FocusMonthly Newsletter of Zion Lutheran Church, Shawano, WI September 2012 Annual Salad Supper Wednesday, September 26 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Our Theme: o, Packers! We will have a children’s table for the younger ones! Approved for Thrivent Financial Supplemental Funds. Tickets: $6 Adults $2 Children $15 Family (Parents and up to 5 children) Tickets available at the door!
2012 Financial Update Thank you !!! Thanks to July’s five Sundays of contributions and Dear Zion Members, a normal level of expenses, Zion’s General Fund balance increased slightly to $9,528. This is good Thank you to all who helped with set-up, working, news and should allow us to survive the normal and take-down of ZLCW’s Annual Rummage and ‘summer slump’ in good financial condition. Bake Sale. With your help, proceeds of approximately $2,000 were taken in. The first two weeks in August appear OK for a A special thank you to Audrey Pennycook, Anita summer month with expenses projected to exceed Stubenvoll, Mila Waukechon, Karen Childs, and revenues by about six thousand dollars … so the Mitzi Moesch, who diligently worked with us each financial picture will probably retreat some with day throughout the sale. the General Fund balance estimated to end the Thank you and God bless all of you! month at about $3,500. However, with the fall ~ Donna & Jerry Milbauer season approaching we expect finances will turn much more positive through the end of the year. Thank you, Zion members. We continue to Attention Expecting Parents! appreciate your loyal support. Please remember to contact Leigh at the church office with information including your In Christ’s Service, name, address, contact phone number, and due Your Finance Committee: date of baby. This way we can be prepared for Scott Glysch, President when the baby does arrive to “shower” you Renee’ Elertson, Vice President with some meals. 715-526-2017 or email Gordon Holten, Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.orgScrapbooking, Stamping, and Quilting! Electronic GivingScrapbooking, stamping and Contributions can be debited automatically from yourquilters will once again be meeting checking or savings account! Our electronic givingon Sept. 28 at 5pm. program offers convenience for you and much-needed This is a fun event for fellowship donation consistency for our congregation.and getting some work done. It is An authorization form and aopen to anyone who has a love for scrapbooking and “Frequently Asked Questions” flyerstamping to come together. Pizza is usually ordered are available at the Informationaround 6pm for anyone who is interested so bring a Desk in the Commons, or you maycouple extra dollars and any snacks you want or are call the Church Office at 715-526-willing to share! 2017 if you have any questions. Zions Prayer Chain If you have a request for the The Prayer Chain, please call Ginny Vraney (715-799-3507) or Parish Records Kathy Bruhn (715-745-6603) with your request. BapƟsm: † Aug. 11, 2012 Owen Robert NemetzMen’s Wednesday Night Bible Study Son of Gregory & Lesley Nemetzwill be back beginning Sept. 5th at 6:00 p.m. Sponsors: Sarah Bahrmeeting in Room 101. We welcome Joshua Bahrnewcomers into our amazing Bible Funeral:talks! Join us for this fellowship † Aug. 7, 2012 Lois B. Tomashekopportunity. Questions? ContactTimothy Herrmann 715-526-2494 Death: August 1, 2012or email@example.com. Funeral held at Zion.
