Ways to Learn in June

Adult Bible Study on Tuesday Mornings - join us Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Read the Bible in a Year Plan - Martin Luther once said, “For some years now…I have read through the Bible twice every year. If you picture the Bible to be a mighty tree and every word a little branch, I have shaken every one of these branches because I wanted to know what it was and what it meant.” (LW 54:165)

Few of us will ever approach the time and energy Luther devoted to reading the Bible. Yet, as Luther’s heirs, we carry his love for Scriptures and affirm with him that God’s Word alone hold the key to life and salvation. With Luther, we want to “shake each branch” to discover its meaning for our lives.

When Martin Luther lived in exile at the Wartburg Castel, with his own life as well as his reforming cause in jeopardy, he used his time for intensive Bible study. In addition, he began a monumental undertaking to translate the Bible into the common language of his country’s people. If every believer was a priest before God, as Luther proclaimed, then he or she should be invited to read and study God’s truth found in Scripture.

In honor of both the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation—and—Zion’s 125th Anniversary beginning in 2018, this is a good time to pick up our Bibles with a renewed zeal and shake some branches! You are invited to join this endeavor in October and we will begin in Genesis and move our way to Revelation. Each month the Newsletter will provide a daily reading schedule and a summary of the month’s readings. Together let us enter into God’s Word in the hopes of growing in faith and love in all we do.

Read the Bible in a Year Plan:
The schedule for June:
June 1     Ezekiel 9-12 
June 2    Ezekiel 13-15
June 3    Ezekiel 16-17
June 4    Ezekiel 18-20
June 5    Ezekiel 21-22
June 6    Ezekiel 23-24
June 7        Ezekiel 25-27
June 8    Ezekiel 28-30
June 9    Ezekiel 31-33
June 10    Ezekiel 34-36
June 11    Ezekiel 37-39
June 12    Ezekiel 40-42
June 13    Ezekiel 43-45
June 14    Ezekiel 46-48
June 15    Daniel 1-3
June 16    Daniel 4-6
June 17    Daniel 7-9
June 18    Daniel 10-12
June 19    Hosea 1-7   
June 20    Hosea 8-14
June 21    Joel 1-3
June 22    Amos 1-5
June 23    Amos 6-9
June 24    Obadiah - Jonah
June 25    Micah 1-7
June 26    Nahum 1-3
June 27    Habakkuk - Zephaniah
June 28    Haggai 1-2
June 29    Zechariah 1-7
June 30    Zechariah 8-14

The Word of God - Pass It On Initiative - What better place to find the Word of God than in the House of God! If you look in the pew rack in front of you, you may notice a Bible. The Bibles currently in the pew rack are a gift given by Pastor Stephen Blenkush in memory of his father Rev. Dallas Blenkush. It is also part of a new initiative to both encourage worshipers to make use of the Bible during worship but also to provide Bibles to those who are in need of God's Word. So, if you are in need of a Bible, take it home. If you know someone in need of a Bible, pass it along. If you would like to participate in this ongoing initiative, contact either Pastor Blenkush or the church office.

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!

Read the Bible daily - one of the marks of discipleship is reading scripture every day. Make it easy - get a Daily Scripture reading in your email from Zion Online. Sign up and chose to receive a Scripture passage, a Psalm, or a Psalm you can sing to a familiar hymn melody every day in your email.

Pick up a current copy ofLiving Lutheran magazine, the new flagship publication of the ELCA, and the daily devotional Christ in Our Home are available in the kiosk in the Narthex. Christ in Our Home is a quarterly devotional resource that encourage to live out their faith daily. Each reflective reading is accompanied by a daily scripture reference and prayer for the day. It is also available is large print.

Lutheran Marriage Encounter helps husbands and wives celebrate their special relationship - and provides them with unique iinsights and tools to improve their communication for the long haul. The experience is a whole weekend for a couple to escape chores, jobs, and kids in order to refresh and re-energize their love, learn a delightful new method of communication, and reap joyful long-term rewards for their relationship, their family, and their faith journey. Your Relationship Deserves a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Experience. Learn more at GodLovesMarriage.org! Questions? Contact Pete & Phyllis McMahon mcmahonp@comcast.net or 763-561-1575.

For Better...Forever - Couple's Retreat: Marriage and Pre-Marriage - "For Better...Forever" is an enjoyable couple's seminar. With wit, humor, and spirit, couples learn from the latest research what works for couples in happy and lasting marriages.
    *Gender and Personality Differences: How to keep them working for you rather than against you.
    *Communication: Everyone can learn to communicate better, the sooner the better
    *Spirituality/The Divine Love: Secrets to feeling your love is "heaven sent."
The day goes from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Cost: $125 per couple (includes refreshments, lunch, and the cost of all materials.
For more information or to register, go to Couples Retreat or Lakeside Center or call 218-829-3330. "For Better...Forever" is led by Ron Hunt, a licensed psychologist in Minnesota as well as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California. he is also an ordained pastor and Spiritual Director. For more information, talk to Pastor