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(763) 682-1245

JULY 2010

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Information The Voice A monthly publication of Zion Lutheran Church Upcoming Deadlines July 19 for August 2010 Issue August 16 for September 2010 Issue Editor: Angela Bengtson This Month’s Cover Sandy, Pat & Idella greeting VBS participants

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 | Tom Janzen: Interim Building & Grounds Manager Holly Husom: Interim Part Time Custodian 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

Monday Evening Worship 7:00 pm

Worship at Historic Marysville in June, July & August

Wednesday Nights Programs for elementary students, choirs, handbells, confirmation and supper during the school year.

Contact Us Email Online Office Hours Church Office Fax Street Address Mailing Address Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm (12:00pm summer Fridays) (763) 682-1245 (763) 684-1967 1200 Highway 25 South, Buffalo (across from 13th St S.) 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 Christâ€&#x;s word, strengthen faith and serve those in need.

From the Pastor What Makes A Church Large? I often hear people say something about the size of Zion like, “Zion is a large church.” So what makes a church a “large church?” Both the number of people and the way a church functions make a church a “large church.” The number of people that participate in Zion‟s ministry is what most people mean when they indicate that Zion is a large church. For instance, did you know that: Based on a membership of 4,000 Zion is about the 35th largest of 10,400 ELCA congregations. Our average worship attendance (everyone in the building on Sunday morning) is 885 which places Zion in the top 0.5% of all ELCA congregations for size.

Decision making has several layers; elected leaders, staff, and committees Pastoral care comes not just from the pastoral staff Several of those bullet points are about the relationships we experience in a large church. Great relationships can be found in any size church. There is very little difference between the following two statements; I know everyone but I know some people really well. I don‟t know everyone but I know some people really well.

Both of the statements reflect meaningful, supportive relationships found in a church. In the large church, members cannot know everyone and so Based on average attendance Zion relationships form around common is about the 60th largest ELCA interests. Thus, large churches like Zion congregation. are made up of many small When you look at the numbers, Zion is congregations. The large number of a large church. But numbers only tell ministries, small groups, and worship part of the story. Another thing that experiences at Zion provide a variety of distinguishes a large church from a places for people to get to know others. smaller church is the way it functions. Our common mission “To share Christ’s Last month I identified some word, strengthen faith and serve those in need,” characteristics of large churches: holds us together. Each of us can find a An emphasis on excellence in music part of the mission that is particularly important and meaningful for us, which and programming gives us a place to participate. The congregation is made up of Understanding these dynamics can help many “small congregations” us understand what to expect of life in Members cannot know everyone – a larger church. Stay tuned as next relationships form around common month I write about the role of paid interests staff in the large church. The role of the Senior Pastor becomes more focused/less general Staff become competent experts in their field, leading ministries with members

Worship Schedule Sunday, July 4

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Pastor Karri Preaching Sunday, July 11

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Luke 10:25-37 Pastor Ted Preaching Sunday, July 18

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 10:38-42 Pastor Ted Preaching Sunday, July 25

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 11:1-13 Pastor Ted Preaching

July 7 Baptism Class The next class for new or prospective parents wishing to schedule a baptism at Zion will be at 6pm on Wednesday, July 7. Expectant parents as well as those who already are parents may attend the class. Scheduling of baptisms will take place at the class.


News and Views Baptisms May 9 Aünika Lynlei Sankey Carter James Lance May 23 Jaelynn Rose Kistler

May births & pastoral acts will be reported in the July Newsletter.

Active Military Please Pray For Ben Pecarina Returned from Afghanistan, stationed at Las Vegas, NV Cody Bauman Deployed to Afghanistan Chris Paulsen-Schmidt Deployed on the USS Eisenhower 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

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

Twins Game Sold Out The 2010 Thrivent Lutheran Night at the Twins game at Target Field on August 18 is sold out, so Zion is unable to coordinate discounted group tickets this year. If you belong to the Wright County Thrivent Chapter, already have tickets and would be interested in free bus ride to the game, contact county board members Barb Schmieg at (320)5432010 or Margo Block at (763)6824865 before July 18 (they may suggest contacting your congregational advocate, but Zion does not yet have any volunteers for that position).


