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Pastor Kari Bahe

Look Up To The Stars

Since NASA released the first images from the James Webb space telescope, revealing the largest and most intensive view of the universe, I can’t help but think of Psalm 8: “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what are mere mortals that you are mindful of them?” The Webb telescope is capable of looking 13.6 billion light years away. For perspective, the Milky Way Galaxy is

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Make Music a Priority

When talking to educators in the last months of summer, there’s a feeling that “we’re already there!” These hard working planners have already plotted out what’s needed for the new learning year to begin in the fall. During August, the music ministries at Zion are doing the same thing. Choir & handbell directors are meeting to plan out the Sunday morning and Wednesday schedules; there are lots of new music pieces on our playlists, and we all start wondering who

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Are you a knitter or crocheter? Zion is looking for folks, young or old, to participate in the prayer shawl ministry. You can work independently or as part of a group. Each knitter/crocheter begins each shawl with prayers and blessings for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. The gift of a prayer shawl enables the recipient to be surrounded by prayer and is a tangible reminder of God’s care and love, encouragement, and inspiration. Please

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Quilt ministry

Quilting Group

The Zion Quilt Group has completed and donated eleven quilts to the Eagles Nest (a home for United States veterans) so far in 2022. We also have completed four baby quilts that will go to children in foster care. We use donated cotton quilting fabric cut into 100 six by eight-inch rectangles that, sewn together, create a 60”x 80” twin quilt. These quilts are used while at the facility and are given to the veteran. The Quilt Group currently meets

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Financial Report 2022.06

It is an exciting time at Zion as we continue to rebuild and recover from our COVID days. For the month of June, our offerings were $49,600 which is about $1,000 more than we gave last June. For the year to date, our total income is around $366,000 which is about $5,000 less than we had at this point last year. Because we are reestablishing programs and staff, and with utility costs rising, our expenses for the month of June

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Senior Spotlight: Sam Yost

I’ve been blessed with incredible parents, a loving home, and support not everyone is fortunate enough to have. I’m lucky to live the life I do, however, everyone has valleys to walk through. Some valleys are deeper and darker than others. A lot of the time, it’s easy to lose sight of the blessings. It’s my trust in God that helps me through the valleys. It’s not always easy to trust 100% of the time, but it helps to remember

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Blue and yellow yeart

Дякую тобі (Thank You)

Thanks to everyone who has donated household items, food, and monetary support to the Ukrainian families. They are doing pretty well and are working with different agencies to get their paperwork in order so they can get jobs. One family has moved into a home in Coon Rapids and another family has moved into an apartment in Minnetonka. One family member is still living with relatives in Montrose. They are very thankful for all that has been provided for them

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Fall, Stress, & Grace

We can’t believe we are talking about it already, as it feels like school just ended, but fall is right around the corner! With fall comes all things new: new teachers, schedules, classes, routines, practices, teams, and clubs. Sprinkle in a little stress and exhaustion as we transition and modify our summer sleep schedule into early mornings for school, and it can seem like too much all at once. One thing we seemed to have collectively learned from COVID is

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Zion’s Redeemer Connection

Global Missions welcomed Sally Ankerfelt, Minister of Outreach at our partner church, Redeemer Lutheran in Minneapolis, at the July committee meeting. Sally provided us with an update on the happenings at Redeemer and specifically asked that we share Redeemer’s gratitude and appreciation for Zion’s financial support over the years and prayers during these times. Their most exciting news is that they have called a new pastor. Pastor Jen Collins will begin her call at Redeemer in mid-August! Interim pastor, Peter

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Transition Team & Call Process

The members of the Transition Team and Council have been digesting all you told us through the CAT Survey. We are grateful for the great participation in the survey—thank you! There is a great deal of information to integrate and put to good use. We have heard from the CAT Survey consultant and are eager to share with you what we are learning from your responses to the survey. We are inviting all to join us for “Looking at the

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