April 2013

1801 East Second Street Defiance, OH 43512 Rev. Timothy Reynolds, Pastor 419-782-8781 Fax: 419-782-6719
Church Office Email: zion111@embarqmail.com Visit our website at:


“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 eat lunch! When was the last time you took a walk through our prayer garden? It may be too cold lately for some 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 congregation. Each person has told and those in the future newsletters will tell us something about God through their own perspective. 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, but you 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 seems lifeless. 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 I changing, evolving, and forming my mind into the mind of Christ, as St. Paul tells us in Philippians chapter 2? The sap is 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 few short 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 images, like beloved videos play in your mind. You remember past time and eternity the moments that you have shared with loved ones, family and friends. So many stories, so many struggles, so much faith has formed this community like the very stones that populate the prayer garden. So many crosses can be remembered through their stories; and so many 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 a holy place where many have brought forth prayers to God. Here in this place, we do remember and honor and appreciate 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 the Psalms that ring out the beauty and sanctity of God’s creation. But wait, I think the garden is speaking, just not in a way 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 unwanted 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


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“Walk a Mile in My Shoes” April 22, 2013 6:30 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 MALES ARE GREATLY ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP FOR THIS WALK! COME AND HANG OUT WITH ZION’S YOUTH GROUP IN THE NEW YOUTH LOUNGE!
All youth ages 1st—12th grade are invited to relax, hang out, and play games in the new youth room. There is a big screen TV (soon), video games, ping pong table, games, and big comfy furniture. Please come and join the fun! Fun Times To Come !! Roller Skating Party—April 28 1:00—5:00 p.m.
The church bus will be leaving Zion's at noon and traveling to Ft. Wayne Roller Dome North. There will be Laser Tag, Food and Snacks available for additional cost. See Vicki Stephens with any questions.

At the Wednesday, May 8th Innkeeper meal the mothers in attendance will be given purses, soaps, body lotions, gels, perfumes, etc. We would also like to bless the ladies with a mother's day devotional booklet and cupcakes. So we will be collecting nicely used purses (there will be a bin put out soon) and new soaps, lotions, perfumes, etc. There will also be a sign up sheet for cupcakes. If anyone is interested in contributing monetarily for the devotional booklets, they can put it in the offering, marked "Mother's Day for Innkeepers".


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Saturday April 13 – Maumee Valley Conference Spring Assembly to be held at Emanuel Lutheran in Napoleon. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:00. The theme is “Together we can make a Difference”. When I 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 Convention Center, 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 enrichment sessions to choose from, and election of officers, board members and delegates to the 2014 Triennial Gathering. Detailed information 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

“Coffee Break”
While your kids are in Sunday School or if you arrive early for Church, you are invited to come and connect with fellow Zion’s members. We’ll talk about the week and maybe share how your faith helped you get through it. On Sundays at 9:00 a.m. we will meet in the Church Library. This is a casual event—come and go with your cup of Joe! Coffee will be provided or bring your favorite drink.

Additions to the Zion’s Prayer List:
Phone Prayers: Barb Vogel at 419-393-2544 Eprayers: zeprayer@yahoo.com Call the Church office at 419-782-8781.
If you are calling for someone other than yourself, please be sure that you have permission.

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A Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend can help you enrich your marriage and add some pizzazz to this journey! Whether you’ve been married one year or fifty, a Weekend may be just the thing you need to put a breath of spring into your relationship. Treat yourself to a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend, coming up April 12-14 at the historical Island House Inn, Port Clinton. Reserve your place for just $45. (A freewill offering to cover program costs will be taken at the end; “scholarships” are available.) Contact Registrars Duffy & Nan Guthrie, 440/599-9090 or nguthrie@suite224.net, or register online at www.GodLovesMarriage.org. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— LUTHERAN MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND REGISTRATION FORM
To apply to attend a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend, please fill out this form, and mail it to: Duffy & Nan Guthrie 549 Janet Drive Conneaut OH 44030 …along with a $45.00 reservation fee (check made payable to “Lutheran Marriage Encounter”). Name_________________________________________________________________________ His Hers Last Address_______________________________________________________________________ City_______________________________ State______________ Zip ___________ Phone_____________________________ Email_______________________________________ Wedding date __________________________________________ Referred by____________________________________________ His denomination/Name of church__________________________ Her denomination/Name of church__________________________ Weekend date desired: ___________________________________

(check out the website for ALL Weekend dates).

