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The Sounds of Zion

Zion United Methodist Church

November 2009

As I offer this month’s pastoral letter, I will begin by offering thanks: over the last three or four weeks’ time, “the flu” has been rampaging through the parsonage, and none of us were spared. So a huge thankyou to everyone for your prayers, calls, and caring you have given to Pam, the Wee Ones, and I. We truly have experienced Christ's presence through your ministering to us. As I write this letter, we are journeying through the days of late Fall toward Winter. Snow has appeared briefly and departed (though not for long), yards and homes are being prepared for winter, and harvest is almost done. Believe it or not, it will be Thanksgiving in very short order! The latter portion of November will be a busy one for our parish. Locally, we will have our annual Charge Conference meeting on November 22nd to look back over the past year of ministry and forward into the future. I urge everyone to attend this meeting – it is an important part of our life as United Methodist Christians, the time when we elect our lay leadership for the coming year, set budget items, and celebrate together our mutual connections in Christ as His people. Additionally, we will greet our new District Superintendent, the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Spurrell, at this year’s Charge Conference. Rev. Spurrell most recently served the Madison, South Dakota, United Methodist Church before being appointed to the Cabinet. In addition to knowing Rev. Spurrell through my work in the Dakotas Conference, I also knew her briefly at the beginning of my seminary years when she was serving as faculty at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. I’m looking forward to good years in our Three Rivers District as she leads us in ministry. On the 22nd, we will have one combined worship service. The UMW are planning a Thanksgiving meal with all of the trimmings, and we will begin the charge conference proceedings during lunch or dessert. I hope that we have a good turnout for this event. A special session of the Dakotas Annual Conference will occur in Aberdeen November 20-21, with both me and our Lay Member of Annual Conference, Ellen Myrick, in attendance. The purpose of this special session is to consider adoption of the Romans 12 Task Force’s recommendations for the structure and ministry of the Dakotas Conference. In short, these recommendations are intended to help the Dakotas be more effective ministry by doing a better job of equipping our local churches for ministry. If you would like to see the entire document, you can find it at the conference website, Ellen and I will give a special presentation during the Sunday School hour on November 22 on the proceedings. It’s definitely a busy time for us all, and thus it is important that we don’t lose our focus on Christ and the life to which He has called us all – a life of piety, study, and action to the glory of God, and the salvation of the lost. Or, as we United Methodists like to say, changing hearts to change the world. Lord Jesus, guide us in our daily discipleship. Amen. See you in church! Pastor Russ

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From the Parish Nurse…...National Donor Sabbath
On November 15, we will be lifting up National Donor Sabbath at Zion. National Donor Sabbath is part of a donation initiative launched by the United States Department of Health and Human Services in 1997. Observed on Friday through Sunday two weekends before Thanksgiving, the three-day designation seeks to include the days of worship of major religions practiced in the United States. Donation and transplant professionals join faith communities to focus on the lifesaving and enhancing gifts passed to others through organ, tissue and blood stem cell donation. Our participation in this effort is to increase awareness of donation and transplantation. Those who donate heal and strengthen not just their recipients, but families, friends, and the larger community. Many people turn to their faith leaders for help when dealing with life and death issues. Nearly every religion in the United States officially supports organ and tissue donation or supports the individual choices of its members. Donation is viewed by most religions as an act of compassion and generosity, and National Donor Sabbath is celebrated in many houses of worship, often with a transplant recipient sharing a personal story of receiving “a second chance at life.” Awareness of donation increases each year, but so does the need for donors. More than 103,000 people were on the organ transplant waiting list as of September 2009 despite the fact that more than 14,000 donors made almost 28,000 transplants possible in 2008. Each year, thousands of Americans need corneal or other tissue transplants and an average of 3,000 individuals at any given time are searching for an unrelated blood stem cell donor. Those who donate organs, tissue, and blood stem cells restore hope and share gifts beyond measure. Transplantation can save lives. If generous individuals and families say yes to donation and register as donors, miracles can happen… • A young woman who received a heart transplant at age 9 now takes college courses that will support her goal of becoming a pediatric cardiologist. • A woman in her 60’s received the gift of a liver from a man who died just a few days before his 93rd birthday. • Donated tissue allowed a world class martial arts medalist to receive an allograft, return to competition, and win two world championships. • A Flamenco dancer who received a double lung transplant continues to teach children to dance and performed his thanks to his donor at the Federal government’s National Donor Recognition Ceremony in July 2009. This is how you get started: Register with your state donor registry. In MN: www.lifesourcedonorregistry.or g/donate.aspx In ND: donate.html Or call Life Source @ 1-888-5

Designate your decision on your driver’s license. Do this when you obtain or renew your license. Sign a donor card. They will be able at church on Nov. 15. Carry the donor card with you until you can designate your donation decision on your driver’s license or join a donor registry. Talk to your family now about your donation decision. Help your family understand your wish to be an organ and tissue donor before a crisis occurs. Then they will be prepared to serve as your advocate for donation.

