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The Herald - April 11, 2018

 

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April 11, 2018

Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church, Mt. Zion, Illinois   (217) 864-2528

                              www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

The Spring Gathering for the Presbyterian Women of Southeastern Illinois Presbytery is Saturday, April 14 at the First Presbyterian Church, Effingham from 9:30 am-1:30 pm.  

 

     The Jr. High LOGOS class the "J-Walks" created the slogan "Milligan Matters" as part of

a promotion for a fundraiser for our Milligan Academy support program.  The "J-Walks" are offering printed bracelets labeled " Milligan Matters" for sale this Sunday, April 15 during fellowship time following both 8:00 and 10:00

am services.  There will be a table located both in Fellowship Hall and outside of the Sanctuary.  The suggested price is $2.00 with any donation above that amount most welcomed and appreciated. 

     Please join our "J-Walks" in this effort, helping us as we continue to assist in making "Milligan Matters", thank you.  All proceeds go directly to Milligan Academy.

    Questions:  Contact Sonia Wenndt at 865-250-3276 or Sue Wilson at 217-620-4746 or feel free to talk with our own "J-Walks":  Skyler Tenuto, Emma Novota, Sydney Winick, Corbin Davis, and Noah Scheiter. 

 

Book Club meets on Monday, April 16 at 7:00 pm to discuss A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

 

Church Officers’ Training

is Saturday, April 21 from

8:45 am-2:00 pm. 

Lunch will be provided.

 

No Women’s Breakfast on Saturday, April 21 due to the Church Officers’ Training.

 

Starting Sunday, April 22, the Adult

Sunday School Class will begin a

new series called Animate:  Bible. 

This series is designed to reinvigorate

and deepen the understanding of the

Bible.  You will gain perspectives

on God, religion, Jesus, salvation,

the cross, the Bible, and the church from seven Christian thought leaders.  No preparation is needed, just come to the class ready to learn and have good conversation!  This class will be taught by Pastor Mike.  Any questions, please see Molly.

          Graduation Sunday is April 22.  If you have

          a graduate, please let Molly know by April 8.

 

Ladies’ Night Out

“Spring Tea Party”

is Monday, April 30

at 6:30 pm in the Annex.

 

Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church supports:

Macon County Assistance Exchange (Max)

Max Facts:  201 W. North in First United Methodist Church.  Open Monday thru Thursday 1:00-3:00 pm 

Ÿ Fiscal 2017 helped 1239 families with $98,641.48      

   in financial assistance. (Monies are all donated).

Ÿ Max verifies needs through application process

Ÿ No cash given out/vouchers for every need.

Max helps with:  as funds allow

*Water bills *Prescriptions (no pain) *Glasses and  

   exam *Power bills (must be on) *Dental 

   extractions *Clothing and Furniture vouchers

*Discount Bus pass vouchers * Emergency one  

  night hotel stays with referral from Homeward 

  Bound *State IDs *Gas cards for out of town  

  Doctor’s appointments (typically takes two weeks

  to get a gas card).

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences to:  Jan and Don Morton and family upon the loss of their grandson, Riley Andrew Day.

Please pray for:  Joy Mattox, Crystal Brothers, Mick Stewart, Gene Nenortas, Beverly Gant, Pat Willis, Kathy Brelsfoard and Michael Proctor (Doug Clifton’s sister and nephew), David Cowgill, Darlene Bray, Olivia Capasso, Gladys Workman, Steve Hubner, Nan Fuess, Norma Miller, Joyce and Randy Williams.

At Nursing/Retirement Homes:  Donna Manuell, Cecil Barr, Alice Barr, Chad Hale, Olga Nenortas, Wilma Myers, Barb Nelson, Erma Sutton, Joanne Freeland, Charline Ellis, Joann Williams, Bill Bishop, Marianne Milnor.         

Military Personnel:  Kim Townsend, Aaron M. Taylor, Navy; Ilene Henderson, Devin Hale, Jacob Bradshaw, J. T. Arocha, Army; Zach King, Devon Butler, Logan Seevers, Lee Nenortas, Air Force; MacKenzie Gould, ROTC National Guard.

 

     Paul and I would like to thank our church and Pastor Mike for the visits, prayers, and meals provided to us during our recent illnesses.  We feel the love of this church and do appreciate your concern and continued prayers. 

                                                 Joy and Paul Mattox

 

GOOD NEWS CORNER

 

  Ÿ   We had 28 adults and 6 kids participate    

       in a wonderful Spirituality Retreat at

       Camp Warren this past week.  We got

       to hear Sister Anna Phiri talk about

       Trusting our Spiritual GPS. 