___ Check here if you would like to be notified of future Weekends ___ Check here if you are clergy ___ Check here if you have any special needs (dietary/disability) Contact the Guthries at 440/599-9090 or nguthrie@suite224.net to ask questions or hold your space. Or go to www.GodLovesMarriage.org and register online.

If none of the LME dates work for you, you are welcome to attend a Weekend hosted by any one of the 11 other Christian denominations. Go to www.wwme.org for a complete listing.
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Treasurer’s Report - February 2013
Beginning Balance 2/1/2013 Ministry Designated Inn Keepers Schlegel Memorial Mission Prayer Garden Youth Zions Capital Imp. Bequest Reserves TOTALS: $ 8,379.73 7,210.65 11,809.46 1,064.02 16,693.64 25.80 836.21 2,676.38 3,073.16 104,270.71 32,500.00 $ 188,539.76 Total Receipts February 2013 $ 13,652.38 0 25.00 0 370.00 70.00 0 89.66 0 792.00 0.00 $ 14,999.04 Total Disbursements February 2013 $ 13,321.24 1,144.62 25.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 317.00 840.98 $ 15,648.84 Ending Balance 2/28/2013 $ 8,710.87 6,066.03 11,809.46 1,064.02 17,063.64 95.80 836.21 2,766.04 3,073.16 104,745.71 31,659.02 $ 187,889.96

Respectfully submitted by, Gwen Anderson Gwen Anderson, Treasurer

Volunteers Needed! Mark Your Calendars for Community VBS 2013 July 8-12 Defiance College 6:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for the following teams:
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There are volunteer applications in the Narthex on top of the literature rack. Please take one and fill it out. Volunteers will need to attend one training session on either June 27 or 30. Contact Kelly Worline at 419-782-9062 or Vicki Stephens at 419-782-1228 for  more information.

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Teacher Team—male volunteers needed to be “Paul.” Registration—initial meeting on April 11 at 7 pm —see Kelly for location. Registrations will be entered on VBS PRO website. Music—need lots of help! Drama Crafts Communication Set/Decorating—see Vicki or Kelly Recreation—initial meeting on April 11 at 7 pm —see Kelly for location. Food—initial meeting on April 11 at 7 pm —see Kelly for location.
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Church Council Highlights March 21, 2013

Approved the replacement of the shingled roof over the southeast section of the building.

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Approved pavement sealing and painting of the parking lot. Approved the monitoring service for the fire system; monthly fee and annual inspection.

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Endowment Fund Committee is accepting grant requests until April 1. Approved a proposal from Hannah McKibben for mowing at a cost of $100 per time.

Approved A/V expansion to include the installation of cable and internet services for the Youth Lounge.

Dear Congregation, Thank you for donating your loose change in the bucket in the back of the church on Sundays to go toward our Youth Quake Zone trip. Zion’s Youth Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to attend the Youth Quake Conference. We enjoyed getting to know the others who attended and our time to fellowship with one another! Angelle Reineck Thank you for allowing us to go to Quake. I had a great time singing and learning more about God. Alli Reineck
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Please join us for an Italian dinner on Saturday, April 20, 2013 Church of the Nazarene 1656 S. Jefferson Ave., Defiance, OH. 4:30 p.m.. to 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy homemade lasagna, chicken alfredo, eggplant parmigiana, salad, garlic bread, desserts, coffee, and punch. A free will offering will be accepted with all proceeds to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Please help our Take Steps team “In Defiance of Crohn’s” to fight this devastating disease that affects millions of Americans. If you have questions or would like to help in any way, please call Rhonda Casler at 419-782-4707 (evenings) or at 419-782-8781 (days). —————————————————————————————————

Shawn Faryniarz and Rhonda Casler would like to thank everyone for their support and for the great turn out for the Mardi Gras meal and fundraiser for Crohn’s Disease. After expenses, we were able to contribute over $700.00 to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America to help find a cure.


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NEW WEBSITE with Live Streaming
We now have Live Streaming of our services on the new website. Even if you can’t be here in person, you can still worship with us!

