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Cemetery Changes

The Zion cemetery board held its winter meeting in early March and approved significant modifications to Zion cemetery this summer. Last summer, Zion purchased 3 acres surrounding the cemetery. The purchase extended the cemetery about 50 feet further to the south of the existing property line and also to the east (see the associated land plot photo). The long-term plan is to extend the north/south road running through the center of the cemetery further to the south, turn the road

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Student Spotlight: Emily Lewis

I was born in August, and my parents were just thrilled to have a Friday the 13th baby. I went to Park Spanish Immersion school and St. Louis Park Middle School until I moved to Maple Lake in seventh grade. I immediately joined confirmation and from then on I’ve been super involved in all Zion’s youth programs. Last summer I started working at Camp Wapo where I’ve been attending since I was six and there I found my second home

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Youth Directors Named

After months of work including culling through applications, interviewing candidates, and seeking God’s guidance, the Youth Director Search Team has finished their work and joyfully announce that Zion has filled the opening in our youth ministries team! Holly Husom and Tammy Zumbusch have agreed to serve as Directors of Youth Ministry, with the primary task of providing a ministry with youth that will strengthen our youth’s relationships with Jesus, their peers, and their connection to the faith community of Zion.

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Teen Talk 2022.04

Newborns aren’t identifying themselves by their political affiliations, gender roles, religion or culture. They are just existing. That changes dramatically during the teenage years. Adolescence usually brings with it the exciting realization that maybe, just maybe…they can be anything they want to be. This curiosity usually promotes a massive craving for autonomy and space to figure it all out. The challenge comes when our teens’ desire for autonomy clashes with our craving for control. You may be saying, “But I

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Sunday School Children Grow-in-Faith

Zion KiDS have been working on learning various faith foundations such as learning how to bless one another, pray, and memorizing The Lord’s Prayer, The 10 Commandments, and Books of the Bible. Holy Communion is a third-grade milestone (we had many 4th, 5th, & 6th graders join in as well). 36 Zion KiDS attended classes and received their 1st Communion on Sunday, February 6. The first grade Sunday school class has been working hard on memorizing The Lord’s Prayer, and

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Pastor Kari Bahe

An Expansive Lent

Lent has always been one of my favorite seasons of the church year. That may seem odd, since it is almost always equated with sacrifice, confession, and a sort of dreariness. Not that our Lenten journey shouldn’t elicit some solemnity as we journey alongside of Jesus toward his death on the cross. There is much to be gained from an intentional, introspective, honest look at ourselves during Lent. However, given the solemnity and sacrifice of the past years, it seems

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Immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine

What is Next?

An update from Zion’s Transition Team March 16th through April 17th will be a crucial time frame for Zion’s next steps in this transition period. To help make the search for our next Senior Pastor as effective as possible it is vitally important to have congregational participation in these next steps. Your input, prayers, and participation will help shape the future for Zion’s mission and ministry. On March 16th, the link for taking the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) goes live,

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Membership Data

How many members does Zion have? Simple question, but the answer is complex and this time last year, we really didn’t have an answer that we felt was very accurate. So, the council formed a small working group to develop policies and processes associated with membership at Zion. The constitution provides some information and direction on membership but not a lot. Chapter 12 states “The Congregation Council shall provide for an annual review of the membership roster,” but doesn’t give

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I would like to start off by answering what I believe will be a question many of you reading this article will be asking yourself. “I thought he said he would not be serving a second term as council president.” So did I. At the beginning of this year I was given the opportunity to serve on the Buffalo City Council to fill a vacancy for the remainder of a departing councilman’s term. Given the duties of this role, I

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Christmas Market Report

Thank you for all your support for our 2021 Christmas Market event. It was a smaller event than our normal Harvest of Hands event in November. We raised $10,360.89. This amount includes money raised from our craft sale, bake sale, silent auction, and donations from our December event. The most recent event did not include our normal brunch, white elephant, and egg rolls, so we are extremely happy with the results of our mini event! The Wilderness Room and our

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