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like some assistance in registering. Bette

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Anticipating Advent!
The worship team is anticipating Advent! It is less than four weeks away, and will be here the last Sunday in November. This year, we will create a simpler, more traditional holy atmosphere to celebrate the birth of Christ. There will be interesting changes in the décor, and hearts will be ready to decorate. We need your help! Please mark your calendars to be a part of this wonderful experience. On Wednesday night, December 2nd, we will begin the preparation for Advent. December 2nd will include: A meal will start at 6:00 pm & will be provided by the Worship Team. The footstool band will be practicing at 5:30 until 6:30. They will then join us to eat and decorate! Decorating: Starting around 6:30 pm. We’ll hopefully be done by 8:00. We’ll need a group in the Narthex, Sanctuary and any additional rooms on the main floor. Choir rehearsal and youth after 8:00 pm. If you have any questions, please contact me, or someone on the worship team! Thank you! Laurie Guy

Sunday, October 4 2009 “footstool” Service— 42, Traditional Service—78 Sunday, October 11, 2009 “footstool” Service— 59, Traditional Service— 50 Sunday, October 18, 2009 “footstool” Service— 38, Traditional Service— 80 Sunday, October 25, 2009 Combined Worship Service— 98

to Mendenhall Presbyterian Church for the delicious dinner they served on October 27th. A total of 156 meals were served and there were 28 blood pressure checks.

2009 LOVE FEAST SCHEDULE University Lutheran November 24th

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Effects of Spring Floods Not Gone Yet
November is here and still people are attempting to recover from the March/April floods. One ND couple in particular continues to await repairs to their home. Volunteers had been scheduled and then were unable to come two weeks ago. They continue to patiently await assistance, financially and with physical labor. Their home was flooded last March and April. They had water in their basement to the rafters for about a month. Needless to say, everything in the basement was destroyed: furnace, water heater, water softener, electrical, washer and dryer. Slowly things have been replaced and still they await a couple of final repairs to their home. This couple has been under disaster case management for the past three months. This is a cooperative effort between Lutheran Disaster Response and our own United Methodist Flood Recovery Response Team. With the assistance of these organizations the couple has undergone evaluation for additional assistance through other programs other than FEMA. They did receive assistance from FEMA, however the amount did not cover the entire cost of repair/replacement. This is often the case. The good news is: they are eligible for additional financial assistance through other programs in ND to complete the final repairs. One repair will be hired out to get it completed before too much longer. The other repair is awaiting volunteers. As time goes by, we often think the effects of the flood are taken care of, repairs are completed and there is no further need. That is far from true. There are still many families working on repairing/replacing damaged areas, some are rebuilding their homes completely. Please continue to keep these people and those helping them in prayer as they recover from the floods, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Help is still needed. How/where is God calling you to help? Rev. Nancy Manning United Methodist Churches of Claremont & Hecla, SD

On November 30th we will be making Lefse to be sold at the Annual Cookie Walk which will be on December 5th. Those who would like to help us make lefse are encouraged to be at the church anytime after 8:00 A.M. on Nov 30th. We need rollers, turners and wrappers to help us make at least 150 sheets of lefse that day. Even if you have never made lefse, come and join us and we will show how much fun it is to make lefse! We are generally done by 1:00 P.M. Than you, Linda Dobson

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11/01 Karen Noss 11/01 Jesse Hellend 11/01 Tyler Smith 11/02 James Eck 11/02 Justin Guzman 11/03 Carly Olson 11/03 Connor Jackson 11/05 Terri Nelson 11/06 Melly Drake 11/07 Timothy Dusek 11/10 Jean Jacobson 11/10 Linda Dobson 11/11 Bruce VanderWolde

11/11 Russell Whaley 11/11 Chole Whiteside 11/13 Lilly Crosby 11/13 Jonathan Krueger 11/16 Nancy Middleton 11/16 Cody Griffin 11/16 Austin Slaughter 11/17 Cleo Kaiser 11/17 Lindsey Potratz 11/18 Earl Alberts 11/18 Cliff Nelson 11/18 Brian Cheney-Peters 11/18 Kira Holm

