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The Herald


March 14, 2018

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



Women’s Breakfast meets Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 am at The Raspberry Tea Room. 

Book Club meets on Monday, March 19 at 7:00 pm to discuss Ordinary Grace by William Krueger.         

           Palm Sunday Brunch is March 25 
           at 8:45 am in the Fellowship Hall.  
           The Deacons will provide potato 
           casseroles, egg casseroles, milk, 
           juice, coffee, and table service.  
The congregation is asked to bring either a fruit dish or bread (rolls, donuts, muffins, etc.)  The choir is invited to eat early, so they can be ready for church.

Spirituality Retreat Registration Deadline is Sunday, March 25.  Please go to the website, ( under Announcements and click on the link for the registration form.

Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service is March 29 at 7:00 in the Sanctuary.

Candy donations for our Easter Egg Hunt 
would be greatly appreciated!  The Easter 
Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, March 31 
at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Easter Services are April 1 at 8:00 and 10:00 am.  No Sunday School on Palm Sunday or Easter.

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering 
is collected during Lent.  Please go to the 
website, (, 
for further information. 

The winner of the Quilt Raffle is Karen Petty of Elwin.  Ticket proceeds were $1,259.00, expenses were $415.16, and profits are $843.84.

•    Last week’s giving………...….$4,376.00
•    Giving for March 4………..….$8,301.00
•    February giving……….…......$19,928.00

2018 Per Capita is $40.00


´éč   The Sr. High Youth Group has met our 
     fundraising goal for the mission trip!  
     Thank you for all of your support!

        The Spring Gathering for the Presbyterian Women of Southeastern Illinois Presbytery will be held Saturday, April 14 at the First Presbyterian Church, Effingham from 9:30 am-1:30 pm.  There will be a worship service and sharing.  The mission project for the Spring Gathering will be wish-list items for the Effingham Child Development Center.  We have chosen writing and reading items such as envelopes, stencils, pens, pencils, pencil erasers, highlighters, child scissors, notebooks, notepads, books, stickers, and greeting cards.  If you are interested in going, please call Bev Coleman at 620-8047.  We will car pool.

Graduation Sunday is April 22.  If you have 
a graduate, please let Molly know by April 8.

Our Condolences:  to Katy (Ragan) and Jake Moore and family upon the loss of his mother, Dixie Moore; to Colton Williams and family upon the loss of his grandfather, Wallace Poynter; to the family and friends of Carol Schapmire; to Barb Wall and family upon the loss of her great-grandson, Asher Wolfe; and to the family and friends of Mary Gilman.
Please pray for:  Mike Wakeland, Mick Stewart, Beverly Gant, Pat Willis, John Tenuto (Steve’s brother), Bill Bishop, Kathy Brelsfoard and Michael Proctor (Doug Clifton’s sister and nephew), Darlene Bray, John Tenuto Sr., Marianne Milnor, Olivia Capasso, Barb Wall, Paul Mattox, Tom Moore, Gladys Workman, Estaleen Earthal, Steve Hubner, Nan Fuess, Norma Miller, Joyce and Randy Williams.
At Nursing/Retirement Homes:  Donna Manuell, Cecil Barr, Alice Barr, Chad Hale, Olga Nenortas, Wilma Myers, Barb Nelson, Erma Sutton, Joanne Freeland, Charline Ellis, Joann Williams.          
Military Personnel:  Kim Townsend, Aaron M. Taylor, Navy; Ilene Henderson, Devin Hale, Jacob Bradshaw, J. T. Arocha, Army; Zach King, Devon Butler, Logan Seevers, Lee Nenortas, Air Force; MacKenzie Gould, ROTC National Guard.

