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:
Even during construction, one outside group 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.
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.
ACTION FORUM, Sunday, August 19th at 11:30 AM at Zion. Fred Strohacker, speaker.
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
Saturday, August 25th at 6PM at the home of Mark & Kathie Supiano. We welcome all regular attendees and extend a special invitation to newer members and visitors. This is a wonderful adult fellowship opportunity and our meal will be served up by master grillers! Please bring a side dish to share and BYOB. Suggested donation of $10 per person to cover the fish.
Drywall is going up this week. Scaffolding for the stucco work will be going up as well all around the church building. New doors have been installed. Keeping fingers crossed that we have a new side walk poured before the weekend! We are keeping the work crew in our prayers.
Please join our Getting-to-know-one-another-in-Zion on Sunday, August 26th following the post worship coffee reception. Because of construction, the gathering room will be announced that Sunday. All are welcome.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
Crossroads Urban Center: August needs
Needed: canned tomatoes & boxed meals
Thrift store: Back to school clothes (kids fall clothes)
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
Phase Two is well underway. Bigelow has begun construction of the Swell Box where the six new ranks (sets) of pipes will be housed. Four custom windchests (what the pipes stand on to receive air) have been ordered. Together those are the biggest piece. Parts for the expanded stop rail (controls on the organ console) have been ordered as well.
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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ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
10:00am worship service
(Our fuller Sunday schedule will resume after Labor Day.)