michael-Albertville High School is hosting author Pete Hautman on April 12 with a similar format. Readers are encouraged to read any of Hautmann's books, most notably Godless, Invisible, and No Limit. The Zion Book Club is also arranging a visit with local author Connie Lounsbury to discuss her book, Reaching Past the Wire, written in collaboration with Iraqi war veteran and nurse Deanne Germain.


Missions & Social Ministry Zion’s Tough Times ???

A New Year and a New Job

What is happening at Zion? How are we doing? When are we going to get on track again? Are these some questions that you have asked of others or have had other members ask you? Probably! Yes, the economy has been difficult on many of us. Yes it has been a couple of difficult years. Or has it?

Kelsey in Malaysia

Looking back, I’m not sure we ever really got off track. God has blessed us over and over and continues to do his good works through us. I see our congregation taking giant steps forward in our ministries and mission work. We are actively reaching outside our walls to provide support to our local community through financial and volunteer support. Giving is growing at Zion. The many members involved in providing the various support through time, talent and financial support are truly being blessed.

For this past week I spent time getting to know the residents and what their days consist of. It was a great time and a little tiring but I am very excited to continue working there throughout the year and how to see what tasks my position will take on. The residents are amazing individuals and are opening my eyes to a world I only had a glimpse at before. They are all unique with different challenges and blessings in their lives. One resident loves to show me where the swings are at least two or three times a day and another resident will start to giggle every time I see her. For this year I think there are going to be challenges in learning what my abilities are and what their abilities are. We will learn from and with one another through games, baking, and talking.

We have provided support to the Buffalo Food Shelf, LoveINC, Rivers of Hope, Faith in Action, Timber Bay, and others. We have continued to reach outside of Buffalo with our support to Redeemer Lutheran in North Minneapolis. We are establishing a partnership with the Lutheran Church of Nigeria in Shelleng. Our kids raised many dollars and gave it to a Well Water Project to better people’s lives in Nigeria. Our youth provided labor support to others through their summer mission trip. We have provided support to Kelsey Mackereth, a member of our congregation committed to doing mission work in Malaysia. We again provided funds to support important Hospice care work in Tanzania and continue to provide funds to combat World Hunger. Yes we have done many things as a congregation- through these ―tough times.‖

Here are just a few facts about Cheshire home: There are 24 live-in residents and 3 day care residents. The residents have a variety of disabilities from paralysis, downs syndrome, blindness, and mentally retardation. They are currently constructing better living quarters for the residents and also a work building. If you want to learn more about Cheshire Home I would recommend checking out their website (

Are we off track? Are these really ―tough times‖? I believe not: tough times are when we are thinking only of ourselves. Reaching out to share God’s possessions can only be good times. Steve Peterson

The new year is starting out with a big new adventure: A new JOB!!! This year I will now be working half days at a place called Cheshire home. It is a home for mentally or physically disabled persons.

In the afternoons I am continuing my work at Care Haven and am amazed each day at the four kids there. They have energy, spunk, sass, and an eagerness to learn! Spending time with them is a blessing and challenge each time. I am also continuing my work each Sunday afternoon with the 2nd KK Girls Brigade! Always a fun time and I never really know what they will be doing. Kelsey Mackereth is a member of Zion currently participating in a year-long mission to Malaysia with the ELCA Young Adults in Global Missions program. Read more on her blog at

Meet Marilu Thomas Hello Zion Lutheran! I have a very warm place in my heart for Zion (especially important in a Minnesota winter!). I have witnessed Zion‘s love of Christ lives in the world through generous and faithful people like David Nerothin who serves on our RCFL board, Rick and Deb Johnson who have hosted us at Zion, Pastor Judy who preached at Redeemer, the new stair construction through Dave and Doug Schmidt, and the many Zion members who have volunteered (Marilu continued on page 13)


Service, Advocacy & Ministry February: Park Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care Zion‘s local mission partner for February is Park Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care. Park Terrace is a 46unit facility for senior adults who are seeking to retain their independence but may also need some help with daily living activities. Volunteers from Zion will provide two Valentines bingo events for residents at the facility in February. The first Bingo event will be on Friday, February 12, from 7-8pm. Volunteers from Zion will play Bingo with about 30 residents and serve refreshments. It would also be great if some volunteers would provide music or entertainment. On Saturday, February 13, there will be another Bingo event for 10-12 memory-care residents. The event will run from 1:30-2:30pm and volunteers will be one-on-one helpers for the residents. Sign up for either event at the information desk.

