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Growing in Grace

T h e N e w s l e t t e r o f Z i o n L u t h e r a n C h u rch
Volume 8, Issue 12

Notes and News for December
+ Our annual Christmas for Kids event will be held Saturday, December 7th, as part of Hometown
Christmas. We will once again be in the front part of the City Building and will be up and running from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm!

December 1st 2013

Inside This Issue
December Birthdays and Anniversaries Forward in Christ Digital Edition Available! November Ladies’ Aid Meeting November Church Council Meeting Online Bible Study Opportunity December Service Schedules and Prayers ReWELS Q&A—Liturgy Requirements

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+ The travelling choir from MVL will be joining us for worship on Sunday, December 8th, at the
10:00 am worship service. Following the service there will be a meal in the church basement. The Church Council will provide the main dish and members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts.

+ Our annual Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services will be held at the usual times: The Christmas
Eve Service will begin at 6:30 pm (December 24th); the Christmas Day Service will begin at 9:00 am (December 25th). Because Christmas Day falls on a Wednesday, there will be NO evening service that week. Also, don’t forget the New Year’s Eve Service on Tuesday, December 31st, beginning at 7:00 pm!

+ The Sunday School has begun work on the Christmas Eve Service. On December 21st, at 10:00 am,
all youth involved in the Christmas Eve Service are asked to be at the church to run through the service. A second practice (if needed) would be on Monday, December 23rd, also at 10:00 am. Any questions can be referred to Pastor Prell or Evelyn Rogotzke.
Zion Lutheran Church is affiliated with and actively supports these Christian institutions:

Zion Lutheran Church
105 South Street PO Box 25 Sanborn, MN 56083 507-648-3601 Bryan Prell, Pastor

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Sundays at 10:00 am (9:00 am June-August) Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

December Birthdays & Anniversaries
Peter Pint—3rd Tony Steffen—3rd Kurt Beyer—4th Marguerite Leopold—8th Kade Fennern—9th Gabrielle Cohrs—12th Curt Schenk—12th Dale Fennern—13th Lynn Weber—14th Laurice Kastner—17th Kurt Weber—18th Charles Radel—23rd Mary Jane Rogotzke—23rd John Rogotzke—25th Adam Kosel—29th David Pabst—31st

Dave & Melanie Hanneman—3rd John & Merrilee Rogotzke—26th

Worship Service Broadcasts
Wednesday & Friday at 4:00 pm on Local Access Channel 8 (Springfield) Thursday at 4:00 pm on Local Access Channel 6 (Lamberton)

The list on which the above dates are based is a continual work in progress. PLEASE let Ladies’ Evening Circle know if we have either missed or misdated your birthday or anniversary. The following designations have been made for offerings at special services in 2013. The offering is collected from the envelope for that day along with any unmarked loose offerings:

New Year’s Eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day—Zion’s General Fund Midweek Lenten Services & Easter—Missions (CMO) Ascension & Thanksgiving—The Church Extension Fund
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. II Corinthians 8:9

Bible Class
Sundays at 8:45 am (10:30 am June-August) Sundays at 7:00 pm

December Worship Emphases
Prepare your hearts for Jesus is coming soon! The Kingdom of Heaven is near; in more ways than one! The Christ Who performed wonders during John the Baptist’s life is still performing wonders today. His name is Jesus—because He saves His people from their sins! A Light shined to proclaim Jesus’ birth. Despite efforts to extinguish it, His light still shines today.

December 1st

December 8th

Sunday School
Sundays at 8:45 am (September-May)

December 15th

December 22nd December 29th

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Forward in Christ Digital Edition

Forward in Christ
“For nearly a century, the official magazine of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod has been your link to WELS— worldwide. Now, to kick off the celebration of a momentous anniversary, we are releasing the Forward in Christ digital edition. You can have the same, colorful 36-page content inhand, anywhere!” Now your favorite features and articles—help for Christian living, today’s issues, stories by teens, editorials, WELS news and events, Bible studies, and more—can be as close as your tablet, computer, or other digital device.” “Try it! Experience the Forward in Christ digital edition FREE from July through December 2013.”

