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Information The Voice A monthly publication of Zion Lutheran Church Upcoming Deadlines April 11 at 8am for May Issue May 16 at 8am for April Issue Editor: Angela Bengtson This Month’s Cover One of the two homes that Zion members worked on during their Mission Jamaica trip.

Zion Staff Ted Vanderpan: Senior Pastor ext. 304 | Luke Schmidt: 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. 308 | Myron Crawford: Director of Youth Ministries ext. 306 | Jim Onstad: Youth Staff Diane Montplaisir: Administrative Secretary ext. 302 | Angela Bengtson: Communications & Membership ext. 325 | Sue Stensrud: Financial Secretary ext. 303 | Tom Janzen: Facility & Grounds Manager Louis Nagel: Part Time Custodian Missy Peterson & Stephanie McClanahan: Nursery Staff Michael Walsh: Coordinator of Music

Congregational Council Kevin Bergquist Roger Brenny Bill Deneen Mike Davis Tracy Gurneau Kelly Hanson Devonne Kent Beverly Koopman Sue Lyrek Colleen Manninen Scott Morin Steve Peterson Wanda Weber


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

Contact Us Email Online Office Hours Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm (noon summer Fridays) 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 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 The weekly bulletin announcement insert is also available to download as a PDF at Contact Diane Montplaisir with submissions as early in the week as possible, but no later than Thursdays at Noon.

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

From the Pastor It’s About A Savior

Worship Schedule

I have heard several people comment that Easter is late this year – Sunday, April 24. Christmas is always December 25, but Easter moves each year. Every year Easter is on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring Equinox (March 21). Easter can be as early as March 22, or as late as April 25. This year the first full moon after the Spring Equinox is on Monday, April 18. Because Easter is late this year those pretty, flowery Easter dresses worn by little girls won‘t be covered by long winter coats. If you remember warm sunny Easter celebrations from your youth, don‘t worry, 12 of the next 15 Easters are in April.

Sunday, April 3

Lent is the season of preparation for our Easter celebration. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts 40 days (Sundays are not counted). Lent ends on the Sunday before Easter. The 40 days which precede Easter are a reminder for us of the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the wilderness and the 40 days that Jesus fasted in the dessert. Our preparation involves self reflection and self examination. It is a time to look at our lives and to identify those things that are not congruent with the Christian life. Lent is sometimes called a season of repentance. Sundays are not included in the 40 days of Lent because Sundays are always a celebration of our Lord‘s resurrection.

Be in Relationship with Others

So, now we know what Lent and Easter are all about, right? Well, not exactly. The date of Ash Wednesday is mostly inconsequential. The exact Sunday Easter falls on really doesn‘t matter to the meaning of Easter. What really matters about Easter is that, “You have been saved by grace through faith and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9 Easter is really about a Savior! There is only one. There is only one who can wash away your sins. There is only one who died on the cross for you. There is only one who can forgive in heaven‘s records. There is only one. With the Savior, there is no more striving on my own to find God‘s favor. No more attempts to make myself good enough for God. No more games making other people think I am religious. No more trying to be religious. No more running. No more hiding. No more faking it. We don‘t have to! We have been forgiven in Christ. What Christ the Savior has done is enough. His death is our death. His descent into hell is our descent into hell. His resurrection is our resurrection. By the grace of God we are made righteous. Because of God‘s love we are no longer enemies of God but friends. In baptism the promise of the Savior comes to us in the water; ―You are mine.‖ In communion the promise of the Savior comes in the bread and wine; ―I am yours.‖

Fourth Sunday in Lent John 9:1-41

Wednesday, April 6

Give of my Time, Talents & Resources Luke 6:38 / 1 John 3:17 Sunday, April 10

Fifth Sunday in Lent Matthew 4:1-11

Wednesday, April 13

John 1:43-45 / Romans 10:14-15a Sunday, April 17

Palm Sunday

Matthew 26:14-27:66 Thursday, April 21

Maundy Thursday

John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Friday, April 22

Good Friday

John 18:1-19:42 Sunday, April 24

Easter Sunday

Matthew 28:1-10 / John 20:1-18

Pastor Luke Schmidt At a special meeting on Sunday February 20, the congregation voted unanimously to extend a call to Pastor Luke Schmidt. Pastor Luke has accepted our call and is tentatively planning to begin work at Zion on Monday, April 4. Pastor Luke is pictured here with his wife Jess, daughter Kate, and son Will.

So take time to thank Jesus. Take time to worship him. Take time to tell someone else about how the Savior has saved you.


News and Views Baptisms

A Mission in Malaysia

February 6 Savannah Caroline Smith February 13 Cooper Jerome Gibbs Carter Joseph Gibbs February 27 Ellie Margaret Weiss Gavin Lee Breuer Cody Jean Anderson

Kelsey Mackereth has a story to share that is worth hearing.