Make a Joyful Noise! Wednesday, July 14

Summer Second Wednesdays are Back Second Wednesdays were a hit last summer. All who came enjoyed the meals, the conversation and connections as well as the worship, and the variety of activities. Make memories this summer with an evening celebrating music and worship.

Supper served 5-6pm BBQ sandwiches and root beer floats will be served. Free-will donations to cover the cost will be accepted.

Worship service at 6:15 The worship service led by youth director Myron Crawford will include some Gospel music, and will last about a half-hour.

Adult Education Program at 7pm How Christians Worship Christians worship with a wide variety of styles. Have you ever heard of snake handlers in worship? Have you ever wondered where the phrase “holy rollers” comes from? Do you know who the “liturgical police” are? All of these things have something to do with Christian worship. Pastor Ted will lead an adult education session on “Make A joyful Noise – How Christians Worship.” We will look at historical, generational, and ethnic trends in Christian worship and have an opportunity to reflect on our own preferences for worship.

Senior High Graceland at 7pm Music: What Are You Listening To? Gather with other students entering grades 9-12 to discuss the power of our choices, even in music.

Family Activity at 7pm S'mores and camp songs led by Roxie down by the lake for young children and children at heart.

Harvest of Hands at 7pm The HOH craft group will work on a bead project.

Fellowship & Study See the Dead Sea Scrolls with Zionaires

Zion Book Club

Zionaries senior group will be taking a trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota on Tuesday, July 20 (the date has been changed from July 21).

The Zion Book Club will meet on Monday, July 12, at 7pm in the Library to discuss A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, a coming-of-age novel set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy.

First, explore a once in a lifetime archaeological find of the 20th century, the Dead Sea Scrolls, which includes the earliest texts of the Bible. See the St John‟s Bible which represents history‟s newest hand written, illustrated Bible. It is a monumental project with artistic and spiritual significance and was created in Minnesota at St. John‟s University. Finally, view the 45 minute Omnitheater film, Arabia, which gives an unprecedented look at the rich history, culture, and religion of Arabia. The transportation, tickets for the Dead Sea Scrolls, the SJU Bible, and the Omnitheater are $30 per person. Leave from the church at 9:00 and return at about 3:30. Sign up at the Church Office or call the Brennys at 682-2979. Other upcoming Zionaires events include: August 11: Fishing and a picnic on Lake Pulaski Sept 15: The Museums and Gardens of St Cloud Oct 20: Lawyer/Financial Planner speaking at Zion

Marysville Ice Cream Social The annual ice cream social at Marysville will be on Monday, August 2. Come and celebrate the beautiful Marysville Church with some pie and ice cream before or after the 7pm service. The council is also planning some fun and games! For those of you who have never attended a historic Marysville service, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try.

Nov : Christmas Tree Decorating at the Wright County Museum Dec 16: Lunch with the Zion Staff

Softball League The Zion Softball Team plays in the Churches for Christ softball league on Friday nights at the fields on the corner of 34 & 134. The full schedule can be found online, and everyone is invited to come on out and support our team. July 9: 8pm Field 2 vs Covenant 2 July 16: 8pm Field 2 vs Delano Catholic July 23: 7pm Field 2 vs Covenant 1 July 30: 7pm Field 1 vs St. Paul’s August 6: 9pm Field 1 vs St. Francis

Foundation Investment Committee The Zion Foundation, which supports projects outside of the normal church budget, is currently looking for 3 congregational members to be on a new Foundation Investment Committee. Applicants must have knowledge and/or expertise in financial investing.

Making shirts at VBS … more photos at

Contact the church office or Scott Morin.


Global Mission Ministry Kelsey in Malaysia

The Church is Where Everyone Matters

Kelsey has had the opportunity to join in a couple of cultural trips a little further from the area where she is staying.

by Pastor Kelly Chatman of Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis. He is currently on sabbatical.

In May, she was able to join a group of other YAGM volunteers in a trip up Mt. Kinabalu. She made it to the 11,000 foot point before altitude sickness got the better of her, and she was unable to make the final leg. She also made a trip to Singapore where they visited a jazz club, an arts show, and the Singapore Zoo. “It is a very large zoo with so many different animals to see and shows to catch. We were able to watch a water show and the elephant show! Something unique to this zoo is that many of the cages are open. At some parts you needed to watch your head because there could be a monkey or two hanging above you!” She has shared several photos from both trips on her blog at Kelsey returns home in July.