Please let the church office know if you will be graduating this year.

Our new web address is:

Area Members in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living
Lois Finkenbiner The Laurels of Defiance Room 308 1701 S. Jefferson Ave. Defiance, OH 43512 Helen Rosebrock Isabella Beindorf The Laurels of Defiance 1701 S. Jefferson Ave. Defiance, OH 43512 Elizabeth Mumy Kingsbury House 245 W. Rosewood Ave. Apt. 144 Defiance, OH 43512 Glenn Park 2429 William A. Diehl Ct. Apt. 155 Defiance, OH 43512 Mary Zirkle Glenn Park 2429 William A. Diehl Ct. Apt. 112 Defiance, OH 43512 Norma Mansfield Kingsbury House 245 W. Rosewood Ave. Defiance, OH 43512 Loann Peters Kingsbury House 245 W. Rosewood Ave. Apt. 136 Defiance, OH 43512 Joyce Lichty Vancrest of Holgate 600 Joe E. Brown Holgate, OH 43527

Please send a card or stop by to visit.

Please remember to call the church office when:
1. You will be or have already moved. 2. You have an addition to your family. 3. You have an address update and/or correction, or birthday correction. 4. New email address and/or phone number. THANK YOU!

Don’t Forget to Smile !!! You never know when your picture may appear on the new church website!
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Saturday 5:00 pm Sunday 9:45 am

You may watch Zion’s Lutheran Worship services on Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm on DCTV 5 Defiance, OH.

Lutherans of Long Standing APRIL 2, 2013 2:00 p.m. in the Hofer Room

ATTENDANCE DATE March 2/3 March 9/10 March 16/17 March 23/24

Young at Heart
meets on WEDNESDAY, April 10, 2013 at 11:30 am, at Lefty’s Pizza Men’s Fellowship meets every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Library

MINISTRY FUND $ $ 5,027.06 $ 3,180.00 $ 2,821.45 $ 3,572.24

CAP IMP FUND $ $ 550.00 $ 81.00 $ 291.00 $ 281.00

31/80 24/81 31/83 23/109

Sisters in Christ

The Book Group meets on Monday April 8 at 7:00 pm in the Shepfer Room

Equal Exchange Coffee
On sale throughout the year!!!!

The next meeting will be April 21st after the Worship Service. Cards will be placed in the Narthex to be signed during Fellowship Hour on April 28th. Worship and Music Committee
meets on Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m.

 Breakfast Blend $ 8.00  Decaf Breakfast Blend $ 9.00  English Breakfast Tea $ 3.00

Scrapbook Club
Meets Saturday, April 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Hofer Room. Bring your own drink and a snack to share. BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT  Every Thursday at 9:00 a.m. (unless otherwise noted) May NEWSLETTER DEADLINE April 19, 2013


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APRIL 6 & 7 2 Easter
Saturday: Luke 24:13-35 Sunday: Acts 5:27-32 Psalm 118:14-29 Revelation 1:4-8 John 20:19-31

Happy Birthday April 2013
Jonathon Barth Cooper Hageman Brody Musch Gene Vogel Julie Gustwiller Martha Schaufele Chuck Hammer Chad Reineke Jacob Lamb Katie Gilreath Kyle McKibben Malory Eis Carl Snyder Terry Hohenberger Bonnie Meffley Marsha Leaders Hazel Smith Katharine Palmer Luke Reynolds Nancy Swingle Cindy Hageman Phyllis Hahn Jason Brown Mary Calvin 4/1 4/1 4/2 4/2 4/5 4/5 4/8 4/9 4/10 4/11 4/11 4/12 4/12 4/13 4/14 4/16 4/16 4/18 4/23 4/25 4/26 4/26 4/27 4/28

APRIL 13 & 14

3 Easter

Saturday: Acts 6:1-14, 7:47-60 Sunday: Acts 9:1-6 [7-20] Psalm 30 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19

April 20 & 21 4 Easter
Saturday: Acts 8:26-39 Sunday: Acts 9:36-43 Psalm 23 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30

April 27 & 28 5 Easter
Saturday: Acts 15:1-17 Sunday: Acts 11:1-18 Psalm 148 Revelation 21:1-6 John 13:31-35

We pray for God’s comfort for the following families who recently lost a loved one:
The families of Kelly Worline and Trena Zachrich who lost a grandmother and mother, Helen Kenning, on March 11, 2013. The family of Karen Bowling on the loss of her son, Dale Bowling, on March 18, 2013. The family of Juanita Rosebrock and Barb Stephens on the loss of their son and brother, Daniel and sister-in-law and aunt, Thelma on March 21, 2013.

