Well Begun

In the words of the inimitable Mary Poppins, “Well begun is half done.” Our Connect * Give * Grow campaign has, indeed, been well-begun! During the active part of the campaign itself, we met or exceeded all expectations for involvement in activities and pledges. And now, at just six months into a 3-year commitment, contributions are at 38% of the amount pledged. Well begun, Zion!

The Building Team, too, has begun well. Together with our architects, Alamo Architects, and their engineers, the Team researched numerous solutions and chose to upgrade our septic system. Alamo then facilitated the process to chose a contractor who will help us assess the feasibility and costs to construct those buildings we hope to include in the first phase of our campus upgrade. Alamo’s team has considered multiple options to meet the our first phase and the Team chose those solutions which seemed to best fit Zion. Soon, the Team will be meeting with the contractor, GW Mitchell, to determine costs for this phase.

Meanwhile, the Council has formed a Finance Committee that’s tasked with investigating funding sources. The amount already given toward our pledges will help them to arrange favorable financing!

Zion, we’re truly making amazing progress! Just one year ago, we were embarking on this journey and today we’re well on our way to a campus that better meets our mission. So now what? How do we continue what has been begun so well?

First, please keep the teams from Alamo Architects, GW Mitchell General Contractors, the Building Team, and the Connect * Give * Grow Team, our staff and Council members in your prayers. Second, please continue your faithful giving toward your Connect * Give * Grow commitment and to Zion’s general fund. As we look forward to Zion’s exciting future, it’s important that our church is able to meet all all today’s needs as we reach in love to our community. Third, please watch for updates from the Building Team and our Connect * Give * Grow Continuation Committee. Your faithful support and active involvement are key to Zion’s success!

-Chris Jones

Website, Part 2 (By the Numbers)

Hi again, everyone…

I thought I’d include a little bit more about our website and how it’s being used. Like many websites, we have programs that help us track how people are using it.  Having this information greatly helps us as we maintain this website.  So – without delay, here is a little bit about our website by the numbers…

-In December 2014 we had 3,770 people that viewed zionsa.org. In January we’ve had almost 2,200 people visit our site.
-The most commonly clicked page from our homepage is the “Location and Service Times” button.
-The second most common clicked page from our homepages is the “Newsletter” button.
-In the last 30 days, 58 people have clicked the “In Need of Help?” link.
-595 people wanted to find out more information about Advent and Christmas at Zion.
-Yesterday (1/22/2015), 16 people found us through search engines, 9 found us through Facebook, and 2 found us through the yellowpages.com.
-In the last 30 days, 215 people have clicked on our online calendar, 44 people have gone from our website to our YouTube channel, and 6 people clicked from our website to our online donation vendor.

So there’s a little bit about the numbers at Zion… Have a great weekend and see you in worship on Sunday!!

Thanks!

First of all, welcome to our blog!  We plan on updating you on things that are going on at Zion by using this blog on an occasional basis.

Now onto the main reason for writing this blog – Thanks!

The Advent and Christmas seasons are two of the busiest seasons of the church year. While many people talk about how busy pastors and church staff are during this time of the year, we know that we couldn’t do what we do without you. We give God thanks for the many ways you gave of your time and energy to make Advent and Christmas at Zion so meaningful. Specifically, we want to lift up:

-The altar guild. They are unsung heroes that work diligently on a weekly basis to help set the Lord’s Table.
-Our ushers, who stood at the ready to welcome friend and stranger through the church’s doors.
-Communion assistants, acolytes, torch bearers, book bearers, and other worship assistants that provided leadership in worship.
-Those who helped to decorate our sanctuary for Advent and Christmas.
-The many musical ensembles of Zion helped us see God’s glory through the gift of music.
-The people that came out the Saturday after Christmas Day to cook and serve the homeless in our community with Taking it to the Streets were a sign of God’s love to the least of God’s family.
-The people who provided gifts for children at our partner congregation in El Cenizo, TX and St. P-J’s home here in San Antonio provided Christmas cheer.
-Our Stephen Ministers who were present for the Hope and Healing Service offered a tangible sign of God’s promise.
-The many ways you showed God’s love to us through your presence.
-Your generous gifts to the pastors and staff at Christmas.

We are a blessed Church and give God thanks for what is to come in 2015!

Yours in Christ,

Pastors Schulte and Peek