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Coping with Covid-19

Dear members and friends of Zion Lutheran:

Because of COVID-19, church activities are canceled through May 24th at least. You may call the church office at 320-983-3368 to leave a message. They are checked daily. We will continue to communicate with you as information about COVID-19 evolves. Pastor Glen writes a new devotion every day.

If you wish to leave a message for Pastor Glen Bickford, please call his cell phone at 507-269-9079.  If you have a prayer request, please call or text Jan at 320-362-1181.

Worship services may be viewed on YouTube. Links to the services can be found on Zion’s Facebook page and website.

Please know that Zion is here for you and the Milaca community. We will continue to coordinate prayers and community assistance during this time.




Here is a big deal opportunity to make your giving to Zion go further! For all online donations through GiveMN.org from May 1st through May 8th, Zion will be eligible for bonus grants! We have 200+ chances to win! It could be us! Why not us? Read about the #GiveatHomeMN bonus grants here and then give your online donation here May 1st through May 8th at any hour of the day or night!  Or use your smart phone! Start by downloading a QR code reader for your phone and then scan and the QR Code will take you to the Zion’s site on GiveMN. It is easy and helpful. Give it a try!

Graduation Recognition

Drive-by cupcakes 9 a.m. until gone!

 

The Church would love to recognize and pray for each of our graduates as they begin the next phase of their lives. Zion’s graduates this year are Miranda, Blayne, Grace, Logan, Dalton, and Adam. Here is what we have planned:

We will have pictures and information about our graduates during our online service for May 10th.

We are planning to recognize Graduates on Sunday, May 10th, from 9-10 a.m. with a “Drive-By” cupcake event for those members who want to drive past, grab a cupcake or two, drop off a card, or honk! That morning we will present graduates with a quilt and Zion scholarship recipients will receive their certificates.

Summer Lawn Mowing


We need to hire someone to mow the church lawn for this summer. If you are interested in the job or know of someone, please talk to Dan Niedzielski. 612-390-1952.


Keep In Touch!
               

Keep in Touch!

Call or email the Church Office…320.983.3368...office@zionmilaca.org

 If there is a change in your home address or phone number

 If you have a new baby in the family

 If a member of your family is hospitalized or ill

 If you would like a Pastoral visit or if any Pastoral needs arise

Rev. Glen Bickford
pastor@zionmilaca.org 507.269.9079



When you shop at Amazon, you can earn money for Zion! Make your purchases thru AmazonSmile and 0.5% of the price of all eligible purchases will go to Zion! All you need to do is chose Zion as your partner and do your regular Amazon shopping with AmazonSmile. Check it out before  you shop at Amazon again.
Support Camp Onomia

As a Camp Onomia congregational member, Zion’s annual dues are $1,000. If you would be willing to sponsor the Camp for $20 to help meet our commitment, please fill in the info below and place it in the offering plate. Make checks payable to Zion and put Camp Onomia on the memo line. Envelopes are available on the kiosk for cash donations or go on line to www.camponomia.org to learn more about camp and how you can help make a difference.  

   Zion's Missionary
   

We have chosen to support The Rev. Linda Johnson Seyenkulo in Liberia as your new missionary. Linda grew up in Aikin, Minnesota.  (more info) In 2020, we will need 100 sponsors to give a gift of $20 to reach our goal of $2,000. If you'd like to be a sponsor, please sign the sheet in the Narthex or fill out the slip you'll find in the Sunday bulletin.

Linda joined us on July 8, 2018 for worship. She is an ordained ELCA pastor serving in Liberia, West Africa.  She is curriculum developer and teacher at the Louis T. Bowers Lay Leaders and Ministers Training Center in Totota, Liberia.  In addition, she is called as Associate Pastor at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Monrovia, Liberia. Her special areas are teaching New Testament, Bible Study Leader training, Theology and Preaching.  Pastor Linda is married to Rev. D. Jensen Seyenkulo who is the Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia. They have three children, Apu, Kenata, and Yongor who all reside in the U.S.  As a point of interest, Linda grew up in Aitkin, Minnesota and remembers high school athletic events between Milaca and Aitkin!