Funerals February 7 David Senstad February 26 Justin Marschel

Weddings February 12 Jennie Dehmer & Josh Anderson

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

Active Military Please Pray For DeAnna Strommen Deployed to Iraq Will Dobbins Stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA Fred Pierce Stationed in Miramar, CA Cody Bauman Stationed at Fort Bragg, NC Doug Pecarina Army National Guard Charles Mandery Army National Guard Chris Paulsen-Schmidt Stationed at Norfolk, VA Korey Siltman Stationed in Washington State Christopher Brophy Stationed at Fort Reiley, KS Ben Pecarina Stationed at Las Vegas, NV Greg Bremseth Stationed at the MEPS in Houston, TX


On Sunday, April 3 at 9:30am in the Choir Room Kelsey will share stories and information from her year of mission work in Malaysia. Kelsey is a BHS graduate and member of Zion who returned from Malaysia in July 2010. She shared a few of her stories recently at Zion‘s Mission Sunday on March 13. Her talk in April will allow for time to hear more about her time in Malaysia, see photos from her year, and ask questions about her travels and her work. Kelsey is the daughter of Joel and Laurie Mackereth. She is currently on staff at Camp Ewalu in Strawberry Point, IA. Come and join in welcoming Kelsey back to Zion on April 3 as we listen to her story of God‘s work around the globe.

Handel’s Messiah in Concert at Zion Circle Sunday, April 17, on your calendar. Palm Sunday worship will be followed by a concert of Handel‘s oratorio The Messiah at 2pm in the Zion sanctuary. The Zion Senior Choir and the Wright County Chamber Chorus will be presenting the concert, accompanied by a 24 piece chamber orchestra. The choirs will also be joined by soloists from the community including Jason Chalupnik, Dan Henjum, Julie Johnson, Char McDonnell, Jenny Olson, Diane Paulu, Joy Westerdahl & Dan Wickman. Tickets will be available at the door and are priced at $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. A reception will follow the concert in the fellowship hall. These well-known pieces of music are a wonderful way to begin Holy Week. Come to hear the story of Christ‘s birth, death and resurrection in a meaningful and memorable concert.

Redeemer Sunday Redeemer Lutheran Church, our partner congregation in North Minneapolis, has invited Zion to join them again on Sunday, April 10, for a morning worship service in celebration of our shared ministry. A Sunday morning at Redeemer begins with a time of prayer and praise at 10am and usually concludes around noon. Over the years, the many members of Zion who have visited Redeemer have commented on how meaningful it was for them to attend and that ―when Redeemer passes the peace, they really pass the peace!‖ There will be a group leaving from Zion‘s parking lot at 9am, if you would like to car pool. If you plan on driving yourself, directions can be found at

Ron is one of Zion’s Own Good Samaritans My son Ben is 11 years old. His passion is animals. He‘s had three dogs so far. The first disappeared. He was heartbroken. We got another pup. This one he trained, working with him every day. On the dogs first birthday, he was killed on the road. Ben was devastated. He asked, ―Why Dad, why?‖ We searched and searched. The mother of the two was to have pups twice in the next year, but it didn‘t happen. Disappointment again. Finally we found a suitable pup. Joy reigned in Ben‘s life again. He trained and spent countless hours each day with the pup. Four months after we got him, while I was working in North Dakota, I got a call from Ben. Through his tears he managed, ―Dad, Gunner‘s mouth is bleeding, and it won‘t stop.‖ My heart ached for Ben, but I wasn‘t there. I encouraged my wife to bring him to the Vet Clinic. They were closing, and didn‘t have the means to do any procedures he might need. Remember, the pup was really sick, and I surely didn‘t want Ben to lose his third pup in two years. What can I do, I decided to call Ron Moore at home. I left an urgent message (he was outside). He called back in three minutes. I explained the situation to him and he immediately said, ―Poison‖. It made sense; we had D-Con in the shed for rodent control. I didn‘t realize he would eat it or that it could kill larger animals. Ron took off from his personal life and family to meet Dawn and our crying boy at the clinic. He checked the pup‘s clotting ability, and relayed that he was bleeding internally and dying. He gave him heavy doses of meds. Ben took him home and the next day Gunner was not able to lift his head. They took him back to the clinic and Ron said that he needed a blood transfusion as he had lost too much blood. I was still in North Dakota when they called and told me that surgery had started. I wondered and asked them where they got dog blood. Ben told me Ron had his own dog in surgery, transferring blood from his dog to Ben‘s. Wow, what a guy! There is a happy ending. Ben‘s dog pulled through with flying colors I know that we have many Zion members who go the extra mile in their daily lives. I propose a column in the newsletter highlighting Zion‘s own Good Samaritans. I would like to recognize our first of many good Samaritans. Dr. Ron Moore, and encourage all of you to remember someone from Zion that fits into this category. Thank you all, Dave Schmidt

Council Notes At the February meeting the church council heard reports from the Youth, Stewardship and Global Missions committees. Pastor housing allowances were reviewed and approved. Bill and Kelly will work on a Q&A for new council members and any council member can submit ideas via email. The Congregational Special Meeting was discussed. Recruiting of an Audit Committee was discussed. A proposal from a member of the congregation wanting to start a preschool/daycare in the church building was discussed. Sue and Devonne will work on a task force and report back to the council in July. The council decided to not use the consent agenda at this time. A task force is being put together to form fund raisers to raise money to fix the organ. A motion made by Pastor Ted, “The church council would like to

support the organ repair task force in their work without approving expenditure of funds at this point. The church council is aware of the situation and is supportive of repairing the organ” passed. Complete minutes of the meeting can be found online from a link at http://

2010 Annual Report Zion’s 2010 Annual Report has been completed, and can be found online from a link at council.

Who Do You Want to Thank If you would like to recognize someone from Zion who has made a difference in your life, please send your submission to Angela Bengtson, newsletter editor, in the church office (email


Fellowship & Study Women’s Brunch Remember the wonderful women‘s brunch last May? It‘s coming again and you‘re invited!

