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The Herald - February 14, 2018


The Herald


February 14, 2018

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



        This Lenten Season we will be offering a home study again.  This year we will be using the book, A Clearing Season.  
We have the following times and locations for you to participate:  9:30 am on Tuesdays at Dick and Gloria Marshall's house, 6:00 pm on Thursdays at Mary McGrath's house, and 6:00 pm on Mondays hosted by Molly Tenuto in our church Annex.  The Annex is a location where you can bring your children, and they can play in the south bay while the adults have our time together in the north bay.  This study will begin the week of February 18.  The cost of the book is $10.  If you are interested in signing up, please contact Molly ASAP so enough books will be ordered in time. 

Women’s Breakfast meets on Saturday, February 17 at 9:00 am at Everyone’s East End Grill.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation is Sunday, February 18 after 10:00 am worship.

Book Club meets on Monday, February 19 at 7:00 pm to discuss A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles.  

Singles’ Supper Circle will meet on Saturday, February 24 at 5:00 pm for dinner in the Annex.  RSVP to Sally Dennis at 864-2792 by February 18.                        

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University will begin a new 9-week class at our church on Sunday, February 25 at 6:00 pm.  For information on how to sign up go to: .  Contact Molly with questions.



If you would like to honor a loved one this Easter season, special memorials can be made in three different ways:  You may give a gift to the Church Foundation, the Memorial Fund, and/or place flowers in the sanctuary.  This year we are offering a choice of flowers.  All flowers cost $12.50, and the deadline to order flowers is March 12.  

Please circle your choice:          
Memorial Fund           Church Foundation

  Tulips           Lily          Hyacinths          Daffodils                                      
Circle choice:   In honor of        In memory of


Ordination and Installation of the Church officers is February 25 at 10:00 am worship.

Per Capita for 2018 is $40.00 per member of our church.  
Think of Per Capita as “dues”.   Please note “Per Capita” in the 
memo line of your check.  This money is then sent to the Presbytery.

Our condolences:  to Janice Geier and family upon the loss of her husband, Julius Geier.
Please pray for:  Darlene Bray (George and Alice's daughter-in-law), John Tenuto, Paul Mattox, Rachel Scoles (Erma Sutton’s granddaughter), Olivia Capasso, Gladys Workman, Mike Nickell, Estaleen Earthal, Bob Bjerke (Pat Willis’ brother-in-law),  Mick Stewart, Steve Hubner, Mary Gilman, Beverly Gant, Tom Moore, Nan Fuess, Marianne Milnor, Norma Miller, Joyce and Randy Williams.
At Nursing/Retirement Homes:  Donna Manuell, Mary Gilman, Cecil Barr, Bill Bishop, Alice Barr, Chad Hale, Olga Nenortas, Wilma Myers, Charline Ellis, Joanne Freeland, Barb Nelson, Erma Sutton, Joann Williams.                                       
Military Personnel:  Kim Townsend, Aaron M. Taylor, Navy; Ilene Henderson, Devin Hale, Jacob Bradshaw, Army; Zach King, Devon Butler, Logan Seevers, Lee Nenortas, Air Force; MacKenzie Gould, ROTC National Guard.

     The family of Virginia Gosnell would like to thank everyone for the cards and generous donations.  Thank you everyone for the kind words, thoughts, and prayers about our Mom.  She will be greatly missed.  Special thanks to the Care Team for thinking of Mom while she was at Hickory Point and for the very delicious sandwich dinner after the service.  Thank you again from Amy, Doug, and Tim Gosnell and family.

     Thank you to the Church ladies for all the food!
                 Richard and Gladys Workman

     The family of Julius Geier thanks you for your kind expression of sympathy.            Janice Geier

Help us celebrate your good news with the rest of the church!  Contact Molly with your good news, so we can put it into our newsletter for all to celebrate.


   Congratulations, Lauren Hare, for getting your     
      Professional Nursing License!

   Congratulations, Devon Butler, for getting
     promoted to Staff Sergeant!

TED Talk____________________
Theology, Ecclesiology, Discipleship
    Christmas was never the main holiday in our early years.  For the early centuries of the Christian community, Easter was always the dominant holiday, its importance to the faith as seen to be without parallel (Paul writing to the church in Corinth:  “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”)  And for most Protestants, observing Lent, the season leading up to Easter, is a practice we’ve only picked up in recent years.  
    For a long time, the typical practice has been to “give up something” during Lent, showing partnership with Christ and some self-denial that would help focus one’s mind and heart more upon the faith.  Hence the following survey results:
     Recently others have begun focusing on adopting some practice, rather than shedding a bad habit.  Spending some time volunteering at DOVE or Habitat for Humanity would fit this category.
    I am hoping that you will seriously consider following up the season of Lent with attendance at our Spirituality Retreat on April 6 and 7 (the Friday evening and Saturday following Easter).  More on this later.  For now:  see you in church and in service!     
                                     Pastor Mike 


Last week’s giving………...….$4,006.00

Giving for February 4……..….$5,029.00

January giving……….…........$18,634.00

2018 Per Capita is $40.00

The next Herald will be published February 28.

Sunday, February 18                        
Worship Services    8:00 & 10:00 am
Coffee Fellowship    8:30 & 11:00 am
Sunday School    9:00 am
Annual Meeting of the Congregation    11:00 am
Monday, February 19         Annex reserved.
Lenten Study/Annex    6:00 pm
Book Club    7:00 pm
Tuesday, February 20
Kindergarten Registration    7:30 am-4:00 pm
Edna Circle    9:00 am
Lenten Study/Dick & Gloria Marshall’s    1:00 pm
AA    7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 21
Memorial Committee    2:30 pm
LOGOS    4:00 pm
Senior Highs    4:30 pm
Handbells Choir    6:00 pm
Chancel Choir    7:15 pm
Thursday, February 22
Kindergarten Registration    7:30 am-4:00 pm
Prayer Shawl    1:00 pm
Baton Twirling    2:30 pm
Lenten Study/Mary McGrath’s    6:00 pm
AA/Al-Anon    8:00 pm
Friday, February 23
Kindergarten Registration    7:30 am-4:00 pm
Saturday, February 24      Annex reserved.
Singles’ Supper Circle/Annex    5:00 pm
Sunday, February 25  2¢ Hunger Fund collected.    
Worship Services    8:00 & 10:00 am
Coffee Fellowship    8:30 & 11:00 am
Sunday School    9:00 am
Ordination and Installation of Officers    10:00 am 
Financial Peace University/Fellowship Hall    6:00 pm
Monday, February 26          Annex reserved.
Lenten Study/Annex    6:00 pm
Tuesday, February 27      
Lenten Study/Dick & Gloria Marshall’s    1:00 pm 
Session Meeting    7:00 pm
AA    7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 28     
Handbells Choir    6:00 pm
Chancel Choir    7:15 pm
Thursday, March 1
Prayer Shawl    1:00 pm
Baton Twirling    2:30 pm
Lenten Study/McGrath’s    6:00 pm
Deacons’ Meeting    7:00 pm
AA/Al-Anon    8:00 pm

Friday, March 2

Game Night/Fellowship Hall 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 3          Annex rented.

Men’s Breakfast 8:00 am