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Church Email News – September 3, 2021


Friday, September 3, 2021

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Jesus healed ten lepers but only one leper came back to give glory to God. Does that mean the other nine weren’t thankful? I’m sure they were glad their leprosy was gone! Yet once they had from Jesus what they needed, I guess they didn’t need Jesus anymore. The Samaritan leper realizes that if Jesus is the guy who can cure him of his leprosy then He really is the one needed for all things! The fact that we are creatures who have a Creator who provides us with our life is in and of itself a reason to acknowledge God and thank Him. The fact that He sent His Son to rescue us from sin and death means that Jesus is everything and the reason for giving any thanks to God! Do you thank God when you just have what you need and then forget about Him until you need something again? There’s some good repentance there! We learn with this Samaritan leper that Jesus is everything. His life. His death. His resurrection. His baptizing us. His Body and Blood. His Word. His promises. His life that He gives us. Each week we are drawn by the Spirit to church where we can glorify God for His gifts. That’s more than just good manners. It’s glorifying God by receiving the good things He has for us. Go! Your faith, your Jesus has made you well! That’s this week, the 14th Sunday after Trinity.


We’re going to be having Service with Communion at Fish Lake THIS SUNDAY, 10:30 AM. I’ll be heading out right after church to conduct our last service there for the year. Members are welcome to join us there too! Thanks to our elders and other volunteers for conducting services out there this summer!


Our sister in Christ, Lorna Schroeder passed away this week. She was 97 and had been at Valley Hi for several years. Her arrangements will be at Zion as follows:

Wednesday, September 8

10:30 AM – Visitation at Zion

11:30 AM – Funeral Service

Committal to follow at Windridge Cemetery.

Wow! We’ve received offerings to cover the cost of the processional crucifix and we’ve received funds from our matching donor! Thank you to all who have contributed to this gift for beautifying God’s house and reminding us what is central to our worship and faith! We should be able to pick up the crucifix from its current home in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the next couple of weeks and then we’ll celebrate the Festival of Holy Cross as we dedicate for use in the church.


It’s time to get back into God’s Word. Young and old, parents and children, and anyone who wants to brush up on their basic knowledge of the Bible – God’s Word. We’ll be getting back into it SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 at LEARNING THE FAITH, right after worship (around 10:15am). Join us. Bring your parents, bring your kids, bring your friends, and bring your questions. ALL AGES are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Thank you to every who ordered Mums and Spirit Wear to support our school!

MUMS can be picked up THIS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 & 10, between 9am and 3pm.

Spirit Wear will be ready and delivered to church around mid-September.


Teacher Wishlists
Our Day School Teachers each have an Amazon wishlist for their classrooms this year. If you’d like to help them get some neat things for their classrooms, click the links below:

Ms. Donna

Ms. Susan

Ms. Asen 

Mrs. Kushman

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.


I know things are constantly changing these days and things are in turmoil. Don’t be like the 9 lepers who walked away from Jesus and never came back! The Lord has good gifts for you! He’s got Good News for you! Joins us at church or at least watch on the Livestream and hear what Good Things Jesus has for you, to bless you and tell you that in Him, you are forgiven and set free. In Him you have life everlasting. With that Samaritan leper, we worship Jesus, knowing He has all things that we need! See you in the Divine Service this weekend, at church or at Fish Lake!

In Christ,
Pastor Buetow

School Chapel

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