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Living God’s Call Nominations Due November 1 The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates to be included on the ballot for the various open positions to be voted on by the congregation at our 2013 Annual Congregational Meeting. At the meeting we will be filling: 5 Congregational Council positions (four positions for three-year terms & one position for a two-year term) 2 Zion Foundation Trustees for threeyear terms

Framing the Faith

a minimum of 6 Nominating Committee positions for one-year terms

Framing the Faith is being offered again this October on Tuesday nights, October 8, 15, and 22 from 5:30-8pm. It will also include a Saturday morning, October 26, session.

4 Minneapolis Area Synod delegates for two-year terms. Please submit your name to the church office with your open position preference by November 1 if you are interested. If you want to submit someone else’s name to be a candidate for one of the open positions, please ask the individual prior to submitting their name to be sure they have an interest. More information about these positions is available online. Contact a member of the Nominating Committee via the church office (763.682.1245) with any questions.

Baptisms August 11 Miles Steven Radintz September 8 Colton Thomas Klatt Maddy Jett Nelson Claire Avonlea Swanson

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, October 13 and Sunday, December 8 at noon. Register at or by calling the office.

Framing the Faith is a small group approach to the fundamental teachings of Christianity with presentations and discussion led by pastors Luke and Ted. A typical evening will begin with dinner in your small group followed by a presentation by the pastors. Then groups will have an opportunity to reflect on and discuss the topics of the evening in a comfortable setting. Course information and signup is available at Because the course only meets for three weeks plus Saturday, please check your calendars and make sure you can commit to every week before you sign up. Kevin Umhoefer was part of Framing the Faith last session. Read his thoughts on the course below. I hope you can join us for this session of Framing the Faith and experience similar connections and growth! Sign up online, at the information desk, or through the church office (763.682.1245).

Taking Ownership of his ‘Lutheran-ness’ Kevin Umhoefer is a stay-at-home dad. He and his wife Holly have lived in Buffalo for about six years, and have two boys – Henry, age three; and Will, 20 months. I’ll pick up work again once the boys are in school, although I can’t imagine how we’ll get anything done at home. Kevin is fan of the Vikings and Twins and manages (Kevin Umhoefer continued on page 15)


Engaging people in a process of discipleship which inspires them

It All Belongs to God

Meals on Wheels Zion is asked to provide three drivers at 11:45am each day in November for approximately an hour of meal delivery to households in the City of Buffalo. This is a most rewarding activity and makes a good family service project.

By Pastor Ted You know, writing as a pastor, it really is great to be a part of a growing congregation like Zion. There is so much enthusiasm and excitement about our congregation. It is fun to be a part of it all. I can tell that you, those who participate, are excited and proud of our church. I can tell that we are proud of our building, proud of our programs and proud of our mission. I can tell that because we are inviting others to church. Friends, family, neighbors, they are all being invited. That is a strong sign that you like your church and are excited about what we are doing.

Consider which days you can help and sign up at the information desk or by emailing Sherilyn. You can also check the calendar at If you’ve driven before and prefer a specific route please request it when you sign up. If you’d like to try it but you’re unfamiliar with Buffalo, let us know. We’ll find a partner for your first drive.

Our mission at Zion Lutheran Church is to witness to the people here about God’s great love for them. Demographics tell us that literally thousands of people in the outer ring of the northwest metro area still do not know that God loves them. So, in the name of Christ, we are: Diligently striving to help people understand God loves them and that God can help them Helping infants, children, youth and adults experience God’s loving presence Striving to help thousands of our neighbors understand that God cares about their life Healing hurting hearts, mending broken lives, offering God’s guidance and direction, and bringing meaning and hope to our neighbors. For generations, Zion has continued to do what Jesus began, to help people in our day understand that God loves them and cares about their lives. We do not want anyone within driving distance of Zion to go through life thinking that there is no hope, no love, no forgiveness, no joy, and no reason. That is why we: Develop programs and ministries

Thank you for participating in this special community outreach.

October 6 Discussion At the December 2, 2012, annual meeting the Congregation approved a motion to discuss and pray for God’s guidance concerning the practice of filling leadership positions in the church. The final open forum to discuss and seek God’s guidance concerning changing the method of filling vacant positions from an open election process to a ballot with only one name per elected position will be held in the library at 9:30 am on Sunday, October 6.

Mission Jamaica Sign Up The 2014 Mission Jamaica “Vacation with a Purpose” trip will be February 22 to March 1.

Teach children Bible stories Help youth understand what it means to live life with Christ Preach and make music and maintain a beautiful building. During worship on Sunday mornings from October 13 to November 3 we will focus on a combination of two things; our God given mission and how we all help make that mission happen. It All Belongs To God is the theme that connects our mission and our financial support of Christ’s ongoing mission through Zion. During this time, all of us will be invited to designate a portion of our financial wealth to be given during 2014 to support God’s mission through Zion. You will be invited to return an Estimate of Giving Card on Sunday, November 10. (It All Belongs to God continued on page 8)

A deposit and second payment totaling $175 is due October 1. Third payment of $550 per person is due November 25. Final payment of $1390 is due December 15.

Evening Childcare Evening childcare for parents taking part in evening activities on Wednesdays opens at 6pm.

