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  • Kristi Grindstaff

April 19, 2020 Sunday Worship Resources

On Sunday, April 19, 2020 Zion will gather as an online community for Sunday worship and fellowship. We invite you to join us! Update: Recording now available.

9:00 a.m.: Service of the Word led by Pastor Andrea will be streamed live on Zion's Facebook page. An online bulletin with readings and responses is available to download.

9:30 a.m.: Musical offering by Sheldon Meyer, Zion's regular organist. He will be going live on his own Facebook page and we will share it to the Zion page as well.

10:00 a.m. Join us for a virtual coffee hour! Click on the link below with a device that has a camera. (If you've never joined a Zoom meeting before, you'll want to download the app before the start of the gathering.) You’ll be asked to allow the program to use “computer audio” – please agree. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you!

Meeting ID: 662 798 543 Password: 028537

Or Call: 1 312 626 6799 and provide the Meeting ID and password listed above.

The season of Easter (which continues through the Feast of Pentecost on May 31) is a joyful celebration. This year we observe it in a time of difficulty and worldwide sorrow. Still, we believe that Christ is with us in his word, by his Spirit drawing us together as one before God. And we believe that the gospel of Christ gives us strength amid distress and comfort in the face of our sufferings.

The following announcements were featured in this week's bulletin:

Congregational Life during COVID-19 “Stay at Home” and Social Distancing Precautions:

  • Thank you for your faithful financial support of Zion’s ministries during this challenging time. It’s been wonderful to see how many of you have continued to share your offerings as you’d planned for 2020. Offering can be mailed to the Church Office (PO Box 236, Lake Crystal). Please consider our eGiving options for making one-time or recurring donations electronically. Details available at:

  • In-Person worship services and activities continue to be suspended until further notice. Worship services are being streamed via Facebook so that we can gather as a virtual community for prayer, reflection, and praise.

  • News and updates are being shared primarily through the church website and Facebook and, when appropriate, by mail. There was no April newsletter, but a May newsletter is planned.

  • The Church Office will be closed to visitors until further notice. Pastor Andrea and Mary Gilman will both be working from home. To reach Mary, please leave a message at the church office: 507-726-2849.

  • Pastor Andrea is available for conversation and prayer! Please reach out to her by phone or text at 507-402-1114. She’s also happy to schedule one-on-one pastoral visits via Zoom video conferencing.

  • The Monday “Dwelling on the Word” study has shifted to an online format. You’re invited to join us for a time of prayer, reflection and conversation as we consider the gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday. To join us on Monday at 11:00, please go to:

ZLCW Update: The Minnesota River WELCA Spring Conference originally scheduled for April 25 has been cancelled.

The Lake Crystal Sharing Shelf continues to serve our community during this time of need. Donations of food can be dropped in the cart at Kevin’s Market. They are currently in need of the following: flour, oil, chili with beans, pears, apple sauce, bags of white rice and 5# bags of potatoes.

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