Kelsey Mackereth is a member of Zion who is spending a year volunteering in Malaysia with the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program.

The new Twins stadium is within walking distance of Redeemer, and they have assembled a team that is exciting to follow. At Redeemer we have several things in common with the Twins. Through our capital campaign commitments we are making improvements to our stadium; I mean building. The improvements to our building make it possible that when people walk through the doors of our church, they will find that Redeemer is accessible and that our building is easy to navigate. When people enter into the bathrooms our future physical construction will make it easy to notice the time and attention our custodian (Maggie) dedicates to keeping the building clean. When they see the improvements to lighting, cabinets and storage in the kitchen, fellowship hall and hallways, it will add to the excitement of our gatherings. When you visit the new Twins stadium you will notice that in reality the excitement is about more than just the baseball game. The real deal is that the stadium invites people into the excitement of a gathering where people experience community and share a social transaction. My friend, Pastor Jason VanHunnik from Westwood, invited me to be his guest at the second home game at the new Twins stadium. I enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with a good friend, on a gorgeous day, in the beautiful new stadium we are all paying a lot of money for, and shared the excitement of the new season. I also appreciated that instead of parking at the stadium we were able to walk back to Redeemer after the game. I observed another team experience when Redeemer generously granted to our worship leader a one month sabbatical. During the time of Yolanda‟s sabbatical we experienced the deep reservoir of talent, gifts and spirit God has blessed us with at Redeemer. During the month we were blessed to experience how our congregation is a team with many talented members. We experienced people playing keyboard, guitar, singing, playing tambourine and other hand instruments. Each Sunday at Redeemer adults freely distribute hand instruments to a field of people strategically located throughout the worship space. Worship is like a baseball game where everyone is on the team. Worship is where everyone is a participant and everybody has a place and a role to play. I pray that during my sabbatical Redeemer will share the kind of discovery and excitement we have discovered during our worship leader‟s sabbatical. I hope the congregation will discover that Redeemer is a team with a deep bench. My prayer is that you will experience a depth and excitement that grows when new people enter and are welcomed, not only into the church, but invited to be on the team. I hope that people will venture out into the community to share with people the promise of a church that cares about them and is relevant to their lives. I pray that people will continue to experience how Redeemer is a courageous and hopefilled place where people believe that it really only matters when everyone matters.


Community Mission Ministry “He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.” Proverbs 28:27

What is Love INC? Love in the Name of Christ is a proven model that networks local churches, church volunteers, and community organizations together to help people in need. Through Love INC, churches and individual Christians are mobilized to work together, across denominational lines, to provide coordinated help to the poor with basic needs such as food and clothing, to longer-term responses such as life skills training and transitional housing programs. Founded in 1977, today there are more than 140 Love INC affiliates in 30 states, representing a network of more than 9,000 churches, 6,000 community-based organizations, and 300,000 volunteers meeting more than one million needs each year. The Love INC National Headquarters assists communities in developing new affiliates and supports existing affiliates by providing training, technical assistance, marketing materials, networking opportunities, and best practices.

Love INC – Big Woods Love in the Name of Christ Big Woods is a newly formed affiliate aiming to improve the overall health and wellness of individuals and families in the Wright County communities of Buffalo, Maple Lake, and Hanover. Currently, Love INC - Big Woods represents a group of eight Christian churches that will address the needs of our area with more churches to come on board. By using local church members to serve as volunteers and mentors, our mission is to mobilize the church to transform lives and communities in the Name of Christ. The church doorstep is a common destination for those in need. But most churches alone cannot fully meet the needs of every homeless family, unemployed father, single mom, hungry child or senior citizen. Love INC enables churches in a community to coordinate their resources and services, so that our neighbors in need are not turned away. This is a great opportunity for Christian denominations to come together in a truly ecumenical way to transform and serve people in the Name of Christ. Through Love INC - Big Woods, forces will be joined to improve the lives of people in need, and enrich the spirits of our individual churches and the communities in the process.