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


Connecting With Care Active Military Bradley Johnson Stationed at Ft Drum, NY Vinnie Pecarina Attending Tech School in Pensacola, FL Trey Wilson Stationed at Guantanamo Bay Cory Nyholm Stationed in Monterey, CA Christopher Paulsen Stationed in Norfolk, VA Cody Bauman Deployed to Afghanistan Ben Pecarina Stationed overseas Doug Pecarina Serving in the Army National Guard Alex Euerle Stationed in California Kevin Osfar Stationed in Japan 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 Fred Pierce Stationed in Miramar, CA

Births August 3 Karter Armando Hysko to Jackie (Brager) & Armando Hysko August 12 Lily Inez Holker to Nate & Erika Holker August 14 Blake Allen Barnes to Andrea & Matt Barnes August 16 Jack McCoy Schmidt to Maggie Yurick & Cody Schmidt August 23 Wilma Anne Johanneck Mahlberg to Jess Johanneck & Patrick Mahlberg August 26 Fred Walter Mattson to Eric & Ashley Mattson


Second Annual Trunk or Treat Join us on Saturday, October 26 from 2-4 pm for this fun, family event! Festivities will include Zion’s parking lot filled with fun “trunks” where kids can go around and Trick or Treat, carnival games, bouncy house and snacks. Plans are still underway, but this year might also include a wagon ride and bonfire! Those hosting a trunk (the bed of a pickup or back end of an SUV work great too) are asked to provide their own treats and arrive early to set up/ decorate (a fall/Halloween theme, nothing scary or graphic) by a little before 2 pm. Volunteers can also help with snacks, lead games, greet and give directions. Contact Karen Olson to volunteer or host a trunk!

October Picture Directory Appointments Many families have already been photographed for our new pictorial directory. If you did not have your photograph taken in July, please make an appointment during our fall session. We would like our new directory to include every member and regular attendee. There is no cost to the church for the directories, and no cost to you to be included in the directory. You will have an opportunity to view your photos immediately after they are taken and decide which one you would like to be included in the church directory. In addition to your free 8x10, additional portraits and greeting cards are available to purchase if you choose. Fall photography dates will be Tuesdays through Fridays, October 1 through Friday, October 4 and October 8 through October 11 from 2pm to 9pm; and Saturday, October 5 and 12 from 10am October 2013 to 4pm. Sign up online or by contacting S M T W T F the church office. Volunteer opportunities include activity photographers, photography hosts, and proofreaders. Please contact Dawn Bestick or Ann Lyons in the church office if you are able to help.

































Creating a community where people are connected

Rebecca The Zion Book Club selection for Monday, October 14, is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

“Last Night I Dreamt I Went To Manderley Again.” So the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter remembered the chilling events that led her down the turning drive past the beeches, white and naked, to the isolated gray stone manse on the windswept Cornish coast. With a husband she barely knew, the young bride arrived at this immense estate, only to be inexorably drawn into the life of the first Mrs. de Winter, the beautiful Rebecca, dead but never forgotten…her suite of rooms never touched, her clothes ready to be worn, her servant — the sinister Mrs. Danvers — still loyal. And as an eerie presentiment of evil tightened around her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter began her search for the real fate of Rebecca…for the secrets of Manderley. From

September Suppers 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! October 2: Tacos October 9: Sloppy Joes October 16: Fall Break / No Meal October 23: Baked Potatoes

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 Selections include The Preacher by Camilla Lackburg on November 11, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Semple on December 9.

Fall New Member Orientation The next New Member Orientation will be held after supper on Wednesday, October 2. This orientation to membership provides an introduction to Zion ministries and staff, an opportunity to meet others at Zion, and to learn a little about what it means to be Lutheran. Those that decide to become members will be formally received into our congregation on Sunday, October 13. The orientation begins with supper around 5:45pm, and ends around 7:45pm. Child care and activities for children will be available. Register online or at the information desk.

Prayer Shawl Group A prayer shawl group will begin regular meetings on September, and continue meeting on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Meetings will be from 6:30-8:30pm in the Prayer Room (north end of the building). Yarn, knitting needles, directions, and even knitting instruction is available. Contact Lyla West (612.518.6333) or Barb Hinz (763.682.1693) with questions.

in relationships and supported in need.

October 30: Sub Sandwiches

Social Supper Substitutes Social suppers are an opportunity to get to know some new folks at Zion in a one-time small-group setting. Participants will be randomly placed in groups of 8-10 adults to get together in homes for a potluck supper. Sign ups are closed for the October 12 suppers, but if you would like to be a sub or check for an opening, please contact Angela in the church office.

Community Hymn Sing Soloist Sheldon Hedin and pianist Janet Moberg will be leading our Fall Community Hymn Sing on Sunday, October 6, at 4pm in the Carl Lindberg Ministry Center on the campus of Park View Care Center & Park Terrace Assisted Living in Buffalo. This is a great opportunity for the Christian community in Wright County to “join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:6) For more information, contact Chaplain Highland Goodman (763 951-7811).


Celebrating on Sundays Annual Lutefisk Dinner It’s that time again! The annual Lutefisk Meatball dinner will be held at Zion on Friday, October 25. The dinner will be from 4:30-7pm. People come back year after year from all over to enjoy this delicacy. Proceeds from the dinner go to support Zion ministries and community ministries.

Tickets Tickets are available for $13 in advance and $14 at the door ( $5 for children under 10). They can be purchased on Sunday mornings on October 6, 13 and 20 as well as in the church office.

Volunteers Many hands are needed to provide this delicious dinner. All new helpers are needed and welcome!

