Notice of Zion’s Annual Meeting: February 7 at 10:15 AM
All active members of Zion Lutheran Church of Milaca are invited and
encouraged to attend our annual meeting on Sunday, February 7, at 10:15 AM.
For those members who do not feel comfortable attending in person we will
send out a Zoom link enabling you to participate and vote online.
A Note from Pastor Sarah
We are now well into the season of Epiphany, a time when we are invited to come and see the goodness of God through the life of Jesus, the one who was born into this world of pain and despair for the sake of each one of us.
Mark tells us that the heavens were torn apart with the baptism of Jesus, and then off he was sent, into the wilderness before beginning his ministry and calling his first disciples. Oh, the uncertainty that must have existed back then! But, Jesus was ready for what lay ahead, equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit. And as for the disciples, well they had no idea what was in store when they answered the call, “Follow me.” And yet, they willingly cast aside their previous life, knowing there was something extraordinary about the one inviting them. Today, Jesus gives us that same invitation, “Follow me,” and in the world of uncertainty that has been swirling around us for quite some time, that invitation might feel rather comforting. While this invitation to follow is not free of hardship, it is an invitation to some really amazing company along the journey…that of our Lord and Savior, the Light of the World. And that is what makes all the difference.
In this season of Epiphany, we are reminded of the Light of Christ that shines within each of us, the light that continues to give us strength and hope, the light that we can also share with those around us. I’ve witnessed the Light of Christ active in so many ways at our church recently…
through those who selflessly gave of their time and talents when we were worshiping solely online (especially the musicians for their work with the music each week, those who helped with videoing and video editing, and all others who worked behind the scenes to make those services happen).
through all who have supported the youth with their drive-through caramel roll fundraisers.
through those who helped make an in-person Christmas Eve service happen in a safe and creative way.
through all who have contributed to recent outreach projects, most recently by donating fleece blankets and other essential supplies.
through those who gathered together at an outdoor Prayer Service for Peace on 1/19 (thank you to Barb Burk for coming forward with that idea and helping to organize the event).
The people of Zion really do step up and shine their lights in some very creative and inspiring ways!
In this season of Epiphany, think about the ah-ha moments you have witnessed…those moments that you have seen God active in the world and in the people around you. God is at work and on the move in our lives, revealed to us in so many ways.
As we journey through the rest of Epiphany and approach the season of Lent, may we all find strength and comfort in the One who invites us to follow…the One who shines within us and walks beside us always.
God’s Blessings, Pastor Sarah
We are less than a month away from Ash Wednesday and the beginning of our Lenten season, which means the start of midweek Lenten services! This year, we will not be holding soup suppers, but we will be holding in-person worship. These services will also be live streamed and available online. Please see the schedule below:
Ash Wednesday Service - February 17 at 7:00 pm
Midweek Lenten Services February 24 at 7:00 pm
March 3 at 7:00 pm
March 10 at 7:00 pm
March 17 at 7:00 pm
March 24 at 7:00 pm
Maundy Thursday Service April 1 at 7:00 pm
Good Friday Service April 2 at 7:00 pm
LIFE @ ZION
A Delicious Fundraiser – Want a treat that tastes great, that comes hot from the oven and is easy to make? Zion youth will be selling Butter Braid pastries Feb. 14- March 14. It’s easy to prepare, just let it rise and bake for a unique breakfast entrée, dessert, or savory side dish! Pastries will be delivered the week of March 29. Information on the varieties of Butter Braids, cost, and how to order will be coming soon.
Zion’s Online Church Directory - Zion’s online directory is now available to members. You may view the directory by going to https://servantkeeper.com/directory/zlcmilaca. You may log in with the password: zioninfo20. You can then easily access up-to-date contact information of Zion members.
Members are able to edit their family and individual records, update things like their pictures, phone numbers, contact information, emails and more! You can access your individual profiles at: https://servantkeeper.com/member-portal/zlcmilaca. You will enter your email and then set up a personal password for your profile site. We encourage you to put a current picture of your family. You may access the online directory from your personal profile site but you will still have to enter the password: zioninfo20.
We ask members with no Internet access to please call the church office to clarify their current information for the directory. Pictures may be submitted to the office to be downloaded online. A hard copy of the directories will be printed off for members with no Internet access.
We ask you to keep the password to the directory to just Zion members. If you have any questions or trouble, please call the church office (983-3368).
Church Email Address - When emailing the church please use our google address: email@example.com. Our old email firstname.lastname@example.org is not longer in service
Online Reflections - Keep up with all the great opportunities and ministries going on within our Northeastern Minnesota Synod. Go to www.nemnsynod.org and click the Online Reflections tab to sign up to receive weekly updates to stay on top of what’s going on in our synod and church!
Keep track of what’s happening at Zion via Social Media!
Log on to ZionMilaca.org – You can find Zion’s monthly calendar, photos from the latest events, and watch Zion online worship! Log on and look for the tabs and enjoy.
Like Us On Facebook! - Zion Lutheran Church, Milaca, MN has a Facebook page. Check it out for announcements, prayer requests, words of encouragement and inspiration.
Health & Prayer Concerns - If you know of anyone who is ill, hospitalized, or in need of pastoral care, please call the church office at 320-983-3368. The Zion Prayer Chain may be activated by contacting Jan at email@example.com or texting or calling 320-362-1181, or calling the Church Office and leaving a message on the Prayer Chain Voice mail or by contacting Pastor Sarah’s voice mail. Prayer requests may be included in our public prayers on Sunday morning by contacting the church office
Keep In Your Prayers
+ Those in need of Health, Healing and Guidance: take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine for the Coronavirus. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them; all who’ve been hurt, displaced, grieved and in any way effected by war and disasters in the world.
+ Remember: in prayer our homebound members and nursing home & assisted-living residents
+ Those serving in the Mission Field.
+ Support: Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
+ Comfort: for the family of Roland Lund as they mourn his death.
Dear Zion, Thank you so much for the quite unexpected gift! I’ll use it to buy books, I think. Good memories of your church.
Blessings, Pastor Glen (A Christmas gift was sent to Pastor Bickford for his ministry to Zion in 2020.)
Dear Zion Members, Thank you for your generous support of the Holiday Helping Hands Program. With your help we were able to touch the lives of our 235 children in our community. God is good and has shown his love through you.
With love in Christ, Candy Jacobson & Dan Gould