Making a Difference As Love INC - Big Woods begins to demonstrate Christ‟s love to our neighbors, we will begin to see exciting results: Families in need will receive immediate and long-term help.

The cross represents: the center of God's love for us the very center of who Love In the Name of Christ is the foundation of the Church the unifying force of the Love INC movement hope for the present and future The color red represents: the blood of Christ the love of Jesus Christ and the supreme sacrifice He made for us all The heart represents: the love of God for all the love we have for each other, the Church, and people in need The color purple represents: redemption redemptive love transforming love The freehand drawing and unfinished edges represent: Love INC's grassroots, relational approach to ministry

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, „Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow‟— when you now have it with you.” Proverbs 3:27-28

Church members will use their gifts and talents in hands-on ministry. Churches of all denominations will work together, showing the unity of the Body of Christ. Individuals, families, and communities will be transformed.


July Calendar Monday July 12 6:30am Zion Day Camp 7:00pm Marysville Worship Service 7:00pm Zion Book Club 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous

Thursday July 1 6:30am Zion Day Camp Friday July 2 6:30am Zion Day Camp 9:00am LSS Counseling Saturday July 3 Sunday July 4

Holy Communion at 8:30, 9:45, and 10:30 Independence Day

8:30am Traditional Worship Service 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service 11:45am Executive Committee Meeting Monday July 5

Office Closed

7:00pm Marysville Worship Service 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesday July 6 6:30am Zion Day Camp 9:30am Staff Meeting 12:00pm LSS Counseling 6:30pm Social Ministry Committee 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal

Tuesday July 13 6:30am Zion Day Camp 9:00am Harvest of Hands Crafts 9:00am Kitchen Cleaning 9:30am Staff Meeting 12:00pm LSS Counseling 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal 7:00pm Global Missions Committee Wednesday July 14

Summer Second Wednesday

6:30am Zion Day Camp 10:00am Devotions at Park View 5:00pm Second Wednesday Supper 6:15pm Second Wednesday Worship 7:00pm Adult Education with Pastor Ted: How Christians Worship 7:00pm Graceland Senior High Group 7:00pm S’mores & Camp Songs 7:00pm Harvest of Hands Crafts 7:00pm Foundation Meeting Thursday July 15 6:30am Zion Day Camp 7:00pm Foundation Meeting 7:30pm Rebecca Circle

Wednesday July 7 6:30am Zion Day Camp 7:00am Men's 50+ Bible Study 6:00pm Baptism Class 7:00pm Call Committee Meeting

Friday July 16 6:30am Zion Day Camp 9:00am LSS Counseling

Thursday July 8 6:30am Zion Day Camp

Saturday July 17

Friday July 9 6:30am Zion Day Camp 9:00am LSS Counseling

Holy Communion at 8:30 and 10:30

Sunday July 18

Saturday July 10 Sunday July 11 8:30am Traditional Worship Service 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service


8:30am Traditional Worship Service 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service, sending service for Senior High Chicago Mission Trip 2:00pm Park View Devotions 5:00pm “Reaching Out” Gospel Festival at Sturges Park

Monday July 19 6:30am Zion Day Camp 7:00pm Marysville Service 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesday July 20 6:30am Zion Day Camp 9:30am Staff Meeting 9:30am Naomi Circle 12:00pm LSS Counseling 5:30pm Stewardship Meeting 7:00pm Property Committee Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal Wednesday July 21 6:30am Zion Day Camp 7:00am Men's 50+ Bible Study 9:15am Devotions at Sunrise 6:00pm Capital Campaign Meeting 7:30pm Church Council Meeting Thursday July 22 6:30am Zion Day Camp 5:00pm Wedding Rehearsal Friday July 23 6:30am Zion Day Camp 9:00am LSS Counseling Saturday July 24 Sunday July 25 8:30am Traditional Worship Service 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service Monday July 26 6:30am Zion Day Camp 7:00pm Marysville Worship Service 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesday July 27 6:30am Zion Day Camp 9:00am Harvest of Hands Crafts 9:30am Staff Meeting 12:00pm LSS Counseling 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal 7:00pm Personnel Committee Meeting

Wednesday July 28 6:30am Zion Day Camp 9:00am Newsletter Assembly 9:30am Devotions at Lake Ridge 10:30am Devotions at Park View 7:00pm Harvest of Hands Crafts

Gospel Festival at Sturges Park

Thursday July 29 6:30am Zion Day Camp

Since the concert is in Sturges Park youâ€&#x;re invited to bring a picnic, your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy a night of great music at the band shell. We may also have vendors at the park selling treats during the concert. Put the date on your calendar and invite your neighbors and friends for a great event.