Ken Ogden Ken & Lynn Ogden have been members of Zion since they built their house in Buffalo in 1973. They were in the same ‘Newcomer group’ as the new pastor at the time, John Folkerds. Ken worked at the Insurance Center of Buffalo from 1977 until he sold the agency in 2011. Ken has been a Rotarian for over 25 years, Jaycee President, Chamber of Commerce President, Rodeo chairman and board member many years, for 6 years, baseball and football coach for many years, has been involved with Safe Communities of Wright County and is currently a school board member. At Zion, Ken has served on Zion’s long range planning committee, building committee, for two terms on the church council, as a Sunday school teacher, and helped with youth activities.

Zion has always been a warm, peaceful, and welcoming place for our family. The Lutefisk dinner was started by Wes Mahlberg and Wes Lundquist around 1978. Darrel Anderson and Pat Zumach were also members of the original committee. Ken’s Catholic family tradition included having whatever was available for Christmas, and Lynn’s family ate oyster stew. Neither grew up eating Lutefisk.

Be here on Monday, October 21, at 6:30pm to make meatballs, or on Thursday, October 24, at 6:30 to peel potatoes and rutabagas. Helpers will be needed the night of the dinner to serve and clean up from 4:15 to clean up. Sign up at the Information Desk.

Coffee with a Cause Lutheran World Relief fair trade coffee, cocoa and tea is available on the second Sunday of each month throughout the school year. Lutherans around the US are enjoying delicious fairly traded coffee while supporting small-scale farmers across the world. The LWR Coffee Project enables coffee farmers in Africa, Central and South America to earn a fair price for their crops, empowering them in turn to invest in their communities, in education, health care and sustainable agriculture, thus building a better future for their families. Each pound of coffee purchased through the LWR Coffee Project generates $.20 for the Lutheran World Relief Small Farmer Project to support small-scale coffee farmers, provide technical assistance, and improve access to credit, marketing and training. Plus, $1 is added to each package sold to support Zion Global Mission projects. So why is the Global Missions Committee selling coffee at church? Zion members get a quality product at a fair price Support is provided for Zion’s global mission partners Small scale farmers, their local cooperatives and communities benefit … so it really is coffee with a cause!

(Ken Ogden continued on page 16)


Creating Sunday morning experiences at Zion that invite,

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.

Sunday Welcome Crews How can you help make Zion a welcoming and friendly place on Sunday mornings?

Hog Roast A Hog Roast is being planned on Sunday, October 6, as a fundraiser for the Truckload of Life Project on April 27 of next year, with serving from 11am to 1pm in Fellowship Hall. The meal will include roast pork, cheesy potatoes, salad, a vegetable, buns, cake, punch, and coffee. Tickets are available from the Information Desk and church office (adults $12, children 10 and under $8, max price for family $40). Opportunities for volunteers are available: Help with set-up in the Fellowship Hall on Friday evening.

Sunday Welcome Crews are currently being constructed ‌ one for each Sunday of the month, which will be lead by two households, include 10-12 more households, and be on duty one Sunday a month to assure that Zion is a welcoming place. If you are interested in serving on a Sunday Welcome Crew, contact Pastor Luke, Sherilyn Burgdorf or Wes and Mary Mahlberg. For the answers to your important questions about Welcome Crews, check out page 5 in the August newsletter or

Help with roasting.

Worship Schedule

Help with serving and clean-up on Sunday.

Sunday, October 6

Cash donations to cover costs are also welcome.

Love INC Big Woods Gala Love INC-Big Woods is sponsoring a fundraising Gala on Sunday, October 20, 4:30-8:30pm, at the St. Francis Xavier Faith & Education Center. Come for a great dinner, silent auction, entertainment, and learn more about how Love INC-Big Woods is impacting our community! Tickets are $25 in advance (available at (Love INC Gala continued on page 17)

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 17:5-10 Pastor Luke Preaching

Sunday, October 13

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost Luke 17:11-19 Pastor Ted Preaching

Sunday, October 20

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost Luke 18:1-8 Pastor Luke Preaching

Sunday, October 27

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost Luke 18:9-14 Pastor Ted Preaching

welcome, engage and inspire people to live for Christ.


Finance & Stewardship Memorial Gifts Received

August 2013 Financial Report

Gift to the Senior Choir in memory of Jo Hagen from Melvin & Marlys Gillund and S. M. & E. P. Dierks.

General Services Fund

Gift to the Memorial Fund in memory of Frank Pfeifer on what would have been his 80th birthday from his family. Gift to the Memorial Fund in memory of Ashley (Anderson) Walter from Julie Swaggert.


Gifts to the Zion Foundation in memory of Jo Hagen from Delvin Haag and Mark & Louise Minkler.

Total Income

Gift to the Zion Foundation in memory of Ashley (Anderson) Walter from Mark & Louise Minkler.

Synod Benevolence Other General Services

Gift to the Zion Foundation in memory of Duane Scott, by Mark & Louise Minkler.

Aug 2013

YTD 2013

Aug 2012

YTD 2012





$1,000 61,671

$8,000 501,500

$1,000 58,597

$8,000 473,628





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


Total Expenses

$51,753 727 0 941 1,377

$452,894 14,316 4,179 13,760 76,813

Checkbook balance as of 8-31-2013:

A Promising Tomorrow/Building Fund

Gift to the Cemetery Fund in memory of Vernon & Lillian Conzet from the family of Ted Heins.