         
     Thrivent Action Teams
 

  

 If you’re a Thrivent Financial member, you can lead a Thrivent Action Team to bring people together for a one-time project to help others by coordinating an educational event, conducting a service activity, or organizing a fund raiser. Thrivent provides: Resources to help you plan the event, promotional items, and a Community Impact Card with $250 of seed money.
Learn more and apply online.          
                                                                                            
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      Our Family Bar codes
   

Eunice Circle is collecting Teal's Market's Our Family bar codes to help the work of our church. We will receive five cents for every Our Family bar code when we send in batches of 500. This is an easy way we can make a difference. Bar codes can be put in the containers in the Narthex or the kitchen - once we are back in church. Thanks!
                   PV4Phebe
          Solar Power now at
             Phebe Hospital !
             
    Now: "Current for Curran!"

While we often have a lot of questions when we or a loved one has to be in the hospital for tests or surgery, the one questions we rarely have to ask is, "Will the power go out?" We take our electricity for granted. But halfway around the world, power outages at Phebe Hospital occur daily - even during critical surgeries.  But now, Phebe Hospital has a reliable energy source - solar power  is in action as you read this.

 Phebe now has solar power and the plan is to do the same for Curran Hospital.  The project is called "Current for Curran!" Check back for details on that project. Both projects share the Facebook page called Skip the Grid.    

Please continue to pray for the people in Liberia who will benefit from these live-saving endeavors. Pray for the people dedicated to telling the story of how the light of the world saves lives in many ways.

See a few photos from Zion's Solar Sunday here.  Read a thank you note from Mary Jo Metzler here.

Fundraising with RADA Cutlery

RADA Cutlery can be purchased online with their Internet Fundraising program. Use the RADA Fund Raising page. RADA cutlery, plus other products (quick mixes, recipe books, etc.) Purchase using a credit/debit card or Paypal. Items are sent directly from RADA to you. Zion will receive 40% profit from each order. A great way to order gifts! Please make sure it shows: Your purchases will support the fundraiser for Zion Lutheran Church (Milaca, MN) across the top of the website; if it doesn’t, click on the Select your fundraising group tab and search for Zion Lutheran Church, Milaca MN. Feel free to share our link with family and friends.

      The 125th Anniversary
  Archive Cabinet
 



The cabinet is in place and has been dedicated! (see photos and news)

The cabinet is in the southwestern corner of the Fellowship Hall for all to enjoy. In the center is the baptismal fount that has been in the library. It will be lighted and contain 3/8 inch glass shelves with hidden door openers.

All the things that were hidden in the library are now in this cabinet.  We have two beautiful scrapbooks made by Eileen McBroom and Martha Norrgard.  We have pictures of the original church and old church directories and anniversary programs and lot lots more.
                                                                                          
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          Save Your Teal’s
         Grocery Receipts
         

Don’t throw away those grocery receipts from Teal’s Market! Bring them to church (when we can go back!) and look for the marked basket in the kitchen. Jenny Niedzielski will turn them in every so often and Zion’s Youth Fund will receive a 1% rebate on qualifying purchases.


Thank you!

to those who helped with snow removal this winter: Steve Sauer, Ron Weyer, Gary Edmison, Mary Jo & Tim Gruba, Duane & Diane Dahlstrom, Spencer & Theresa Borgman Family, Bob & Michelle Borgman Family, Jeremy & Andrea Mikla Family and Rick Kiel.

to Rick Kiel, Deb Ellingson, and Caity & Grace Eggen for delivering Meal On Wheels for April.



Tai Chi at Zion


Check back  in May

Each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday a group meets to do Tai Chi in the “Peter” Sunday School room (NE room) at 9 a.m. Although tai chi is slow and gentle and doesn't leave you breathless, it addresses the key components of fitness — muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and, to a lesser degree, aerobic conditioning. Come join the group!

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                                                    Online Reflections
         

Interested in keeping 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 and click to sign up to receive weekly updates. Now you too can stay on top of what’s going on in our synod and church!

             Social Media    
               


Keep track of what’s happening at Zion via Social Media!

Log in to Zion (www.ZionMilaca.org) – You can find Zion’s monthly calendar, photos from the latest events, and read Sunday’s sermon! 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.

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HomeTouch
 Ministry

HomeTouch


Zion's Evangelism Team has a ministry called HomeTouch. A weekly mailing is sent to Zion's members who are homebound or restricted in their ability to get around, The mailing includes a devotional reading and an activity page. If you know of anyone in the congregation who is not already getting the mailing and should, please alert the church office or Jan Brown.



Worship Schedule



Videos are being made of Sunday morning services. Check here for what has been posted.

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1 Thessalonian 5:11