11/19 Don Nagle 11/21 John LaDuke 11/22 Lloyd Welsh 11/23 JoAnn White 11/25 LaDell Sorenson 11/25 Rick Myrick 11/25 Kim Weber 11/26 Kristin Dusek 11/26 Allie Foltz 11/27 Elayne LaFave 11/29 Lori Troyer 11/30 Ali Parkinson 11/30 Nori Miller

Chris & Donna Smith November 9th Ken & Quayne Sherwood November 23rd Jerald & Phyllis Quam November 30th

Earnest & Louise Rethemeier November 26th Matt & Heather Martin November 29th

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November Calendar
Sunday, November 1, 2009—All Saints Day 8:45 a.m. – “footstool” Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Continental Fellowship & Sunday School 11:00 a.m. – Traditional Worship Service Tuesday, November 3, 2009 6:00 p.m.—New Vision Circle Wednesday, November 4, 2009 6:00 p.m.—footstool Practice 7:30 p.m.—Choir Practice 7:30 p.m.—Youth Group Sunday, November 8, 2009 8:45 a.m. – “footstool” Worship Service 9:30-11 a.m.—Free Blood Pressure Checks 10:00 a.m. – Continental Fellowship & Sunday School 11:00 a.m. – Traditional Worship Service 2:30 p.m. – Upper Valley Ministry Team Mission (silent auction, worship, refreshments), Federated Church in Grafton, ND Monday, November 9, 2009 6:30 p.m. – Finance Committee Meeting 7:30 p.m. – Administrative Council Meeting Wednesday, November 11, 2009 Veteran’s Day – No Youth Group 6:00 p.m. – footstool Practice 7:30 p.m. – Choir Practice Saturday, November 14, 2009 9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. Global Friends Coalition English as a Second Language Tutor Training 10:00 a.m.—Pre-Conference DAVID Meeting for the Special Session of Annual Conference; Fargo Sunday, November 15, 2009—Bible Presented to Third Graders 8:45 a.m. – “footstool” Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Continental Fellowship & Sunday School 11:00 a.m. – Traditional Worship Service Monday, November 16, 2009 4-8:00 p.m.—PEO Meeting (fireside room) Tuesday, November 17, 2009 3:30-5:00—New American Services (Narthex) 7:30 p.m.—Renaissance Circle at Zion (Ellen Myrick) Wednesday, November 18, 2009 9:15 a.m.—Miriam Circle 6:00 p.m.—footstool Practice 7:30 p.m.—Choir Practice 7:30 p.m.—Youth Group Friday & Saturday, November 20-21, 2009 Dakotas Annual Conference—Special Session Sunday, November 22, 2009, Consecration Sunday, Charge Conference 9:30 a.m. – Sunday School 10:30 a.m. – Combined Worship Service 11:30 a.m. – Fellowship Meal **The Charge Conference meeting will begin about 12 Noon - during lunch - with reports and non-voting items after everyone has been served and the meal is well underway. Remaining items will begin following dessert. Tuesday, November 24, 2009 5:30 p.m.—Love Feast (University Lutheran) Wednesday, November 25, 2009 7:00 p.m.—Thanksgiving Service at Zion **No Youth Group Thursday, November 26, 2009 Thanksgiving Day—Office Closed Monday, November 30, 2009 8:00 a.m.—12:00 noon—Lefse Making

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Mark your calendars!
The Children's Christmas program will be held on Sunday, December 20th and will feature children through their songs, artwork and narration, telling us about Jesus' birth. We hope that through this program Zion's children will learn about Jesus' story and become familiar with traditional Christmas hymns. Our children will have an opportunity to teach and remind others about Jesus' birth. All children are invited to participate as a part of Sunday School. Thanks, Cynthia Shabb

United Methodist bishops urged to do soul check
Soul matters. As the United Methodist Council of Bishops gathered for their fall meeting, church officials were reminded to pay attention to the “soulful” qualities of Christian leadership. “Never forget we traffic in hope,” Bishop Gregory Palmer said in his presidential address. “Our mission doesn’t depend completely on us. God is relentless in God’s purpose.” in conversation around “preparing principled Christian leaders,” one of the four areas of focus adopted by the 2008 General Conference, the denomination’s top legislative body. Palmer reminded the bishops that a leader does not need to be at the podium. “In our quest to grow the church, may we not lose our courage and our voice to stand even if it is unpopular. The greatest courage will be to have honest conversations in this council. We seem to walk right up to and then lose our heart.” Call to Action report
Bishop Gregory Palmer A UMNS file photo by Mike

