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February 2015
Volume 26 Number 2
Zion Lutheran Church
Rev. Scott Torkko - 231-468-2224
email: [email protected]
Zion Lutheran is dedicated to loving and living the word of God.
God’s love
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
were the whole sky of parchment made;
were every stalk on earth a quill
and every man a scribe by trade;
to write the love of God above
would drain the ocean dry;
nor could the scroll contain the whole,
though stretch’d from sky to sky.
—Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai
(Adapted modern version)
©The Newsletter Newsletter, 2015
What’s Inside …
Baptisms.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Deaths. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Just a Thought by Judie. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Kids Hope. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Lent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Noisy Offering News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Prayer Requests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Precious Gems Charity Event. . . . . . . .
Report the News.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Thank You Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Valentine’s Day Dinner. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Weather Cancellations. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Women’s Book Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Women’s “Lunch Bunch”. . . . . . . . . . .
Continuing prayer requests:
Claudia M
Mayme G
Ongoing prayer requests:
New prayer requests or updates:
Louise W., hospitalized
Rick W, Dianne N’s brother, stroke recovery
Dan C, surgery recovery
Doris H, Malinda S’s grandmother, health issues
Bill D, Bill & Anne K’s friend, stomach cancer
Hailey M, Don & Jan F’s 6-year-old great granddaughter,
surgery recovery of repair of hole in her heart
Janet S, bone cancer
Elaine Ss, wrist surgery recovery
Norma J
Bob D, health issues
Dawn R
Ken S, thyroid cancer
Tami G, LaVonne E’s daughter
Sandy F, LaV’s daughter, cancer
Laurie Vn, John & Maxine S’s daughter
February 2015
Please note … Friends and family
members will be listed for one month.
Please contact the church office, after the
one month period, if you wish them to be
included another month.
If we are to accept the teaching of
Jesus at all, then the only test of the
reality of a man’s religion is his attitude
to his fellow men. The only possible
proof that a man loves God is the
demonstrated fact that he loves his fellow
—William Barclay
©The Newsletter Newsletter, 2015
Battling cancer:
Barney P, Laura P’s husband
Beverly (B) R
June E
Bill A
Elaine W
Carl R
Ken W
Frieda V
Elaine S, Parkinson’s
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Cancellations at
Please use the following instruction
to see if worship or special events are
canceled at Zion due to the weather:
The Lenten season begins February 18 with Ash
Wednesday communion services at both Noon and
7:00 p.m. Midweek Lenten services will then be
held each week from Ash Wednesday, February 18,
through Good Friday, April 3, at both Noon and
7:00 p.m.
Hosts needed to
have Lenten Meals
At present, no one
has stepped forward to
coordinate either the
afternoon or the
evening Lenten meals
so there will be no meals this year. In the next couple of
weeks, should volunteers step forward to take on the
responsibility of coordinating these meals, we will inform you
of the change in the bulletin.
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1) Contact the church office: 231-7759821
2) When the Voice Mail picks up,
select “2” for worship times
3) Listen to the worship time message,
which will tell you if services/special
events are cancelled. If the worship
time message simply gives the
worship times, then worship is still
4) We will make every effort to have a
decision about canceling worship by
7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
5) Please use good judgment about
whether it is safe for you to be out on
the roads even if worship is still
taking place.
Questions? Please contact the church
office (775-9821).
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Out With the Old,
In With the New
January – the start
of a new year – a fresh
beginning and our
thoughts go to putting
our lives in order …
cleaning closets,
discarding the old;
ridding ourselves of
unwanted excess
pounds …unwanted
clutter … unwanted
stressful activities …
mending rifts and
disagreements and
improving relationships.
“Out with the old, in with the new.” Yet after a few
weeks, all the best intentions slip away and we find ourselves
taking the path of least resistance.
The pizza is too good to resist; the closet and garage
cleaning can wait until spring; the emotional relationship
fences in need of mending can be put off for a while and
before we know it, nothing much has changed except the
number of the new year!
Yet is that so bad?