Friday July 30 6:30am Zion Day Camp 9:00am LSS Counseling

A collaborative effort between Zion Lutheran in Buffalo and Redeemer Lutheran in Minneapolis will bring together multiple congregations to form a gospel choir which will perform on July 18 at 5pm in the Sturges Park band shell. Inclement weather location is the Zion sanctuary.

Gospel music is the core unifying thread and will be presented by a mass choir, various small groups, and accomplished band members. The event will also include a praise and worship element, hip hop ministry presentations and a pastoral message. Rehearsal information for those interested in being part of the choir for this event is available at

Mondays at Marysville During June, July & August services are held each Monday evening at 7pm at the Historic Marysville Church, on County Road 9 between Buffalo and Waverly. The Swedesburg (AKA Marysville) Church was organized by Pastor Nelson in February 1873. The same pastors served the Swedesburg and Carlslund (later know as Zion) congregations until Swedesburg disbanded in 1950 and the members joined Zion. In 1973 the building was restored to celebrate the centennial of Swedesburg, and Monday evening summer services commenced at that time. Marysville is just a short 10-15 minute drive from downtown Buffalo. From the stoplights by the courthouse/library, head west on Lake Blvd N/CR 35. After 3 miles turn left and follow CR 35/CR 9. After 1.8 miles turn left and continue on CR 9. Marysville is a further 2.5 miles on the right. Remember that this is a little country church with no modern amenities.


Finance & Stewardship Gifts to Zion

Financial Report

To the Zion Foundation in memory of Jan Halvorson from John Halvorson.

May 2010

To the Library Fun in memory of Robert Ziegler from Donna Stedje.

General Services Fund

To the Zion Foundation in memory of Robert Ziegler from family and Zion friends.


Generous Giving to God

May 2010

YTD 2010

May 2009

$64,427.93 1,480.61 959.00 1,521.00

$274,457.23 15,350.80 5,244.00 6,434.50





$1,500.00 48,940.77

$7,500.00 292,117.53

$1,500.00 48,012.98

$7,500.00 297,558.77





General Offering $54,619.00 Rent and Sunday School 965.78 Missions and Hunger 834.00 Other Designations 1,514.00

Luke 12:34- Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”


This month the Stewardship Committee touches on value #3, “Generous Giving,” from “Ask, Thank, Tell” by Charles R. Lane. Mr. Lane refers to the above Bible passage as he introduces this value. It seems like such an obviously true statement today. Most people have something that gets us motivated, excited or eager to participate. Maybe it is some sort of hobby like gardening, sewing, fishing, reading, singing or maybe golfing to name a few. Many people focus on a particular charity or organization that helps to raise funds and gives our time to others with various challenges in their lives.


No matter what may excite you to participate, remember that all of this is possible because God has provided it to you. Mr. Lane states that, “God’s incredible generosity is the basis for any call for generous giving on the part of God’s people. We can’t out-give God. As Christians, one of our key faith statements must be that we will always have enough, because God provides us with all we need. Because God has blessed us so generously, we can, and must, give generously to others, especially those in need.”

Forward in Faith Fund

Are you a “Generous Giver”? Are the treasures that God has provided you being shared back to do God’s work? Are your treasures and your heart in the same place?

Synod Benevolence Other General Services


$286,157.15 10,238.87 5,328.00 7,210.25

YTD 2009

Account Balance as of 5-31-10: $8,686.60 General Fund Note: $20,000 was borrowed from Klein Bank in 2009 on an established Line of Credit to assist with cash flow. An additional $20,000 was borrowed on 6-4-10 to pay for the parking lot seal coating which is scheduled for late June 2010. We have been making Interest only payments on this line.


