Ways to Learn in July
               Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105



Morning Bible Study – Morning Bible study will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays in the Pastor’s Study for about an hour. Come join the conversation!

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 Bickford 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 daily email containing  a Scripture passage, a Psalm, or a Psalm you can sing to a familiar hymn melody.



The Latest Issues of the devotional, "Christ In Our Home" and the latest issues of "Living Lutheran," the flagship publication of the ELCA, are available in the kiosk.

Lutheran Marriage Encounter helps married 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. Learn more at GodLovesMarriage.org! Questions? Contact Pete & Phyllis McMahon mcmahonp@comcast.net or 763-561-1575. Pre-registration is required.




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.