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Traditional Lutheran Dinner – Following the service on 

October 21 was will gather down in Fellowship Hall for a traditional Lutheran dinner of hotdishes and salads. A sign-up sheet will be passed around during service, so if you would be willing to provide a dish please sign up.

Reformation Sunday/Affirmation of Baptism: October 28th will mark the anniversary of the Reformation and the start of what we now know as the Lutheran Church. Lutherans around the world will recall the themes of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone), Sola Fide (by Faith Alone) and Sola Gratia (by Grace Alone); as well as “Always Reforming”. Red is the color of the day. In addition to remembering and celebrating our theological roots and history we will also take time to mark the day as four of our youth will affirm the promises made at their baptism. Please keep Hailey, Anna, Aiden. and Naomi in your prayers as they prepare for this faith milestone.

All Saints' Sunday

What A Wonderful Life…

On Sunday, Nov. 4, All Saint’s Sunday, we will take time to remember those dear saints who have gone before us during our morning worship. If you can please plan to bring one or two photos that Sunday, one that portrays what gave your loved one joy, and/or a more recent photo and provide a comment about the person.

Name of Person(s) to be remembered on All Saint’s Sunday: ______________________________

Your Name: ______________________________

Your relationship: _______________________

Music Sundays

The Zion Worship & Music Committee met recently and discussed ideas to enhance our worship experience. On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, we are looking for musical artists to share their talents as soloists, duets or ensembles of either choral or instrumental traditional or modern Christian music. We will also continue communion on these Sundays, but it will be progressive, which means that we will come up the center aisle to receive communion at the steps rather than around the altar. We hope to hear from interested musicians (or if you know of musicians who would like to perform on those Sundays). We are also still searching for a Choir Director, so share your thoughts with either Pastor Blenkush or Council music and worship committee liaison Christine Nelson, 612-718-9733.

Faith on Tap
October 23rd

Back in the day when Martin Luther would host regular Table Talks, a time when students and colleagues of Martin and the other reformers would gather at table with perhaps a little something to eat something drink. Rumor has because Luther was a good German, their might have been a beer or two consumed! The point of the Table Talks was not on the choice of beverage but on the conversation on matter of faith and the love and grace of God. In the spirit of Luther and the Table Talks, Pastor Blenkush and Pastor Bauer from Trinity are hosting a monthly “Faith on Tap” at Timber Valley Grill on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.. Anyone is invited to come, pull up a chair, order the beverage of your choice (adult beverage, soda, coffee, whatever) and join the conversation as we explore the vocabulary of our faith. In other words, on a given Sunday or whet ever Bible studies are held, we use words like faith, grace, salvation, redemption, justification and so many more. The question is, what do these words mean and why do they matter? The goal is to explore and discuss how these words shape our faith and life. Come join the conversation!

Mille Lacs 13th Annual
 Operation Community Connect
 October 18th

 On Thursday, Oct. 18, from 10AM – 2PM Mille County is hosting a free event and open to the public at the Milaca High School Gym. Lots of great resources: Domestic Abuse Advocacy, Employment/staffing, Veteran Services, Public Health, Social Security and so much more—as well as free services: Lunch, flu shots, haircuts, AAA vehicle diagnostics and so much more! This is a great opportunity for people connecting together.

Zion is responsible for helping provide CHILDREN’S BOOKS.

125th Anniversary Homecoming
October 21st

On Sunday, October 21st, we will be having a Homecoming Sunday, where we are inviting all members and former members to join us for worship and fellowship. Bishop Thomas Aitken from the NE MN Synod will be with us and preaching. Following the service, we will gather in Fellowship hall for a Traditional Lutheran lunch. A special letter of invitation has been printed to invite former members. Since we don’t have addresses for most former members, the Anniversary Committee asks that you pick up copies of this letter and send to friends and relatives formerly of Zion. Copies will be available in the bay window.

