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MARCH 2010

Voyage of a Lifetime

(763) 682-1245

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Information The Voice A monthly publication of Zion Lutheran Church Upcoming Deadlines March 15 for April 2010 Issue April 19 for May 2010 Issue Editor: Angela Bengtson This Month’s Cover Zion families preparing for the Lenten Journey

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 Believing Jesus I grew up believing the Bible at face value. What it said is what it meant. When I was in college I heard a speaker say, "Either Jesus Christ was who he said he was, or else the greatest liar and biggest fraud the world has ever known.‖ I thought about that sentence and for the first time wondered:

Are Jesus miracles real? Did they actually happen? Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Is there really life after death for me? Over the years, again and again, I think of that statement and I have come to the conclusion that there seems to be enough evidence inside and outside of the Bible for me to believe. Having confidence that Jesus is who he said he was has opened the door to the next phase – building and living my life on the promises of Jesus. Like every believer, however, I have made more mistakes than I care to admit. There are times when the memory of those sins sweeps into my memory like a thick, deep fog suddenly appears in front of a car speeding down the highway. Where did that memory come from? Why now? How can God forgive me for that? How could I fail my Lord, my family, or my friends? I am sure I am not alone. I am sure that you find yourself struggling with this dilemma on more occasions that you would like to admit. There is a story in Luke 5 about a paralyzed man. His friends bring him to Jesus to be healed, but the crowd is too large to get close enough to get Jesus attention. The friends lower him through the roof right in front of Jesus. What happens next surprises everyone. Seeing the faith of the friends, Jesus says to the paralyzed man, ―Your sins are forgiven.‖ Read it for yourself and when you do, take notice that Jesus came to heal us, body and soul. He came to heal us spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. One of my mentors pointed out that in the story we see a savior who recognizes that ―mending a past is as important as mending a leg.‖

Worship Schedule Wednesday, March 3

Utilizing Our Lifelines

Philippians 4:4-7 Pastor Karri Preaching Sunday, March 7

Third Sunday in Lent

Luke 13:1-9 Pastor Ted Preaching Wednesday, March 10

Reading the Compass

James 1:5-6 Pastor Karri Preaching Sunday, March 14

Fourth Sunday in Lent Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Pastor Ted Preaching

Wednesday, March 17

The Wind in Our Sails

II Corinthians 3:17-18 Pastor Karri Preaching Sunday, March 21

Fifth Sunday in Lent

John 12:1-8 Pastor Ted Preaching Wednesday, March 24

Charting a Course

Colossians 3:15-17 Pastor Karri Preaching Sunday, March 28

Palm Sunday

Luke 19:28-40 Pastor Karri Preaching

That story took place about 2000 years ago, but it can happen again today – for you. Just bring your tattered and torn life before the savior and ask for his forgiveness. Make your confession with a sincere intention to more fully live your life for him. And then, hear the words of Christ, ―Friend, go in peace. Your sins are forgiven.‖ Yes, forgiveness is real! It is real for yesterday, today and tomorrow. It is real for me and real for you.

Thursday, April 1

Pastor Ted

Easter Sunday

Maundy Thursday Friday, April 2

Good Friday

Sunday, April 4


News and Views Births December 28 Caleb Daniel Jatko, son of David & Kim

Baptisms January 10 Colton Lee Biegert January 24 Hailey Emelina Tecca

Funerals January 29 Clinton Mohring

February births & pastoral acts will be reported in the April Newsletter.

Active Military Please Pray For Destiny Johnson Has returned home from Iraq Ben Pecarina Deployed to Afghanistan Chris Paulsen-Schmidt Deployed to the Persian 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

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


Have You Seen The Prayer Flags? Prayer flags date back to the ancient Buddhist tradition of writing traditional texts on banners or cloths that were then taken to be shared with foreign lands. As the tradition developed, it became common to hang a series of prayer flags that had been woodblock-printed with texts and images. The traditional colors symbolize the natural elements of sky (blue), air (white), fire (red), water (green), and earth (yellow). These flags were intended to be public symbols of prayers for peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. Today, prayer flags have been incorporated by a wide variety of faiths, including Christianity. Throughout Lent, you are encouraged to write your own prayer in words or pictures on a piece of fabric. Fabric flags and markers can be found at the information desk, through your discussion groups or you may have a piece of fabric at home that you want to use (about 6x12 inches). Completed prayer flags can be placed in a box at the information desk, and staff and volunteers will attach them together with other prayer flags before hanging them at Zion.

