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Zion Lutheran Newsletter April 2013 PDF

Zion Lutheran Newsletter April 2013 PDF

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Published by Connie Allgire
News from Zion Lutheran of Defiance, Ohio.
News from Zion Lutheran of Defiance, Ohio.

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“Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” 
Luke 14.35b 
Zion’s Prayer Garden is an important part of our worshiping community, isn’t it? With all of the beautiful
trees, flowers and the new gazebo, we have a place of quiet contemplation or just a nice place to eatlunch! When was the last time you took a walk through our prayer garden? It may be too cold lately forsome of us, but a walk through our garden just may help keep things in perspective.Starting at the beginning of this year, each newsletter has brought us a story from a different person in the congrega-tion. Each person has told and those in the future newsletters will tell us something about God through their own per-
spective. It’s good for us to hear so many different perspectives! During Lent, we have heard from different people in
the mid-week worship and those presentations have helped to strengthen our faith in God. But, my question this month
is a bit different. What would keep us from hearing from someone who is not a “person” per se? It sounds odd, butyou know me, I look for God to be up to something in lots of different ways! What if we asked the Zion’s prayer garden
to tell its story; what would we hear?Right now, the garden seems to be sleeping. Just like our Lenten journey, the garden looks inwardly and almost seemslifeless. But, the garden and the original meaning of Lent tell us that our perspective may need to be broadened! Lent
means “growth”; the garden is secretly growing! The trees are bare, weeds are at a minimum and growth has slowed.Our perception of sleep couldn’t be farther from the truth. I always say that the garden in winter reminds us of our own
spiritual need to look inward and to ask questions like: what is God up to in me? Where do I encounter God? How am Ichanging, evolving, and forming my mind into the mind of Christ, as St. Paul tells us in Philippians chapter 2? The sapis still moving, albeit slowly, within the trees. If you take the time to look closely, you can see the new buds forming
 new buds that remind us that God is not ever finished, no matter how slowly the changes of life take place. In a fewshort weeks, with higher temperatures, the garden will resurrect just as our Lord did on the third day!
Then, there are the large stones on which have been inscribed the names of so many of the saints of Zion’s community
(those who have died and those who continue their pilgrimage on earth). As you read the names, the stories and imag-es, like beloved videos play in your mind. You remember past time and eternity the moments that you have sharedwith loved ones, family and friends. So many stories, so many struggles, so much faith has formed this community likethe very stones that populate the prayer garden. So many crosses can be remembered through their stories; and somany resurrection stories as well!Prayer Garden. Memorial Garden. Both of the names have been used, and they each tell a story of their own. This is aholy place where many have brought forth prayers to God. Here in this place, we do remember and honor and appreci-ate and grow together.
If the Zion’s Prayer Garden could speak with words audible for us to hear, I think she would sing the words of thePsalms that ring out the beauty and sanctity of God’s creation. But wait, I think the garden is speaking, just not in away in which we are accustomed. “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” 
Listen to God speaking to us through the songs of the birds, through the beauty of creation, even through the unwant-ed weed at our feet. Listen to God at work within you! Listen as Jesus calls your name to live the resurrected life!Peace,Pr Tim
1801 East Second Street
Defiance, OH 43512
Rev. Timothy Reynolds, Pastor 
Fax: 419
April 2013
Visit our website at:Church Office Email:zion111@embarqmail.com
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“Walk a Mile in My Shoes”
 April 22, 20136:30 p.m.Downtown Defiance
Attention All Men and Boys:
Please sign up to walk a mile in a pair of red ladies’ shoes.
This walk is to raise awareness about domestic violence.There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex.Shoes are provided, please list your shoe size.
 All youth ages 1st—12th grade are invited torelax, hang out, and play games in the newyouth room. There is a big screen TV (soon),video games, ping pong table, games, and bigcomfy furniture. Please come and join the fun!
Fun Times ToCome !!
Roller SkatingParty—April 28
1:00—5:00 p.m.
The church bus will be leaving Zion'sat noon and traveling to Ft. WayneRoller Dome North. There will be La-ser Tag, Food and Snacks availablefor additional cost. See Vicki Ste-phens with any questions.
 At the Wednesday, May 8th Innkeeper meal the mothers in at-tendance will be given purses, soaps, body lotions, gels, per-fumes, etc. We would also like to bless the ladies with a moth-er's day devotional booklet and cupcakes. So we will be collect-ing nicely used purses (there will be a bin put out soon) and newsoaps, lotions, perfumes, etc. There will also be a sign up sheetfor cupcakes. If anyone is interested in contrib-uting monetarily for the devotional booklets, theycan put it in the offering, marked "Mother's Dayfor Innkeepers".
Addions to theZion’s PrayerList:
Phone Prayers: Barb Vogel at419
Eprayers: zeprayer@yahoo.com
Call the Church oce at419
If you are calling for someone other than yourself, pleasebe sure that you have permission.
“Coee Break”
While your kids are inSunday School
or if you arriveearly for Church, you are invit-ed to
come and connect withfellow Zion’s members. We’ll talk about theweek and maybe share how your faithhelped you get through it.On Sundays at 9:00 a.m. we will meetin the Church Library. This is a casualevent—come and go with your cup of Joe!Coee will be provided or bring your favor-ite drink.
Saturday April 13 – Maumee Valley Conference Spring Assembly tobe held at Emanuel Lutheran in Napoleon. Registration is from 8:30to 9:00. The theme is “Together we can make a Difference”. WhenI receive more information, it will be in the bulletin announcements.Friday and Saturday June 21 and 22 – Northwestern Ohio Synodical
Convention. This will be held at the Findlay Inn and ConventionCenter, Findlay, Ohio. The theme is “Act Boldly on Monday”. The
bible study will be by Mary Satterfield, the banquet speaker is Rev.Christine Thompson, “Mother Teresa” will join us for lunch, 5 enrich-ment sessions to choose from, and election of officers, board mem-bers and delegates to the 2014 Triennial Gathering. Detailed infor-mation and registration forms are available in the narthex.
If you have any questions about these events, I will be happy
to answer them.
Sue McKibben
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