Zion Lutheran Church NEWSLETTER WELCOME TO THE ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER Zion is a member congregation of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) FEBRUARY 2015 Pastor Mark’s cell: 515-538-2200 5831 GRUNDY ROAD, HUDSON, IA 50643 Church & Parsonage: 988-4534 www.zionlutheranhudson.com Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On Wednesday, February 18, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday with a service of Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes at 6:30 PM. As in previous years, we will continue the tradition of holding Wednesday evening Lenten worship services at 6:30. Beginning February 25, the worship will be preceded by a supper. All are welcome. The theme of this year’s Lenten worship services on Wednesday nights will be “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord. “ “Open the Eyes of My Heart” is, of course, the title of a song we sometimes sing during our worship services. In particular, the line “to see you high and lifted up, shining in the light of your glory.” How do we understand that phrase? Martin Luther was very careful to distinguish between a theology of glory and a theology of the cross. When we think about Jesus being “high and lifted up,” we may think of Jesus on the cross. Luther taught that we receive our most complete understanding of who God is by looking at Jesus on the cross. We see Jesus as one who has been ridiculed, beaten, abandoned and murdered. Jesus has been through the entirety of the human experience and understands completely all aspects of human life. The cross of Christ is where we see The Word made flesh who came to live among us, who died in a tragic, shameful death, but was raised from the dead on the third day, putting an end to the curse of death. In the Lenten season we recall the totality of Jesus humanity as well as his divinity, remembering that his death destroyed the power of the grave for all time when God resurrected him from the dead. Peter, James, and John saw Jesus “high and lifted up, shining in the light of his glory” on the mountain of transfiguration. They had the joy of witnessing Jesus face shining like the sun, yet moments later they had to descend from the mountaintop and return to normal, everyday life. We are disciples like Peter, James, and John, yet we don’t get mountaintop glimpses in our everyday lives. We won’t see Jesus “shining in the light of his glory” until our own resurrection on the last day. Until then we must live our lives in service to Christ and the world at the bottom of the mountain. So where, then, do we see Jesus? This Lenten season with the theme of “Open the eyes of my heart” is meant to help us discover those places where we will see him most clearly. We will see him in the hungry, the poor, the widow, the outcast, the orphan, and so forth. It is in the most unexpected places and people that we meet Jesus, and where he encounters us in all of his fullness. So please join us, as we look at the theme of Jesus meeting us in unexpected places. We will see how Jesus meets us with unexpected invitations, and meets us in expected yet unrecognized places, how Jesus meets us in our everyday lives, and then finally with the question when did we see you Lord? In Christ, Pastor Mark Decker CALLING ALL ZION MEMBERS! It is an exciting time at Zion! The fellowship hall remodel has a start date of February 16 (Monday). It was recommended by our members that we save money by doing the tear down / demolition ourselves. Please mark your calendars for the weekend of Saturday, February 14 to begin demolition and Sunday February 15 to come together as a congregation to complete the demolition. We will continue the teardown on Sunday, 15, immediately following fellowship. Wear your work clothes and bring any tools that you feel may be helpful. Projects include: Removing carpet off walls, removing ceiling tile and lights/fans, removing trim around windows, removing countertops, removing sinks in kitchen. If you have any extra time February 8 after the annual meeting, we will need help moving tables and chairs to the undercroft (under the sanctuary) of the church which is where we will host fellowship during the remodel. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 SOUPER BOWL OF CARING” is Sunday, February 1, 2015. Souper Bowl of Caring helps young people across America develop a stronger connection in their community by caring for their neighbors in need. The Zion high school youth will be taking part in this movement that is transforming Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving. Please donate money to the soup pot on February 1. Money collected will be given to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo. Thank you for giving and thank you for helping tackle hunger in our own community! SUNDAY SCHOOL - CONFIRMATION This year Zion’s Sunday School is blessed with a preschool class led by Phil Laube. They are working through the church’s children’s bible set. What a joy they are to have. In the elementary class this fall the topics centered on patriarchs of the Old Testament. After the Christmas program practices the class has turned its attention to the prophets and kings of the Old Testament. Cindy Appleton LENTON SEASON begins on Wednesday, February 18 with Ash Wednesday service including Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes. Remaining Lenton services will be on Thursday evenings preceded by a Light Sandwich Supper at 5:30, with worship service at 6:30. Due to the reconstruction of the fellowship hall, these suppers will be held in the old basement. To keep the suppers simple we’ll be using paper plates and utensils; therefore instead of having a main dish furnished we will be having various kinds of sandwiches. If you would like to furnish the sandwiches for any of these suppers, please contact Elaine Brandhorst or Kay Degener. The rest of the meals will be potluck, please bring a dish to share. Due to limited electricity outlets, perhaps salads etc. would be best. Zion’s