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The Sounds of Zion

Zion United
Methodist Church March 2010

Pa s t o r ’ s C o l u m n
As I considered all of the possibili- from one’s union with Jesus
ties for this month’s pastoral let- Christ (see Philippians 3:8; 4:12-
ter, so many things came to mind: 13).
the worries of the winter we are
I’ve learnt a lesson this week that
living through – the effects of flu
seems to come back around regu-
on our church, which has changed
larly when I’m not keeping my
the way we greet one another in
spiritual focus where it should be:
worship; how so many are strug-
joy in the Lord can be found any-
gling with their health during
where. This doesn’t mean that we After looking and finding God's
these months; how an up-and-
shouldn’t acknowledge the things joy all around me, I’ve adopted
down economy is rattling our fi-
in life that make us struggle. It Paul’s outlook for the foreseeable
nancial stability, thus affecting eve-
does mean that we shouldn’t con- future: “I will continue to re-
rything else in life. Well, almost
centrate on them so much we for- joice.” (Ph 1:19, NIV). What are
everything in life.
get to look for the joy that gives you doing to keep your joy alive
Do you notice that all of that hope and leads to new life and in the midst of the signs of our
“thinking” running through my spiritual renewal. times?
mind was dwelling on negative
Joyous things are happening at Blessings,
things? Me, too. After catching
Zion. I see those who love their
myself with my hand well into the Pastor Russ
church serving as trustees who
“pity” jar, I was reminded of some-
conscientiously care for the build-
thing I read as a kid in the Pogo
ing; those who love their church
comic strip: “We have met the en-
serving as teachers so our children
emy, and he is us.”
will learn of faith in Christ; those
When I read the Bible, the letters who love their church and give
of the Apostle Paul often amaze God praises through word and
me in that Paul could write with song. We who love our church are
such conviction, courage, and joy feeding the hungry, caring for our
even when his lot in life was defi- distant brothers and sisters
nitely not pleasant. In Philippians, through mission work, and caring
for example, he teaches a strong for their own souls through wor-
lesson on maintaining joy in the ship, study, and action.
midst of suffering – joy that comes
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A report of UMCOR's relief efforts in Haiti (from Mondays @ Dakotas)

"The response of the church has been remarkable and generous," said Bishop Joel Martinez, interim
general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries. This ongoing support will allow UMCOR
"to be there in Haiti for the long haul," Bishop Martinez underscored. Please continue to be in prayer
with the people of Haiti and know that your support is critical.

As of February 26, 2010

• Nearly $13 million has been received for UMCOR Haiti Relief

• A number of conference treasurers have indicated that they are processing church offerings that
will be forwarded to UMCOR in the next few weeks.

The Dakotas have given $148,074.12.

Solar Oven Update (from Mondays @ Dakotas)

Among the critical questions about earthquake recovery for

the Haiti Solar Oven Project is how we help those who are
already accomplished solar cooks, but have lost their solar
ovens in the disaster. Our Haitian trainers have their fingers
on the pulse of solar cooking in Haiti and every effort, within
our means, will certainly be made to get these folks back up
and running. By their example, those already cooking with
the sun are the ones who will light the way. We ask your sup-
port in replacing lost ovens and expanding our program to
train growing numbers of solar cooks who can leverage the
free energy of the sun to improve their daily lives.
Shelter Update
Two car port shelters (see photo) will be delivered to air
freight carrier Lynx Air in Ft. Lauderdale this week. Gene
Fastnacht of Wessington Springs will fly with Rick Jost to
Haiti to erect the shelters. We will travel ASAP, but it could take up to 2 weeks for delivery of the
shelters to Port-au-Prince. We invite your financial support to cover the costs of the car ports and air
Please pray for healing, rebuilding, and a return of hope in Haiti.
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With the renewed possibilities of spring flooding in both North and South Dakota the Disaster Re-
sponse Committee is requesting local church help with putting together and gathering Cleaning
A Cleaning Bucket contains:
• 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid
• Bleach (two 1-quart or one 82 oz. bottle. Do not include bleach if
you are shipping the bucket through the US Postal Service, UPS or
• 5 scouring pads
• 7 Sponges
• 1 scrub brush
• 18 cleaning towels (reusable wipes)
• Liquid laundry detergent (two 25 oz. or one 50 oz. bottle)
• 1 household cleaner, 12-16 oz. bottle
• Disinfectant dish soap, 16-28 oz. bottle
• 50 clothes pins
• Clothes line (two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.)
• 5 dust masks
• 2 pair latex gloves
• 1 pair work gloves
• 24-bag roll of heavy-duty trash bags, 33-45 gallon (remove roll from box before placing in bucket)
• 1 Insect repellant spray, 6-14 oz. can (If aerosol, cans must have protective caps.)
• 1 Air freshener, 8 or 9 oz. can (If aerosol, cans must have protective caps.)
Thank you for helping us to prepare to meet the needs of our friends and neighbors!
For any additional questions contact Rev. Paul Baker, North Dakota Disaster Response Coordinator
at (701) 642-6202 or Rev. Kathy Chesney, South Dakota Disaster Response Coordinator

