Zion Memory

By on February 9, 2018 in News & Musings
Zion Memory

I have always been thankful for my assignment in 1977 to Zion Lutheran Church for Contextual Education. I remember the first time I was to assist with Holy Communion. Pastor Oman informed me that the practice was that the pastor would place the wafer on the tongue of the communicant and pour the wine from […]

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My Memories of Zion

By on February 1, 2018 in News & Musings
My Memories of Zion

My Memories of Zion By Gaylord Fernstrom My first important visit to Zion was when I was baptized in the summer of 1932. I should have been baptized earlier but my parents couldn’t agree on my name. I am sorry to say that I don’t remember any of the event. I attended Sunday church school […]

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Carl and Ron – They’ve been around a long time!

By on February 1, 2018 in News & Musings
Carl and Ron – They’ve been around a long time!

In 1984, Zion was celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Luther Park Camp with small talks from Zion members who had been to the camp. The bulletin listed the speakers: youth, older youth and adults. Ron Schloer and myself were the “older youth” to speak. We briefly described our Luther Park experiences. We were 38 years […]

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Justin and Jayne Remember Zion

By on January 16, 2018 in News & Musings
Justin and Jayne Remember Zion

Jason VanHunnik and Louise Britts, who we knew from camp, invited us to Zion one Sunday.  We visited–fully intending it would be a one Sunday experience.  Instead, we stayed for four blessed years.  The thing we remember best was the number of people from a variety of backgrounds going out of their way to make […]

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Blessing the Animals

By on October 18, 2017 in News & Musings
Blessing the Animals

                “All Things Bright and Beautiful” were celebrated at Zion Lutheran Church in an evening service of Blessing the Animals. Friends and neighbors gathered with members of Zion to celebrate their pet companions. We remembered our animal companions who are no longer with us physically, giving thanks for the gifts […]

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Zion Memories from Thelma Lewis

By on September 25, 2017 in News & Musings
Zion Memories from Thelma Lewis

  As we celebrate our 125th anniversary year we are happy to hear remembrances from members and friends of Zion. Pastor Daniel Martin and his wife came to visit us at our home and invited us to Zion in April of 1957. Our four children were all baptized, went to Sunday school, bible school, confirmation […]

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Table Grace

By on July 17, 2017 in News & Musings

Table Grace The longer I go, the less I know… And sometimes it feels Like falling. Sometimes I stand, Waiting to receive, thinking, “Except for sighs too deep, I bring nothing to the table.” Then comes percolating Through bread and wine, The words, “For you… My body, my blood… Me FOR you… Now…As you are… […]

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What I Hear by Jasmine Wilson

By on April 26, 2017 in News & Musings

During a time of change at Zion, I have been listening to the various things people have told me.  There have been discussions about darkness and light, which are a fairly good metaphor for feeling bittersweet.  I wrote this song to validate everything I hear: uncertainty, sadness, hope, resilience, trust, and faith.  I was inspired […]

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Pastoral Transition

By on March 22, 2017 in Community

March 21, 2017 Dear Zion Members and Friends, I thank my God every time I remember you, Constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, Because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. –  Philippians 1:3-5 In November of 2011, I eagerly accepted the […]

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Ash Wednesday

By on March 1, 2017 in News & Musings

Blessing the Dust A Blessing for Ash Wednesday All those days you felt like dust, like dirt, as if all you had to do was turn your face toward the wind and be scattered to the four corners or swept away by the smallest breath as insubstantial— Did you not know what the Holy One […]

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