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Farewell & Godspeed

On Sunday, January 27, Pastor Stephen Blenkush marked his final Sunday here at Zion before he begins his new call at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Pequot Lakes in February.  The congregation and the community gathered on Sunday afternoon for a time of fellowship and refreshments to say goodbye to Pastor Stephen Blenkush and family, who served Zion Lutheran Church faithfully for thirteen years. The congregation presented Pastor Blenkush with the 125th Anniversary photo of the congregation, a beautiful quilt made by Sandy Warmanen and Jeannie Manthie with the words “Blessings from Zion” sewn on it, and his church laptop computer. We thank Pastor Blenkush for his service not only to Zion but to the Milaca Community.

It is important for us to understand that as of Feb. 3, 2019, Pastor Stephen Blenkush is no longer our pastor, but he will pray for our continued and future mission and ministry and for a fruitful partnership with our future pastor. We ask that you respect the boundaries of his new call and do not ask him to perform weddings, funerals or baptisms, visit the sick and the homebound, continue in any counseling relationship, support or give advice to anyone involved in a congregational disagreement. He may, at his discretion, return to Milaca to attend events as a private citizen. Thank you for your understanding.


Northeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly
May 3rd-5th

 On the first weekend of May voting members from every congregation in our synod will gather at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center for the annual synod wide business and educational gathering. This year, along with Pastor Bickford, Zion will be represented by Lisa and Steve Sauer. Steve is Zion Church Council president. Please keep Zion’s voting members and all voting members in your prayers as they gather to deliberate and discern God’s call to mission and ministry in our synod and beyond.


Women of the ELCA Sunday May 5th



Women of the ELCA Sunday: May 5 - On Sunday, May 5, our Sunday morning worship will be led by members of Zion’s Women of the ELCA. Our guest speaker will be Michelle Plagman, NE MN Synod Mission Interpreter, who will be talking about Global Health Mission and Lutheran World Relief.

Second Annual FIKA!

Our FIKA last year was so much fun,  so we did it again! Zion hosted a very special event March 30th. Zion member and artist, Andrea Mikla, provided a presentation on flower arranging and the guests enjoyed a Scandinavian coffee time luncheon. 

Read more about "How to Fika"


 5/5
Zion is responsible for Meals On Wheels in Milaca for the month of April.  Volunteers need to pick up the prepackaged meals at the Milaca Park Apartments. The meals should be picked up at approximately 11:40 AM for delivery.  There are usually 8-12 meals.  You will get a notebook containing names and addresses of the recipients. There are no deliveries on holidays or snow days when schools are closed.  Please sign up on sheet passed around during
Sunday morning service or call the church office (983-3368). On Tuesdays extra people are needed for a few deliveries in the country.
We still need volunteers on Tuesdays for deliveries in the country. Please sign up on sheet passed around during Sunday morning service or call the church office (983-3368).



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.

Faith on Tap - April 23rd




Martin Luther would host Table Talks, a time when students, colleagues and the other reformers gathered at a table with something to eat and drink. In the spirit of Luther’s Table Talks, Pastor Bauer and Pastor Bickford will host a monthly “Faith on Tap” at Timber Valley Grill on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM. Anyone is invited to come, pull up a chair, order the beverage of your choice and join the conversation as we explore the vocabulary of our faith. On Sunday or during Bible studies, we use words. goal is to explore and discuss how these words shape our faith and life.



There will be no Zion softball team this year. There are not enough players and Sam VanderPlaats is retiring as coach. If someone would like to get a team going next year and coach, please call the church office.
It’s Time for Summer Camp!


 

 
Zion is very fortunate to be able to offer our youth camperships to help make it possible to attend a bible camp. This is done through generous donations from our members and different fundraising events. A big portion of the funds comes from the Soup Suppers during Lent. We are also blessed to have funds set up by families of past Zion members specifically for this ministry. The Pete Allen Campership was established in 2012 and is designated to send one 3rd grader to camp, paid in full. This campership will continue until funds are depleted. We thank the employees of First National Bank who have donated money from their “dress down” days to help replenish this fund.  The second fund was established in memory of Carol Johnson, by husband Wes, who wanted to continue her passion of being able to help send kids to camp. When Wes passed away, the family donated his memorials to this fund. Through the generosity of these families and all of you we are able to give camperships to all Zion youth who request one.
     Zion will contribute $50 towards the “Beginners” camp and half of all other camps up to $250 per person. Just complete and return the Campership Request Form (salmon sheet enclosed in newsletter). Please register by March 15th to get the early bird discount. Your campership can act as your deposit to ensure the discounted price with the remainder to be paid by June 1.


