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The Herald - January 17, 2018

 

N E W S

The Herald

L E T T E R

January 17, 2018

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

   www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

 
 

      Annual Reports are due by Friday, January 19.

 

Women’s Breakfast meets on Saturday, January 20 at 9:00 am, weather permitting, at Judy’s Kitchen, 219 East South Street, Cerro Gordo.

 

Christian Unity Service on Sunday, January 21 at 7:00 pm at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.  Choir volunteers meet at 6:30 pm.

 

On Sunday, January 28, after the 10:00 am worship service, the Sr. High Youth Group will have a Cake Auction and Chili Cook Off in the Annex.  If you have a great chili recipe, please sign up with Molly to bring a pot of chili!  The youth group will also have cakes to auction off after lunch.

                                 

Handbells and Chancel Choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, January 31.

 

Hearts and Hands for Honduras! 

Derin and Donna Rominger will be leaving for Honduras on Saturday, February 17.  Donations of adult and children’s non-gummy multi-vitamins, Ibuprofen, and large suitcases (preferably with wheels) are needed and appreciated by February 8.

 

Book Club meets on Monday, February 19 at 7:00 pm to discuss A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles.  Books will not be ordered until next week.                        

 

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University will begin a new class at our church on Sunday, February 25 at 6:00 pm.  This is a 9-week course that is for people who need help with their finances, those who are secure financially, and everyone in between.  Last year when we had the class there were people from all ends of the scope, and it was a great class!  This is also for people of all ages, we are never too young to learn something new!  For information on how to sign up go to: https://fpu.com/1054229 .  As always, if you have any questions, please contact Molly.

 

Please return your 2018 pledge card.

 

2018 Offering Envelopes are available in the transept room.  Please take your envelopes home to save the Church the expense of mailing them.

 

The next Herald will be published January 31.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our condolences to:  Doug and Jill Clifton and family upon the loss of his mother, Carol Clifton; to the family and many friends of T. J. Henderson; and to Paula and Danny Clark and family upon the loss of her father, Joe Cole.

Please pray for:  Angie Richardson, Barb Wall, Estaleen Earthal, John Tenuto (Steve Tenuto’s father), Christen Cantrell (Dave and Bobbie Taylor’s daughter), Helen Miller (Jan Nickell’s mom), Karl Rabe (former Mt. Zion H. S. teacher), Bob Bjerke (Pat Willis’ brother-in-law), Keith Flesner, Joyce Williams, Mick Stewart, Steve Hubner, Mary Gilman, Larry Schmidt, Mike Nickell, Erica Lyons, Beverly Gant, Milly Kruse, Mike Cole (Sonia Wenndt’s brother-in-law), Tom Moore, Ed Kater, Nan Fuess, Andrew Ross, Marianne Milnor, Paul Mattox, Ronda White, Marilyn Gardiner, Norma Miller, 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.

 

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.

 

     Today, I have just finished re-reading all the cards I received from my many friends at my birthday party.  I can’t thank you enough for the many beautiful cards and helping me celebrate my 90th birthday.  I love all of you.

                                                     Lucy Browning

 

     God’s angels are at the MTZ Presb. Church!  For the past year you have supported me with your prayers, cards, phone calls, visits, car rides, and food.  Please know that without you and my loving family—Dr. Ben and the nurses at Cancer Care and many others - - - I doubt I would still be here.  Thanks doesn’t seem to cover, but I do thank you!  And May God Bless You.             Norma Miller

 

Dear Mt. Zion Presbyterian,

     Thank you so very much for the finals goody box!  It was just the brain food I needed!!

                                                      Ilene Henderson

 

     Thank you to the Care Team for the Christmas cookies!                                        Marjorie Benner

 

TED Talk____________________

Theology, Ecclesiology, Discipleship

     I think it was Dennis Humes who told me this joke:   A man was stranded on a desert island for several years.  Finally, miraculously, he was rescued.  His rescuers asked how he survived, and were duly impressed when he showed them how he had managed to adapt.  “What’s that up there?” they asked, pointing to an impressive looking structure at the edge of a cliff overlooking the bay.  “That’s the home I built.”  The rescuers looked impressed.  They noticed another structure.  “What’s that over there?”  “Ah, that’s the church I built and go to.”  “Wow,” they said.  Finally, noticing a third building, they ask, “What’s that place?”  “Oh, that’s where I used to go to church.”

     We have a tendency to divide.  Often the issues are important, and we need to take a stand.  The trouble is, we often find it easier to disagree and split than it is to reunite.  I went to a Presbyterian youth conference in my high school days and learning that the northern and southern portions of the church were still split as a result of the Civil War (and this was more than 100 years later; Presbyterian reunion occurred in 1983).  That colored my view of organized religion for quite some time.

     We’re blessed that the winds of the Spirit periodically blow toward our unity (as Jesus prayed for us to be united in John 17).  We are more effective for the Kingdom when we are unified.  Despite specific differences, I can find some common ground with anyone who claims, “Jesus is Lord”.

     This Sunday evening, at 7:00 pm at the Methodist church (1220 West Main), there will be a Service for Christian Unity.  Father Steve Arisman of the Catholic Church will preach.  Our Methodist friends will provide some refreshment for after-service fellowship.  Should anyone wish to join in an informal combined choir, meet at the Methodist church at 6:30, and a familiar hymn will be rehearsed to offer as an anthem during the service.

     When we first discussed this service, I was perceiving it as a not very exciting ecumenical obligation.  I now am looking forward to it as a chance to celebrate and worship with sisters and brothers in the faith.  I urge you to join me at the Methodist Church this Sunday evening at 7:00 pm.   

     See you in worship and in service,

    Pastor Mike

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, January 21

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

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

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

Christian Unity Service/Mt. Zion Meth......... 7:00 pm

Monday, January 22

PW Association Meeting.............................. 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 23

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

Wednesday, January 24

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

Senior Highs................................................. 4:30 pm

Thursday, January 25

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

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

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

Friday, January 26

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

Sunday, January 28   2¢ Hunger Fund collected 

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

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

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

Chili Cook Off & Cake Auction/Annex...... 11:00 am

Tuesday, January 30    

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

Wednesday, January 31

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

Senior Highs................................................. 4:30 pm

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

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

Thursday, February 1

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 2     

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

Saturday, February 3

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

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving………...….$5,622.00

Giving for January 7……….…$6,406.00

December giving……….…....$32,148.00

2018 Per Capita is $40.00

 

Congratulations to

Lauren (York) and

Wesley Shade, upon

the birth of their son,

Henry Roderick Shade,

born December 15, 2017.