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April 2012 newsletter

Newsletter – April 2012 for website.pdf

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German pastor to visit Zion

The Iowa Conference is establishing a partnership between the churches of Iowa and the Evangelical Church of Germany (EKD). Zion is going to be a part of that process of hospitality by hosting a German pastor. Pastor Horst Janus, from a church in Bremen, Germany, will be visiting the Iowa Conference and will be at Zion on April 3 and 4.

Pastor Horst is one of the deputy ministers of the EKB (similar to an Associate Conference Minister in the UCC). He oversees much of the ecumenical relationships and work of the EKB. He is currently here in the United States on Sabbatical at Riverside UCC in New York.

The Iowa Conference has expressed this hope “That we may show Pastor Janus the vibrant diversity, faith and mission within the Iowa Conference so he can return to Germany with a positive impression of who we are and an increased understanding of how we might work together in partnership.” I think a visit to Zion is just the place for that to happen!

We will all have a chance to meet Pastor Janus on Wednesday, April 4th at 6:00 at Zion at an all church potluck. Pastor Janus will address the congregation concerning the church in Germany and will answer any questions. The potluck will be followed by choir practice and confirmation. All confirmation students are encouraged to attend.

Don’t miss this interesting event!

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Cub Scouts from Pack 85 at Sunnyside Elementary School collected 275 food items Saturday in the annual Scouting for Food drive.

Boy Scout Troop 25 contributed about half of what it collected — another 175 items. For a grand total of …

460 cans, boxes and pouches of food, and a few other necessary items.

Way to go Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and donors.


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Pastor Jane is giving another go at blogging, this time at http://bloggingwithjane.wordpress.com. She has described it as being meant as a personal account of her life as pastor at Zion UCC. Be sure to visit the site, and leave her a comment.

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Southeastern Community College’s Students for Peace, led by friend-of-Zion and Social Justice committee member Sandy Krell-Andre, will give a screening of the documentary “Playing for Change: Peace Through Music,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Burlington Public Library.

Freewill donations to support Students for Peace will be accepted.

A trailer for the film can be viewed online at http://tinyurl.com/6ljbvxa. Learn more about Playing for Change at http://www.playingforchange.com.

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Zion member Kathy Morrish’s Relay For Life team is having a book sale March 12 and 13 at Great River Medical Center. Donations of books are appreciated. Call Kathy at (319) 759-7604 to arrange pickup, or you can bring them to the Center for Rehabilitation at GRMC.

Last year, with two book fairs, her team raised about $1,000 for the Relay Drive!

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If it has been a while since you last visited Zion’s website, http://www.zionuccburlington.org, now might be the time to go back.

In addition to a much-needed redesign, the site also has several new features to keep you coming back again and again.

In the Quick Links on the home page, or under “How We Do It,” in the top navigation bar, you will find a link to an interactive Bible from eBible. Read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Search it by keyword or theme. Add bookmarks or share passages with your friends on Facebook. Meanwhile, on the home page, you will find a daily Bible verse and a daily devotional.

Oh, and there’s an interactive calendar of events, too.

Go check it out.

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Those mop-topped boys from Liverpool, the Beatles, made a surprise appearance today at Zion, showing up during Children’s Time to sing songs and share a message about God’s “love, love, love …” Thanks to Lyle Gibson for his original script, with muppeteering by Rodney Botts, Don Lutz, Rod Reeves and Craig Neises, and accompaniment by Janice Gibson on piano and Gail Lawlor on drums. And, as always, Pastor Jane, for her patience in the face of such blatant goofiness.

(photo by Lisa Neises)

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