Thursday, April 1, 2021

Zion School Connection #34 March 29th 2021

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” – Matthew 28:6

 In life, are you a “cup half empty” kind of person, or “cup half full”? I’m sure you’ve heard this contrast in sayings before as metaphors for the pessimist (“its half empty”) or the optimist (“its half full”).

Here’s another question for you. Are you a “grave half empty” person?

I doubt if this metaphor is every going to become quite as popular, but this is why I ask: As Believers we know the story of our crucified and risen Savior. This week we will remember Jesus’ suffering and death as the price for our sins on Good Friday, and rejoice in and proclaim our Lord’s glorious triumph over death on Easter Sunday morning. We know in our head what it all means: eternity with our Lord in heaven! A perfect rest in him! Ultimate joy forever and ever!

Yet on Monday, we go back to our daily tasks, our jobs, our “real life”. We may tend to forget the Easter joy and weigh ourselves down with the daily burdens of life that God would so gladly carry for us, if we would simply ask and trust. In fact, sometimes we even glory in our misery, and would rather have something to complain about than to remember the complete joy that is ours. It’s as if Jesus grave were only “half empty”.

But it isn’t. The angel said, “He is NOT here. He is risen!” That joyous good news should be in our thoughts and on our lips every day of our lives, not just Easter Sunday! What a great reason for daily joy and celebration!

Back to the cups: For believers in Christ, what does that COMPLETELY empty grave mean? Our cup is never “half-full”. Simply considering our salvation alone, our cup of life is full to the brim. Do I have financial worries? I’m still going to heaven! Is their illness in the family? Or death? Heaven remains our home! Is there trouble in my home, or at work, or in the community? Jesus is still my loving Savior, and my dearest friend, and he holds me in his hand!

Will there still be sorrow in my life at times? Of course. But the problems of my daily life are nothing compared to the joy won for me by mySavior. No matter what comes, I always have a reason to rejoice.

But our Lord doesn’t stop there! He continues to give us blessings far over and above what we deserve. God’s daily blessings overflow in even troubled lives, if we would only look for them. He also daily gives us the opportunity to be comforted by his Word, and through contacts with fellow believers.

Is Jesus’ grave half empty? No way. He is risen! So we too will rise!

Cup half empty? On the contrary. It continues to overflow!

Thank you Lord, for Easter joy. Please help us to carry it with us throughout the entire year, and throughout our lives.

God bless your celebration of Easter,

Principal Schneck J

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This Friday, April 2nd, is early dismissal. Classes dismiss at 11:00 a.m.

Zion Lutheran School will be on Spring Break April 5th to 9th. School classes will resume Monday, April 12th. Enjoy your holiday!


YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US AT ZION FOR HOLY WEEK WORSHIP!

 Palm Sunday Worship     Sunday, March 28th – 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

 Maundy Thursday Worship     Thursday, April 1st – 7:00 p.m.

 Good Friday Worship     Friday, April 2nd – 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.

 Easter Sunday Worship     Sunday, April 4th – 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

 

Chapel Service

School families are invited to join us for our morning school chapel service this week Wednesday, March 31st at 8:05 a.m. Parents, family and friends are welcome! Parents attending chapel are asked to park in the circle drive (Cole Road entrance) and enter through door “D”.

 Hot Lunch this week (for those who preordered): Wednesday, March 31st – Arby’s

 

Congratulations, Zion Warrior Basketball Teams, on a great year.

Special thanks to B Team coaches Hanna Liechty and Grace Horn, and A Team coach Steve Sordahl, as well as Athletic Director Mr. Nielsen for keeping it all together! Players, please bring your CLEANED uniforms back to school by this Friday!

 

2021-2022 School Enrollment

Letters were sent home several weeks ago with 2021-22 enrollment information. In order to aid in our planning, we ask that all families planning to enroll for the fall begin their registration process. School families should have received an email invitation from TADS last week to register for the new school year.   If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Schneck.

We are holding an open house for potential new student families this Tuesday, March 30th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. If you know of any family or friends who may be interested in our school program, please share our information with them, or invite them to visit our website. If they are willing, you can also give their contact information to Mr. Schneck and we will reach out to them. If possible please share the invitation attached to this newsletter. Extras copies are available on the ministry table by the pastor’s offices.

 

 On the Calendar…

·                  Tuesday, March 30th 

Zion Lutheran School Open House

5:30-7:30 p.m.

