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Connecting With Care Births November 1 Landon Michael Jennings Ortquist to Natasha & Karl November 5 Matthew Rodney Rinderknecht to Jessica & Michael

Baptisms November 11 Kaidyn Robert Pederson

Funerals November 1 John Haried November 13 Gloria Moe

Active Military Please Pray For Ben Pecarina Stationed in Georgia Will Dobbins Deployed on the USS Peleliu Christopher Brophy Stationed at Ft Riley, KS Greg Bremseth Stationed at Ft Bliss, TX Deanna Strommen Stationed in Washington, DC Christopher Schmidt Deployed to the Persian Gulf Cody Bauman Stationed at Fort Bragg, NC Trey Wilson Stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA Fred Pierce Stationed in Miramar, CA Doug Pecarina Army National Guard Alex Euerle Deployed to Afghanistan

Warm Your Heart, Soul, and Mind The Christmas decorations will be put away, the holiday celebrations will be memories. Women, here's a great chance for you to warm your heart, soul and mind in January. On Saturday, January 19 there will be time for women to come to Zion for a retreat day with family and friends. Cost is $15/person for a great day of enrichment, great food, time with friends and surprises to take home. Sign up online at, at the information desk, or by calling the Zion office.

Schedule Sneak Peek 8:30am: Doors open for registration and continental breakfast 9:00am: Welcome Morning Session: Time Management/Stress Relievers, presented by Carol Nusbaum Wellness Wanderings: Your choice of walking through “fair style� interest areas in Fellowship Hall, attending half-hour sessions with topics of health and wellness presented by Allina Health or gardening ideas from Thea Adams, attending a yoga session, walking a prayer walk in and around the building, or chatting with friends Lunch: A great meal created by food specialist Mary Jane Miller. After lunch we'll be treated to insider information from Mary Jane about how to cook the great foods we've shared and we'll hear from Dr. Mary Wilkens who will wrap up our day with thoughts about warming our hearts and souls with God's presence in our daily lives.

Plenary Speakers Carol Nusbaum is a Zion member who has been a part of many caring ministries at Zion. During her career years, Carol has worked with the USDA Child & Adult Care Food Program for 27 years and is currently retired from her position as Director of Field Operations for Providers Choice, Inc. She has presented on a number of different topics at national TSA conferences, NAFCC conferences, MNAEYC, NAEYC, & PCI conferences from coast to coast. Mary Jane Miller, a Buffalo "local" has connections and interests in a wide variety of culinary arts from the newly forming Buffalo Food Coop to the MN Governor's mansion to the Channel 5 show Twin Cities Live. Check out her website at Dr. Mary Wilkens comes to us from Golden Valley. With 20+ years in family practice, Dr. Wilkens connects with at-risk students through the Hopkins High School and works as a preceptor through the Methodist Hospital Family Practice residency program. Mary's family, including her husband and children, has experienced what it means to serve God in everyday life and careers.


Creating a community where people are connected

Young Couples Get Together All “young” couples from Zion are invited for a time of fellowship and a chance to connect and get to know other young families at Zion. Gather at Huikko’s Bowling and Entertainment Center on Friday, January 4, from 7-11pm. Stop in for a little bit or come for the whole time – but leave the kiddos at home (with a sitter of course J)! We will have some time to just chat and get to know each other better, possibly get some food and maybe even bowl a few games.

Wednesday Suppers

RSVP by January 3 via Zion’s Facebook page or to Kirsten at

Meals will be served each week until the end of the school year excluding school breaks.

There’s a tasty meal waiting for you every Wednesday from 5:00-6:15 in the Fellowship Hall for a suggested donation of $4 per plate/$15/family. The best deal in town!

Winter New Member Introduction

January 2: Soup/Chili/ Hotdog

The next New Member Introduction will be held after lunch on Sunday, January 27. 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. Lunch is included and childcare is available.

January 9: Brunch Menu

Those that decide to become members will be formally received into our congregation on Sunday, February 3.

January 23: Sloppy Joes

Register at or at the information desk.

January 16: Tacos January 30: Soup/Chili/ Hotdog

The Tana French Series The Zion Book Club will not meet in December. Their selection for Monday, January 12, is the Tana French Series (In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, and the most recent, Broken Harbor).

In the Woods ‘Sharply written and insidiously creepy, this is a mesmerizing read that grabs hold of the reader from the very first page and doesn’t let go until well past two in the morning.’ - The Times

The Likeness ‘Police procedures, psychological thrills and gothic romance beautifully woven into one stunning story.’ - Kirkus

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in relationships and supported in need.

What Are We Pinning? Bible Verses Lutheran “Stuff” Craft Ideas People at Zion ZionBuffalo


Living God’s Call Walking By Faith A new women’s Bible study series, entitled Walking By Faith: Lessons Learned in the Dark, will begin on Wednesday, January 9. Author, Jennifer Rothchild compares her blindness with what it means to have true faith in something beyond ourselves. This is a great opportunity for new participants to join in the discussion. This group meets on Wednesday mornings, starting January 9, at 9:30 in the Zion Library . Contact Donna Magnan at 763.972.6403 to register.