Offerings and Interest Other Receipts

Total Income

Thank You Sponsors Please thank these local business people who support the cost of printing Zion's monthly newsletter. Those marked (*) are new advertisers this year. Mike Newman at A Step Beyond Building and Remodeling* Trish Daluge at Buffalo Bar & Grill* Ron Moore at Buffalo Companion Animal Clinic Barb Abel at Buffalo Dental Group Kevin Olson at Buffalo Plumbing & Heating Inc* Craig Miller at Buffalo Storage Janelle Anderson at Centra Sota Co-op*


Building Mortgage Kairos Consulting Bank Service Charge

Total Expenses

Aug 2013

YTD 2013

Aug 2012

YTD 2012





$15,869 0 15

$126,952 0 15

$15,869 0 0

$126,952 6,000 0





$13,580 0

Checkbook balance as of 8-31-2013:

$120,751 0

$12,752 0

$118,978 0


Thank you for your continued support of God’s work at Zion Lutheran Church. (It All Belongs to God continued from page 3)

I want to thank you for your participation in God’s mission through Zion. It is great to have you at Zion! This fall, I hope that you will consider the financial role you play in making our congregation more effective at helping people understand that God is a God of love. Through you, and others like you, God is doing great things through our church!

John Sundman at Cornerstone (Sponsor List continued on page 9)


$453,410 15,176 3,957 10,095 13,494


Gift to the Zion Foundation in memory of Lillian Conzet from Gene & Sheila Blandford.


$51,808 1,301 0 755 807

Zion to Zambia 2015 Zion will be sending a team to serve alongside our global mission partners, The Village of Hope-All Kids Can Learn International, in Zambia in January of 2015, with Pastor Ted as the team leader. You have talents that are needed and can be used at the Village of Hope. Some of the projects include construction, health care, teacher training, agriculture, mechanical work, artwork, technology, work with children, business, and school curriculum. Members of the Zion to Zambia 2012 team will share about the work to be done at the Village of Hope and answer questions on Wednesday, October 9, at 6:30pm in the choir room. Zion has committed to giving of our time, money, resources, and personnel in the work of God's kingdom in Zambia.

(Sponsor list continued from page 8)

Wealth Management Kerri Timm at Country Financial* Connie Nelson at Cub Foods Seth Klosowski at Dairy Queen* Dave Wray at David Wray Automotive Inc Annette McClellan at Deitering McClellan & Rassat* Clayton Dickson at Dickson Construction Brian Dingmann at Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services* Chris Hourscht at Dojo Karate Dave Backes at Domino's Pizza Cathy Quady and Lindsay Quady at Edina Realty*

Supper Sponsors

David Wilson at Edward Jones

Wednesday Suppers offer a sponsor program to help underwrite the cost of the meals. Last year approximately $900 was contributed in sponsorships. That helps the program run successfully without debt.

Rodney & Carrie Davidson at Hwy 55 Trailer Sales

Jayne Weiche at Foxe Fyre Gallery

Individual & Family Sponsors

Ryan Smail at Johnson Mattson Smail PLLC*

Each sponsor donates $100 or more to help defray the Wednesday meal costs.

Terry Peterson at Kid's Haven

How does this sponsorship help Zion? Financial realities occasionally make a free or low cost meal a necessity for a family, and Zion meals are a good, nutritious option on busy Wednesdays. We want to maintain a supper that’s open to all. Wednesday night diners are welcomed even if they are unable to pay a full amount.

Mark Kaminski at Klein Bank

Sponsors will be listed with a thank you in Zion publicity if they choose.

Corporate Sponsors Does your employer encourage corporate sponsorships? Corporate sponsors would be asked to donate $100-200 dollars or more to support families and individuals who come to the Wednesday night suppers but are unable to pay the full amount. Corporate sponsors might choose instead to donate a specific part of a meal, such as dessert. Corporate sponsors would also have their names listed within Zion and community publicity if they choose. If interested in the sponsorship program please contact Sherilyn Burgdorf at the Zion office (682-1245 or, or Wednesday Night Supper coordinator Cindy Bonde (

Paul Stokman at Buffalo/Monticello Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine* Brett Kramer at Morrie's Buffalo Ford* Jill Pingel at Park Terrace Troy Saunders at Saunders Food Inc/ KFC* Doug Schroeppel at Schroeppel & Schroeppel Troy Schroeder at Squirrel's Landscaping Kathy Swanson at Swanson Bookkeeping* (Sponsor list continued on page 15)


October 2013 Sunday October 6

Tuesday October 1

Mission Jamaica Payments Due 9:00am 9:30am 2:00pm 6:30pm 7:00pm

Harvest of Hands Crafts Staff Meeting Church Directory Photography Social Ministry Committee Jubilee Rehearsal

Wednesday October 2 7:00am Men's 50+ Bible Study 9:30am Women's Bible Study 2:00pm Church Directory Photography 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 5:45pm New Member Orientation 6:00pm Confirmation 6:00pm Social Ministry Committee 6:30pm Joyful Ringers 6:30pm Prayer Shawl Meeting 7:00pm Harvest of Hands Crafts 7:00pm Senior Choir 7:00pm SrHigh Mission Trip Meeting 7:00pm Family Matters Moms’ Night Out at Wild Marsh 7:30pm Graceland SrHigh Youth Group Thursday October 3 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study 2:00pm Church Directory Photography 6:30pm Christianity and the Bible Study Friday October 4 6:00am Friday Breakfast Crew 2:00pm Church Directory Photography 4:00pm Hog Roast Set-up 5:00pm Youth Peer Training Saturday October 5 8:00am Food For Friends Cooking Day 8:00am Youth Peer Training 10:00am Church Directory Photography

