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Pastor Kari Bahe

That is God for You

As I write this, it is the 3rd day of Vacation Bible School. I am not exaggerating when I say that I wish every one of you were able to witness what happens during a week of VBS. There is transformation all over the place. The transformation is beautiful to witness because it isn’t just a transformation of the physical space it is a transformation of hearts. It is a transformation into hope. First, the physical transformation. There was no

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Chuck Zumbusch

Chuck Zumbusch was elected to the Zion Council last year for a one-year term.  He also serves on the Stewardship Committee, and has previously served on the last Capital Campaign, Finance Committee, and helped with the annual external review of the books and records testing and attestation work. He is married to Tammy, who is a lifelong member of Zion. Together we try to raise 5 kids ranging in age from 11-22 and our yellow Lab named Pretzel, also known

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The Virtue of Patience

I think almost everyone has heard the phrase “patience is a virtue.” We are counseled to be patient and good things come to those who wait. Of course, it can be easier said than done. Ask any seven-year-old during Christmas time. The members of Zion have had many opportunities over the past two years to work on this virtue. We have managed through adversity and change far beyond anything our church has ever seen. Throughout, we have asked questions like

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Pastor Kari Bahe

Call Committee Update 2022.06

The Council has appointed the 7-member Call Committee, along with alternates. A Call Committee is tasked with discerning the will of God for our future.  It is a tall order! Let us surround them and the work they do with our prayers. Phyllis Bengston, Taryn Bullert, Dominic DesMarais, Jennifer Gustafson, Andy Kohls, Josie LaFave, and Eric Mattson. 1st Alternate: Joan Halderson, 2nd: Paula Herda, 3rd: Tyler & Hannah Peterson [one vote]. The Call Committee is given the responsibility and privilege

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To Err Is Human

Teen Talk To err is human Alexander Pope The stress of life has been heavy for me these last couple of weeks. Nothing noteworthy, just a lot of un-noteworthy things. Have you ever noticed bad things come in threes? I have no scientific proof of this, just life experience. Last Tuesday was a perfect example of this; I went to the wrong place for my long-awaited appointment and therefore was just late enough that we had to re-schedule. I found

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Refugee Support

In May, Zion’s church council approved the creation of a Ukrainian Refugee Working Group to investigate the opportunities and possibilities of sponsoring a Ukrainian refugee family in Buffalo. The group is researching and learning about the different opportunities offered by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and Arrive Ministries, and investigating sponsorship with other area churches, and will make a recommendation to the council on the best path forward. In the midst of that work, several in the group learned of

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Financial Report 2022.05

The finance report for the month of May looks much like those of recent months.  Our income last month was a little over $58,500 which is about 5.5% more than was given in May of 2021.  Income for the year to date still lags behind last year’s by about $16,000 or 4.8%. With the resumption of our programming, expenses for the month were about $10,000 more than we incurred in May of 2021.  For the year to date our expenses

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Care Team Update

Deacon Jill Davis has made the decision to resign her part-time position as Director of Congregational Care. We give thanks to God for her ministry with us. We are grateful that this is a change in her role and not goodbye!  Deacon Davis is employed as a Hospice Chaplain and says that role takes time and energy which makes it difficult to focus on Congregational Care in the way she’d like to.  You will still see Deacon Jill Davis leading

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