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voteSunday, May 4 in the Fellowship Hall at Noon. Lunch will be served.

We are very pleased with the acceptance of Pastor Christians call, however there is still a lot of work to be done. Gala-tians 6:10 “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the house-hold of faith.” Zion will be presenting the annual Mission and Ministry Program (Budget) that will have some challeng-es in it this year. Our faith and love will lead us to fulfill all of the challenges ahead. Leviticus 27:30 “Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord.” Please plan on at-tending as we move into a new and exciting Ministry at Zion, for the first time in three years we have nominee’s for our Board of Stewardship. This is most certainly a sign of good things to come. Our Lord Jesus Christ gave His own life so that we have life to serve him in every way. Acts 20:35 “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Zion’s annual Voter’s Meeting to review and approve our Ministry Plan (i.e. budget) for the coming year is on Sunday May 4 at 12pm. Your Parish Council struggled to develop a budget that balances the needs of our Church and School with our revenue forecast.

Here are some of the Ministry Plan highlights:

  • An anticipated 1.5% decrease in tithing ($8K) revenue
  • Tithing has decreased, on average, 3.5% per year for the past five years.
  • $85K in additional tuition revenue
  • $94K in additional cost for an additional pastoral position. The voters in February 2014 Special Voter’s Meeting, requested an additional pastoral position be placed in the Ministry Plan.
  • A minimum 3% increase in wages for all of our staff
  • Our staff has received only one raise (3%) in the last five years.
  • Additionally, our salaried day school staff is “5 steps” off the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Rocky Mountain District salary schedule. The proposed Ministry Plan provides for a “3 step” increase to begin to make up this gap.
  • A decrease of our Rocky Mountain District contributions from 7.5% to 5% of tithing
  • $6K increased cost associated with providing child care during Church and Bible Study

The projected budget shortfall with all of these changes is $126K. However, this deficit is not insurmountable. The budget shortfall could be erased if our 250 tithing members committed to give an additional $10 per week.
Please plan on attending the Voter’s Meeting as the choices we make will affect the Lord’s ministry here at Zion in the years ahead.

In Christ,
Mike Wold, President

Mike Karl, Treasurer

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stewardship - may2014Jesus is risen from the dead, and He is not angry. He appears to the eleven, locked and hidden away for fear of the Jews. He gives them peace, when there seems to be no peace. He gives them hope, when all hope seems to be lost. He gives them forgiveness, life, and salvation, even though they all fled and watched Him die. But Christ is risen and He is not angry. No one took His life from Him, but He laid it down willingly. He offered it up of His own accord. Thus, He does not blame them. He is not angry. He gives them His Spirit that they may be one and not alone, that they may have peace, that they may live forgiven and free from fear, that they might go do the same into all the world. Christ is risen and He is not angry.

Our God is a God who gives gifts. He gives because that is who He is and what He does. He created us for this purpose. The God who is love created us to be loved. And to love is to give of oneself for the good of another. And so He gives daily bread. He gives food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, and faithful neighbors.

He also gave us His only-begotten Son. And everything He did, He did for us. He took up our flesh, was born of a woman, to fulfill the Law for us. He was circumcised, had sacrifices offered on His behalf, denied Himself certain foods, and ate the Passover to end them all. The same is true of the Moral Law. He kept it for us. His fasting and temptation were done for us. He fulfilled what we were unable, and unwilling, to do. But that is not all. He not only kept the Law, He also allowed the Law to do to Him all that justice demanded it do to us. He who knew no sin, became sin. The guiltless guilty with His own Blood upon His hands.

And still he gives us more. He gave us His Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. Through the means of grace—the Word, Holy Baptism, Holy Absolution, the Holy Supper—the Spirit of Christ continues to deliver the fruits of His death and pour the benefits of His resurrection upon our heads, into our ears and mouths. We are not alone. We are not left as orphans. He is with us; He is for us, through these means. And by them we are knitted together into one body. This is the giving nature of our God. The depths of His love know no bounds.

