Great News from Vicar Joshua

Dear members of Zion,

Thank you all for your prayers, love and support the past week. For those of you who don't know, our 10 month old son Joseph spent 5 days in the hospital with pneumonia. We are delighted to share that Joseph has been discharged and is home! We had several very rough days here, but our gracious God has granted healing to baby Joe. He is his jolly self; laughing, smiling, and babbling. You can barely tell he was ever sick! God truly has created a marvelous world, and we are thankful that he has provided doctors and nurses with the skills and knowledge to bring healing. We are also thankful for our church family at Zion. You are all incredible and hold a very special place in our hearts. We can't wait for you to see Jolly Joe again!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Praise Him all creature here below!
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host!
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen!

Vicar Joshua Ulm

The Sunday Bulletin and Pastor's Message

In this world we are often looking for ways that God is speaking to us, or trying to tell us something. We want to know in very concrete ways that God is thinking about us or willing to touch our lives. But what we fail to realize is that God has already promised ways in which He will come to us: His Word and sacraments.

Today we will walk with Thomas as He meets the risen Christ and realizes the Word he heard from the apostles telling Him Jesus was alive was true. Thomas had God’s Word, he did not need to have a dramatic sign or a miraculous encounter to believe. God already had encountered Thomas by means of the spoken Word.

May God continue to bless you in this world as you learn to rely in faith upon God’s Word and sacraments as God’s concrete evidence to you of His resurrection from the dead.

Christ’s peace,
Pastor Grimenstein

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Coming Soon: Faith and Family Workshop

What should we do on Sunday morning when we are on vacation? What is the best way to get my child engaged in the faith? Is teaching the faith my responsibility or is it the job of the church? As parents, we often struggle with the task and responsibility of teaching our children the faith. We all love our children and want nothing more than for them to have faith in Jesus. The task isn't easy, and faith is created by the Holy Spirit, not Mom or Dad. But God has placed you in the life of your child with a purpose and responsibility. You will walk away from this "Faith and Family Workshop" with comfort from God's Word, a biblical refresher on the parenting task, and simple, fun resources for teaching your children the faith. Childcare and lunch will be provided.

Sermon: Wednesday April 19, 2017

John 21:1–14
After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

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A List of Recent Women's Bible Studies

1.      Genesis; Self-led by Alissa McLellan
2 .     Exodus; Self-led by Alissa McLellan

3 .     Calm My Anxious Heart; Linda Dillow
4 .     Your Strong Suit; Donna Pyle

5.      Life Principles from the Women of the Bible; Wayne Barber, Eddie Rasnake, Richard Shepherd
6.      Bless These Lips; Sharla Fritz

7.      Overflowing; Donna Pyle
8.      Idol Lies; Dee Brestin
9.      Ruth; Kelly Minter

10.   Galatians; John Stott
11.   Why Do You Believe That?; Mary Jo Sharp
12.   Beautiful Feet (Women’s Retreat); Deb Burma
13.   What Love Is; Kelly Minter

14.   Chase; Jennie Allen
15.   Fight Back with Joy; Margaret Feinberg
16.   Seamless; Angie Smith

17.   All Things New; Kelly Minter
18.   Bless These Lips; Sharla Fritz


Free Defending Creation Book


Could you defend what you believe about Creation in a casual conversation? A short but mighty booklet edited by our own TED SIEK summarizes the main talking points of last August's Genesis Seminar here at Zion. A small investment of your time will yield great insight into this very fundamental debate about the origin of life. Receive a complimentary copy at the spotlight table.

The Wednesday Bulletin

Tonight's Reading: Acts 3:13–15, 17–19
“The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.
But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.
“And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,

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