The Herald - July 19, 2017

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July 19, 2017

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

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September can't come soon enough for MZPC's
Adult and Bell Choirs as we welcome new
director, Rich Hansen! Hansen has been a part of
the Mt. Zion community for 20 years as Mt. Zion
High School Social Science teacher, and as director
of the high school's student a cappella quartets and
ensembles. A baritone, Hansen has sung for 15
years with The Sound of Illinois, a 75-member male
choir from throughout Illinois, and for 10 years with
the Legacy quartet, that has performed here at our
church. For the last five years, Hansen has annually
brought MZHS student quartets to perform at our
church. “I look forward to meeting people and
strengthening the relationships I have with
acquaintances at Mt. Zion Presbyterian,” said
Hansen. “I want to help enhance worship services
through music, as well as challenge each person
musically.” Anyone interested in being a part of the
vocal or bell choirs is welcome to attend the first
rehearsals Wednesday, September 6 (6:00 pm bells;
7:15 pm vocal choir) in the church sanctuary.
Hansen has also written his first book,
Education Has No Color - The Story of Thelma
Mothershed Wair, to be published in August. It is
the biography of Thelma Mothershed Wair, a
member of the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine
African-American students who integrated Little
Rock's Central High School in 1957. He serves as a
board member of the African-American Cultural &
Genealogical Society of Decatur, and has
coordinated student projects to provide displays at
the Decatur museum.
Hansen is a member of Mt. Zion's Knights of
Columbus Council and attends Our Lady of the
Holy Spirit Church. He said that he has always felt
at home at Mt. Zion Presbyterian and said he looks
forward to being part of our church family as well.
 
Congratulations to
Heather (Childs) and
Jason Mason upon
the birth of their son,
Carter Jacob Mason,
born on July 9, 2017.
 
Vacation Bible School Registration is open!
To register online early, please go to
https://vbspro.events/p/events/mtzpresby .
VBS is July 30-August 3 from 6:00-8:00 pm.
 
Women’s Breakfast is Saturday, August 19 at
11:00 am at The Raspberry Room.
 
Book Club meets next on Monday, August 21 at
7:00 pm to discuss Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies.
 
Save The Date! Church in the Park
will be Sunday, August 27 at 10:00 am
at Spitler Woods, Horseshoe Pavilion.
The meat dishes and drinks will be
provided. Everyone is asked to bring a
dish to share, their own table service,
and their lawn chairs.
 
We are updating our Military Bulletin Board.
If anyone has an immediate family member in the
service, please bring a picture to the church office
with their name and address included on the picture.
 
PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:
 
Our Condolences: to Larry Schmidt and family
upon the loss of his brother, Bernard Schmidt; to
Ronda and Don White upon the loss of her nephew;
and to the Hodge families upon the loss of Pat
Hodge.
 
Please pray for : Don Hodge, Tom Moore, Janet
Collins, Rick McEvoy (Judy Ragan’s brother), Tom
Howlett (Lois Howlett’s son), Ronda White,
McKenna Kull (Pat Willis’ granddaughter), Barb
Nelson, Verna Trimby, Mary Lee Graham, Esther
McEvoy, Nan Fuess, Ginny Gosnell, Mary Gilman,
Mike Harris, Marilyn Gardiner, Kay Wilson (Bev
Coleman’s sister-in-law), Wyatt Gould, Sandy Hare
(Will’s mom), Norma Miller, Joyce and Randy
Williams, Shelly Clow (Pat’s daughter-in-law),
Chase Simpson (Kylie Goss’ fiancé), Greg Hill
(Rodney Goss’ cousin), Barb Wall, Steve Hubner,
Marianne Milnor, Donna Manuell.
 
At Nursing/Retirement Homes: Cecil Barr, Bill
Bishop, Olga Nenortas, Wilma Myers, Alice Barr,
Charline Ellis, Chad Hale, Lee Freeland.
 
Military Personnel: Kim Townsend, Navy; Ilene
Henderson, Devin Hale, Army; Zach King, Devon
Butler, Logan Seevers, Lee Nenortas, Air Force.
 
Thank you to our family, church family, and
friends for my “Surprise” birthday reception. It
was so nice. Thank you for the good wishes, cards,
flowers, and gifts! We have been so blessed and
thank God for all of you.
Alice and George Bray
 
The next Herald will be published August 2.
 