Zion Handbells: Ring Out!

New ringers are always welcome in Zion’s handbell choir - the Alleluia Ringers. Practices are Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested or have questions, please call Karen Edmison (983-3368 or 763-389-3397). 


Milaca Wolves Snack Pack
 
Trinity and Zion youth are continuing their ministry of providing weekend food for children whose lives are food insecure, meaning, they may have little to eat particularly on weekends. The youth put together food packs which include breakfast and lunch items, along with a snack. You are invited to participate by donating items. All items must be non-perishable and pre-packaged. Items include: Instant Oatmeal, Ramen Noodles, Cheez-It Crackers, Juice Boxes, Granola Bars, Pop-Tarts, Fruit Cups. Slim Jims, Spaghetti-O’s, Cereal Bars, Apple Sauce Cups, Fruit Snacks, Pringles Singles, Easy Mac, Pudding Cups, Cheese and Crackers, Pretzels, Animals Crackers, etc. Donations can be brought here to Zion and will be distributed through the school. Thank You!






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 - there are many was to help even if you are not s quilter! Bring a lunch.



               Donuts 4 Debt April 28th
 

On the last Sunday of each month Zion’s Evangelism Team is providing donuts for our Fellowship Hour. Your Freewill donation will help us “nibble away” at our Debt Reduction effort. In March we collected $34.00




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.
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 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 2019, 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
 

  
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 on line.
             
                Elim/Country
         Meadows 
Communion

              May 9th

               

On the second Thursday of every month, Pastor Bauer from Trinity visits and provides 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!
                   PV4Phebe
          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.

 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,  May 5th

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!


      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 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 Mary Rice or the Church Office (983-3368) and you will be contacted when the first organizational meeting is set.







Thank You...

to Mark Boggs for chairing the 125th Anniversary Committee.

to the Mikla Family, Mary Rice and her granddaughters, Alexa & Camry Johnson, Don Sutton & Carrie Fanum, John & Noah Glauvitz, Andrea, Oliver, & Jack Swenson for taking time to help with the Salvation Army Bell Ringing on Dec. 1. Where you raised $637.31 to help individuals and families in need.

To everyone who participated in this year’s Santa Lucia Luncheon. If you were in on the planning,preparing,setting up, serving, clean up and/or providing cookies, bread, beans, rice pudding, and all the other great food—THANKS!

to Mary Anderson for her Santa Lucia leadership role these past years, it has been greatly appreciated.

to Pastor Steve and Julia Blenkush for 13 years of faithful service to Zion.

to everyone who helped make Zion's Swedish Fika such a wonderful experience again this year. Special thanks to Andrea Mikla who demonstrated how to make beautiful flowers even more beautiful by arranging many kinds and colors together, and to Christine Nelson who made everything come together and made it look easy!



Community Choir


Rev. Daniel Carlson of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church has inquired about the interest in forming a community mass choir and orchestra to perform Handel’s Messiah in December. Rehearsals would begin in July.   If you are interested in singing or playing for this event, please sign up on clipboard during Sunday service or call the church office (983-3368).

There will be a planning meeting for a mass choir and orchestra performance of
Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Milaca. All who are interested in singing or playing, or taking part in any way, are welcome!
               
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!



Senior Game Afternoon
May  6th


Has this winter been a bit too long for you?? Are you ready for some fun and games? A senior game afternoon is being planned for Zion adult friends and family. The first Monday of every month at noon we will meet in Zion’s fellowship hall. Bring a dish to share or if you don’t cook, a bag of chips or jar of pickles will work just fine. Dominoes, card games, board games, puzzles, and cribbage can be played. Your ideas are all welcome as this event takes off and grows.
   
Senior Dining Center



Zion's Day at the Dining Site is Wednesday, May 8th. The Dining Site is located in the lower level of the Milaca Hi Rise.  The luncheon is serves at approximately 11:30 a.m.  
Come join us for good food and fellowship.  Come and enjoy the meal and the 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
        Requested
             


    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!


    
                   Flowers
               
              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.

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



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


Coffee and Fellowship on
Sunday Mornings
 
Each Sunday, we have a fellowship hour after worship. If you can serve coffee and bring a treat , please sign up for a Sunday.

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