Check out free digital copies of our Synod’s monthly magazine through December! The links are provided below:



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October: November:
path=/NPHfolders/NPHfiles/FIC/fic2013-11-november/ More information about the digital version of Forward in Christ can be found at the following link on the website of Northwestern Publishing House:

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Offering Envelope Goals & Commitments for 2013
The Congregational Mission Offering $19,000.00
$18,084.70 through September 30th which is 95.2% of our annual commitment

$3629.00 through September 30th which is 145.2% of our annual commitment

Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School $2500.00

Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. (NLT) Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace! (NLT) The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth. (NLT) The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness. (NLT) Proverbs 12:18, 20, 22-23

Martin Luther College in New Ulm
No formal commitment but receives monies designated toward it: $2855.00 through September 30th

November Ladies’ Aid Meeting
Zion Ladies’ Aid met on November 6th in the church basement. President Nancy called the meeting to order and Pastor Prell’s devotion was the DVD Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and was closed with prayer. Roll call was answered by 4 members. The Secretary’s and Treasurer’s Reports were approved as read. A letter was read from Redwood County’s Share the Spirit; a motion was made and seconded to donate $50.00. We thank all who participated in the Congregational Bake Sale on October 27th. $165.00 was raised for future church projects. Twenty bags of sugar were donated to the Martin Luther College Food Shelf by the Aid. 2014 Officers will remain the same as 2013. Marguerite L. will purchase two poinsettias for the Altar from the Aid for Christmas. The Noon Christmas Potluck Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, December 4th and everyone is invited. There being no further business brought forward, the meeting was closed with prayer. Our next meeting will be held following the Christmas Luncheon on December 4th at church.

St. John’s Lutheran School in Redwood Falls for the 20132014 School Year
$3000.00 commitment per student with $4543.94 given in envelope offerings through September 30th over and above the individual student commitment

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November Church Council Meeting
The November Zion Lutheran Church Council Meeting was called to order by Pastor Prell on November 14th at 8:00 pm; Chairman Beyer was in the hospital in Sioux Falls. Principal Plath from Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School was out to give a report on the status of the school: they are working on maintaining their MNSAA Accreditation; total enrollment this year is 198 (which is about 10 higher than what was projected this past summer); LES enrollment appears to be rising particularly in the lower grades (K-4) which should be a boon to the high school in coming years. After answering a number of questions from the Council, Principal Plath was excused. The Secretary’s Report was then read and accepted as read. The Treasurer’s Report was accepted as read. Pastor reported an average weekly attendance for the month of October of 86; the Wednesday Evening Service continues to be steadily attended. The Evening Bible Class is studying the first 8 chapters of Romans with Professor Paul Wendland from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary as the presenter; following that, a four lesson series on Old Testament names for God will be presented by President Mark Zarling. The Sunday morning Bible class continues a series based on the worship emphasis from this fall. Sunday School continues as normal with steady attendance usually between 15-20; Evelyn and Pastor have pretty well worked through the Christmas Service and work on that will begin soon. Becky P. continues to get things organized for Christmas for Kids which will as normal be part of Hometown Christmas. The Youth Group will be providing juice, coffee, and donuts following the November 17th service. Catechism continues with 5 students on Wednesday evening. Betty Fennern continues to be enrolled in hospice, Arlan Beyer has been hospitalized in Sioux Falls, and Lynn Weber suffered a minor heart attack. Services continue at Valley View and Cottonwood Ridge as normal. Pastor also took some time to hand out material from the Fall Pastor’s Conference and to discuss his call with the Council. The Trustees reported that the urinal in the men’s bathroom is supposed to have been fixed by Lamberton Plumbing and Heating; the Ladies’ Aid also requested that a hand rail be reinstalled on the pulpit side of the front of church—they have offered to pay for the cost. Estimates were reviewed from Manning Lighting for the new lights in church; Don S. will call the consultant to come out one more time before ordering. New Ulm Glass was out this week to take measurements and look over things for windows on the East and South Side of church for the work this coming spring. The bill for the bat removal still has not arrived; we will wait awhile yet before calling them. The stainless steel fridge in the kitchen needs to be looked at since it’s not cooling properly. The Council will gather on Sunday evening, December 22nd to fill bags and grab a bite to eat. There being no further business, the meeting was closed with prayer at 9:16 pm.

Elected Church Officers
Arlan Beyer

Don Steffen

Financial Secretary
Jim Rogotzke

Lynn Weber Sam Altermatt Brian Pabst

Al Larson Dale Fennern Jim Kosel

Cemetery Board
Jim Kosel John Rogotzke John Ohlemann A full listing of elected positions, delegates & phone numbers is posted in the back of the church.

December 1st at 7:00 pm we begina four lesson series on Old Testament names for God. President Mark Zarling from Martin Luther College is our guest presenter and both members and the general public are invited and encouraged to attend!