The Difference Poem by Grace L. Naessnes, submitted by Arnold Rude I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day; I had so much to accomplish that I didn't take time to pray. Problems just tumbled about me, and heavier came each task, "Why doesn't God help me," I wondered. He answered, "You didn't ask." I wanted to see joy and beauty but the day toiled on, gray and bleak; I wondered why God didn't show me. He said, "But you didn't seek." I tried to come into God's presence; I used all my keys at the lock. God gently and lovingly chided, "My child, you didn't knock." I woke up early this morning and paused before entering the day. I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.

Council Update

20 Questions

Council Meeting Open Forum

How Well Do You Know the Church Staff?

The Council has recently received a few questions concerning our decision at the December 16 meeting not to add a general forum back into the agenda at council meetings. Dirk Foster, president of the church council, provides the background and the basis for that decision: The open forum was removed from the standard council agenda when Pastor Chris first arrived at Zion. This was done to help focus the discussion at the meetings on agenda items and to allow the council the time needed to work though the difficult decisions required at the time. In December 2009, the Executive Board raised the question as to whether it was time to re-introduce the open forum in the standard agenda. This was discussed at the December 16 meeting of the council and it was decided not to add back an open forum. Even with just concentrating on the items on the agenda, the meetings can sometimes be 2 to 3 hours long and it was felt that members so still have many opportunities available to bring concerns to the council. Having those concerns identified ahead of time, helps the council manage the length and prioritize the meeting much better. Here’s how the agenda for a council meeting is set: The Executive Board usually meets the first Sunday of the month to set the agenda for the council meeting which usually occurs on the third Wednesday of the month. Members are encouraged to contact the Pastors or an officer if they are interested in getting an item on the agenda. Prior to the first Sunday of the month is preferred, but not necessary. The agenda is usually emailed out to council members about a week prior to the meeting and any council member may identify an additional item for the agenda at that time. Finally, at the beginning of each council meeting the agenda is again reviewed and modifications are made, if necessary. A member could ask at this time to be placed on the agenda. If you have a concern for the council, you are encouraged to identify it as soon as possible so that we can prioritize the items on the agenda. We will make every effort to address your concern as soon as possible.

Annual Meeting Follow-Up At their annual retreat on February 6, the church council discussed the motion that was presented and tabled at the 2009 Annual meeting. This discussion included the larger issue of the ELCA social statement on human sexuality and the ELCA vote concerning the ordination of gay and lesbian persons. A rough draft of a possible statement on the issue was reviewed and it was decided this statement would be discussed and reviewed over the coming year. Pastor Ted will lead this process with the aim of involving the congregation in discussion of the ELCA’s statement, vote, and that a final draft would be presented at the 2010 Congregational meeting, currently scheduled for December 5. You may contact Pastor Ted if you would like more information on this item. (Council Updates continued on page 18 with Bridgebuilder Reports, Congregational Meeting )

Complete minutes of council meetings are available on the church website at once they are approved.

1. Who maintains the Rainbow bags for children's use in worship? 2. Who keeps you all warm in the winter and cool in the summer? 3. Who tends to the lost, the sick, the hurt and the joyful ... usually all on the same Sunday morning? 4. Who takes the monthly newsletter mailing to the post office? 5. Who gets everything ready for baptisms for both pastors? 6. Who puts dozens of children and adults in costumes each year? 7. Who handles various HR duties but is not part of the personnel committee? 8. Who handles financial matters for the Buffalo Ministerium? 9. Who gets paid to update Facebook regularly? 10. Who mows the fire pit area on the church grounds? 11. Who works closely with volunteers from Functional Industries? 12. Who drives around town, eat lots of lunches and talks to people they do not know? 13. Who orders palm branches for Palm Sunday? 14. Who teaches classes before baptisms and marriages? 15. Who gets paid to do things like swimming, snow tubing, roller skating and bowling? 16. Who contributes to the tooth decay of the congregation by keeping the candy and pop machines stocked? 17. Who prepares the worship graphics for projection in the Family Express Service? 18. Who can be found with gallons of Mogan David Concord Grape wine in their car? 19. Who blows hot air around the sanctuary, even in the summer? 20. Who maintains a close relationship with Peter and Paul? Bonus! How many employees does Zion have on the payroll and how many of them are full-time? Answers page 14


Fellowship & Study Tell No One Zion Book Club The Zion Book Club will meet on Monday, March 8 at 7pm in the Library to discuss Tell No One by Harlan Coben.

Wednesday Menu March 3: Soup & Chili March 10: Baked Potatoes March 17: Pasta March 24: Sub Sandwiches Wednesday Suppers are served at Zion each Wednesday from 5:00-6:15pm for a suggested donation of $3 per plate.