Have you thought about leading a VIM team somewhere in the USA or overseas?
Have you thought about forming a team in your church, but don't quite know what is involved? Now is your chance to
come and learn. The Dakotas Conference will be having a team leader training session on Saturday March 27 from
10am-3pm, location to be determined after we know who will be attending. Cost will be $30, which includes a light lunch
and the team leader training manual. Nationally VIM is working toward requiring all teams to have trained leaders, and
that is currently required to lead a team to Haiti, so join us now and beat the rush!
Please contact Gloria Borgman, Dakotas Conference VIM coordinator, for more information.
Phone 605-642-5321
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Holy Spirit Moves Sioux Falls Asbury Member to Help Aid Haiti
(From Feb. 22, 2010 Mondays @ Dakotas)

Greg Robinson is trying to raise 1,000 tents for Haiti.

"After listening to Bruce Blumer give the message on his experience in Haiti a few weeks ago at As-
bury I felt a tug to do something. A couple of days later I was reading more about the plight of the
people in Haiti in the Argus Leader newspaper and their need for tents. An immediate sense of
power to do something came over me. I have never consciously felt the power of the Holy Spirit be-
fore, but that is the only way to describe the feeling that came over me at that moment.

"I have worked in the newspaper business for over 20 years and have developed sense of what you
can do through it so I took the idea of helping the struggling people of Haiti to the Publisher of the
Argus Leader and asked him if we could run a two week campaign to raise 100 new or used
tents. He agreed and I set out to convince others at the newspaper to help me. It was an easy sell
as my co-workers are a compassionate bunch. They helped me coordinate a news and marketing
plan which we kicked off last Sunday. We found two retailers in town with multiple locations (Nyberg
Ace and Lewis) to participate with us as they offered their locations as drop points for the donated
tents. I contacted a friend of mine in the trucking business (K&J Trucking) and the firm he works for
volunteered to truck the donated tents to Louisville KY. Louisville is the home of G.O. Ministries, a
relief organization that has been flying relief supplies to Haiti for over 20 years and recently has
stepped up their efforts making 13 flights each day to the beleaguered nation.

"Since then I have contacted approximately two dozen other newspapers around the country to try
and enlist their help - passing on the message so to speak. It is starting to gain traction as St. Cloud
MN, Great Falls MT have already committed.

"I am excited about the project - I have to say Kip (Roozen, Senior pastor at Asbury) has been en-
couraging me as has my wife and without their support I most likely would not have answered this
call. "

One Great Hour of Sharing—March 14, 2010

When the first tremors of the earthquake in Haiti rocked that island nation, UMCOR (United Method-
ist Committee on Relief) staff were already in country, strategizing how United Methodists could help
improve the lives of the people there. Their work is a direct result of the One Great Hour of Sharing
Offering, which supports the operating expenses of those who bring healing and help in our name. It
makes it possible, when we respond to an emergency like Haiti, to know that 100% of our gift goes
directly to where the suffering is happening.

