The Herald - April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017

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

   www.mtzpresbychurch.net

Sr. High Youth Group Spring Plant Sale

is different this year.  The Garden Path on

Lost Bridge and Baltimore is hosting our

fundraiser.  From April 30-May 7 you may

go in and pick out your own plants/flowers,

and at check out just make sure that you tell

them you are with Mt. Zion Presbyterian

Church.  Garden Path will then be donating

15% of the sales back to our youth group. 

Flyers with the details are out!

 

ADULT EDUCATION:  Come Grow With Us!

     Every Sunday at 9:00 a.m., a group of 10 or so Mount Zionites gather in the meeting room of the Church to figure life out….and we invite you to join us!  Here’s what’s on tap for the near future:

     Sunday, April 30    Stephen Ministry:  Is It Right for MZPC?  Stephen Ministry is a program which trains church members with the spiritual gift of compassion to be active, sympathetic, faith-oriented friends.  Stephen Ministers undergo quality training in order to provide care for those undergoing stressful life passages such as divorce, the loss of a spouse, job loss or stress, and many other of the difficulties life might bring our way.  Sharman Bastl is a trained facilitator for this program, which thousands of churches have found valuable.  There’s no obligation for attending this class—come help us try to decide whether this is right for Mount Zion Pres!

     Sunday, May 7-June 4 (Pentecost)  During these Sundays we’ll be discussing “Half Truths,” or sayings frequently thought to be Biblical, such as God helps those who help themselves.  This is a video-based series.

     We’ll then decide whether to take a break for the summer!  Please join us—we’re better when you are with us.

Sing Into Spring At Our Upcoming Ladies’ Night Out (formerly Mother and Daughter Banquet).  We will meet on Monday, May 1 in the Annex at 6:30 pm.  Please bring a salad or dessert and prepare for a great time.  All ladies, and female children are invited.  We hope to see you there. 

 

Biking/Walking has resumed on Tuesdays at 8:30 am in the Prayer Garden through the end of May.  We will meet at church for a devotion and head out from there to either walk or ride your bike.

 

Health Fair will be held May 6 from 9:00 am–Noon at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church.  There will be health screenings, a pharmacist, a nurse, a physical therapist, and some freebies to give to each attendee.  No appointment is necessary.

 

A Donation Basket will be set out at Coffee Fellowship for those who wish to donate.  If the coffee host wishes to be reimbursed for Coffee Fellowship, please notify the office or if you have any questions, please call Mark Milnor at 217-358-2691.

 

The Church Rummage Sale

will be Friday, May 12 from

8:00 am-4:00 pm and Saturday,

May 13 from 8:00 am-Noon. 

Items can be brought to the

Annex starting Sunday afternoon,

May 7, and we will continue to

accept items until Wednesday, May 10 at 5:00 pm. 

Please No Electronics.  Anyone who would like to help with organizing donations are invited and welcome to come to the Annex any time between 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Thursday.  On Saturday, May 13 at noon, we will welcome volunteers to help with clean up.  There will also be a bake sale Friday and Saturday. Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the bake sale may bring items to the Annex on Thursday evening or Friday or Saturday morning. 

 

Book Club meets on Monday, May 15 at 7:00 pm to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloat.

 

Edna Circle will eat at the Beach House on Tuesday, May 16 at 11:30 am.  Let the office know by Tuesday, May 9, if you plan to attend.

 

Church Officer Training is Saturday, May 20.

 

The Community Ice Cream Social

is Saturday, June 3 at the Mt. Zion

United Methodist Church from

5:00-7:30 pm.  Please plan to attend. 

The recipients this year are Jackson

Scharf and Bailey Huddleston.  More

details will follow.

 

We are no longer collecting foil bags for Pres. Women. 

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences:  to the Wiegand family upon the loss of Gayle Wiegand; to the Skelton family upon the loss of Steve Skelton; and to the Valentine and Wallace families upon the loss of Norma Wallace.

Please pray for:  Jean Clayton, Marilyn Gardiner, Larry Chandler, Wyatt Gould, Bill Shaw, George Bray, Tylynn and Remy Knox (Whitney Coleman Knox’s twins), Norma Miller, Joyce and Randy Williams, Shelly Clow (Pat’s daughter-in-law), Terry Ridenour (Nancy Ryan’s twin brother), Becky Magartay (Vicki Hare’s friend), Estaleen Earthal, Mike Humes, Chancey Ball, Adam Volpo (Romingers’ nephew), Chase Simpson (Kylie Goss’ boyfriend), Greg Hill (Rodney Goss’ cousin), Verna Trimby, Don Hodge, Barb Wall, Jackson Scharf, Sue Wilson, Steve Hubner, Mary Lee Graham, Marianne Milnor, Juanita Jones, Donna Manuell.