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There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service , but the same Lord. I Corinthians 12:4-5

December Service Schedules
Ushers Bob Steffen, Todd Weber, Greg Werner, Ralph Pabst, Jim Zimmerman Councilman on Duty Dale Fennern Altar Guild Becky Prell & Donalee Scheffler Youth Andrew Vogel—December 1st, Nick Altermatt—December 8th, Kory
Schenk—December 15th, Katelyn Rogotzke—December 22nd, Karlee Eichten— December 29th

Greeters Noel & Renee Pidde—December 1st, Tom & Darlene Trapp—
December 8th, Evelyn Rogotzke—December 15th, Curt & Jackie Schenk— December 22nd, Brian Pabst—December 29th

December Prayer Requests
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

May the prayers and intercessions of God’s people be offered in the coming month for:
+ Lynn Weber who is recovering from heart bypass surgery. + Betty Fennern—who is in hospice care for cancer. + Arlan Beyer—who continues treatment for a chronic medical condition. + Those travelling over the Christmas holiday. May God keep them safe in their travels and bring them
home rested, joyful, and thankful.

+ Christians undergoing persecution—may God keep safe all who trust in Him. We especially keep in
our prayers those Christians undergoing violent attacks and persecution in nations like Syria, Egypt, and Pakistan; lift them up dear Lord in your protecting arms and move the hearts of those who are able to act in compassion to do so.

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WELS Q&A—Liturgy Requirements
May worship services continuously omit the Gospel and Epistle Bible readings? What must be included in our worship services? As we consider your question, let's keep in mind the distinction between what can be done as opposed to what should be done. That should be helpful.


Zion’s Purpose & Mission
Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. II Peter 3:18 Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19-20 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs...always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19-20 Be devoted to one another in love. Romans 12:10

We have freedom and flexibility.
Must we include specific kinds of readings in our worship services? No. May services continuously omit
the Gospel and Epistle readings? Yes. We say this because God has not mandated the use of specific components in our worship liturgies. So in selecting and using worship components (Scripture readings, hymns, sermons, prayers, benedictions), we have great freedom and flexibility. The liturgical forms most commonly found among us today developed historically. This includes the lectionary, a list of Bible sections appointed to be read at church services throughout the year. Lectionaries surfaced early in church history, have undergone various changes through the centuries, and have enjoyed widespread use in Christendom. The tandem use of Gospel and Epistle readings (often called “lessons”) from the New Testament more recently have been supplemented in our circles by the use of Old Testament readings as well as designated psalms for Sundays and festival days. Our pastors often choose one of the day’s readings as the sermon text. Still, our traditional use of a lectionary remains a matter of choice. It is not necessary that “human traditions, that is, rites or ceremonies, instituted by men, should be everywhere alike” (Augsburg Confession VII).

We have opportunity and responsibility.
The moment we determine that a particular activity or protocol is in the realm of Christian freedom, the challenge begins. We need to ask various questions as we decide to do or not to do something. Is this wise, orderly, edifying, loving, and advantageous at this time and place? Or might this be potentially distracting or confusing, burdensome to consciences, or lacking sufficient value to make it worthwhile? Different answers to these questions may surface among Christians. That’s why we pray for wisdom, discernment, patience, mutual respect, and—above all—love. In liturgical and lectionary questions, we have opportunity to ask ourselves what we seek to accomplish and how we might best achieve our goals. Always highest on the list of worship service goals is allowing God to serve us with his Word and sacraments. Giving ourselves opportunity to thank and praise God, to join in prayers and intercessions, and to offer encouragement to one another are also obvious high priorities. Using sacred assemblies to attract or serve outsiders is another possible goal, one that brings distinctive challenges and sometimes debate among believers. Periodically reviewing purposes for worship services can be a fine antidote to thoughtless traditionalism as well as a springboard to selecting worship components that best serve our goals. Here is where worship planners bear significant responsibility. In selecting Bible readings they should consider several issues, with law and gospel balance being primary. Correlating readings with seasons of a church year remains a matter of freedom, yet consistently combines edification and orderliness to meet spiritual needs. Lectionaries help people maintain focus on festivals and seasons that highlight the mighty and merciful acts of God told and retold in Scripture. Christian freedom highlights what we can do, while Christian responsibility points to what we should do concerning liturgical lectionaries. But specific readings still need to be chosen by the church for its purposes. Let’s cherish and defend our freedom and then use that freedom responsibly to serve one another through love (c.f. Galatians 5:1,13).

Zion Lutheran Church
105 South Street PO Box 25 Sanborn, MN 56083 507-648-3601 Bryan Prell, Pastor