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Weekly News from Zion and our Ministries Under the Cross: Evergreen Academy & Nina's Place

July 10, 2024

You Matter at Zion

A Message from Cantor Kurt R. Schmidt

Last month, I downloaded an app that’s supposed to help manage my stress…as if I needed *another* reason to look at my phone. But, a recent blog post in the app caught my eye: What does it mean to “matter”? 

Examples of “mattering” include weekly conversations with a loved one, praise from a work supervisor or co-worker, or texts of gratitude from a friend. Mattering involves feeling valued by others and adding value to others, according to experts. Saying "you matter" means you feel seen, appreciated, and cared for, as well as capable, important, and trusted.

It’s also being missed when you aren’t there. You can like yourself and feel capable, but “you still won’t be a happy person if no one notices you when you enter a room,” said Gordon Flett, a psychologist, in a New York Times article. Studies show that mattering is associated with increased happiness, lower levels of depression, and a greater sense of self-acceptance and life purpose. 

How can you increase your sense of “mattering”?

  1. Amplify Your Value – Lean into the things you’re good at, and those that make you feel good when you do them.
  2. Value Others – Mattering goes both ways. It’s important to add value to those in your orbit and help them feel seen. Express your gratitude for their presence in your life. Also, make a point to check in with them and see how they’re really doing.
  3. Join a Cause – Volunteering your time is a great way to add value and contribute positively.

Here at Zion, I’d like to think that we give opportunities for you to do all three of the above. There are a number of upcoming once-a-year events that could use a few volunteers, always people to pray for, and invitations to bring your talents and abilities to the table.

Ultimately, however, it’s not about what you do, but who you are. You matter at Zion, because you (like all of humanity) are created in God’s image. We appreciate you. We see you. And, we love you.

Summer of Psalms

A Challenging Stretch

As we journey through all 150 psalms in order, admittedly this stretch of psalms – from 50(ish) through 80(ish) – is not the most inspirational or hopeful. There are quite a number of laments and psalms of disorientation and only two psalms of new orientation (65 and 66). Let's keep at it, knowing that stretches of lament or feelings of 'being in the valley" are part of every person's life.

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Opportunities to "Just Show Up"

SECOND Friday in July

July 12, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

Cove Brewery & Won-Toms

1500 SE 3rd Court

Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Don't make dinner plans and come as you are! We enjoy delicious food and one another's fellowship. We each pay our own way, but everyone is invited to the table — friends, family members, and neighbors!

Opportunities to Serve Joyfully & Give Selflessly

Send Shayne a Card

We know that acts of caring as simple as sending a card with words of encouragement can make a tremendous difference for someone. It's easy to send an email, but much more special to send a card through old fashioned "snail mail." We want Shayne to know that we are thinking and praying for her, and you can help with that.

To ensure arrival while the academy is in session, any correspondence should be postmarked no later than Wednesday, July 17, and addressed to: Shayne Clancy, c/o Lutheran Summer Music, Valparaiso University, 1509 Chapel Drive, Room 145, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

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Worship at Zion: There's a place for you.

This Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Second Sunday Healing Service

When Amos reports his vision of God judging Israel for its mistreatment of the poor, he becomes a threat to the power of the priests and the king. John the Baptist also speaks truth to power, and Herod has him killed. In Herod’s fear that Jesus is John returned from the dead, we may hear hope for the oppressed: all the prophets killed through the ages are alive in Jesus. We are called to witness to justice in company with them, and to proclaim God’s saving love.

Sunday's bulletin can be found on the homepage of our website.

Prayers of the People on Sunday Mornings

All names submitted online (click hereby Saturday at noon will be added to Sunday's prayers of the people. In order to keep our prayer list current, all names must be resubmitted each week if you desire continued prayers.

Handout from Pastor Julie's Sermon

Click on the picture for a PDF version of Pastor Julie's sermon handout from last Sunday.

"...but [the Lord] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:8-10)

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Cantor Kurt R. Schmidt

954-421-3146, option 2 (Church)

954-913-2125 (Cell)

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