From Your Parish Nurse... We have received word from ThriventAs the weather cools, the leaves dry, and we find our a $1,200 grant I wrote has been ap-sweatshirts, we are reminded that fall is on its way. proved. Also, we have received $100With that we are also reminded that the Zion Health each from the Shawano Lake LionsFair is around the corner. This year it is being held Club and the Shawano Lake LionessOctober 6th at the usual time of 8am to Noon. In ad- Club, and $150 from the Shawanodition to the free screenings and other information, Lions. All of these contributions arewe are going to have safety videos in the little theater appreciated and will be put to good use.here at Zion. Included in that, we have an idea to do If you are a member or know a mem-a skit previewing the videos. We would need two 20- ber, we want to make sure these organi-30-something moms with kids who use car seats, and zations are acknowledged. Thank youtwo of their moms representing the grandmas. All to those contributors for realizing theskit scripts will be very short and provided for the importance of our community outreachparticipants. This is very low key. If interested please by holding the Health Fair.contact me at 715-526-2017. You can imagine what We look forward to this event, meeting new peoplethis video is about! and their contributions, and once again renewing withIn the past we’ve had volunteered for the set-up, man- our friends who have contributed in the past. Every-ning the Health Fair, and take-down. Some of you one helps in our mission this year: "Inspiration ofhave held these slots for a long time and I certainly divine compassion to heal, restore, and renew us; inlook forward to you participating again. Please call mind, body, and spirit”. We are looking forward tothe church office and sign up as early as possible. As everyones support for another successful Health Fair.you know, this event takes a lot of manpower and the Thanks to all.volunteers are crucial. We so appreciate the joint ef- Blessings,fort in presenting the Health Fair to the community. Georgia Stapleton, RN According to the Center for Disease Con- Free Program at Shawano Medical Cen- trol and Prevention, in 2009 2.2 million ter Rehab Services for nonfatal fall injuries occurred among older Preventing Falls in Older Adults! adults requiring treatment in Emergency Departments throughout this country. Of “Stepping On” these 581,000 were then hospitalized inpa- tient. 20-30% of people who fall suffer Tuesdays, Sept. 18 - Oct. 30 moderate to severe injuries. Most fractures 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Center among older adults are caused by falls. And, when people fall, they may develop a fear of falling. The fear may cause them to Health Ministry Dates At A Glance... limit activity leading to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness which then Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. – Evening Exercise Class INCREASES the risk of falling. Fellowship Hall. New comers always welcome! The program will include fun balance and No need to pre-register. Nancy Schultz, Exercise Leader strength training, ways to stay safe when ► No class on Tuesday, Sept. 11th. out and about, how medications contribute to falls, and other falls prevention infor- Wednesday, September 5: Friendly Visitors 9:00 a.m. mation. A health professional and lay Monday, September 10: Health Ministry Meeting 12 Noon leader will co-lead with several speakers anticipated. Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 15 & 16: - Blood Pressure Checks - Sign Up for the Walking Challenge! Class sizes are limited, register early! Contact: Holly Konitzer Thursdays, Sept. 13 & 27: In-Stitches 1:00 p.m., Commons 715-526-4687. Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 22 & 23: Vials For Life The prevention of falls is Sunday, Sept. 23: Walking Challenge Starts! vital to maintaining personal independence.