·                  Wednesday, March 31st     

School Chapel Service     8:05 a.m.

Hot Lunch – Arby’s

·                  Thursday, April 1st 

Heart Heroes Challenge  2-3 p.m.

Maundy Thursday Worship Service at Zion   7 p.m.

·                  Friday, April 2nd  

EARLY DISMISSAL 11:00 a.m.

Maundy Thursday Worship Service at Zion   1:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.

·                  Sunday, March 28th   

Easter Festival Worship Services at Zion

8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

 

SPRING BREAK – NO SCHOOL CLASSES

APRIL 5th TO 9th (Classes resume April 12th)

 

Coming Up in April…

 Track practices will begin after spring break.

 Sunday, April 18th at 12:30 p.m.  –  Zion CEA Biennial Auction.

 Friday and Saturday, April 23rd at 6:30 p.m. and April 24th at 10:30 a.m.  – our Zion School Musical,  It’s Cool in the Furnace

 

 


Monday, March 22, 2021

ZION SCHOOL CONNECTION ISSUE #33 22 MARCH 2021

 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  -1 John 4:10

Do you plan to receive any love letters soon? Those are usually reserved for celebrations like Valentines Day. But coming up starting next Sunday is the celebration of Holy Week, where we remember Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection on Easter Sunday, where a surprising number of “love letters” come to us from our loving Lord.

So will you receive any love letters?

If you will recount God’s love in sending his only Son, identified as King and Savior on Palm Sunday, willingly entering Jerusalem to the cheering crowds crying “Hosannah!” “Save us now!’, yet knowing that those crowds would by Friday be calling for his crucifixion, and still willing to do what was necessary to save us from our sin, then yes, you will.

 If you will recount God’s love for you on Maundy Thursday as you remember the words of Jesus, “This is my body…this is my blood…given and shed for you for the forgiveness of your sins”, you will.

If you will listen once more to the story of Christ’s innocent suffering and sacrifice on the cross on Good Friday, you will.

If you will re-live through the eyes of Jesus’ followers the joy of Easter Sunday and the wonder and excitement of a risen Savior, you will.

If you will take time with fellow believers to worship the One who “became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21), you will.

The Easter story of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection is a love letter to each of us from God himself.

So what will you do with your love letter? Will you read it with your family? Will you marvel at God’s wondrous love for you?

And then what?

Will you stick it in a box with the Easter decorations, not to be seen until next year?

Will you accidentally throw it out with the candy wrappers and plastic grass?

Or will you and your family carry it with you every day throughout the year, reading it again and again,

 and taking every opportunity to show it to anyone who will listen, saying “See how much he loves us?”

May God help us to keep his love letter, the Gospel message found in his Word, the Bible, in our hearts and minds, not just at Easter, but always.

“I asked Jesus, ‘How much do you love me?’

He said, ‘This much.’ And he spread his arms, and died for me.” – unknown 

God bless your Holy Week and Easter,

Principal Schneck J

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 2021-2022 School Enrollment

Letters were sent home last week with 2021-22 enrollment information. In order to aid in our planning, we ask that all families planning to enroll for the fall begin their registration process. School families should have received an email invitation from TADS last week to register for the new school year.If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Schneck.

We are also planning an open house for potential new student families on Tuesday, March 30th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. If you know of any family or friends who may be interested in our school program, please share our information with them, or invite them to visit our website. If they are willing, you can also give their contact information to Mr. Schneck and we will reach out to them. If possible please share the invitation attached to this newsletter. Extras copies are available on the ministry table by the pastor’s offices.

 

Chapel Service

School families are invited to join us for our special afternoon school chapel service this week Wednesday, March 24th at 2:30 p.m. Parents, family and friends are welcome! Parents attending chapel are asked to park in the circle drive (Cole Road entrance) and enter through door “D”.

 

Hot Lunch this week (for those who preordered):

Wednesday, March 24th – Hot Dogs with Chips

Friday, March 26th – Personal Pizzas

Basketball

Basketball practices are continuing this week with some restrictions. Masks are required during practices.

Practices this week:

Tuesday March 23rd – B Team 3-4:30 p.m.

                                             A Team 4-5:30 p.m.

Thursday March 25th – B Team 3-4:30 p.m.

                                             A Team 4-5:30 p.m.

