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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.

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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)

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Well it’s February and we all know that it’s the month when we think about love. It’s the month when we celebrate Valentine’s Day, giving cards and gifts to the one we love the most. Marriage and commitment are not the strong institutions that our world once held dearly. We have simplified our understanding of love and marriage and sexuality. Love today is viewed in more of our passions, desires and lust. We watch it on our TV’s, read about it in novels, and listen to it in our music. But we find ourselves struggling to find real love and real meaning in our relationships to our spouses and to our God.

When I began to write this article, I opened my Bible, and for some reason it opened up to Song of Soloman chapter 7. It’s one of those books in the Bible we don’t do a study on very often. In Jewish culture you had to be a certain age to be allowed to read from these texts. But it shows a passion and love that is reserved for marriage and it expresses love in a way that is pleasing to God in the bonds of a committed relationship of marriage.

I also think of February and a different kind of love that God has towards us. I think of John 3:16, we see that verse posted all over the place. Often I see it when I am watching football on TV. We who are Christians are so familiar with the verse we can quote it without looking it up. It’s a love that John the Baptist pointed his hearers to see. What do they see? The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. That is the real passionate love that God has for the world. He is willing to give everything He has, even his own life, the life of his only begotten Son. He did this to save the world from their sins. Christ’s love for us never fails, but we need to receive his love, that’s the real gift, trusting in the love God has for us and living our lives in the love of Him who died for you and for me. It’s an everlasting love.

So when the world talks about love it often misses the main point, Scripture has a much more fulfilling and selfless way of expressing itself in the Word.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

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At this time of year I always think of Ecclesiastes chapter three. They are verses we all know and we are consistently reminded of God’s word as each year passes. There is a Time for Everything!

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

Its such a wonderful text to think about the work of God in the lives of His children. He reminds us of time on earth by these simple things called days. They add up so quickly to months and seasons and then the year is done once again. Time is one thing you can never change and you can never get back. We cannot live in the future or the past, only in the here and now, the present time. We have much to do IN THIS time God has given us. As we just read in verse two, we should ALL be mindful” a time to be born and a time to die”.

We who are born of the flesh live in this world, seeing things only with eyes for this world. Sin filled eyes looking out knowing that we live and then we die. Many have a philosophy of eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. Its a narrow view of the present, the past can be ignored the future cannot be seen. There is very little big picture for their time as it passes by day by day.

But we who were chosen by God and loved by God look at our time in a new light. We want to know our past to see how the saints lived and proclaimed the work of God through his prophets and judges. We see how broken and fallen they were, and we see the redemption God worked out for their sinful lives. He sent his Son Jesus to be our Immanuel. We are connected to Jesus through the waters of baptism which killed our sinful nature and raised up to a new life in Christ. For us a death actually brings us life. We die to our sinful flesh and live our lives to Christ.

Having been born again, we see a real urgency in our time. We no longer look at the world the same, we see the world and our time in it, very differently. We live our days in faith, we share our faith in what we do and what we say. Others see our time used for the glory of God and want to know about this grace we love so much.

The time is here to do what God calls us to do. To live in Faith! So use this time given to you this year as you Honor Jesus and serve others.

Pastor Christian