  Ÿ   Congratulations to Jan and Mike 

       Nickell upon the birth of their fourth

       grandson, Charlie.

 

TED Talk_________________________________

(Theology, Education, Discipleship)

Bearing Fruit

     The Spirituality Retreat we had last weekend was a direct result of a need and yearning identified by our congregation and its leaders.

     When Joel Stevenor accepted a call to a congregation in Ohio in the spring of 2015, our congregation inherited the responsibility to undertake a “mission study”.  The Presbyterian approach has been to take some time to prayerfully consider where the congregation and its community has been, and where the Spirit might lead us in the future, during a pastoral vacancy.  There are several types of mission studies; the Session wisely opted for one called “Appreciative Inquiry” that involved a minimum of survey-taking and focus on perceived “weaknesses” and a maximum of considering our strengths and past positive church experiences.  

      One of the reasons I was so excited about being part of the future at this church was because of the decisions you made in that process.  In October of 2016 approximately 80 people invested a good part of the day reflecting on our church’s life.  Scott Woolridge of the Disciples of Christ preached and led us through the “Appreciative Inquiry” process, during which we asked the general question, “What Does God Want Us to Do in Mount Zion?” through reflection on each of our past experiences with the church.  The fruit of that day was reflected back to members of the church after a “Vision Committee” —Dick Marshall, Jessica Sattley, Doyle Wilson, Jim Beckhart, Sally Dennis, and Carla Farrell—who created a plan and a “dream document” which reflected what the participants of our “summit” in October 2016 lifted up, and subsequently ran those documents past several church groups.  What emerged was not typically what churches choose, some version of “We want to grow our membership 15% in the next five years.”  Instead, our church stated that in the next years we’d be about spiritual growth—growing spiritually in our worship, in our church family, and in service to our community and world. 

     Churches certainly have things such as spiritual retreats, spiritual growth groups, and meaningful Maundy Thursday services without going through a study process.  As we move forward, though, we will be working hard to focus our committee goals and mission efforts through the lens of what our Vision Team crafted for us, choosing to believe that the Spirit was with us when the Session chose that particular process, when we met that October, and when we have been blessed by growing choirs and high school youth groups and new mission efforts. 

     See you in worship and in service—

                                           Pastor Mike

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, April 15

Worship Services.........8:00 & 10:00 am

Coffee Fellowship................................ 8:30 & 11 am

Sunday School.............................................. 9:00 am

Financial Peace University/Room 204.......... 6:00 pm

Monday, April 16

Moms’ Group/Annex..................................... 6:00 pm  

Book Club..................................................... 7:00 pm    

Tuesday, April 17

Edna Circle................................................... 9:00 am

Spirituality Retreat Meeting......................... 1:30 pm

AA................................................................ 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 18        

Memorial Committee.................................... 2:30 pm

Sr. Highs....................................................... 2:30 pm

Handbell Choir............................................. 6:00 pm

Chancel Choir............................................... 7:15 pm

Thursday, April 19

Prayer Shawl................................................. 1:00 pm

Baton Twirling.............................................. 2:30 pm

Game Night/Room 103................................. 7:00 pm

AA/Al-Anon................................................. 8:00 pm

Sat., April 21 No Women’s Breakfast/Annex rented.

Church Officers’ Training............. 8:45 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday, April 22         Graduation Sunday            

Worship Services............................. 8:00 & 10:00 am

Coffee Fellowship........................... 8:30 & 11:00 am

Sunday School.............................................. 9:00 am

Financial Peace University/Room 204.......... 6:00 pm

Monday, April 23          Annex reserved.

Parish Visitor Meeting.................................. 2:00 pm

Moms’ Group/Annex..................................... 6:00 pm

Tuesday, April 24     

Session Meeting............................................ 7:00 pm

AA................................................................ 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 25    

Sr. Highs....................................................... 2:30 pm

Handbell Choir............................................. 6:00 pm

Chancel Choir............................................... 7:15 pm

Thursday, April 26

Prayer Shawl................................................. 1:00 pm

Baton Twirling.............................................. 2:30 pm

Anna Circle................................................... 7:00 pm

AA/Al-Anon................................................. 8:00 pm

Friday, April 27

Good Samaritan Inn...................................... 9:00 am

Saturday, April 28          Annex reserved.       

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving……..…......$6,519.00

Giving for April 1………..….$11,773.00

March giving………………...$22,985.00

2018 Per Capita is $40.00

 

The next Herald will be published April 25.