Monday, March 22, 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


 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 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).


 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.

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