March: Buffalo Food Shelf Zion‘s mission partner for March will be the Buffalo Food Shelf. This is a Christian based organization that provides food and hygiene items to residents of Buffalo in need. March is National Food Share Month and Zion will be collecting contents and assembling Easter Baskets containing meals to feed over one thousand men, women and children in our community. This year we will also be doing the distributing of these baskets at Zion on Tuesday, March 30. Specific food and volunteer needs will be available later this month.

Friends of the Food Shelf Gala You are invited to the ‗Friends of the Food Shelf‘ gala on Saturday, February 27, at the St Francis Xavier Faith Center. The event will start at 5:30pm with a social hour and silent auction, followed by a dinner catered by Russell‘s on the Lake. The evening will end with a fun interactive ―Let‘s Make a Deal‖ game! Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and can be purchased at the Food Shelf, Buffalo Books, or from Beth Jansen or Roger Brenny (Zion‘s representatives on the Food Shelf Board of Directors Members). This is a great way to support the Buffalo Food Shelf and have some fun too!!

Local Outreach The Social Ministry Committee promotes Zion’s outreach into our community through prayer and tangible expressions of love and good works by highlighting the efforts and needs of our local partner organizations. God desires to reach people who do not know him through people like us at Zion. Showing others in our community our faith by what we do is vital to helping others see God for who He really is.

But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. James 2:18 (NIV)


February Calendar Tuesday February 9 9:00am Kitchen Cleaning 9:30am Staff Meeting Noon LSS Counseling 6:00pm Kaleo Band 6:30pm Women United in Faith 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal 7:00pm Global Mission Meeting

Monday February 1 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesday February 2 9:30am Staff Meeting Noon LSS Counseling 6:00pm Kaleo Band 6:30pm Social Ministry Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal

Wednesday February 10 2:45pm Class Ring 3:45pm SONshine Choir 3:45pm Ring Forth 3:45pm Kids' Club 4:45pm Joy Choir 5:00pm Wednesday Night Supper 5:15pm Youth Choir 6:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal 6:00pm Confirmation 6:30pm Joyful Ringers 6:30pm New Member Meeting 7:00pm Senior Choir 7:00pm Graceland 7:00pm Harvest of Hands Crafts

Wednesday February 3 7:00am Men's 50+ Bible Study 2:45pm Class Ring 3:45pm SONshine Choir 3:45pm Ring Forth 3:45pm Kids' Club 4:45pm Joy Choir 5:00pm Wednesday Night Supper 5:15pm Youth Choir 6:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal 6:00pm Confirmation 6:30pm Joyful Ringers 6:30pm Freed Up Financial Living 7:00pm Senior Choir 7:00pm Graceland

Thursday February 11

Thursday February 6

Friday February 12 9:00am LSS Counseling

Friday February 5 9:00am LSS Counseling

Saturday February 13

Saturday February 6 9:00am Council Retreat 6:00pm Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance Sunday February 7

The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany Holy Communion at 8:30, 9:45, and 10:30

8:30am Traditional Worship Service & Sunday School 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service & Sunday School Monday February 8 7:00pm Zion Book Club 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous


Sunday February 14

The Last Sunday After the Epiphany

8:30am Traditional Worship Service & Sunday School 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service & Sunday School Monday February 15

Washington's Birthday

7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesday February 16 9:30am Staff Meeting 9:30am Naomi Circle 10:00am Zionaires Noon LSS Counseling 7:00pm Property Committee Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal

Wednesday February 17

Ash Wednesday

7:00am Men's 50+ Bible Study Noon Ash Wednesday Worship 12:45pm Lenten Adult Study 9:15am Devotions at Sunrise 2:45pm Class Ring 3:45pm SONshine Choir 3:45pm Ring Forth 3:45pm Kids' Club 4:45pm Joy Choir 5:00pm Wednesday Night Supper 5:15pm Youth Choir 6:30 pm Ash Wednesday Service 7:15pm Lenten Adult Study 7:15pm Senior Choir 7:15pm Graceland 7:15pm Joyful Ringers 7:30pm Church Council Meeting Thursday February 18 7:30pm Rebecca Circle Friday February 19 9:00am LSS Counseling Saturday February 20 Sunday February 21

The First Sunday in Lent Holy Communion at 8:30 and 10:30

8:30am Traditional Worship Service & Sunday School 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service & Sunday School Northwest Conference Meeting Monday February 22 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesday February 23 9:30am Staff Meeting Noon LSS Counseling 6:00pm Kaleo Band 6:30pm Women United in Faith 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal

Wednesday February 24 9:30am Devotions at Lakeridge 10:30am Devotions at Park View Noon Lenten Worship 12:45pm Lenten Adult Study 2:45pm Class Ring 3:45pm SONshine Choir 3:45pm Ring Forth 3:45pm Kids' Club 4:45pm Joy Choir 5:00pm Wednesday Night Supper 5:15pm Youth Choir 6:30pm Lenten Worship 7:15pm Lenten Adult Study 7:15pm Senior Choir 7:15pm Graceland 7:15pm Harvest of Hands Crafts 7:15pm Joyful Ringers Thursday February 25 Friday February 26 9:00am LSS Counseling Saturday February 27 Sunday February 28

The Second Sunday in Lent Sanctuary Sunday

8:30am Traditional Worship Service 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service

Lenten Voyage of a Lifetime Lent begins on February 17 This month the forty days of Lent will begin. It is a time of giving: giving up a habit or a favorite thing; giving time for midweek worship and devotions; giving to Zion‘s mission funds. It is also a time to center our thoughts on the Lenten theme of preparing for the journey into the future. These forty days are our time to walk the journey with Christ to the cross, ending when we reach the triumphant Easter day. The forty days offer the time to come to Zion for midweek worship, be intentional about devotions at home, and participate in special events for the season. Be watching for further Lenten details at

Ash Wednesday, February 17 Wednesday, February 17, Ash Wednesday worship at noon and 6:30pm in the sanctuary with imposition of ashes and holy communion. ―Voyage of a Lifetime‖ adult study, led by Pastor Karri, will begin after the noon and 6:30pm services.

Wednesdays February 24 to March 24 Choose the time that fits your schedule. Confirmation students are encouraged to attend worship each Wednesday. ―Voyage of a Lifetime‖ study, led by Pastor Karri, will continue after the noon and 6:30pm services.

Noon in the Library/Chapel Worship service of scripture, hymns, prayer and pastor‘s meditation during the lunch hour.

Daffodil Days

6:30pm in the Sanctuary

American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days are coming up in March. Donations of daffodils for worship in honor or in memory of loved ones will be March 17 & 21, more information in the March newsletter.

The familiar Holden Evening Prayer service will be led by the Zion Youth Choir and will include scripture, pastor‘s meditation, and music from Zion‘s choirs.

Easter Garden

Devotional Materials

Every year Zion has a beautiful display of all kinds of different plants and blooming flowers for our Sunday morning Easter Services. The plants/flowers are usually given in memory of or in honor of someone special to you and/or your family. Further information will be in the March newsletter.

The Table is Set! Come for a family meal before worship each Wednesday at Zion. The cost is a reasonable $3 per plate and the connection with family and friends is great! Serving starts at 5pm, and menus are on page 6.

Email devotions can be found at

Supporting Mission Partners Lenten self-denial folders will be sent to those who have used them in the past and to new members. More folders will be available in the narthex. These quarters assist Zion‘s ministry at home and throughout the world. By denying ourselves, we spread God‘s love in many parts of the world.


Finance & Stewardship Financial Report

Haiti Relief

December 2009

The ELCA, through the Lutheran World Federation, is already responding to the critical needs of survivors in Haiti. Thankfully, the LWF offices and staff on the island were spared in the earthquake, making it possible for work to begin immediately. Staff there will focus their immediate efforts on issues of water safety and sanitation, assisting with medical triage, and providing emergency sheltering for the many who are now homeless. The ELCA has long-standing relationships in Haiti through several organizations and the Lutheran Church in Haiti.

