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The Herald - March 28, 2018

 

N E W S

THE HERALD

L E T T E R

March 28, 2018

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

   www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

                           

Easter Egg Hunt is 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 Easter.

     The Jr. High LOGOS class the "Jaywalkers" created the slogan "Milligan Matters" as part of a promotion for a fundraiser for our Milligan Academy support program.  The "Jaywalkers" are offering printed bracelets labeled " Milligan Matters" for sale beginning Sunday, April 8, 2018 during fellowship time following both 8:00 am and 10:00 am services.  There will be a table located both in fellowship hall and outside of the sanctuary.  The suggested price is $2.00 with any donation above that amount most welcomed and appreciated. 

     Please join our "Jaywalkers" in this effort, helping us as we continue to assist in making "Milligan Matters", thank you.  All proceeds go directly to Milligan Academy.

    Questions:  Contact Sonia Wenndt at 865-250-3276 or Sue Wilson at 217-620-4746 or feel free to talk with our own "Jaywalkers":  Skyler Tenuto, Emma Novota, Sydney Winick, Corbin Davis, and Noah Scheiter. 

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.

Book Club meets on Monday, April 16 at 7:00 pm to discuss A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

Officers’ Training is Saturday, April 21 from 8:45 am-2:00 pm.  Lunch will be provided.

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

 

GOOD NEWS CORNER

(   LOGOS completed our 33rd year! )

From the Mission Field in Honduras…

A special thanks to everyone who contributed to the February mission trip to LaCeibita, Honduras! Through your generous donations, financial support and prayers, we took a troop of 17 to minister to this village.  A team of three American doctors and one Honduran doctor saw 720 patients and delivered over 3,000 prescriptions this year. (We had reports of people traveling for four hours to come to the medical clinic!)  We obtained a dental chair which facilitated having a dentist join us. She provided hundreds of fluoride treatments and extracted nearly 50 damaged and broken teeth. We provided 250 people with reading glasses, many who were excited to be able to read their Bibles again!  Five Central Illinois churches now sponsor 125 students through the Becas con Bendiciones program, improving the availability of education for many who otherwise could not attend school. We continue with the sewing ministry, maintaining three Singer sewing machines for the local women to use.  The Women’s and Children’s Ministries, including Bible School, continue to be a mainstay.  I have personally seen the tangible and palpable benefits to this village through my six years of participation.  Serving the same village consistently has allowed us to develop relationships and accountability with the people of LaCeibita.  Each trip has become a rewarding reunion with friends. The incredible growth and success of this mission work is now allowing us to look at expanding our efforts to include a second needy village in Honduras.  Thank you all again for helping to spread and share the love of God and Jesus into the world!                           Derin Rominger

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences:  to the Gaither, Jenkins, and Sefton families upon the loss of Larry Gaither.

Please pray for:  Mick Stewart, Gene Nenortas, Beverly Gant, Pat Willis, Kathy Brelsfoard and Michael Proctor (Doug Clifton’s sister and nephew), Darlene Bray, Paul Mattox, Olivia Capasso, Gladys Workman, 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, Bill Bishop, Marianne Milnor.          

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.

 

The next Herald will be published April 11.

 

TED Talk_________________________________

(Theology, Education, Discipleship)

     It’s Holy Week.  As I write this, we’ve been through Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are right ahead of us, and then, on Sunday, the most important Christian holiday:  Easter, the celebration of triumph over death, and the gift of new life.

     One of the great gifts of a life of faith is the ability to connect with something larger than one’s self.  One way to do this is through the gift of one’s treasure, and for years Mount Zion Presbyterian Church has strongly supported the One Great Hour of Sharing, providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, providing food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.  The OGHS program connects us with a variety of efforts around the globe:  the work of The Presbyterian Committee for the Self-Development of People, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program.  The hundreds of millions of dollars Presbyterians have given over the last half century have enabled a powerful witness to the love of the One who came that all might have life more abundantly.

     Isaiah 58 describes a new kind of fast, not to give up bread, but to share it. Isaiah calls us to “loose the bonds of injustice,” to “let the oppressed go free,” and to “share bread with the hungry”.  We offer help to those in need and restoration to those who have been broken down, knowing that as we do so we are doing Christ’s work, and trusting that, when and if we are the ones in need, there will be those who will be Christ to us.  If this is a year in which you are able to do so, please give generously to the One Great Hour of Sharing

     May the new life in Christ dwell in you richly during the days to come.             

       Pastor Mike 

 

During my recovery from a broken arm, the sky was not high enough or the ocean deep enough for them to be filled with my appreciation for the love and support received from my church family.  Thank you for help with transportation, the Care Team’s delicious meal, words of cheer and encouragement through prayers, cards, visits, and phone calls.  So many blessings were received from all of you.  You are AWESOME!              Gratefully, Mary Blalock

 

Thank you, Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church, for being so kind as to let us use your space for the weekend!  Our dozens of youth and adults look forward to this all year.  We sincerely appreciate your kindness!

           Love, Central Region Area 3 Venturing Crew

 

Thank you to all of you that kept me in your prayers during my hip surgery.  Also, thank you to Pastor Mike and members of the church that visited me during my stay in the hospital.           Mick Stewart

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, April 1                    Easter                        

Communion Worship Services 8:00 & 10:00 am

 

Monday, April 2  Offices Closed/Annex reserved.

Moms’ Group/Annex 6:00 pm        

 

Tuesday, April 3

Spirituality Retreat Planning 1:30 pm

AA 7:00 pm

 

Wednesday, April 4       No Bells/No Choir  

Sr. Highs 2:30 pm

 

Thursday, April 5

Prayer Shawl 1:00 pm

Baton Twirling 2:30 pm

Deacons’ Meeting 7:00 pm

AA/Al-Anon 8:00 pm

 

Friday, April 6           No Game Night

Spirituality Retreat/Camp Warren 5:00 pm

 

Sat., April 7  No Men’s Breakfast/Annex rented.   

Spirituality Retreat/Camp Warren 

 

Sunday, April 8             Annex rented.

Worship Services 8:00 & 10:00 am

Coffee Fellowship 8:30 & 11:00 am

Sunday School 9:00 am 

Financial Peace University/Room 204 6:00 pm

 

Monday, April 9         Annex reserved.

Moms’ Group/Annex 6:00 pm

 

Tuesday, April 10      

Christian Nurture Meeting 10:00 am

Worship Committee Meeting 3:30 pm

Maintenance, Missions, & Outreach 6:30 pm

Committee Night 7:00 pm

AA 7:00 pm

 

Wednesday, April 11     

Care Team Meeting 9:30 am

Sr. Highs 2:30 pm

Handbell Choir 6:00 pm

Chancel Choir 7:15 pm

 

Thursday, April 12

Prayer Shawl 1:00 pm

Baton Twirling 2:30 pm

AA/Al-Anon 8:00 pm

 

Saturday, April 14        

Men’s Breakfast/Fellowship Hall 8:00 am

PW Spring Gathering/Effingham 9:30 am

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving………...….$5,986.00

Giving for March 18………….$4,322.00

March giving………………...$22,985.00

2018 Per Capita is $40.00