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.
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Connecting through Grace
Celebrating Our Recent Connections:
This past week, three outside groups used our building this week for meetings and sessions — still making connections in the community!
Building construction is underway - weekly updates are on the back page of each week's bulletin.
The youth and youth leaders had an amazing time in Houston attending the ELCA National Youth Gathering last week. Check out some of the fun photos on our Facebook page!
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 at our ice cream social on July 22 as we celebrate the founding of ZELC in 1882!
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.
Fri July 13 - Sun July 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! Saturday we’ll have our traditional pot-luck dinner, so bring something to share. We also share the cost of the site based on how many come, so please bring some cash, check, or plan to pay me electronically. There is no water at the campground, so please be prepared. Details about the campground are on recreation.gov. Questions can be directed to Jon Hall.
Sun July 22: Greater Zion Day - Sundae on Sunday!
All are invited to celebrate the founding of ZELC, the first Lutheran church in Utah, with an ice cream social after worship!
NOW through Sun Sep 2: 10:00am summer worship
Just a reminder that we are currently in our summertime Sunday schedule of one 10:00am worship service for the summer months. Please mark your calendars!
SAVE THE DATE
Sun August 12: MADBand Benefit Concert, 7:00 PM
Zion will host the MADBand, a local contemporary Christian band, raising awareness and support for the VOA Youth Resource Center. More details coming soon!
New windows have been installed throughout the sanctuary and terrace room downstairs. The walkway to the south entrance is being replaced. The electrician is hard at work installing new lighting fixtures in the sanctuary. Stone work begins on the west side of the building. We are keeping the work crew in our prayers.
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
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 email@example.com.
Sunday School & Sunday Bible studies & Men's Bible Study are on hiatus for the summer months, and will resume after Labor Day.
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.
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?
July 17: Family Promise at St. Marks
Family Promise helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence, by providing space and support in local churches. The Cathedral Church of St. Mark (231 E 100 S) is the host site for Family Promise from July 15-20. St. Mark's requests Zion's assistance. Zion is scheduled to provide dinner hosts and an evening host on July 17. Dinner hosts provide the 6:30pm meal; evening hosts stay with the guests from dinner until 8:30pm. Volunteers are asked to sign up on the church bulletin board. Please contact Pastor Steve for more information.
Crossroads Urban Center: July needs
Needed: canned food items!
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
Bigelow Organ Builders has completed Phase 1 and are now well into Phase 2 of our “Organ Expansion.” We’re excited to report that we have reached the halfway point of Phase 2.
Here is a summary of Phase 2 progress to date:
1. Four ranks of pipes have been acquired and are in Bigelow’s shop: 1) Oboe 8’ 61 pipes 2) Querflote 4’ 61 pipes 3) Lieblich Gedeckt 16’ 73 pipes 4) Gemshorn celeste 8’ 49 pipes
2. The new Swell chest is designed, initial payment of $10K submitted, and chest is in process at Organ Supply Industries, Erie, PA.
3. Swell box (enclosure) design is underway.
David and the Bigelow Organ Company are working on coordinating the work they need to do this summer with the contractor working on the larger building renovation so they’ll be able to work during some dustfree times.
Stay tuned for an announcement about when David’s presentation about what’s new will be scheduled. We are more than halfway through the project and have received donations for half of the contracted amount. Continued thanks to those of you who have supported and are supporting funding the organ improvements.
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!
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Rocky Mountain Synod
ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
10:00am worship service
(Our fuller Sunday schedule will resume after Labor Day.)