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Celebrating on Sundays Festival of Thanksgiving and Praise

Annual Meeting The Annual Congregational Meeting of Zion Lutheran Church will be held in Trinity Hall on Sunday, December 1, following the 10:30 service (at approximately 11:30 am). All voting members are requested to attend. A voting member is defined as confirmed, communing, and contributing.

Accepting Nominations

The nominating committee is accepting nominations for the following positions: 5 Congregational Council positions (four positions for three-year terms & one position for a two-year term) 2 Zion Foundation Trustees for three-year terms a minimum of 6 Nominating Committee positions for one-year terms 4 Minneapolis Area Synod delegates for two-year terms Those interested in serving the congregation in one of these positions, please contact the church office ( or 682.1245) by November 1.

Choirboys Concert at Zion Mark your calendars now and invite friends and neighbors for “Celebrating the Season,” a wonderful concert by the five choirs of the Land of Lakes Choirboys, presented here at Zion on Friday, December 20, at 7pm in the Zion sanctuary. Because of a generous donation to Zion, there is no ticket cost for the concert. A freewill offering will be taken to cover travel costs for the choir. Watch for more information on the Zion website, December newsletter and other local media. Two of Zion's own are members in the choirs: Sam Anderson sings with the Voyager Choir, and Josh Otten is part of the Concert Choir.

The 36th Annual Community Festival of Thanksgiving and Praise will take place at Zion on Wednesday, November 27, at 7:30pm. Invite your neighbors and friends to attend this service of thanks that brings our community together. This is truly a faith-filled experience for all families. Singers, if you’re interested in joining the large vocal choir made up of singers from area churches, watch for rehearsal details during the month in the bulletin and online. You’re invited to join the Zion Senior Choir for rehearsals of the music that will be sung at the community festival worship. Pastors from the Buffalo area churches join to give leadership to this community-wide time of worship. Over 130 musicians from different churches are expected to participate. Choirs from six Buffalo churches will combine to present anthems of thanks and praise with organ and brass. The handbell choirs from Zion, Buffalo United Methodist, Buffalo Covenant, and St. Johns Lutheran are preparing pieces to be rung in a massed choir. Nursery is provided. Offerings are used to help those in need through the Buffalo Ministerial Association.

Seeing the Bigger Picture Sarah Klett has been a life member of Zion. Her parents are Lyall & Carol Borchardt, and she married Ryan Klett at Zion's historic Marysville Church in 2001. Sarah and Ryan have three daughters, Emma (11) and twins Ava and Alicia (10). Sarah has worked as the bookkeeper and administrative assistant at the Buffalo United Methodist Church for six years. I really enjoy working in a Christian environment. It allows me to use the skills that God has blessed me with along with allowing me to grow spiritually as I support their congregation and my co-workers. In her spare time, Sarah's family enjoys yearly camping trips to State Parks, spending time with their families and friends, and Sarah also serves as a Girl Scout leader. I have enjoyed watching the girls learn about the world around them and watching them build relationships as they grow. Nurturing those relationships is rewarding and we also are creating a larger family for our children to lean on. At Zion, Sarah has taught Sunday School, helped with Vacation Bible School, and delivered Meals on Wheels. I have served on the Children's & Family Ministries Team for the past 6 years. It was important for me to get involved in the children's ministries here at Zion. I grew up here with so many great experiences. (Sarah Klett continued on page 15)


Creating Sunday morning experiences at Zion that invite,

How Do You Respond

Worship Services

As I’m writing this, I’m about to leave on a week of vacation with my family. In the back of my mind is a whole smorgasbord of things I have to do before I go. I have to get packed, I have to get everything at work in order, I have to make sure our travel arrangements are taken care of. And if I don’t stop and think about it, it becomes a list that can quickly stress me out. Life can become a list of ‘have-tos’ before you know it. But, if I step away from the urgency of all those things and really think about them, I’ll see that for the most part, ‘have-tos’ are really ‘get-tos’. I don’t have to go on a vacation with my family, I get to. Most people don’t talk about ‘having’ to do things they really want to do, instead they show excitement and enthusiasm. I don’t have to do everything on my list at work, I get to have rewarding employment. I don’t have to get packed for the trip, I get to spend a week with my family. It’s amazing what a little shift in perception can do for you. Shifting perception is all about application. Where do you need a shift in perception or understanding? Since this is the church newsletter, let’s just start there. How many ‘have-tos’ can you think of when it comes to church? Worship, Sunday School, Confirmation, committees, volunteering, giving, just to name a few. All things that might be found in a sentence, “I have to go to ….” or “I can’t tonight, I have a … meeting.” or “Here comes that offering plate, now I have to put something in there.” Perhaps an exercise in shifting perception can help us here. Consider God’s love for you and me. Consider that God doesn’t ‘have’ to do anything for us, or even love us for that matter. Let’s face it, we aren’t always so loveable. But He loves us anyway. And He blesses us. He provides for us daily with things we need, gifts us so we can be productive in work and life, and surrounds us with people that know and love us. (It’s true, you can find them at church every Sunday!) God’s mindset as He showers these daily blessings on us is not obligation. He doesn’t have to do it! He loves us, He rejoices in blessing us, and He invites us to be part of His great mission in bringing His kingdom to this world. How do you respond to that? Seriously, think about how you respond. Do you have to go to church, to that place where God’s love is poured out in word and sacrament? Nope, you get to. Do you have to volunteer or go to Sunday School or Confirmation? Nope, you get to. Do you have to give financially in a meaningful way, maybe even until you feel a little squeeze? Nope, you get to. What God asks of us in response to what He’s given us is trivial. His love, His life, our life and those we love. All gifts from God. He gives and He gives and He gives, and when we get up tomorrow, He’ll be giving some more.