Lorraine Statema I cannot thank Lorraine enough for all she has taught me…I met her as a volunteer and she became my friend! Dawn Bestick, Administrative Assistant by Lorraine Statema I grew up on a farm near Hamel, Minnesota. I had two brothers and there was always lots of things to do and enjoy in those carefree days. I then met Bernard Statema and we were married and had three children, one daughter and two sons. I really enjoy my seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, all living in or near my home in Delano. My husband and I attended Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wayzata up until 1988. We made the decision to move out farther west to the small community of Delano, Minnesota. Of course, we would need to find a new church, and questioned some of our friends who knew the area. They highly recommended we try Zion Lutheran Church in nearby Buffalo, Minnesota. We found the church very friendly and it soon became our "home" and we became members. It remains my place of worship for these past 24 years. Bernard passed away in 2002, and life has changed for me. After having spent over 48 years working in an office, it was only natural that I could find a place to volunteer some of my retirement years filling in where I could be needed.

Let Us Know Address, Phone & Email Corrections If you have had any changes to your address, phone number, marital status, etc. please contact the office with your name, phone number and the changes that need to be made in our database. If You Are Ill Hospitals no longer notify churches when their members are admitted for care. Let us know so we can support you with prayer and presence. Prayer Requests Please use a yellow pew card, post on the Prayer Wall of our online community, or contact the office with your prayer requests. 763.682.1245


I had been employed in the office of Boyer Garbage Service in Loretto, Minnesota for 18 years. I then continued my office career for the next 20 years a McQuay International in Plymouth before retiring. I well remember the Sunday after my working was complete, when I mentioned to Sherilyn Burgdorf what I might be doing with my extra hours. She was quick to respond, "you can always become a volunteer in our church office." So began these last ten years serving in various ways at Zion's church office. Along the way, there have been many experiences, all very rewarding, in just being on hand to do all the miscellaneous jobs that are required in a busy office with a thriving congregation. One of my special privileges has been to help prepare for our communion services. Since being a widow, it has become my habit to arrive at church early on Sunday mornings. We always had coffee hour after church service, and it seemed normal for me to offer to make coffee in my free time. Then one morning, I had an early call from one of the pastors, asking if I would mind going to the downtown grocery to pick up the large box of doughnut holes to serve with coffee. At the time it was just a "one time emergency," but it has become one of my regular volunteer jobs. I can always enjoy the fellowship of sharing those cups of coffee and doughnut holes with dear friends. (Lorraine Statema continued on page 16)

Engaging people in a process of discipleship which inspires them

Medical Supplies

Turn Your Trash Into Cash Recycling Fundraiser for Mission Jamaica Dispose of used cell phones, ink cartridges, and small electronics in an earthfriendly manner and support Mission Jamaica at the same time. The Mission Jamaica Team is collecting these items to raise money to support Mission Jamaica. Bring your items to the collection bin near the information desk throughout January.

Mission Trip Supplies

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The Mission Jamaica team will be collecting medical and construction items from January 27 through February 17. Donations of these supplies will be taken to Jamaica by the Zion team. Cash donations are also welcome and will be used to buy wholesale bulk medical and construction supplies as well as supplies that need to be purchased after they arrive in the country. Make your check payable to Zion Lutheran Church, with ‘Mission Jamaica’ in the memo, and place it in a pew envelope.

*Vitamins (children and adult) *Dandruff Shampoo *Reading Glasses & Sunglasses (any prescription glasses) *Ziploc bags (snack & quart) Watches Antibiotic Ointments (triple antibiotic, neosporin, neomycin, bacitracin) Antacid Meds (tums, prilosec, pepcid, zantac, acifex) Anti-constipation Meds (milk of magnesia, senna, dulcolax, metamucil) Antifungal Ointments (tinactin,mycolog, kenolog, lotrimin, tolfanate, etc) Cough Syrup (guiafenesin cough syrup or mucinex tablets) Steroid Ointments (hydrocortisone) Band-Aids Hand Sanitizer (Purell, etc.) CPAP machines, nebulizers Wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, commodes Sprain boots, arm slings, Ace wraps etc.

Medications can be open and must expire before 10/13

Construction Equipment

We will continue to give used glasses (reading glasses, sun glasses, prescription glasses) which were well received last year.

*Caulk (white, paintable, silicone) Nuts, *bolts, nails and screws *Plastic storage containers (all sizes from cool whip containers to storage bins) Hammers, Screw Drivers, Handsaws Tape Measures, Levels & Squares Work gloves / Leather gloves Wire cutting pliers, Pliers, utility knives, Pry bars or Crowbars 7 ¼ skill saw blades, carbide wood and metal cutting type Levels up to 24 inches long 3/8 drill with cord and Phillips bits #2 50 ft electric cord, 3 way connector L-shaped shelf brackets Double & Queen flat sheets, blankets, pillow cases, shower curtains & liners Flatware Wash towels, soap, large towels

Thank you for supporting your Medical Team!

School Supplies

Dr. Andrew Burgdorf and the Zion MJ Medical Team

12-inch Rulers, Calculators, Scissors, Glue Notebooks (taped binding type only), kids’ books, coloring books Pens and Pencils, Colored Pencils Small Backpacks, Storage Containers

Our number one request for medicine donations is for child and adult Multiple Vitamins. We can use unlimited amounts as malnutrition and pregnancy is common in Jamaica. Dressing supplies, Ace wraps (or similar), and Band Aids are very useful. Please consider cleaning out your closet or basement of old crutches, wheelchairs, commodes, walkers, leg (CAM) braces, ankle splints, AFO's (for foot drop), back braces, arm slings, neck collars, hand/arm splints such as for carpal tunnel syndrome, nebulizers, CPAP machines. We will get these "lightly used" items to people who can really use them. This year we are planning to give donated "lightly used" watches as "prizes" to patients coming to the clinic who do not need any medication so that they do not leave the clinic pharmacy empty handed.

to trust in Christ, grow in faith, and serve God’s world.