Eight years ago David Beck was knocked unconscious and left for dead, and his wife Elizabeth was kidnapped and murdered. For the next eight years Dr. Beck re-lived the horror of what happened that day every day of his life. Then one afternoon, he receives an anonymous e-mail telling him to log on to a certain web-site at a certain time, using a code that only he and his wife knew. The screen opens on to a web cam - and it is Elizabeth's image he sees. Is it a practical joke? As Beck tries to find out if Elizabeth is truly alive, and what really happened the night she disappeared, the FBI are trying to pin Elizabeth's murder on him. And everyone he turns to seems to end up dead. ( 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 Hautman's books, most notably Godless, Invisible, and No Limit.

Zionaires Here’s the lineup for Senior (55+) events in upcoming months. Mark them on your calendar and plan for some fellowship and fun. March 30

Easter Basket preparation and distribution April 20

Tour to the Arboretum May 18

Outside Speaker June

Possible St Cloud trip


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.

Family Night Board Games, Crafts & Scrapbooking Scrabble? Pick Two? Farkle? Blockus? What will you bring? All you need is a snack to share and whatever game you want to play to join other Zion friends for Family Night on Friday, March 19. Come to Fellowship Hall around 7pm. It’s free and kids are welcome. Scrapbookers are especially welcome as there are no separate scrapbooking nights planned, and are welcome to come earlier for a longer work time.

Faith & Film Returns Wednesday, March 31 Adults are invited to join Myron and the senior high students to watch the film The Passion of the Christ on the big screen in Trinity Hall.

Voyage of a Lifetime: Growing Life-Giving Habits

There is no cost. Popcorn and punch will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own comfortable folding chair (such as a lawn chair) if you find that more comfortable than the chairs in Trinity Hall.

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.

The Passion of the Christ is a film about the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The film opens in the Garden of Olives (Gethsemane) where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is arrested and taken back within the city walls of Jerusalem where the leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy; subsequently, his trial results with the leaders condemning him to his death.

In January, Pastor Ted shared his vision of the future with us through his sermons based upon our mission statement. He talked about those things that are life giving to us as people of God.

Jesus is brought before Pilate, the Roman Governor of Palestine, for his sentencing. Pilate listens to the accusations leveled at Jesus by the Pharisees. Realizing he is confronting a political conflict, Pilate defers to King Herod in deciding the matter of how to persecute Jesus. Herod returns Jesus to Pilate who gives the crowd a choice between Jesus and the criminal Barabbas. The crowd chooses to have Barabbas set free and to condemn Jesus.

In February, small groups and individual members began studying 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 are looking 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. It is not too late for you to join a study group or begin reading along on your own. Study groups meet :

Jesus is handed over to the Roman soldiers and is brutally flagellated. Unrecognizable now, he is brought back before Pilate who presents him to the thirsty crowd as if to say “Is this not enough?” It is not. Pilate washes his hands of the entire dilemma, ordering his men to do as the crowd wishes.

After the noon and 6:30pm Lenten worship services every Wednesday 10:30am on Friday mornings at BJs Deli.

Jesus is presented with the cross and is ordered to carry it through the streets of Jerusalem, all the way up to Golgotha. On Golgotha, Jesus is nailed to the cross and undergoes his last temptation - the fear that his father has abandoned him. He overcomes his fear, looks at Mary, his Holy Mother, and makes the pronouncement that only she can fully understand, “It is accomplished.” He then dies: “Into Thy hands I commend my Spirit.” At the moment of his death, nature itself over-turns. ( There are links on Zion’s website to further information about this movie. This film is rated R for graphic violence. Dialogue is in Aramaic, Latin, and Hebrew, with English subtitles.

Upcoming Weekly topics: 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)

Books are available through the church office or at most bookstores.


Missions & Social Ministry Kelsey in Malaysia

Redeemer Lutheran Church

At Care Haven we are working on the forms of "to be" and "to have" in sentence structure. To practice our listening I would read a sentence out loud and they would have to fill in the blank. One of the sentences said "I <blank> blue eyes." Idrus then looked at me really hard and in all seriousness said, "Really?!" We all then started looking at one another's eyes and determined mine are brown, Idrus's are black, Edward's are black, and Nelwe's are light black with a hint of brown. After this short discussion, Idrus and Nelwe both burst out laughing. As the rest of us looked at them in confusion Idrus managed to get out, between fits of giggles, "Teacher, I blue eye!" as he pretends to hit himself in the eye. Oh, the joy of crazy moods and crazy times!

