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The Herald - August 30, 2017

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The Herald

L E T T E R

August 30, 2017

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

   www.mtzpresbychurch.net

Attention Chancel Choir/Handbell Members:  Rehearsals will officially begin on Wednesday, September 6 (6:00 pm Handbells, 7:15 pm Chancel Choir).  Contact Rich at 412-1876 for more info.  

 

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.  Due to a conflict, our first game night is on Friday, September 8.

 

   The Adult Sunday School Class will resume starting Sunday, September 10 at 9:00 am in the Meeting Room upstairs.  The class will be studying "Moses" by Adam Hamilton.  If you would like to order a book for $14, please let Molly know ASAP.  The following is the description of the study as taken from www.adamhamilton.org .

     Retrace the life of Moses from his modest birth and rescue as a baby to the courts of Pharaoh, from herding flocks in Midian to leading his people out of Egypt.

     Join Adam Hamilton as he travels from Egypt to Mt. Sinai, the Nile, the Red Sea, and the wilderness exploring the sites of Moses' life. Using historical information, archaeological data, and biblical text, Hamilton guides us in the footsteps of this reluctant prophet who grew in his relationship with God and by the end of life had successfully fulfilled the role he was given.

     Turn your own reluctance into boldness as you examine the significant challenges facing Moses and how God shaped his character and life in powerful ways.                Blessings, Molly Tenuto

 

The Women's Association will have a meeting on Monday, September 11 at 7:00 pm in the Parlor.  We will have a speaker from the sheriff's office speak about the many telephone scams which are circulating, and how we are to respond to them.  There will be a short business meeting and installation of officers for the coming year. Refreshments will be served.  All women of the church are welcome and invited.

 

Book Club meets next on Monday, September 18 at 7:00 pm to discuss The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

 

Save the Date - Our annual Fall Family Gathering at the Farrell Farm will be on Wednesday, September 27 at 4:00 pm.  We moved this gathering back to a Wednesday so more children and youth will be able to participate with the rest of the church as well.  Come for a hayride, hot dogs, s'mores, and fellowship!  Even if you are in Bells or Choir, please come out for a couple of hours.  See Molly for questions or directions.

 

MISSION FAIR

Come see the great work our congregation’s organizations and committees are doing!

Sunday, September 10

 

Did you know . . . the deadlines for the Church Office are:  

·         Newsletter – 12:00 noon on Tuesday

·         Bulletin – 12:00 noon on Thursday

·         Committee Minutes and Session Reports – 12:00 noon Thursday before the Session Meeting on Tuesday

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences:  to the Hodge and Shaw families upon the loss of Barb’s husband, Don Hodge.

Please pray for:  Peg Dewey, Judy Sidwell, Karen Jones, Tom Howlett, Pat Dixon (Pat Clow’s friend), Marianne Milnor, Estaleen Earthal, Barb Nelson, Tom Moore, Anne Gore, Paul Mattox, Erica Lyons, Janet Collins, Rick McEvoy, Ronda White, 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, Mary Gilman, Cecil Barr, Bill Bishop, Alice Barr, Olga Nenortas, Wilma Myers, 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. 

 

     Thanks to everyone who so willingly respond to calls for food for funeral dinners.  We have been told that we have one of the best funeral dinners in the area, and you and your donations are the reason we can provide this kind of meal.  It is truly a mission of the church to provide a comfort meal during a time when love and fellowship is needed.

That being said, we have an accumulation of dishes in the hallway cabinet outside the kitchen belonging to many of you.  Please take time to see if any of these dishes are yours.

                   Thank You, Funeral Dinner Co-Chairs:                     Pat Willis and Gloria Marshall

 

     Thank you for providing breakfast and lunch to Futures Unlimited and to the Milligan Academy Staff.  We are very thankful for your kindness and blessings!

 

TED Talk

(Theology, Enlightenment, Discipleship)

     Sometimes you just drop everything and respond.

     This was going to be a space to promote our upcoming Mission Fair (during Fellowship Time before and after services on September 10, there will be a chance for you to learn what our Committees and various organizations are up to—and for them to interest you in their work).

     This might have been a space to promote our Adult Education for the fall (three different classes, three different topics, three different teachers).

     But the opportunity for discipleship has presented itself in the form of Hurricane Harvey. Other options, including a mission trip, may develop in time.  Right now our most powerful response is prayer, and following that, money (as my sainted Mama said, “It’s right in any situation—it always fits, it’s always the right color, and it doesn’t matter if someone else gave it too”).

     A prayer from my friend Paul Bellan-Boyer:  

     Great God, you rule over storm and sea.  Watch over those in Texas at risk from rains and flood. 

     Thank you for the countless acts of love and sacrifice your people are making for one another.  Guard those responders bringing rescue and aid.  Provide those in need with an Ark of protection. 

     Even as the threat worsens, we pray that the waters may soon recede, and as you sent the rainbow to Noah, so we ask that your people be preserved from destruction and begin to rebuild a more righteous and just community. 

     Move us to respond with our money, our hope, and our hands.

     There are many great ways to give financially.  Some of us are aware of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, funded in part by our “One Great Hour of Sharing” offering at Eastertime.  I love PDA’s motto:  “Out of chaos, hope.”  PDA especially assists with recovery over the long haul, helping congregations rebuild themselves and their communities.

     The following comes from Val Aldred, a resident of Houston and is chair of the Presbytery Disaster Committee:

     “Basically the whole city is under water…. Even firetrucks are unable to pass through many roads.”

     In response to the question, what can we do? “Pray for it to stop raining.”

     How can you give to PDA for Harvey recovery?

  • You can write a check to church and put

“Harvey” in the memo section; we’ll forward these funds along to PDA;

(U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700, writing a check to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and writing “DR000169-Harvey” in the memo section.

     Many requests for funds come our way—I understand this.  I also understand that the MZPC people give when there is a clear, compelling need.

                        See you in worship and in service—                                       Pastor Mike

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, September 3        

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

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

Monday, September 4   Labor Day/Offices closed

Tuesday, September 5

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

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

Wednesday, September 6

LOGOS Staff Meeting................................. 5:30 pm

Handbells Choir............................................ 6:00 pm

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

Thursday, September 7      

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 8

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

Sunday, September 10           Mission Fair

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

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

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

Monday, September 11

Presbyterian Women Association/Parlor...... 7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 12     No Christian Nurture

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

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

Maintenance and Missions Meetings............ 6:30 pm

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

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

Wednesday, September 13

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

LOGOS........................................................ 4:00 pm

Senior Highs......................................... 4:30-7:00 pm

Handbells Choir............................................ 6:00 pm

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

Thursday, September 14

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

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

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

Saturday, September 16

Women’s Breakfast....................................... 9:00 am

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

  • Last week’s giving…………....$2,380.00
  • Giving for August 20…………$4,088.00
  • August giving………………..$18,375.00

2017 Per Capita is $40.00

 

The next Herald will be published September 13.