Wednesday Menu Make plans to come to Wednesday Night Suppers at Zion! There’s a tasty meal waiting for you every Wednesday from 5:00-6:15 in the Fellowship Hall for a suggested donation of $3 per plate. April 6: No Meal (Spring Break) April 13: Pasta April 20: The Lutheran Meal … with Jell-O April 27: Sub Sandwiches Meals will be served each week until the end of the school year excluding school breaks. If you would like to try serving on a supper team or sponsor meals, please contact Cindy Bonde (

Baptism Class Zion offers a class for new or prospective parents wishing to schedule a baptism at Zion. 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. There is not a class scheduled in April The next classes are Wednesday, May 4, at 6pm or Sunday, June 12, at noon. Register online or by calling the office.


Zion women and friends are invited to a Women‘s Brunch at BryanJohn‘s GrillWork's on Saturday, May 7 at 9:30am. A style show of clothing from Coldwater Creek will be presented during the brunch. Pastor Sara Vanderpan will be the speaker. Come for a morning filled with great food, thoughtful words, new ideas, enjoyable music, a craft for children, and conversation. Bring friends, mothers, daughters, neighbors. All are invited. The Women of Zion is sponsoring this brunch. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under. Please RSVP online or at the information desk by May 1. BryanJohn‘s GrillWorks is the restaurant at Wild Marsh Golf Course, on Montrose Boulevard on the south side of Buffalo Lake.

Kim Gleason It is a joy to be a part of Harvest of Hands - I am able to help make a difference for less fortunate people thru my time spent on doing projects that are fun and interesting. I have found it easy to be involved as I contribute by doing some of my favorite hobbies; gardening and floral arranging. Gardening has been a lifelong hobby of mine. I just plant some extra seed in the spring and gather up the vegetables in the fall. Whether it be canning, preserves or selling the vegetables outright - they seem to be a popular item. One item I bring to HOH consistently is organically grown butternut squash as it is easy to grow and tends to be one of the most popular types of squash. This past year, I added two "tried and true" recipes to each squash just to add some interest. Gourds, pumpkins and corn shocks are other items I've brought that are sold or used for decorating. Another interest area for me is floral arranging. For many years, I have made up the table arrangements for the "eating" tables in the Fellowship Hall. I appreciate having the flexibility to make something ahead of time or sometimes I have created them the evening of set-up with helping hands from others. It is a great creative outlet and fun to be a part of the excitement during the preparation time. Whatever your God-given talent or interest is, enjoy using it while you work toward helping others in need. Getting involved in Harvest of Hands preparations is truly a win/win situation for all. May God bless all the efforts put forth!

The Good Earth

Membership Class

Zion Book Club

The next Membership Class will be held after worship on Sunday, April 10. This orientation to membership provides an introduction to Zion ministries and staff, an opportunity to meet others at Zion, and a little about what it means to be Lutheran. Those that decide to become members will be formally received into our congregation on Sunday, April 17.

The Zion Book Club selection for April is The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. The group will meet on Monday, April 11, at 7pm in the Library. The Good Earth is a novel by Pearl S. Buck published in 1931 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1932. The best selling novel in the United States in both 1931 and 1932, it was an influential factor in Buck winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. It is the first book in a trilogy that includes Sons (1932) and A House Divided (1935). The novel of family life in a Chinese village before the 1949 Revolution was a best-seller in both 1931 and 1932 and has been a steady favorite ever since. In 2004, the book was returned to the best seller list when chosen by the television host Oprah Winfrey for Oprah‘s Book Club. The novel helped prepare Americans of the 1930s to consider Chinese as allies in the coming war with Japan. From

The meeting will include: Lunch for you and your family, served at 11:45am, and meeting beginning about 12:15pm. Your photo will be taken for the reception on April 17. Information will be collected for church records. Child care and activities for children will be available after the meal if requested in advance.

This is a low pressure book club. Readers are encouraged to simply come for discussion with no preparation; they are not obligated to agree on (or even finish) the books. Come when you have interest and time, so that book club will enrich your life and not become another stress or obligation.

Plenty of informal conversation with staff, existing members, and other prospective new members.


Zion Pastors briefly introduce what it means to be Lutheran.

Retirees and older adults are invited to help assemble the Easter Baskets on Thursday morning, April 14, starting at 9:30. The tentative schedule for the balance of the year is on page 18.

An opportunity for participants to ask questions about the Bible, the Christian faith, and Zion Lutheran Church.

An overview of a wide variety of Zion programs and ministries.

Sign up at Adult Study Weekly Topics

Week 4 (March 30, April 1 or April 3) Serve (Chapters 8 & 9: Discernment/Shaping Communities) Week 5 (April 6, 8, or 10) Give (Chapters 10, 11 & 12: Forgiveness/Healing/ Dying Well) Week 6 (April 13, 15, or 17 ) Relationships (Chapters 6, 7 & 13: Keeping Sabbath/Testimony/ Singing Our Lives) Wednesdays 12:45pm and 7:15pm / Sundays 9:30am Fridays at BJs 10:30am

Jubilee Auditions Time brings changes, and changes are happening with Zion’s contemporary worship group leaders in Jubilee. We are looking to expand our musician numbers to have a wider talent pool, increased flexibility for members and a fresh musical outlook. Auditions and interviews will be held this spring. We are in need of guitar, keyboard, and bass guitar players, as well as singers and drummers. Please contact the church office or any current member of the group if you are interested.