From the January 2010 issue of Faith Matters, the newsletter of Redeemer Lutheran Church. As a pastor, one of the things I have to work at a lot is communication. In my daily work what I have to do to be effective is communicate well, so I really like it when I come across a saying or a word that communicates well. The concept of a ―sweet spot‖ communicates well. If you have ever played in band or orchestra and you can remember what it felt like the first time you hit just the right note at just the right time, you know what it is like to hit a sweet spot. If you have sung in a choir, hit a ball, or dove off a high diving board for the first time you have a basic recollection of what it means to have a ―sweet spot‖ experience. I recall when I first began playing tennis. It was a frustrating experience. Then it seemed that one day out of the blue I hit the ball in just the right spot and the ball flew effortlessly off the racket. For the first time I knew what it meant to hit the sweet spot. I can also recall the moment when I broke up a fight and in doing so I was facing someone I was very much afraid of and all time seemed to stand still in that moment. The ’sweet spot’ is not a term that just communicates, it connects us with moments in time that say to us, I can do this! It is an experience that says to us, if I did it once I can do this again. It connects us with experiences that build the confidence, hope and joy that if we did it once then we can do it again. What is the church, if not God’s ―sweet spot‖? God’s church is the invitation God gives us to invite others to experience the ―sweet spot‖ of God. The church is where people do more than talk about God. The church communicates and connects people with the reality that we can do this. We can love people, even when they are un-lovable. We can educate children, even when the systems and institutions that are in place have failed them. As the people of God, we are challenged to do more than argue, fight, and hold onto a belief system that keeps us apart from the world. As the church, we are obligated, I mean called, to take this precious gift of God’s good news and invite people to experience the connection we are blessed to share in God. I am so thankful that the person who taught me how to play tennis did not give up on me. I am thankful that his confidence did not begin with my ability but with the trust and hope that I would eventually get it; I would eventually experience the ―sweet spot‖. My prayer for our entire church is that we will faithfully and joyfully connect people with their sweet spot in God. Pastor Kelly Chatman

One of Kelsey’s pictures from the celebration of the Chinese New Year.


Service, Advocacy & Ministry

Local Outreach

Mission of the Month: Buffalo Food Shelf

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.

One of every seventeen Minnesotans relies upon food shelves to help feed their families. Last year, there were 2 million food shelf visits that distributed 47,000,000 lbs of food. Even in Buffalo, one can easily see the signs of a once robust economy turned into empty office spaces, empty retail stores, and vacant homes. This past year the Buffalo Food Shelf serviced 13,520 of our friends and neighbors with 370,000 lbs of food. Members of Zion have stood up and cared about the needs of others and we have increased our Food Shelf contributions tremendously in the past two years through both regular contributions and special holiday meals. Here is another great opportunity to show people in our community Zion’s continued commitment to carry out our mission ―to serve others in need.‖ Let us again stand up and take the hand of our neighbor and say, ―I am with you; I care.‖ During Lent, Zion’s Social Ministry committee will be coordinating Easter Baskets to be distributed to families in need in our community through the Buffalo Food Shelf.

Here's how you can help: Bring these food items to the collection bins at Zion by March 21 Boxes of potatoes Cans of green beans

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.

―Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has!‖ ~ Margaret Mead

Cans of fruit Cans of mushroom soup Cans of French fried onions Packages of Jell-O Dessert mix—brownies, bars, etc. Bags of Jelly Beans Make a designated cash donation (make payable to Zion with ―Food Shelf‖ in the memo) Help assemble bags in Trinity Hall on Tuesday, March 30 from 9:30-11:30am Help prepare and serve a meal for recipients of the bags at Zion on Tuesday, March 30 at 3pm Help distribute bags at Zion on Tuesday, March 30 from 4-7pm (including greeting, registering, and carry out) Help clean up after the meal and distribution Sign up at the information desk or in the office.


March Calendar Monday March 1 6:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesday March 2 9:30am Staff Meeting 12:00pm LSS Counseling 6:00pm Kaleo Band 6:30pm Social Ministry Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal Wednesday March 3 7:00am Men's 50+ Bible Study 12:00pm Lenten Worship 12:45pm Lenten Adult Study 2:45pm Class Ring 3:30pm Confirmation Snow Tubing 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 Joyful Ringers 7:15pm Lenten Study 7:15pm Senior Choir 7:15pm Lenten Adult Study

Wednesday March 10 10:00am Devotions at Park View 12:00pm 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 Joyful Ringers 7:15pm Lenten Study 7:15pm Senior Choir 7:15pm Lenten Adult Study 7:15pm Graceland 7:15pm Harvest of Hands Crafts

7:00am Men's 50+ Bible Study 9:15am Devotions at Sunrise 12:00pm 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 Joyful Ringers 7:15pm Lenten Study 7:15pm Senior Choir 7:15pm Lenten Adult Study 7:15pm Graceland 7:30pm Church Council Meeting

Friday March 12 9:00am LSS Counseling 10:30am Lenten Adult Study at BJs

Friday March 5 9:00am LSS Counseling 10:30am Lenten Adult Study at BJs

Saturday March 13

Saturday March 6 Sunday March 7 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