Despite all this, we still hold back. We don’t give cheerfully from our first fruits. We don’t with glad hearts, with planning and forethought, set our minds to give to the ministry of Word and Sacrament for the life of the world. We tend to give begrudgingly, apprehensively, and with what is left over. We don’t give out of love for God and one another, as those united by His Spirit in the bond of peace, but out of a feeling of compulsion. How will they know us by our love, when we do not even love the means by which God gives us His love enough to support it with the other gifts He has given?

If you find it difficult to give freely, cheerfully, and proportionally, you are not alone. That sin, that selfishness is something inherent to our fallen nature. No, you are not alone. We have been knitted together into one body by the Holy Spirit. We are to bear one another’s burdens. So let not your hearts be troubled. For the God of Love, the giver of every good and perfect gift, has given His own Son to bear yours. He carries your anxiety and worry. He dispels all your fears. Do not be afraid. Give from out of your poverty or your abundance. It matters not. Because Jesus is risen from the dead and He is not angry. He ascended into heaven to fill all things. He fills you with His peace, His joy, His generosity, and His love. And nothing can separate you from that.

From the board of stewardship

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He is Risen! What a wonderful phrase we as Christians can use to celebrate! Jesus Christ, the Son of God has awoken from the grave. His body was not found in the cave waiting to receive its per-fume from the ladies who went there so early that first Easter morning. They did not know who was going to remove the stone, they just wanted to serve their Messiah in the best way they could. But how can they do anything with such a big obstacle in their way. The thing is they could not remove the stone, but Christ himself removed it for them. They did not find a dead body but one that was transformed and fully alive! This man spoke to them words of comfort and said “Peace be with you”

Jesus asked the women to “Go and tell the disciples that I have risen from the dead!” And boy did they! They ran with fear and love! Is it true that our eyes can believe and our ears have heard? It’s all too much. He is Risen! He is not in the tomb. We celebrate the resurrection of Christ even to-day with the same phrase. We recount the eye witness accounts. We go and tell others about Jesus! We have our hope just as St. Paul reminds us in Romans 6:4 “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Jesus calls us by name and places His precious name upon us. He gives us His holiness and we give him our sin. He takes our death and gives us His life. We have nothing to add to His work but we let Him work in our lives. We are free from death because he destroyed death. He was not in the tomb the first Easter Sunday and we will not be in the tomb on our last day when he calls us to himself. He is Risen! We know in Christ we too will rise!

In Christ,
Pastor Christian

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stewardship - april2014Jesus is the Lamb of God, who by His death takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).

John’s Gospel takes great pains to show us that the crucifixion and death of Jesus coincides with the slaughter of the lambs for the Passover Feast (John 18:39; 19:31). That means also that the day of our Lord’s resurrection from the dead coincides with the wave offering of the first fruits of the barley harvest (Lev 23:9–14). The risen Jesus, then, is a wave offering to the Father as the true bread of life come down from heaven, whose risen and living flesh and blood makes us acceptable to the Father (Lev 23:11). By it, our sins are forgiven and in Him, we have life. This marks us as those whom the angel of death will pass over, those who are marked by the blood of the Lamb for life (Exod 12:13).

St. Paul picks up on this theme: “Christ has been raised from the death, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Cor 15:20, 23). We are acceptable to the Father because the first fruits of the harvest of those who have fallen asleep, our Lord Jesus Christ, has been offered and accepted. The offering is holy, and so then the rest of the harvest is also holy (Rom 11:16). This is the generosity of the Father toward us. He offered His Son as the first fruits of those who die, so that we may be acceptable to Him, be reconciled to Him and to one another.

Christ was offered to the Father for us. He was crucified for our transgressions and raised for our justification (Rom 4:25). We are acceptable to God the Father by His grace on account of the death and resurrection of Jesus through faith. This is God’s generosity. This is his love. That while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us and was raised so that the Father would receive us back and that we, in Christ, would be acceptable to Him.

And this is what we celebrate in Holy Week. This is what we sing about and ponder on Good Friday and Easter. We meditate on God’s love for us and His generous offering of His Son. We have been making our way to the cross and the empty tomb throughout Lent with this singular focus: God by His grace and mercy has redeemed us, forgiven us, sanctified us, and found us acceptable in His sight because of Jesus.