Celebrating on Sundays Our Mission... Senior Choir Sings at Redeemer Zion seeks to Share Christ’s Word, Strengthen our Faith, and Serve those in need.

Many of you may remember the song, ” Do you It is so rewarding and wonderful to know the way to San Jose?” Well, let me ask you, visit our sister church at Redeemer. do you know the way to Redeemer Lutheran With all of its different ethnic Church, our partner congregation in North groups, it is humbling to see Minneapolis? Over the past few years, many from everybody sitting together and Zion have attended Zion Day at Redeemer in worshiping our risen Lord. So April or on other occasions. They have come enlightening to see the two choirs away overjoyed with how meaningful the day was for them. singing as one. God bless the two churches in the future. Zion’s Senior Choir recently joined the Redeemer

congregation and choir for a Sunday service. Ron and Gloria Siemers Many of them had been to Redeemer before, but for many others, it was a first time. I asked some of them what the experience was like for them. Here are a few of their responses:

Sue Wright I am still reveling in the glow from the Senior Choir’s Sunday at Redeemer. Singing In This Very Room has never been so moving as when we shared it with those earnestly believing faces. Reliance on faith was evident in the room by action, word, and deed. A few of Redeemer’s choir members joined us for another song and raised the level of praise even higher. If you haven’t had a chance to worship with our sister church, go soon – you will not regret it.

Our Vision… Helping people experience the joy of life in Christ by: 1. Celebrating on Sundays: Creating Sunday morning experiences that invite, welcome, engage and inspire people to live for Christ. 2. Living God’s Call: Engaging people in a process of discipleship which inspires them to trust in Christ, grow in faith, and serve God’s world. 3. Connecting with Care: Creating a community where people are connected in relationships and supported in need.


Gary and Mary Lynn Leff Pastor Kelly Chatman (Redeemer) in his sermon on November 18, talked about “earthquakes” in our lives and in our churches. One of his examples; a service that lasts longer than an hour! We experienced an earthquake – a service that lasted much longer than an hour. In that time we heard extensive prayer requests, announcements, Passing-the-Peace that lasted more than 30 seconds, and people introducing themselves publicly to others. We heard music from the soul as Leon sang “Precious Lord” with our Zion choir. We learned about neighborhood projects being carried out at Redeemer. Perhaps most poignant to us is the color-blend of the congregation. Black and white – they are equal in HIS sight! We went to GIVE (music) and left having RECEIVED. We received acceptance, inspiration, and joy.

Mike Walsh It was a wonderful morning singing at Redeemer! From singing with the musicians at Redeemer to hearing Alyssa & Kent’s rendition of “His Eye is On the Sparrow”, it was a very moving and musical experience. The 2+ hours from the beginning of the Prayer and Praise time through the end of the service seemed to race by. By the end we were talking about making it an annual event! (Choir sings at Redeemer continued on page 15)

Creating Sunday morning experiences at Zion that invite,

In the Beginning… God Gave! The scriptures are a testimony to the generosity of God. First, God gave the world with its beauty and bounty. Next, God gave life to humans. As followers of Christ one of the things we recognize is that, first and foremost, our lives are not our own. They are a gift from God. Our breath, our surroundings, our abilities, our families, our joys and interests – all of it is given. Then God gave forgiveness. “Come now, let us set things right,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18 In the Old Testament, the portion of the Bible where the book of Isaiah is found, blood and sin were connected. Blood represented our guilt – our sin. In the Old Testament people atoned for their sin and guilt by offering a sacrifice of an animal. The animal’s blood was a sort of payment because of their guilt. Christ came to bring us forgiveness once and for all. His blood brings eternal forgiveness. His death on the cross brings the end of our guilt. Jesus has taken your sin and mine upon himself. Because of what he has done, we are forgiven. One way of describing the Christian life is to say it is a life of showing our gratitude to God. There is no better long-term forecast than to know we are forgiven by God for all our sin and failure. There is no better long-term forecast than to have the promise of life eternally in God’s presence. Living life as a Christian is saying “Thank you to God” with everything we do. And that is why we “give back” to God. We give back to God out of gratitude for what God has first given to us. Our lives are one long thank you letter. At Zion we invite everyone to give financially to God’s mission through our church. Our financial giving is no different than giving our time or our abilities to a church project or ministry. We give our time and abilities/gifts because we are grateful for all that God has done for us. Giving our money is another way to say “Thank you” to God. In fact, the way we live our lives, everyday, is a way of saying “Thank you” to God. In the beginning… As we start out this new year, it is a great time to remind ourselves that all we have comes from God. Our year past was a gift from God. The year that lies ahead is a gift from God. Our very life and next breath is a gift from God. How will you say “Thank you, God” in 2013? May your new year be filled with God’s best for you!

Sunday Worship Services 8:30am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary with nursery available, Sunday School during the school year 9:45am Family Express in Trinity Hall 10:30am Contemporary Worship in the Sanctuary with nursery available, Sunday School during the school year

Worship Schedule Sunday, January 6

Epiphany of Our Lord Matthew 2:1-12 Pastor Ted Preaching

Sunday, January 13

Baptism of Our Lord

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Pastor Ted Preaching Sunday, January 20

Second Sunday after Epiphany John 2:1-11 Pastor Luke Preaching Sunday, January 27

Third Sunday after Epiphany Luke 4:14-21 Pastor Ted Preaching

The Baptism Class 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. The next classes are Sunday, February 10, and Sunday, April 14, at noon. Register at or by calling the office.

welcome, engage and inspire people to live for Christ.


