Monday, March 15, 2021

 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


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:

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 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.


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