In the same way then, we who have received such mercy and grace from God our Father, who have then been the beneficiaries of His generosity are to be generous with all that He has given us. He has given us all that we have for this body and life and sanctified it for use in His service.

Your reason and senses, your clothing and shoes, your house and your home, your income—all that you are and have—are sanctified, made holy, for use in service to him. You are holy and so what you say, what you do, and what you give is holy too. God, by grace, has accomplished it, but He brings you into this service. He makes you fellow workers. Just as Christ is the first fruits to make you acceptable, you are living sacrifices to the Lord, holy and acceptable. Everything you do and are is employed by God, put into the service of the Gospel for the life of the world.

Your lives, your giving, your conversations as fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, citizens and workers proclaim this reality “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” With the blood of the Lamb upon you, by water and word, bread and wine, all that you do and give is put into the Lord’s work of making those around you acceptable in Him who died but was raised. For He has died. But He is risen. He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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lentLent is in full swing and I have once again given up Mexican food for the season. I really miss that awesome food!! The burritos, the guacamole, the queso, etc, etc, etc! . And then there are the chips! Well last week, after I had made my commitment, I found myself eating at a restaurant that offers “Southwest dip and chips”! So I said to myself “This is not Mexican, but it sure tastes good.” I remember sitting at the soup supper and talking to a family, and they said were giving up desserts for Lent. The dad looked over at his son who had just put a piece of cake in his mouth. Looked at me and said well I guess most of my family is giving up desserts for Lent.

The great thing about giving up things for lent is that it reminds us of Christ’s Love and sacrifice. Whether or not you cheat on your promise to God or you are faithful you are reminded in both cases. In our life as a Christian, we are tempted and we fall, we are tempted and we resist temptation. But we are always forgiven in Christ.

We look to Christ and Him alone , who works on us, with us and transforms us by His incredible mercy and Grace, calling sinners and loving them all.

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Please join us for Zion Lutheran Church & School’s 4th Annual Auction – “Luau”
Friday, April 11, 2014
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Radiance Church (previously Werth Manor)

Light appetizers available throughout the evening
Wine Tasting and Beer

Live auction starts at 8:15pm
Complimentary childcare at Zion will be available

Here is a preview of auction items received so far:

Six night safari at a lodge in KwaZulu-Natal on the East coast of South Africa.
Soccer cleat autographed by form Rapid player, Martin Rivero
Student art work – stop by the school lobby to see the pieces!
Spa basket – includes wine and $100 Spavia gift card
Franklin proof pure silver bar
Foursome to Buffalo Run & shoe bag with goodies
Craft basket
PUPPY from Mutt Haven
Starbucks coffee and mugs
“ARTini Party” – step by step instructions to create your own acrylic painting for a party of 7-10 people
Kids and Canvas – step by step instructions to create an acrylic painting geared toward 7-10 kids, aged K-8th grade.
Rock Bottom Brewery gift cards
Grandrabbits Toy Shoppe
Jim’s Shoe Repair
Petrocco Farms
Wagon Wheel Skating
Fishing Day Trip
Denver Zoo
Boondocks – Mini Golf
Arvada Center
Buffalo Run Preferred Player’s Pass
TLC Critter Care – Equine Massage
TLC Critter Care – Dog Massage
Johnson Auto Plaza – car cleaning and polish
Magnetic Force Flashlight
Woodburning Pictures
Butterfly Wall Hangings
Handmade Cribbage Board

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Welcome to ZLC’s Vacation Bible School 2014! The theme this year is “Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ love is one-of-a-kind!”

Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 2-6, 2014 from 9:00am – 11:30am at Zion Lutheran Church and School, and is open to our church and school families, as well as the community.

Each day, kids participate in small groups, called Zoo Crews, and discover what Jesus’ endless love means in their lives! Not only will they experience wild Bible adventures but they’ll also watch for God in everyday life through something called God Sightings™. You and your kids will discover that God is active in our lives and that his fingerprints are everywhere!