Please help keep our records accurate! If your birthday is not here or is incorrect, please call the church office at 419-782-8781 or email the church secretary at zion111@embarqmail.com Thanks!


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Please assist the counters and church secretary in accurately recording your tithes and offerings by using your assigned numbered offering envelopes. If you did not receive a box of envelopes, and would like to have one, please stop by the church office or you may ask Treasurer, Gwen Anderson for a box. Please do not use the designated World Relief envelopes for regular offerings as that may cause confusion and inaccuracies in our remittances to World Relief and on your annual contribution statements.

Get your copy in the church narthex!



Included in the last few months’ Trumpets were articles about your deacons. If you were not aware of your deacon, do you now know her or him? We hope you have a sincere interest in getting to know your deacon as a present and future friend and confidant. Our Pastor is the best resource with whom to discuss questions and concerns, but your deacon can also serve you in a similar way. Deacons are not exempt from having a deacon of their own. At times we need someone willing to listen and we turn to our deacon. As mentioned the last several months, deacons meet bi-monthly to discuss a variety of topics, but more importantly we are available for you when your needs might require someone to talk with other than Pastor Tim occasionally. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the members of Zion’s Lutheran Church and we encourage you to reach out to your deacon whenever the need arises. If you are unsure about your deacon, please call the church office for assistance. Dick Anderson

Our Innkeeper guests are continually thankful for the food and supplies given by our members and others throughout the community. In order to continue to serve their needs, we ask that you consider giving the following items: chicken noodle soup, hot & cold cereal, toothpaste, shaving gel, canned fruit, pudding, jello, paper towels, toilet paper, detergent, boxed skillet meals, box potatoes, spaghetti and dry pasta noodles, bottled water, canned meat – tuna, sausage, chicken, Ramen noodles – beef, chicken & shrimp, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, bottled fruit juices, microwave popcorn, salad dressing and cooking oil. On behalf of Diana Groll and myself, we thank you for your ongoing generosity. Dick Anderson



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April 2013
1 Pastor’s Day Off


2 9:00 a Men’s Fellowship 9:00 a—Weight Watchers 2:00 p—LLS 5:30—Lighten Up

3 7:00 a Women @ Cabin Fever 5:00 p Community Dinner 6:00 p Hand bells 7:00 p Chancel Choir

4 9:00 a—Bulletin Announcements due 5:00—TOPS


7:30a Weight Watchers 8:00a Scrapbook 5:00 Worship
Shut In Communion

9:00 Sunday School 9:45 Worship
Shut In Communion

8 Pastor’s Day Off
7:00 Book Group

9:00 a—Men’s Fellowship 9:00 a—Weight Watchers 5:30—Lighten Up

7:00 a Women @ Cabin Fever 11:30 a Young at Heart—Leftys 4:00 Food Pantry Sign Up 5:00 p Community Dinner 6:00 p Hand bells 6:30 p Catechism 7:00 p Chancel Choir

9:00 a—Bulletin Announcements due 5:00—TOPS 7:00 - Worship & Music Meeting


7:30 Weight Watchers 5:00 Worship

9:00 Sunday School 9:45 Worship

15 Pastor’s Day Off

9:00 a—Men’s Fellowship 9:00 a—Weight Watchers 5:30—Lighten Up

7:00 a Women @ Cabin Fever 5:00 p Community Dinner 5:45 p Food Pantry Pick Up 6:00 p Hand bells 6:30 p Catechism 7:00 p Chancel Choir

9:00 a—Bulletin Announcements due 5:00 TOPS 7:00 Council Meeting


7:30 Weight Watchers

2:45 p.m.