Maybe it’s time to look at life with a different perspective
– through eyes that see the good in our lives, focusing on the
fact that we have the food to eat rather than our excess weight;
that we have closets filled with clothes to wear, rather than the
way they’re stored; that we have a garage despite its cluttered
condition and that we have family and friends, despite
occasional relationship upsets.
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Perhaps “out with the old” could be
revised to reworking the old and being
grateful for having the opportunity to
improve whatever needs improving and
being willing to make the effort to do so.
“In with the new” may apply to a
new way of looking at life and how we
live it.
If we hold fast
to all that is good
in our lives and
make every effort
to improve it, we
will start this new
year on a good note and in harmony with
our best intentions.
Just a thought … from Judie
On January 4 we welcomed Eric
Cole Wilkinson into God’s kingdom and
our congregation through Holy Baptism.
Eric was born on June 20 to Travis and
Jessica (Brackenrich) Wilkinson, and his
baptismal sponsors are Curt and Jennifer
Brackenrich. We rejoice at Eric’s rebirth
through water and the Word!
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Zion Book Club
Please plan to join friends from Zion, as the Youth present
a fund raiser, on Saturday, February 14. A Swiss steak
dinner, with all the bells and whistles, plus a fun evening can
be yours for just $10 a person.
From appetizers to delectable dessert the Youth will work
hard to provide a great evening for you. Appetizers will be
served at 6:00 p.m. with dinner to follow.
The money raised will be used to help our Youth attend
the ELCA National Youth Gathering being held in Detroit this
summer. Invite friends, family, and others who are looking for
a nice way to spend Valentine Day!
Tickets may be purchased from the youth,
Pastor Scott, Penny Stange, or Heidi Fenner.
Precious Gems Annual Charity Event
The Precious Gems Home for Women will be hosting
their Third Annual Charity Event at the Lucas Rehoboth
Reformed Church. The event will be held Saturday,
February 21, at 6:00 p.m.
The event will include a Fiesta Dinner, a silent auction,
two musical performances, and personal stories. The theme
this year is “My favorite…” You can decorate tables or
baskets with your favorite sports team, color, movie or some
other favorite.
If you are interested in attending, decorating a table, or
donating basket or auction item of some sort, please contact
Precious Gems by calling (231)468-2053 or by email at
[email protected]
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On Tuesday, February 10, the
Women’s Book Club will meet in the
Hope Room at 6:30 p.m.
The Zion Book Club will discuss
“Nights in Rodanthe” by Nicholas
Sparks. This is a romantic love novel
If need a copy of the book, please
contact our February hostess, Arline
“Lunch Bunch”
Clam Lake Brewing is the
destination for the February Lunch
Bunch. All ladies, and their friends, are
invited to join them Thursday,
February 19, at noon.
Please just let us know you (and your
friends) are joining us, by signing up on
the sheet posted on the bulletin board at
church. If you have any questions, please
contact our February hostess, Beckie
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Back to the winter theme, here is a
quote from Verna M. Kelly:
Snowflakes are one of
nature's most fragile things,
but just look what they do
when they stick together.
What a crazy winter we are having! We never know quite
what to expect. One thing that our Kids Hope students can
depend on is that their mentors will be there! We are so
fortunate to have a dedicated group of mentors. If someone is
going to be gone, they do their very best to find a substitute for
their student.
That brings me to a need that we have at this time. We
really need people who will substitute in our program. A
substitute is called on occasionally and can say no if the time
doesn't work out. The rewards are great and the best part is
having an opportunity to meet and help some pretty wonderful
kids. Please give some serious thought to helping in this way.
We can also always use new mentors! You can contact
Joan or Linda if you are willing to help or if you have any
We are presently making plans for the rest of the school
year. It doesn't seem possible that it can be speeding by so
quickly. In February we are planning to have a "Girl's
Afternoon Out" after school. We will have games, crafts and
snacks. In March we hope to have all of the students go to the
Cadillac-Wexford Public Library for a special presentation by
the wonderful Mrs. Tracy.
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Let's all be like the snowflakes and
make great things happen for our
students, mentors, prayer partners,
support people and school staff. You can
be an important part of all of this.
Yours in Christ,
Linda and Joan
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Thank you for your
awesome outpouring!