Game this week:

Saturday, March 27th HOME vs St. Stephen, Adrian at 10 and 11 a.m. - No open admission

Attendance for spectators is extremely limited. Mr. Nielsen has shared details with the player families. Please contact Mr. Nielsen if you have any questions.

 MCLS Bookmobile visits this week

The Bookmobile will be at Zion on Thursday, March 25th from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Students, don’t forget your library cards and any books that are due! Parents are invited to visit and make selections for their families as well. Parents, please enter the gym through the East gym door (I).

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US AT ZION FOR HOLY WEEK WORSHIP!

 Palm Sunday Worship     Sunday, March 28th – 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

 Maundy Thursday Worship     Thursday, April 1st – 7:00 p.m.

 Good Friday Worship     Friday, April 2nd – 1:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday Worship     Sunday, April 4th – 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.


On the Calendar…

·                  Tuesday, March 23rd 

B-Ball Practices B Team 3-4:30 p.m.      A Team 4-5:30 p.m.

·                  Wednesday, March 24th     

Hot Lunch – Hot Dogs with Chips


School Chapel Service     2:30 p.m.

            Lenten Worship Service at Zion   7 p.m.

·                  Thursday, March 25th 

Bookmobile visit 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

B-Ball Practices B Team 3-4:30 p.m.     A Team 4-5:30 p.m.

·                  Friday, March 26th

Hot Lunch – Personal Pizzas

·                  Saturday, March 27th

            B-Ball Games vs St. Stephen   HOME     10 and 11 a.m.

·                 Sunday, March 28th   

            Worship Services at Zion Lutheran

8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


Bible Information Class 6-8 p.m.



Coming Up in April…

We are looking forward to two events in April. Please put both on your calendar:

Sunday, April 18th, is our Zion CEA Biennial Auction. (See the CEA Highlights for some basic information.) More will be shared in the coming weeks. Please see Amy Vanisacker for details.

Friday and Saturday, April 23rd and 24th, the students will be presenting their spring musical It’s Cool in the Furnace, a musical take on the Biblical story of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The students are currently putting the program together. We will need help in the coming weeks with costumes, props, and sets. Please see Mr. Schneck if you are interested in helping us out.

Monday, March 15, 2021

 Letter from Zion School Board - 2021-2022 Enrollment and Tuition Information

March 14, 2021

Dear Zion Lutheran School Families,

As we finish our third quarter and move into the completion of our school year, it is time for us to begin planning for the next school year. We are very thankful for your continued support of our school program, and look forward to the opportunity to continue the privilege of serving your family in the new school year.

This week you should receive an email from TADS inviting you to re-enroll for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. We plan to have our open enrollment application available this week for students new to our program as well. We also plan to have the application process for tuition assistance available via TADS open soon, and will provide details for those who wish to apply. The tuition assistance application process should also be open towards the end of March and will be available through May 1 for returning school families.

We are pleased to announce that, after a December decision by the congregation of Zion Lutheran Church, our school tuition rates will remain the same with no increase for the 2021-22 school year. It is our sincere mission to make Christian education affordable for anyone who wishes to make use of our school program and we sincerely appreciate that the members of our Church share those sentiments.

We do plan to continue the current cleaning protocols that are in place, which include the use of a professional service in lieu of school families sharing in cleaning duties. We are very satisfied with the work of the current cleaning service and feel it is in the school's best interest to continue with nightly professional cleaning. Because of this, the cleaning fee for the upcoming school will see an increase to $250 per student ($27.75 monthly) or $450 per family ($50 monthly) for families with two or more students in grades K-8. We feel that the total tuition and fees rate remains competitive with other parochial schools in our area while helping us to close our budgetary gap, as the congregation does cover a portion of every student’s educational cost.  

On the back of this page you will find a tuition schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Schneck. Again, look for an invitation from TADS to register for enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year to be emailed to you soon.

One additional item:  we will be holding a Zion School Open House on Tuesday, March 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for those in our community who are looking for educational options for their children and who may be interested in our school to get information on our school, visit our classrooms, and meet our staff. We ask that you share our information with any friends and family that might be interested in what we have to offer. Watch for more information and invitations to share in the coming days.

