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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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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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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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Pastor Kari Bahe

Hold On … But Let Go

“But even the very hairs on your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30 Even the hairs of your head are all counted! And if you are losing those hairs….God still knows! It is almost too remarkable to imagine a love that knows you that deeply.  And even more remarkable to know a love that cares enough to know you that deeply.  And yet, that is what Jesus tells us about God. June is the month we celebrate Dads.  Someone once

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Pastor Kari Bahe

Transition Team Update

June and July are going to be busy months for the members of your Transition Team.  We continue to provide opportunities for more input from you about our next Senior Pastor.  The [CAT] survey results will be back and in a format that will allow us to share them with the congregation.  At the May council meeting, the Call Committee will be appointed (this article is being written prior to that date so look for the announcement of who is

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Transition Team Update May 2022

Thank you Zion! We are pleased to announce that 398 of you took advantage of the opportunity to let your views be heard by taking the CAT [Congregational Assessment Tool]. Although we always hope for even more involvement, we are very pleased with this participation.

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Pastor Kari Bahe

Abundant Life

Jesus came that you may have life and not just life—abundant life! One of my seminary professors use to say that Jesus breaks in to the monotonous, mind-numbing, tedium of everyday life and proclaims: there is more! I think about that in terms of life in the church as well. There is life here at Zion, to be sure. There is abundant life here at Zion. Jesus still says to us—there is more. Think back to the days two years

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Pastor Kari Bahe

We are Easter People

We will soon enter the holiest of holy times in the Church year. Holy week. More than a way of remembering, we participate in the events of our Lord’s Passion during Holy Week. We begin with Palm Sunday and shouts of “Hosanna!”. Those shouts quickly become the shouts of “Crucify Him”. During Holy Week, we do not ask what the cross does for us, we ask what the cross says about us. The cross tells the truth of our sinfulness,

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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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Pastor Kari Bahe

Enter the Bible

Looking for some help with New Year’s Resolutions?  If you have decided to learn more about the Bible or to spend more time getting to know the scriptures, there is a wonderful resource available at enterthebible.org. A wide variety of learning tools await you. It is a local gem that has world-wide reach. Every article, video, and podcast is either written or reviewed by Luther Seminary professors. Unlike some websites the information on Enter the Bible is accurate and as

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