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Zion’s Good News
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“Finding Christmas Under the Sea”
Mary was an ordinary clown fish, pledged to be married to another clown fish named Joseph in the sea of Nazareth. That changed the day Mary received a visit from an angel fish with the most wonderful news. Join us for a Christmas adventure led by the J-Team and Little Lutherans.
December 15th - 9:00 Worship Children’s Program
“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is a poem written by one of
America’s most popular poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The
first line tells us the circumstances of the poem’s composition, but
the key to its message lies in the year it was written—1864. On the
day when Longfellow heard the church bells in Boston “their old
familiar carols play,” America was deeply entangled in the Civil
War, and Longfellow felt the ironic contrast between the Christmas
message of “peace on earth, goodwill to men” and the horrors of
war. But as he listened to the bells, suddenly the Christmas gospel
felt stronger to Longfellow than the hatred and killing of the battle-
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead, nor doth he sleep; The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, With peace on earth, goodwill to men.”
That verse has been playing in my head this week. Listening to the
news of sisters and brothers around the world who are living
through wars, fires, famine, and other natural disasters as well as
those conjured up by humans, makes one wonder, “is God dead?”
God is not dead, nor is He asleep. He is a loving God who is in-
volved in our daily lives. We were created with purpose and our
lives have meaning. To think there is no God and that we are simply
here by random chance is to say there is no right or wrong and that
life has no meaning. God sent His Son to us to show us that we mat-
ter. He sent Him to show He cares about our struggles mentally,
physically, and spiritually. He came to right the wrongs, to bring
peace on earth, and goodwill to men. Thanks be to God.
~ Pastor Sue
YOUR CHURCH STAFF
President: Brenda Castellano
V. Pres.: Maryel Schoenfuss
Secretary: Carmella Moon
Treasurer: Marge Redetzke
Evangelism: Cory Wiesman
Faith Formation: Jackie Fischer & Isaac Thompson
Property: Lee Spindler
Stewardship: Amy Cournoyer
Worship: Lois Miller
PASTOR: Sue Eidahl Home Phone: 687-4381 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Lori Lang E-mail: email@example.com
WAYS TO CONNECT
Write us at Zion Lutheran Church, 213501 Legacy Street, Stratford, WI 54484-9632
Phone us at 715-687-4110 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or leave a voice mail message.
Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to emails above. WEB SITE: www.zionlc.com
TRADITIONAL WORSHIP 9:00 a.m.
PLEASE keep the office updated: • Address, Phone & Email changes • Births, Deaths, Hospitalizations
INDEX Page 1 Finding Christmas Under the Sea /
Children’s Christmas Program 2 Pastor Sue’s Letter 3 Sunday Advent / Wednesday Ad-
vent / Christmas in the Park 4 Christmas Eve Music / Good Gifts
Tree / “The Star” Movie 5 Scrip News / Christmas Worship
Decorations / Advent & Christmas Decorating Help
6 Building Update / Annual Report Information / Christmas Message
7 January Serving Sign Up / Chil- dren’s Christmas Program / J-team and Little Lutherans
8 From Our House to Yours 9 Council Minutes / Constitution
Changes 10 Zion Cookbooks / Birthdays &
Anniversaries 11 Church Staff & Index Pull out: December Calendar and Serving Schedule / Bishop’s Message and Summary of Amendments. NEWSLETTER DEADLINE The 21st of each month. ANNOUNCEMENT DEADLINE Wednesdays by 9:00 a.m. WEEKLY E-MAIL Goes out on Monday morning. Email email@example.com to be added to the receiver list.
Zion is on Facebook.
You can go to our website at www.zionlc.com and click on the link to
the Facebook page.
DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS 1 - Duane Schraeder 2 - Kevin Miller 3 - Tierra Waddell 4 - Karlene Beyer 6 - Barb Wrensch 7 - Anthony Gliniecki Rose Huther Zachariah McBath 9 - Emmercyn Schiller 10 - Rod Huther Jacob Dahlke Lori Lang 11 - Gary Wussow 12 – Jackson Dahlke Sally Epping
Courtney Reno 13 - Douglas Bolen Jr.
Brynn Wiesman 14 - Eileen Hoesly Jamie Wenzel 15 - Eddy Peterson Roland Kauffman 16 - Adam Brubaker
Ashley Gallagher 20 - Joel Jurgensen Cinnamin Harwood 21 - Dixie Weber Karen Polege 23 - Janita Syring Cindy Wiskerchen
24 - Gunner Mercer 25 - Travis Leick Kecia Krueger 27 - Alec Nagel 28 – James Wiesman Reid Spindler 29 - JoAnn Werner Okley Wrensch 30 - Julie Bolen Garrett Moen Mason Kauffman
Brandon Aschenbrenner 31 - Eleanora Stotmeister Clare Thompson Sandy Andersen
Carisa Timm Dawson Gebelein Marissa Gebelein
DECEMBER ANNIVERSARIES 7 - Dennis & Jan Schmidt 8 - Ardell & Pat Emon 12 – Dan & Sharon Mikelson 16 - Dennis & Marge Redetzke Les & Kristi Ormond 20 – Clayton & Karey Foster 26 - Don & Wandnetta Karl 29 – Todd & Dawn Schoenherr 30- Sam & Tammy Draper 31 - Tim & Brenda Garrigan
Zion Cookbooks The new cookbooks have arrived and
are available for purchase.
All proceeds go to the elevator fund.
Sunday Morning Advent Worship
“Wonders of His Love” Dec.1— “Coming God” Dec. 8—“Prepare the Way” Dec. 15—“Christmas Program” Dec. 22—“What Child is This”
O Come Emmanuel Wednesday Advent Worship 5:30 Meal—6:15 Worship “O Come Emmanuel”
Holden Evening Prayer
Christmas in the Park December 7th 3-6 pm
Zion is in charge of the Live Nativity this year and we need you to fill the stable. It’s a great time for families to come together to portray the nativity as the horses and wagons drive by. We have the costumes and will provide hot chocolate to keep you warm. Sign up in the narthex or call Pastor Sue.
Good Gifts Tree A Christmas tree will be set up in the Gathering Area again this year offering you an opportunity to give a gift that makes a difference in people’s lives and around the world. Your gifts support long-term, sus- tainable solutions that ensure that these good gifts last for more than a couple of days or weeks. They keep on giving for years to come. Take an ornament or orna- ments home with you and place the envelopes in the offering plate.
Constitution Changes The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) meets in assem- bly every three years to do the business of the church. Zion has been a member of the ELCA since it began in 1988. Each year that the ELCA meets in Assembly, amendments to the model constitution (which all ELCA congregations follow) are forwarded to congregations for ap- proval at its regular congregational meeting, in our case the annual meeting. We are required by the constitution to submit notice to you, the congre- gation, of such amendments, following the council’s recommendation. Zion’s council received and voted to approve these amendments on No- vember 18th at the regular council meeting. A summary of this year’s amendments is included in this newsletter. The amendments will be voted on at our annual meeting on January 26, 2020.
* A full copy of this year’s amendments is in the office.
COUNCIL MINUTES Zion Lutheran Church Council met on Monday, November 18, 2019
President Brenda Castellano called the meeting to order. Pastor Sue led with devotions.
During the meeting the council:
• Approved the Secretary’s Report.
• Approved the Treasurer’s Report.
• Approved the Ministry Teams’ Reports.