Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Farmington, NM
Bringing Hope Through Christ

 
Wednesday Lenten Services: Beginning March 5, we will hold Lenten Service at 7 PM. March 5 is Ash Wednesday, with Holy Communion. The following Wednesdays will feature a dinner beforehand, each sponsored by a church group. Come at 6 PM, enjoy a bite to eat, then worship our Savior as we travel through Lent.

Zion held its Pastoral Call meeting Monday, February 24, and issued a call to the Reverend Kyle Wright, who is currently serving St. Matthew's, in Hamlet, IN. Please pray for divine guidance while Pastor Wright considers this Call.

Maybe you've heard that Thrivent, the Lutheran insurance and banking organization (not affiliated with LCMS), that has been providing funding to pro-abortion organizations, such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL, through its "Gift Multiplier" and "Choice Dollars" programs (Zion has benefited from Choice Dollars). If this concerns you, particularly if you're a Thrivent member, LCMS encourages you to contact Thrivent to express your objections. To read LCMS's blog on the matter, go Here.
 
If you are interested in providing assistance with recognition of Pastor Thur's 21 years of service with Zion, please talk to Don Wood.

There are many opportunities for Bible study: There are several groups, customized for various interests. Join us Wednesdays at 7 PM at the church after Lent for a study to be determined. Another group meets at a member's home 2 PM every other Monday. And, a third, a study of Luther's Large Catechism, is led by Pastor at his home, Mondays at 7 PM. For more information, contact Pastor, 325-3420. 

Men's Bible study 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 8 AM at the church. We have a new topic, "The Great Deceiver", a study of Satan that has been produced by The Lutheran Hour Men's Network. This should be a most interesting study! 

Confirmation Class, resuming after Lent, Wednesdays, 7 PM at the church. Bring a friend!

We are saddened by the many physical tribulations in this world, that bring heartache, loss, tragedy, but also opportunities to serve. The tornadoes, flooding, earthquakes and wildfires that have devastated so many homes, and injured and killed so many people require that those who can help do so. If you would like to make a financial contribution to disaster relief through the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, go 
Here.
Thrivent members may double their contribution impact for Typhoon Haiyan relief by taking advantage of Thrivent's matching funds for this disaster aid program. For more details, go 
Here.

For the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod's reaction to the recent US Health and Human Services Dept. mandate that religious-affiliated institutions provide contraception, abortifacients and sterilization (most such institutions are self-insured, so the fiction that insurance companies pay the cost of such benefits is false), see LCMS President Harrison's comments Here .


Wish you had a way to make your weekly contributions when you can't attend Sunday service? Electronic Funds Transfer program is now available. Secure, convenient, no cost, and you can stay current with your offerings while you're away. Talk to Ken Gehrke or Tom O'Keefe for more information and to enroll.

Two other ways to contribute to Zion, at no cost to you: Pick up an Albertson's "Community" card available in the Narthex and present it at the register when you make purchases at Albertson's. And, use your Amazon account to contribute 0.5% of your purchases, compliments of Amazon, to Zion (or another favorite charity, but, of course, keep Zion in mind). Enter smile.amazon.com on your browser and click "select a charity". Enter "Zion Lutheran Church Farmington NM" and you will see our Zion. Click "select" and you're done. Future purchases on your account will result in the 0.5% contribution, but you do need to log into the "smile.amazon.com" website to participate. Amazon will recognize you when you log in, and the site is identical to the main Amazon site.

Your closet is already too full, and that's where you keep your obsolete cell phones, right? You can help our men and women in the armed forces by donating your old cell phones. Bring them to Zion and put them in the marked box in the Narthex, or see Jenny Dennis. 

Speaking of our Armed Forces, there is a box in the Narthex for collection of personal care items to be sent to our men and women stationed overseas. Please use it to deposit such packaged items as toothpaste, soap, gum, razors, etc. Thank you!