TED Talk
(Theology, Enlightenment, Discipleship)
Where do you see God in your life?
Some groups in our church are pretty intentional
about asking that question. On Wednesday nights,
the children of our church are always asked about
God sightings, and they always have something to
say. Our new Spirituality Group (meeting weekly
on Tuesdays) is taking up the practice of asking
about where the Divine has been present in one’s
life, relating to the words of Presbyterian writer
Frederich Buechner: “Listen to your life!” The
closing worship service at the GenOn Summit in
Colorado, from which Molly (cudos to her for the
organization and hard work it took for this to come
to pass) and I and four of our youth have just
returned, included something called a “Say So”
time, after the phrase in Psalm 107, “let the
redeemed of the Lord say so”—an opportunity for
the youth to name where they had felt God’s
presence during the week.
One simple response, of course, is that the
Summit conference itself was a “God sighting”.
Being out of one’s usual habitat is frequently an
asset in glimpsing the Divine, whether one is a
youth or an adult. In addition, the emphasis on
rotating between Bible study, a service project in
Christ’s name, worship skills, a chosen activity
(from sketching to games to physical challenges
such as hiking), evening times to decompress, and
worship itself represent about all of the traditional
spiritual disciplines. I detect in the Summit outline
of activities something of the genius of the small
but influential Church of the Saviour in
Washington, DC, and their emphasis on pursuing
both the “inward journey” and the “outward
journey”.
When we emphasize “listening to your life” in
this way, we can unintentionally undermine those
who are going through spiritually dry periods in
their lives. If things aren’t going well, if God has
not seemed right at your side for awhile, is it helpful
to hear people talking about “God sightings”?
That’s why it’s important to emphasize that the dry
periods themselves are integral parts of the spiritual
journey.
Where do you see God in your life? And how do
we encourage each other in naming those times?
See you in worship and in service,
Pastor Mike
 
The church’s youth and adult advisors returned
safe and sound from Colorado Sunday afternoon.
Thanks for your support of this trip—it was a very
valuable experience for our kids.
 
Thank you so much for supporting the 23rd
Annual Community Ice Cream Social that was
held on Saturday, June 3. Together we were able to
raise $6,600.00 which has been divided between the
families of Jackson Scharf and Bailey Huddleston.
We are happy to be able to help them with their
many medical bills. We appreciate your financial
support, the many beautiful baskets donated for our
silent auction, the pies and cakes, the men who
helped set up tents, the volunteers who worked at
the social, the youth and their leaders for selling
popcorn, and especially your prayers.
GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU!
Sincerely, The Mt. Zion Community
Ice Cream Social Steering
Committee
 
WEEKLY CALENDAR
Sunday, July 23
Worship Services............................8:00 & 10:00 am
Coffee Fellowship...........................8:30 & 11:00 am
Tuesday, July 25
Spiritual Growth Group/Parlor....................2:00 pm
AA.................................................................7:00 pm
Thursday, July 27
Prayer Shawl.................................................1:00 pm
Anna Circle...................................................7:00 pm
AA/Al-Anon.................................................8:00 pm
Friday, July 28
Good Samaritan Inn......................................9:00 am
Sunday, July 30 Annex rented.
Worship Services............................8:00 & 10:00 am
Coffee Fellowship...........................8:30 & 11:00 am
Vacation Bible School..........................6:00-8:00 pm
Monday, July 31 Annex reserved.
Vacation Bible School..........................6:00-8:00 pm
Tuesday, August 1 Annex reserved.
Spiritual Growth Group/Parlor....................2:00 pm
Vacation Bible School..........................6:00-8:00 pm
AA.................................................................7:00 pm
Wednesday, August 2 Annex reserved.
Vacation Bible School..........................6:00-8:00 pm
Thursday, August 3 Annex reserved/No Deacons
Prayer Shawl.................................................1:00 pm
Baton Twirling..............................................1:00 pm
Last Vacation Bible School..................6:00-8:00 pm
AA/Al-Anon.................................................8:00 pm
Saturday, August 5 No Men’s Breakfast
FINANCIAL REPORT
Last week’s giving…………...$4,391.00
Giving for July 9……………..$6,361.00
Giving for July 2……………..$5,036.00
Giving for June 25…………...$3,614.00
June giving……………….....$24,628.00
2017 Per Capita is $40.00
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