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The Herald - November 8, 2017

N E W S

The Herald

L E T T E R

October 25, 2017

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

   www.mtzpresbychurch.net

Those who have died within the past year were recognized last Sunday for All Saints’ Sunday.  Some of our longest serving Elders served Communion, a church tradition for All Saints’ Sunday.  Our gratitude and appreciation for their many years of service to:

George Bray  1959                              Bill Bishop  1963

Anna Belle Farrell  1967                    Jim Kays  1968   

Milly Kruse  1968                                Janet Stocks  1973

Alice Barr  1975                                   Dorothy Ensign  1976

Dick Marshall  1976                           Pat McDonald  1976

Tom Moore  1976                               Barb Nelson  1976

Bill Stocks  1976                                  Jim Beckhart 1978

Gloria Marshall  1979                         Ginger Schmidt  1980

Joe Sidwell  1980                                 Lucy Browning  1981

Bev Coleman  1982                            Wilma Myers  1982

Gary Spinner 1982                              Mike Cowger 1984  

Cecil Barr  1987                                   Judy Sidwell  1987

 

Annual Turkey Dinner is Saturday, November 11

in the Annex.  Meal serving times are 4:30, 5:30,

and 6:30 pm.  Bazaar is open 8:00 am-6:30 pm.

 

Women’s Breakfast meets Saturday, November 18 at 9:00 am at My Little Bird located at 155 East Main Street in Shelbyville.  This is Carolyn Brueggemann's unique gift shop located in an old bank building with beautiful old murals.   They will be serving us a delicious breakfast casserole for $5 with coffee, juice, or cola drinks available for an additional charge.  There is limited on street parking, so if anyone would like to carpool please meet at the church by 8:15 to ride together.  There is also a Municipal Parking Lot located at Main and Broadway (by Joe's Pizza).  ALSO, please call either the church office (864-2528) or Jan Nickell (433-4661) NO LATER than Monday, November 13 if you plan to attend so I can give them an accurate count in order to have enough food prepared for us!  

 

An Advent Workshop will be offered on Sunday, November 19, after both the 8:00 and 10:00 am worship services.  We will be making an Advent candle wreath for families to take and use at home.  To participate, please sign up by November 12 so we have enough supplies.  The signup sheet is on the bulletin board outside the Sanctuary.

 

                                             Please have Children’s Christmas

                                             Fund donations in by November 20,

                                             so that there is ample time to shop.

                                             So far there are 165 children with

                                             more to shop for.

 

Book Club meets next on Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm to discuss Hillbilly Elegy by C. D. Vance.

 

The Adult Sunday School class will begin it’s

next study on Sunday, November 26 at 9:00 am

upstairs in the meeting room.  This is our Advent

study and will be led by Donna Rominger.  The book and the DVD is called “The Redemption of Scrooge”.  If you would like to join this study and want a copy of the book, please let Molly know by November 19.  The cost of the book is $9.

 

Molly has begun a new Bible study at her house for women on Thursday mornings at 9:30 am.  We are studying Animate:  Faith.  The journal to go along with the study is $15.  Let her know if you want to join.

 

There will be No Flu Shot Clinic this year at the church.  Please get your shots at your pharmacy/doctor’s office.

 

Annual Hanging of the Greens

will follow the 10:00 am worship

service on Sunday, November 26. 

Come and help prepare the Church

for Advent.  The Deacons will

provide a delicious soup lunch.

 

Mt. Zion Community Blood Drive, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Tuesday, November 28 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Contact Sandy at 217-433-6448 to schedule an appointment.  Bring a photo ID, your blood donor card, or two other forms of ID.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our condolences to:  the family and friends of Bailey Huddleston.

Please pray for:  Milly Kruse, Mike Cole (Sonia Wenndt’s brother-in-law), Connie Jenkins, Fred Hall, Ginny Gosnell, Mary Lee Graham, Rhonda Davis, Tom Moore, Addison Gould, Ed Kater, Willie Butler (Vicki Hare’s dad), Beverly Gant, Nan Fuess, Gary Jones, Andrew Ross, Marianne Milnor, Pete Grant (Beth Stewart’s friend), Tom Howlett, Estaleen Earthal, Barb Nelson, Paul Mattox, Rick McEvoy, Ronda White, Marilyn Gardiner, Norma Miller, Joyce and Randy Williams, Steve Hubner.

At Nursing/Retirement Homes:  Donna Manuell, Mary Gilman, Cecil Barr, Bill Bishop, Alice Barr, Olga Nenortas, Wilma Myers, Charline Ellis, Chad Hale.                                       

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.

 

     Thank you for listing my dear sweet Mother’s name, JoAnn Wyatt, on All Saints’ Day!  She was 85 years young and very active in her church.  At her passing she was the longest active member.  I was touched by her name being included at MTZ Presbyterian Church.  A child of God.                                                                                                    Judy Beard and Family

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving…………..…….$6,594.00

Giving for October 29…..……..…..$3,791.00

Thank Offering……………………....$202.00

October giving……………..…..…$27,491.00

2017 Per Capita is $40.00

 

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday,

the next Herald will be published November 29.

