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The Herald - October 25, 2017

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The Herald

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October 25, 2017

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

   www.mtzpresbychurch.net

Trunk or Treat is Tuesday, October 31

from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Annex.  Candy

donations for this night are being accepted. 

It is a great way to reach out to our

community and for children to trick or treat

on Halloween night in a safe environment. 

We typically have about 300 kids come

through!  Bring your treats to the Annex

where tables will be set up with some

decorations.  Please feel free to add your

own.  You may start arriving at 5:00 pm. 

It’s tons of fun.  See you there!

 

I (Molly) will begin a new Bible study at my house for women on Thursday mornings at 9:30 am starting on November 2.  We will be studying Animate:  Faith.  The journal to go along with the study is $15.  I would love to have a group over to my (messy) house!  Let me know if you want to join, and I will order books.

 

8th Annual Community Food Drive will be held Thursday, November 2 from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm and is sponsored by Mt. Zion Lutheran Church.  This drive will benefit Northeast Community Fund, a local food pantry, and the Mt. Zion Methodist Church Community Food Pantry.  Donated items may be dropped off at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 1475 West Main Street, during the food drive hours.  All donations from the LOCAL CHURCHES will be given to the Mt. Zion Methodist Church Community Food Pantry.

Singles’ Supper Circle meets on Saturday, November 11 to patronize the Annual Turkey Dinner at the Church Annex.  Time is your choice and tickets are $10.00.  In December, we will have a Mystery Outing, more information to follow later.

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.

 

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

 

                              Please have Children’s Christmas

                              Fund donations in by November 20,

                              so that there is ample time to shop.

 

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

 

Are you a visual learner?  If so, we have a few books called "Faith Notes".  These are intended to be used during church to take notes and help those that learn best visually.  If you would like one of these journals, please see Molly.

 

   2017 COMMUNITY TURKEY

        DINNER AND BAZAAR

   The Annual Thanksgiving Dinner is

Saturday, November 11 in the Annex. 

Tickets for the Turkey Dinner are on sale in the church office through Friday, November 10 at noon.  They will also be on sale at the front and east door entry of the church on Sunday, October 29 and November 5.  They will be sold at the Bazaar until 6:30 pm if tickets remain.  Meal serving times are 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 pm.  Adult ticket prices are $10, children 3-10 are $3, and children 0-2 are free.  We will be selling only 300 tickets this year, so get your tickets early!

   This year, as we did last year, we will be asking for money donations and pumpkin pies only.  With the money, we will buy the turkeys, and other foods in commercial can sizes.  If donating by check, please make check payable to Mt. Zion Presbyterian Women’s Association.  The Bazaar and Bake Sale will be open from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm.  Please bring donated bake sale and or craft items to sell at the Bazaar from 4:00-6:00 pm on Friday, November 10 or after 7:30 am Saturday, November 11.

   We appreciate your willingness to work that evening.  Please mark the time you will be willing to help.

   I will be happy to donate _______ Pumpkin Pies. Please bring the pies to the Annex before 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 11.               

   Willing to work at:  ____4:30  ____ 5:30  ____ 6:30

 

Name_______________________________________

 

Phone Number to Reach You __________________

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PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences to:  Joanne Freeland and family upon the loss of Dean Freeland.

Please pray for:  Connie Jenkins, Ginny Gosnell, Mary Lee Graham, Tom Moore, 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.

 

     Tom and I wish to thank everyone for their cards and phone calls of support as I recovered from my fall.  Also thank you for the meals provided by the Care Team and others.  The food was delicious, and it gave Tom a break from having to do “everything” as he said.  God Bless you for your thoughtfulness.

                                    Sincerely, Anne and Tom Gore

TED Talk____________________

Theology, Enlightenment, Discipleship

     I remember when I first learned of how giving a congregation we are.  One of my first Sundays here I mentioned that we needed someone to watch the office when we have staff meetings and someone else to change the outdoor sign each week.  By the time Monday was over, two people had volunteered.

    Not long after that, a young military veteran came to church looking for assistance.  He was getting his own apartment after being in medical treatment.  In addition to some modest financial assistance, members contributed a vacuum cleaner, a microwave, and a new coffee pot for him.  Again I learned something about the heart of MZPC.

     One can give of one’s time and talents, and one can give financial resources; the church (and the world) need both, and I’m pretty sure they come from the same place in the heart.  Some financial gifts I’m only dimly aware of, such as the major donors for the repair of the bells, or the person who underwrote the purchase of the children’s Bibles.  Some major gifts of time and talents are only slightly noticed—the lady who drives many members to different church events, the gentlemen who open the church EVERY Sunday, the fellow I caught watering the church lawn, or the people I learn about who volunteer at the women’s prison or at Good Samaritan or DOVE with little fanfare.  It actually has affected my own stewardship of time and talents and treasure.

     In a sermon last fall, though quite nervous about it, I stated specifically what Cindy and I give.  I read about doing this from a pastor I know as deeply spiritual and authentic, but the fact is, I’ve thought about doing this for years (and Cindy and I aren’t heroes on this by any means—this year we pledged, split between the two churches we serve and the causes we support, 10% of our after-tax income).  From the pen of another pastor whom I trust, though, I was recently challenged further.

     In her book “When Spiritual But Not Religious Is Not Enough,” Lillian Daniel tells the story of, early in her working life, meeting with a financial advisor.  She was certain the advisor would tell her to discontinue her practice of giving 10% of after-tax income to the church, which is, after all, her employer.  When she told the planner that she and her husband were tithers, he asked, “Is that 10% of after-tax income or pre-tax income?” 

    “After tax, of course,” Daniel responded.  After a pause, she asked the financial planner, “So what do you think of that?”  “It’s fine,” he said, “if all you want is an after-tax blessing.”

     We’re a little distance from giving 10% of our PRE-tax income JUST to the church, and then deciding what other groups to support.  I hope we get there someday.  It’s okay to not be there yet, and it’s okay to have it as a goal.  What I love about this story is that the financial planner is the one who operated on a basis of radical generosity.

     I’m learning more about generosity the longer I spend at MZPC.  I’m very grateful to be here.

     See you in worship and in service—

    Pastor Mike

OCTOBER IS PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH.

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, October 29     2¢ Hunger Fund collected.

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

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

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

Monday, October 30           Annex reserved.

Noodle Making.............................................. 8:00 am

Tuesday, October 31           Annex reserved.

Trunk or Treat/Annex............................ 5:30-7:00 pm

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

Wednesday, November 1        All Saints’ Day

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 2

Noodle Making.............................................. 8:00 am

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

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

Deacons’ Meeting.......................................... 7:00 pm

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

Friday, November 3

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

Saturday, November 4

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

Sunday, November 5     All Saints/Thank Sunday

                       Daylight saving time ends.

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

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

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

Monday, November 6

Last Noodle Making....................................... 8:00 am

PW Executive Board Meeting........................ 6:00 pm

Tuesday, November 7

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

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

Wednesday, November 8

Care Team Meeting........................................ 9:30 am

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 9

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

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

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

Friday, November 10             Annex reserved.

Saturday, November 11         Annex reserved.

PW Bazaar/Annex............................ 8:00 am-6:30 pm

Turkey Dinner/Annex.............. 4:30, 5:30, & 6:30 pm

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving…………….$3,906.00

Giving for October 15…..……..$2,646.00

Peace/Global Witness Offering....$299.00

September giving………….…$18,874.00

2017 Per Capita is $40.00

 

The next Herald will be published November 8.