In Christ’s service and yours,

Zion Lutheran School Board

Zion Lutheran School Tuition Schedule – 2021-2022 School Year

Preschool    3 and 4-year-old                

Registration Fee          $40

Tuition                         $200 monthly              ($1800/year)               

Preschool is a three or four-day program, Monday-Wednesday or Monday-Thursday. There are no Friday sessions.

The same rate applies for three or four-day program.                         

Kindergarten                                   Zion Church Member              Non-Member

Registration Fee for Kindergarten      $100                                        $100

Tuition                                                 $1800/yr.*                               $3000/yr.*

Kindergarten is a three full-day program, Tuesday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

(*If family has only a Kindergarten student enrolled. If family enrollment includes a student or students in grades 1-8, then grades 1-8 registration fee and tuition plan for family applies.)

Each school family in grades K-8 is asked to pay a facility cleaning fee of $250 per student or $450 per family per year (Charged monthly at $27.75 per student or $50 per family.)

Grades 1-8

Registration Fee                                  $160 for first child, $60 for each additional child.

Includes all consumables and book fees.                   

Tuition                                                 Zion Church Member              Non-Member

One Child                                           $2700/yr.                                 $3300/yr.

Two Children                                      $4900/yr.                                 $6100/yr.

Three or More Children                      $6600/yr.                                 $8400/yr.

(For multi-child families, these rates include K if another child from family is in grades 1-8)

Each school family in grades K-8 is asked to pay a facility cleaning fee of $250 per student or $450 per family per year (Charged monthly at $27.75 per student or $50 per family.)

Application for Zion Tuition Assistance

Only families with students in grades K through 8 may apply for tuition assistance from the Zion. There is no tuition assistance available for preschool.

Applications will be accepted through TADS March 22-May 1. Tuition assistance grants for returning students will be determined and approved by May 22, 2021 and eligible families notified soon after.

 Zion School Connection Issue #32  March 14, 2021

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. – Romans 3:23-24

I have never had a traffic ticket. Not one. I am somewhat proud of that. However, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t ever deserved one.

For example, early one morning a few years back, I was heading out of my neighborhood to pick up a friend. I was at the intersection, and when the light turned green I made a left turn onto a four lane road, and apparently I moved too quickly into the outside lane. No one else was around but…the police car watching from the corner.

I think every driver knows the feeling. The flashing lights light up behind you. Your stomach drops. You pull over to the side of the road and quickly rehearse in your mind what you will say. I reached into my back pocket to get my driver’s license and…I realized that I forgot my wallet.

I won’t go into any more detail, but long story short, he let me off with a warning and a reminder not to forget my license in the future. With a lesson learned about lane changes on a left turn and prayers of thanks to God for the blessing of an understanding police officer, I was on my way. What a relief! No ticket, no fine, no points.

But we all have received much greater grace in our Lord Jesus. Far more than a mistaken lane change, we all have been caught red-handed. God knows every sin I’ve ever committed. Every impure thought. Every selfish deed. Every hurtful word and action. And each one makes me worthy of eternal punishment in hell. I have fallen so short of the glory of God.

But God doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve. Instead, he laid all of our sinful thoughts, words and deeds on Jesus, who took them to the cross, taking on himself our punishment, and granting us forgiveness, full and free. Now God looks at us and sees Jesus’ perfect obedience and life credited to us. We are declared “Not Guilty”! What grace!

As we continue our Lenten journey remembering Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection, take the opportunity with your family to remember and thank Jesus for his wonderful gift of grace-God’s underserved love for us-and rejoice in the gift of forgiveness, salvation, and eternity in heaven that is ours through him.

God bless your week,

Bryan SchneckJ

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Third Quarter Parent-Teacher Consultations

This year we have decided to invite our parents to meet to discuss their child’s 3rd quarter report as well as share the results of our MAP standardized testing so far this year. These are not required meetings, but we encourage our school families to make the most of this opportunity. Appointments will be available March 16-18. An email was sent out with details on signing up for an appointment via our Signup Genius page. If you did not receive the email, you can follow this link to access the appointment page:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B45ABA82FA0F58-3rdquarter

Please contact Mr. Schneck if you have any questions. For those not signed up for consultations, 3rd quarter reports will be sent home on Friday, March 19th.

 

2021-2022 School Enrollment


Letters are being sent home today with 2021-22 enrollment information. In order to aid in our planning, we ask that all families planning to enroll for the fall begin their registration process. School families will be receiving an email invitation from TADS this week to register for the new school year.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Schneck.