As part of our 125th Anniversary Homecoming celebration on Sunday, October 21, we’d like to have a slideshow of photos from Zion’s past.  Do you have photos that we could scan and include? These could be wedding photos, Sunday School pictures, family photos of Zion members from our near and distant past, or pictures of the church building. We can easily scan your pictures with a cell phone and return them immediately to you.  A good time to do this would be during the fellowship hour any Sunday. If you feel comfortable leaving your photos with us to scan, please drop them off at the church office, with Pastor Blenkush, or contact Julia Blenkush (320-336-8480).

Work Day at Camp Onomia – Saturday, October 27th from 

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Help us get camp put away for the long winter. Bring rakes, shop vacs, friends! Free lunch! Friday night lodging may be available. RSVP at camponomia@gmail.com.

Annual Lutefisk, Ham & Potato Sausage Dinner – Saturday, Oct. 27, at Trinity Lutheran in Milaca, 3:30 – 7pm – Cost is $15 for all three entrees, $10 for Ham & Potato Sausage, $5 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 & under. Menu: lutefisk, ham, potato sausage, boiled potatoes, white sauce, ham gravy, melted butter, rutabagas plus one other vegetable, coleslaw, cranberries, lefse, buns/butter, Scandinavian desserts and beverages. Also a large bake sale.

 “You are not alone”

Local Advisory Council on Mental Health FREE Community Event – Thursday, Oct. 25th from 5-7 p.m. at Zion – Don’t miss it! Jode Freyholts-London, Executive Director Wellness in the Woods, speaking on “The Power in You” and empowerment. Sue Abderholden, Executive Director of NAMI Minnesota, speaking on stigma and negative public attitudes around mental health and how to change them. FREE meal will be provided! Please RSVP with Deborah at 320-362-4220. Resources and information will be available for local mental health services.

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 the next time you shop at Amazon.
Zion Handbells: Ring Out!

New ringers are always welcome in Zion’s handbell choir - the Alleluia Ringers. Practices are Wednesdays at 6 p.m. If you are interested or have questions, please call Karen Edmison (983-3368 or 763-389-3397). Our first practice will be Sept. 5 at 6:00 pm.

LWR School Kits

Again this year, Zion’s Women or the ELCA will be collecting items for Lutheran World Relief School Kits. Each kit contains eight items:

+ Four 70-sheet notebooks (280-300 sheets total) of wide- or college-ruled paper approximately 8” X 10½”; no loose-leaf paper

+ One 30-centimeter ruler, or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other

+ One pencil sharpener

+ One pair of blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well)

+ Five unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers

+ Five black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)

+ One box of 16 or 24 crayons

+ One 2½” eraser

WELCA will be collecting these items through September. If you have question, please contact Ardy Becklin (320.983.2443) or Carole Kiel (320.983.3537).

Guidelines: Please give new items only. Please do not donate items with any religious symbols or messages. Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.

Hooks and Needles and Quilts - oh my!

Come and join us in the Zion Library at 2 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month.We've been making baby caps, chemo caps, afghan squares , afghans, lap robes, and hand warmers. Come and stay for an hour or until the last person goes home. We have lots of yarn, but we need you to come and do a fun project which will help another person - and enjoy the fellowship of fellow yarn users!

and another way to use needles - 

Wanted:  Quilters - Join the Dorcas Quilters on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 9 a.m. Cut squares, tie knots - ther are msny was to help even if you are not s quilter! Bring a lunch.

New Member Orientation Sunday, October 7th, at 10:15 (after worship) people wishing to become actively involved members of Zion are invited to a brief orientation session. Grab a cup of coffee and some refreshments and join Pastor Blenkush in his Study. New Members will be received on Sunday, November 11th. Encourage those who have been visiting to join with us in the service and celebration of our Lord.

Women’s Refresh: 
An Overnight Retreat

November 2-3

Women’s Refresh - An Overnight Retreat at Camp Onomia: November 2-3 – “Living Fully!”

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b – Our annual women’s retreat begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and runs through 4 p.m. on Saturday. Lodging will be in our year-round retreat center, double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms. Please bring your own bedding and toiletries. Cost: $65 for one nights, 2 meals, and program. Gaye Lindfors is our guest speaker. With a unique blend of humor, stories, and life lessons, Gaye brings a breath of fresh air to women in their faith journeys, in their workplace experiences, and in their celebrations and messy moments! Register at www.camponomia.org by Oct. 30 or mail your registration with name, address, phone number, and check to Camp Onomia, 14202 Shakopee Lake Road, Onamia, MN 56359.