Tuesday March 16 9:30am Staff Meeting 9:30am Naomi Circle 12:00pm LSS Counseling 7:00pm Property Committee Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal

Thursday March 11

Thursday March 4

Monday March 8 6:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal 7:00pm Zion Book Club 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous

Tuesday March 9 9:00am Kitchen Cleaning 9:30am Staff Meeting 12:00pm LSS Counseling 6:00pm Kaleo Band 6:30pm Women United in Faith 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal Global Mission Meeting

Sunday March 14 8:30am Traditional Worship Service & Sunday School 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service & Sunday School Noon Club 456 Pool Party at Otsego Waterpark Monday March 15 6:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous

Wednesday March 17

St. Patrick's Day

Thursday March 18 7:30pm Rebecca Circle Friday March 19 9:00am LSS Counseling 10:30am Lenten Adult Study at BJs 6:00pm Family Night: Board Games, Crafts & Scrapbooking Saturday March 20 8:30am Pre-Marital Seminar Sunday March 21 Holy Communion at 8:30 and 10:30 8:00am Senior Choir sings at 8:30 8:30am Traditional Worship Service & Sunday School 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service & Sunday School 2:00pm Park View Devotions

Holy Week Schedule

Monday March 22 6:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesday March 23 9:30am Staff Meeting 12:00pm LSS Counseling 6:00pm Kaleo Band 6:00pm Worship and Music Committee Meeting 6:30pm Women United in Faith 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal

Tuesday March 30 9:30am Zionaires packing Easter Meal bags 9:30am Staff Meeting 12:00pm LSS Counseling 4:00pm Food Shelf Easter Meal Distribution 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal

Wednesday March 24 9:30am Devotions at Lakeridge 10:30am Devotions at Park View 12:00pm 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 Personnel Committee Meeting 7:15pm Joyful Ringers 7:15pm Lenten Study 7:15pm Senior Choir 7:15pm Lenten Adult Study 7:15pm Graceland

Wednesday March 31 6:30pm Faith & Film: The Passion of the Christ 7:00pm Senior Choir 7:00pm Harvest of Hands Crafts

Friday March 26 9:00am LSS Counseling 10:30am Lenten Adult Study at BJs Sunday March 28

Palm Sunday

Sanctuary Sunday, Children Sing in Worship 8:30am Traditional Service 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service Monday March 29 6:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous

April 1 - Maundy Thursday Noon & 6:30m Worship with Holy Communion in the Sanctuary April 2 - Good Friday 10:00am Family Good Friday service Noon Ecumenical Good Friday service at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church (East on County Road 34) 7:00pm Good Friday Tenebrae service at Zion April 4 - Easter Sunday 7:00 Sunrise Service 8:30 Festival Worship 9:45 Family Express 10:30 Festival Worship

What Lies on the Other Side? A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side." Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know." "You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?" The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side of which came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.

Illustration by Matt Tanguay-Carel

Thursday March 25 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study

March 28 - Palm Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s palm procession for Sunday School during both worship services 9:45 Family Express with palm procession

I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing... I know my Master is there and that is enough." Author unknown, submitted by Bob Strommen


Finance & Stewardship Financial Report

Involving Children in Lent

January 2010

Adapted from the winter issue of Thrivent Magazine

General Services Fund Income

Jan 2010

General Offering $58,009.69 Rent and Sunday School 1,950.12 Missions and Hunger 862.00 Other Designations 525.00

Total Expenses

Synod Benevolence Other General Services


YTD 2010 $58,009.69 1,950.12 862.00 525.00



$1,500.00 57,238.78

$1,500.00 57,238.78



Account Balance as of 1-31-10: $2,741.65 General Fund Note: As of 1-31-10, 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

Jan 2010

YTD 2010



Building Mortgage $17,087.30 Roof/Parking Lot Loan 1,305.03 Major Building Repairs 0.00 3% Tithe Expense 0.00

$17,087.30 1,305.03 0.00 0.00

Offerings and Interest Other Receipts

Total Income

$13,626.06 0.00


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As adults, we understand Lent as a time to prepare our minds and our hearts for the death and resurrection of Jesus – a time to look inward and think about what we're doing with the gift that's been given to us. But death and resurrection are mysterious topics. So how can we involve children in the rituals of the season? The winter issue of Thrivent Magazine gives some simple ideas of things you can do at home to build on the lessons they're learning in Sunday school and Lenten services.