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, November 3

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 19:1-10 Pastor Ted Preaching

Sunday, November 10

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 20:27-38 Pastor Luke Preaching

Sunday, November 17

Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 21:5-19 Pastor Luke Preaching

Sunday, November 24

Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost Luke 23:33-43 Pastor Luke Preaching

Lectionary Complete lectionary listings can be found online at Sunday Lectionary includes four readings, Prayer of the Day, and Gospel Acclamation for Sundays and festival days. Daily Lectionary includes three readings for other days of the week.

God has shown us how to give, but knows we cannot possibly match His generosity. Instead, He asks that we give 10% (or whatever we are giving on that journey toward 10%) and live on the rest. God gives us all of who He is on a daily basis, and just asks that we use it well, use it wisely. It’s all His anyway, it all (How Do You Respond continued on page 17)

welcome, engage and inspire people to live for Christ.



Living God’s Call 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

35th Annual

Harvest of Hands Fall Festival Saturday, November 2 9am to 1pm

Harvest of Hands volunteers have been busy making final preparations, finishing crafts, and baking up a storm to raise money for our mission of feeding the hungry. Some of the items at the festival are: Made-to-order brunch including omelets and crepes Handmade crafts including quilts, dishtowels, winter wear, jewelry, ornaments, and more Yummy things to eat including breads, assorted baked goods, candies, jams, jellies, pickles, salsa, Korean egg rolls, lefse, and more Silent Auction of special craft items and gift baskets Garage sale treasures at the white elephant sale Face painting, ornament painting, and beading activities for the children Proceeds support the Buffalo Food Shelf and the Truck Load of Life food packaging project to be held in April 2014. Help make this year’s Harvest of Hands a success and support a worthy cause by coming for brunch, shopping for holiday gifts and decorations, and stocking up on freshly baked goods. Doors open at 9am.

Stained Glass for Harvest of Hands By Lee Kjesbo Carol and I met in the music department at Moorhead State College. We have been married for 45 years and are the proud parents of Melissa (Tim), Mark (Andrea), Molly (Omry), and Melanie (Peter). Melissa and Tim have given us three grandsons, Keegan, Finnegan, and Macgregor. They all live in the Twin Cities area except Molly, who lives in Atlanta. We moved to Maple Lake in 1975 and began looking for a church home. One visit to Zion, with its excellent ministers and music (Lee Kjesbo continued on page 16)


Engaging people in a process of discipleship which inspires them

Meals on Wheels

Christmas Bake Sale

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.

It’s time to start looking through those cookbooks, Pinterest sites, and old favorite recipes for the holiday favorites.

Consider which days you can help and sign up at the information desk or by emailing Sherilyn at 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. Thank you for participating in this special community outreach.

Honoring our Heroes Zion will again be honoring our men and women serving in the Armed Forces during the month of November and the Social Ministry Committee has a number of opportunities available for you: The Blue Star Mothers will have a display in the narthex on Sundays, November 10 and 17 featuring some of Zion members currently in the service of our country on life size banners. The Blue Star Mothers will be sending about 300 Christmas stockings to our troops and will be asking for donations of cookies and other items to help fill these stockings. Bring these items in on Sunday mornings, November 17 and 24, or stop by on Monday, November 18 between 6:30-8:30pm and give them to Jen Pecarina. If you do not have time to bake cookies, a list of the other items will be provided that you can donate to help fill these stockings. The Social Ministry Committee will be providing thank you cards encouraging Zion members to write out personal greetings thanking them for their service and offering prayers during this Christmas Season. It’s so much easier with addresses and mailing provided for you! The Social Ministry Committee calls on you as an American to show your support and appreciation for our service members.

Zion's Women's Ministry is hosting a bake sale on Sunday morning, December 15. If the 2nd annual event is anything like last year’s bake sale you’ll find great things: cookies of all sorts, candies, krumkake, lefse, and gluten free treats. All proceeds go to help defray costs for the retreats, women’s events, and service projects during the year. Are you willing to bring your favorite specialties to add to the sale? Your baked items will add variety. Please bring them to Zion by Friday, December 13. No need for special packaging or pricing. That will be done at Zion. If you are interested in providing Christmas treats and sweets for the bake sale, contact Judy Weis (763.497.0052), Marian Hille (952.913.6684), or Sherilyn Burgdorf (

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

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 Births October 9 Jayden Samantha Ross, daughter of Jay & Krista

Baptisms September 22 Graham Hallin Lahr Kenna Jane Lindenfelser

Service of Remembrance A Service of Remembrance will be held on November 3 at 4pm for all those who have lost someone close to them in the last year or in years past. The service will include scripture readings, hymns, prayers and an opportunity for you to light a candle in memory of your loved one.