GiŌs and Memorials July 23—Aug. 27, 2012 African Walking Challenge….General Fund—Altar Guild Get ready with the pedometers!By: Crystal & Joyce Phalen In memory of Lois Tomashek The Zion Fall ChallengeBy: Evelyn Breitrick 2012 will take you to In memory of Lois Tomashek Africa this year.By: Marian Ellis How exciting is that? In honor of Jan Wallin’s 80th BirthdayBuilding Memorial Fund The sign-ups will be at theBy: Tom & Sandy Rhode Sept. 8th & 9th, In memory of Dorothy Laabs, Rhoda Sept. 15th & 16th, Thiel’s mother and Sept. 22nd & 23rdChurch in Society services.By: Lois Kruse The actual walk willBy: John & Dejon Polzin begin the week of In memory of Aune Kaurala September 23rd. and In memory of Lois Tomashek Nancy Schultz has done all theEndowment research to assist you in yourBy: Steve & Sandy Rhode mission – which will be to increase awareness and support neededBy: Sharon Erickson to stomp out malaria in Africa. Please consider this endeavor by In memory of Phil Erickson stepping into a healthy and social activity. The challenge will beHealth Ministry eight weeks this time. By the way, Nancy says 2,000 steps equalsBy: Shawano Lake Lions & Lioness Club a mile and the virtual tour is 120 miles. Sounds like fun! Health Fair DonationsBy: Frederick SoubaMissionary for a Day Items Needed forBy: Howard & Roberta BuentingBy:Pauline Sohr the LWR Kits!By: Jean Rudie In memory of Aune Kaurala School Kits: 40 70-count Notebooks, wide-ruledBy: Lois Kruse 10 Blunt edge ScissorsMusic 10 Boxes of Crayons, 16 or 24 countBy: Harold & Charlene Helms Baby Care Kits: 40 Cloth diapers (found at Walmart) In memory of Dorothy Laabs 20 long/short-sleeved Gowns orBy: Ted & Mary Ann Rudie Sleepers, NO feet In memory of Dorothy Laabs 10 Receiving BlanketsNational Youth Gathering 20 bath-sized bars of gentle SoapBy: James Yeakey 10 cards of Diaper Safety PinsPark Sound System Fund Personal Care: light-weight Bath Towels, 52”x27”By: Jerry & Donna Milbauer bath-sized bars of gentle SoapSunday School sturdy CombsBy: Len & Sally Prahl metal Nail Clippers In honor of Teacher Pete Moesch Please place your donations in the towerUndesignated Fund of drawers near the stairway. Thank you!By: Ted & Mary Ann Rudie In honor of Jan Wallin’s 80th BirthdayYouth - Camp ScholarshipsBy: James Yeakey E-mail Addresses for…..By: Ted & Mary Ann Rudie Pastor Gisele…. firstname.lastname@example.org In memory of Lois Tomashek Leigh Welander… email@example.comYouth Georgia Stapleton… firstname.lastname@example.orgBy: Sandy & Steve Rhode Debbie / Office ….. email@example.com
Zion’s Future...God’s Future A devotion I read recently focused on Mark 10:45 ”For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." The reflection on this verse states: "most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity". We are each called into Gods family and commissioned to be disciples of our Lord Jesus - Yes???? If we are called to follow Jesus, then that means we need to look to Jesus for direction and that is often the difficult part. Sometimes the way Jesus would lead us is not clear or we cant recognize it, or often times we dont even pause in our busy lives to ask for directions, we just push ahead either assuming we know the way or just figuring it out as we go. At other times, we may see where Jesus is leading us and we dont like it because it may call for a change within us or some sacrifice that we think will be difficult. In either case, the important point to remember is that Jesus does have a purpose and a goal and Jesus needs us to carry out that goal. "Gods work, our hands." Are we ready to set ourselves aside for the sake of Jesus’ mission? This will be a focal point for Zion this fall, to ask where Jesus is leading this congregation. The way may not be clear; it will take prayerful listening time. The way may be challenging and call for some changes. Are we here to SERVE God or to serve God only in an "advisory capacity" where we get to decide what is good for us? Can we together prayerfully listen for Gods guidance, pause our tendency to push ahead and get things done and instead, stop and listen and wait for God to guide and direct us? I do know from experience and from reading about Congregational ministry and Church growth, that congregations with a clear sense of mission (meaning congregations that know their purpose and feel called and inspired by the Holy Spirit to do Gods work in their corner of the world), are the congrega- tions which are growing both in numbers but also in spiritual depth as they experience the joy of God actually making a difference in the world and feel the deep contentment of knowing God is using them and their lives to make Jesus’ love real for people in their community. This is an exciting time in the life of Zion, please set aside extra time each day to pray for the mission and vision of where God is leading your congregation - many will be blessed as a result. God’s Peace, Pastor GiseleBible News! The Sunday school The 7th Graders will be using new will be receiving the curriculum this year Here We Stand called Spark. Lutheran Study Bible on Rally Sunday, It is a liturgy-based September 9th during curriculum that will the Education Hour! utilize the interactive Spark Bibles.