5:00 Worship



9:00 a—Men’s Fellowship 9:00 a—Weight Watchers 5:30—Lighten Up

7:00 a Women @ Cabin Fever 5:00 p Community Dinner 6:00 p Hand bells 6:30 p Catechism 7:00 p Chancel Choir

9:00 a—Bulletin Announcements due 5:00 TOPS


7:30 Weight Watchers 5:00 Worship

9:00 Sunday Pastor’s Day Off School 9:45 Worship 11:00 Sisters in Christ 11:00 Endowment Committee Mtg.

9:00 Sunday School 9:45 Worship 11:00 Cards

29 Pastor’s Day Off

9:00 a—Men’s Fellowship 9:00 a—Weight Watchers 5:30—Lighten Up


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Faith Active in Love
APRIL 7 AVAILABLE 14 AVAILABLE 21 AVAILABLE 28 Paul & Kate Frank (* DEACONS) APRIL 6 * Tom Boals 13 Sally Grosenbacher 20 * Doug Eis 27 Sally Grosenbacher

April 2013
LECTOR & DEACON for Saturday 5:00 pm

APRIL 7 AVAILABLE 14 Judy Mekus 21 AVAILABLE 28 Paul & Kate Frank

LECTOR & DEACON for Sunday 9:45 am
(* DEACONS) APRIL 7 * Craig McKibben, Dawn McKibben, Cindy Wendell 14 Annie Reynolds 21 * Patty VanDemark, Tom Boals, Craig McKibben 28 Steve Graf

APRIL 7 Cindy Wendell 14 Sue McKibben 21 Leona Bailey 28 Diana Groll

OFFERING COLLECTORS for Sunday 9:45 am
1st Sunday Randy Groll & Mary Boals 2nd Sunday Jim Eis & Bill Brownson 3rd Sunday Mary Boals & Cindy Wendell 4th Sunday Marsha Leaders & Chuck Bailey

APRIL 7 Jake Stephens 14 Luke Reynolds 21 Zack Stephens 28 Oakely Demar

USHERS for Sunday 9:45 am
1st Sunday 2nd Sunday 3rd Sunday 4th Sunday Randy & Diana Groll Gene & Barb Vogel Donna Schindler & Annie Reynolds Mike & Deb Shockey

APRIL 7 Elizabeth McNeely 14 Alexis Eis 21 AVAILABLE 28 Eric Engel

Marv Widmer, Jim Eis, John Jacob, Chuck Bailey

FELLOWSHIP HOUR for Sunday 9:45 am
APRIL 7 Judy & Duane Engel 14 Elaine & Gaylon Davis 21 Linda & Larry Wagner 28 Annie Reynolds

Doug Eis, Dale Worline, Shaun Holley, Vicki Stephens, Stormy Gutman.

HOSTS for Saturday 5:00 pm
APRIL 6 Donna Ripke 13 Bob & Nancy Swingle 20 Sonia Bussing & Donna Ripke 27 Gene & Barb Vogel



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“Driven by God’s spirit we will grow in faith and make Christ’s love known”

DEACONS Dick Anderson Tom Boals Audrey Eis Doug Eis Linda Hardy Craig McKibben Dawn McKibben Patty VanDemark Cindy Wendell
Find us and “Like” us – we need more followers to spread the word! Are you “friends” with a former member? – invite them too – we love staying in contact! Have a question about an upcoming event? – you may find your answer. And, you can add your comments, too! ( If you have trouble searching – type in ”Zions Lutheran Defiance” and that should find it for you). If you would like to post an event you may email it to zionlutheranfbpage@gmail.com.

Prayer List
Church Council has enacted a new policy regarding the names placed on the church prayer list in the bulletin. If you would like prayers on the list for longer than 3 weeks, please make another request. Requests can be sent to the church office via phone 419-782-8781 or by email at: zion111@embarqmail.com.

Tom Boals, President Deb Shockey, Vice Pres. Gwen Anderson, Treasurer Laurie Schey, Secretary Mary Boals Kim Chehi Lenore Doctor Randy Groll Stormy Gutman Roxanne Maxson Elizabeth McNeely Carl Snyder Mark Stephens Dale Worline


Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

BULLETINS Suggested donation for bulletins is $20.00.

the third Thursday of each month (except July) at 7:00 p.m. Office Secretary - zion111@embarqmail.com Pastor - prtim@embarqmail.com Treasurer - ziontreasurer@embarqmail.com Website - www.zionslutheranchurch.com


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