The Preacher The Zion Book Club selection for Monday, November 11, is The Preacher by Camilla Lackburg.


Early one morning, a six-year-old boy sneaks away to play on a forbidden part of Fjallbacka’s coastline. When he stumbles upon the bloody body of a recently murdered woman, a real-life nightmare unfolds. Worse yet, the police soon uncover two more skeletons buried beneath her, young campers whose disappearance has baffled investigators for decades.

September 28 Phil Brown October 9 Babe Durand October 11 Dorothy Anderson October 14 John Hoaglund

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, December 8, and Sunday, February 9 at noon. Register at or by calling the office.

The case is assigned to Constable Patrik Hedstrom, the charming detective who won Erica Falck’s heart in The Ice Princess. As the now-pregnant Erica prepares for the birth of their baby, panic spreads when a second young girl goes missing. Patrik soon finds himself leading a desperate manhunt to track down the killer before he—or she— strikes again. 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 Selections include Where’d You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Semple on December 9.

A private network aimed at strengthening faithsustaining relationships among people at Zion.

Thanksgiving Visits


Would you have time to set aside between November 17-26 for visits to homebound and senior citizens in our area? The Zion Women's Ministry group has a tradition of giving a Thanksgiving gift to those who find it difficult to come to Zion weekly for worship. If you can help by making 3-4 brief visits during those November days, contact Sherilyn Burgdorf (, Phyllis Bengtson (682.3201), Ione Olson (682.1988).

Creating a community where people are connected

Hooked on Food for Friends Byron and Peggy Olson will celebrate their 40th anniversary in March. They have 3 married children – Chad and Rachel in Farmington, Scot and Laurie in Maple Grove, and Kimberly and Brad in Greenfield. They have 8 grandchildren aged 8 months to 9 years. Grandson Bryce started Sunday School at Zion this fall. Peggy worked as an executive assistant for over 30 years, retired from her last position at UnitedHealth Group in March 2011, and is currently a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Burnet in Buffalo. She enjoys spending time with family at the cabin, traveling (especially south during winter), golfing, playing cards, reading, walking and volunteering. was a very easy decision to have Zion become our home congregation

I enjoy ladies day golf, book club, classes at the athletic club, searching through the downtown stores, and attending Buffalo activities. When the Olsons retired to Buffalo almost 2 years ago, they visited Zion. After being so warmly greeted by staff and members it was a very easy decision to have Zion become our home congregation. I am happy we found Zion and look forward to being part of the many activities.

They looked for ways to get involved right from the beginning, and served as Coffee Fellowship hosts the Sunday they joined the congregation. I am a volunteer at heart and with being new to retirement I tend to say ‘yes’ but have been told “remember you don’t have to do everything”. However, I enjoy delivering meals on wheels; Harvest of Hands, Sunday Host, Coffee Hour, office volunteer, newsletter, proofreading – well as you see, I am trying to learn that I don’t have to help with everything!!!

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! November 6: Pasta November 13: Breakfast for Supper November 20: Tacos November 27: No Meal (Thanksgiving Break)

St. Lucia Supper at Zion This year’s St. Lucia supper will be held on Tuesday, December 10, from 6pm. The St. Lucia supper is a family friendly event that highlights the Swedish tradition of Lucia, who gave food to those in need. Zion invites all to a light supper of soups, breads, cheeses, and lots of Scandinavian specialties: fruit soup, rice pudding with lingonberries, rosettes, kringle, krumkake, almond cake, lefse, and cardamom cookies.

One of the ministries Peggy got involved with is Food For Friends, a network of volunteers who make and deliver warm and/or frozen meals to those in our church community in need. As new members, Julie and Jason Kabe worked with us to get acquainted. Julie noticed that I had ‘cooking’ as a hobby and asked if I would like to help with an upcoming cooking event. Being new in the community, I wanted to meet people at church.

November Suppers

Following the meal you'll be treated to a brief program of music, scripture, and Scandinavian traditions. Guest speaker this year is Jess Schmidt, and special music will be provided by the Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir from the American Swedish Institute.

Peggy Olson & Julie Kabe

Peggy likes to cook, and had done her own version of freezer cooking at home (Food for Friends continued on page 14)

in relationships and supported in need.

Watch for more details online and in the December newsletter. Are you interested in helping on December 10? You could help bake the traditional Lucia rolls, serve the supper, or help with clean up after the supper, Contact Sherilyn Burgdorf ( or763.68 2.1245, ext. 307).


Finance & Stewardship Memorial Gifts Received Gift to the Memorial Fund in memory of Frank Pfeifer from Betty Pfeifer. Gift to the Memorial Fund in memory of Francis Schmidt from Betty, Kent, and Troy Pfeifer. Gift to Sunday school in memory of Ashley Walter from the Darrell Anderson family and friends. Gift to the Memorial Fund in memory of Gerald & Gloria Moe from Carmen Johnson.

