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, 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.
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.
Because of your great generosity and commitment to Let Me Shine and Zion, our 2018 Spring Appeal has been a rollicking success. The new outdoor learning centers will be an outstanding addition to the LMS program, Zion’s Sunday school program, and VBS! The kids are just going to love the new things.
Thanks to you we have achieved our matching fund goal, so with that $1,300.00, the grand total is $8,185.00.
WOW! Thanks to everyone! Stay tuned for another great Let Me Shine year and have a great summer.
Paul Mogren, LMS Board Chair
Sun June 24, 11:30am: Social Action Forum on Suicide Prevention
Presenter Taryn Aiken Hiatt (Utah Leader of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention [AFSP]) and Wendy Parmley (retired nurse, author, and national presenter on suicide) will present. All are welcome.
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
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!
The triangle windows are being replaced in the sanctuary. The electrician started working on the rough-ins. 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
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 email@example.com.
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?
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: 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
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.
We’re nearing the halfway point in the Zimmer Organ Improvement Project, authorized in late 2014. As a very brief review, the Organ Expansion project officially “broke ground” Feb. 15, 2017 when Bigelow & Co. (in this case David Chamberlin himself) began installing electrical contacts to the 61 keys of the lower manual (keyboard). Subsequently, the Bigelow team installed 61 “pull-down magnets” under the “Chor” chest. These contacts and electro-magnets are the two ends of the system that will enable electric coupling and octave coupling of one section of the organ to the other two existing ones. Between those two ends goes a computerized relay, to translate signals from keys and stops into power to those magnets and later to all the planned additional pipes (Phases Two through Five).
Your generous contributions have kept pace with the installation work. The initial deposit and Phase 1 work has been invoiced and paid and we have funds in hand for Phase 2, which is underway. You will notice that the organ pipes and other components have been draped to protect them from construction dust from Zion’s building upgrade project, just beginning. The May Herald included a summary of work the Bigelow Organ Co. has been doing offsite for the Phase 2 installation work.
David is away installing another organ, but do 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 the remaining phases, totaling $90,000, so please consider donations as we move toward completion. Again, 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 donation.
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.)