At Nursing/Retirement Homes:  Cecil Barr, Bill Bishop, Melva Moss, Olga Nenortas, Wilma Myers, Alice Barr, Charline Ellis, Chad Hale, Lee Freeland, Gladys Workman.                                         

Military Personnel:  Kim Townsend, Navy; Ilene Henderson, Devin Hale, Army; Zach King, Devon Butler, Logan Seevers, Lee Nenortas, Air Force.

TED Talk (by Mike, don’t call him Ted, Wakeland)

(Theology, Enlightenment, Discipleship)

    I remember the first pushback I ever heard about Prayers of Confession.  A colleague was speaking with an Elder, who was describing to him the trouble he had with confession:  “My therapist says it’s not good for my self-esteem.”

    Well.

    Some reactions came to mind: 

    - “Are you sure getting some guilt off of your chest isn’t good for your self-esteem?”

    - “Isn’t being reminded you are a Child of God good for your self-esteem?”

   And the defensive, childish part of me:

    - “I’ve been meaning to share with you my opinion of some of your therapist’s counseling approaches, since he has shared with you his opinion of our worship,”

   and, with apologies to Saturday Night Live’s “Church Lady”,

    - “Well, isn’t that special!”

    During the period between Easter and Pentecost, we’ll be, in the fashion of part of our church heritage, taking a break from the Prayer of Confession.  We’ll be sharing a Prayer of Praise instead, celebrating the victory at Easter.  That begs the question, though:  What use is a prayer of confession?            

    After the Reformation, we shied away from individual confession (though that has come at a loss, and we often go through a form of confession with our friends and those whom we trust).  We have a corporate prayer of confession, which we pray more as a recognition of our brokenness and God’s mercy than as a direct transaction (confessing in order to receive forgiveness).

    At its best, confession can help us clear our minds and our hearts as we come into the presence of an awesome God and together remember God’s promises to us.  That’s the healthy part, the portion that my Oklahoma elder friend and his therapist missed:  owning up to the truth about one’s self is usually the best way to deal with it.

    A recent book series in which people anonymously forwarded their transgressions, and the 12 Step practice of “Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs” speaks to the continued need for and fascination with confession.  We’ll talk more about this in a later sermon.  In the meantime, I’m very curious:  how do you feel about confession (prayers in church or otherwise)?               

                                  See you in worship and in service,

                  Pastor Mike

 

Due to a very busy church calendar, there will be NO gathering for the Women's Breakfasts in April or May.  Something special is planned for June, however.  Following are the details:  HERBS OF THE BIBLE at Mari-Mann Herb Garden on Saturday, June 17 at 11:00 am.  Reservations required - $10 per person (to be paid at Mari-Mann'sContact the church office 864-2528 or Jan Nickell 864-4661 BY MONDAY, JUNE 12.  ALL women of the church are welcome!!!!!

     Thank you to everyone who helped in any way when George fell down the steps.  We really appreciate it.  God bless you all!

                                          George and Alice Bray

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, April 30           Graduation Sunday

2¢ Hunger Fund collected.

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

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

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

Jr./Sr. High Sunday School............................ 6:00 pm

Monday, May 1               Annex reserved.

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

Tuesday, May 2

Biking/Walking ............................................. 8:30 am

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

Wednesday, May 3

Bell Choir Practice......................................... 6:00 pm

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

Thursday, May 4

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

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

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

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

Saturday, May 6              Annex rented.

Men’s Breakfast............................................. 8:00 am

Health Fair/First Baptist Church.......... 9:00 am-Noon

Sunday, May 7               Annex reserved.

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

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

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

Baccalaureate/Our Lady of the Holy Spirit..... 3:00 pm

Monday, May 8               Annex reserved.

Tuesday, May 9               Annex reserved.

Biking/Walking ............................................. 8:30 am

Worship Committee Meeting......................... 3:00 pm

CN, Maintenance, and Mission Committees.. 6:30 pm

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

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

Wednesday, May 10        Annex reserved.

Bell Choir Practice......................................... 6:00 pm

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

Thursday, May 11           Annex reserved.

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

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

Friday, May 12                Annex reserved.

PW Rummage Sale/Annex................ 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Saturday, May 13            Annex reserved.

PW Rummage Sale/Annex.................... 8:00 am-Noon

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving…………….$5,200.00

Giving for April 16…………..$10,155.00

March giving………………....$34,001.87

2017 Per Capita is $40.00

    

  The next Herald will be published May 10.

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