Welcome to Zion!
We are committed to being a loving and welcoming community of faith in Jesus Christ. As a community of God we welcome all. We rejoice in the manner in which diversity enriches, nurtures, and challenges the life and ministry we share in Christ. We embrace actions and attitudes within the Church that assure access to Word and Sacrament regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic or marital status, physical or mental capacities, age or race.
(For now, if you'd like to check the full monthly calendar, please view it at: https://zelc.360unite.com/calendar)
Connecting through Grace
Celebrating Our Recent Connections:
This past week, four outside groups used our building this week for meetings and sessions — still making connections in the community!
Also, 38 children graduated from Let Me Shine Preschool!
Connect This Week:
Primary Children’s Hospital: want to serve a meal to the families of patients? 4 people are needed. Please contact the church office for more details on ways to participate in this great service.
Ushers Needed! This is a vital role in welcoming people to worship with us. Interested? Please contact the church office.
Greeters Wanted! Please use the sign-up sheet outside the church library to pick the Sundays that work with your schedule and be a greeter at Zion! It’s a great way to meet congregational members you may not yet know.
Looking Forward to Connecting:
We are also looking forward connecting in various ways this month during Utah Pride Week, including by hosting the interfaith service here at Zion on Thursday, May 31!
We come together for one worship service at 10am each Sunday during the summer (from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend).
Our Sunday Education classes (Sunday School & Bible Study) are on hiatus as well.
In the fall, we will resume our regular Sunday schedule of 8:15am Awakening Worship, 9:15am Education Hour, and 10:30am Traditional Worship.
Sun May 27, 10:00am: Summer Worship begins!
Our summer schedule (one worship service at 10:00am) begins! Casual attire is welcomed. On May 27, we will worship downstairs in the Terrace Room due to asbestos abatement in the sanctuary, and Eucharist will be celebrated outside.
Sun June 3, 11:00am: Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting
Mark your calendar for the semi-annual congregational meeting, immediately following the 10am worship service. Bring an appetizer to share!
INTERFAITH PRIDE SERVICE
Thu May 31, 7:00pm: PRIDE interfaith service
Zion will be the first Lutheran church to host the annual Utah Pride service. All are welcome! "Get Salty" is the service theme. The interfaith worship launches Pride Week festivities in Salt Lake City.
This year's service will integrate the lament of those who have completed suicide, and celebration with songs and messages of hope.
This multi-faith service celebrates the diversity of faith communities who affirm the LGBTQA movement. The foundation for Pride Week began with the Stonewall riots of June 1969 when police raided the Stonewall Inn, known as an LGBT venue. Since then, the celebrations have advocated lesbian and gay rights, moving toward marriage equality and acceptance of the LGBTQA community.
All are welcome! And, especially to Zion members, greeters are welcomed and needed.
Sun May 27 - Sun Sep 2: 10:00am summer worship
Beginning on Sunday, May 27 (Memorial Day weekend), we will switch to one 10:00am worship service for the summer months (through Labor Day weekend). Please mark your calendars!
SAVE THE DATE
Fri July 13 - Sun Jul 15: Zion Camping Weekend
Zion's annual camping weekend this year will be to the Avintaquin Campground in Ashley National Forest, north of Castle Gate (toward Duchesne), about 2 hours from SLC. We have the group site. See you there! Questions can be directed to Jon Hall.
Sun July 22: Greater Zion Day
Because of construction, our annual celebration will be slightly smaller this year, but we'll celebrate with an ice cream social after worship!
VBS MUSIC CAMP 2018
Aug 6-10: VBS Music Camp - register now!
Zion's VBS Music Camp will be held Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10, from 9am-3pm Mon-Thu and 9am-1:30pm Fri. A half-day option is also available for Kindergarten.
Registration is open now through July 30th, for students who will have completed Kindergarten through 6th grade. Download the attached registration form here, or pick up a hard copy at Zion.
BIBLE STUDIES & SMALL GROUP MEETINGS
Wednesdays, 7:00am: Men's Bible Study
Meets downstairs each Wednesday morning at 7:00am. Come have breakfast with us and discuss God’s Word! We are studying the weekly scriptures from the Taking Faith Home bulletin insert.
1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:00pm: Women's Small Group
Led by Alyce Gross, Shepherd. Meets the first and third Mondays at 7pm in various homes. Studying the Gospel of John. Contact Alyce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pub Theology - Different Brews + Different Views
Meets one Thursday a month. Check out
Facebook.com/ZionSLC for the current schedule. No meeting is planned for May; look for future meeting dates in the coming months.
Sunday School & Sunday Bible studies are on hiatus for the summer months, and will resume after Labor Day.
SUNDAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR(S)
Do you (and a friend) feel called to nurture what God is already doing among the children at Zion? Are you a P.E.O.P.L.E. person? If you answer "yes" or "maybe" to one or more of the following questions, then talk to a friend and see if they would like to be co-director with you. Please email or talk to Lisa Mensinger or Pastor Steve.
- P: Do you enjoy PLANNING to get people together for a common purpose?
- E: Are you resourceful in EQUIPPING teachers to share God's Word with young children?
- O: Can you ORGANIZE special events for Sunday School?
- P: Are you able to PROVIDE monthly Sunday School newsletter announcements?
- L: Are you able to LEAD by sharing your passion and vision?
- E: Is it easy for you to ENCOURAGE people by supporting them?
Crossroads Urban Center: June needs
Food: small juices
Thrift store items: summer clothes & towels
Primary Children’s Hospital
Want to serve a meal to the families of patients? 4 people are needed. Please contact the church office for more details on ways to participate in this great service.
This is a vital role in welcoming people to worship with us. Interested? Please contact the church office.
Please use the sign-up sheet outside the church library to pick the Sundays that work with your schedule and be a greeter at Zion! It’s a great way to meet congregational members you may not yet know.
Zion Congregational Council
We have one empty council spot right now for team leader. Below is a note with more information about church council, written by Ann Marie Mogren.
"I am a person with good intentions. I always thought I 'should' volunteer to serve on church council, but every time anyone asked, I declined. Too busy, I said. It'll take too much time, I said. There are others better qualified, I said. Well, last year I finally said 'yes' and now I'm wondering why I waited. Turns out the meetings are brief and well organized, most of the discussion takes place over e-mail (which I can tackle at my leisure), and the sense of doing specific work to help with the "business" of Zion is surprisingly rewarding.
Why am I writing this? Because we have vacancies on church council and our bylaws mandate that they be filled. There are five general positions open at the moment, and one with more specific responsibilities. That is a need for building management liaison to work closely with the church office, triaging building repairs as needed (which might simply be calling the right service person for a repair).
Call the church office if you're interested. Or catch any of the current council members when you see them and ask about how you can connect through grace by serving on council! Doug Graham, Marsha Gilford, Leslie Miller, Holly Graham, Terri Moffitt, or me."
-- Ann Marie Mogren
Demo Day is June 5
Construction is set to begin with demolition on June 5th. Our contractor has scheduled the completion of the lower level and sanctuary work by August 5th, before VBS begins.
The contractor will offer weekly reports which we will post on the website and wall monitor at church.
Vintage Roland 5000S electric piano
Switch might need repair. Contact Diane Gardner or the church office for details or to arrange a time to take a look.
David and the Bigelow Organ Co. have been busy working on Phase 2 of the organ renovation project. So far four of six ranks of pipes have been acquired and preliminary design work (layout) has been done for the new windchest and swell box (enclosure) to be added behind the existing organ case at the second story level. Still to be done includes (among other items):
- Finalize chest designs and order chests.
- Design, acquire parts for, and build new stop rail; install and wire.
- Design and build swell box and support structure (volunteer labor to assist with the latter), including some remodeling of the back of the existing organ case.
- Install chests and connect wind and electrical.
- Acquire two more ranks of pipes.
- Miscellaneous work on pipes currently in hand and forthcoming.
Phase Two is certainly the biggest "piece" in terms of added physical space and numbers of added pipes. It includes visible additions to the console - 60+ stop controls, up from the present 23. So taking a peek at the Console and at the back of the organ, you will certainly see things have changed!
There are five phases to the project in total. David will be working with Brent Menlove and the building contractors to coordinate space needed for the organ project with work that will be done to insulate the south exterior wall behind the organ.
Watch for information about a short informative meeting after church in the coming weeks, where David will be able to demonstrate the benefits realized in Phase One. He has been enjoying these, and would like to point them out so you can appreciate them, too!
We are continuing fundraising efforts for this project as well, so please consider donations as we move toward completion. A big thank you to those of you who have made one-time gifts and especially to those of you who have been supporting the project with ongoing donations.
Prayers in Action
In February, we celebrated the affirmation of baptism of our Faith Formation Disciples. In March, Zion hosted an interfaith Children's Choir Day. At our Palm Sunday service, all of Zion's choirs, including children's choirs, will be presenting music. Our youth are looking forward to attending the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston in June.
A building task force has begun to analyze building needs and to prepare a plan for moving forward. One notable change, recognizing our care for creation: insulating improvements will move us from an R1.5 to R20 value.
A communications task force has been meeting to plan upgrades to the congregation’s web page, directory, and financial management systems.
CONNECTING THROUGH GRACE
We are a Reconciling in Christ community. All are welcome!
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SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
10:00am worship service
(Our fuller Sunday schedule will resume after Labor Day.)