Kid’s Church Sunday School begins September 9 Kid’s Church is back for another year at 9:15 a.m. and begins on September 9 during the 8:00 a.m. service. Can’t wait to see you all there for anotherThis is open to children ages 18 months to 6 years. The great year!kids leave at the start of the readings and go to the li-brary for their own lesson, craft, and snack. They then Sunday School Teachers Installationreturn to their parents at the end of the sermon. If youare interested in helping with this great ministry please The Sunday school teachers will be installed oncontact Leigh at 715-526-2017 or famlife@ September 9 during the 10:30 service.shawanozion.org or contact Christie Wegner at We give thanks to all who are so willing firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-526-8788. educate your youth here at Zion…. Preschool: Vicki Heling and Christy Glysch Kindergarten: Joel DelzerJunior High After-School Program! First grade: Sherie Schultz and Abby Nead Second grade: Pete Moesch and Ericka Kowalkowski We are starting a Third grade: Jenny Herm Junior High Fourth grade: Barb Konkel after-school program Fifth grade: Timothy Herrmann for all kids in Sixth grade: Matt Heling 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Seventh grade: Joel Yeakey Eighth grade: Lorin Preston and Mason MoeschWe will meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, Computer Lab: Keith and Sue Milnerbeginning September 19, it will run from after Music: Sandra King and Karla Retzlaffschool until 5pm. and Sunday school Superintendents: Jenny Herm, Sandy Rhode and Wendy NeadWe will have a snack, play some games, begin workingthrough the Peer Ministry program and ending with acraft-type project. We will also be making plans for Blessing of the Backpacksmany service projects throughout the year. September 9 during the 10:30 service.We will be having a parents meeting on September 5 School is once again getting underfrom 5pm to 6pm to fill out paperwork or please see way and we want to show our loveLeigh if you are unable to attend the meeting. and support to all the Zion youth returning to school. We are hav- ing a blessing of the students and their book bags during the 10:30 Kid’s Of Zion (K.O.Z.) service on September 9. AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM All students are invited to bring their book bags to receive a blessing to have another happy and Meeting September 12 & 26 successful school year. This is for all students in grades 3rd, 4th, & 5th. The kids walk over from Olga Brener for a snack, Confirmation Classes are starting! play games, have a daily devotion, and work on an arts and craft project. We end around 5:00 p.m. We The 10th grade class will meet in room B-25/27 meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month. September 12th, 19th, and 26th at 6pm. Parents are also required to attend on September 26th! Please contact Leigh at 526-2017 or famlife@ shawanozion.org with any questions or concerns. 7th graders will have their acolyte training September 26 at 6pm meeting There will be a parents meeting Wed., Sept. 5 in the sanctuary. This is for parent(s) 5:00 - 6:00pm to complete required paperwork. and student(s). If you cannot attend contact Leigh to get copies.
100 Wells Bible Sunday Loud Offering Sept. 30 September 16 This year the Sunday school kids during 10:30 service! are taking up the challenge to raise enough funds to buy a well. Following the service we will be having a The ELCA has put out the challenge for us to raise Bible Buddy Reception so all the Bible Buddies enough money to buy 100 wells and the Zion youth can meet their kids who received a Bible. want to be a part of that and they are challenging the Bible Buddies are adults who take a Bible which congregation to help them reach that goal. On Sep- will be given to one of our students on Bible tember 30 we will be having a loud offering during Sunday. They are asked to highlight two or three all 3 services. What is a loud offering? It is where passages that are their favorite or are meaningful the congregation brings in all their loose change and to them in the Bible, and then write a note to the the kids collect the loose change in buckets during child with which passages are marked and why the regular offering. Then we are challenging the they chose them. The adult is then asked to con- congregation to keep all their loose change for the tinue to keep that child in their prayers as they month and on the last Sunday of each month bring in begin their journey through the Bible. your loose change and dump it in to the well. There will be a well upstairs in the commons and one down This year we will need 19 Bible Buddies. in the Sunday school wing waiting for your change! If interested please contact Leigh at the office or One well costs $2,500 so don’t forget your email to email@example.com. loose change on September 30!Junior High Blast at Crossways! The Synod Youth Gathering (SYG) November 2—3—4 November 9—10—11 at Imago Dei Village in Manitowoc Open to all youth in 6th to 8th grade. Your cost is This is open to all youth $40 —the remainder of the cost is paid by Zion. 9th grade to 12th grade. Registration is due October 12 by 5pm.Registration forms can be printed off the Crossways More information will be coming on website or can be picked up from paperwork, cost, and due date. Leigh in the office. Please mark your calendar now Please mark your calendar now for a great weekend at camp! for a fun weekend in Manitowoc! Stockholders Dinner Sunday, September 23 ~ 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served first with the presentation following the meal. Can’t wait to share some Cajun food and stories about our time in New Orleans! We have returned from New Orleans where we went for the National Youth convention with 34,000 other youth from around the country and we can’t wait to share with all those who bought stock in our trip just what we learned and experienced!