Please prayerfully consider what you will give and be ready on March 14th to participate in this mo-
ment of church-wide giving.
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3/01 Chuck Adams 3/16 Karey Holm

3/01 Nathan Klamm 3/16 Hunter Wilde
3/01 Bryce Millard 3/17 Roger Helland
3/03 Pamela Wright 3/17 Andrea Drechsel
3/04 Tom Slaughter 3/18 James Noss
3/04 Bridget Slaughter 3/19 Barbara LaDuke
3/06 Quayne Sherwood 3/19 Deb Glennen
3/06 Roger Parkinson 3/20 Ben Carter
3/07 Connie Suckut 3/24 Dale Taylor
3/07 Kevin Olson 3/24 Cheryl Klamm
3/07 Nicole Brown 3/26 Grace Sondreal
3/07 Colin Wilde 3/26 Cindy Shabb
3/10 Gerri Eck 3/26 Cassidy O’Halloran
3/10 Shirley Welsh 3/27 Ken Nygaard
3/10 Nick Evans 3/28 Ayla Rose Alston
3/12 Kenn Foltz 3/30 Sue St. John
3/12 Shawn Pelling 3/31 Bea Neisch
3/14 Parker Brown
3/15 Madison Elden

Steve & Beverly Nygaard Mike & Diana O’Shaughnessy

March 3rd March 18th
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The Sounds of Zion

Monday, March 1, 2010 Tuesday, March 16, 2010

6-9:00 p.m.—PEO Meeting. Kitchen & Fireside Room. 6:30 a.m.—Morning Small Group
7:00 p.m.—Evening Small Group 3:30-5:00 p.m.—NAS Advisory Board Meeting
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 7:30 p.m.—Renaissance Circle
6:30 a.m.—Morning Small Group Wednesday, March 17, 2010
6:00 p.m.—New Vision Circle 9:15 a.m.—Miriam Circle
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 10:30 a.m.—Zion Office Staff Meeting
10:30 a.m.—Zion Office Staff Meeting 6:00 p.m.— “footstool” Practice
6:00 p.m.— “footstool” Practice 7:00 p.m.—Youth Group
7:00 p.m.—Youth Group 7:45 p.m.—Choir Practice
7:45 p.m.—Choir Practice Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010 8:45 a.m. – Contemporary “footstool” Worship Service
2:00 p.m.—World Day of Prayer celebration. Mendenhall 10:00 a.m.—Continental Fellowship & Sunday School
Presbyterian Church. 11:00 a.m.—Traditional Worship Service
Sunday, March 7, 2010—Holy Communion Monday, March 22, 2010
8:45 a.m. – Contemporary “footstool” Worship Service 7:00 p.m.—Evening Small Group
10:00 a.m.—Continental Fellowship & Sunday School Tuesday, March 23, 2010
11:00 a.m.—Traditional Worship Service 6:30 a.m.—Morning Small Group
Monday, March 8, 2010 Wednesday, March 24, 2010
5:30 p.m.—Orientation/Training for ALL Church Leaders. 10:30 a.m.—Zion Office Staff Meeting
Potluck followed by meeting. 6:00 p.m.— “footstool” Practice
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 7:00 p.m.—Youth Group
6:30 a.m.—Morning Small Group 7:45 p.m.—Choir Practice
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Sunday, March 28, 2010—Palm Sunday
10:30 a.m.—Zion Office Staff Meeting 8:45 a.m.—Contemporary “footstool” Worship Service
6:00 p.m.— “footstool” Practice 10:00 a.m.—Continental Fellowship & Sunday School
7:00 p.m.—Youth Group 11:00 a.m.—Special Palm Sunday Service.
7:45 p.m.—Choir Practice Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010—One Great Hour of Sharing Offering 7:00 p.m.—Evening Small Group
8:45 a.m.—Contemporary “footstool” Worship Service Tuesday, March 30, 2010
10:00 a.m.—Continental Fellowship & Sunday School 5:30 p.m.—Love Feast. Evangelical Free Church.
11:00 a.m.—Traditional Worship Service. Special Wednesday, March 31, 2010
children’s music. 10:30 a.m.—Zion Office Staff Meeting
Monday, March 15, 2010 6:00 p.m.— “footstool” Practice
6-9:00 p.m.—PEO Meeting. Kitchen & Fireside Room. 7:00 p.m.— Youth Group
7:00 p.m.—Evening Small Group 7:45 p.m.—Choir Practice
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Serving Group Chairs: Linda Dobson, Mark/Kim We-

