Dear Friends in Christ:

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

I pray these weeks of our Easter season will be a great blessing for you. Easter continues through these next seven weeks and culminates with our celebration of the birthday of “the church” on Pentecost; June 4th. By that time I hope we have reached fifty people with the joy of participating in the Body of Christ at Zion! As of this writing we stand at twenty-seven by my reckoning. Twenty-three to go! We can do it! Invite someone to consider a deeper involvement at Zion, or encourage a “lapsed” member to reconnect. A good way to do this is to invite someone to attend one of our services or events as a friend. Think about this and pray about it, people are much more happy when they are connected to an active group.

For you already involved I want you to seriously consider another step. If you do not currently serve in some sort of capacity on Sunday morning please consider doing so. We are in great need of ushers and communion assistants.

· Consider volunteering your family to serve as ushers and greeters. This is particularly good for families with children in Confirmation and First Communion.

· Attend the information sessions I will be leading about assisting in worship on May 7, 14, June 4 and 11.

These will be in church from 9:15 — 9:45 a.m. No pressure, just information and questions. Come to any, or all of the sessions. Further training will be scheduled as warranted.

Zion has had a great legacy of having many people involved in our ministry. A lot of the “pillars” of our worshipping community are finding it more difficult to carry on their full activities. Now is the time for you to step in.

In Christ,

Pastor Thomas J. Pranschke