General Services Fund Income

General Offering Rent and Sunday School Missions and Hunger Other Designations

Total Expenses

Synod Benevolence Other General Services


Dec 2009

YTD 2009



$1,500.00 64,661.40

$18,000.00 714,251.25



$79,067.47 2,041.76 763.00 2,280.00

Account Balance as of 12-31-09:

$669,207.67 30,213.70 11,754.95 15,929.44


General Fund Note: As of 12-31-09 Zion Lutheran Church continued to carry a balance owed of $20,000 on the line of credit with Klein Bank. We have been making Interest Only payments on this line.

Forward in Faith Fund Income

Offerings and Interest Other Receipts

Total Income Expenses

Building Mortgage Roof/Parking Lot Loan Major Building Repairs 3% Tithe Expense

Total Expenses

How You Can Help Check or money orders with "Haiti Earthquake Relief" in the check's memo line sent to: ELCA Disaster Response 39330 Treasury Center Chicago, IL 60694-9300

Dec 2009

YTD 2009



Credit card by phone at 800-638-3522 or online at https:// pid=538

$17,087.30 1,305.03 $0.00 $0.00

$205,047.60 9,476.35 4,225.00 5,340.79

Members of Thrivent can qualify for $1 matching funds for every $2 donation by giving to ELCA Disaster Response or Lutheran World Relief through the link at



$25,749.75 0.00

Account Balance as of 12-31-09:

$185,391.12 1,500.00


Thank you for giving to God through Zion Lutheran Church in 2009. Giving to the General Fund in 2009 increased by 2% over 2008. Giving to the Forward in Faith/Building Fund increased by 2.7% over 2008.


In anticipation of your generous gifts, ELCA Disaster Response has authorized $250,000 for immediate relief assistance in Haiti, with the possibility for an additional $500,000 as the full scope of this disaster continues to become clear. Your gifts are needed now to make this type of rapid response possible.

Memorial Gifts A donation to the memorial fund from the Kellerhuis family. A donation to the memorial fund from Henry & Karen Mattson.

(Marilu continued from page 8)

and given to the Christmas Store and Block Party. So, shouldn‘t we get to know each other? I‘ll tell you a little bit about myself and when we meet you can tell me about yourself. Deal? Although my Dad was from ‗the range‘ in Minnesota, Atlanta, Georgia was my home for the first 24 years, until I met and married my husband, Stuart. We both worked for the Coca-Cola Company then and he was posted to Ecuador. After that, we lived in five Latin American countries where both of our daughters were born. Sprinkled through my work history are gigs in advertising, magazine editing, middle-school teaching, management, health and wellness ministries, and peer ministry training. Last year, I graduated from the dual degree program at Luther Seminary/Augsburg College with a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Divinity. I started at Redeemer Center for Life the day of the big Block Party in 2008—no better way to get into the swing of things. Redeemer Center for Life is the 501 C (3) non-profit started by Redeemer Lutheran Church a decade ago and we exist to respond to the Harrison Neighborhood in terms of youth development, housing and jobs. An eclectic mix of cultures and people, the Harrison area has historically been the domain of the newly arrived and disenfranchised of the city. Located in lower North Minneapolis, it is comprised of 75% people of color and 25% who speak a language other than English at home. It is also one of the most underserved areas in Minneapolis, where 63% of the children live in poverty. What do I love about working at Redeemer? The pulse of the neighborhood and the connection of the people. When I first arrived at RCFL, one of the staff members had me make my first (and I would suspect only…) Rap CD about my identity and call in the world. That‘s how we are counter cultural at RCFL—we challenge the current culture by recreating it with a Christian bent. There may be ‗poverty of the pocket book‘ in Harrison, but there is a wealth of Spirit. Genuine and authentic sharing of life and material things abounds in Harrison. The Breakfast Club on Saturday mornings is a good example—people coming together to share what they think over coffee and muffins. We also have an afterschool program, RAP, where youth are finding their voices and identities at the Peace Palace. They express themselves through dance, songwriting and recording, movie making, acting, artwork, and thoughtful discussions. I know North Minneapolis may loom large in your mind as a scary place. But I want to assure you that you have friends in those neighborhoods who are a part of your life at Zion. Come and visit. We‘ll be there to welcome you and help you get to know our part of the ‗hood. It might just change your mind about race and culture and being a community. As they say, I‘ll leave the light on. Marilu J. Thomas, Executive Director, Redeemer Center for Life If you‘d like to hear more about Marilu Thomas and Redeemer Center for Life, check out the video of Marilu‘s visit with Zion‘s Global Missions Committee last August: watch?v=zT9x2bsl-vc

