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Year End Charitable Giving Strategies

It’s smart and responsible to take advantage of available tax benefits when giving to a worthy charity like Zion. Following are a few ideas you may want to implement before the end of the year. Donating Appreciated Securities Stocks and other securities like mutual funds that have gained value since purchase can be tax-efficient charitable giving tools. Don’t sell the investment, pay tax on the gain, donate the proceeds and take your charitable deduction on the value of the proceeds.

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Pastor Kari Bahe

Together for a Purpose

In the October newsletter, I wrote about Jesus’ story of the shepherd leaving 99 sheep to go find that one sheep who did not show up for the morning roll call.  We considered that there is an element of that story we don’t often focus on.  Not only was the one found, but there were also 99 who were there to bring the one back to. The 99 made being together possible.  The 99 made the reunion and celebration possible.

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Stewardship, Mission, and Sheep

Oh, that picture of Jesus carrying the lost sheep back to the fold! It is an image that most anyone who attended Sunday school has in their memory bank. Jesus tells the story of a shepherd who leaves 99 of his sheep to find the one that is lost. That one lamb being carried on the shoulders of the Great Shepherd, Jesus. What a loving image of a God who never gives up on us, and never tires from bringing

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Greetings from the Zion Stewardship Committee!

Summer is quickly passing by and we now find ourselves at back-to-school time and preparing for the fall harvest.  ​Many are excitedly looking forward to fall sports and concerts, college football and the change in seasonal colors.  Exciting times are coming to Zion too!  Sunday school​ (offered at both services this fall!), confirmation, and new youth programming are ​all gearing up for the 2022/2023 year.  ​The Call Committee is working hard in the search for our next Senior Pastor.  Once

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Tom

Excuses from A-Z

For Poor Summer Church Attendance Antique hunting Boating Camping Dog walking Equestrian practice Fishing Gardening Hiking Insect collecting Journey to … Knee-boarding Lake-shore strolling Mutton busting Needlecraft Open air yoga Painting Quadruped riding Running Swimming Traveling Ultimate Frisbee Vacation Water skiing Xploring Minnesota Yard work Zoo visits Life is busy. Summer in Minnesota is even busier with all these activities and more. Please don’t forget God in your busy summer activities. If you can’t make it to Zion as often

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Tom

Looking Ahead to Summer at Zion

Summer officially begins in June, but we all know that some people begin to check out of the routine of worship around the last week of May. Statistics show that churches see a 30% decrease in attendance over the summer months. Is there any way to change this? First … Thank you for your faithful giving and for sharing the mission of Zion with others. As you know, the work of ministry is never done. We are asking everyone at

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Giving Time

Greetings from the Zion Stewardship Committee! April is an exciting time. In addition to Easter and the warmer weather of Spring, the weekend of April 22-24 will be SERVE Weekend. This is a great opportunity for us all to take part in meaningful stewardship by giving of our time and talents in fun and rewarding ways (plus you can get a t-shirt from Thrivent if you sign up ahead of time). Go to bit.ly/SERVE2022 for more information about projects and

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Tax Benefits of Donating Stock

“Remember this – you can’t serve God and Money, but you can serve God with money.” – Selwyn Hughes Stock donations have tremendous value for Zion.  In fact, it is almost always better to donate appreciated stock, electronic fund transfers (EFTs), or mutual funds than it is to donate cash. Why?  One simple reason: donating stock to Zion allows you to avoid capital gains tax.  This means church gets the full value of your stock, potentially increasing what otherwise could

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Pastor Kari Bahe

Life in the Faith Lane & Generosity

…God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 What is the Faith Lane? That’s where our hearts align with God’s mission in the world and we become the hands and feet of God here on earth. What is Stewardship in the Faith Lane? Stewardship is how we make the concerted effort to apply the best use of our

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Dirk

Giving to Different Ministries

Did you know that you don’t have to limit your electronic giving to just the General Fund or the Building Fund? In addition to the General and Building funds, Zion maintains a Special Projects account with over 50 specific line item ministries and programs. We recently updated online giving options. The link to the website is Zionbuffalo.infellowship.com/OnlineGiving. Here are just a few of the options you now have to give directly to a program or ministry: General Fund Building Fund

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