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Welcome to Zion Lutheran Church Sunday, December 25, 2011– Christmas Day

Zion seeks to share Christ’s word, strengthen faith and serve those in need. Phone (763) 682-1245 Fax Line (763) 684-1967 Web Site: www.zionbuffalo.org E-Mail: office@zionbuffalo.org Prayer Chain—call the church office The Prayer Room is located on the North end of the building near the first entrance. It is available for prayer and meditation. Pastors: Ted Vanderpan, Senior Pastor Luke Schmidt, Pastor of Congregational Life Coordinator of Music: Michael Walsh Shared Ministry Director: Sherilyn Burgdorf Director of Youth Ministries: Myron Crawford Youth Staff: Jim Onstad Co-Directors of Christian Education: Roxie Otten, Holly Husom Financial Secretary: Sue Stensrud Office Support: Diane Montplaisir, Administrative Angela Bengtson, Communications/Membership Building & Grounds Manager: Ryan Bjokne Custodian: Louis Nagel Nursery Coordinator/Caregiver: Missy Peterson Kids’ Place: Launi Stuhr, Supervisor Jolene Halek, Staff Church Officers Steve Peterson, Council President Kevin Bergquist, Vice President Roger Brenny, Treasurer Devonne Kent, Secretary

Merry Christmas! What a joy to be together in the presence of the newborn Savior. Welcome to the manger to worship our King.

During Worship Today… A yellow pew card is available for requesting prayers or membership information Hearing assistance devices for worship with user controlled volume area available from the ushers. See an usher for NRSV Bibles, large print order of service and hymns. Children’s bulletins and ’Rainbow Bags’ with quiet toys are located at the Children’s Worship Station in the narthex. Please return bags after worship. There is a staffed nursery for infants and toddlers at the north end of the building. There is a Prayer Room available for prayer and meditation at the north end of the building.

Opportunities at Zion Sunday, December 25 Monday, January 2 Merry Christmas—Sanctuary Sunday Office Closed 10:00am Christmas Day Worship Service Monday, December 26 Office Closed 6:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal 6:30pm Overeaters Anonymous Tuesday, December 27 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal 7:00pm Personnel Committee Meeting Wednesday, December 28 Sr. High Lock Out 9:20am Devotions at Lake Ridge 10:30am Devotions at Park View

End of Year Financial Gifts to be recorded for the 2011 tax year, gifts must be received in the church office by 10am on Friday, December 30.

Thursday, December 29 8:00am Men Seeking Bible Study 9:00am Lutheran Social Services 6:30pm Rivers of Hope Friday, December 30 Year-End Offering by 10am Zion Office Closes at Noon

Christmas Smorgasbord of Treats Start the New Year with fellowship with friends. Share Christmas treats and coffee after worship on New Year’s Day. On Sunday, January 1st bring a plate of cookies or Christmas specialties to share. Bread, cheeses, and fruit are also suggestions...even fruitcake!

Sunday, January 1 Happy New Year 10:00am Worship Service with Holy Communion 11:00am Coffee Fellowship

Attendance Report for Sunday, December 18: 8:30: 378

9:45: 63

10:30: 382

Total: 823

Sign Up for Prayer Sisters

Today’s Volunteers 10:00 Service Communion Assistants: Jason and Amy Chalupnik Council: Steve Peterson, Beverly Koopman Greeters: Ken and Cheryl Mager, Duane and Carol Olson Ushers: Len Bengtson, Don Lundeen, Steve Peterson

A Prayer Sister is someone you are partnered with for a year, whom you remember in daily prayer. You may also send cards and/or gifts for special occasions, or whenever God moves you to do so; He knows when she needs a day brightener. Next December, the identity of your Prayer Sister is revealed to you at the annual Christmas Tea. Today is the last day to sign up for the 2012 program. Please stop by the information desk and pick up the RED form (also available online).

Q: Do you have any tips for end-of-the-year giving? A: I’m not an expert but consider this: You may increase your tax savings with a gift of property. If you have appreciated properties (such as stocks, bonds, etc.) that will produce long-term capital gains when sold, donating them directly to a charity will generally provide a bigger tax savings than selling them and sending the charity cash after the sale. And what’s more, if you can’t use all of the income tax charitable deduction resulting from the gift, you can carry it forward for up to an additional five years. Such gifts are deductible up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. Before making any significant gift to the Zion Lutheran, or to any other nonprofit for that matter, you should have your CPA, attorney or other advisor help you understand the impact of your gift on your income tax return and estate.


In Our Thoughts & Prayers A Birth Rose is placed by the church to announce the birth of: Sven David, son of Jeremy and Shawna Olson on December 20. Active Military and their families Spc Cody Bauman has been deployed to Iraq, Fred Pierce stationed in Miramar, Ca; Ben Pecarina, stationed in Turkey, Doug Pecarina deployed to Kuwait; Will Dobbins, stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA; Greg Bremseth, stationed at the MEPS in Houston, TX; Christopher Brophy, stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas; DeAnna Strommen, stationed at Fort Hood, TX; Chris Paulsen-Schmidt stationed in Norfolk Virginia. Prayer Concerns Dawn Stubbs, Nate Synstelian, Bill Wychor, Milt Running, Adam Brophy, Joy Klein, Clair Fertig, Jack and JoAnne Machula, Leon Trigg, Renae Groff, Melissa Janzen, Julie Daugherty, Bill Deneen, Nel Fuchs, Troy Sigurdson and family on the death of his father. Keith Markwardt, Ryan, Brent and family on death of Keith’s wife and Ryan and Brent’s mom.