Photos from the Fika!

Come see a lot of photos from the Swedish Fika - a LOT of photos! If you were there, you are in at least one of these photos, so page thru them and find yourself.
Key Committees!

Check out one (or more) of these committee meetings and find out how you can serve Zion!

 Evangelism Team
 Joy of Giving Team 
 125th Anniversary Committee
 Worship and Music Ministry Team .

Talk to Pastor Blenkush and watch the calendar for meeting times.
               Donuts 4 Debt 10/28

On the last Sunday of each month Zion’s Evangelism Team is providing donuts for our Fellowship Hour.

Your free will donation will help us “nibble away” at our Debt Reduction effort. 

In July we collected $52.00.

Every little bite helps!

The tastiest 125th Anniversary fund raiser is now available!  "Milaca's Best" cookbook contains all the best recipes from present and past  Milaca residents. If you are looking for well tested recipes or comfort food recipes or just plain good food recipes, you need this cook book. And they make great gifts for just about anyone who eats. The cookbooks are only $17 each or 2 for $35. Look for them on the table at the Fair Trade Market or in the church office.
Lutheran Men in Mission Breakfast
November 10th

 Attention men of Zion (and any others who might be interested or hungry!) Come gather for breakfast on Saturday morning where we will feast on tasty pancakes and meat, delightful fellowship, strong coffee and a morning devotional. A great way to start the day! 8:30 a.m.

Support Camp Onomia

We are very fortunate to have been able to offer a campership to all those attending a church camp in the past. Zion sponsors Camp Onomia and early bird discounts need to be in by March 15. Camp Onomia offers themed programs for all ages and for families, too! Brochures and campership request forms can be picked up at church. Contact, Pastor Steve, the church office, or Jenny Niedzielski if you have any question about this.

   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 2018, 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 8th 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

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.

              November 8th


On the second Thursday of every month, Pastor Blenkush and Pastor Bauer from Trinity visit and provide a Service of Holy Communion for the residents and guests of the Elim Home and Country Meadows. If you would like to come and assist with the residents or simply come and participate, please do. The service begins at 10 a.m.
      Our Family Bar codes

Eunice Circle is collecting 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. Thanks!
          Solar Power now at
             Phebe Hospital !
    Next: "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.

 In 2014, the Women of the ELCA pledged to support a portion of a $2.5 million dollar solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at Phebe to provide the hospital with consistent and reliable energy. Now it is about to happen! The ship carrying the container filled with the last equipment needed for installation sailed January 23rd and installation began in March of 2017.  Mary Jo Metzler who got WELCA involved in PV4Phebe got to help pack that final shipment.

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.

           Fair Trade Center
       1st Sunday of the month

The next Fair Trade Center will be on Sunday,  November 4th

Stop by the Fair Trades Center – On the first Sunday of the month, Women of the ELCA sell Fair Trade high quality coffee (whole bean or ground), tea and chocolate bars to support the alternative Fair Trade system that empowers farmers, strengthens communities and benefits the environment. They also sell boxed greeting cards, packages of decorative napkins, and knives and cutlery. “Milaca’s Best” Cookbook and 125th anniversary mugs are also for Sale! We are located in the Narthex as you go into the Fellowship Hall for your refreshments. Helping others is our goal. Praise God!

        Quasquicentennial (125th)
 Anniversary of Zion!


This year,  Zion Lutheran is celebrating its 125th Anniversary. Together we have set a series of goals that include marking this milestone by lifting up the ministries of the congregation, stirring a spirit of revitalization and paying down the debt. There are plans to host events that highlight Zion’s history and culture. Check the 125th Anniversary Calendar for details. In order to assist with the debt reduction, we will be executing an assortment of fund raisers - selling cookbooks, coffee mugs, host meals at member homes, and much more. We kicked off the year on Sunday, Jan. 28, with the dedication of our new Archive Cabinet and a Congregational Brunch. If you have question or ideas, contact either Pastor Stephen Blenkush or our planning team chair Mark Boggs. The next 125th Anniversary Committee meeting is on September 4th at 6 p.m.