The church is facing serious challenges and is “awash in truth and reality checks.” But that’s not the whole message, he said. “We have told it like it is so well we have become a fearful people. We have sent messages that there isn’t enough of this or that. But that is only a part of our job. The other part is to say we have everything we need if only we have the eyes to see it.” During the Nov. 1-5 meeting, the bishops will be

In other action, the Call to Action steering committee created by the council in May to look at the future of the church is recommending a churchwide assessment that would include examining general agencies, annual conferences and the Council of Bishops itself. “The United Methodist Church is a complex organization,” said Bishop Larry Goodpaster, project director. “It is hard to get a handle on what happens or how you get anything moving. It’s hard to be a movement when we have become an institution.” Article written by Kathy L. Gilbert,

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November Serving Group
Serving Group Chairs:: Members: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 5:7 (NIV)
Earl/Betty Lou Alberts Bret/Laurie Burkholder Rob/Candy Clausen Gwen Crawford Jon/Helen Elden John Freden Mark/Laurie Guy Claire/Joyce Hill Patric/Linda Hurley Vi Kraus Barry/Karen Medd Bea Neisch Ed/Bette Olson Jerry/Phyllis Quam David/Doreen Rubin Chris/Donna Smith Paulette Swartz Linda Thorpe Travis/Tera Vanyo Linda Dobson, Mark/Kim Weber, Ruth Dobson Harmon/Laurel Badger Chris/Ruby Carter Stephen/Elayn Cook Chris/Kate Douthit Lois Eider Steve/Susan Griffin Denise/Matt Hartze Don/Glenna Holweger Dale/Patti Jensen Jerry/Cheryl Loiland Rick/Ellen Myrick Robert/Julie O’Halloran Jerry/Louise Peeler Chad/Shannon Rasinski Tom/Bridget Slaughter Lonnie/Connie Suckut Greg/Christy Taylor Charles/Linda Troyer Tom Wogsland

Put these dates on your calendar: Jan 10-Sturgis UMC, 9 am-3 pm-Training for committee chairpersons in how to be effective in local leadership among laity. Jan 24-Sioux Falls Asbury, morning or afternoon-Training for lay leaders/lay members on DAVID (am); Stewardship workshop on DAVID (pm); other sessions on site will be Missions, Worship, Council Chair, and Staff Parish Relations Committee. Contact your district lay leader and/or district superintendent about being part of the DAVID options that day and other district training events.

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Grand Forks Food Cupboards Need Our Help
Now through November 15th Zion United Methodist Church will be collecting nonperishable food items for our local food pantry. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to bless others! Your generous donations can be dropped off at the church in the Narthex. Thank you, JoAnn White

UND Nursing Students to offer free blood pressure screenings at Zion UMC on Sunday, November 8th in the Narthex from 9:30—11:00 a.m.

“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.” -Psalm 95:1-3 (NIV)

We are thinking “prevention” at Zion this cold and flu season. As a church, let’s do our best to avoid the spread of germs by working together to help protect others from contagious illnesses. Please be especially aware of our more vulnerable population, such as those with compromised immune systems, the very young and the elderly.
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If you are not feeling well, please stay home. Avoid shaking hands. Get your seasonal flu vaccine when available. Avoid touching your mouth and eyes. Use church hand sanitizers.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

9—11 A.M.
Cost - $6.00/lb.

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S m a l l C h u r c h , B i g H o p e — by

Pastor Mike Ward

Milnor United Methodist Church has an average attendance of 35-40 on Sunday mornings. We have learned that when God is involved, size DOESN'T matter! Our church started a community garden this spring. One of our members, Deanna Springer, was concerned that with the poor economy and the factory layoffs/slowdowns in our region there might be many in need of food. Could our church provide a place for people to grow their own produce? The answer was "Yes"! Our church owns a large field in back of our property, and the Trustees decided that we could use as much of it as we wanted to make a garden. The plowing services were donated and our United Methodist Women purchased seeds and gardening gloves. Eight people indicated an interest in taking a portion of the garden. We had a wonderful season and our gardens produced bountifully. We learned that gardens build community. The gardeners got acquainted as they worked in the plots. Community members became "tourists", visiting the garden and enjoying the vegetables and flowers that were planted. Produce was shared among gardeners and in the commu-

