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Church Email September 4, 2020


Friday, September 4, 2020

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


Love your neighbor as yourself. But who is your neighbor? That’s what the young man asks Jesus because he thought he was pretty good about loving his neighbor. Then Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan and flips the question around: “Who was neighbor to the man in the ditch?” That’s what this self-righteous young man needed to hear: Not that he’s saved by how good he is to others, but that Jesus is the neighbor who saves him from when he’s lying in the ditch of sin. Of course, that’s Good News for us because Jesus saves us the same way. But He’s also teaching us to be neighbors to those in need, even if they can’t pay us back. Jesus is the Good Samaritan to you and you are a Good Samaritan to those around you, whoever they are in your life. This is our Gospel as we celebrate the 13th Sunday after Trinity.



Remember, THIS SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 6), our 10:30 AM service is ONLY at Fish Lake Campground. (32223 N US Highway 12, Volo, IL  60073). Children are invited for a Sunday School Lesson and craft at 9:45. Please let them know at the gate that you are there for the Zion Service. This is will be the full Divine Service with Communion.


The Parking Lot is finished! Many thanks for generous extra offerings toward the project, the Board of Property and A&A Paving out of Roselle, that got it done!

Some Schedule Changes

Please note the following cancellations:
We will NOT have Tuesday Bible Study on September 8 and 15. We’ll resume on the 22nd. There will be NO WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICE on September 16.

Sunday Bible Studies Beginning: 

Beginning Sunday, September 13, we will have Bible Studies as follows:

Bible Study – 9:00-9:30 AM in the Narthex.

Learning the Faith (all ages) – 9:45-10:30am in the Gym.

As always, you can join us Tuesdays in the Narthex at 10:30 AM



We will continue to stream and record one of our Sunday services. These are available to watch live and recorded here:
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.
Color A Stained Glass Window
Our church stained glass windows are turning into coloring sheets! Download the latest window



It’s certainly been a whilrwind of natural disasters lately from fires to storms all around our country and the world. LCMS Disaster Relief is on the front lines in many places to help those who have been displaced or are in need. If you’d like to help out, you can make an offering directly to LCMS Disaster Relief RIGHT HERE. Click the “Give” button or select a particular area to give.

The young man who talked with Jesus sees the Law and Commandments as rules to follow to prove he’s a righteous person. Jesus teaches him that the real purpose of the Law is to show us what love is: love of God and love for others. Jesus fulfills that Law by loving the Father unto death for sinners and loving you by saving you from your sins. The Spirit takes that love of Jesus and works in us love for others so that we may see in them that they are our neighbor whom the Lord has given us to love. See you at church or Fish Lake or online this weekend!

In Christ,
Pastor Buetow



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