2010 Capital Campaign Zion is supported by two funds: the Forward in Faith fund that enables Zion to make its monthly mortgage and building repair loan payments, and the General Fund which provides operating money for carrying out the many ministries of Zion. The congregation has conducted three Forward in Faith capital campaigns since 2001 when planning for the 2004 expansion of the church building began. These campaigns have also supplied benevolence funds for ministries beyond this congregation.

Because of transitions within the congregation and pastoral staff, Forward in Faith 3 was a one-year program which is ending in June of 2010. Three people were asked to research Zion’s options for continuing to service the building mortgage and debt related to some building repairs. Scott Morin, Jason Kabe and Chuck Zumbusch were joined by Pastor Ted and Steve Peterson in this work. This group has brought a proposal to the church council that Zion conduct a capital campaign in the spring of 2010 with the help of a consultant, Kairos. The church council has approved a special congregational meeting to discuss the next Forward in Faith capital campaign in February. More information will be mailed to voting members.


Volunteer Opportunities Call Committee

Harvest of Hands

If you are interested in serving on the call committee that will find our new Associate Pastor, please submit your name to any member of the Council listed on page 2. The full Council will elect the seven members of the Call committee on Wednesday, February 17.

We Are So Blessed

Worship Volunteers It takes all of us to make things run smoothly for the extra worship services at this time of year. Please contact Sherilyn ( or 682.1245 x307) if you would like to serve as an usher, greeter, nursery worker, communion server, altar guild member, coffee fellowship host or Family Express host.

Video Techs Now that the projectors are up and running in Trinity Hall, volunteers are needed to set up the system and change the slides as needed for Sunday morning worship and possibly other events. Both team members to volunteer occasionally or regularly and a coordinator that is able to schedule and train team members are needed. Contact the office for more information.

Proofreaders If you would be willing to occasionally proofread church publications before printing, please contact the office. The timeframe is often short or overnight and the materials would be sent by email as a link to a PDF without the expectation that it would fit your schedule every time.

Church Geeks JSP? CSS? Ubuntu? . . .If that means anything to you, you might be able to help with one of several small website projects in the church office. Please contact if you can help.

Harvest of Hands Festival the annual festival and brunch organized by Zion members to benefit local and world hunger raised over $28,000 in 2009. Funds raised through the 2009 festival will be distributed through the Buffalo Food Shelf and the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. A larger share will go to the Buffalo Food Shelf to help people in need in our own community due to the economic situation. The Buffalo Food Shelf will receive quarterly donations of $4,500. $10,000 will go to ELCA World Hunger, designated to help victims of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. $150 has already been given to the Buffalo Food Shelf Christmas Meals project in December.

February Schedule and Projects The morning craft group meets from 9-11am on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday in the Wilderness Room. February dates are the 9th and 23rd. Projects will include fleece blankets & ―Snuggy‖ bed jackets. The evening craft group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the Wilderness Room. On February 10 the group meets at the usual 7pm time. On February 24 the group meets at 7:15pm after Lenten worship. Projects will include beading & ornaments.

Share a New Craft Do you have a special craft, talent, or skill that you like to do? Would you like to share that with our group? If so, please contact Joy at 763-658-6124. Participants enjoy trying new ideas and crafts. Last year volunteers learned how to make stained glass projects, crochet, and knit. Consider joining the Harvest of Hands crew for a few hours of fun and friendship. They have a great time working on projects all through the year and would enjoy your company. If you have any questions or need supplies, please contact Joy.