Finance & Stewardship Memorial Gifts Received

November 2012 Financial Report

Gift to the Zion Memorial Fund in memory of Joanne Machula from Jack Machula.

General Services Fund

Thanks from Blue Star Mothers Blue Star Mothers thanks the congregation for all the help, generous donations and home made cookies for the Blue Star Mothers project of mailing Christmas boxes to troops. We had so many awesome cookies and the donations were amazing!! Packs of batteries, magazines, books, shampoos, lotion, etc. to chips, coffee, tea, candy! It truly was soup to nuts! We also had letters and cards to send in the stockings from children and adults. Unbelievable how these children write from their hearts. The troops love to read every card and letter and they appreciate receiving them.


General Offering Rent and Sunday School WedNite Supper Income Missions and Hunger Other Designations

Nov 2012 $55,928 2,401 801 1,707 933

YTD 2012

Nov 2011

YTD 2011

Total Income





$1,000 62,278

$11,000 651,349

$1,000 57,699

$11,000 642,266






Synod Benevolence Other General Services

Total Expenses

Checkbook balance as of 11-30-2012:


We mailed out MANY boxes packed full of Christmas stockings filled with all your generous donations on November 20, 2012.

Total Income

Thank you, Thank you. May the Lord Bless you all.

Sandy Brophy, Jenny Pecarina, Laurie and Teresa Mandery and the rest of the Blue Star Mothers of Wright County. A Blue Star Mother is someone who has a child or children now serving or has served in our U. S. military. We meet on the first Monday of the month here at Zion at 7:00pm in the Sheep Sunday School room. All are welcome and encouraged to attend if you have a loved one serving in the military. Blue Star Mothers can be contacted at


$56,587 2,218 957 813 2,882

$617,255 22,301 7,874 12,328 15,280


A Promising Tomorrow/Building Fund

The monetary donations – Wow!! Thank you. Your kindness helped make the troops’ holidays a little easier being away from home.

We wanted the troops to know we haven’t forgotten them and never will. We couldn’t have done this project without you. All your help, kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated.

$621,152 22,852 7,058 13,589 16,802

Offerings and Interest Other Receipts


Nov 2012

YTD 2012

Nov 2011

YTD 2011





$15,869 0 0 0 15

$174,559 0 6,000 0 45

$15,869 0 0 0 0

$167,116 3,653 20,000 0 30





Building Mortgage Roof/Parking Lot Loan Kairos Consulting Interest Expense on LOC Bank Service Charge

Total Expenses

$16,042 0

$167,928 0

Checkbook balance as of 11-30-2012:

$17,092 0

$178,416 0


Thank you for your continued support of God’s work at Zion Lutheran Church.

Planned Giving In 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, Paul writes, “The point is this: The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, but the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion.” To be planned or intentional means to make up your mind, develop a plan, and then turn your plan into action. If you dig into your purse or wallet Sunday morning to see what’s left for morning offering, you probably need to make a plan about your giving. If your giving changes each week depending on the balance in your checkbook, you probably need to make a plan about your giving. Planned and intentional giving sets you free. If you put your planned giving amount aside at the beginning of each week, you can freely live on the rest of your income. Hopefully, as you prayerfully completed your Estimate of Giving Card for this coming year, you have made up your mind, and have developed a plan for giving and with discipline. The card helps each of us be intentional in our giving. If you have not yet returned your Estimate of Giving Card for 2013, I encourage you to do so. It is a privilege to commit to partner with God in ministry.

Winter Winter can be a difficult season. Days are shorter, less sunshine and more darkness. Temperatures and weather conditions can prevent us from connecting with each other and keep some of us homebound. Yet the first image that comes to mind for me is a landscape covered with sparkling, glittering frost. In the cold and quiet solitude, I can see my breath. “Breathe on me, breath of God; fill me with life anew, that I may love all that you love and do what you would do.” (LBW #488 Breathe on Me Breath of God) This mosaic tile artwork is one of eight 2×4-foot pieces created by 2012 Vacation Bible School students, grades one through six. LeeAnn Goerss planned and supervised the project, Mike Otten grouted them, and the Memorials & Placement Committee helped fund them. Panels will be posted on Pinterest throughout the 2012-2013 school year, and all of the panels will eventually be on permanent display at Zion.

L.S.S. Counseling Available at Zion once a week, every Thursday. Evening appointments can also be scheduled. Provider for many insurances with sliding scale. Call Miho Adkins at 1.320.251.7700


January 2013 Wednesday January 2 7:00am Men's 50+ Bible Study 2:45pm Class Ring 3:45pm Ring Forth 3:45pm SONshine Choir 3:45pm Kids' Place 4:45pm Joy Choir 5:15pm Youth Choir 6:00pm Confirmation Guide Meeting 6:30pm Joyful Ringers 7:00pm Senior Choir

Wednesday January 9 9:30am Women's Bible Study 2:45pm Class Ring 3:45pm Ring Forth 3:45pm SONshine Choir 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 Property Committee Meeting 7:00pm Senior Choir 7:30pm Graceland Senior High Youth Group

Thursday January 3 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study 9:00am Lutheran Social Services 8:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal

Thursday January 10 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study 9:00am Lutheran Social Services 8:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal

Friday January 4 6:00am Friday Breakfast Crew

Friday January 11

Tuesday January 1

New Year's Day Church Office Closed

Saturday January 12

Saturday January 5 10:00am Wedding

Sunday January 13

Installation of Council Members

Sunday January 6

Holy Communion at 8:30, 9:45, & 10:30

8:30am Traditional Worship Service 8:30am Sunday School 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 11:30am Coffee Fellowship Monday January 7 8:00am Men's Bible Study 7:00pm Mission Jamaica team meeting Tuesday January 8 9:00am Zion Staff Retreat 6:30pm Outreach & Evangelism Committee 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal 7:00pm Global Missions Committee

7:00am Cinnamon Rolls 8:30am Traditional Worship Service 8:30am Sunday School 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 11:30am Coffee Fellowship

Wednesday January 16 7:00am Men's 50+ Bible Study 9:15am Sunrise Devotions 9:30am Women's Bible Study 2:45pm Class Ring 3:45pm Ring Forth 3:45pm SONshine Choir 3:45pm Kids' Place 4:45pm Joy Choir 5:00pm Wednesday Night Supper 5:15pm Youth Choir 6:00pm Worship and Music Committee 6:00pm Confirmation 6:30pm Joyful Ringers 7:00pm Senior Choir 7:30pm Graceland Senior High Youth Group 7:30pm Church Council Meeting Thursday January 17 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study 9:00am Lutheran Social Services 6:30pm Youth Board Meeting 7:00pm Prayer Sister Tea Meeting 7:00pm Rebecca Circle 8:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal Friday January 18 8:00am Women's Retreat Prep 6:00pm Friday Night Fun Night: Snowtubing (grade 6-12) Saturday January 19 9:00am Women's Retreat

Monday January 14 8:00am Men's Bible Study 9:00am Women's Ministry Planning 7:00pm Zion Book Club Tuesday January 15 9:30am Staff Meeting 9:30am Naomi Circle 5:30pm Stewardship Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal Vision Team Meeting

Women’s Retreat Saturday, January 19 Carol Nusbaum Mary Jane Miller Dr. Mary Wilkens


Sunday January 20

Holy Communion at 8:30 and 10:30 Sunday School Mission Project Installation of Council Members

8:30am Traditional Worship Service 8:30am Sunday School 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Jubilee Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 11:30am Coffee Fellowship 11:30am TIM Team 12:00pm Sunday School Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 2:00pm Parkview Devotions/Communion 2:30pm Winterfest

Wednesday January 23 9:30am Devotions at Lake Ridge 9:30am Women's Bible Study 10:30am Devotions at Park View 2:45pm Class Ring 3:45pm Ring Forth 3:45pm SONshine Choir 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 7:30pm Graceland Senior High Youth Group

Sunday January 27

Sanctuary Sunday Sunday School Mission Project

7:00am Cinnamon Rolls 8:30am Traditional Worship Service 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service 11:30am Coffee Fellowship 11:45am New Member Introduction

Thursday January 24 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study 9:00am Lutheran Social Services 8:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal Friday January 25 Saturday January 26 6:00pm Italian Dinner

Italian Dinner and Variety Show Saturday January 26

Monday January 21

Martin Luther King's Birthday Church Office Closed 8:00am Men's Bible Study

Tuesday January 22 9:30am Staff Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal 7:00pm Personnel Committee Meeting

6pm Dinner 7:15pm Show

New Member Introduction Monday January 28 8:00am Men's Bible Study Tuesday January 29 9:30am Staff Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal Wednesday January 30 9:30am Women's Bible Study 2:45pm Class Ring 3:45pm Ring Forth 3:45pm SONshine Choir 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 7:30pm Graceland Senior High Youth Group Thursday January 31 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study 9:00am Lutheran Social Services 8:00pm First Sunday Rehearsal


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

Friday Night Fun Night / Snowtubing

Engage. Grow. Proclaim. Zion Youth Ministries exists to engage youth, help them grow and proclaim faith in Christ.

Students need to be at Zion by 5:30pm with proper winter gear (hats, gloves, snow pants, etc. - if students are not properly dressed, they will not be able to go). The buses will leave Zion at 6pm and return by 10pm. The cost is only $20 per student, plus money for concessions, if they want.

Friday Breakfast Crew Senior High Students - Come out to Perkins on Friday, January 4 at 6am for a chance to check-in with everyone. Make sure to bring money for food and a tip for our great servers!

Youth Board There is a Youth Board meeting on Thursday, January 17, at 6:30pm.

TIM Team TIM Team (Teens in Mission) will meet on Sunday, January 20, at 11:30 in the Café Corner.

Confirmation/Graceland There will be NO Confirmation for students or Graceland on Wednesday, January 2 (due to winter break). Be safe and have fun!

Everything Else Check the website for Graceland and Confirmation schedules:

1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.


Middle School and Senior High students are invited to go snowtubing at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove on Friday, January 18.

More information, sign up, and the required waiver can be found at Students need to be registered and paid by Sunday, January 6.

Bible Camp at Camp Wapo Zion is again teaming up with Lake Wapogasset Bible Camp in Amery, WI this summer to offer a superb summer camping experience! Bible Camp is a place where fun and faith collide. Campers encounter God’s word, make friends and create memories to last a lifetime. Youth Camp, which is open to current 4th-8th graders, is from Sunday, July 7, to Friday, July 12. The week is packed with a variety of activities that are meant to impact kids for eternity. Each day includes Bible study, chapel, cabin activities, free time, field games and campfire. TIM Team is a leadership development opportunity for current 9th-12th graders, who commit to one year of service as leaders in their home church, working primarily with younger youth. TIM Teamers will stay at Ox Lake, as well as experiencing the Low / High Ropes Challenge Course. During the week, much of each day is spent at Wapo, participating as leaders with the younger youth from Zion. TIM Team is from Saturday, July 6, to Friday July 12. In the past, thanks to a generous gift from the Zion Foundation, the cost has been reduced to $295/camper. Final cost for this year will be available in January. Registrations and a $100 deposit/student must be in by February 17 to secure your student’s spot at camp. There is financial assistance available to those who are in need. Do not let finances be a reason that you do not send your student to camp!

