Thank You!

The outpouring of prayers, love, and support we received during Joe’s stay in the hospital was nothing short of incredible. We were uplifted every single day by texts and emails from Zion members, and Pastor Grimenstein even drove two hours to visit us! This is what the body of Christ is supposed to do- bear one another’s burdens, encourage one another, live together in kindness, share the hope that is in you! We are so blessed by all of you.

Love,
The Ulms

Sermon: Sunday May 14, 2017

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the fourteenth chapter.
[Jesus said:] “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

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The Sunday Bulletin and Vicar's Message

We are given in our text from John's Gospel a fantastic assurance that Jesus is making plans for His precious disciples. John 14 is a chapter full of gospel promises given to the disciples and to all Christians; promises of the coming Holy Spirit, promises of answered prayer, and in today's reading, promises that Jesus will prepare a place for you and draw you to himself that you might be with Him. It is important that Jesus draw His people to Himself. It is important that God and His creations walk together in peace. It is important to Jesus to bring you to Himself.

The comfort to be received from these promises is enormous, the assurance of our Lord is unshakeable. Jesus says "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me". He moves on to tell you just why your heart should not be troubled. Jesus goes to prepare a place for you. Furthermore, He will return and draw you to Himself that you might be with Him.

May this blessed comfort strengthen your faith, and may God bless your worship!
Vicar Joshua

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Game Supplies Needed for VBS 2107

Game Supplies Needed for this year's Vacation Bible School
Container for donated items in rear of sanctuary

  • 10 Hula hoops (dollar store)
  • 10 bean bags
  • (A lot) large/small boxes
  • Laundry basket (hopefully returnable)
  • Dodge balls
  • 100 ft. of Rope
  • 10 empty tin cans -2S oz
  • Nails
  • Bells- with handles or desk bells
  • 4 stools
  • 3 Large Sponges
  • 2 bags marshmallows
  • 2 bags of pretzel sticks - the thin kind
  • 2 bandanas

Questions? See Mary Ulm

Faith and Family Workshop

Do you feel helpless when it comes to talking to your children about faith? Do you find talking to your children about Jesus difficult? Do you love teaching your children about Christ but are looking for resources? Parents of children from 0-college are invited to a “Faith and Family” workshop. We will meet after church on June 4th until 1:30 p.m. We’ll talk about the Biblical basis for Christian parenting, share our struggles, and learn some simple, biblical, strategies for faith formation. You will walk away encouraged with a full belly and a personalized resource packet for you and your child! Lunch is provided. There will be crafts and a movie for the younger children and an activity for middle and high school as well!

Pastor's Corner (from the May Newsletter)

One of the many things I love about our church season is that it keeps going! For example, in the secular world, Christmas is done and over with in one day. After the presents are all opened, a depressive sorrow sets in to many secular minds because the “fun” is all done. Likewise with the secular world’s view of Easter. After the eggs are all found and the chocolate is all eaten, the only thing the world is left with is a tummy-ache!

But not in the church! In the church, we get to celebrate Christmas for weeks. The same goes for Easter. We are going to celebrate Easter not just for a day or two, but for a whole SEASON! And during this season of Easter, we are able to stay fixated upon the Easter resurrection of Christ and to view it from many different angles, and from many different sides – much in the same way you would with a beautiful diamond; turning it around and around to gaze upon its beauty from so many different sides and angles.

One beautiful facet of Easter we can view is the resurrection appearances of Christ. Late in the evening on Easter Sunday, Jesus appeared to two disciples who were walking on the road to the town of Emmaus. These two men saw Jesus, but didn’t realize it was Jesus. They saw Jesus walking right next to them, but they didn’t realize this was the resurrected Jesus. They were staring right into the brilliance of the Son of God’s face, but they did not realize this was the Son of God. They walked and talked with God, but didn’t even realize it.

But then all of this changed. As soon as Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them – a veil fell away from their eyes and they finally saw Jesus for who He is; the Passover lamb who is risen from the dead and whose reign will never end! I pray during this Easter season, and every season of the church year, that our eyes would never deceive us. Look upon Christ as the one who was slain, but now who lives and reigns forever and ever. Gaze upon Him as you would a many faceted diamond always seeing the different ways He loves you, comes to you, keeps His
promises to you, and how He will never fail you.

The Lord be with you,
Pastor Grimenstein