Announcements

 

Continuing the Discipleship Sermon Series– This week we will think about how disciples take their faith home. What does it mean to you that "disciples pass on faith to family?"

Join us for monthly meals! Starting (Next Sunday) October 13th, there will be different family-style meals served on the 2nd Sunday of the month! The 13th will be a free will donation Meatloaf Dinner (with mashed potatoes, squash, and apple crisp), served from 11:15am-12:30pm. Call (320) 833-2024 for take-outs and reservations.

 Help Prairie View of Hector out with their latest service project! Prairie View residents want to create Chemo Port Pillows to help those in need. These seatbelt cushions make travel more comfortable for patients undergoing chemo. They are looking for fabric donations that are at least 8 in. x 5 in. Contact Lisa McColley at 320-848-2093 if you have questions or donations. They will be donated to Bags of Blessings project at RC Hospital in Olivia & the Hutch Cancer Center in Hutchinson.

Trick or Treat for the Renville County Food Shelf! A sign-up sheet will be posted for 6th through 12th graders who want to participate with the annual Luther League event. Friends are welcome! Following the food collection and hayride, we will meet back at the church for a potluck meal.

Luther League will begin Noisy Offering Collection on October 27th! We will collect through December 8th. This offering will be used to purchase items for the Lion’s Giving Tree and St. Paul’s Closet.

If you missed the Visioning Discussions held… We want to hear your input!! If you have opinions on how the church should formulate and express its values, pick up a form in the Narthex or email the answers to the following questions to zelchurch@embarqmail.com.

·         What, if anything, would you add or change about Zion’s mission statement?

·         What are the strengths of Zion Lutheran Church congregation?

·         What are some core values of Zion Lutheran Church?

·         What are our biggest needs in our community? And how could we, as Zion Lutheran Church, address those needs?

·         What are our biggest concerns for Zion Lutheran Church? What are our needs? How could Zion Lutheran Church address our concerns/needs?

·         What are your ideas for working more closely together with St. Paul’s?

 

For reference:

Our current mission statement is: “In accordance with God’s Word, we at Zion Lutheran are encouraged to work together to be a voice to the world. This we do faithfully by loving God, serving our neighbors- near and far- telling and teaching the good news of salvation. Together, we are strengthened for these tasks by God’s baptismal promises, ongoing bible study, regular worship and fervent prayer! Praise be to God!”

Our current vision statement is: “Zion Lutheran is a Christian family which focuses on God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Following Jesus’ example, we love, forgive, and serve as we are strengthened through His word and sacraments.”

The ELCA’s mission statement is: “Together in Jesus Christ we are freed by grace to live faithfully, witness boldly and serve joyfully.”

The ELCA’s vision statement is: “A world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation.”

The ELCA’s values statement is: “Our values are grounded in faith, in our biblical and Lutheran confessional sources and our love of God and neighbor. They speak to the way this church lives and practices our faith, and they will guide how we journey forward in Christ as church together.”

 

Upon request, we can also give more information about the ELCA’s views on forgiveness and reconciliation; dignity, compassion and justice; inclusion and diversity; courage and openness to change; and faithful stewardship of God’s creation and gifts.