Italian Dinner & Variety Show Save the date! Saturday, January 26 … the Italian Dinner and Variety Show will once again be hosted by the Zion Senior High Youth at 6pm in Trinity Hall. There are still spots open for acts this year! If you can juggle, sing, dance, do magic, play an instrument, bend bars with your bare hands or all of these at once, contact Myron by January 13 to reserve your spot in this year’s show!

Confirmation Guide Meeting There is a Confirmation Guide meeting at 6pm on Jan 2. Dinner will be provided.

Children’s Ministry Family Matters

CoDirectors of Christian Education

Holly Husom

We all have different definitions of “family.” Many of us think of our immediate family when we hear the word – parents, brothers, sisters. Several of us would also consider our close friends to be family as well. I heard a cute saying recently that “Friends are the family that you choose”. No matter who you call your family, I think we can all agree that these people are essential – even crucial – to our health and growth as individuals and people. According to Search Institute, there are Internal and External Assets that children need in order to grow up “healthy.” Many of these assets include family in one way, shape or form. According to their website (, “The Developmental Assets® are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible, successful adults.” The second asset on the list of 40 is “Positive Family Communication.” As parents, we need to be talking with our children all the time (and at every age) to help them grow in faith, discern right from wrong, learn how to make good decisions, and develop strong values and integrity. However, in our society (where we are often running at break-neck speed), good communication often gets left by the wayside as we rush to the next activity. We have good intentions, we are just so BUSY. Coupled with that is our child’s disdain for these “deep” conversations which makes it even harder at times to pursue “positive family communication”. One way that Zion plans to partner with families to strengthen communication in the new year is through a new series called “Family Matters”… because families DO matter at Zion and the topics at these events will be related to family issues. At Family Matters we will bring in speakers to talk about topics related to parenting and family. The purpose of these events will be to increase dialogue between children and parents on important issues and also to connect Zion parents to each other in a way that can provide mutual support and care. Check out page 16 for the first of these Family Matters events coming on February 6! In the next few weeks, try to be mindful of how many times you tell someone how busy you are when they ask how you’re doing. It’s almost as if our value as a person is determined by how much we have going on. I challenge us all to take a look at how we are spending time with our kids. What positive family communication is taking place in our households? How are we discussing faith and values with our children and using the teachable moments to bring faith into everyday life? May 2013 be a time of rich family conversation in your home as you continue to grow and learn together in faith!

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Kirsten Kelly

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Sunday School Calendar January 6 Pre-K 1st-3rd 4th 5th-6th

Jesus Came for Me David and Goliath B2—How the World Began You’re Not Called to be Normal

January 13 Pre-K 1st-3rd 4th 5th-6th

Life of Jesus David and Jonathan 10 Commandments Grapple

January 20 Pre-K 1st-3rd 4th 5th-6th

Life of Jesus David the King 10 Commandments How to Start a Riot

January 27 Sanctuary Sunday

Advent at Zion During the weeks of Advent, the Sunday School kids made some wonderful projects! The preschool, kindergarteners, and 4th-6th graders made a wooden manger to take home and use for years to come and the 1st3rd graders made luminaries (out of canning jars) that were used to line the sidewalks on Christmas Eve. Thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers and teachers that made these two special projects so successful and meaningful!

Blessings, Kirsten Kelly


Tom Moline Communion Card FAQ Why Fill Out Communion Cards? Zion’s constitution defines a voting member as a confirmed member who has “communed and made a contribution of record during the current or preceding year,” so we need a list of those that have communed to be able to determine voting members. The synod requires us to report how many of our members communed each year. It helps our pastors keep a handle on the spiritual health of our congregation. Who Should Fill Out A Communion Card? It is very helpful to the office staff and volunteers if you complete one card per household rather than a card for each individual. Having less total cards makes the task of alphabetizing and entering them into the computer much easier. What Do I Write On The Card? The only piece of information that we use from the communion cards is the name or names. Please include the first names of all family members who are communing as well as the last name. Do not include young children who are receiving a blessing rather than communion. Zion is a large church, and there may be another family with the same last name as you, or those doing data entry may not know all the members of your family. If we cannot tell which specific members of your family are indicated, your communion will not be recorded. Can I Put My New Address On A Communion Card? If you have a new address, phone number, email, prayer request, or other concern, please use the white welcome cards. Communion cards are often not processed for several weeks or longer and we do not look at the back.


