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The Herald - May 8, 2018

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May 8, 2018

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

                              www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

Church Rummage Sale and Bake Sale is Friday, May 11 from 8:00 am-4:00 pm and Saturday, May 12 from 8:00 am-noon in the Annex.

The Edna Circlae will have their end-of-the-year lunch at Las Margaritas, 1475 Village Parkway in Mt. Zion on Tuesday, May 15 at 11:30 am.

Reservations are not necessary.

Women’s Breakfast is Saturday, May 19 at 9:00am at the Garden Restaurant, 1044 West Eldorado in Decatur.  It is our Church tradition to wear red on Pentecost, May 20.  Ordination and Installation of Officers is Sunday, May 20 at 10:00 am worship.

Please join us in worship on Sunday, May 20 at the 10:00 am service as we commission our Sr. High Youth Group to go and be the hands and feet of the Lord on their mission trip to Washington D.C. Book Club meets on Monday, May 21 at 7:00 pm to discuss The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas.

You are invited to Ryan Gould’s Graduation Party on Saturday, May 26 at 1:00 pm in the Annex.

HOUSING OPTIONS

Do you or someone you know have a need for knowledge about different housing options for a loved one, whether it involves permanent assisted living, rehabilitation and therapy, accommodations for a couple, hospice, or self-sufficient options?

Ruth Elder has compiled a guide to the housing options available in Macon County. Please contact her or Parish Visitor Gloria Marshall for more info. Habitat for Humanity ReStore continues to grow and receive more customers. Please keep us in mind during your spring cleaning. Donate any new or used building materials. We will happily takeyour donation of gently used items so we can continue our mission of building homes and helping families. For more information contact Mark Milnor at 217-358-2691 or go to www.habitat.org .

Mt. Zion Community Ice Cream Social is Saturday, June 9 from 5:30-8:00 pm at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Proceeds go to help local residents facing catastrophic medical expenses. Our church would like to provide 5 or more baskets for the silent auction. They usually have a theme, and the contents cost $20-$40. We need baskets for adults and children. Please wrap the baskets in transparent plastic and have a list of the contents. Baskets need to be at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church by Wednesday, June 6. See the bulletin board by the choir room after May 15 for sign-up sheets to help.

SAVE THE DATE - Vacation Bible School will be July 29 - August 2, more details to come!

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences: to Jan and Mike Nickell and family upon the loss of Jan’s mother, Helen Miller; to Don and Ronda White upon the loss of their niece, Chelsea; to the family and many friends upon the loss of Norma Miller; and to the Wall, Earthal, and Fuess families upon the loss of Nan Fuess.

Please pray for : Bill Shaw, Doyle Wilson, Crystal Brothers, Jake Bingaman, Dave and Jenny Hare (Will’s brother), Paul and Joy Mattox, Doris Daws, Cheri Trimmer (Jan Nickell’s friend), Bob Gotts Jr. (Tina Gotts’ brother), Connie Clark, Mike Cole (Sonia and Greg Wenndt’s brother-in-law), Mick Stewart, Beverly Gant, Kathy Brelsfoard and Michael Proctor (Doug Clifton’s sister and nephew), David Cowgill, Darlene Bray, Olivia Capasso, Gladys Workman, Steve Hubner, 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.

GOOD NEWS CORNER

 Financial Peace University just completed another class. We helped 5 families get to a better financial place! Over the course of the 9-week class those families paid off a total of $25,495 in debt, saved a total of $6,700, and cancelled 19 credit cards! Thank you, Chip Platt, for leading this class, what a blessing for our community!

 

TED Talk_________________________________

(Theology, Education, Discipleship)

WHAT EXACTLY IS “RUMMAGE” ANYWAY?

So I had it wrong. I thought that I’d find a definition of “rummage” that would be along the lines of “a bunch of old stuff that you’ve tossed into a closet and has now gotten so large that you have to find a way to get rid of it before the closet bursts at its seams”—in other words, a noun: “old stuff”. It turns out, though, that it’s a verb. “Rummage” refers to the act of picking through stuff to find what you want, rather than referring to the stuff itself.

These next couple of weeks mark the confluenceof three major events: Pentecost (the “birthday of the church” on May 20), Mother’s Day (on May 113), and perhaps most notably, the Rummage Sale of the Presbyterian Women (this Friday and Saturday, the 11th and 12th). It’s a “confluence” of events, first, because Mom would want you to be getting rid of some of that old stuff. But it is also tied into Pentecost, the church’s birthday, because that “clearing out” can be a gift. I have referred before to the scholar Phyllis Tickle. In her work the Great Emergence she put forth the notion that around every 500 years the church has, in effect, a “great rummage sale,” disposing of practices that are no longer helpful and making room for new things. The founding of the church 2000 years ago, the monastic era, the split with the eastern church, and the Reformation were all such “rummage sales”. Room was made for the new things God’s Spirit was introducing. Getting rid of things that have lost their usefulness can feel like one is shedding a great weight—but getting bargains can be fun too (Cindy and I had our first Habitat Store work morning recently, and in that work we were reminded of the old saying that one person’s “old stuff” is another person’s treasure)! So I hope you take advantage of the Rummage Sale in the Annex this weekend, even as we ask ourselves what practices in our own church have outlived their usefulness. And on the Church’s birthday a week from that Sunday, get that bright red shirt or tie or pair of pants or dress out of the corner of the closet, because it’s Birthday Time!

See you in red on the 20th!

Pastor Mike

 

Adult Sunday School is studying Animate: Bible. No preparation is needed, just come to the class ready to learn and have good conversation! This class is taught by Pastor Mike. Any questions, please see Molly.

Please Help Us reduce costs by shutting off all lights, fans, and water when you are the last to leave the building! We have found lights, fans, and water running all night. Thank you!

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, May 13 Mother’s Day

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 15

Edna Circle/Las Margaritas.......................11:30 am

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

Wednesday, May 16

Last Sr. Highs...............................................2:30 pm

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

Handbell Choir..............................................6:00 pm

Sr. High Parent Meeting...............................6:30 pm

Chancel Choir...............................................7:15 pm

Thursday, May 17

Prayer Shawl...1:00 pm

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

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

Saturday, May 19 Annex rented.

Women’s Breakfast/Garden Restaurant.......9:00 am

Sunday, May 20 Day of Pentecost

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

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

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

Ordination & Installation of Officers.........10:00 am

Monday, May 21

Milligan Hot Dog Lunch/Greenwood Park. .11:30 am

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

Tuesday, May 22

Session Meeting............................................7:00 pm

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

Wednesday, May 23

Handbell Choir..............................................6:00 pm

Chancel Choir...............................................7:15 pm

Thursday, May 24

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

Anna Circle...................................................7:00 pm

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

Friday, May 25

Good Samaritan Inn....................................9:00 am

Saturday, May 26 Annex rented.

FINANCIAL REPORT

 Last week’s giving……..….....$4,402.00

 Giving for April 29..……..…..$3,123.00

 April giving………………....$31,093.00

2018 Per Capita is $40.00

The next Herald will be published May 23.