If you preach, just preach God's Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don't take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don't get bossy; if you're put in charge, don't manipulate; if you're called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don't let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face. Romans 12:6-8 (The Message)


Fundraising Guidelines The church council recently reviewed and approved modifications to the fundraising guidelines for groups holding fundraisers at the church. If you are part of a committee or group at Zion that will be organizing any type of fundraiser, please take these guidelines into consideration. In particular, please be sure to make your plans well in advance to allow for scheduling and promotion. Many groups have fundraising needs at Zion. The following guidelines will help the church have consistent policies for each group, so that the congregation is aware and informed about fundraising efforts. Also, this policy outlines the types of groups, events and opportunities for fundraising. All groups wishing to fundraise or collect items at Zion must be formal, Zionsponsored groups. Community groups, school groups, individuals, and groups renting the facility must adhere to the policies stated in the facility rental agreement. Qualifying groups may fundraise for the following functions: 1.

For Zion-sponsored Christian camps, trips, or retreats.

2. For events which directly and clearly benefit the group in the way the group serves its purpose at Zion. Groups may not fundraise for recreational events that do not have a significant and clear spiritual or service element. Groups may not fundraise for functions in which the main purpose is recreation and not spiritual growth or service.

Food For Friends Food For Friends (FFF) is a ministry to help ease the burden of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are going through a particularly difficult time in their life. If you know of someone who could use a meal, feel free to get and deliver them freezer meals (located in the church freezer). Or, contact the church ( or 763.682.1245) and tell them of the need and we‘ll arrange for a warm and/or frozen meal to be delivered to them from one of our FFF volunteers. Our friends who have received FFF meals have been very appreciative. On the flip side, if you are interested in being a part of this ministry, we‘d love to have you as a volunteer! Volunteers help out when it is convenient with their schedule by: making/delivering warm meals and/ or helping prepare freezer meals. We also always welcome cash donations which we use to buy supplies for freezer cooking (please clearly mark your cash donations with Food For Friends.) Your time and gifts are greatly appreciated!

If a group qualifies for fundraising at Zion, it must: 1.

Fill out a fundraising application. For planning purposes, the application should be completed and in the office at least one month prior to the proposed event. It is suggested the application be completed at least three months in advance to avoid scheduling conflicts.

2. Be given approval from the church staff. 3. Post signs at the fundraiser informing of the use of the funds. 4. Use a passive approach toward people. 5. Account for all money raised in accordance with Zion‘s cash handling policy. 6. Be responsible for all the Sunday morning coffee fellowship times and duties, if the fundraiser is done in place of Sunday morning coffee fellowship. 7. Submit advertising for the bulletin, newsletter and website along with the application, which will be subject to editing by the church staff.


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

Middle School Mission Trip Open to all 6th-8th Graders To encourage students to live out their faith life, Zion will not be going to Confirmation Camp this year. Instead, 6th, 7th & 8th Graders are invited to take part in a Middle School Mission Trip to Duluth, MN, June 20-25, 2010.

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

There will be a brief meeting at 7:15pm Wednesday, February 3, to discuss fundraising, trip details and more. This is for all participants, their parents and those not yet registered. Please make every effort to be in attendance!

Confirmation Schedule Feb 3: Give Us This Day Feb 10: Forgiveness Feb 17: No Class - Lenten Services Feb 24: No Class - Lenten Services

7th - 12th Grade Tubing

Be sure to bring your Bibles, Lutheran Handbooks and a pen each week.

Wednesday, March 3 This is open to all Confirmation and Senior High Students.

Confirmation Homework Memory Work #3 - Due Mar 17 Worksheet #3 - Due Feb 10 Statement of Faiths - Due Feb 10 7th Grade - Who is Jesus? 8th Grade - What does is mean…?

Graceland Weekly Topics: Feb 3: Peter Feb 10: Thomas Feb 17: No Graceland - Ash Wed Feb 24: Why Jesus?

Graceland, which meets at 7:15-9pm on Weds, is open to all Sr High students!

Leave Zion at 3:30pm, return to Zion at 8:30pm. Cost is only $20! Must be registered by Wednesday, February 17. Late entries cannot be accepted.