Sweet Idea Kimberly Ingalls Reese, author of Celebrate Jesus! At Easter and mother of three children, shares an idea for edible enjoyment. In her book there's a poem called "God's Jelly Bean Rainbow," and she says that kids God's Jelly Bean Rainbow have a great time putting together bags Orange is the twilight night He prayed. with different colored Black is our sin stain for which He paid. Red is His own shed blood so bright. jelly beans – white is Yellow is the Son's warm, healing light. for holiness; red is for Purple is His head crowned with thorns. the blood He shed, for Pink is hope risen on Easter morn. example – and giving Brown is the ground where He was laid. them out to friends. Gray is the stone that was rolled away. "Then families can White is God's grace we freely receive. Green our eternal life when we believe. pray that the people who received the bags All of these colors represent something true: understand God's Jesus Christ, God's own Son, died for me love for them," she and died for you. says.

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Switch up the usual "God is great, God is good" prayer before a family meal with a special Lenten prayer. You'll be creating a new tradition, and the message will start to sink in for kids after a few years. Debbie Trafton O'Neal, author of Before and After Easter: Activities and Ideas – Lent to Pentecost suggests a poster board on the fridge to draw or write things your family is thankful for, and incorporating them into prayers, as well as saving Christmas cards people sent the previous year and including one of those families each night.

Thank you for your continued support of Zion Lutheran Church with your prayers, your service and your offerings.

To read the full article with additional suggestions for involving children with Lenten events, go to magazine.

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Daffodil Days

Memorial Gifts

Hope and Renewal “Daffodil Days is one of the American Cancer Society's oldest and most beloved fundraising programs. As the first flower of spring, the daffodil represents hope and renewal. To the American Cancer Society, the daffodil symbolizes the hope we all share for a future where cancer no longer threatens those we love. . . You can provide hope to all people affected by the disease by participating in the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days.” Daffodil Days is coming up March 15-19. Donations of daffodils for Zion’s worship services on March 17 & 21 in honor or in memory of loved ones can be arranged through the church office, information desk, or church website. Daffodils are $10 per bunch, payable to ―American Cancer Society‖ and need to be ordered by March 14.

Easter Garden 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. It is a nice way to recognize your loved ones and to show gratitude for God’s many blessings. The plants are arranged at 11am on Saturday, April 3. If you can help, please feel free to stop in, and lend a hand.

To the ELCA Haiti Relief Fund, in memory of Clinton Mohring, from Idella Ziegler. To the Zion Foundation, in memory of Clinton Mohring, from Marlys Gillund, Fern Loken, Howard Burgdorf, and Mere Walters. To the Zion Memorial Fund, in memory of Clinton Mohring, from Carol Berg, Marlys Corhouse, and Laurie Meyer.

Freezers Requested Zion’s kitchen pantry is in need of 2 upright freezers to replace the large freezer chest. If anyone has one or two they could donate, it would be a huge blessing for those who work in the kitchen on a regular basis. Please contact the church office at 6821245. Thanks!

If you would like to donate a lily or other plant: 1. Fill in the form below, email, or call 763.682.1245, by Monday, March 29. A list of plant donors will be published in the bulletin on Easter Sunday. 2. Order the plant yourself from the florist directly, or pick one up at a grocery store or discount store. No flower orders, or money will be handled through Zion. 3. Instruct the florist to put your name on your plant and have them deliver it between 9am 11am on Saturday, April 3. 4. If you bring the plant, remember to put your name on it 

Easter Garden 2010 Daffodils 2010 Due Monday 3/29

Due Sunday 3/14

Circle In Memory / Honor of

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5. Pick up your plant after the 10:30 Easter Service or on __________________________________________ Monday, April 5 (you may have to use the back door as the office Donated by will be closed on Easter Monday). __________________________________________

__________________________________________ Donated by __________________________________________


Volunteer Opportunities Food For Friends

Worship Volunteers for Lent and Easter

Thank you to everyone who helped restock the freezer! We had a fun morning of fellowship and made many meals. If you know of someone who could benefit from meals (either freezer meals or warm meals delivered to them), or if you are interested in volunteering with this ministry, please contact the church or email

It takes all of us to make things run smoothly for the extra worship services at this time of year. Please contact Sherilyn at 763.682.1245 or if you would like to fill any of the positions listed.

Foster Parents Needed Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child? Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is looking for caring individuals and couples who can be foster parents to young children and teens. Ideal foster parents have compassion for kids and are open to caring for children from different backgrounds. Professional training and ongoing support is provided, along with monthly, non-taxable income. If you can open your home and your heart to a child, please call Cassie Zonnefeld at Lutheran Social Service at 612.879.5219.

How Did you Do?