Announcements & Upcoming Events Wednesday Supper Menu There’s a tasty meal waiting for you every Wednesday from 5:00-6:15pm in the Fellowship Hall for suggested donation of $3 per plate. December 28: No Supper (Winter Break) January 4: Pasta January 11: Soup/Chili/Hot Dogs January 18: Baked Potatoes January 25: Sloppy Joes Baptism Class Anyone wishing to schedule a baptism is asked to attend a class prior to the date of the baptism. The next class is Wednesday, January 4 at 6pm. Register today at the Info Desk or call the church office. Membership Class Those who are ready for a deeper commitment to this ministry are invited to the next Membership Class at 11:45am on Sunday, January 29. This orientation to membership provides a brief overview of Lutheran Christian briefs and practices, the ministries of Zion, and expectations of members. Those that decide to become members will be formally received into our congregation on the following Sunday, February 5. Christmas Tree Needed Zion is in need of a new tree for the Sanctuary. We are looking for an 18-20’ artificial tree, preferably pre-lit. If your business or corporation is changing decorations for next year and would have one to donate, please contact Sherilyn Burgdorf in the church office at 763.682.1245 or sburgdorf@zionbuffalo.org. 1st Annual Winterfest and Chili Cool-Off is scheduled for Sunday, January 22 at Zion. Mark your calendars and more details to come next week. Food for Friends Table Group Food for Friends has started using the Table to coordinate meal volunteers. If you are interested in making and delivering an occasional meal for Food for Friends, please join the Food for Friends group on the Table, call the church or email FFF@zionbuffalo.org. During the cold days ahead, the Women of Zion encourage you to try one of the ministries that might be a fit for you. Visit the Women’s Ministry table on January 22 for a small gift and more information about 2012 events. Zion Book Club Winter Picks Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, Faithful Place by Tana French and Reclaiming the Bible for a Non-religious World by John Shelby Spong.

Children’s Ministries Upcoming Sunday School Schedule: Dec. 25 - Merry Christmas (No Sunday school) Jan. 1 - Happy New Year’s (No Sunday school) Jan. 8 - Sunday school Pre-k - Ten Commandments 1-3 - Ten Commandments 4th - Club 4 5-6 - Traditional Jan. 11 - Kids Place Jan. 15 - Sunday school Pre- K - The Creed 1-3—Ten Commandments 4th - Bible 101 5-6 - Grapple Bible Camp Zion is going to Camp Wapo in Amery, WI, July 6-13, 2012. Camp is for students from 2nd-12th Grades. 2nd - 3rd Grade - SEEDS Weekend - July 6-8 - Cost is $95/Camper 4th-6th Grade - Youth Camp - July 8-13 - Cost is $280/camper Look for more info at the Info Desk

Youth News Confirmation Classes - Wed Nights 6-7:30pm NO CLASS THIS WEEK! Enjoy your Winter Break. Bible Camp Zion is going to Camp Wapo in Amery, WI, July 6-13, 2012. Come be a part of a great experience! 6th-8th Grade - Youth Camp - July 8-13 Cost is $280/camper 9th - 12th Grade - TIM (Teens in Mission) Team - July 6 - 13 Cost is $280/camper Look for brochures at the info desk. Graceland - Sr High Youth Group - Wed Nights 7:30-9pm Sr High Lock-Out This Wednesday! Bring a friend! Sr High Lock-Out - Wed Dec 28 - 6-11pm This is open to all Sr High students! Movie, Bowling and Pizza! Cost is only $15/person. This covers movie, bowling and pizza. Bring spending money for other concessions. Please register by Christmas day. Go to zionbuffalo.org/youth for more info!

Mission Trip to AKCLI in Africa-Summer 2012 As part of our Global Mission partnership, Minda Squadroni is taking a group of people to the Village of Hope in Zambia in the summer of 2012. It will be a two week trip, tentatively set for July 25 through August 10. Already five adults have said that they would be part of this team. We will be volunteering our time and talents while we are there. Any talents that you have can and will be used at the Village. The Village is co-founded by Minda Squadroni’s sister and brother-in -law, Kathleen and Benedict Schwartz. Approximate cost for the trip is $4000 which will include your passport, shots and prescriptions, plane fair (approx. $2500), daily room and board- $50 per day, spending money, and money for a possible trip to Victoria Falls. We will be fund raising at church to help defray costs. If you are interested, please contact Minda Squadroni at mjsquadro@gmail.com or 682-4064. The deadline to sign up is Jan. 31, 2012. Informational meetings will be set up as needed. The trip will be an exciting way to share our faith in our global community.

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