September 2013 Financial Report General Services Fund Income

Total Income

Gift to the Zion Foundation from Jamie and Julie Baskerville.


Give to the Max Day

Total Expenses

Be part of Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day, and help Zion win a $1,000 Golden Ticket! Last year’s Give to the Max Day donations supported projectors in the sanctuary, and donations from people like you added up to $4,000 towards that project. This year donations will supporting the Zion Memorial Committee's efforts to update our highway sign. Together we can make it happen. By partnering with GiveMN, an online giving website for Minnesota nonprofits, and donating on November 14, Zion will have 25 chances to maximize your online gift on Give to the Max Day! By making a donation on Give to the Max Day, your gift of any size could help Zion win an extra $1,000 for our ministry in the community. At the end of Give to the Max Day, one donation from across Minnesota will be randomly selected for a $10,000 Supersized Golden Ticket! Help Zion increase our odds by visiting Zion’s giving page on GiveMN via, and making your gift on November 14!


Sept 2013

YTD 2013

Sept 2012

YTD 2012





$1,000 59,462

$9,000 560,962

$1,000 54,136

$9,000 527,764





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

Synod Benevolence Other General Services

$57,846 1,627 964 950 645

$510,740 15,944 5,143 14,710 77,458

Checkbook balance as of 9-30-2013:

$57,923 2,354 1,007 1,076 1,055

$511,333 17,530 4,963 11,171 14,549


A Promising Tomorrow/Building Fund Income

Offerings and Interest Other Receipts

Total Income Expenses

Building Mortgage Kairos Consulting Bank Service Charge

Total Expenses

Sept 2013

YTD 2013

Sept 2012

YTD 2012





$15,869 0 0

$142,821 0 15

$15,869 0 15

$142,821 6,000 15





$15,395 0

Checkbook balance as of 9-30-2013:

$136,146 0

$15,968 0

$134,946 0


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

Sharing Time, Talent, and Finances

Double Choice Dollars

Dawn Schmidt grew up in St. Michael. She married Dave, a life member of Zion, in 1989.

Are you a member of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans? Do you have Choice Dollars available to direct? If you do, you can participate in the Thrivent Choice Double Direction Church Campaign and help Zion in a big way!

We were married in the St. Michael Catholic Church by both Father Denny and Pastor John Folkerds, which was unique and a little unheard of. Dave and I decided to raise our children [with] one religion and attend church together as a family. I joined Zion before our first child, Danielle, was born. I am very thankful for my church family here at Zion. I always feel welcomed. They now have five children, daughters Danielle (22), Nicolette (18), and Maria (17), and sons are Beau (20) and Ben (14). Dawn worked at Prudential Insurance Company for 9 years before she quit work to stay home and raise their children. As the children got older, Dawn started cleaning homes and commercial buildings.

The Thrivent Choice program lets eligible members of Thrivent Financial® recommend where some of the organization’s charitable grant funds go. By directing Choice Dollars to Zion now, our congregation will receive double the amount!

Cleaning homes allows me to pick my own days and hours I want to work. There is one down side, my house suffers.

To direct your choice dollars:

Dawn enjoys playing cards and board games with family, particularly rummy and euchre, reading a great book, vacationing and travel, and spending time with family and friends. Dawn has been involved in Zion's ministries in many ways including teaching Sunday school for many years, serving as a confirmation guide with several of her children, delivering Meals on Wheels, and serving communion both in worship and to homebound members. Dave and I enjoy our visits and have made some friendships. The Schmidt family’s stewardship habits include supporting Zion with their time, talents, and finances, and they believe Zion is trustworthy and faithful with their gifts. But, Dawn never intended to get involved with the Stewardship Committee.

After much thinking and more prayer, I decided to take a leap of faith and volunteer my time.

Thrivent Financial is giving up to $15 million to churches across the country through the Thrivent Choice program. To help our congregation, simply direct designated Choice Dollars to Zion Lutheran Church before November 30. Thrivent Financial will double all directions made to churches during this time or until the $15 million has been awarded, whichever comes first.

Pastor Luke approached me two separate times and asked me if I had received a phone call yet. Both times I said, “no, why, what’s it about.” All he said to me was “Pray about it.” So I did. I prayed about a phone call which I would be receiving soon and knew nothing about. A couple days later, my phone rang and yes, it was the call Pastor Luke had been talking about: a Zion member calling me to ask me to join the Stewardship Committee, a committee I never imagined I’d be involved with. Who wants to ask people for money, definitely not me. I didn't immediately say yes. I wanted a few days to think it over. After much thinking and

Go to Call 1-800-THRIVENT (1.800.847.4836) and say “Thrivent Choice” Contact your financial representative Pick up a form at the office or information desk It takes just a few minutes to do, so please make your direction soon and help Zion continue to grow and thrive.