October 6

Hog Roast See page 7


Holy Communion at 8:30, 9:45, & 10:30 Lutefisk Dinner Tickets Available

7:00am Cinnamon Rolls 8:30am Traditional Worship Service 8:30am Sunday School 9:30am Philosophy of Elections Open Forum 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 11:00am Hog Roast Fundraiser 11:30am Coffee Fellowship Monday October 7

HOH Sweater Collection Rivers of Hope Toiletries Collection Coats for Kids Collection 8:30am 8:30am 3:00pm 6:15pm 6:30pm 7:00pm

Men's Bible Study Quilters Harvest of Hands Egg Rolls First Sunday Rehearsal Lutefisk Meeting New Testament Bible Study

Tuesday October 8 9:00am Harvest of Hands Crafts 9:30am Staff Meeting 2:00pm Church Directory Photography 3:00pm Harvest of Hands Egg Rolls 6:00pm Framing The Faith 6:00pm Outreach Committee 7:00pm Finance Committee Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal Wednesday October 9 9:30am Women's Bible Study 2:00pm Church Directory Photography 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 6:30pm Zion to Zambia 2015 Meeting 7:00pm Property Committee Meeting 7:00pm Senior Choir 7:00pm Harvest of Hands Crafts 7:30pm Graceland SrHigh Youth Group 7:30pm Branding Task Force Meeting

Thursday October 10 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study 2:00pm Church Directory Photography 6:30pm Christianity and the Bible Study Friday October 11 2:00pm Church Directory Photography Saturday October 12 10:00am Bible Adventure 10:00am Church Directory Photography 7:00pm Social Suppers Sunday October 13

Bible Distribution K and 4th Grade Reception of New Members at all worship services Lutefisk Dinner Tickets Available HOH Sweater Collection Rivers of Hope Toiletries Collection Coats for Kids Collection 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 12:00pm Baptism Class Monday October 14

Columbus Day

8:30am Men's Bible Study 8:309am Quilters 9:00am Women's Ministry Planning 6:15pm First Sunday Rehearsal 7:00pm Zion Book Club 7:00pm New Testament Bible Study Tuesday October 15 9:00am Harvest of Hands Crafts 9:30am Staff Meeting 9:30am Naomi Circle 5:30pm Stewardship Meeting 6:00pm Framing The Faith 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal 7:00pm Vision Team Meeting

Wednesday October 16

Fall Break 7:00am 9:30am 5:45pm 6:30pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:30pm

Men's 50+ Bible Study Women's Bible Study Worship & Music Committee Prayer Shawl Meeting Harvest of Hands Crafts Senior Choir Church Council Meeting

Thursday October 17

Fall Break 8:00am 6:30pm 6:30pm 7:00pm

Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study Christianity and the Bible Study Youth Board Meeting Rebecca Circle

Friday October 18

Fall Break

6:00pm Friday Night Fun Night Saturday October 19 Sunday October 20

Holy Communion at 8:30 and 10:30 Sanctuary Sunday Lutefisk Dinner Tickets Available HOH Sweater Collection Coats for Kids Collection

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 4:30pm Love INC Gala at St Francis Monday October 21 8:30am Men's Bible Study 8:30am Quilters 9:00am Kitchen Cleaning 4:00pm Christmas Program Auditions 6:15pm First Sunday Rehearsal 7:00pm New Testament Bible Study Tuesday October 22 9:00am Harvest of Hands Crafts 9:30am Staff Meeting 4:00pm Christmas Program Auditions 6:00pm Framing The Faith 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal 7:00pm Personnel Committee Meeting

Wednesday October 23 9:00am Newsletter Assembly 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 4:00pm Christmas Program Auditions 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 7:30pm Graceland SrHigh Youth Group Thursday October 24 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study 4:00pm Christmas Program Auditions Friday October 25 4:30pm Lutefisk Dinner

October 25

Lutefisk Dinner See page 6

Saturday October 26 8:00am Harvest of Hands Baking and Projects 8:00am Framing The Faith Retreat 2:00pm Trunk or Treat

October 26

Trunk or Treat

Sunday October 27 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 October 28 8:30am Men's Bible Study 8:30am Quilters 9:00am HOH-Silent Auction Set up 6:15pm First Sunday Rehearsal 7:00pm New Testament Bible Study Tuesday October 29 9:00am Harvest of Hands 9:30am Staff Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal Wednesday October 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 Harvest of Hands 7:00pm Senior Choir 7:30pm Graceland SrHigh Youth Group Thursday October 31


8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study 8:30am Harvest of Hands Set up 9:00am HOH-Silent Auction Set up Friday November 1

Nominations close for elected positions

See page 4

November 2

Harvest of Hands See page 14


Youth & Children’s Ministry Director of Youth Ministries Myron Crawford 763-682-1245 ext. 308

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

Graceland Schedule Graceland, Zion’s Senior High Youth Group for 9th-12th graders, meets Wednesday nights from 7:30-9pm in the youth room. Please mark your calendar with the September Graceland schedule:

Come one! Come all! If you are in 6th - 8th grade and are looking for something to do on Friday, October 18, then join friends from Zion for a hayride. The group will meet at Zion by 6pm and take a bus to Hayrides, Inc. in Rogers. There you will be able to go on a fantastic hayride, hang out by a bonfire and have some apple cider, s’mores and more. Then the group will be back to Zion by 9pm. The cost is only $12/student for the night! Please register by October 9, to ensure a seat on the bus. As always, friends are welcome!

