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The Herald - January 3, 2018

 

N E W S

The Herald

L E T T E R

January 3, 2018

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

   www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

 
 

Adult Sunday School resumes

on Sunday, January 7 at 9:00 am

in the meeting room upstairs.  We

will begin with a study from The

Wired Word.  This is a study that

brings current events and turns it into a Bible study, with questions for thought and discussion, as well as scriptures to look at that go along with the topic.  This study is able to be e-mailed out weekly to anyone who would like to see it, Molly just needs your e-mail address.  Don't have e-mail?  No worries, we will have a paper copy printed for you to pick up the Sunday before!  We have enclosed a sample lesson from October 15 that was written in response to the Las Vegas massacre.  This is what would be e-mailed out (or printed for those who don't have e-mail) and of course, in class discussion would add to the lesson.  Any questions, or to get on the e-mail list, contact Molly.  

 

Unhanging of the Greens is Sunday,      

January 7 after 10:00 am worship.

 

Blood Drive is on Monday, January 15 from 3:00-7:00 pm at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church.

 

Book Club meets on Monday, January 15 at 7:00 pm.  Report on a Christmas Book of your choice.

 

                                          Annual Reports are due on 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.

 

Financial Peace University will start another class on February 25.  Stay tuned for more details.

 

The next Herald will be published January 17.

 

Please return your 2018 pledge card.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences:  to Vicki Hare and family upon the loss of her dad, Willie Butler; to the family and friends of Bob Hug; to Mike and Jan Nickell and family upon the loss of his sister, Debbie Nickell; and to Amy and Mark Scranton and the Gosnell families upon the loss of Ginny Gosnell.

Please pray for:  Estaleen Earthal, 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.

 

     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

 

Congratulations to

Lauren (York) and

Wesley Shade, upon

the birth of their son,

Henry Roderick Shade,

born December 15, 2017.

 

TED Talk____________________

Theology, Ecclesiology, Discipleship

     The practice of New Year’s celebrations, including resolutions, the Internet tells me, began with the ancient Babylonians.  Who knew?  The practice of early cultures had religious overtones.  Today, of course, our celebration is mostly secular (my very first time preaching other than at my home church was on January 1st; I looked into the eyes of the congregation, and knew it was going to be a long morning). 

     Why do we keep making resolutions?  Hope springs eternal.  Yet resolutions, one might say, are made to be broken.  On December 30 I noticed this “tweet”:  “It’s December 30th!  Darn it; I have just one day to lose 50 pounds and keep my 2017 resolution.”

     One of my problems with making resolutions is that I become overwhelmed.  What I am is so far from what I could be, so far from the man in my mind that I want to be, that once I start making a list, I drift into a mild despair.  One resolution about losing weight leads to another about how I use time, which leads to another about family finances, and before you know it, I have listed enough self-improvement projects to keep Oprah busy for a year.  Yet I do believe that the Spirit beckons us into God’s work of “making all things new,” and that this now-secular practice of making New Year’s resolutions can be a Godly one. 

     With that frame of mind—that, with care, resolutions can be a positive spiritual practice—allow me to pass along some of the most helpful advice I’ve come across:

    - Start with where you are, and be realistic.  If you are addressing a situation that took years to develop, you’re not going to have it fixed by February 15. 

    - Start also with prayer.  What one or two changes to your life would make you a better disciple?  What one adjustment would take your family life to, as they say, “the next level”?

    - Enlist the help of a friend to whom you will be accountable (I don’t like this one, because I don’t like to talk about my “stuff”, even if it is apparent for all to see, but experts say an accountability partner is an invaluable asset).

     - Be gentle with yourself.  If one day doesn’t go well, get “back on the horse” the next day.  And celebrate the small victories!  Giving yourself an emotional “pat on the back” for building half of your emergency fund up will help you accomplish the rest of your goals.

     - If you have a day planner (either a print or electronic one), put your key resolutions into it in some way.  If you’re like me, checking off the item, even if it is only a small, daily increment of it, gives considerable satisfaction.  😊

     What works for you with resolutions for the New Year?  Share with me any successes you have had that might be helpful for others!

      See you in worship and in service in 2018—

       Pastor Mike

 

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

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, January 7         Baptism of the Lord              

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

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

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

Unhanging of the Greens............................ 11:00 am

Monday, January 8

PW Executive Board Meeting...................... 6:00 pm

Tuesday, January 9

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

CN, Maintenance, Missions, & Outreach..... 6:30 pm

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

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

Wednesday, January 10

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

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

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

Thursday, January 11

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

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

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

Saturday, January 13

Joint Session and Deacons’ Meeting............ 9:30 am

Sunday, January 14 

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

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

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

Monday, January 15          

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

Tuesday, January 16    

Edna Circle................................................... 9:00 am

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

Wednesday, January 17

Memorial Committee Meeting...................... 2:30 pm

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

Senior High................................................... 4:30 pm

Thursday, January 18

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

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

Game Night/Room 103................................. 7:00 pm

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

Friday, January 19      Annual Reports Due.

Saturday, January 20

Women’s Breakfast/Judy’s Kitchen.............. 9:00 am

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving………...…..$4,841.00

Giving for December 24………$9,776.00

Giving for December 17………$5,061.00

Christmas Eve Joy Offering…….$339.00

December giving……….…....$32,148.00

2018 Per Capita is $40.00