Directing Choice Dollars® is subject to the terms and conditions of the Thrivent Choice® program. Visit thriventchoice for complete terms and conditions. All grants are made at the sole discretion of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

(Dawn Schmidt continued on page 17)


November 2013 Wednesday November 6 7:00am Men's 50+ Bible Study 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 Prayer Shawl Meeting 7:30pm Graceland Senior High Youth Group Friday November 1 6:00am Friday Breakfast Crew 8:30am Harvest of Hands Set up 9:00am HOH-Silent Auction Set up

Thursday November 7 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study Friday November 8

Saturday November 2 9:00am Harvest of Hands Event

Saturday November 9

Sunday November 3

Holy Communion at 8:30, 9:45, & 10:30 Daylight savings ends

Monday November 4 8:30am Men's Bible Study 8:30am Quilters 6:15pm First Sunday Rehearsal 7:00pm Mission Jamaica team meeting 7:00pm New Testament Bible Study 8:00pm Mission Jamaica Board of Directors Tuesday November 5 9:30am Staff Meeting 7:00pm Finance Committee Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal


Thursday November 14

Give to the Max Day

8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study

Sunday November 10

Friday November 15 7:00pm Friday Night Fun Night

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 1:00pm Gladys Kowalke Memorial Service

Saturday November 16

Return Estimate of Giving and Estimate of Living Cards

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 11:45am Sunday School Teacher Check-In

Wednesday November 13 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 6:00pm Social Ministry Committee 6:30pm Joyful Ringers 7:00pm Property Committee Meeting 7:00pm Senior Choir 7:00pm Harvest of Hands Pack Up 7:30pm Graceland Senior High Youth Group 7:30pm Branding Task Force Meeting

Monday November 11

Veterans Day

8:30am Men's Bible Study 8:30am Quilters 9:00am Women's Ministry Planning Committee Meeting 6:15pm First Sunday Rehearsal 7:00pm Zion Book Club 7:00pm New Testament Bible Study Tuesday November 12 9:30am Staff Meeting 6:00pm Outreach Committee 7:00pm Finance Committee Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal

Sunday November 17

Holy Communion at 8:30 and 10:30

7:00am Cinnamon Rolls 8:30am Sunday School 8:30am Traditional Worship Service 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service 10:30am Sunday School 11:30am Coffee Fellowship 11:30am TIM Team 2:00pm Parkview Devotions/Communion Monday November 18 8:30am Men's Bible Study 8:30am Quilters 9:00am Kitchen Cleaning 6:15pm First Sunday Rehearsal 7:00pm New Testament Bible Study

Tuesday November 19 9:30am Staff Meeting 9:30am Naomi Circle 5:30pm Stewardship Meeting 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal 7:00pm Vision Team Meeting Wednesday November 20 7:00am Men's 50+ Bible Study 9:00am Newsletter Assembly 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 5:45pm Worship & Music Committee Meeting 6:00pm Confirmation 6:00pm Family Matters Speaker 6:30pm Joyful Ringers 7:00pm Prayer Shawl Meeting 7:00pm Senior Choir 7:30pm Graceland Senior High Youth Group 7:30pm Church Council Meeting

Monday November 25 8:30am Men's Bible Study 8:30am Quilters 6:15pm First Sunday Rehearsal Tuesday November 26 9:30am Staff Meeting 6:30pm Thanksgiving Handbell Rehearsal 7:00pm Jubilee Rehearsal 7:00pm Personnel Committee Meeting

Test Your Lutheran Knowledge

Wednesday November 27 9:30am Devotions at Lake Ridge 9:30am Women's Bible Study 10:30am Devotions at Park View 5:30pm Thanksgiving Handbell Rehearsal 6:00pm Thanksgiving Massed Choir Rehearsal 7:30pm Community Festival of Thanksgiving and Praise

1. Where was the first Lutheran seminary in America founded (1797)?

Thursday November 28

Thanksgiving Day Church office closed

Sanctuary Sunday

8:30am Traditional Worship Service 9:30am Coffee Fellowship 9:45am Family Express Worship 10:30am Contemporary Worship Service 10:30am Sanctuary Sunday 11:30am Coffee Fellowship 7:00pm Thanksgiving Massed Choir Rehearsal

Pennsylvania New York Minnesota Massachusetts

2. How many Lutherans are there currently in the U.S? A. B. C. D.

A. B. C. D.

6 million 11 million 18 million 29 million

Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) J.K. Rowling Brian Jacques Lewis Carroll

4. Fifty-six people signed the Declaration of Independence. How many of them were Lutheran?

Friday November 22 9:30am Stay & Play

Sunday November 24

A. B. C. D.

3. What American Lutheran children’s book author has won both a Peabody award and the Pulitzer Prize?

Thursday November 21 8:00am Men Seeking Wisdom Bible Study 4:00pm Thanksgiving Basket Distribution 6:30pm Youth Board Meeting 7:00pm Rebecca Circle

Saturday November 23 9:30am Handbell Rehearsal (Zion Handbell Choirs)

You may have heard the lines about “you might be Lutheran if…” Many of them take a humorous look at being Lutheran. Here are five trivia questions about Lutherans that are a little more serious in nature. See how well you can do!

