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Welcome to Zion Lutheran Church Sunday, March 11, 2012 - Third Sunday in Lent

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

Church Officers Steve Peterson, Council President Kelly Hanson, Vice President Roger Brenny, Treasurer Tom Moline, Secretary

God made the Sabbath holy and gave it to all as a gift. He invites us to lay aside our work and worries, to trust that because he is in control, we’re free to rest and worship. Welcome!

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, March 11 8:30am Traditional Service, Sunday School, Nursery 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express, 10:30am Jubilee Worship, Sunday School, Nursery 11:30am Coffee Fellowship 12:00pm Intergenerational Dinner Monday, March 12 6:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal 6:30pm Overeaters Anonymous Tuesday, March 13 9:00am Harvest of Hands Craft Day 9:00am Kitchen Cleaning 6:30pm Outreach Evangelism Meeting 7:00pm Global Missions Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal Wednesday, March 14 9:30am Women’s Study 10:00am Devotions at Park View 12:00pm Lent Worship Service 2:45pm Class Ring 3:30pm SONshine Choir 3:45pm Ring Forth 3:45pm Kids’ Place 4:45pm Joy Choir 5:00pm Family Supper

8:30 Service Council: Roger Brenny, Sue Lyrek Coffee Fellowship: Bill and JT Sandberg Greeters: Dale and Ione Olson, Doug and Nancy Schroeppel, Arlen and Mary Willie Ushers: Darrell Anderson, Len Bengtson Craig Fautsch, Steve Dehmer, Gary Theis, Daryl and Linda Engwall 10:30 Service Coffee Fellowship: Warren and Sue Myhre Greeters: Tim and Cheryl Bohnen, Rick and Nancy Dehmer, Dave and Nancy Monsrud Ushers: Russ Peterson, Jon Huston, Joel Bjerke

Thursday, March 15 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study 9:00am Lutheran Social Services 6:30pm Rivers of Hope 6:30pm Bible Study—How the Bible speaks to us about suffering and hope 7:00pm Rebecca Circle Sunday, March 18 8:30am Traditional Worship with Holy Communion, Sunday School, Nursery 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express 10:30am Jubilee Worship with Holy Communion, Sunday School, Nursery 11:30am Coffee Fellowship 2:00pm Park View Care Center Devotions 2:30pm Winterfest

Attendance Report for Sunday, March 4, 2011: 8:30: 344

Today’s Volunteers

5:15pm Youth Choir 6:30pm Lenten Worship Service 7:15pm Harvest of Hands Crafts 7:15pm Joyful Ringers 7:15pm Senior Choir 7:30pm Graceland Sr High Youth Group

10:30: 489

Total: 833

Plant Sale for Easter Garden The Property Committee will be selling plants for the Easter Garden as they did last year. Forms are now at the Information Desk if you would like to participate. The proceeds of the plant sale will be used toward the Fellowship Improvement Project which involves new carpet, tile and painting. The Following items can be picked up at the Information Desk TODAY: Zion 2011 Annual Reports or you may go to zionbuffalo.org to download the report. First Communion Stolls/Certificates left behind from last Sunday’s recognition 2011 Confirmation Pictures Zion Membership Directory Updates

Q: Who said: “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” AND: “for in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of god and silver.” A: Martin Luther, German reformer and theologian


In Our Thoughts & Prayers

Children’s Ministries

Baptism at Family Express: Jeron Levi, son of Christina and Ed Cox. Sponsors are Ryan Cox and Heather Ebnet.

March 11 - Pre-K - Jesus forgives Grades 1 - 3 - Characteristics of Jesus Loving / Obedient / Forgiving Grade 4 - Traditional Grades 5-6 - Grapple March 11 - Change for Children / Incentive: Pajama Day! March 14 - Kids Place March 18 - Pre-K - Last Supper Grades 1 - 3 - Characteristics of Jesus Loving / Obedient / Forgiving Grade 4 - Traditional Grades 5-6 - Traditional March 18 - Change for Children / Incentive