Global Mission Ministry Jamacian Reflections “ Do what you can do, where you are, with what you have” Joe, our bus driver (pictured ) offered these words of advice with a smile on his face and joy in his voice. There are opportunities to serve in many areas of our everyday life. Then why go to Jamaica? Stepping out of our usual routines and familiar settings allows God to have our full attention. Our ears and eyes are more fully open. Bonds are created with people you’ve only spent a week with. Mission Jamaica was an experience of personal growth, reflection and trust in God’s will. Sometimes our Savior is waiting for us just outside our comfort zone.

By Nancy Dehmer

More Mission Jamaica photos below and at


Redeemer Center for Life By Dave Nerothin Thanks to the efforts of many, a lot of us at Zion now are aware of the fact that we have a mission partner church in North Minneapolis, namely Redeemer Lutheran Church (RLC). We even know the pastor there, if not personally, certainly by name, Pastor Kelly Chapman. I feel that individually, and as a congregation we are slowly but surely coming to understand and appreciate what this mission partner church relationship is truly all about. Most of us Marilu Thomas, would consider RLC one of our outreach ministries, Executive Director along with other Global Mission Ministries and Community Mission Ministries. Did you ever stop to think, however, that Zion Lutheran Church is a outreach Ministry of RLC? By looking at it this way, I think we start to see more clearly what this relationship is all about. I was talking to a very active, long time member of Zion the other day and it was no surprise to me that this person knew about Redeemer and Pastor Kelly. But when asked about Redeemer Center for Life (RCFL) , a quizzical look came over the person‘s face. Unfortunately, this didn't surprise me either! Long overdue, let me introduce you to Redeemer Center For Life, basically the social ministry arm of RLC. Yes, RCFL is the incorporated nonprofit social ministry arm of RLC. From it‘s inception, circa 1998, it's played this role with its mission to be ―a beacon of hope for residents of the Harrison Neighborhood‖, the neighborhood in which RLC is located. It‘s purpose has been ― to develop compelling programs and partnerships that strengthen the Harrison Neighborhood of North Minneapolis and compliment the ministries of Redeemer Lutheran Church.‖ Pastor Kelly became the interim Executive Director of RCFL in 2002, and under his leadership and direction, together with a Board of Directors, the annual Block Party, Christmas Store and Harambee Program began. It was also at that time that the relationship with the Harrison Neighborhood Association was (RCFL continued on page 18)

Community Mission Ministry Buffalo Food Shelf Easter Baskets


Zion‘s Social Ministry committee is coordinating Easter Baskets to be distributed at Zion to needy families in our community through the Buffalo Food Shelf.

The American Red Cross Blood Mobile will be at Zion on Thursday May 19, 2011. Donors and volunteers are needed from noon - 6:30pm. Call Beverly Smith at 763.675.3182 or cell 763.742.7493 for volunteering or a donation appointment. Donation appointments can also be made online at

or helping prepare or distribute baskets on April 14. Boxes of mashed potatoes Packets of gravy Cans of green beans Cans of fruit Cans of mushroom soup Packages of Jell-O Dessert mix—brownies, bars, etc Jelly Beans

Love INC Volunteers Love INC-Big Woods is helping their partner churches survey their members’ skills to organize those who are available to volunteer through an individual resource inventory which can be found at donate.html.

Paper towels Kleenex Toilet paper Your cost to purchase these items, which will feed a family a Easter Meal and help clean up is around $15. If you would like to donate cash, the same items can be purchased from Second Harvest for $7. Volunteers will also be needed to help with the distribution on April 14: 9:30-11:30 Basket assembly 2:30-4:30 Prepare and serve a light meal 4:00-7:00 Basket distribution Sign up online or in the church office.


April Calendar 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School (all classroom) 11:45am New Member Meeting 12:30pm Messiah Rehearsal

Friday April 1 10:30am Book Study at BJ's Deli Saturday April 2 Sunday April 3

The Fourth Sunday in Lent Holy Communion at 8:30, 9:45 & 10:30 Sports dress up day in Sunday School

8:30am Traditional Worship Service 8:30am Sunday School & 5/6 Grapple 9:30am Kelsey Mackereth Mission Talk about Malaysia 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School & 5/6 Grapple 11:45am Executive Committee Meeting Monday April 4 8:00am Men's Bible Study Group 6:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous

Wednesday April 6 6:30am Men's 50+ Bible Study 12:00pm Lenten Worship Service 1:00pm Adult Book Study 6:30pm Lenten Worship Service 7:15pm Adult Book Study Thursday April 7 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study Friday April 8 10:30am Book Study at BJ's Deli

Sunday April 10


Thursday April 14 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study Friday April 15 10:30am Book Study at BJ's Deli 6:00pm Family Dance

