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The Herald - August 16, 2017

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The Herald

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August 16, 2017

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

   www.mtzpresbychurch.net

Attention Chancel Choir and Handbell Members:  It’s time to gear up for a new season!  A welcome-back potluck is scheduled for Wednesday, August 23 at 6:00 pm at Mary McGrath’s home, 4170 South Lake Court, Decatur.  Please bring a dish to share, table service will be provided.  Call Mary at 855-8635 with questions.  This will be a chance to meet and greet the new director, Rich Hansen.  On Wednesday, August 30 (6:00 pm Handbells, 7:15 pm Chancel Choir) Rich will be having a special “listening session” of new music and will provide information for the new year for any members who can make it.  Rehearsals will officially begin on Wednesday, September 6 (6:00 pm Handbells, 7:15 pm Chancel Choir).  Contact Rich at 412-1876 for more information.  

 

Women’s Breakfast is Saturday, August 19 at 11:00 am at The Raspberry Room.

 

Book Club meets next on Monday, August 21 at 7:00 pm to discuss Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies.  

 

Game Night will meet the first Fridays at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall and the third Thursdays at 7:00 pm in Room 103.  Our first game night is on Friday, September 8.

 

We are updating our list of musicians who want to participate in worship.  You can be novice/ advanced, youth/senior, vocalist/instrumentalist, and have a short-term/long-term commitment.  Our string band will be forming again for the worship-in-the-park service and welcome acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, autoharp, fiddle, and other "old-timey" instrument players.  We are also updating our list for substitute organist/pianist.  If you or someone you know is interested in any of these music ministry opportunities, please contact the church office or Roma Allison.

 

 

Church in the Park is Sunday, August 27 at 10:00 am at Spitler Woods, Horseshoe Pavilion. The meat dishes and drinks will be provided.  Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share, their own table service, and their lawn chairs.  The offering will be collected as usual during the church service.  Come and enjoy the service and lunch in the park!

 

The next Herald will be published August 30.

 

Camp Carew has a Family Camp on Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4.  Bring the whole family and spend the weekend enjoying all the normal camp activities.  Create your own schedule as you spend the day relaxing in God's natural wonders. The cost is only $150.00 per family.  Where else can you go for that price and have meals, lodging, and family fun?  If you are interested, please call the Director Dan at 618-457-5596 or 618-201-6015.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Please pray for:  Don Hodge, Tom Howlett (Lois Howlett’s son), Barb Nelson, Tom Moore, Anne Gore, Estaleen Earthal, Erica Lyons (Sharon Maddox’s great niece), Janet Collins, Marianne Milnor, Rick McEvoy, Ronda White, McKenna Kull (Pat Willis’ granddaughter), Peg Dewey, Mary Lee Graham, Marilyn Gardiner, Kay Wilson (Bev Coleman’s sister-in-law), Wyatt Gould, Sandy Hare, Norma Miller, Joyce and Randy Williams, Chase Simpson (Kylie Goss’ fiancé), Greg Hill (Rodney Goss’ cousin), Steve Hubner.

At Nursing/Retirement Homes:  Donna Manuell, Esther McEvoy, Mary Gilman, Cecil Barr, Bill Bishop, Olga Nenortas, Wilma Myers, Alice Barr, Charline Ellis, Chad Hale.                                       

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

TED Talk

(Theology, Enlightenment, Discipleship)

    In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (Jn 8:32).”  I believe that.  I also know the truth of the version by one of my favorite novelists, Charles McCarry:  “The truth may set you free, but first it will make you angry.”

     In the past days we have learned the truth that the racial divide we might wish was no more in fact still exists in our country.  We have learned that the discord we have allowed to reach dangerous levels will in fact boil over, causing injury and death.

     As sometimes happens in the wake of incidents of tragedy and horror, voices of grace emerge to point us toward the light.  The words of Heather Heyer’s mother (Heyer was the non-violent counter-protester who died after being run over by a vehicle) are filled with both pain and pride:  "Somehow, I almost feel that this is what she was born to be, is a focal point for change. I'm proud that what she was doing was peaceful, she wasn't there fighting with people…My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her.”

      The editor of the magazine Presbyterian Outlook, Jill Duffield, who lives in Charlottesville, wrote a prayer including the following:   Sweet Jesus, what has happened to your beloved world? What darkness is on the loose when those who hate their neighbors pray in your name and ask for your blessing?  You have told us, O Lord, what is good: to do justice and love kindness and walk humbly with you, and yet there are those among us who …ram cars intentionally into crowds to kill.

     Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.  We have no hope save in you. We have no hope to stop the violence and stem the racism and cease the destruction, save in you. Save us now…

     What next, Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End, when we are right in the middle of the chaos and the killing and the carnage? We know that justice will roll down like water and that crying and death will be no more someday, but we need to know what to do this very day…This very day you have made. Creator God.

     Precious Lord, take our hands, lead us home to the place you prepared for us and give us rest. Put us beside still waters and overflow our cups with grace upon grace, until it spills into the streets and washes away the evil in our land. Wash us and we will be clean. Made new. Clothed and in our right minds. Together.

    All powerful and promise keeping God, make it so. Sweet Jesus, make it so.  Amen.

     One final version of the opening quote, from Sue Monk Kidd:  “The truth may set you free, but first it will shatter the safe, sweet way you live.” 

                        See you in worship and in service—                                                               Pastor Mike

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, August 20

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

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

Monday, August 21

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

Tuesday, August 22

Spiritual Growth Group/Parlor.................... 2:00 pm

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

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

Wednesday, August 23

Bells and Choir Potluck/Mary McGrath’s.... 6:00 pm

Thursday, August 24

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

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

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

Friday, August 25

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

Saturday, August 26           Annex rented

Sunday, August 27   2¢ Hunger Fund collected     

Early Worship Service................................... 8:00 am

Coffee Fellowship......................................... 8:30 am

Worship in the Park/Spitler Woods.............. 10:00 am

Church Picnic/Spitler Woods....................... 11:00 am

Tuesday, August 29

Spiritual Growth Group/Parlor.................... 2:00 pm

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

Wednesday, August 30

Handbells Listening Session......................... 6:00 pm

Chancel Choir Listening Session.................. 7:15 pm

Thursday, August 31      

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

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

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

Saturday, September 2

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

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving…………....$4,711.00

Giving for August 6……….….$7,196.00

July giving……….………......$23,609.00

2017 Per Capita is $40.00

 

 

Just a reminder:  Please list Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church and/or have a loved one call the Church when you are admitted to St. Mary’s or DMH.