Peer Training Event “It’s not youth ministry until youth are doing ministry!” Lyle Griner, National Peer Ministry Director

October 9: Guest Chair with a guest speaker

On Friday, October 4 from 6:30-9pm and Saturday, October 5 from 8:30am-5pm, all adults and high school student are invited to come to a fantastic training from Peer Ministry that builds student leaders who care, welcome and affirm others every day, everywhere in every relationship. This training also to helps build an infrastructure for a thriving student leadership program and a growing, healthy youth ministry.

October 16: Fall Break / No Graceland

If you are interested in attending this training, please contact Myron at

October 23: Bucket List

Senior High Mission Trip 2014

October 2: Mighty, Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge and Braids

October 30: Birthday Cake Night!

Confirmation Schedule Remember to be prepared for classes by bringing your Bibles and Small Catechism each week. October 2: Church Basics October 9: Church Body October 16: Fall Break / No Class October 23: Sacrament of Baptism October 30: Sacrament of Communion

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.


Friday Night Fun Night

Are you in high school and looking for an adventure that will draw you closer to God and leave you with great memories? Do you want to make a difference in your world? Bring a parent plus a friend to the mission trip meeting on Wednesday, October 2, at 7:00pm, and find out where Zion is off to next summer. This will be the only meeting of its kind, so be there!

Friday Breakfast Crew Are you a 9th-12th grader and want a great way to start your Friday right? Come to Perkins for breakfast on the first Friday of each month. This is a great time to check in with your friends and have some great food. This month’s Friday Breakfast Crew will meet Friday, October 4, at 6am. If you need a ride to school, contact Myron. Make sure to bring money for food and a tip for our great servers!

Bible Exploration Event Kindergarten and 4th grade students and parents are invited to a Bible Exploration on Saturday, October 12 from 10am to noon. Dive into the Bible and learn some basics through games, crafts and a large group lesson. Students will receive their Bible in worship the following morning at worship. Sign up online or at the information desk by Wednesday, October 9. Contact Marsha Watkins with questions or to volunteer.

Director of Children & Family Ministry

Kirsten Kelly

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Marsha Watkins Karen Olson

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Successful Homecoming Thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers that helped to make Homecoming Sunday such a success! From games to food, crafts and set up/clean up ... you were STELLAR!

Sunday School Calendar

Check out the fun homecoming photos at

October 27: Joseph helps his family

Making a Big Church Smaller Stacie & Nate Rademacher have 3 girls-Alexis (9), Makayla (6), and Aubrey (4). They like to go camping and spend time with family. The Rademachers have been members of Zion for about six years.

October 6: Joseph and his brothers October 13: Joseph and his brothers October 20: Sanctuary Sunday

Christmas Program at Zion Yes…it is that time of year already! Time to start preparing for this year’s beloved Christmas program! Please encourage your child/ren (age 5-12) to participate in this fun and educational event.

We were looking for a place that would be good for our kids and to make them excited to go to church on a Sunday morning. We tried it out and loved it from the start. The kids were instantly sucked in!

Sign up online for an after school audition time the week of October 2124.

Stacey came from a small church and was a bit intimidated by the size of Zion, so she looked for a place to get involved so she could feel more connected.

Auditions are very informal and there is no need to be nervous … everyone will receive a part and candy :)

As soon as I started volunteering it became much, much smaller. Last year Stacie co-taught preschool art, and this year she is a 4th grade teacher. She enjoys the opportunity to meet people and get to know Zion’s kids on a more personal level. I think Sunday school is important because it is important to get the kids excited to learn about God. If they have a good experience right from the start, this will lead the way for our youth to not only be excited about being involved in Church when they get older but to also make faith an important aspect in their lives. Stacie encourages others to consider getting involved in Sunday school as a way to get to know people at Zion. It is also very rewarding to be part of such a fantastic program that kids absolutely love!

Students will be asked to sing a little (Twinkle, Twinkle will totally suffice), and speak a little (a short poem or reading will be perfect). Bring a list of possible conflicts that might interfere with rehearsal times (generally 4-5:30pm week nights). All cast members should plan to attend an all cast read-through on Monday, November 4, from 4-5:15pm.

Moms’ Night Out The October Family Matters event is a night out for moms to refresh and connect at Wild Marsh on Wednesday, October 2, from 7pm.


35 Years of Fighting Hunger

Sweet Shop

This year marks the 35th annual Harvest of Hands festival at Zion. It is hard to believe the time has flown by so fast … for 35 years Zion crafters, bakers, and other volunteers have continued to work to end hunger.

Roxie Otten has been a member of Zion since her family joined the congregation in 1979.

The Harvest of Hands team is working throughout October to finish projects and organize everything for the November 2 event, and there are many ways you can make a difference: Craft groups meet every week during October on Tuesday mornings at 9am, and Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Everyone is welcome. Korean egg rolls will be made on October 7 and 8 (check the weekly bulletin for times). An extra session to bake and finish projects will be held on Saturday, October 26, (meet at 8am, lunch provided). Yarn, embroidery thread, dishtowels, fabric, and many other items are available from Joy Arens (763.276.1230) for home crafters, and kits will be available near the Information Desk in October. If you make crafts or food items at home, please consider making something for the sale. Baked goods, candy, garden items (dried flowers, plants), pickles, salsa, jellies, jams, embroidered dishtowels, and Christmas ornaments are all popular. Gently used sweaters will be collected in October. White Elephants can be brought to the Red Sea Room after October 28 Donate a special craft item or a gift basket for the silent auction.