Senior High Mission Trip As of February 13 all students who are attending the Senior High Mission Trip to Chicago this summer, should have their final balance of $300 turned in. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Myron, ASAP. Remember that there are many fundraising opportunities upcoming: February 7: Cinnamon Rolls, 7:30am-11:45am February 20: Bagging for Tips at Cub Foods, 9am-3pm February 21: Cinnamon Rolls, 7:30am-11:45am

30 Hour Famine Today, 25,000 kids under age 5 will die - most of them from preventable causes like hunger, poverty, and disease. That's one child every three seconds. Something is seriously wrong with this picture. Nobody should die because of an empty stomach.

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.


But here's the good news: St. John‘s and Zion can do something about it! On February 26-27, Senior High students from both churches, will get together to hang out, serve others and learn more about this global epidemic, through games, lessons, discussion and more! Look for more details online at

Children’s Ministry CoDirectors of Christian Education

Sunday School

Roxie Otten

763-682-1245 ext. 311

Sunday school children up to 4th grade will sing in worship on Sunday February 28. This is a Sanctuary Sunday which means all children are encouraged to worship with their families. The children have been practicing their songs during opening at Sunday School, and we need all of their voices. Please plan to worship together on that morning.

Holly Husom

763-682-1245 exc. 308

Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance Girls ages 4 years and up are invited to bring that special man in their life (Grandpa, uncle, neighbor, friend) for dancing, games, treats and fun at Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday, February 6 from 6-8pm. Semi-formal attire is requested (NOT required). Participants need not be members of Zion. There is no cost and no RSVP needed.

Sunday School Schedule

Club 456 Tubing Approximately 60 kids and 10 adults hit the hills of Elm Creek Park Reserve to go tubing on Sunday evening, January 17. The weather was amazing and it was a blast!

Sunday 2/7: Sunday School (5th-6th Grapple) Sunday 2/14: Sunday School (4th Grapple, 5th & 6th classroom) Sunday 2/21: Sunday School (5th-6th grapple) *Watch Sunday bulletin and hall maps for 1st-4th pick-up locations. * Sunday 2/28: Sanctuary Sunday—You are encouraged to attend church as a family. Sunday School children through grade 4 sing in church during the hour that they usually attend class.

Kids’ Club Schedule Wednesday 2/3: Kids’ Club meets Wednesday 2/10: Kids’ Club meets Wednesday 2/17: Kids’ Club meets

Kids’ Club has several opportunities for you to be involved! If you’d like to volunteer once or several times, contact Roxie.

Watch for the next Club 456 trip to a water park on March 7. Sign up online at


Home Improvements Pay Off As seen in Thrivent magazine Fall 2009 issue

categories: building envelope products, such as replacement windows, insulation and roof products; and heating and cooling equipment (for which installation costs also count toward the tax break), such as water heaters, central airconditioning and boilers.

Winter is on its way – and with it, the high cost of heating the house. If you haven't already thought about making improvements to fend off the cold, the recent extension of the home energy tax credit is a great reason to start. The The Alliance suggests both low- and high-cost fixes that can federal government is offering a tax credit allowing offer big returns: homeowners to claim 30% of the cost of qualified energyAn Energy Star-qualified furnace, when properly sized efficient products, up to $1,500, through the year 2010. "The and installed, can save up to 20% on heating bills. longer time frame gives homeowners more than a year to Insulation can increase your comfort and reduce your plan and budget for the upgrades, which will provide a cooling costs up to 30% terrific return on investment in lower energy costs for years You can save 10% or more on energy bills by caulking and to come," says Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to weather-stripping all seams, cracks and openings to the Save Energy. outside. To earn the tax credit, save receipts for qualified purchases placed in service between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010. Get To learn more about this limited time only government the manufacturer's certification of eligibility (usually on the program visit links/index.html. manufacturer's website) and keep a copy with your tax records, then claim the deduction on your federal income To learn more about Thrivent Financial and its products tax return. Qualifying improvements fall into two please call Mark Worner at 763.682.6011.


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Fundraising Guidelines


Youth Ministries


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Kelsey Mackereth, a member of Zion currently participating in a year-long mission to Malaysia with the ELCA Young Adults in Global Missions program. Read more about her journey on page 8.

2010 February Newsletter  

Zion 's February Newsletter