We are also planning an open house for potential new student families on Tuesday, March 30th. If you know of any family or friends who may be interested in our school program, please share our information with them, or invite them to visit our website. If they are willing, you can also give their contact information to Mr. Schneck and we will reach out to them. Invitations to hand out to prospective families will be made available this week.

 

Chapel Service


School families are invited to join us for our morning school chapel service this week Wednesday, March 17th at 8:05 a .m. Parents, family and friends are welcome! Parents attending chapel are asked to park in the circle drive (Cole Road entrance) and enter through door “D”.

Basketball

Basketball practices are continuing this week with some restrictions. Masks are required during practices.

Practices this week:

Tuesday March 16th – B Team 3-4:30 p.m.

                                             A Team 4-5:30 p.m.

Thursday March 18th – B Team 3-4:30 p.m.

                                             A Team 4-5:30 p.m.

Game this week:

Saturday, March 20th AWAY vs Trinity, Jenera OH at 10 and 11 a.m. - No open admission

Attendance for spectators is extremely limited. Mr. Nielsen has shared details with the player families. Please contact Mr. Nielsen if you have any questions.

 

CEA Meeting Highlights

Items of note from last Monday’s CEA Meeting:

·         CEA Accounts: Currently $3179.59 in savings, $6835.44 in checking

·         We are seeking approval from the Zion church council for a possible rummage sale during the first week of June

·         Classes are collecting for their baskets to be auctioned off at our CEA Auction in April. Teachers will let parents know details on contributing.

Themes:          Outdoor Fun (Preschool)

                        Family Fitness (K)

Camping (Grades 1-2)

                        Outdoor Grilling (Grades 3-5)

                        Game Night (Grades 6-8)

·         Our CEA Auction is scheduled for Sunday, April 18th. It will be an outdoor/tent event. Food will be available for sale from one or more food trucks, who are donating a portion of their sales to Zion. There will be a webpage up for previews, and a possible bake sale as well. Volunteers are needed! Please contact Amy Vanisacker if you would like to help out.

·         CEA approved designating $600 towards costume and set costs for the Zion school musical on April 23-24

·         CEA approved a gift of $400 towards the Michigan Lutheran Seminary visiting choir for their concert for our school family on April 12th.

                                   

Hot Lunch this week (for those who preordered):

Wednesday, March 17th – Make-Your-Own Salad

Friday, March 19th – Personal Pizzas

 

Are you interested in finding out more about God’s Word?

Pastor Ulrich has just started up a new Bible Information Class (BIC) on February 21st. This is a great class for those interested in learning more about the Christian faith as well as for longtime Christians looking for a refresher course on the basic teachings of God’s Word. Please contact Pastor Ulrich for more information.

 On the Calendar…

·                                  Tuesday, March 16th 

B-Ball Practices B Team 3-4:30 p.m.     A Team 4-5:30 p.m.

            Parent-Teacher Consultations (by appt.)

·                                  Wednesday, March 17th     

School Chapel Service     8:05 a.m.

Hot Lunch – Make-Your-Own Salad

Parent-Teacher Consultations (by appt.)

            Lenten Worship Service at Zion   7 p.m.

·                                     Thursday, March 18th 

B-Ball Practices B Team 3-4:30 p.m.   A Team 4-5:30 p.m.

Parent-Teacher Consultations (by appt.)

·                                  Friday, March 19th

Hot Lunch – Personal Pizzas

·                                  Saturday, March 20th

            B-Ball Games vs Trinity    AWAY 10 and 11 a.m.

·                                  Sunday, March 21st   

            Worship Services at Zion Lutheran

8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Bible Information Class 6-8 p.m.


Coming Up in April…

We are looking forward to two events in April. Please put both on your calendar:

 Sunday, April 18th, is our Zion CEA Biennial Auction. (See the CEA Highlights for some basic information.) More will be shared in the coming weeks. Please see Amy Vanisacker for details.

 Friday and Saturday, April 23rd and 24th, the students will be presenting their spring musical It’s Cool in the Furnace, a musical take on the Biblical story of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The students are currently putting the program together. We will need help in the coming weeks with costumes, props, and sets. Please see Mr. Schneck if you are interested in helping us out.

 

Zion School Connection #34 March 29th 2021

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” – Matthew 28:6   In life, are you a “cup half empty” ...