Weird Animals is filled with unforgettable Bible-learning experiences kids will see, hear, touch, and even taste! All-new KidVid Cinema shares real stories of real kids who rely on Jesus’ love to face life’s challenges! Plus, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats keep everyone on the move.

Click the video below to learn more!

To learn more about how to register, or sign up to become a volunteer, please click here

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Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, in which is read this from the Gospel of St. Matthew: “ . . . when you give to the needy . . . when you pray . . . when you fast . . .”
(Matt 6:1–21).

Thus, throughout the history of the Christian Church, the season of Lent has focused on these three things: giving to the needy, prayer, and fasting. Let us look at the first: giving to those in need.

God has distributed the human race into two categories: those who possess wealth and are to give to the needy (Matt 6:1–4) and those who are in need, who are to be helped by the giving of others (Deut 15:11). But Scripture gives no third category (Chemnitz, Loci, “On Alms”). But we object, “There must be. Is not self-sufficiency a virtue?”

If you are self-sufficient, if you live by your own merits and not from the giving of another, then you are wealthy. You are called to give to the needy, to help your neighbor in his needs. But even this isn’t the whole story. For you have brought nothing into this world and everything you have and are has been given by God’s grace from His fatherly divine goodness and mercy. You have received all things because of God’s giving to you.

More than this, the generosity of God in the giving of His son, our Lord Jesus Christ, has saved us from our debt because of sin. God has loved us. Christ has died for us. It is this generosity
of the God who counts us righteous for Christ’s sake that inspires the wealthy and the poor to be united in the common task of giving to the needy and receiving needed gifts. His generosity begets the generosity of His people.

But we are obsessed with the ideals of “living well” and “the good life.” Indeed America has enjoyed such unparalleled prosperity that even those of middle and low means may seek this ideal. But at what cost? For what will a man exchange his soul? “The good life” and “living well” are not in and of themselves bad. We should live joyfully and be content with what we have, recognizing daily in thanksgiving that God has given us every good thing. But let us not ignore those in need. Let us not turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to the needs of Christ’s Church on earth, which dispenses the very gifts of forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and everlasting salvation in the Gospel and the Sacraments. Rather, let us give as we have received, that joy in God’s temporal and eternal blessings may be full for all.

For when you give to the church, you pass along those things that God alone has given. You do not earn God’s favor but rather demonstrate the very compassion of God the Father and Christ. You reflect what They have done and are doing for you. This is not a burden but a joy. For He has given you a part in the administration of His kingdom. He provides for the needy through your hands. He ensures that the Gospel is preached and the Sacraments are given out through your hands. And He honors and blesses this work and generosity as it redounds to those around you.

So as you journey with the crucified and risen Lord to His cross and the empty tomb, think not of how your giving has lacked in the past. And do not be afraid. For where you have failed to give, Christ who is gracious and merciful has never failed. He forgives. He cleanses. He blesses. His perfect life counts as your life. He has paid for everything by His death and overcome it for you in
His resurrection. He proclaims you to be righteous, innocent, holy, and perfect in every good work—even in the work of giving.

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Maundy Thursday, April 17

Holy Communion – 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 18

Worship Service – 1:00 p.m.
Tenebrae Service – 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 20

Sunrise Service -6:00 a.m.
Easter Sunday Festival Services:
Traditional – 8:00 a.m.
Contemporary with Mosaic Worship Team – 10:45 a.m.

Easter Breakfast

Will be served in 2 seatings – after Sunrise and 8:00 services

Easter Egg Hunt

Calling all Sunday School Students from PK – 6th Grade!

Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt at 9:45 a.m.

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April 20th is Easter Sunday. The Lenten Soup Suppers will start on Ash Wednesday, March 5th at 6PM. We are asking people to bring their favorite soup and/or dessert to share at the Lenten suppers. If you can host a supper or provide food, please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the ramp. Please find a date that will work for you to host or provide food and sign up. If you have questions, please call Gretchen Lillich, Shawna Karl, Teri Reck, Jo McWilliams or Jean Rathman

Thank You! The Fellowship Board.