She married Mike 19 years ago at Zion, and their two sons were both baptized at Zion. Aaron is 14 and started high school this year, and Josh is 12 and started middle school this year. Roxie works as an itinerant teacher for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in the South West Metro Education Cooperative. This position involves working with infants and children through 21year-old adults in five school districts. Roxie also likes to spend time with family as well as scrapbook and read when she can find the time. Over the years Roxie has been involved with children’s and youth ministries in many ways as both a volunteer and a staff member. She has also volunteered with the Lutefisk dinner, worked at a check in table for the directory pictures, and helped behind the scenes on many projects through the years. Roxie’s mom, Audrey Bacik, used to make candy for Harvest of Hands with her friend Sue Myhre. Once in a while, my mom would be gone, and I would help Sue. I also made bars or cookies on occasion. When Audrey passed away in 2005, Roxie officially stepped into her position in the Harvest of Hands Sweet Shop. When she gets a break, she heads to the café. I just want to make sure that I get someone to make me an omelet at some point. They are so much better when someone else makes them! :) Roxie enjoys the tradition involved, and seeing some people that she doesn’t see the rest of the year. Roxie hopes that Harvest of Hands continues to be a great success, and that more people are fed each year with the proceeds. Find a person you'd like to work with, or an area that is interesting, and join a team. If you feel like you prefer to contribute items, head to Pinterest for recipes or ideas!

Sign up online or at the Information Desk. All proceeds from the annual sale support local and world hunger causes, so please be part of the 35 years of Harvest of Hands celebration! To learn more about Harvest of Hands, visit

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fantasy baseball and football teams. He enjoys old movies and older books, and likes weekend trips during the summer. They have been attending Zion for about three years. For many years as a kid, my family tried out church after church from different denominations as we tried to find one that was a fit. It was an awful experience for me. Each year we’d visit ten or fifteen different churches, and each time I felt like I was sitting in someone else’s spot on the pew. Holly was raised Catholic and as a kid she loved going to the same church each week and knowing the people and the routine. When we came to Buffalo, we agreed to find a good Lutheran church in the area – preferably close to home – and let it become our home church. We chose Zion, and after about five visits to Zion, I no longer felt like a visitor. Kevin is a member of Zion’s Vision Team, which meets once per month. He also participated in and contributed to the Gifts Discovery Course this past Spring. In the future I could see myself leading a small group in Zion dedicated to a common interest, such as birding, gardening, Ping-Pong, or something else along those lines.

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

When Kevin discussed the Framing the Faith course with Pastor Luke last year, he was immediately drawn to it.

Finding a path to a stronger faith is something I need, and I felt like this would be an opportunity to find out where I am and where I want to go. One skill I have – if it can be called a skill – is that I enjoy being in a classroom setting. One doesn’t need a student mentality to participate, though. All one needs is the willingness to learn about oneself and openness to listen to others.

Sunday Announcements

Kevin enjoyed Pastor Luke and Pastor Ted’s testimonial style in the course. I enjoyed sitting in a classroom setting and listening to those two talk about the elements of faith on a personal basis. I found I always had a way to connect it to myself personally, and our small group discussions that followed were uplifting and enriching. It’s also nice to get a chance to interact with the pastors and others in the congregation on a person-to-person basis. There are so many interesting people at Zion – it’s nice to meet some of them. After talking with others about my approach, my values and my experiences, I felt empowered to take ownership of my faith and my “Lutheran-ness” to cultivate it further. Kevin believes others will have a similar experience, and hopes everyone at Zion feels welcome to participate in Framing the Faith, and gains a stronger sense of fellowship with others at Zion. I think if we all knew how much we already have in common with the people around us, we’ll find it easier to extend a hand to say hello, to hold open a door, or to sign a list to volunteer.

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. (Sponsor List continued from page 9)

Mark Worner at Thrivent Financial Russ Peterson at Tires Plus Jim Sawatzke at Tri-Co Tree Movers Mark Welters at Trueman Welters Inc* Wanda Weber at Weber Law Firm Andrea Unger at WH Security Deb Wick at Wick Specialized* Don Zwilling at Wright Service Center* Find their ads and contact information on pages 18 and 19 of this newsletter.


(Ken Ogden continued from page 6)

We attended the first dinner at old Zion, and stopped in the parsonage to see how it was cooked. It was steaming hot and humid and stunk to high heaven. Lute is a bit of an acquired taste, and this was my first experience, but it looked like fun. I've grown to love it. Lynn doesn't enjoy cooking it, but loves meeting people as she dishes it up. The lutefisk used to come with the skin on, and had to be skinned. In the previous building on Second Avenue, the skins tended to plug the drains. Wes Mahlberg remembers it was Ken who convinced the committee to buy the Lutefisk with the skin already off, although it was quite controversial, “The old timers thought a few plugged drains was not enough of a reason to switch to the Lute that was skinned but, in their minds, might be inferior in taste.” Wes says that Ken became the peacemaker of the committee, often keeping one married couple from arguing between each other and disrupting the meetings. Ken’s favorite part about being involved with the Lutefisk supper is watching people enjoy the dinner, laughing and wondering why we eat so much of it.

There are so many members involved, whether they're serving, setting tables, doing dishes, or cooking. Even the prep day is great fun with lots of members cutting rutabagas and peeling potatoes. It’s surprising to see so many people from around Wright County and beyond coming to our supper. There are so many jobs to be done, it truly takes a whole church family to pull it off. The only advice I'd give anyone is please try it; it’s great fun. If you want to join the crew in the garage, be prepared to have fun and it really doesn't smell that bad.

