April 2019 Newsletter
The shift and change in seasons serves as a sort of reset for me. There’s the obvious change in weather and scenery as the snow starts to recede and the sun begins to feel warmer than it has in months – you can’t deny that the low 40s feels a lot better than a -60 wind chill. Instead of maintaining a snow blower, pretty soon we’ll be warming up the lawn mower. Instead of basketball and wrestling at our schools, we enter into baseball, track, trap, and golf seasons. Fishing opener is on its way, and (believe it or not) we may actually be able to find the curb in Dalton for the first time in months.
The change in seasons also serves as a reset for me in ministry. I start to mentally prepare for Holy Week, Easter, Confirmation Sunday, Baccalaureate services, graduations, and on into summer ministry opportunities (VBS, the FLY Convention, etc.). With all the changes and shifts in our calendar year, I’ve grown to appreciate the consistency found every week as we worship together on Sunday mornings. Being able to come together as many members with one unifying spirit and focus is refreshing. In the midst of varying opinions about the practical nature of spirituality, the importance of faith, and the reliability of the Bible, I find that I need to surround myself with other believers. This is not say that I close myself off to others with different views and beliefs. What I am saying is that fellowship with other Christians helps me to more clearly see Jesus.
As I’ve been studying and preparing for our recent series of culture workshops, I came across an interesting stat from the Barna Group (Barna Group, “Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z,” Jan. 24, 2018) They asked millennials (both Christians and non-Christians) why they don’t consistently attend church. While they had no real problems with the church at large, the majority said they didn’t feel that it was relevant to them. The second most frequent answer provided was that younger generations felt that they could experience God outside of a worship service. Why go to church when you could sit and meditate in a field or look out across a sweeping vista or gaze at stars? With all the potential resources at our disposal (radio shows, devotional books, study guides, podcasts, webinars, etc.), it certainly seems like if there was ever an age that could teach and train itself about what it means to be a Christian, it’s right now.
I’m not going to deny that you might feel particularly closer to God when you’re in a peaceful place. I’m not going to discourage you from finding a quiet place to pray, have devotions, or to meditate on God’s Word. I’m also not going to outright refuse to believe that God gave you some insight or inspiration in a surprising place. I do want us to be careful when we believe we don’t need the rest of the Body of Christ and attempt to be a Christian on our own. Paul instructs us in 1 Corinthians 12 that we need each other, much like a body needs all of its parts. After all, when one part suffers, we all suffer; when one part is honored, we all rejoice (1 Cor. 12:26). Hebrews 10 also points out that we shouldn’t give up meeting together as some are in the habit of dong, but that we should prioritize such times as the second coming of Christ draws near (Heb. 10:19-25).
The church is more than just a nice building to have in a community. It’s more than wood, brick, mortar and concrete. There’s more to worshiping together than having the “right music” and there’s more to Christian fellowship than catching each other up on the week’s activities. As we look forward to Easter and the time beyond (or until Jesus comes again), let’s keep in mind what God intended the Church to be: a place where believers focus on Jesus together, build each other up, encourage one another and hold each other accountable. Being a part of the Church is an important aspect to our faith because this community doesn’t exist anywhere else.
Preaching Rotation & Worship Texts
April 7 (Gideon Sunday)
9:00 a.m. Tordenskjold (Pr. Mark) 10:30 a.m. Kvam (Pr. Mark) 10:30 a.m. Zion-Sarpsborg (Pr. Dan)
April 14 (Parish Palm Sunday Service)
10:30 a.m. Zion-Sarpsborg (Pr. Mark)
April 21 - Easter
9:30 a.m. Tordenskjold (Pr. Mark) 9:30 a.m. Kvam (Pr Dan) 7:00 a.m. Zion-Sarpsborg (Pr. Dan)
9:00 a.m. Tord. Confirmation (Pr. Mark) 10:30 a.m. Kvam (Pr.Mark) 10:30 a.m. Zion-Sarpsborg (Pr. Dan)
Zion-Sarpsborg – April 7
Kvam – April 21
Tordenskjold – April 28
Isabella Marie, daughter of Kurt & Ashley Schoening
Tordenskjold – March 10, 2019
Beverly A. Moore, age 71
Tordenskjold – March 23, 2019
Council Meetings April
Zion-Sarps. - April 8 @ 7:30 p.m. (Deacons 6:30 p.m.)
Tord. April 9 @ 7:00 p.m. (Deacons 6 p.m.)
Kvam April 11 @ 6:00 p.m. (Deacons April 9 @ 9:00 a.m.)
Spring Parish Council Meeting
On April 23 our churches will come together for our Spring Parish Council Meeting at 7 p.m. at Zion-Sarpsborg. Please pray for our council members and for God’s leading in all that we do together! During this time we will talk about summer and fall ministry plans and other parish related business items.
