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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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Tom

Good for the Giver

If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. —Confucius There are many ways that giving is beneficial to to the giver: gratitude, cooperation, social connection, health. In this article, I will focus on recent studies of giving and happiness. As the purse is emptied the heart is filled. —Victor Hugo Studies comparing donors and non-donors indicate that those who give report that they are 43% happier than those

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It’s Never Too Early to Consider Having a Will

The saying goes, “You can’t take it with you.” However, you certainly do have the ability to decide where it goes. That is one of the benefits of planning and having a will. God has entrusted you with your assets, and this can be your way of passing them on according to your wishes and faith. For those with younger children, the single most important aspect of a will is appointing a guardian for your children. A will provides comfort

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