Redeemer’s Pastoral Intern By Martha Schwehn Bardwell Hi everyone! My name is Martha Schwehn Bardwell, and I’m thrilled to be serving as the pastoral intern at Redeemer Lutheran Church. I just started on September 1, and it was a joy to see, right off the bat, members from Zion present in worship that day. Although I’m new, I can already tell that Redeemer is the kind of church that nurtures partnerships with other churches that are transformational and real. I’m looking forward to learning more about these partnerships as the year progresses. A little bit about me: I’m from Valparaiso, IN and attended St. Olaf College. After I graduated in 2008, I joined Lutheran Volunteer Corps and worked out in Tacoma, WA at a drop-in center for people experiencing homelessness called Nativity House. Although I already had a passion for justice, it was my work at Nativity House that really opened my eyes to poverty, racism, and injustice in society. It was also there that I discerned a clearer call to ministry. After that year, I worked for the LVC national office as a short-term recruiter, and then spent some time working as a lead cook at Holden Village as I applied to seminary and divinity schools. While at Holden, I met my now-husband Sam. With three years of seminary classes finished, I’m very eager to dive into congregational life here at Redeemer and explore my pastoral identity in this rich context through many kinds of service. I feel very blessed to have been placed here at Redeemer. Since my time at Nativity House, I have dreamed of being a pastor in a racially and economically diverse setting. Unfortunately, such congregations are few and far between in the ELCA. We are still a very white middle/upper-middle class church. It is wonderful to enter this context that is diverse in so many ways—it gives me hope for the future of the church! While I’m still the new kid on the block, it’s clear that Redeemer is living out its mission to be a “beacon of hope” in the Harrison neighborhood here in North Minneapolis every day, in many ways. I first witnessed the Redeemer Christ-light during the annual block party at the end of August. It was a fantastic event with hundreds of people, great food, amazing music, and plenty of love going around— truly a vision of the kingdom of God! We are also in the process of launching the Northside Leadership Project, which will involve lots of youth leadership development work around our core commitments to vocation, community organizing, and racial equity. The Project will largely be led by a cadre of young adults who are all living together in the neighborhood. This is such a good place to be! I am still learning what my duties are. So far, I know I’ll be involved in launching (Continued on page 17)


(Love INC Gala continued from page 7)

Buffalo Books, BankWest in Buffalo, Star Bank in Maple Lake, local churches, Irish Blessings in Maple Lake and at the Love INC Clearinghouse at 8-1/2 Division Street) or $30 at the door.

How you can help Silent Auction items: call Kathy Peterson 612.418.8155 Desserts for a Dessert Auction: call Kathy Peterson 612.418.8155 Children/youth for an ecumenical Youth choir: call Kathy Peterson 612.418.8155 Youth for serving: call 763.438.1046 or 612.282.3431

Our Mission... Zion seeks to Share Christ’s Word, Strengthen faith, and

“Thank-you, Love INC, for all that you have done for me! I contacted you when I was at a very low point in my life. Yo u met with me immediately and helped me ou t in many different ways. You gave me a number of reso urces to help with food and gifts for my ch ildren at Christmas, new beds when we had no ne, and other furniture items. Tom sat and prayed with me when I needed it most, and th rough him I was able to find a church to call ho me. I am doing much better now, thanks to Lo ve INC – and we try to volunteer and give back to the community as much as we can as a way to “pay it forward.” Thank you guys for all that yo u have done for our family!” A Love INC client

Serve those in need.

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.

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a new adult forum after Sunday worship in the Venture North bike shop. I also plan to help form community among young adults in the neighborhood through community worship services and meals. For now, I am trying to listen and learn before I leap into too much leading. I know the Redeemer community and the Harrison neighborhood have much to teach me. Please say hello or stop by my office if you ever visit worship or attend other events here! Peace be with you.

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.


The Voice

Zion Staff

A monthly publication of Zion Lutheran Church Upcoming Deadlines October 14 at 8am for November Issue November 11 at 8am for December Issue Editor: Angela Bengtson This Month’s Cover The Johnson Family on Homecoming Sunday

Ted Vanderpan: Senior Pastor ext. 304 | Luke Schmidt: Pastor of Congregational Life ext. 305 | Sherilyn Burgdorf: Shared Ministry Director ext. 307 | Kirsten Kelly: Director of Children & Family ext. 331 | Marsha Watkins: Interim CFM Assistant ext. 308 | Karen Olson: Interim CFM Assistant ext. 308 | Myron Crawford: Director of Youth Ministries ext. 306 | Jim Onstad: Youth Staff Dawn Bestick: Office Administrator / Receptionist ext. 302 | Ann Lyons: Office Administrator / Receptionist ext. 301 | Angela Bengtson: Communications & Membership ext. 325 |

Contact Us Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am4:30pm (closes at noon summer Fridays) Ph 763.682.1245 / Fax 763.684.1967 1200 Highway 25 South, Buffalo (across from 13th St S.) PO Box 88, Buffalo, MN 55313


Sue Stensrud: Financial Secretary ext. 303 | Ryan Bjokne: Facilities & Grounds Manager ext. 328 | 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 Jay Comstock: Video Technician

Congregational Council Bill Deneen Mike Davis Kelly Hanson Alisa Ireland Deana Jeske Sarah Klett

Beverly Koopman Tom Moline Mike Newman Harley Pommier Wanda Weber Kristin Wilson

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Inside Framing the Faith


Kevin Umhoefer


It All Belongs to God


Picture Directory


Trunk or Treat


Lutefisk Supper


Ken Ogden


Hog Roast


Stacie Rademacher


Harvest of Hands


Roxie Otten


October 2013 Newsletter  

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

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