Tom Moline works as a graphic artist at Tolomatic, Inc. in Hamel, MN. He is married to Karen and has two sons, Taylor (a student at North Hennepin Community College), and Dan (a senior at Buffalo High School). Tom describes himself as “closer to 60 than 50, but when averaged against my emotional maturity my age is like 29.” He is good at creating posters and other literature, and has had a lot of photography experience. “I've been a graphic artist since 1977. I used to keyline, and hand draw in pen and ink. Now everything is done on the computer. I kind of miss drawing.” Connie and Vern Wahlstrom lead the Moline Family to Zion 19 years ago when they moved to the Buffalo area. “Both our children were baptized here and it was through them and my involvement with Sunday School that I really began to mature in my faith life. Listening to KTIS, preparing for the lessons and answering my children's questions about God made praising the Lord a daily activity.” After 9/11, Tom made a conscious choice to try to make the world a better place, and bolstered his activities in Scouts and church. He served as a small group leader for confirmation, and became a member of the Stewardship Committee. Last year Tom was returning to the tent from a morning of deer hunting when he received a message that Pastor Ted wanted to talk to him. He agreed to serve on the Church Council because he was asked and because he saw it as an opportunity to grow and serve. “I may not be the best organized, smartest or most spiritual, but I am willing and make it a point to be available.” Tom has found getting to know other council members to be the most rewarding part of the serving on the Church Council. “These people are so supportive and friendly. As part of stewardship I have made various announcements throughout the years. I used to get SO nervous. After doing a bad job more than once - and still getting encouragement from the congregation - I began to realize that forgiveness and acceptance are THE words that describe this congregation.” One of the duties of council members is to count the offerings each Sunday. “I am constantly surprised by the generosity of the congregation. But, it should not surprise me. After all, these people are trying their best to be like God, and God is generous beyond our understanding. Beyond the walls of Zion, Tom likes to keep physically fit and enjoys fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities. In the past he was involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in Montrose, and at one time was a dog trainer and president of St. Paul Dog Training Club. Tom is looking forward to being part of Zion’s All-Ages mission trip to Duluth in July.

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Wayne Fingalson I was privileged to attend Redeemer Lutheran Church in Minneapolis as a member of the Zion Senior Choir on November 18th. This was my first visit to Redeemer and I found it to be a very positive experience. The staff and congregation of Redeemer provided a very welcoming and celebratory atmosphere. I encourage all Zion members to experience a worship service at Redeemer.

Barb Stoffel I was fortunate to be able to go to Redeemer as a member of the Zion choir on Sunday, November 18. I had gone to Redeemer several years ago with the choir and knew this would be a wonderful experience. What an inspiring, uplifting experience it was! The congregation welcomed the choir with hugs, praise, joy and prayers. We were all treated as members of their faith family and everyone joined together to praise our Lord with voices, songs, instruments and prayers. During prayer and praise time people were invited to share what was on their heart. I did share that I found out that morning that one of my kindergarten students is in need of a kidney transplant. As soon as I shared that information I could feel that little boy raised up in prayer then and throughout that morning. I have no doubt that he will continue to be prayed for daily. I invited some friends and family to join me at Redeemer and told them that they would experience a different type of church service than they may be used to. Several were able to come and exclaimed how moving and inspiring the service was and how friendly and welcoming everyone was. I hope our choir can make this a yearly event and I pray that all Zion members have an opportunity to experience worshiping at Redeemer some time in the future. As you can see, our partnership with Redeemer is not just about Zion helping another congregation. Yes, our Global Missions committee does actively support Redeemer by committing $4000 annually to Redeemer. Yes, we do have an annual Zion Day at Redeemer in April where we participate in their service. Redeemer gives so much back to us that cannot be measured in financial terms. We have seen this in the past when Pastor Kelly has been a guest preacher or when Redeemer musicians have participated in our Global Missions Sunday worship. Now, we see it again in the comments of Zion members after the recent visit to Redeemer. You may not know the way to San Jose, but if you can make two turns into Minneapolis, you can know your way to Redeemer. Please consider how you can learn more about our partner congregation, Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis, and help support that partnership.

Choir members from Zion and Redeemer joining in praise

Thanks to: Those who helped decorate Zion for Advent and Christmas

The Ultimate Resolution Resolutions are easy to make but oh so hard to keep. In fact, many people refuse to make them for that very reason. After all, by February, most people have broken them, and by March they don’t even remember what they were. It’s just too hard to change, so why try? Yet Scripture exhorts us to be more like Christ, to forgive our enemies, to tithe and to be thankful in all situations. Shouldn’t we resolve to put some of these into practice, even if ever so imperfectly? Peter admonishes us to be holy as God is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). That’s the ultimate New Year’s resolution — all but certain to be broken repeatedly before the sun sets on the first day. Yet though we fail, are we not better for trying?


Family Matters: Internet Safety The first of Zion’s new Family Matters events will be held on Wednesday, February 6, from 6-7:30 pm in Trinity Hall. The speaker will be Kevin Randolph, a father of three and an Investigator at the University of Minnesota Police Department. He will be speaking on Internet Safety: The Anti-Social Side of Social Media. He will provide parents with a lot of practical information that you won’t want to miss. Join us for this open and honest conversation about technology today. Family Matters events are for parents of any age and will be on topics related to children, youth and families. Confirmation youth will also be expected to attend. If you have any contact with kids in your life, you won’t want to miss these events!

New Wednesday Menu and a New Chance to Serve Take on something new for 2013 and be a part of one of Zion’s Wednesday night supper teams. It’s a great way to get to know a small group of people as you serve together. It’s fun to be a part of the action on Wednesday nights! Serve only 2-3 times between January and May. Help out with a great program that feeds many people each week. There’s a new menu night in the rotation beginning January 2013: Breakfast for Supper. Call Cindy Bonde at 763.684.1467 with a “Yes! Count me in!”