 

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         CHRISTMAS

 

        MEMORIALS

 

If you would like to place a poinsettia in the sanctuary,

or honor a loved one with a gift to the Memorial Fund or

Church Foundation this Christmas season, please fill out this form and mail it to the church.  December 4 is the deadline for poinsettias, cost $13.00.  Please circle your choice:

                                                                                                              Gift to the                               Gift to the

Poinsettia               Memorial Fund                     Foundation

                                               

Name_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Address___________________________________________________________________________________________

In memory of   or   In honor of     (Circle choice)

____________________________________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

TED Talk____________________

Theology, Enlightenment, Discipleship

     You may have heard talk about a program called Stephen Ministry.  Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that has stood the test of time—since 1975, more than 12,000 congregations from over 170 denominations have become

Stephen Ministry congregations.  Through this program, more than 600,000 people have been trained to become Stephen Minister in order to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

     Sharman Bastl, Amy Gosnell-Scranton, and Jan Nickell recently attended a half-day orientation to Stephen Ministry, in order to discern whether it’s right for our family of faith.  In the midst of this conversation, I invite you to read the following description of the Stephen Ministry program at the Salem First Presbyterian Church in Salem, Oregon, from the pen of their then pastor, Karen Pollan.      

A Funny Thing Happened…                         

   Four years ago, we began Stephen Ministry. Our goal was to build a ministry that would train men and women to care for those who are hurting. We achieved that—but a funny thing happened along the way.

   Three of us went to the Stephen Leader training conference that immersed us in the Stephen Ministry process. We came home and began planning. We prayed, talked, learned, planned, dreamed, laughed, cried, celebrated, and prayed some more—keeping before us the goal of helping hurting people to find healing and wholeness through the love of Christ.

   Our next step was to recruit our first class of Stephen Ministers. I will never forget interviewing these men and women. They shared their love for God and their longing to be used in the work of the kingdom. Many described how Jesus helped them through their own past struggles, and how they now wanted to be there to help others.

   Then we began the 50 hours of Stephen Minister training. One of the surprise blessings was how we ourselves were being changed. Trainees shared how their relationships at home were becoming healthier. I could see everyone growing in Christian maturity. Week after week, we spent time together learning, sharing, caring, and praying for each other in the Word.

   So here’s the funny thing that happened: We thought we were making a program, but it turns out we were making disciples.

   Do you have to be a Stephen Minister to become a disciple? No. But elements of Stephen Ministry illustrate the path of discipleship.

   First, being a disciple is something to which God calls you—something that happens in community, not alone. Jesus nurtured his disciples in community. They traveled with him and with each other; they learned and grew together. Stephen Ministers learn and grow together in class and supervision. Discipleship never happens alone.

   Second (but just as important), growth in the inner spiritual life is balanced by a concern for the world outside ourselves and our church. Stephen Ministers study and learn, but their efforts aim toward helping others. While Jesus and his disciples were together and he was teaching them, they were also interacting with the folks around them. Jesus was concerned for and had compassion for all those he met—and he urged his disciples to do the same.

   Third, consistency matters. Stephen Ministry grows disciples because of the consistency involved. Stephen Ministers meet weekly for initial training and then twice a month for continuing education and supervision. These ongoing, consistent meetings keep Stephen Ministers centered in the Word, grounded in a community of believers, and focused on our mission: to share the love of Christ with those who are hurting. Do you want to be a disciple? Stay close to the Word, be accountable to a small group, and look for a way to serve. Stephen Ministry enables you to do all that—and more.                                                                                                        Blessings, Karen

                       See you in worship and in service—

                      Pastor Mike

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, November 12              

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 14          

Christian Nurture Committee Meeting......................... 10:00 am

Maintenance/Missions Committee Meetings................ 6:30 pm

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

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

Wednesday, November 15       

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 16

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, November 18

Women’s Breakfast/My Little Bird, Shelbyville........... 9:00 am

Sunday, November 19               Annex rented.

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

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

Christian Nurture Advent Workshop............... 8:30 & 11:00 am

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

Monday, November 20

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

Tuesday, November 21

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

Spiritual Growth Group...................................................... 2:00 pm

Worship Committee Meeting............................................ 3:30 pm

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

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

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

Thursday, November 23       Thanksgiving Day

Church Offices closed/Annex rented.

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

Friday, Nov. 24   Church Offices closed/Annex rented.   

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

Saturday, November 25          Annex rented.

Sunday, November 26       Christ the King Sunday

2¢ Hunger Fund collected/Annex rented.

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

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

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

Soup Lunch....................................................................... 12:00 pm

Tuesday, November 28

Children’s Christmas Shopping/Kohl’s........................... 8:00 am

Area Presbyterian Pastors’ Meeting..................... 12:00-1:30 pm

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

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

Wednesday, November 29

Children’s Christmas Shopping/Wal-Mart..................... 8:30 am

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 30

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

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

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

Friday, December 1

Game Night/Fellowship Hall........................................... 7:00 pm

Saturday, December 2

Men’s Breakfast/Fellowship Hall................................... 8:00 am