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Church Email News June 19, 2020


Friday, June 19, 2020

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Dear Members and Friends of Zion,

The Lord throws a party and everyone is invited! That’s how Jesus pictures the kingdom of God. What’s surprising in the story is how many people didn’t want to come. Or the guy who didn’t want to wear the robe provided by the host! We often try to divide people (in our own perceptions) between “good” and bad.” But from the Lord’s perspective, who gave His life for all, there are only those are invited and those who refuse the invitation. Salvation and being in the kingdom of God aren’t based on being a “good person.” We’re here because the Lord has brought us to His house and made us His guests. The only thing to do is to enjoy the party! That’s the picture Jesus gives us this Second Sunday after Trinity coming up. Tune in on Facebook or YouTube and we’ll see you late on for Communion!

Check Your Mailbox

A letter has gone out containing some important items: information for our Voters Meeting next week and our Guidelines for worship services beginning on July 5.

Voters Meeting June 28.

We will have our Voters Meeting on Sunday, June 28 at 10:30am. We now feel it will be OK to hold this meeting in person at church. We will plan to meet in the gym. Please wear your mask and remember to respect “social distancing.” We’ll be approving the budget for the coming fiscal year and hopefully getting an update on the parking lot.

Please note that because of the Voters Meeting, we will NOT have Communion at the 11 and 11:30 slots. If there are some who wish to commune following the Voters meeting, we can do so; otherwise slots will begin that Sunday at 12.

Small Communion Services Continue through July 1

If you would like to receive Communion, you can sign up for a slot between 11 and 3 on Sundays and Wednesdays through July 1. Then we’ll be returning to services for up to 50 people on July 5.

Resuming Worship Services on July 5

On Sunday, July 5, we will have worship services at 7:45am and 10:30am. These services will be limited to 50 people. At this time, we are not designating who must worship at each service. I think Zion’s congregation will self-regulate that pretty well. We’ll wear masks during the service and have Communion. Check the recent mailing for details about how we’ll conduct the services in a few weeks.

Family in Need of a Car

Once again we have a (different) family in need of a reliable and inexpensive vehicle. If you know of such a vehicle or someone that has one, please let Pastor or Brandy know. We had a similar request a few weeks ago and a Zion member responded with a great deal that worked out for the person in need. Thank you!

Color A Stained Glass Window
Our church stained glass windows are turning into coloring sheets! Download the latest window HERE.

Streaming and Recorded Video

We stream live on our FACEBOOK PAGE HERE.

Our videos are also live and recorded on YOUTUBE HERE.

The simplest way to watch online (not live) is probably through our church’s website HERE.

Make sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to our Facebook and YouTube Pages so you get updates when we go live and or add videos.

Weekly Worship Services:
Sunday, 9am – Facebook and YouTube
Wednesday, 7pm – Facebook and YouTube

Remember that all services are recorded and will be available to watch any time after they are live on our YouTube Channel or via the church’s website.

Daily Devotions
Pastor is on Facebook every day, Monday through Saturday at 8am for Daily Devotions. Tune in to start your day with the Word of God and prayer.

Bible Studies!
We are back to our regular weekly Bible Study schedule. We’re using the Zoom service where we can meet together online.

To join the meeting on your Computer (with camera and microphone) or Phone, click the link HERE.

If prompted use the following information:
Meeting ID: 815 385 0859
Password: ZionLions

If you’d like help getting this set up ahead of time, let Pastor know.

Bible Study Schedule:

Tuesday, 10:30 AM

Sunday, 8:00 AM

Learning the Faith, 10:15 AM

For Learning the Faith, children are encouraged to participate and watch along. We’ll keep the sessions shorter than in person.

Prayers for Healthcare and other “Frontline” Workers
We’re including a list of family and friends who we know are working on the “front lines” of this pandemic. If you know of healthcare workers, first responders, grocery store cashiers, and others who are out there working during all of this, please let us know so that we can compile a list of their names to bring before the Lord in our prayers. You can EMAIL, CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE OR PASTOR, or TEXT PASTOR names you would like included. Please let us know their NAME and WHERE THEY WORK.

We ask and encourage every family to consider their offerings that they would normally give to the church. Please MAIL YOUR CHECK or set up your bank account to make a DIRECT BILL PAY to the church. I know there is a ripple effect in our economy. Please consider God’s promise that He will indeed provide us our daily bread. Our offerings help provide for our brothers and sisters in Christ through pastoral ministry and for those in need.

Things continue to improve it seems. I’ve been able to resume visiting some of our homebound members and I think some of our institutions will be allowing visitors soon too. I am looking forward to see everyone as the Body of Christ gathers in person once again! The Lord bless each of you!

In Christ,
Pastor Buetow

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