ber, Carol Mytych
Harmon/Laurel Badger Chris/Ruby Carter

Rob/Candy Clausen Stephen/Elayn Cook

Sunday, February 7, 2010
Gwen Crawford Ruth Dobson
“footstool” Service —41
Sunday School—52 Chris/Kate Douthit Jon/Helen Elden
Traditional Service—53 Lois Eider John Freden
Steve/Susan Griffin Mark/Laurie Guy
Sunday, February 14, 2010 Denise/Matt Hartze Claire/Joyce Hill
“footstool” Service— 56
Patric/Linda Hurley Dale/Patti Jensen
Sunday School— 54
Traditional Service— 66 Vi Kraus Dennis/Lori Labahn
Brad/Amanda Loiland Jerry/Cheryl Loiland
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 Brandon/Misty Lundbohm Barry/Karen Medd
Ash Wednesday Service—66
Rick/Ellen Myrick Bea Neisch
Julie O’Halloran Ed/Bette Olson
Sunday, February 21, 2010 Jerry/Louise Peeler Jerry/Phyllis Quam
“footstool” Service— 61 David/Doreen Rubin Dorothy Schoen
Sunday School—53
Chris/Donna Smith Connie Sherwood
Traditional Service— 54
Lonnie/Connie Suckut Paulette Swartz
Sunday, February 28, 2010 Greg/Christie Taylor Charles/Linda Troyer
“footstool” Service— 40 Travis/Tera Vanyo Jason/Janis Whitesock
Sunday School—53
Traditional Service—84 “Each one should use whatever
gift he has received to serve
others, faithfully administering
God’s grace in its various
1 Peter 4:10 NIV
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Director of Leadership Development

Jodi Cataldo selected as the Director of Leadership Development!

The Search Committee for the Director of Leadership Development position is ex-
cited to announce that Jodi Cataldo has been selected as the new Director of
Leadership Development for the Dakotas Annual Conference. Jodi will begin her
duties on July 1, 2010.
Jodi comes to us with a long career of ministry and work in the church. Presently,
Jodi is the Executive Secretary, for Emerging Churches' Resources for the Gen-
eral Board of Global Ministries. In this position Jodi has assisted churches around the world in the areas of
developing mission opportunities; she has helped to develop and write Christian educational resources, and
has worked with the General Board of Discipleship to provide Leadership Development training for church
As a Missionary in Lithuania, Jodi assisted in developing leadership, served as a youth director, helped in
church planting and development of church programs. Jodi worked with the Board of Ordained Ministry in
Lithuania assisting the District Superintendent in recruiting, supporting and caring for candidates for Ordained
Ministry. She has a long record of helping create and lead worship services.
Jodi is a commissioned Missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries. She is a member of the Chris-
tian Educators Fellowship and Former Chairperson of the Dakotas Annual Conference on Mission Person-
nel. She has served as a Camp Dean, been active in United Methodist Women and Sunday school teacher.
Jodi's husband Chet is a Full Elder in the Dakotas Annual Conference. They have three children Jeremiah,
Tobin and Natalya.
We are excited to invite Jodi and Chet back to our Annual Conference!
Please help us welcome Jodi as our new Director of Leadership Development in the Dakotas Annual Confer-