Baptisms at 10:30: Owen David, son of Annette and Nathan Stender. Sponsors are Katie Thompson and Riika Quernemoen. Nolan Keith, son of Jenna and Brandon McGowan. Sponsors are Jamie and Nathan Marck. Grandparents are Leanne and Keith Katnis. Flowers on Altar: In memory of A. F. (Bud Denk) from Karron Denk. 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, Pastor Steve Svoboda stationed in Qatar; Alex Euerle deployed to Afghanistan; Josh Nelson, nephew of Sue Hermosillo, deployed to Afghanistan Prayer Concerns Dawn Stubbs, Nate Synstelian, Bill Wychor, Milt Running, Adam Brophy, Joy Klein, Jack and JoAnne Machula, Leon Trigg, Renae Groff, Melissa Janzen, Julie Daugherty, Bill Deneen, Nel Fuchs, Caroline Seely, Ancil Walden, Dee Dee Wood, Morgan Anderson, Norma Ramstad, Rollie Blakely

Announcements & Upcoming Events Truckload of Life Packaging Event sign-ups will be held at the Information Desk TODAY. The goal for Sunday, April 15 is to package 100,000 meals for distribution through Out Reach International Kids Care. This packing will be done on site at Zion. Here are the following packing shifts that you can sign up for: 9:3010:30; Noon-2pm; 1:30-3:30pm; 3-5pm. Sunday School students will be doing some packing during their regular Sunday school time. The 8:30 and 10:30 shifts are for Sunday School students only and they do not have to sign up for those slots. Students may sign up for an extra shift before or after Sunday School (they must have a parent to sign up with them.

2012 Easter Garden Every year Zion has a beautiful display of all kinds of different plants and blooming flowers for our Sunday morning Easter Services. The plants/ flowers are usually given in memory of or in honor of someone special to you and/or your family. It is a nice way to recognize your loved ones and to show gratitude for God’s many blessings. The plants are arranged on Saturday at noon. If you can help, please feel free to stop in, and lend a hand. If you would like to donate a lily or other plant: 1. Fill in the form below, by Monday, April 2. A list of plant donors will be published in the bulletin on Easter Sunday. 2. Order from the Zion Property Committee Plant Fundraiser (check on-line Friday or stop by info desk Sunday for more details), order from the florist directly, or pick one up at a grocery store. Instruct the florist to put your name on your plant and have them deliver it between 9:00am and 11:00am on Saturday, April 7. 4. IF YOU BRING THE PLANT, REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR NAME ON IT! 5. Pick up your plant after the 10:30 Easter Service or Tuesday, April 10.

Please either tear off and put in offering plate, or phone information to (763) 682-1245, or mail to the church office - P.O. Box 88, Buffalo. In MEMORY of ______________________________________________________ In HONOR of ______________________________________________________

Donated by ______________________________________________________

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 $290/camper Registration and deposit were due - Mar 4. Go to zionbuffalo.org/children for more info

Youth News Confirmation Classes There are NO Confirmation Classes during Lent. Enjoy Wednesday Lenten services with your family. 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 9th - 12th Grade - TIM (Teens in Mission) Team - July 6 - 13 Cost is $290/camper. A $100/camper deposit is required. Look for brochures at the Info Desk. Registration and deposit were due - Mar 4. Graceland - Sr High Youth Group - Wed Nights 7:30-9pm Enjoy Lenten Service with your family first. Tonight’s topic: Ed’s Story 30 Hour Famine - Mar 22-23 This is an opportunity for 8th-12th Graders to join others in learning the truth about hunger, poverty, and injustice - then overcome it all with love, to rise up and serve the hungry. The cost is at least $10/person or more. As only $1 can feed a child for a day. So, the more you raise or pay, the more you can feed! The $10 is for a t-shirt and a journal. The fast will kick-off at 6pm on Thu Mar 22 on your own. Students are asked to be united as one force on Fri Mar 23 and make an impact in your school by wearing your shirt. Students are invited to St John's Church in Buffalo at 5pm on Fri to assist with service projects, play games, worship, listen to speakers and build community all for a great cause. Go to zionbuffalo.org/youth for more info On Thursday evening, March 29, about 250 families who rely on the Buffalo Food Shelf will come to Zion for a meal, Easter treats for the kids, and a meal basket including a ham and all the trimmings for an Easter meal. Here's how you can be part of this mission: --donate food items and paper products for the baskets --make a financial contribution to help purchase additional items from Second Harvest --volunteer to greet people, prepare and serve the meal, distribute the baskets, or carry them out for families This project is part of Zion's Social Ministry Committee's ministry to make Zion known as a ‘pillar’ in the city that cares for not only for the congregation, but for everyone in the Buffalo community. Stop at the information desk this morning to contribute or sign up.


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