Friday November 29

Church office closed

Saturday November 30

A. B. C. D.

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5. What Lutheran-raised boy from Minneapolis later came to be known as “The Body”? A. Louis Jude “Lou” Ferrigno B. Randy Mario Poffo AKA Randy Savage C. Andre Rene Roussimoff AKA Andre the Giant D. James George Janos AKA Jesse Ventura (answers on page 17)


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 Graceland schedule: November 6 - Colors of Life November 13 - Daily Rhythm Small Groups November 20 - Family Matters Event - Game Night and Worship November 27 - NO Graceland Thanksgiving Break

Confirmation Schedule Remember to be prepared for classes by bringing your Bibles and Small Catechism each week. Nov 6 - Law & Gospel with Pr Ted Nov 13 - The Greatest Prayer Nov 20 - Confirmation Fun Night Nov 27 - No Class - Thanksgiving

Everything Else

Family Matters ~ Parenting Speaker All are welcome to attend the next Family Matters Event on Wednesday, November 20, at 6pm to hear Kari Lyn Wampler present Parenting Trips: Avoiding Parenting Pitfalls. All parents are doing the best they can do and want what is best for their kids. Yet, even with our greatest intentions, there are places where we all fall short and some common pitfalls all parents trip over. During this time, Kari Lyn will talk about how to be aware of these pitfalls and strategize ways to navigate around them. Kari Lyn is a licensed marriage and family therapist, international speaker, teacher and author who empowers adults, families and youth to live their best lives and has been advocating for the well being of youth and adults for over 20 years. Kari Lyn loves to encourage others toward a path of wellness and discovery. Childcare is available and Confirmation youth will be meeting during the same time. The program will be followed by a fellowship time and opportunity to meet Kari and to ask any questions and to have further discussion.

Mission Trip Registration Due November 6 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 the world? Sign up for the Senior High Mission Trip to Indianapolis that will take place July 26 to August 2, 2014. Spots are going fast, and the final registration deadline for this amazing experience is November 6. The cost is $300. Contact Myron with any questions or concerns.

Friday Night Fun Night The next Friday Night Fun Night for middle school students will be held on Friday, November 15 from 7-9pm. This will be a movie night, so wear your pajama’s, bring a blanket and pillow and your favorite movie snack (popcorn and drinks will be provided). FNFN’s are open to all 6th-8th Graders. Friends are welcome and it’s free!

Check the website for Graceland and Confirmation schedules:

Friday Breakfast Crew

Senior High Students are invited to Perkins on Friday, November 1, at 6am, for a chance to check in with everyone while having a good meal and great conversation. Friends are always welcome!

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.


Make sure to bring money for food and a tip for our great servers. Rides to school are available if needed.

Stay & Play Friday, November 22 9:30-11 am Stay & Play is for children birth to 5 years old (pre-school) and their parents, an informal time for parents to connect and for kids to play!

Director of Children & Family Ministry

Kirsten Kelly

763-682-1245 x331 Children & Family Ministry Assistants

Marsha Watkins Karen Olson Jason Prigge

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If November 22 works for you, just show up! If this date doesn't work for you but this sort of event is something you are interested in, let Kirsten know at

Sunday School Calendar November 3: Joseph helps his family (2) November 10: Baby Moses (1) November 17: Baby Moses (2) November 24: Sanctuary Sunday

Christmas Program Christmas program rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, November 5 with an all-cast read through from 4-5pm. If you auditioned, you have a part!! After that, rehearsals will take place on Monday (specific speaking parts), Tuesday (chorus members) and Thursday (all cast). You will receive a specific calendar with rehearsal times after auditions are complete.

Jason Prigge Joins CFM Staff As of September 15, Jason Prigge has joined Zion’s interim Children & Family Ministry (CFM) staff. Jason will be co-leading the large group opening for Sunday School with Kirsten (as they did for VBS this past summer), providing assistance with the music, and developing the big-screen presentation for each week. Welcome Jason!

Remember! There is no Kids’ Place, kids’ choirs, or supper on Wednesday, November 27. See page 2 for details about the ecumenical Thanksgiving eve worship service here at Zion that night.

Teacher Check In On Sunday, November 3, at 11:45, all Sunday School Teachers and Shepherds are invited to a quick check in time with Kirsten, Marsha and Karen in Trinity Hall. We’d like to hear your input about how Sunday School is going (with the new curriculum, etc) and if you have any other feedback. We hope you can attend… thanks for being a teacher!

Bible Distribution Kindergarten and 4th grade students received their Bibles in worship in October. Parents, please be sure that you or your child write their name inside their Bible so they don't get lost! If you were absent, please see Kirsten to get your Bible.


My Thankful Heart

Northside Leadership Project

Making the stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner helps restore my heart to gratefulness. First I cut bread into cubes to dry out. Has it really been a year since I thanked God for the simple things of life? Dear God, thank you for my daily bread. Next I boil giblets for the tasty broth. When did I last express thanks for my body — even the oft-forgotten parts? Thank you, God, for creating and sustaining me.

