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Holding on: To Promises

Promises made, promises broken. Promises regretted, promises treasured. There are many kinds of promises, aren’t there? Some cut deep to our heart; we make them and would never want to break them. Some are made flippantly, some solemnly, and sadly some are made falsely. The flippant ones come in many forms.  I promise you I love the Vikings more than life itself. I promise you won’t hate the movie that much. And, sometimes, flippant promises come in the form of a

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A New Year

What a difference a year can make! Last year, we were collectively digging out of a mountain of snow, and enduring cold temps. This year, it was a very different story, with little to no snow, mild temps and green grass into December. It will be my pleasure to serve as the Council President again this year, along with Ashley Mattson returning as the VP. New this year, Josie LaFave and Andy Kohls, will begin their terms as Secretary and

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Could It Be You?

The Global Mission committee is putting feelers out to see if there are Zion members interested in joining our team. We meet on the second Tuesday night every other month, starting in January where we focus on efforts to support and serve our mission partners: All Kids Can Learn International (AKCLI) at the Village of Hope in Zambia, Mission Jamaica, and in our extended backyard of Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis. Help us plan and execute our initiatives including

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Tom

Here’s To Your Health

What are you doing to look after your health?  That may seem like a strange question coming from the stewardship committee! But, scientists and medical professionals have taken note of how practices and habits that help one aspect of health can help in another aspect of health. For physical health: Eat healthy foods Exercise regularly Avoid smoking Avoid excess drinking Regular doctor appointments For mental health: Connect with others Get active Be mindful Learn Give For spiritual health: Pray Read

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John

Financial Report 2023.12

We reached the conclusion of 2023 with a wonderful response to our finances. Our offerings for December were $130,536 which is about 13% higher than those received in December of 2022. These added to the rest of the year’s offerings, total a little over $791,000. When other income is added to this, our total General Fund income for 2023 is almost $820,000.  This is about 1.5% more than we received in 2022. General Fund expenses for December were around $12,800

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Support Global Mission Work During Lent

Lent is our solemn observance commemorating the forty days Jesus spent fasting in the desert and enduring temptation by Satan. We observe this season for forty days (sans Sundays), beginning with Ash Wednesday which lands on February 14th this year, through Holy Saturday, leading up to Easter Sunday. It is a time of repentance, self-examination, reflection and preparation for the coming of Easter. It can also be a meaningful time to grow spiritually in our relationship with God the Father.

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Pastor Trevor

A Joyful Zion Welcome to Pastor Skorburg

Hello everyone! My name is Trevor Skorburg and I’m quite excited for the good things I hope to be able to do together with you at Zion. I’ve been asked to share a bit about myself. My undergraduate degree is in Pastoral Leadership, and I’ve worked with a handful of churches, doing everything from sermons to custodial work to coordinating a food shelf to visiting with homebound members. Originally from Northern Illinois, my spouse, Sarah, and I moved up north to MN for grad

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TGIF

A new year always brings that fresh perspective of possibility.  People use different descriptions: a new start, a fresh perspective, a new beginning, or a clean slate. All of which point to the joy of looking forward with hope. Looking forward with hope is a wonderful way to describe what it means to live as a baptized child of God. That hope is for today, not just for the future. In fact, all the above descriptors could just as easily

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Into The Future

The holiday season is always a special time at Zion, but especially this year.  It was a busy late fall for Zion and I want to thank everyone for their participation and support during the annual meeting in which the budget was approved, committee updates were provided and new faces were added for Council, Foundation, and MAS Voting members. Immediately following our annual meeting, the special congregational meeting was held, in which the Call Committee presented Pastor Trevor as their

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John

Financial Report 2023.11

The Finance Committee would like to share a summary of Zion’s financial condition as of the end of November.  When comparing our income/offerings to the General Fund from November this year to that of last year, we were down by about $5400 per Sunday or 26%.  For the year so far, our giving and other income is almost identical to that of a year ago at this time.  So far this year we have spent a little over $70,000 more

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