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The Herald - April 25, 2018

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April 25, 2018

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

                              www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

Ladies’ Night Out “Spring Tea Party” is Monday, April 30 at 6:30 pm in the Annex.

Refreshments and table service will be provided.

 

The Adult Sunday School Class began 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.

 

Volunteers needed for Habitat for Humanity Work Day (salesclerks, cleaning, unloading, stocking items donated, and home construction site) Friday, May 4 at 10:00 am.  We will meet at the Decatur ReStore located at 932 East Wood Street.  Please sign-up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board so work can be planned.  Volunteers will need to fill out a data sheet (those are located on the table by the east stairwell).  For more information contact Mark Milnor at 217-358-2691 or go to www.habitat.org Also, donate any new or used building materials to ReStore.

 

Blanket Sunday is May 6.  Last year, thousands of CWS Blankets were distributed throughout the U.S., including Illinois.  Each blanket costs $10.00. 

 

Church Rummage Sale is May 11 & 12 in Annex.

 

The Edna Circle will have their end-of-the-year lunch at Las Margaritas, 1475 Village Parkway in Mt. Zion on Tuesday, May 15 at 11:30 am.  Reservations are not necessary.

 

Ordination and Installation of Officers is Sunday, May 20 at 10:00 am worship.

 

Book Club meets on Monday, May 21 at 7:00 pm to discuss The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas.

 

Please Help Us reduce cost by shutting off

all lights and water when you are the last to

leave the building!  We have found lights

and water running all night.  Thank you!

 

HONORING ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS—Wednesday, April 25, is “Administrative Professionals Day”.  Please make an opportunity to thank Karen Jones and Gloria Moss for all the wonderful work they do for this family of faith.  

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences:  to Dee and Cuyler Buker and family upon the loss of Dee’s father, Dean Wilson.

Please pray for:  Norma Miller, Crystal Brothers, Doris Daws, Paul and Joy Mattox, Cheri Trimmer (Jan Nickell’s friend), Bob Gotts Jr. (Tina Gotts’ brother), Connie Clark, Mike Cole (Sonia and Greg Wenndt’s brother-in-law), Mick Stewart, Gene Nenortas, Beverly Gant, Kathy Brelsfoard and Michael Proctor (Doug Clifton’s sister and nephew), David Cowgill, Darlene Bray, Olivia Capasso, Gladys Workman, Steve Hubner, Nan Fuess, 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.

 

     The Lions Club would like to thank the Presbyterian Church for the use of the Annex to hold our Pancake Day on Saturday, March 2.  It worked out well, and the people who showed up had a very nice time.  Again, thank you for the use of the Annex.         Regards, Bob Yoder and Roger Chaney

 

GOOD NEWS CORNER

 

OUR GRADUATES:

   High School:                            College:

Katelyn Blackwell                   Brooke Flesch

Ryan Gould                             Laureen Gelsinger

Andrew Rominger                   Brock Grueter

Tim Rominger                         Lauren Hare

                                                   Katelyn Marshall

    Ÿ   The 2¢ Hunger Fund is collected the last Sunday of the month during worship.  Last year (2017) our church sent a total of $1,212.45 to SE Presbytery's Hunger Fund!

    Ÿ   Alice Bray, was honored with a 2018 Governor's Volunteer Service Award at the Old State Capitol in Springfield on April 18.  There were 25 individual and 5 business awards given in the whole state.  Alice and her husband, George, joined Dove RSVP in 1994 where they served at several different agencies.  In 2004 she began her journey at the Dove's Children's Clothing Room, because there was such a need for families with children to have access to suitable clothing.  By 2007, she was asked to complete the monthly scheduling for the volunteers serving in the Clothing Room, which she did for more than ten years.  Alice wants to help for as long as she is able.

 

 

TED Talk_________________________________

(Theology, Education, Discipleship)

     On Saturday, April 21, 21 of our church officers gathered for our annual Officer Training.  At the end of the day’s agenda I listed an item called “Relationships and Missions of Mount Zion Presbyterian Church”.  The point of that was mostly to make sure that officers knew what organizations we had relationships with and in what missions we take part.  I listed 9 organizations and efforts.

     At the end of our training, I mentioned each of the mission relationships I’d listed and asked a church officer to briefly share what they knew.  Then the most amazing thing happened—amazing not because it proved I know less than I should about this church (I had compiled the list a little hastily), but because of what it revealed about this congregation.  People began to name more and more mission efforts in which we participate.  By the end we were all a little stunned by all the mission work we could mention.

     That incident reminded me of something that happened recently with our 5th-7th grade group, the “J-Walks”, so named because of their desire to “Walk with Jesus”.  The adult advisors to this group asked them what activities they might want to participate in this year, thinking we would hear such things as (“a lock-in at church” or “a trip to the water park!”).  What we heard instead was suggestion after suggestion for how we could be involved in mission.  The kids didn’t suggest activities for themselves; their brainstorming was all about doing something for other people.  This, incidentally, is what led to the “Milligan Matters” bracelets, available for a small contribution to support our work with Milligan Academy.

     I am so proud and grateful to be part of Mount Zion Presbyterian Church.

     See you in worship and in service,

                                                Pastor Mike

p.s.  Thanks to our presenters—Bill Bastl, Gloria Marshall, Ruth Elder, Sue Wilson, and Molly Tenuto, as well as Presbyter for Congregational Care Bill McLean,—and to our wonderful lunch and homemade pie provider, Cindy Wakeland, for their assistance with our Officer Training! 

 

HOUSING OPTIONS

     Do you or someone you know have a need for knowledge about different housing options for a loved one, whether it involves permanent assisted living, rehabilitation and therapy, accommodations for a couple, hospice, or self-sufficient options?  Ruth Elder has compiled a guide to the housing options available in Macon County.  Please contact her or Parish Visitor Gloria Marshall for more info.

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, April 29     2¢ Hunger Fund Collected

                                Annex reserved.

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 30        Annex reserved.

PW Ladies’ Night Out/Annex....................... 6:30 pm

Tuesday, May 1

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

Wednesday, May 2        

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

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

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

Thursday, May 3      National Day of Prayer

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

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

Deacons’ Meeting......................................... 7:00 pm

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

Friday, May 4

Habitat for Humanity Work Day................ 10:00 am

Game Night/Fellowship Hall........................ 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 5

Men’s Breakfast/Fellowship Hall................. 8:00 am

Sunday, May 6               Blanket Sunday          

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

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

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

Baccalaureate/Antioch Christian Church...... 6:00 pm

Tuesday, May 8      

Worship Committee...................................... 3:30 pm

CN, Maintenance, Missions, Outreach......... 6:30 pm

Committee Night.......................................... 7:00 pm

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

Wednesday, May 9    

Care Team Meeting....................................... 9:30 am

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

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

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

Thursday, May 10

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

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

Friday, May 11               Annex reserved.

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

Rummage and Bake Sale................ 8:00 am-4:00 pm   

Saturday, May 12           Annex reserved.   

Rummage and Bake Sale.............. 8:00 am-12:00 pm   

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving……..…......$6,237.00

Giving for April 15..……..…...$3,441.00

March giving………………...$22,985.00

2018 Per Capita is $40.00

 

The next Herald will be published May 9.