Church softball will be kicking off in May! All ability levels welcome. Minimum age is 14 and cost is approximately $40 per person. Contact Paul Vukonich at (218-205-0119) or Mark Vukonich at (218) 770-0868 if you are interested in playing. This is a great way to have fun, get exercise, and connect with our church family. Play ball!
2019 Annual Conference
Date: June 11-14
Theme: Joshua 24:15, “As for Me and My House. . .”
Host: Eastern Churches
Place: Canadensis, PA
Registration: Cost $35/individual or $55/couple paid to the AFLC to help cover conference expenses.
For more information or to register online: www.aflc.org You may also register by phone: 763-545-6731
We are excited to host representatives from Gideons International on Sunday, April 7 in all of our churches. The Gideons have faithfully placed Bibles in the hands of millions of people, proclaiming the message of salvation to a lost and dying world. Please come prepared to share in an open Bible offering for the Gideons on this day.
Palm Sunday Parish Worship
April 14, 10:30 a.m.
God has blessed us with wonderful churches in our Parish! On Sunday, April 14 let’s come together for our Parish Palm Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. at Zion-Sarpsborg in Dalton. Our Sunday School Students will be singing and following the worship service stay for dinner prepared by the Hospitality Committee. There will be a love offering taken at the meal to be given the Association Free Lutheran Bible School’s Student Life Center capital campaign. This building would provide a much need gymnasium and further enhance the sports programs and campus life. For more information on the Student Activity Center visit:
Maundy Thursday, April 18
Parish Communion at Zion-Sarpsborg 1:30 p.m.
Parish Communion at Kvam 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday, April 19
Parish worship at Tordenskjold, 7:00 p.m.
Easter, April 21
Zion-Sarpsborg – 7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service,
Easter breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
Kvam – 9:30 a.m.
Tordenskjold – 9:30 a.m.
Our theme for VBS this summer is ROAR! Life is Wild * God is Good. We are excited to embark on this WILD adventure where children will learn that no matter what they face in life, when things are hard and when things are good, they have a God who loves them and is always GOOD. We will walk through adventures of God’s people in the Bible and be pointed to God’s ultimate love and goodness in Jesus, who came to live this wild life in order that we might be saved. We are excited to see you there!
The dates for VBS are:
Kickoff Picnic, June 16th, 6:00 PM (Z-S)
VBS, June 17th – 21st, 6:00 – 8:00 PM (Z-S)
Annual Baseball Clinic, June 17th, 18th, 20th & 21st, 4:00 – 5:30 PM (Dalton Ballpark)
If you would like to be a part of our VBS team this year please contact Hannah Hurner, Emily Johnson, Shelley Overgaard, Pastor Mark or Pastor Dan. Watch upcoming announcements/bulletins for registration information. Please be in prayer as we prepare and look to what the Lord will accomplish in this exciting week!
Confirmation and Youth Group will resume our regular schedule after Easter Sunday, meeting at 6:00/7:00pm at Zion/Sarpsborg.
Keep an eye on our Facebook group and the Parish Website for announcements concerning the 2019 FLY Convention!
We are excited for our 16 Confirmation students that will be confirmed this year. We praise God for His good work in our students as we have studied together each Wednesday night! Tordenskjold Confirmation will be on Sunday, April 28 at 9:00 a.m. (reminder no Tordenskjold Sunday School that day. Kvam Confirmation will be on May 19 at 9:00 a.m. and Zion-Sarpsborg Confirmation will also be on May 19 at 10:30 a.m. Please pray for the following students as they share their testimonies of faith at our services and that God would continue to be at work in their lives and families.
Annie Albjerg Colby Finkelson
Emmy Albjerg Jackson Finkelson
Emma Borgos Andrew Johnson
Kolby Burgau Chloe Mark
Ty Burgau Austin Mark
Landon Ecker Logan Nelson
Brianna Evavold Evan Paulson
Tristan Evavold Brodey Sanford
*Reminder that Tordenskjold worship will be at 10:30 a.m. on May 19
*Confirmation pictures will be taken April 24 starting a Zion-Sarpsborg at 6 p.m.
Tordenskjold Ladies Aid will meet Tuesday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the church. Hostess is Fern Schmidt.
Zion-Sarpsborg WMF will meet on Thursday, April 4 at 2:00 p.m. Hostess is Janice Juven.
Zion-Sarps: Kathy & Charles Rovang, Greeters; Joel & Charles Rovang, Ushers
Tord: Kurt Mortenson (7th), Brandon & Amy Evavold (21st), Lance & Julie Wendland (28th)