Saturday April 9

8:30am 8:30am 9:30am 9:45am

Tuesday April 12 9:00am Kitchen Cleaning 9:30am Staff Meeting 6:30pm Outreach Evangelism Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal 7:30pm Global Missions Committee 7:30pm Visioning Task Force Meeting Wednesday April 13 12:00pm Lenten Worship Service 1:00pm Adult Book Study 2:45pm Class Ring 3:45pm SONshine Choir 3:45pm Ring Forth 3:45pm Kids' Place 4:45pm Joy Choir 5:00pm Wednesday Night Supper 5:15pm Youth Choir 6:30pm Lenten Worship Service 7:15pm Adult Book Study 7:15pm Senior Choir 7:15pm Joyful Ringers 7:15pm Harvest of Hands Crafts

Tuesday April 5 9:30am Staff Meeting 6:30pm Social Ministry Committee 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal

The Fifth Sunday in Lent Beach Day in Sunday School

Monday April 11 8:00am Newsletter Deadline 8:00am Men's Bible Study Group 6:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal 6:30pm Read to Feed the Mind Meeting 7:00pm Zion Book Club 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous

Sunday School (all classroom) Traditional Worship Service Coffee Fellowship Family Express Worship

Saturday April 16 8:00am Outreach International Kids Care Setup 5:30pm Messiah Rehearsal

Sunday April 17

Palm Sunday Dress Your Best Day in Sunday School Holy Communion at 8:30 and 10:30

8:30am Traditional Worship Service with pre-K to 4th grade palm processional 8:30am Sunday School / Grapple, 8:30am Change for Children Packaging 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service with pre-K to 3rd grade palm processional 10:30am Sunday School / Grapple 2:00pm Handel’s Messiah Concert Monday April 18 8:00am Men's Bible Study Group 6:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal 7:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesday April 19 9:30am Staff Meeting 9:30am Naomi Circle 5:30pm Stewardship Meeting 6:30pm Christian Ed. Meeting 7:00pm Property Committee Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal 7:30pm Visioning Task Force Meeting Wednesday April 20 6:30am Men's 50+ Bible Study 2:45pm Class Ring 3:45pm SONshine Choir 3:45pm Ring Forth 3:45pm Kids' Place 4:45pm Joy Choir 5:00pm Wednesday Night Supper 5:15pm Youth Choir 6:00pm Worship & Music Committee 6:30pm Joyful Ringers 7:00pm Senior Choir 7:15pm Adult Book Study 7:30pm Church Council Meeting Thursday April 21 Maundy Thursday 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study 12:00pm Maundy Thursday Service 6:30pm Maundy Thursday Service 7:30pm Rebecca Circle

Friday April 22

Good Friday

12:00pm Ecumenical Good Friday Service at Buffalo Evangelical Free Church 7:00pm Good Friday Tenebrae Service at Zion Saturday April 23 11:00am Easter Garden Setup Sunday April 24

Easter Day Sanctuary Sunday

7:00am Easter Sunrise Service 7:30am Easter Breakfast 8:30am Festival Worship 9:45am Easter Family Express Worship 10:30am Festival Worship Monday April 25

Office Closed 8:00am 5:30pm 6:00pm 7:30pm

Men's Bible Study Group Read to Feed the Mind Meeting First Sunday Rehearsal Alcoholics Anonymous

Tuesday April 26 9:30am Staff Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal Wednesday April 27 9:00am Newsletter Assembly 9:30am Devotions at Lakeridge 10:30am Devotions at Park View 2:45pm Class Ring 3:45pm SONshine Choir 3:45pm Ring Forth 3:45pm Kids' Place 4:45pm Joy Choir 5:00pm Wednesday Night Supper 5:15pm Youth Choir 6:00pm Confirmation 6:30pm Joyful Ringers 7:00pm Senior Choir 7:00pm Foundation Meeting 7:00pm Harvest of Hands Crafts

Easter Breakfast Youth will be serving Easter breakfast as a fundraiser for their upcoming ‗Buffeapolis‘ mission trip. The menu includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, juice, coffee & milk. Breakfast will be served following Sunrise Service until 10:30am. Adults $5 / Children 6-12 $3 / under 5 free. You can also support this event by donating bacon, milk, or orange juice for the breakfast. Sign up online at

Worship Volunteers for Lent and Easter 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. This year you can also see detailed information and sign yourself up online at Volunteers should plan to be here 15 minutes (acolytes, nursery, communion servers) to 30 minutes (greeters, ushers, parking lot) before the service.

Lenten services, 6:30pm each Wednesday Ushers, Acolytes, & Greeters

Maundy Thursday, April 21, noon and 6:30pm Ushers, Acolytes, Greeters, & Communion Assistants

Thursday, April 21 Bulletin stuffers (Easter bulletins)

Good Friday, April 22, 7:00pm Ushers, Acolytes, Nursery Assistants

Saturday, April 23, 11:00am Easter garden flower set up

Easter Sunday, April 24, 7:00, 8:30, 9:45 and 10:30am Ushers, Communion Servers, Altar Guild, Greeters, Acolytes, Parking lot attendants, & Nursery workers

Thursday April 28 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study Friday April 29 Saturday April 30


Finance & Stewardship Disaster Relief for Japan There are two ways to contribute to the ELCA Disaster Response Japan earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. You can go online to disaster or if you choose to give through Zion write “Japan” on a pew envelope. Your gifts will be used to assist those whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by this disaster in Japan and other affected islands. On March 16, we received this note on Zion’s Facebook page from Eric Burke, a member of the congregation, son of Al & Sandra Burke:

“I am here on the outer edge of the severely damaged area. The news reports you may have seen are not exaggerating the scope of this disaster. Aftershocks are still continuing, and hundreds of thousands of people are huddled in school gymnasiums across Northern Japan with no heat, water, or blankets. Please contribute to help the people. ”

Financial Report February 2011 General Services Fund Income

Feb 2011

YTD 2011

Feb 2010 $51,656.21 2,111.38 0.00 1,076.00 1,234.00

$109,665.90 4,061.50 0.00 1,938.00 1,759.00





$1,000.00 58,548.42

$2,000.00 112,904.81

$1,500.00 63,115.49

$3,000.00 120,354.27





General Offering $48,062.56 Rent and Sunday School 984.58 WedNite Supper Income 1,018.95 Missions and Hunger 1,067.00 Other Designations 2,296.00

Total Income Expenses

Synod Benevolence Other General Services

Total Expenses

$103,673.03 3,239.05 1,915.45 1,934.00 2,577.00

YTD 2010

Account Balance as of 2-28-2011: $15,401.72 General Fund Note: $40,000 has been borrowed from Klein Bank from 2009 to 2011 on an established Line of Credit to assist with cash flow. We have been making Interest only payments on this line of credit.

A Promising Tomorrow/Building Fund Income

Feb 2011

YTD 2011 $33,314.24 0.00

$13,607.95 0.00

Feb 2010

YTD 2010





Building Mortgage $17,087.30 Roof/Parking Lot Loan 913.37 Major Building Repairs 0.00 3% Tithe Commitment 0.00 2010 CapCampaign Exp 0.00 Kairos Consulting 0.00 Bank Service Charge 0.00 Interest Expense on LOC 0.00

$34,174.60 1,826.74 0.00 0.00 0.00 7,000.00 0.00 0.00

$17,087.30 1,305.03 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

$34,174.60 2,610.06 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00




Offerings and Interest Other Receipts

Total Income

$14,072.38 0.00


Memorial Gifts A gift to the building fund in memory of Harvey Berglund from family and friends. A gift to the Zion Sunday School in memory of Harvey Berglund from Norman and Joel Duske.

Total Expenses


$27,234.01 0.00

Account Balance as of 2-28-2011: $15,373.96 Thank you for your continued support of God‘s work at Zion Lutheran Church.


Easter Garden

God’s Gardeners

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.

God’s Gardeners are getting organized for the 2011 garden season. Those who were gardeners with God’s Gardeners in 2010, will be contacted with details. Others who have an interest in tending a garden please contact the office to get started. We look forward to the warm sunny days of the Growing Season!

For those with allergies, the Sunrise service at 7:00am and the Family Express Easter Sunday service at 9:45am in Trinity Hall will be flower-free.

Community Gardening A community gardening project is coming together for this spring and summer that ties in with the Lenten theme of Cultivating Holy Gardens. The project will include volunteers of all ages and experience levels in growing plants from seed, creating and nurturing a garden, harvesting the produce and canning to share with those in need.

A new option this year is to ordered through the Property Committee‘s Easter Plant Fundraiser below by April 3. If you would like to ordered directly from a florist or purchased from a grocery store or discount store, flowers should have your name put on them and be delivered to Zion between 9-11am on Saturday, April 24. Fill in the form below by Monday, April 18, for all plants. A list of plant donors will be published in the bulletin on Easter Sunday. The plants are arranged on Saturday, April 24, at 11am. If you can help, please feel free to stop in, and lend a hand.

If you are interested in being part of this project, please contact the office for more information.

All plants can be picked up after the 10:30 Easter Service or on Tuesday, April 26. The office is closed on Monday, April 25.

Easter Plant Fundraiser Participation in the Easter Garden has become more convenient! This year, place your order by April 3 and the plants will arrive just in time to be arranged in the garden for Easter morning. This fundraiser supports Zion Property Committee for upcoming repairs. 1.

Order plants online by April 1 or order at the Information desk until April 3.

2. Checks should be made payable to Zion Lutheran Church with ―Easter Plants‖ in the memo (or payment can be made online) 3. You will also need to provide information for the Easter Sunday bulletin insert. 4. Plants will be available to pick up after the 10:30 Easter Service or on Tuesday, April 26. Information for both the Easter Garden and the Easter Plant Fundraiser can also be submitted online at EasterGarden.

Easter Garden 2011 Due Monday 4/18 Circle In Memory / Honor of ______________________________________ Donated by ________________________________________


Contemplative Evening Services Members of all Buffalo Area Churches are invited to a monthly Contemplative Evening Service in the style of Taize’. It is offered on the first Monday of each month at 7pm at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, and is a continuation of the services begun by Christ the King Retreat Center more than 6 years ago. Spirit of Joy is located on County Road 34, 2 miles east of Hwy 55 by Target. Brother Roger, the founder of Taize’, said, “Nothing is more conducive to communion with the living God than a meditative common prayer…” Taize’ Prayer is a time of scripture reading, silent prayer and intercessions interspersed with songs of prayer and praise composed for these services. These short, simple songs are repeated several times, creating a contemplative environment. Learn more about Taize’ Prayer, at under “Prayer and Song”.

