02.25.18 Announcements


Last Week

I want to say a huge THANK YOU to my amazing and generous friends that came to our 4th Annual Trivia Night last Friday! 450 of us gathered together and raised close to $20,000 to send kids in need to summer camp! My heart is so happy and grateful. 100 kids get to go to Ingham Camp in June and July. I can't begin to tell you how much my little friends LOVE camp! Thank you, thank you, thank you to every single person that came Friday night! Thank you, God, for your faithfulness time and time again.
Sherilyn Rittgers
Zion Lutheran Church Congregational Meeting was held on Sunday, January 28, 2018
The Board of Spiritual Oversight (BSO) called a special meeting of the Zion congregation, which was held on Sunday, January 28, 2018, immediately following the 10:30 AM worship service. The purpose of the meeting was to consider and vote on approval of an update to the Zion bylaws - Article XII, pertaining to the Trust Fund Board.  Approximately 52 voting members of the congregation attended the meeting, where the motion to approve the proposed bylaw changes was approved by a majority vote.

Electronic Giving 
Interested in setting up electronic giving to Zion? Just follow these easy steps: 
  1. Visit ziondsm.org
  2. Click the button that says "Give? Start Here" in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Under "THANKS FOR GIVING" on the left hand side, click the word "here." 
  4. The online donation form will prompt you to create a profile to make a recurring donation plan. 
What Ministry is Jesus showing you? 
Zion Church wants to empower you to serve. When we share our collective prayers, leadership, volunteer time, and resources, our community and world is changed for the better.  God is glorified and people see Jesus. Let us know where God is leading you and how we can help! Contact us at 
Happening Now
Are you ready to become a Zion Mission Partner?
In our current sermon series we're basically running
you through a new member class. Are you ready to
commit to being a Zion Mission Partner?
If so, simply
a.) Pick up copies of our Statement of Faith (Teaching Statement); Mission, Vision and Values and be certain you subscribe to them.
b.) Fill out the information form found on the purple tables in the lobby area.
c.) Either e-mail us a family photo or have your photo taken on any of the following Sundays March 3rd, 25th or April 1st.
d.) Consider signing up for automatic giving
Return your forms to the information desk or the church office or to any staff member. Thanks!
Time for a New Mission Partner Directory
new, homemade, Zion picture directory will be coming soon. Please submit family pictures in a digital format to the church office or come to Zion on any of the following Sundays and have your picture taken: March 3rd, 25th or April 1st. from 10 to 11am.
If you are already a Zion member, you will soon have the opportunity to verify your information for the directory. Stay tuned for details.
The New Sound of the 10:30 Service
Heaven is a place where every tribe and nation sings the praise of God together.  At Zion's 10:30 service you now get to experience what heaven looks like each week.  

We are so happy to announce that the 10:30 English Service and the 10:30 Swahili Service will worship together in song and prayer for the first 30 minutes of the services weekly. We anticipate Mizo participation in this new format as well.   At the end of our praise time together we'll break off for sermons and teachings in each language.  Sunday School kids will also depart for Sunday School at this time.  
This will now enable us to move closer on the road to unity in Jesus Christ.  It will also allow us to make announcements which affect the entire church, no matter what language you speak.  These are changes that have been seven years in the making.  Church leadership feels the time is now right to realize the dream of worshiping together regularly.
There will be songs in English, Swahili and Kinyamulenge, the native tongue of our Banyamulenge Zion members, and sometimes, Mizo.  There will be extra emphasis given to learning English songs together so that all members can grow in their English skills and minister more effectively in our mission context.  
An added benefit to the discipleship of the Zion congregation is that now we will weekly be reminded that our Christian faith is a global faith, held by a billion people throughout the world and that Jesus Christ is the Savior of that entire world and of all those people, languages, tribes and nations. 
News from Tanzania
The Zion/Mhezi team would like to start highlighting a student each week that together we and you, our Zion  congregation have been able to help in reaching their education goals.

Neema Grayson Elisanta has been sponsored by Zion's men's prayer group from Form I through Form. And thanks to them and all of you has just finished 2 years at Kilimanjaro Modern Teachers College and is in the process of acquiring a teaching job. She is so thankful to us at Zion and to God for making this opportunity possible. Praise the Lord!

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