BIBLE DETECTIVEBible Detective is a fun way for parents and children to challenge themselves and theirknowledge of the Bible, and maybe even discover something new they didn’t know be-fore. There is an easy, intermediate, and hard level question. For the children, whenthey find all 3 answers (with or without their parents help) they can bring them to Leighand, if correct earn a prize. For everyone else, the answers will be posted in nextmonth’s Focus, so everyone can play along. Enjoy the challenge and hopefully every-one will become a Bible Detective!This months questions:EASY: What was the name of Jesus’ mother?INTERMEDIATE: When he was approached by Jesus, who said “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the most High God. I adjure you by God, do not torment me.”?HARD: Who did Pilate send Jesus to after he had interrogated him? Faith- Faith-walkin’, Faith-talkin’ People Faith- Area gardeners have an opportunity to share their A Call to Discipleship extra produce with those in need this summer. We are allWe are all called to be disciples and utilize 7 faith feeling the pinch of tighterpractices into our lives—prayer, study, worship, in- budgets, and some familiesvite, encourage, serve, and give. During the month of are struggling to put food onSeptember let us look at some ways we can incorpo- the table. Share the Bountyrate a healthly and natural prayer life into our every- is a hunger program whichday lives. Here are some basic ways to incorporate allows gardeners to bringprayer into our everyday lives: their excess produce to drop- • Make bedtime or mealtime a time of personal off sites where it is distributed to families and individ- attention and rich conversation. Reflect on the uals who can use it. There is no paper work. And joys and frustrations of the day and pray in a con- recipients get healthy food and gardeners know their versational way. Encourage all to let go of their produce will not be wasted! worries and believe that God will hold them. • Offer “instant prayers” or brief spontaneous Share the Bounty is coordinated through the Shawano prayers as you and your family encounter joys Co. UW-Extension Office. Local drop-off sites: and challenges throughout your day—“Lord, help SAFPARC—218 E. Richmond Street _____ with her test today. Amen” or “thanks for 9:00—11:30 am. Monday thru Friday. the sunset”. • Use Luther’s Small Catechism as a guide for Lutheran Counseling & Family Services prayer. Review the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer Thrift Store—2324 E. Richmond Street to gain a greater understanding of how Jesus 9:30 am—5:00 pm. Monday thru Thursday taught us to pray. 9:30 am—6:00 pm Friday • Let the sight of a police car, fire truck or ambu- 9:30 am—3:00 pm Sat. lance prompt you to say a quick prayer for all those involved. Goodwill Industries—300 Lakeland Road • Enrich your leave-taking or times to say goodbye 9:00 am—9:00 pm. Monday thru Saturday with a prayerful exchange—“The Lord be with 10:00 am—6:00 pm Sunday you”, “And also with you”. • Nurture natural ways to pray. God doesn’t need Quantities of produce both to hear grand and glorious words. God longs to large and small are accepted! hear our voice anytime, anywhere, and for any We ask that it be reasonably reason. clean and of good quality.So take some time this September—pray Boxes are provided at the site.alone, as a family, and as a community. Contact Linda Olson, UW-Extension Family Living Grace always abounds, Educator at 715-526-6136 with any questions. Leigh