May 2010

YTD 2010

May 2009

YTD 2009





Building Mortgage $17,087.30 Roof/Parking Lot Loan 1,305.03 Major Building Repairs 0.00 3% Tithe Expense 0.00 Kairos Consulting -5,000.00 Bank Service Charge 15.00

$85,436.50 6,525.15 0.00 0.00 5,000.00 30.00

$17,087.30 522.22 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

$85,436.50 $2,654.75 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00




Offerings and Interest Other Receipts

Total Income

$16,346.00 0.00


Total Expenses


$85,025.04 0.00

$21,097.87 0.00

$75,149.46 1,500.00

Account Balance as of 5-31-2010: $20,487.64 Thank you for your continued support of Zion Lutheran Church with your prayers, your service and your offerings.


Marie “Bunnie” Wegler Marie is a great-grandmother of four, grandmother of seven, mother of four and the main provider of embroidered dish towels for Zion’s annual Harvest of Hands festival.

Will You Try the Power Surge? The ministries of Zion are in full swing over the summer, and new and exciting plans are being made for the Fall, including the call to an Associate Pastor, the beginning of a visioning process that will lead us into the next three to five years, and a new approach to stewardship. To help us prepare for this important time in Zion‟s history, the Vision Team, the Capital Campaign Leadership Team, the Stewardship Committee and the staff are encouraging the entire congregation to participate in a book study and discussion of Power Surge: Six Marks of Discipleship for a Changing Church by Pastor Michael Foss. During August and September, you are invited to read Power Surge and participate in a series of discussions with others (in your families, with small groups that are already formed, and in new groups to be formed soon, or online). The study will be a time where everyone at Zion has an opportunity to read, discuss, and pray together about our mission and our future. Copies of the book will be available at a reduced price for Zion families in late July, and Jim Pence, from Kairos Associates, is planning to be at Zion to kick off the study with an introduction to the book in early August. On September 12, Pastor Ted begins a three-part sermon series on topics drawn from Power Surge. In October, the Vision Team will organize a series of events based on the concepts in Power Surge, including a presentation by Pastor Foss. In November, the two stewardship groups will lead us into a new way of responding to the call to discipleship. Watch for more information about Power Surge in the coming weeks.

A Promising Tomorrow: God’s Call, Our Gifts. “A Promising Tomorrow” has been selected as the unified theme for the visioning process, the capital campaign, the annual stewardship appeal, and activities related to them. Jason Kabe explained that “the theme represents that we are headed somewhere good and with God‟s guidance and our time, talents, and support we will build [Zion‟s] future together.” Work on related graphics is underway and a logo is expected to be presented in late July.


Where does Marie find the time to sit down and embroider? Marie’s mother taught her how to embroider when she was a child and she returned to this type of needlework in retirement. Approximately, nine years ago, Sandy Brophy (her daughter and a Zion member) asked her Mom if she would be interested in embroidering some dish towels for Harvest of Hands. Marie replied “Yes” and she has been making them every year since. A couple of years ago, Marie embroidered one hundred dish towels! Her embroidered towels are sought after at the Harvest of Hands event and quickly added to the baskets of the shoppers as her needlework is beautiful – both front and back sides. Marie’s dish towel stitching themes vary from funny to traditional. Marie is 82 years young and lives in a St. Cloud senior residence where she is a very active participant in bingo, cards and visiting with everyone. Her other interests include reading and singing. Harvest of Hands is very lucky and very appreciative to have Marie as one of its “stitching treasures.”

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.

Current Confirmation Students Just a reminder to current 7th & 8th grade students, ALL work must be completed for the year by August 1! Make sure that your work is in.

Still Need Service Hours? Contact Myron for some ideas!

Attention 8th Graders The Affirmation of Baptism Service will be Saturday September 18 @ 1pm. Pictures will be taken at 10:30am. There will be a retreat for all of the confirmands on Saturday September 11 @ 9am. All requirements must be completed by August 1 to be confirmed. Late work will not be accepted.

Confirmation Registration Attention all students who will be in Grade 7 or 8 in Fall of „10: Registration for Confirmation is now open online. This is for all new and returning students. Registration for classes this year closes on Friday, August 20 and late registrations cannot be accepted. Parents: Confirmation small group guides are needed as well. Take time to prayerfully consider making a two year commitment to foster the spiritual relationships of students.