     Thank you for being so kind and thoughtful to the Poynter Family.  Again, thank you so much.
                                         Mary Lou and Dale Hill

    A huge thank you for all the prayers, phone calls, and visits while I am recovering from my broken leg.  The Care Team deserves a big thank you for the meal and food that was brought to me.  My church family is so amazing, and I am very thankful for them.  Hope to see you soon!             Pat Willis

TED Talk_________________________________
(Theology, Education, Discipleship)
     A previously essential element of the spiritual walk has disappeared from the journey of many Christians:  the spiritual retreat.  The practice of having specific time dedicated to one’s relationship with God is an ancient one:  John the Baptist may have spent time with the Essene community, early Christians went to the desert for renewal, and St. Ignatius of Loyola developed his spiritual practices for a time of intense devotion.
     Retreats can differ in many respects:  silent or conversational, individual or group, restful or intense (one version begins with a prayer service at 3 am!).  The one we’re offering the Friday evening and Saturday following Easter is designed to be a casual group effort to assist our individual spiritual lives.  It will be a time in a relaxing setting, being guided by an experienced and gifted retreat leader.
     Please give strong consideration to this opportunity.  If you have questions about the accommodations, Donna Rominger and Sue Wilson can tell you more about Camp Warren.  They can also let you know about opportunities for children or youth during our retreat.  Please do not let finances be a factor; if you need assistance, speak with me, Molly Tenuto, Donna, or Sue.  This will be an experience you don’t want to miss!  You can register for the retreat at or at church.
     See you in worship, service, and retreat—      
                                                     Pastor Mike                 

One of the important works of Presbyterian Women is to support the mission of the church, nation, and worldwide.  In doing that, since December, the Presbyterian Women have given donations to the following organizations and to our own church as follows:
•    $1000 to Children's Christmas Fund
•    $600 to Northeast Community Fund for their building fund
•    $150 to our Honduras child educational sponsorship 
•    $500 to Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church for the Pastor's Discretionary Fund
•    $820.03 to Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church's general fund for the church's portion of the turkey dinner proceeds 
•    $352.07 to Southeast Presbytery Women's Association for quarterly dues, which support hunger relief and national and worldwide missions

The next Herald will be published March 28.


Sunday, March 18
Worship Services    8:00 & 10:00 am
Coffee Fellowship    8:30 & 11:00 am
Sunday School    9:00 am
Presbyterian Q & A/Mike’s Office    11:00 am
Financial Peace University/Room 204    6:00 pm

Monday, March 19       Annex reserved.
Lenten Study/Annex    6:00 pm        
Book Club    7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 20
Pre-K Screening    7:30 am-4:00 pm
Edna Circle    9:00 am
Spirituality Retreat Planning    1:30 pm
PW High Tea Meeting/Parlor    7:00 pm
AA    7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 21   
Memorial Committee Meeting    2:30 pm
Last LOGOS    4:00 pm
Sr. Highs    4:30 pm
Handbell Choir    6:00 pm
Chancel Choir    7:15 pm

Thursday, March 22
Pre-K Screening    7:30 am-4:00 pm
Prayer Shawl    1:00 pm
Baton Twirling    2:30 pm
Anna Circle    7:00 pm
AA/Al-Anon    8:00 pm

Friday, March 23           Annex reserved.
Good Samaritan Inn    9:00 am
Jr. High (J Walks) Lock-in/Annex    8 pm-8 am

Saturday, March 24        Annex rented.       

Palm Sunday, March 25  2¢ Hunger Fund collected
Worship Services    8:00 & 10:00 am
Palm Sunday Brunch/Fellowship Hall    8:45 am 
Financial Peace University/Room 204    6:00 pm

Monday, March 26       Annex reserved.
Lenten Study/Annex    6:00 pm

Tuesday, March 27      
Spirituality Retreat Planning    1:30 pm
Session Meeting    7:00 pm
AA    7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 28     
Sr. Highs    2:30 pm
Handbell Choir    6:00 pm
Chancel Choir    7:15 pm

Thursday, March 29     Maundy Thursday
Prayer Shawl    1:00 pm
Baton Twirling    2:30 pm
Chancel Choir    6:00 pm
Tenebrae Service/Sanctuary    7:00 pm
AA/Al-Anon    8:00 pm

Friday, March 30             Good Friday

Saturday, March 31        Annex rented.
Easter Egg Hunt/Fellowship Hall...............10:00 am