      The 125th Anniversary
  Archive Cabinet

The cabinet is in place and has been dedicated! (see photos and get 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 glass shelves with hidden door openers.

All the things that are hidden in the library that no one knows about will go into 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.

          Save Your Teal’s
         Grocery Receipts

Don’t throw those grocery receipts from Teal’s Market away! Bring them to church 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.

        Zion's Meal Ministry

 Every once in a while someone from the congregation gets ill or has a death in the family. And when that happens, imagine the level of appreciation felt when someone from church shows up at the door with a ready to eat meal. Here at Zion, we have had individuals who have prepared meals for people who are going through tough and challenging times. This gesture of kindness was not only appreciated by the recipient. But it was also gratifying for those who prepared the meals. Zion's Meal Ministry is an effort to make this a formal ministry here at Zion and to create an efficient and organized way to provide this ministry to others. Does this sound like something YOU might be interested in getting involved with? If so, contact either Pastor Blenkush or the Church Office (983-3368) and you will be contacted when the first organizational meeting is set.

to Jenny & Trent Niedzielski, Pastor & Julia Blenkush, Steve & Lisa Sauer, Jean Boggs, Brittany Kreger, Cindy Biederman and Kim Lubrant for setting up and operating the Brat/Hot dog stand.

to the Family and Friends of Wes Johnson! Back when Carol Johnson passed away her husband Wes Johnson asked that all memorials be dedicated to the Carol Johnson Campership Fund. This past month the family of Wes Johnson made the same request and as a result the Wes & Carol Johnson Campership Fund received $1,105.00 in additional support intended to help the youth of Zion make camp possible. Thank You!

to Bob & Michelle Bengson and John & Ardy Becklin for providing last Sunday’s Brunch in conjunction with the 2nd Come and Be Fed Sunday!

to those of you who contributed to the last Sunday’s Free will Offering on behalf of Camp Onomia as we raised an addition $244.00 to help us meet our goal of $1000 to help support our ministry partner.

to Mark and Jean Boggs for hosting a 125th Anniversary dinner on August 18th at their home.

to everyone who helped serve coffee hour on Sunday afternoons at the Elim Home during the month of July.

to Deb Ellingson, Nancy Hubbard, Pastor Blenkush, Jon Olson, Karen Edmison, Joe Brueske, Rick & Carole Kiel, Randy Hemstad, Ardy Becklin, and Al & Marilyn Gunnink for working at the Milaca Food Pantry on Thursdays during the month of August.

to Sarah Larsen for another great week of Pre-school VBS here at Zion!

to Rich & Judy Mycue, Janet Johnson, and Duane & Diane Dahlstrom for providing the 3rd Come and Be Fed Sunday in August!

to everyone who donated to the repair of the chimney and stucco work. Larry & Shirley Rosenberg, Jan Brown, Brad & Donna Maitland, Bruce & Michele Hoskins, Steve & Lisa Sauer, John & Ardy Becklin, Virginia Wills, Joe & Janelle Knapp, Carrie Fanum, Kirby Allen, Krista Anderson, Ted Anderson, Lloyd Anderson, John & Dean Fransen, Dennis & Jackie Hjort, Don & Virginia Christensen, Ryan & Jessica DeBoer, Mary Anderson, Rich & Judy Mycue, Tim & Kim Lubrant, and donations from the Boggs home hosted meal. Special thanks to Ron Weyer who is overseeing the project. The stucco work was more extensive than originally planned and the lift needed to be at the church for a longer period. We are still taking donations to complete this needed project. Put chimney or stucco on the memo line of your checks. If your name has been omitted, please advise the office.

to Randy Hemstad and the many others, who worked hard and behind the scenes peeling potatoes, preparing meatballs, making pies, setting up, serving, and cleaning up after this year’s Meatball Supper.

to everyone who helped with or donated things to the Silent Auction and Bake Sale.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”   
 (Luke 6:38)



Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” (Luke 6:38)

Stewardship of Our Money

And Jesus said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” -- Luke 12:15

Jesus often uses words of caution when teaching about money. Jesus warns us of money’s power to capture our souls and turn us from loving God first and most, and then our neighbors as ourselves.