Senior High Mission Trip News All students who are attending the Senior High Mission Trip this summer should be paid in full. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Myron. Remember these upcoming dates: July 7: Mission Trip Training - 6pm - Students - 7:15 - Parents July 18: Blessing/Sending of Students - 10:30am July 23: Packing Party - 4:30pm-5pm July 24: Depart for Mission Trip - 7am

Graceland Schedule Graceland, the Senior High youth group, will meet throughout the summer at Zion from 6pm-8pm on the following dates and topics: July 14: Music - What are You Listening To? The Power of Music August 11: Faith Life - What Do You Need? Each night, there will be a meal, worship, games, and study. These nights are open to all students who will be in grades 9-12 in Fall „10. Come prepared with a Bible and notebook.

Confirmation Schedule Students that will be attending Confirmation this fall, please mark your schedules with the following dates: September 8: Small Group Leader Meeting - 6pm - Fellowship Hall September 15: Parent Meeting - 6pm - Trinity Hall September 22: First Night of Confirmation Classes - Large Group - 6pm September 29: Confirmation Class - Small Groups begin - 6pm Photo: Tony Abramowski and Tommy Middagh volunteering at VBS


Children’s Ministry Vacation Bible School

CoDirectors of Christian Education Roxie Otten 763-682-1245 ext. 311

“Thank you” isn‟t enough to say. It takes so many volunteers to turn VBS into a wonderful faith-building, fun-filled week for so many children from Zion and the community. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with decorating, setup, leading, cutting blankets, sewing bears, sorting, painting, teaching, donating supplies, caring for kids, cleaning , taking down and putting away. Thank you for donating time and finances to make a faithful impact on the hearts of 350 kids. Check out the photos at

Holly Husom 763-682-1245 x308

Summer Second Wednesday Come and help us celebrate a tradition that started last summer. This is our second summer of the “Summer Second Wednesday” activities. Wednesday, July 14th will include S‟mores and camp songs for young children and children at heart. See page 4 or the website for more details.

Zion Day Camp If you are looking for a place for your school-aged children this summer or planning ahead for next summer, consider Zion Day Camp. Now is a great time to try it out ! With only a few weeks left, it would be an opportune time to try Zion Day Camp to see if your kids would like to come next year. Contact Roxie for details.

Young Ringers Mini-Camp If you're a young handbell ringer or would like to be, mark your calendars for August 11-13, 9am-2pm. Sherilyn Burgdorf and the “handbell pros” will lead a three day mini-camp for young musicians entering 4th grade-6th grade this fall. New and experienced ringers are welcomed, Zion members and friends. Bring bag lunches. Snacks will be provided. A $5 fee is all we need to cover costs thanks to a generous gift from the Zion Foundation. Register early: there's a 22 ringer limit!

Summer Schedule Sundays July 4, 11, 18, 25 Everybody worship Monday July 5 Zion Day Camp closed Tuesday July 6 - Friday July 9 Zion Day Camp 6:30 AM-6:00 PM Wednesday July 14 Summer Second Wednesday activities Monday July 19 - Friday July 23 Zion Day Camp Monday July 26 - Friday July 30 Zion Day Camp

During the three days we will learn "ringing 101," practice some new music and have plenty of time for activities, music games, a field trip, tie dying, and more. Ringers will be invited to ring at the Summer Second Wednesday worship on Wednesday night, August 11 at 6:15pm. On Friday afternoon the group will present a mini-camp mini-concert for family and friends. Watch for more details at

Sunday School Registration Summer has only begun, but it‟s already time to plan for fall ... Watch for Sunday school registration to begin soon. Photo: Skylar & Sofia after their visit to the Egyptian salon at VBS


Skyler, Anna & Mason at VBS. More photos at


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1200 Highway 25 S. PO Box 88 Buffalo, MN 55313 July 2010

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Inside Summer 2nd Wednesday


Dead Sea Scrolls Trip


Love INC - Big Woods


Gospel Festival


Monday Night Worship


Power Surge


A Promising Tomorrow


Marie “Bunnie” Wegler


Youth Ministries


Children‟s Ministries


VBS Photos


July 2010  

The Voice Monthly Newsletter, Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN, ELCA

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