nity. Cash donations made were put toward the Sunday School's fund drive for Heifer International. Near the end of the season the county newspaper featured an article about the garden. When Deanna was interviewed for the piece, she said that we could really use a picnic table to provide more community at the garden site. As soon as the article appeared, a gentleman came forward to build a table just as Deanna wanted it. The table was was dedicated in memory of his wife, who was a garden lover. We will have a community garden next year. Our plans for next year include expanding the plot and putting in raised beds to allow senior gardeners the chance to get involved without back pain. Small churches often think they are incapable of large projects. What we have discovered is that with a little creativity and a LOT of prayer, God can make amazing things happen in any size church. By the way, we spent NO MONEY out of our church budget for these ministries. God can do much with little if we act with faith.

Third Annual Bishop’s Laity Gathering Friday, February 12th and Saturday, February 13th 2010
Rapid City First United Methodist Church. Dr. Kent Millard, a South Dakota native and Senior Pastor at St. Luke’s Indianapolis, will be the keynote speaker. The event includes preconference encounters, World Café, interest groups on poverty, environment & world health. Churches are asked to bring an intergenerational team to attend this event.

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Broken, Yet Whole—Dakotas Diary
I couldn't wait to have my piano tuned this week. I usually tune it every six months, however, this time it really needed it. At its last tuning, a bass string had broken and the piano technician had replaced it - not uncommon in an older piano. The problem is that once you've replaced a string, that string continues to stretch over the next several weeks and months, and as it does so, that note gets more and more out of tune. And that's exactly what this had done. It had gotten to the point that the string was so out of tune that I hated to hear it and I would try to remember to avoid hitting that particular note. It is really hard to play Brahms or Chopin or Beethoven while all the time worrying about hitting that one, out-of-tune key. Because in doing so, I discovered that one of two things will happen: either I concentrated so hard on avoiding the note that I made all kinds of mistakes with the other notes, or if I actually did avoid the note, the music itself was somehow incomplete. Either way, the joy of playing was lost ... and the beauty of the music was marred. Friends, it is so very human to want to avoid those areas in our lives - and our faith - that are uncomfortable ... to step around the painful issue ... to do everything in our power to keep our lives in constant harmony. But life isn't that simple nor is it that predictable. If we spend all our time trying to avoid the difficult, the painful, the out-of-tune parts, then we must ask ourselves the question: "Are we really living?" Because life is the whole of our experiences: good and bad, joyful and painful, exhilarating and discouraging, harmonious and out of tune. That is life. And I have found that it is especially during those 'out-of-tune' times that I have grown the most. It is following the times of deepest doubt that my faith has been strengthened. And it is because of the dark times that I can truly and deeply rejoice in the light. And the promise Jesus made to his disciples is made to us as well: "I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you ... Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." (John 14:18a, 27) Friends, there are a lot of broken, out-of-tune strings out there. There is a lot of uncertainty, a lot of anxiety, a lot of

worry --- both within our lives and within our world. But we must remember that God does not call us to side-step these parts of our lives, but to believe that these, too, are important parts of the tapestry of our lives. And with that belief is also the belief that God will guide us through. My piano is now well-tuned and sounding beautiful. But I know that sometime there will be another string ... or another issue that threatens the beauty and wholeness of the creation. But let us not allow anything to get in the way of the beauty and the genius of the music that - together - we can make. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. ... Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." With You in the Work of Christ, Bishop Deb The Dakotas Diary can also be found on the Dakotas UMC website.

Zion United Methodist Church

1001 24th Avenue South Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 701-772-1893 Fax: 701-772-8391 E-mail: Web address:
Organization Our Hearts, our Minds and our Doors are always Open.

“Answering the Call - You don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent. There are thousands of teens in foster care who would love to put up with you." You may have what it takes to adopt a teen from foster care. Because teens don’t need perfection, they need you. Learn more at or “Religion that God the Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” - James 1:27 (NIV)

Thank you to those who serve
Pastor: Ministers: Church Secretary: Parish Nurse: Church Custodian: Choir Director: Organist: Lay Reader: Lay Leader:

Sunday Worship Schedule
Contemporary “footstool” Worship Service 8:45 a.m. Continental Fellowship & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service 11:00 a.m.

Russell Whaley The Congregation Buffie Yarbrough Bette Olson Earl Olson David Perry Laurie Guy Ellen Myrick Don Miller

do not make yourself holy by keeping yourself pure and clean from the world, but by plunging into the ministry on behalf of the world’s hurting ones.” – John Wesley