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Giving to Different Ministries

Did you know that you don’t have to limit your electronic giving to just the General Fund or the Building Fund? In addition to the General and Building funds, Zion maintains a Special Projects account with over 50 specific line item ministries and programs. We recently updated online giving options. The link to the website is Here are just a few of the options you now have to give directly to a program or ministry: General Fund Building Fund

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Good for the Giver

If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. —Confucius There are many ways that giving is beneficial to to the giver: gratitude, cooperation, social connection, health. In this article, I will focus on recent studies of giving and happiness. As the purse is emptied the heart is filled. —Victor Hugo Studies comparing donors and non-donors indicate that those who give report that they are 43% happier than those

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Finance Report 2021.07

Here is a summary of Zion’s financial information as of the end of July 2021.  General Fund income for the month of July was just over $51,000 which is about 8% lower than what was received in July of 2020.  Expenses for the General Fund were about $54,500.  This is about 5.8% more than was spent in July of 2020.  For the month General Fund expenses exceeded income by about $3,400.  We anticipate that expenses will continue to increase as

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Council Update 2021.08

Last month I compared where our church and congregation is currently to looking at the horizon in anticipation of the sunrise and what it will bring. While there are still a lot of questions yet to be answered some things are moving ahead. The Sunday school program is coming together for this fall, staffing vacancies are starting to get filled, the music programs are getting rolling and our Sanctuary project is closer to completion with the news from the contractor

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Confirmation Update Fall 2021

By Tammy Zumbusch & Holly Husom, Interim Confirmation Coordinators Among the many things COVID took from us, community seems to be one of the greatest longings crossing all generational lines. We need each other. Even more than that, we belong to each other. In Paul’s letter to the Romans he writes; So, in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We miss you. All of you. Even those we’ve never met. In

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The Green Season

We are in the middle of the great, green, growing season in the church. That’s how Godly Play, a Sunday school curriculum I taught for some years, describes the season after Pentecost. The church year begins at Advent, which usually begins right after Thanksgiving. Advent comes in with a rush, as we prepare for the Christ light to come into the world, and then moves into the magical celebration of Christmas. After Christmas, the church year offers a bit of

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