Redeemer Lutheran Church and Redeemer Center for Life are proud to announce the completion of the Glenwood House! Beginning in 2012, the Glenwood House Project has witnessed a blighted, foreclosed property on Glenwood Avenue transformed into a newly-constructed duplex. With the finishing touches completed in September 2013, the Glenwood House is ready to house a new generation of Harrison Neighborhood leaders.

Then I dice onions and celery, adding them to the mixture. That reminds me to thank God for abundant harvests. Finally I measure raisins, nuts, sage and salt into the stuffing, as scents fill the air. Lord, help me not grow weary of the interesting “spices” that fill my life. As the stuffing goes into the oven, warm air wafting into the kitchen, I remember to thank God for providing my home. Here relatives and friends gather, often an odd combination. Yet when we bow our heads in thankfulness, we’re an unbeatable mix. MaryAnn Sundby

Abundant Blessings There is plenitude in God. That great fact must never be lost or obscured. We must not exchange this immense graciousness for a few scraps of human morality or a few shopworn proverbs. God is a vast reservoir of blessing who supplies us abundantly. Eugene H. Peterson, Traveling Light

Eucharisteo Ann Voskamp, author of the book One Thousand Gifts (Zondervan), embraced the concept of eucharisteo,a Greek word that means thanksgiving, after a friend challenged her to list 1,000 things for which she was grateful. Of the experiment, Voskamp writes: “Living a lifestyle of intentional gratitude became an unintentional test in the trustworthiness of God.” “Can God be counted on?” Voskamp asks. “Count [your own] blessings and find out!”


Through the hands of over 500 volunteers, the generosity of countless donors, and the support of dozens of congregations, the Harrison Neighborhood is now blessed with an affordable housing complex freeing six young adults to further their education, develop a sense of vocation, and grow in community together. The Northside Leadership Project encompasses all of the young adults living in Redeemer’s affordable community housing and will grow to encompass all of Redeemer’s youth development programs as well. The Northside Leadership Project’s mission is to unleash young people to: Develop and share their unique gifts and passions Organize for change within their community Live out a strong commitment to racial equality. (Food for Friends continued from page 7)

when her house was full and busy. I would do cooking days where I would make all of the family favorite casseroles, freeze them and know that I had a ‘go to meal’ when needed. She also likes to talk so delivering food seemed like a good way to volunteer. I brought food to members following surgery, new babies and family losses. I was hooked after learning the benefits that could be provided to members and the rewards I felt from my involvement. Before long, Peggy agreed to take over the coordination of warm meal deliveries for Food for Friends. Everyone goes through something in their lives that puts stress on their household – new baby, new house, surgery, loss of job, family loss – but having a warm meal to sit down to with their family can provide a uplifting end to their day. It is a great fellowship service to connect our congregation. Peggy hears a lot of interest in Food for Friends, but still sees a low response to requests. We are always looking for more volunteers that feel they can prepare a meal and share with a member. It is rewarding for everyone involved. I hope that we can broaden the group to touch more members with this outreach of care and support.

Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:13

(Sarah Klett continued from page 2)

I wanted those experiences for my children. Being a part of this team has allowed me to meet new families here at Zion.

I grew up here with so many great experiences. I wanted those experiences for my children.

Zion's music ministry has also been a great part of my life and now my children's lives. I was a part of SONshine Choir, Joy Choir, Bell Choir and because of our great congregation, these opportunities continue and my children have been able to be a part of SONshine Choir, Joy Choir, Youth Choir and Bell Choir.

Our Mission... Zion seeks to Share Christ’s Word, Strengthen faith, and Serve those in need.

In July of 2013, Sarah was asked to fill an open position on Zion's church council.

I have not been on church council very long, but so far everyone has been very welcoming. It has allowed me to meet new people from all ministries of Zion. I have always been a big picture person. It is easy to get involved with those ministries that you are passionate about, but sometimes we need to stretch ourselves outside of our comfort zone and see what else is out there. Serving on church council allows me to get a bigger picture of the church along with being assigned new committees to serve on that stretches me outside of my box. I am excited for this new experience and looking forward to how this will help I am excited for this me gain new relationships, nurture those old ones, and new experience and grow spiritually. My hope for Zion is that [Zion] continues to grow disciples and nurture the young. Our children are so important to our future. Sarah currently serves as the council representative on the Global Missions Committee.

looking forward to how this will help me gain new relationships, nurture those old ones, and grow spiritually.

[Global Missions committee members] are involved in many ministries outside the doors of Zion. We search for opportunities to help people serve out God's word with their hands by going on mission trips to Jamaica, Zambia, and closer to home Redeemer Church in Minneapolis. These are some of the ministries the Global Missions Committee supports.

Christmas Decorating Put your creativity to work on Tuesday, December 3, here at Zion as a decorator to make the entry area, library, and fellowship hall festive with Christmas trees and decorations. Decorations and trees are already here at Zion. You provide the creativity. The work and fun begin at 9am. The coffeepot will be on and you'll have an enjoyable morning with the Zion crew. Questions? Interest? Call Diane Huston (682.1040) or Lois Monson (763.412.7310).

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.