Luther college at Orchestra Hall Luther College Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale, Nordic Choir, and Symphony Orchestra will present a concert at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minn. Conducted by Dr. Allen Hightower, the ensembles will perform the world premiere of Luther Mass by Stephen Paulus, commissioned in honor of the college’s sesquicentennial. The program will also feature Franz Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. $24 adults, $17 students. For tickets, call the Orchestra Hall Box Office at 612-371-5656 or 1800-292-4141 or visit http://

Baby Animal Fair The Baby Animal Fair biennial educational endeavor that encourages the people of Wright County to work for peace and justice in our world by sharing our blessings. At this year‘s fair at the Buffalo Civic Center on Sunday, May 1 you can learn about Heifer International‘s work to end poverty and hunger throughout the world help fill local food shelves discover the work of local charities and volunteer organizations celebrate our community and have some great family fun! Over the last 67 years Heifer International has helped 12.5 million resource poor families in 125 countries by providing over 27 types of animals on 5 continents: llama & alpaca, guinea pigs, and earthworms in South America; camels, goats, & honeybees in Africa; water buffalo, chickens, and pigs in Asia; cows, sheep, & horses, in Europe and North America. Through the gift of an animal and training in its care, families have the possibility of income to improve housing, pay for health care, and send their children to school...12.5 million families…and the Gift keeps on giving as offspring are passed on to another family in need. Learn more about Heifer International at, and the Baby Animal Fair at Zion‘s Harvest of Hands will have a booth at the fair with plants, spring items, and some jewelry, and has already committed $500 to the Baby Animal Fair for the purchase of one heifer for a family through Heifer International. Please join the Harvest of Hands Committee in attending the Baby Animal Fair, making a donation towards the purchase of an animal through Heifer International, and making a difference in a family‘s life.

Harvest of Hands The Harvest of Hands craft group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday morning at 9 in the Wilderness Room and on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evening at 7:15 in the Wilderness Room (during Lent). Project kits are also available at the Information Desk with projects to complete at home.

Boundary Waters Men’s Canoe Trip Zion men interested in participating in the fifth annual canoe trip to the Boundary Waters please contact Jud Goerss at 682.4756 or In the past, a group of eight Zion men share this adventure and fellowship experience. A BWCA outfitter provides everything, so canoes, camping equipment and previous experience is not required. The group will leave on the afternoon of June 26 and return back to Buffalo on June 30.


God’s Call to a Healthy Spirit By Tom Moline In the late nineties I attended a two day Promise Keeper‘s conference. I don‘t recall my motivation for going but I found the idea of men being strong and faithful appealing. One message that came through loud and clear was: ―Become active in your local church.‖ It was there that I had the thought of me praying and running. That was a radical idea. At the time I did not attend church regularly, was a bit overweight and had always dreaded running when I was in high school. With both my wife and I working full time and young children at home I could easily use the excuse of ―No time.‖ Some coworkers would walk during their lunch hour, and before long I began to do the same. I would just grab a quick sandwich at my desk. Some of the time walking was spent in prayer, and occasionally I‘d pick up the pace. It became my regular lunchtime routine. It took years but eventually I did pray while I ran. I began to ponder the importance of the idea that body, mind and spirit were integrated. I had thought before that the mind was independent of the body and that the spirit had little or no importance in these modern times.

Facts: Medical Truths Relevant to Health and Well-Being Man's spirit, soul, mind and body are inextricably interwoven. Unresolved problems and attitudes of the heart (ex. bitterness) contribute to poor health. Chronic stress and unhealthy reactions and coping mechanisms contribute to poor health. Lifestyle has significant impact on one's health. Beliefs, attitudes and thinking patterns largely determine one's lifestyle choices/ behaviors. Spiritual beliefs, choices and practices impact on one's health and quality of life. Peace, joy, love, kindness, thankfulness, gratitude, hope and optimism are health-promoting.

Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:8b-10

Where are we in this spiritual journey called Reaching for Tomorrow? Thank you to all who completed the assessment! In March the Staff, Council, Vision Task Force and a few other Zion members met to: have the results of the assessment interpreted and then, began the process of identifying key initiatives for Zion as a congregation to focus our ministry on for the next few years. Once possible initiatives are identified, all Zion members will be given the opportunity to participate in various small group discussions as, together, we further condense and refine our key initiatives. Please watch for an invite to these events and keep this visioning process in your prayers.

Vision Task Force Committee members Pastor Ted Vanderpan, Rick Johnson (chair), Jill Davis, Julie Kabe, Karen Mattson, Scott Morin, Diane Paulu, Idella Ziegler and Jim Pence (KAIROS consultant)

From: The Spirituality - Health Connection, Why It Exists: A Christian Faith Perspective Dale Fletcher, M.S. - Founder, Faith and Health Connection Perhaps God is calling you to become healthy. Not just in body and mind but in spirit as well. Call on God help to exercise your spiritual muscles, and follow with your intellect and body.


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.

7th & 8th Grade Mission Trip For all of the 7th and 8th grade students attending the Minneapolis Mission Trip, upcoming dates are: April 9: Bagging for Tips at Cub from 8am-4pm. There will be two shifts, 8am -12pm and 12pm-4pm. Please be 15 minutes early to be trained. Parents are asked to assist with their student. May 1: The Student/Parent Meeting at 9:45 in Youth Room will be a time to go over some more details, get out packing lists and address any questions.