Lenten services, 6:30pm each Wednesday Ushers (please come 30 minutes before worship begins) Acolytes (please come 15 minutes before worship begins) Greeters (please come 30 minutes before worship begins)

Maundy Thursday, April 1, noon and 6:30pm Ushers (please come 30 minutes before worship begins) Acolytes (please come 15 minutes before worship begins) Greeters (please come 30 minutes before worship begins) Communion Assistants (please come 15 minutes before worship begins)

Thursday, April 1 Bulletin stuffers (Easter bulletins)

Good Friday, April 2, 7:00pm Ushers (please come 30 minutes before worship begins) Acolyte (please come 15 minutes before worship begins) Nursery workers (please come 15 minutes before worship begins)

Saturday, April 3, 11:00am Easter garden flower set up

Easter Sunday, April 4, 7:00, 8:30, 9:45 and 10:30am Answers from 20 Questions on page 7: 12, 19 Pastor Ted Ushers (please come 30 minutes before worship begins) 8, 14 Pastor Karri Communion Servers (please come 15 minutes before worship begins) 10, 16 Myron Crawford Altar Guild 3, 13 Roxie Otten Greeters (please come 30 minutes before worship begins) 6, 15 Holly Husom Acolytes (please come 15 minutes before worship begins) 1, 18 Sherilyn Burgdorf Parking lot attendants (please come 30 minutes before worship begins) 2, 5 Diane Montplaisir Nursery workers (please come 15 minutes before worship begins) 9, 17 Angela Bengtson 7, 20 Sue Stensrud 4, 11 Jill Pryor “For Luther, the actions that would best serve the neighbor and most conform to the cross-shaped pattern of Bonus 22 & 5 Staff wrote their own answers for these questions 

discipleship reside in works of our calling. Whether teachers or bus drivers, janitors or lawyers, we would find out how to be a neighbor to those around us by doing the best job possible. In contrast to contemporary spiritualities that seek God in individual feelings and religious sentiment, Luther asserted strongly that God also meets the Christian in social roles and relationships with others. These constitute “masks of God” in the world, in which and through which God continues the work of creation. We serve quite literally as God’s hands in that ongoing work of creation.”

Dr. Martha E. Stortz Faith Practices, Faith Lives


Young Sisters in Christ I love to share my passion for art with students. I find myself learning more from them and am always inspired by their imagination. Their creative spirits give witness to God, our Creator; and, Artist Extraordinaire. I’m also thankful for the commitment and devotion of the Harvest of Hands crew, who raise thousands of dollars annually to feed the hungry locally and across the globe. When I volunteered to teach Sunday School this year, it was on the top of my list to involve my students in this mission. So, early in the fall, I talked to my fifth and sixth grade girls about designing a project for the Silent Auction. They were very enthusiastic about their chance to ―make a difference‖. We partnered up with our ―Sister‖ class at the 10:30 service. And, with a mixture of art and faith they created a colorful original entitled ―Sisters in Christ‖. I am proud of the heartfelt gift of these ―young‖ Sisters in Christ; and, I look forward to a continuing connection between Sunday School students and Harvest of Hands. Lee Ann Goerss

Photographers The office frequently needs photos for publications and you can help. Consider taking more photos at church, even when it is not a special event … and when you do get great photos, please share some of them: Email a file (use the highest resolution your email can handle) to Upload your photo to Photobucket or Flickr or another online service and email a link to Upload photos to Zion's Facebook page.

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.

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: Set up two Ubuntu internet kiosks (in the library and narthex) for members and visitors to the building to access the internet.

Harvest of Hands Schedule Harvest of Hands will meet this month on Tuesday mornings March 9 &23 at 9am and Wednesday evenings March 20 &24 at 7:15pm (after Lenten worship). In January, volunteers completed over 15 fleece blankets for the annual sale. February projects include Shoulder Snuggies Tuesday mornings and beading on Wednesday evenings. Harvest of Hands relies on volunteers like you produce the crafts that are sold at the annual November festival.

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

Confirmation Schedule March 3: No Class - Snow tubing March 10: No Class - Lenten Services March 17: No Class - Lenten Services March 24: No Class - Lenten Services March 31: No Class - Holy Week

Confirmation Homework Memory Work #3 - Due March 17 Worksheet #4 - Due May 12 Statement of Faiths - Due May 10 7th Grade - Who is the Holy Spirit? 8th Grade - What Do I Believe?

Graceland Weekly Topics: March 3: No Graceland - Snow tubing March 10: Why Jesus? - Part 2 March 17: Why Jesus? - Part 3 March 24: Why Jesus? Part 4 March 31: Pizza & A Movie - 5:309pm Graceland meets at 7:15pm-9pm on Wed and is open to all Sr High youth.

7th - 12th Grade Tubing Wednesday, March 3 This is open to all Confirmation and Senior High Students. Leave Zion at 3:30pm, return to Zion at 8:30pm. Cost is only $20. Bring money for snacks/concessions. Please dress for the weather. Must have waiver filled out and signed!