Biweekly Email Option In addition to the monthly newsletter and ministry specific emails , a bi-weekly update is now available which includes information on a variety of events and opportunities within the next two weeks. Many households started receiving these biweekly updates in May, and others can sign up at

(Lee Kjesbo continued from page 4)

programs sealed the deal. That makes us members for 38 years. Our two youngest children were baptized here and all four are pictured on the confirmation wall. Carol and I have been active in the music programs at Zion and at one time I served on the Foundation board. While I am retired from teaching music at BHS, I stay involved with music and education in various ways. Now that I have more spare time, I enjoy time with my family, yard work, reading, and stained glass work, which I have done since 1986. I like creating things and working with my hands. Suzanne Henk, of Suzanne’s Stained Glass, was my mentor. I make lamps and window hangings. Since retirement I have been able to spend more time in my glass studio and donate some to worthy causes, including the Harvest of Hands. I strongly believe God gives everyone a talent and that we should share them. Music and glass are two things I can give back to God and to Zion. With the Harvest of Hands, we can share with others the wide variety of talents he has given us. Harvest of Hands is such a large, church-wide effort and I like knowing exactly where the proceeds are going. That is important to Carol and I. We like to share our time and talents more locally. Harvest of Hands draws our congregation together like no other event and we get to share our Christian values with others. It is a strong statement to the community about what Zion values and how Zion is helping with in the community and world-wide. Even though there is so much going on during the Harvest of Hands, I am sure there are more people out there who have a unique talent and I would encourage them to share it with the Harvest of Hands. Zion is a vibrant church and is blessed with strong leadership just plain good people. We, in turn, are blessed to be a part of it. Stained glass lamp made by Lee Kjesbo


(How Do You Respond continued from page 3)

goes back to Him eventually. Why don’t we make the best use of it while we’re here? At the end of the day, being good stewards is about putting God’s gifts to work where God would want them used. Sharing Christ’s word? Strengthening faith? Serving God’s world? Those aren’t things we have to do, those are things we get to do. And we do them together as the church. Let’s continue to make this community thrive by giving our first and best gifts back to God through His church.

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.

(Dawn Schmidt continued from page 9)

more prayer, I decided to take a leap of faith and volunteer my time. Dawn has found that serving on the Stewardship Committee is not about asking for money, but about helping others realize we are all stewards. They meet once a month to brainstorm ideas and there is a minimal time commitment most of the year with a busy time around the fall campaign. All committee members bring ideas and talents to the campaign and Dawn finds it rewarding to see the fall campaign come together. Her favorite part of serving on the committee has become getting to know other church members and the Pastors beyond a Sunday morning “good morning.” [The Stewardship Committee is a] great opportunity to brainstorm with other members about being stewards for Gods purpose right here at Zion. Sharing of your talents and time are great ways to give to the church. After all, ‘It All Belongs to God.’

Simplify: A January Women’s Retreat Looking for a gift of time for a friend, sister, mom this holiday season? Give her a gift certificate to the January Women’s Retreat. The retreat will be held from 9am-noon on Saturday, January 18 at Zion. This will be a time to reflect and learn about how to simplify and declutter our lives, led by Zion member Jill Davis and Nicky Havens of “Seriously Organized” in Bloomington. Learn practical tips and tricks for organizing and simplifying Talk and reflect on how we use what God has given us Enjoy great friends, great food, child care, and time to “unplug” from the busy tasks that clutter our days Contact the church office to order gift certificates ($9/person), available by November 24, or to sign up for the January retreat.

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

(Continued from page 11)

1-B. New York, this was the Hartwick Seminary. The first Lutheran synod was formed in Pennsylvania in 1748. 2-C. 18 million 3-A. Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss). Dr. Seuss is the only American on that list! 4-B. Two: Jacob Broom of Delaware and Thomas Mifflin of Pennsylvania were confirmed Lutherans according to 5-D. James George Janos AKA Jesse Ventura. Reprinted with permission of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans from the Summer 2013 issue of Thrivent magazine. If you would like information about Thrivent Financial and the products and services, please call Mark Worner at 682.6011.

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10


The Voice

Zion Staff

A monthly publication of Zion Lutheran Church Upcoming Deadlines November 11 at 8am for December Issue December 4 at 8am for January Issue Editor: Angela Bengtson This Month’s Cover Lee Kjesbo and one of his stained glass pieces

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 | Jason Prigge: Interim CFM Assistant 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 |

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


Angela Bengtson: Communications & Membership ext. 325 | Sue Stensrud: Financial Secretary ext. 303 | Ryan Bjokne: Facilities & Grounds Manager ext. 328 | Louis Nagel: Part-time Custodian Missy Peterson & Angie Smith: Nursery Staff Aimee Bogren & Kathleen Schlink: 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 Thanksgiving Worship


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How Do You Respond


Harvest of Hands


Lee Kjesbo


Honoring Our Heroes


Peggy Olson


Give to the Max Day


Dawn Schmidt


Parenting Speaker


Stay & Play


Harvest of Hands

Saturday November 2 9am to 1pm Crafts ~ Brunch ~ White Elephants ~ Silent Auction ~ Food Items

November 2013 Newsletter  

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

November 2013 Newsletter  

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