Be a Hero! Living Like Jesus — Consider a United Methodist Summer Camp

Are you looking for summer activities for your child or children? Be a Hero is the theme for this
years Dakotas United Methodist Camps. I can't imagine anything better than attending one of the
Dakotas United Methodist Camps. I speak from experience with my daughter, Carolyn. She and I
attended "Sonshine" camps when she was in first and second grade at Wesley Acres. These are
just overnights--24 hours of fun! Carolyn did Star Makers at Wesley Acres as a fourth grader--where
they actually put together a wonderful musical production in the week that they were together. Next,
Carolyn did a camp called, "Sand, Surf and Son" at Lake Poinsett. She liked this one so well she
went back at least three times! I truly recommend the camps that the United Methodist Church spon-
sors and I encourage those of you with children to look into it. Zion offers monetary help for those
who need it to attend a camp. Early Bird registration is April 27th and with that earlier registration
comes less expensive prices. I strongly recommend you consider sending your child to camp. Zion
will need to send at least one adult for the younger children's camps (1st through 4th grade) AT NO
CHARGE for the adult, so if you like camps--this is a wonderful opportunity!

Questions? There is a brochure in the narthex. Or, go to! I'd also be willing to

Cynthia Shabb, Education Team

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This year the UMW Salad needed, so persons will be able to sign up for
Luncheon, which will be what they are wiling to purchase. Persons may
held on April 10th, will be also choose to make a contribution that will be
done a little different. We used to purchase needed items.
are going to have one meat
We are hoping that this will be less work for
salad and one fruit salad
everyone and more of you will be able to at-
along with rolls, deviled eggs and dessert.
tend the luncheon.

The salads will be prepared at the church on

Thank you for whatever you are able to do.
Friday April 9th. We will need
cooked chicken, grapes, celery, macaroni, al- Linda Dobson
monds mayonnaise lettuce, lemon Jell-O,
raspberry Jell-O, whole cranberry sauce, fro-
zen orange juice, 7-up, rolls and assorted des-
serts. There will be a sign up sheet with a
break down of how much of each item will be

Dickinson UMC recognized by United Methodist Communications as an

Official “Welcoming Congregation” for the Third Year.
(From Mondays @ Dakotas)

"Welcoming Congregations" are a select group of United Methodist congregations nation-

wide that meets criteria including embracing newcomers and providing opportunities in dis-
cipleship. The recognition program is part of a larger effort launched in late 2000 by UM-
Com, the denomination's communications agency, to use modern technology and the common
language of television to spread the Good News of Christ to a world in need.

For the past 8 years, "Open hearts, Open minds, Open doors" has been
the theme of the denomination supported with a series of national ca-
ble TV advertising, supplemented by regional and local church partici-
pation. The overall aim of the effort was to invite people, to enter into
connection with the Christian community as they seek meaning and purpose in their
lives. The new campaign, Rethink Church, seeks to capitalize on the previous campaign, tar-
geting 18-34 year olds and inviting churches to think of the motto as a verb, not just an ad-
jective as in: "Together we can...Open hearts, Open minds and Open doors.

Rev. Larry Hollon is the agency's top staff executive. More information is available from the
agency's Web site or by calling toll free (877) 281-6535.
Zion United
Methodist Church

1001 24th Avenue South To United Lutheran Church for the delicious dinner
Grand Forks, ND 58201 they served on February 23rd. There were 140 guests
and 34 blood pressure checks.
Phone: 701-772-1893
Fax: 701-772-8391
Web address:
March 30—Evangelical Free Church
O u r H e Organization
arts, our Minds and
our Doors are always Open. April 27—Sharon Lutheran Church
May 25—Calvary Lutheran Church
June 29—Federated Church
July 27—Zion United Methodist Church
August 31—Our Savior Lutheran Church
September 28—Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center
October 26—Mendenhall Presbyterian Church
November 30—University Lutheran Church

Thank you to those who serve Sunday Worship Schedule

Pastor: Russell Whaley Contemporary “footstool”
Ministers: The Congregation Worship Service
Church Secretary: Buffie Yarbrough 8:45 a.m.
Parish Nurse: Bette Olson
Continental Fellowship &
Church Custodian: Earl Olson
Sunday School
Choir Director: Ken Sherwood
10:00 a.m.
Organist: Laurie Guy
Lay Member to Annual Conference: Ellen Myrick Traditional Worship Service

Lay Leader: Don Miller 11:00 a.m.

“You 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