Our support of the
Food pantry in 2014
The people of Zion have
once again shown their
generosity by responding
overwhelmingly to the
Stitchery Group’s request for
hats, mittens and scarves for
grade school children around
the Cadillac area to be placed
on the Mitten Tree during the
Christmas season.
Our Mitten Tree was
covered from top to bottom,
with no space remaining. Even
the box for overflow was stuffed with hats, gloves, mittens,
headbands and scarves of every color and style.
Many young ones, who come to school with bare hands or
heads in this cold weather, will now be provided ways to keep
warm from the many items donated by the people of Zion
Lutheran Church.
The Zion Lutheran Stitchery Group thanks you all for
your caring donations! Well done good and faithful
As in previous years, the
food items collected each
month in our food pantry were
taken to the King’s Storehouse
Food Pantry at the First Baptist
Church. They are always very
grateful that we help fill their
pantry with food and
nonperishable items.
This could not be done
without the help of our church
members who give of their
time to help deliver these
items. It is greatly appreciated.
Our Zion Food Pantry collected a
total of 2,040 items in 2014 or an average
of 170 items per month!
May God bless this mission that it
may continue for many years.
Love me not?
Your “loud noise” was SO appreciated.
Last November we took a “Noisy” Offering to benefit
Winton Hills Community Church where our youth served
during the summer while on their mission trip.
Winston Hills wrote to say “thanks for the donation and
time you spent helping beautify.”
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A girl asked a boy if he loved her,
and he replied, “Yes, of course.”
“Would you die for me?” the girl
After a brief pause, the honest lad
said, “No, mine is an undying love.”
©The Newsletter Newsletter, 2015
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Helping the food pantry
with our “Noisy” Offering
Our February “Noisy” Offering is designated for the
King’s Storehouse Food Pantry.
So save up your pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters and
bring them in February 22 to help us make a “loud noise” of
caring for those going hungry in our local community.
We extend our sincere sympathy to
the following Bob Harcourt and his
family. Bob’s brother, Roger, passed
away December 18. A Memorial Service
was held Tuesday, December 23.
We also extend our sympathy to
Susan Meyer and her family. Susan’s
father, Wilber Ringler, passed away
before Christmas.
We extend our sincere sympathy to
the family and friends of Donna Whaley.
Donna entered the Saints Triumphant
Wednesday, December 31. Her Service of
the Resurrection was held at Zion
Monday, January 5
Laws or love?
St. Valentine’s sacrifice
Businessman John Barrier, unrecognizable in jeans and a
T-shirt, cashed a check at his longtime bank. But the teller
refused to validate his parking ticket, saying Barrier hadn’t
made an official transaction. A manager agreed, saying rules
were rules.
Barrier then performed a major transaction, withdrawing
$1 million and taking it elsewhere. He got his parking ticket
validated after all.
What a great illustration of the perils of legalism, when
man-made laws become more important than people. Jesus
repeatedly healed and “worked” on the Sabbath, much to the
dismay of religious leaders. He was concerned about people’s
hearts, not their appearance.
What matters more to you: laws or love? Appearance or
substance? A heart examination may be in order!
©The Newsletter Newsletter, 2015
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Every February 14, we celebrate the
loved ones in our lives with cards,
flowers and chocolate. But Valentine’s
Day has another meaning that’s been lost.
First declared a holiday by King
Henry VIII of England in 1537, it
commemorates the beheading of
St. Valentine on February 14, 270 A.D.
His crime? Performing wedding
ceremonies after Roman Emperor
Claudius II had outlawed marriage.
Valentine was martyred for faithfully
doing the work God had given him.
Although it’s good to celebrate love and
marriage, let’s also remember the courage
of a man who gave his life following his
©The Newsletter Newsletter, 2012
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should be included in the newsletter? Does your committee have a newsworthy item
to report? If so, please fill out the following form and drop it in the Parish
Administrator’s (Marilyn’s) mailbox.
The deadline for submission of news articles is the second Friday of each month.
News received after that date will be published, if room allows, or in the next issue if
still of interest.
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Date and time of event _________________________________________
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