Confirmation Class is on a dual learning path. On Sundays, the focus of study is the Old Testament, working through Genesis and Exodus and the lessons they can show us for today’s environment and society. The class will provide an insight to this work through a service project of providing fellowship on February 1st. Don’t miss their (more modern) interpretation of the “Land of Milk and Honey”. In a second avenue of study, the students are working through Luther’s Small Catechism and its instruction of the Ten Commandments. This curriculum is delivered through our Wednesday evening class sessions led by Pastor Mark. For a service project, the class prepared and served a meal for those in need through the Catholic Worker House in downtown Waterloo. It was a good service project with educational benefits. Look for more insights of what the students learned in near term Sunday Services. Andy Appleton The high school Sunday school class has been watching the Foundation videos and discussing them. We are also reading the scripture associated with each video and adding that to our discussions. Irv Laube NEWALDAYA COOKIES - Zion is responsible for furnishing 12 dozen cookies for NewAldaya each Sunday during the month of February. Cookies may be brought to church on Sunday mornings or taken directly to the home during the week. Can you plan some baking to help with this task? Thanks in advance. FOODS RESOURCE BANK: Making a Difference Priyanka’s Story – Priyanka, her husband, Sunil and their two children live in a village in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states. The family had always been dependent on monsson season farming, and even when Sunil periodically migrated to nearby towns as an agricultural laborer, their income was not sufficient to meet the family’s basic needs. Their children’s education was oftern disrupted by the family’s financial struggles. Priyanka became involved with the program’s Learning for Gender Integration project., where she can save money, access credit during a crisis and share and discuss her struggles with others experiencing similar challenges. Priyanka is also using the new farming technques to increase paddy production and grow wheat and vegetables on the family’s one acre of land. She developed an annual household crop plan based on the farming inputs received from the program and has access to irrigation facilities. In addition to improving rice paddy output, Priuanka is introducing vegetable cultivation on her family’s land, which will be used for household consumption and the sale of excess production will ensure that her children will be able to stay in school. Priyanka’s family is food secure year round and has a three month supply of surplus food for protection against lean times. Priyanka and Sunil have participated together in gener training sessions in their community. Through out their community, men are spending less time in cities and more time with their families. Couples are improving household gender relations by making joint decisions and working together. Watch for more FRB stories in upcoming newsletters. Thank you for your support of this ministry. Contributions are needed to offset our participating farmer inputs. You can make a difference through your gifts to FRB. Call Marlin Hershey (313-9395045) or Brad Ohrt ((319-345-2640) with questions or additional information.” SIGN UP SHEETS are posted in the entryway. Volunteers are needed for 1. Readers during worship services; 2. Furnishing and serving treats following worship; 3. Baking communion bread; 4. Controlling sound system during worship. Please note—when signing up to bake communion please notice that not all months need to have bread right on the first of the month. One batch makes enough for approximately 6 weeks so it lasts longer than a month. Please look at all sheets and sign where you are able to serve your church in any of these ways. THANKS IN ADVANCE! The WEB SITE for LCMC – Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, is www.lcmc. net If you have an announcement, message, quote, picture, or prayer, that you would like to share in the newsletter, contact Kay Degener, (319-988-3394) by the 25th of the previous month. Minutes of council meetings which will be included in the newsletters will be from 2 months earlier as they have to be approved at the next monthly meeting before they can be published. The Secret of contentment is the realization that life is a gift not a right. But Godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 1st Timothy 6:6,7 Contentment is not getting what we want but being satisfied with what we have. Not that I speak in respect of want; for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11 No man eve really finds out what he believes in until he begins to instruct is children. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 DATE 1 8 15 18 22 26 USHERS Ed & Gayle Juhl Ed & Gayle Juhl Bill & Lori Gutknecht Bill & Lori Gutknecht (Ash Wed) Bill & Lori Gutknecht Bill & Lori Gutknecht (Lent) COMMUNION SERVERS 1 8 15 18 22 Andy & Holly Appleton Andy & Holly Appleton Harris & Carol Jorgensen Harris & Carol Jorgensen (Ash Wed) Harris & Carol Jorgensen ACOLYTE Brianna Lenton Austin Appleton Zoe Lenton Kristina Kajtezovic Zach Young READER Janine Knapp Lyle Wulf Kay Degener COMM. CLEAN UP COMMITTEE Carol Weaver & Martha Watson Carol Weaver & Martha Watson Evelyn Andorf & Holly Appleton Evelyn Andorf & Holly Appleton Evelyn Andorf & Holly Appleton SHOVEL SIDEWALK SNOW 1 – 15: Andy Appleton & Dan Miller 16 - 29: Chris McCulley & Bruce Bascom BIRTHDAYS 1 Sherrie Decker 5 Marj Simpson 9 Martha Watson 9 Zander Young 10 Ben Sorensen 14 Chris Brandhorst 17 Thelma Gutknecht 23 Ben Volding 26 Marvin Miller 26 John Neil 27 Jodi Sorensen ANNIVERSARIES 20 Fred & Bev Wulf PASTOR MARK’S OFFICE HOURS – Pastor is usually available Monday – Thursday, however please call his cell phone, 515-538-2200 beforehand to make sure he is not out doing another visit or attending a meeting.
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