Senior High Mission Trip For all of the Senior High students attending the Buffeapolis Mission Trip, upcoming dates are:

Confirmation Schedule Confirmation meets Wednesday nights in Trinity Hall 6-7:30pm. Dates and weekly topics: Apr 6 - 20: No Class - Lent

Apr 27: Class Resumes - Pentecost Confirmation Students are asked to attend Wednesday evening Lenten Services. Students need to attend at least three services for sermon notes.

Graceland Schedule Graceland, Senior High Youth Group, meets Wednesday nights in the youth room. Apr 6: No Graceland - Spring Break Apr 13: Anointed & Appointed Apr 20: Fun in the Sun Apr 27: What Now? Please bring a Bible and notebook.


April 17: One of our partner churches, Salem Evangelical Lutheran, will be visiting Zion from 10am-1pm for worship, packing meals, having lunch and getting to know each other. All mission trip participants are expected to be here for this. April 24: The Easter Breakfast will be served from 5:30am-11:30am. This is an annual event for the Senior High youth. Please make every effort to be in attendance. Parents are also needed to assist with this. May 15: The Senior High Mission Youth will go to Salem from 8:30am-1pm to join them for worship, do some service, have lunch and get to know them. All mission trip participants are expected to be in attendance. Parents are asked to help drive, as well as visit Salem with us.

TIM Team - July 8-15 TIM (Teens in Mission) Team is a wonderful leadership development opportunity for Senior High youth. TIM Teamers will commit to one year of service as leaders back at Zion working, usually with younger youth. This takes place at Ox Lake and Camp Wapo. While at Ox, teamers will do High/Low Ropes Course, leadership training, Bible studies and worship. While at Wapo, teamers will be able to be leaders to younger youth from Zion. This is open to all current Senior High students and the cost is only $280 for the week. Talk to Myron if you are interested.

Children’s Ministry CoDirectors of Christian Education

Change For Children

Holly Husom

There is still time to help Zion‘s Sunday School students fight hunger! Dress up and bring your loose change to raise money to help children around the world:

763-682-1245 x308

Roxie Otten

April 3: Sports Day

763-682-1245 ext. 311

April 10: Beach Day April 17: Dress Your Best

Food Packaging Event On Sunday, April 17, Trinity Hall will be transformed into a food packaging machine! Our goal for this day is to package 20,000 meals for distribution through OutReach International Kids Care. Sunday school students will be doing some packing during their regular Sunday school time. At 9:30 and 11:30, the entire congregation is invited to sign up for a slot and help with the project. If students want to sign up for an extra shift before or after Sunday school they must have a parent sign up to work with them. Sign up for your slot now at

Vacation Bible School This summer on Main Street, kids will be drawn into stories Jesus told about everyday people in everyday situations. But His stories were anything but ordinary! Jesus turned lives upside down and hearts inside out through parables that challenged people to look at themselves and others in new and unexpected ways.

Summer Childcare at Zion Day Camp If you are looking for a super-fun care option for your elementary age children this summer, Zion Day Camp (aka ZDC) is worth your consideration. ZDC is a summer program at Zion for children who have just finished Kindergarten, through 12 years old, and is open weekdays throughout the summer from 6:30am until 6pm. Daily activities include free time and snacks, but Bible stories, structured games, and creative projects are also part of the schedule. This is separate from the one-week Vacation Bible School program that runs the first week of summer. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to reserve a spot for your child today! The handbook, including registration forms, is available at and at the information desk. Please contact Holly or Roxie for details or if you have questions.

So come join us on Main Street for an inside-out, upside-down experience like no other…and let Jesus make a difference in YOU!

Calendar Note April Schedule is included in the church calendar on pages 10-11.

Zion‘s Main Street VBS is for children ages 3-12 and will run from 9amnoon June 13 through 17. Online registration is open now at, and closes in May, so don‘t delay, sign up today! If you are an adult, a teen or a middle schooler, and would like to volunteer your time in Egypt, please contact Holly, as there are many positions to fill..


Zionaires Schedule April 14: Food Shelf Easter Basket Mission May 17: Lakewood Cemetery/ Russian Museum June 19: Breakfast on the Farm July 19: Fishing and Picnic Lunch August 2: Plymouth Playhouse September 20: Minnesota Zoo October 18: Winery Tour November 8: Tree Decorating at Museum/Speaker December 15: Advent Appreciation Dinner


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established. Other important developments during Pastor Kelly‘s tenure included the opening of the Peace Palace, a drop-in youth center with dance floor, recording studio, and computer lab, the Joint Ministries in Urban Praise (JUMP) group forming a Hip Hop outreach, the purchase of property with exploration of property development, and in ‗08 and ‘09 the acquisition of grants from 24 organizations/ foundations to support RCFL‘s mission. In ‗08 and ‘09 Pastor Kelly facilitated the hiring of Marilu Thomas as Executive Director of RCFL. Since this time she has worked tirelessly to keep alive the vision of RCFL who‘s vision statement is ―as agent of hope and transformation, Redeemer Center for Life will preserve a vibrant community in which every child is supported, each family empowered, and all neighbors encouraged to grow, thrive and contribute to their fullest potential.‖ Much, much, more could be said about RCFL, and hopefully in the coming days we will all learn a lot more about it and how we can help support this wonderful Christian ministry.

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