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ZION NEWSLETTER
VOLUME 29, NUMBER 2
LENT AND EASTER ISSUE
MARCH, APRIL, MAY 2014

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Pastor Roggelin's Archive:
Past Messages From Zion

Pastor Holger Roggelin celebrated the 20th anniversary of his ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament
(Dec. 5, 1993)

Pastor’s Message

*** Information About Pastor's Sabbatical ***

Ich aber - Gott nahe zu sein ist mein Glück.

But for me it is good to be near God.

Psalm 73,28 (Einheitsübersetzung/ New Revised Standard Version),
Jahreslosung/ Watchword for the year 2014


Lent always has a feeling of journey to it. It is a time to get going, do some things differently, stop doing others, begin some new things, concentrate on what really matters and explore spiritual issues, as we give thanks for Christ’s Passion, and prepare for the somberness of Holy Week and the joyful celebration of Easter.
This year, our Lenten journey will be special, and for me it will involve a physical journey. On Sunday, March 23, we will say Good-Bye and Auf Wiedersehen to each other for a while and ask for God’s blessing, as I start my Sabbatical. I will be back on Sunday, July 20.
At this point, I am just grateful for the graciousness as well as tenaciousness exhibited by Dr Karl Heinz Schuleri and the other leaders of this congregation who have overseen the preparation. I am fully aware of the issues that some of you have had with the idea and the timing of the Sabbatical. I trust that most if not all of your questions have been answered and invite all of you to see this as a time of grace and growth for me as well as for you.
I give thanks for the grace offered to me to go. For the first time in 23 years, I will be able to be in a pew, on the receiving end, during Holy Week and Easter, and able to listen rather than speak. This is a great gift. Spending one complete semester at the University of Greifswald in Pomerania in the north-eastern corner of Germany (through its Summer Sabbatical program) will provide me with reflective as well as stimulating elements. I will focus on Gemeindeentwicklung / congregational development and hope to gain new insights that will be useful for us here at Zion. I am looking forward to the Bachwoche, a music festival in early June that grew out of a congregational music program, and search for ideas to bring back for our music program. In early July I will travel to Tallinn, Estonia for witnessing one of the largest choral festivals in the world, the Estonian Song Festival, held every five years.  It is a great example of ethnic music alive and well, which perhaps we can learn from too.
It is my hope that I will be able to share some of the enthusiasm I am already feeling, and my goal that you can see this experience as a solid investment in our joint future of many more years together.
The Sabbatical Planning Committee, the Staff Support Committee, and the Music & worship Committee have worked hard, and have worked together as a team, to plan how things will work during my absence. I am convinced they will work out well, especially when you realize that this is meant to be a phase of congregational renewal as well. The Sabbatical is about Zion as much as it is about me. Please stay faithful to ZION in your attending and giving. Each one can do their part in concentrating not so much on what or who is not there, but by supporting and taking part in what is happening, in welcoming the visiting preachers, in supporting those that keep the administrative and pastoral needs covered and fundamentally in seeing to what you can do to make it happen and happen well. Zion already has a great body of people who do a lot and who are going ‘the extra mile’ for the Sabbatical, for which I am profoundly thankful. Please don’t make it harder on them, but ask yourself which little part you could do to make it easier.  God has given some gift to every member of his body, the church!
First and foremost: Keep Zion and keep me in your prayers during this time. Let this above all be a time for us to be near God, to listen to his Word, and to seek his direction. Open your hearts and explore what the Psalmist means when stating with conviction: “Ich aber - Gott nahe zu sein ist mein Glück”/ “But as for me it is good to be near God.”
The fascinating thing with faith is that it expands our understanding of what it means “to be near God”.  Lent, for example, does this in a special way, because it calls us close to the cross. It is my hope and my prayer, that during this time, I and you will find our understanding and our faith expanded, and that we will find this experience “good.”  I certainly already find it “mein Glück” (literally “my luck” or “my happiness”).
Have a blessed time of Lent and Easter / Ihnen allen eine gesegnete Passionszeit und Ostern
Auf Wiedersehen und Gott befohlen,


Your Pastor Holger Roggelin

 

 

Wednesday services will be conducted by Katie Kluckman-Ault and Alexandra Mattern-Roggelin during Pastor’s absence.
Tentative Worship Schedule:

9:15 AM - German

11:15 AM - English

Lent 4 (bi-lingual)

30-Mar

Tom Davison

Lent 5

6-Apr

Cordula Schmid-Waßmuth

Marina Flores

Palm Sunday

13-Apr

Ursula Schreffler

Ursula Schreffler

Maundy Thursday (7:00PM)

17-Apr

 

Gary  Rickel

Good Friday (3:00PM)

18-Apr

Alexandra Mattern- Roggelin

 

EASTER

20-Apr

Bishop Wolfgang Herz-Lane

Bishop Herz-Lane

Easter II

27-Apr

Alexandra Mattern- Roggelin

Marina Flores

Easter III (bi-lingual)

4-May

Tom Davison

Easter IV

11-May

Music Sunday

Music Sunday

Easter V

18-May

Cordula Schmid-Waßmuth

Ron Reaves

Easter VI

25-May

TBA

Liz Yates

Easter VII

1-Jun

TBA

Gary  Rickel

PENTECOST (bi-lingual)

8-Jun

Gary  Rickel

TRINITY

15-Jun

Anke Deibler

Anke Deibler

2 Pentecost

22-Jun

TBA

Liz Yates

3 Pentecost

29-Jun

Ursula Schreffler

Ursula Schreffler

4 Pentecost

6-Jul

Anke Deibler

Anke Deibler

5 Pentecost

13-Jul

Tom Davison

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