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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
Krautburgers
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.

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Join us for our Midweek Lenten Services
• Wednesdays — 10:00 am and 7:00 pm
• Soup Suppers – 6:00 pm
• Ash Wednesday – Service with Holy Communion


Restored in Christ

March 5th — Ash Wednesday
“Broken Hearts Restored” • Joel 2:12-14
Our hearts are broken in sorrow over sin; Christ restores our hearts through his forgiveness.

March 12th — Week 1
“Broken Vessel Restored” • Mark 14:1-9
A broken vessel holds costly perfume; we are broken vessels restored when Christ pays the price for us on the cross.

March 19th — Week 2
“Broken Trust Restored” • Matthew 26:14-25
Judas breaks his trust with Jesus by betraying him; our broken trust is restored through the sacrifice of Christ.

March 26th — Week 3
“Broken Bread Restored” • John 6:48-58
Bread is broken at the Last Supper; we are restored through the Bread of Life, Jesus.

April 2nd — Week 4
“Broken Promises Restored” • Matthew 26:69-75
Peter’s broken promises to never deny Jesus are restored by the surpassing love of Christ.

April 9th — Week 5
Names of Wondrous Love—THE WAY (Luke 23:39-43)

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There will be a special Voters’ Meeting on Sunday, February 23 at noon. Lunch will be served and Childcare will be available. Items on the agenda will include

  • A vote to call a pastor

There are 3 candidates:

  1. Rev. Allan R. Buss from Immanuel Lutheran—Belvidere, IL
  2. Rev. Mark D. Goble from Christ the King Lutheran—Memphis, TN
  3. Rev. Christian J. Rasmussen–Currently serving as Vacancy Pastor
  • Discussion for future personnel in the church

Please plan to attend this very important meeting as we move into the future of Zion Congregation. The Elders are very excited with the direction in which we are headed. There are a lot of exciting programs, Bible studies, Youth projects going on at Zion right now. The Lord has truly blessed our Church and continues to walk with us and guide us in all that we do.

If you are not a voter, and would like to become one, this is the way to do it per our Bylaws:
“An applicant for voting membership shall give notice of intention to the Pastor or one of the Elders no later than seven days prior to the Voter’s Meeting and shall obtain a copy of the Constitution and Bylaws of the congregation. At a Constitutional meeting of the Voters’ Assembly and in the presence of the applicant, an Elder (or the Pastor) shall present such application. Upon majority approval of the voting members present, the applicant shall then sign the Constitution and Bylaws of congregation and be declared a voting member.”

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The four Sundays in February are in the Epiphany season of the Church Year calendar. Epiphany is a word that means “showing forth” or “manifesting.” The Epiphany season begins on January 6 with the visit of the Wise Men to worship the Baby Jesus as the newborn King of the Jews. The season continues with the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, the calling of His first disciples, His preaching the good news of salvation and the opening of His famous Sermon on the Mount. In the four Gospel readings for February we find Jesus teaching that we are lights in this spiritually dark world who give evidence of our new birth as Christians as we love even our enemies and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. To live that way is truly an “epiphany experience” to show that we really belong to our Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit live renewed lives.

That’s what Christian stewardship is all about! Wise Christian stewards manage all of life and life’s resources for God’s purposes and do it freely and joyfully! We practice the kind of stewardship that is pleasing to our Lord when we give freely and generously of our time to serve in special ways that bless the mission of the church and the people living in our communities. This kind of stewardship is also shown when we freely and joyfully offer our talents and skills to help the church prosper and make life sweeter for those around us. This kind of stewardship continues when we give freely and joyfully of our financial resources to support the work of the church in nurturing believers and reaching out to invite others to know Jesus.

Many people view Christian stewardship as something that we have to do [a command] in order to be true followers of Jesus. That simply is not true! Real Christian stewardship is the privilege of offering all that we are and have to make a difference in this world of spiritual darkness. Just as Jesus came on that first Christmas to bring light to a darkened world, so we are called to follow His example. Will we follow in His footsteps perfectly, use all that we are and have in truly unselfish ways and be willing to make sacrifices so the mission of Christ’s church on earth may prosper and become a home for many more redeemed people? No, of course not! We are sinners and will fall short of the glory of God. But, in Christ, God has declared us to be saints because our sins and shortcomings have been forgiven and the Holy Spirit empowers us to let our lights shine so that people will see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven.

The bottom line for Christian stewards is to hear and obey our Lord’s words when he taught:
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things [material blessings] will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about
itself.” (Matthew 6:33-34 NIV)