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The Herald - January 31, 2018

 

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The Herald

L E T T E R

January 31, 2018

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

   www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

 
 

     

                                                                                 
Fat Tuesday Pancake and Sausage Dinner fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, 
February 13 from 4:30-6:30 pm in 
the Annex.  The cost is by donation 
and all proceeds go the Sr. High 
Youth Group for their mission trip to 
Washington D. C.

This Lenten Season we will be offering a home study again.  This year we will be using the book A Clearing Season.  The description from the back of the book says: "A Clearing Season isn't a cookie-cutter guide for perfect Christians but a grace-filled tool for exploring one's imperfections.  Sarah Parsons invites readers to look within and develop an approach to the Lenten journey that is authentic, fresh, and relevant.  A Clearing Season shows you how to:  clear space in your life for God, identify obstacles that keep you from God, and choose a Lenten practice to help you remove these obstructions."  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. 

Hearts and Hands for Honduras!  Derin Rominger is leaving for Honduras on Saturday, February 17.  Donations of cash, toothbrushes, washcloths, and large suitcases (preferably with wheels) are needed and appreciated by Sunday, February 4.

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.                        

 

 

Ordination and Installation of Church Officers is Sunday, February 25 at 10:00 am worship.

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.

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:
Our condolences:  to Helen Jones and family upon the loss of her brother, Paul Quick; and to Ben Misner and family upon the loss of his grandpa, Richard Kelly.
Please pray for:  Gladys Workman, Mike Nickell, Olivia Capasso, 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, 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.

     Thank you for the delicious meals, the beautiful prayer shawl, and the wonderful prayers.  God bless you.                  Kelly and Christen Cantrell


The next Herald will be published February 14.

TED Talk____________________
Theology, Ecclesiology, Discipleship
      On Sunday, February 11, we will have the opportunity to celebrate and support the work of the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel.  The PCCMP recruits, trains, and supports Chaplains who offer pastoral care and nurture to veterans, military and Civil Air Patrol personnel, federal prisoners, and their families.  It is made up of 4 denominations:  the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America, Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Every Chaplain entering military service must be vetted by the PCCMP, and the organization performs more than a gatekeeping function; during my own career, I received advice, support, and training at key moments.  
     As the Cumberland Presbyterian Church points out, support of our personnel is particularly needed these days:  “Presbyterian chaplains have been deployed to warzones up to 4 times.  At least two have been wounded.  Several have PTSD diagnoses. Chaplains, their families, and their congregations have served well and are strained and tired from this long war.  Ever since 9-11, Reserve and National Guard chaplains have been mobilized in large numbers.  For the most part, their families do not live near military bases where they can receive much needed support and assistance…the tempo of reserve components utilization may remain high for years.”  
     One way to think of the work of Presbyterian Chaplains is to consider the military as the largest young adult group in the world.  While many we encounter have no faith background, they still seek us out for support and counsel.  We pray that those seeds may flourish in faith during their lifetimes.
    Please also note the opportunity mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter to support the work of “Hearts and Hands for Honduras” and Derin Rominger’s work in Laceibita in the coming weeks.  The last Sunday to donate toward this decade-old mission is this coming Sunday, February 4.  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall inherit the earth.”
      See you in worship and in service,
    Pastor Mike 

Per Capita Apportionment for 2018 
is $40.00 per member, distributed as follows:

$ 28.46    Presbytery of Southeastern IL
$   3.81     Synod of Lincoln Trails

$   7.73    General Assembly PCUSA

$  40.00


WEEKLY CALENDAR
Sunday, February 4                        
Communion Worship Services    8:00 & 10:00 am
Coffee Fellowship    8:30 & 11:00 am
Sunday School    9:00 am
Tuesday, February 6
Spiritual Growth    2:00 pm
AA    7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 7
LOGOS    4:00 pm
Senior Highs    4:30 pm
Handbells Choir    6:00 pm
Chancel Choir    7:15 pm
Thursday, February 8
Prayer Shawl    1:00 pm
Baton Twirling    2:30 pm
AA/Al-Anon    8:00 pm
Saturday, February 10    Annex rented.
Sunday, February 11  
Worship Services    8:00 & 10:00 am
Coffee Fellowship    8:30 & 11:00 am
Sunday School    9:00 am
Tuesday, February 13      Annex reserved.
Christian Nurture Meeting    10:00 am
Worship Committee Meeting    3:00 pm
Pancake/Sausage Dinner/Annex    4:30-6:30 pm
Maintenance, Missions, Outreach    6:30 pm
Committee Night    7:00 pm     
AA    7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 14     Ash Wednesday
No LOGOS or Senior Highs
Care Team    9:30 am
Handbell Choir    6:00 pm
Chancel Choir after Ash Wednesday Service
Thursday, February 15
Prayer Shawl    1:00 pm
Baton Twirling    2:30 pm
Game Night/Room 103    7:00 pm
AA/Al-Anon    8:00 pm
Friday, February 16        Church/Annex rented.      
Saturday, February 17    Church/Annex rented.
Women’s Breakfast    9:00 am 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving………...….$2,974.00

Giving for January 21……..….$3,632.00

January giving……….…........$18,634.00

2018 Per Capita is $40.00