Our speaker this year will be Mark Swanson, Harold S. Vogelaar Professor of Christian-Muslim Studies and Interfaith Relations, and Associate Director of Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Mark Swanson came to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago from Luther Seminary where he taught Islamic studies, Christian-Muslim relations,
Arabic language and early church history. Before that, he served for 14 years on the faculty of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt. His research interests include the history of Christian-Muslim relations, medieval Egyptian church history, and early Arabic Christian literature.
Questions to be discussed will include the following:
Mark your calendars! Zion’s Stewardship Team is hosting the 4th Annual Celebration of Ministries on Sunday, October 6th at the beautiful Celebration Farm. Please join us as we celebrate our ministries, get to know each other better and learn about the wonderful opportunities available at Zion. We will begin with outdoor worship at 10:00 am, followed by food, fun and conversation. Get ready to learn more about Zion’s various ministries through a variety hands-on activities and games. There’s sure to be something for everyone! This year’s them, “Generosity Transforms”, reminds us that our generosity positively impacts our church, our community and the world. We hope to see all of you there!
Please RVSP online so we can plan for worship and meal.
If you are interested in volunteering at Celebration of Ministries this year, please contact Maggie DeZeeuw at email@example.com or (641) 691-3503.
Volunteers will be asked to help for a short period of time and then encouraged to rejoin the fun.
Locally: the Crisis Center of Johnson County, which provides emergency food assistance, crisis counseling, and other services to those in need experienced severe flooding, resulting in significant damage on August 28, 2018. This damage was not covered by insurance. To donate on line: https://www.jccrisiscenter.org/flash-flooding-damage-at-the-crisis-center/?blm_aid=7451697. Checks may also be sent to: Crisis Center of Johnson County, 1121 S. Gilbert Court Iowa City, IA 52240, or dropped off in person.
Marshalltown, IA: the residents of Marshalltown are still trying to recover from the effects of the tornado that struck the community on July 19. The Southeastern Iowa Synod of the ELCA has provided information on how to help our fellow Iowans: https://seiasynod.org/in-this-together-blog/7450/
Hurricanes of 2017 and 2018: Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When Hurricane Florence hits the eastern U.S. seaboard states, Lutheran Disaster Response will be therer to help survivors access resources, financial and other assistance to rebuild their homes and their lives. At this address: https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response you will find options for learning about and donating to help victims of disaster all over the world. Lutheran Disaster Response is still helping survivors of the hurricanes that hit the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2017.