Always Being Made New

By on November 5, 2015 in News & Musings

MBD 2015Zion is not your average Lutheran Church. We’re proud of our wild ideas and brave experiments. Folks at Zion are usually up for something new, which means we’re not afraid of failing. Our greatest mission and ministry is born out of faith, risk, and good humor. It’s an exciting place to be!

But in the midst of this adventurous spirit is a tradition near and dear to our hearts. Every fall we raise money by hosting a Meatball and Lutefisk Dinner. The event takes a month of planning and preparation, lefse-making and meatball-rolling, quilting and baking. Much of this event remains the same from year to year. “Why mess with a good thing?” you ask.

We can’t help it! Someone suggested a raffle instead of a silent auction. A shift in labor and planning was welcome. The idea generated new energy. Raffle tickets were selling to family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors – many who could not attend the dinner and showed their support from afar. The raffle more than doubled what the silent auction made last year and some are already scheming about ways to improve its capacity in 2016.

You see? We can’t help it! We’re always poking the-way-we’ve-always-done-it for the sake of discovering something new. There is room to grow and we’re open to change…except when it comes to meatballs and lutefisk. Shaking that up is a risk we’re unwilling to take!

(And the raffle winners? First up – someone bought a ticket and put Zion’s name on it! The second winner – a dear member of Zion. The third winner was a member’s co-worker and the final winner was the North Dakota farmer who always donates honey for our bake sale!)

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