Because we North Americans live in a wealthy culture, the temptation to love money more than God and neighbor may be worse than it was for the folks of Jesus’ time. So, we need to take Jesus’ warnings to heart and be sure to keep money in its proper place. Here are some ideas:

  • Develop gratitude: Be happy for (and with) what you have. Dwell on your blessings rather than your wants. Constantly entertaining thoughts of your unfilled desires leads to scarcity thinking and unhappiness.

  • Celebrate sufficiency: Learn to live on what you earn. Excessive debt corrodes our wellbeing by causing us stress and hunger for more. Strive to live without credit cards and make choices to help your income match expenses.

  • Embrace generosity: Our culture tells us that the more we have the happier we will be, but that’s really not so -- once we have enough to meet our true needs. Miserly people tend to be miserable no matter how much they have, while generous people tend to be happy even if they have modest means. Giving generously is a spiritual discipline that breaks the power that money has to control us.

Good stewardship of our money helps us avoid the traps that Jesus warns about. Stewardship means managing our wealth rather than letting it manage us. Free from money’s traps and lures and lies, we are free to love God first and then our neighbor as ourselves. -- Rob Blezard

Copyright © 2018, Rev. Robert Blezard. Reprinted by permission. Pastor Blezard serves as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod and works as content editor for www.stewardshipoflife.org.

Invest in Zion's Youth and help sponsor a Campership. Help provide the opportunity for more kids to go to camp.  A Campership will pay half  cost of camp - up to $200 for week-long camp and $100 for weekend or half-week camp. To receive a campership, fill out the Campership Request form. If you can help provide camperships, please do invest in our youth!

       Help us keep in touch!

If you have changed from a landline to a cell phone or if you do most of your calling and receiving of messages on your cellphone, please share those numbers with the Church Office. Thanks!

Hi - my name is Arlene Rice and I reside in the Milaca Park Apartments (aka the Hi Rise). Many of you are aware of the noon meal offered Monday through Friday at a cost of $4.00 to anyone over 60 at this site. In order to keep this in operation we need others than the residents of Milaca Apartments to come to dine with us. The churches in the area are invited to choose a day each month to attend and enjoy a meal with us. I have volunteered to keep the Zion members informed and look forward to having a group come the second Wednesday of each month.  

Zion's Day at the Dining Site is Wednesday, November 14th. 
Please come and join us and enjoy the great meal, fun and fellowship. 

Remember – you can come here to eat any weekday for $4.00 for people over 60. Come and pick up a menu and visit us often.

PS - No one over 60 will be denied a meal because they can't pay.

                                                    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!

               College Addresses


    We want to keep in touch with our college students. If you or someone you know is attending college, please contact the church office with the address information. We want to keep in touch with our young adults!

             Got Facebook?    

    If you are a Facebook user, type in “Zion Lutheran Church, Milaca, MN” and stay up-to-date on events and activities here at Zion!

              for Worship

Consider providing flowers for the Altar at sometime during 2017. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the entryway.



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

There is one Sunday service at 9 a.m. followed by the Fellowship Hour and Sunday School starting again September 30th. 
More about worship.

Home Visits
by Pastor

Has Pastor Blenkush been invited to your home for a visit? If not, please feel free to give him a call, talk to him in person or fill out the blue communion card. He would love to stop in for a visit!

Coffee and Fellowship on
Sunday Mornings

Tuesday Morning
Bible Study

WELCA and Circles

Come to WELCA's bi-monthly meetings, and be part of a Circle - morning or afternoon. You can enjoy serving and learning and fellowship all at one time! See the calendar for meeting times. More info about WELCA.

So encourage one another and build each other up…
1 Thessalonian 5:11