Pastor's Letter

 

 

 

Summer 2021

 

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

 

June marks a transition month for Zion. We have come to the end of a program year. Sunday School, Confirmation, and most of our small groups and Boards start their summer break, families begin vacation and return to their lake homes, the farmers are busy tending their growing crops, and the days are longer and warmer and summer is finally here. We can stop and say that we made it. We made it through a year and a half that some thought we would not survive. We dealt with a pandemic and in the process discovered our resilience and our faith are intertwined. We accomplished things we never thought we could do. And now we take a big breath, we can say wow, thank-you God. Thank you for walking with us. For walking on a pathway when didn’t have a map, when we couldn’t see each other when we depended on You to give us strength and hope. Thank you for walking with us when we were exhausted and tired of the uncertainty of each day, each week, and the future. Life is so much better now. And we can breathe hope and assurance and rest from our labors. Oh, yes, we also can celebrate. It is time to gather together again and celebrate just being a church family. Let us bring our need to just be together and set aside any difficulties of the past year and celebrate our being a community of God. We, as God’s servants, survived because we are a community. Our service to others didn’t stop because of Covid-19. We had to improvise and learn how to do things differently. But we did it! Together as a congregation! So now, let us celebrate. Time for a picnic! Mark the date! July 18 at 12 noon, we will meet at the Park (TBA) and we will have a great afternoon of food, fun, activities, and music as we enjoy each other, the summer, and just being together as a church family. The time has come. Time to celebrate how God has enabled us to continue this ministry in his name.

 

                     I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations; therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever.  Psalm 45: 17

 

Pastor Deborah

 

 (P.S.  Past, present, potential, friends, and neighbors are also invited, just bring an extra dish to share, watch the bulletin and the July newsletter for more information!)  

 

 

 

June Worship and Pastoral Update:

 

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

 

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

 

   Over the past couple of months, since I have had my back surgery in late December, I have been experiencing some odd symptoms that have been slowly increasing in intensity and discomfort. You may have noticed that I wear the Alb less frequently and this is mainly due to my fear of falling. I have right leg weakness and numbness from the foot to my knee. I also have been having migraines, the last one occurred for 3 days and there was nothing to relive it. Intermittently, I have had ‘blackouts’ when I turn my neck too quickly. After an MRI of my neck, it was discovered I have my spinal cord pinched down to only a few millimeters. It didn’t arise as a problem until after the back surgery and the physical therapy seemed to make it worse. I told the MD that I was not up for two major surgeries in one year, but he has assured me that this one is not nearly as long of a recovery as the first one and if I don’t address it now, it will only get worse. I don’t want to be driving a car, turn to check my blind spot, and blackout.  I have met with the Council leadership and discussed this as well as my concerns. Most of what I am concerned about is the reaction of the congregation. Please pray for me. The neck surgery is scheduled for June 8 at Waconia. I will be in the hospital overnight. Larry Geiseke will preside and preach on June 13. I will prepare a sermon for him for June 13. There will not be Holy Communion on that day. I will preach on June 20, and do the whole service on June 27. Larry will assist on June 20. This time I will need Tim to drive me two weeks instead of a month and I will be able to work at the computer from home and attend the synod assembly via Zoom. My doctor believes this schedule will work and I don’t foresee any change in Zion’s schedule or programming for the month. Day Camp and the Celebration Picnic will go on as planned. Thank you for your prayers and understanding.

 

In service to our risen Lord,   

Pastor Deborah