Annual Meeting Report At the annual congregational meeting on December 2, the following were elected: Church Council: Alisa Ireland, Harley Pommier, Ryan Rud, Kristin Wilson Nominating Committee: Roger Brenny, Sue Lyrek, Steve Peterson, Judy Weis, Duane Olson, Ed Cox. Zion Foundation: Sandy Brenny, Phil Giddings Minneapolis Area Synod Voting Members: Jason Chalupnik, Lois Monson, Blair Stewig All motions that were included in the agenda passed. (Lorraine Statema continued from page 4)

There have always been unusual experiences working in the office with all the staff. With a large congregation, there are so many needs that one would never otherwise encounter. The problems in our modern day world seem to have mushroomed these past years - there are always chances to get involved as a volunteer to help someone in a special situation. I have a wonderful home and have many visits from my family. I enjoy having a very large garden - vegetables, fruits, and lots and lots of flowers to enjoy each year. I love being able to be in my own kitchen, being able to make strawberry jams - oftentimes having lots to give away as gifts to friends and neighbors. This year I have been making some "old fashioned fruitcakes" in small cupcakes to share with family & friends. There are many opportunities for volunteer work in our local Delano community. We have a large and very active Senior Center where I love going early in the morning and working in the kitchen. There are always new programs and we have many volunteers to make our work more enjoyable. I love people and enjoy the good times of sharing with one another as we all grow older. I also belong to the General Federated Women's Club (GFWC) of Delano. We are involved in many community and civic projects, the most popular and gratifying is selecting the "senior Citizen of the Year" and then being involved in those year-long activities. We meet monthly and always have something interesting to do. Volunteering is a very rewarding chance to be needed and to feel that we truly can make a difference in many lives. I have received many blessings as I continue to volunteer at my church. I have appreciated the wonderful ways that God enables me to help as a volunteer at Zion. Where would we be without Lorraine’s helpful eye for detail on Sunday morning? It’s

reassuring to know that Lorraine will be in the building very early every Sunday, cheerfully bringing the doughnuts that she’s already picked up from Coborn's in downtown Buffalo. She’s also able to answer the hard questions like “Have we forgotten anything” as we often check the rooms after a busy Saturday of church activities. Sherilyn Burgdorf, Shared Ministry Coordinator


Italian Dinner and Variety Show Saturday, January 26 6pm Dinner - 7:15pm Show

Advance Tickets $12 Children 12 and Under $7 or $15/$8 at the door

Menu Garden Sala d Baked Ziti

Chicken Alf redo Garlic Toast Desserts

Supporting Zion’s 2013 Senior High Wind River Mission Trip

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Faithful Place ‘French’s emotionally searing third novel of the Dublin murder squad shows the Irish author getting better with each book... French is adept at seamlessly blending suspenseful whodunit elements with Frank’s familial demons.’ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Broken Harbour ‘Broken Harbor begins as a compelling and detailed procedural but soon shifts focus to the character of its characters. All are brilliantly drawn and ultimately broken... French’s descriptive powers are both vivid and nuanced, and her deeply creepy ghost estate inspires madness and a subtle kind of Gothic horror. French has never been less than very good, but Broken Harbor is a spellbinder.’ - Booklist (starred review) From The Zion Book Club is a low pressure book club. Simply come for discussion with no preparation; participants are not obligated to agree on (or even finish) the books. Come when you have interest and time, so that the book club will enrich your life and not become another stress or obligation. Upcoming Book Club selections include Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn on February 11 The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver on March 11, and The Cellist of Sarajevo on April 8.

A New Year poem Another fresh new year is here … Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt, and fear, To love and laugh and give! This bright new year is given me To live each day with zest … To daily grow and try to be My highest and my best! I have the opportunity Once more to right some wrongs, To pray for peace, to plant a tree, And sing more joyful songs! —William Arthur Ward

Sunday Announcements The relationships of our members with one another bring a richness to our lives and we want to foster these relationships. If you would like your church family to be aware of any special celebrations in your life or the lives of your loved ones, please let the church office know by Thursday at 10am and we will include them in the written announcement insert in the bulletin.

Prayer Sister Planning If you would like to be part of the planning team for the Prayer Sisters Tea in December 2013, please attend the meeting on Thursday, January 17, at 7pm.


The Voice

Zion Staff

A monthly publication of Zion Lutheran Church Upcoming Deadlines January 14 at 8am for February Issue February 11 at 8am for March Issue Editor: Angela Bengtson This Month’s Cover ‘Winter’ Mosaic by VBS students

Ted Vanderpan: Senior Pastor ext. 304 | Luke Schmidt: Pastor of Congregational Life ext. 305 | Sherilyn Burgdorf: Shared Ministry Director ext. 307 | Holly Husom: Co-Director of Christian Education ext. 308 | Kirsten Kelly: Co-Director of Christian Education ext. 331 | Myron Crawford: Director of Youth Ministries ext. 306 | Jim Onstad: Youth Staff Dawn Bestick: Office Administrator / Receptionist ext. 301/302 | Ann Lyons: Office Administrator / Receptionist Ext. 301/302 | Angela Bengtson: Communications & Membership ext. 325 | Sue Stensrud: Financial Secretary ext. 303 |

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Ryan Bjokne: Facilities & Grounds Manager Louis Nagel: Part-time Custodian Missy Peterson & Laurel Lundeen: Nursery Staff Denise Burke & Aimee Bogren: Kids’ Place Staff Michael Walsh: Coordinator of Music Bob Strommen: Sound System Coordinator

Congregational Council Bill Deneen Mike Davis Kelly Hanson Alisa Ireland Deana Jeske Beverly Koopman Tom Moline Mike Newman Harley Pommier Ryan Rud Wanda Weber Kristin Wilson

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14 See photos and video from the Christmas Program on Zion’s Facebook page at ZionBuffalo/photos_albums. Thanks to photographers Anita Bazan, Tom Moline, Bill Husom, and video recorder Denise Khulman.

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