Middle School Mission Trip Open to all 6th-8th Graders Students who are attending the Mission Trip to Duluth should have their balances at $250 by March 10! If you have questions or concerns, please contact Myron. Part of the responsibilities is to serve others. Please put the following on your calendar: March 17: Lenten Meal - Prep, Serve and Clean - 4pm - 6:30pm

Senior High Mission Trip 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. Remember that there are many fundraising/service opportunities upcoming: March 7: Cinnamon Rolls - 7:30am-11:45am March 10: Lenten Meal - Prep, Serve and Clean - 4pm - 6:30pm March 21: Cinnamon Rolls - 7:30am-11:45am

30 Hour Famine - April 23-24 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. This is open to all Senior High and Confirmation students. This will be an opportunity to get together, serve others and learn more about this global epidemic, through games, lessons, discussion and more!

1 Timothy 4:12 Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Ministry Change For Children

CoDirectors of Christian Education

Roxie Otten

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This Lent, Sunday school students are raising Money for Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. When children are admitted to the hospital, it sometimes happens very quickly and parents are left an hour from home and without personal care items while they stay with their sick child. Our gift will help provide things that the families need most. Bring your change on

Holly Husom

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March 7th … and dress backwards March 14th … and wear crazy hair March 21st … and wear Pajamas to church March 28th … and dress your best! On March 14, there will be a special ―noisy offering‖ in worship so that the congregation can help the Sunday School children reach their goal of $1200.

Club 456 Pool Party Students in grades 4, 5 & 6 are invited to a Pool Party on Sunday, March 14. Meet at Zion at noon and ride a bus to Otsego Waterpark for swimming from 1-4pm. We will be stopping at McDonalds on the way to the park. Zion will provide a snack for the kids at poolside around 3pm. This event will include sufficient Zion adult supervision for competent swimmers (1:4 ratio). If your child is not a competent swimmer, please contact Holly or Roxie before signing them up. The cost is $15 including swim pass and bus. Children need a towel & swimsuit. Also send $5 for your child if you would like them to eat at McDonalds. The bus will return to Zion at 5pm. Sign up online at

Vacation Bible School 2010 Get your passports ready, we are headed for Egypt! This year’s VBS is "Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace," and we are in for an amazing adventure. Travel us through Egyptian time, following Joseph’s amazing and exciting adventures. VBS will be held at Zion June 14-18, from 9am-12pm, for children ages 3-12. Online registration for this adventure begins March 15 and you can get in on the fun by going to for info and registration information. If you are an adult, a teen or a middle schooler, and would like to volunteer you time in Egypt, please contact Holly, as there are many positions in need of filling.

Sunday School Schedule Sunday March 7 Sunday School (5th-6th Grapple)* Sunday March 14 Sunday School (4th Grapple) (5th-6th classroom)* Sunday March 21 Sunday School (5th-6th grapple)* Sunday March 28, Palm Sunday Sunday School children through grade 4 sing in church during the hour that they usually attend class.

*Watch Sunday Bulletin and Hall maps for 1st -4th pick-up locations. *

Kids’ Club Schedule Wednesdays March 3, 13, 17, 24 Kid’s Club Wednesday, March 31 No Kids’ Club (Spring Break)

Zion Day Camp 2010 Zion Day Camp is summer school age daycare for elementary children, and is open weekdays throughout summer from 6:30am until 6:30pm. Registration information for ZDC 2010 will be available online sometime in March and more information will be in the April newsletter.

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


In the course of our discussion, we talked about how we may be a church of many congregations and that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a bad thing. Being a congregation of made up of numerous smaller Bridgebuilder Reports congregations provides more places for new people to get At the council retreat on February 6, all four of the connected. We need to continue to develop the many Bridgebuilder reports were discussed and it was decided that congregations, but also allow opportunities to blur those two areas of concentration will occur in 2010. boundaries so that people get to know each other as members of the larger congregation. Please contact any First, a Mission and Vision Task Force will be formed this year. This group will develop a visioning process for council member if you have questions or would be interested in serving on any of these new task forces. the congregation to work through. The task force will bring their proposal to the Annual Congregational Meeting on December 5th. This visioning process will be Congregational Meeting a major focus of the congregation in 2011. A special congregational meeting for Zion Lutheran Church Also, a Bridgebuilder implementation task force will be of Buffalo was held on Sunday, February 21, to discuss and vote on a motion to hire Jim Pence of Kairos and Associates formed to work on the more immediate goal of to lead us in a Capital Funds Campaign this year. A report of incorporating some of the suggestions found in the Bridgebuilder reports. One particular area this task force that meeting is available online and in will be included in the April newsletter. will focus on will be developing social events and small (Council Updates continued from page 5)

groups so that the members of the congregation can get to know each other better.


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