New Books in Zion’s Library The Last Martin by Jonathan Friesen is the story of Martin Boyle, who has plenty to worry about. His germaphobic mother keeps him home from school if she hears a sneeze, and his father is always off somewhere reenacting old war battles. Julia, the most beautiful girl in school, won’t even speak to Martin, and the gym teacher is officially out to get him; which is why Martin really doesn’t need this curse hanging over his head. On a trip to the fam- ily cemetery Martin wanders among the tombstones of his ancestors and discovers a disturbing pat- tern: when one Martin is born, the previous Martin dies. And—just his luck—Martin’s aunt is about to give birth to a baby boy, who will, according to tradition, be named Martin. Martin must find a way to break the curse, but every clue seems to lead to a dead end. Time is running out. My Time in Heaven A True Story of Dying. . .and Coming Back by Richard Sigmund tells about Richard when he was killed in a bad car accident. He was dead eight hours. God took him to heav- en. In this book Richard has the most extensive description of heaven of all. The Power of a Praying Teen by Stormie Omartian. Discover how learning to pray can change everything. Through prayer, God can lift you above the pressures of your life so you can see His unique plan for your future. What’s important to you is important to God. Share all that is in your heart, starting with the prayers offered at the end of each chapter. Talk with God. Hear from God. And see His great purpose for you unfold. Adult & Family Retreats Offered by To register of for more information visit www.crosswayscamps.org or call 920-882-0023. Preschool Parent & Me Retreat Sept. 21 - 23 - Imago Dei Village, Clintonville Created for preschool children ages 3-6 and their parents! Spend some quality time together! Morn- ings include worship and Bible study. Learn how to nurture the faith of preschool children while the kids participate in a fun and exciting Bible study led by Crossways staff. In the afternoon you will get to explore creation together with a line-up of Saturday, October 6 all the best activities camp has to offer! Cost: $90 Waypost Camp on Mission Lake, Hatley adult, $30 children. ►Camp scholarships are available for ZionThis is a bike tour through the scenic countryside that sur-rounds the camp and supports a camping ministry that im- children! Contact Leigh for information!pacts the faith lives of thousands! Retired Persons Retreat Cost: $120 per person.Cyclists of all ability levels can ride any one of the routes, September 26-28 - Pine Lake, Waupacaincluding 15-, 20-, or the 70-miles route (to celebrate the 70thAnniversary!). The finish line celebration will include a free Men’s Retreat Cost: $TBD per person.Italian meal and the chance to swim in Mission Lake as you October 5-6 - Pine Lake, Waupacacool down! Quilting & More! Retreat Cost: $150 per person. Visit crosswayscamps.org October 7-10 - Pine Lake, Waupaca for more information Scrapbooking Retreat Cost: $100 per person. and to register. October 12-14 - Waypost Camp, Hatley
“Meet ’n Greet” Reception Sunday, Sept. 23 9:15 a.m. in the Commons Regular Schedule Join us in welcoming Pastor Gisele Berninghaus begins and Parish Nurse Georgia Stapleton to Zion! 9th Sunday, September They are looking forward to meeting the people of Zion and answering any questions you may have. The Health Ministry Commit- tee has ideas of old and new to Holy Communion: provide services for Zion. If † Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. you have ideas, please feel free to talk with Georgia about † Sundays at 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. them at the reception!SEPTEMBER FOCUSZION LUTHERAN CHURCH1254 SOUTH UNION STREETSHAWANO WI 54166-3461Address Service RequestedFOCUS is published monthly byZion Lutheran Church.1254 S. Union St., Shawano, WI 54166Rev. Gisele Berninghaus, Interim PastorLeigh Welander, Minister of Family LifeRev. Howard Buenting, Visitation PEOPLE OF ZIONGeorgia Stapleton, Parish NurseDebbie Bernard, Admin. AssistantRev. James Sack, Missionary to JapanPhone: 715-526-2017e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb site: www.shawanozion.org