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The Herald - September 27, 2017
 

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The Herald

L E T T E R

September 27, 2017

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

   www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

Mt. Zion student council presents Mr. Richard Hansen:  Please join us September 30 at 2:00 pm in the High School Auditorium, as Mt. Zion faculty member, Mr. Richard Hansen, presents his book, Education Has No Color, the story of Thelma Mothershed Wair, one of the “Little Rock Nine”.  The book follows Thelma’s journey as a student who broke barriers of segregation and how this ultimately shaped her decision to pursue a career in education.  Immediately following the presentation, there will be a book signing and reception in the lobby of the auditorium.  Books will be available for purchase.  For more information, contact Jill Clifton:  cliftonj@mtzschools.org .

 

MINISTRY TO MILLIGAN

    This Sunday is a Communion Sunday—World Communion Sunday, in fact.  While we’ll be hearing more about a medical ministry in Honduras which many of us have supported, we will be remembering our local needs as well.  Please bring any non-perishable food items that you are in a position to donate for the use of those Milligan students who don’t have reliable food sources on the weekend.

 

                                        Blessing of the Animals October 1 at 3:00 pm in the Prayer Garden

 

Peace and Global Witness Offering is collected on Sunday, October 1.  It supports every level of the PC(USA) to work for peace and respond to injustice in their own contexts and around the globe.

 

Blood Drive, will you give?  Looking for a way to help the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma?  The Central Illinois Community Blood Center has partnered with hospitals in the effected regions to assist them in their time of need.  Mt. Zion Ministerial Alliance will be hosting a blood drive on Monday, October 9 from 3:00-7:00 pm at the Coffee Shop/Foyer of First Baptist Church of Mt. Zion, 720 West Main Street.  Use Group Sponsor Code 60802 to schedule online.  Please eat before donation.  Must have photo ID to donate.  For more information email the Community Blood Center online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org .

 

Book Club meets next on Monday, October 16 at 7:00 pm to discuss The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith.

 

The next Herald will be published October 11.

 

6th Annual Mt. Zion Community

Prayer Breakfast at the Mt. Zion

Convention Center is Wednesday,

October 25 from 7:00-8:00 am. 

(Doors open at 6:30 am.)  Advance

tickets of $10.00 are required and

include a breakfast buffet.

 

                        Singles’ Supper Circle will meet on Saturday, October 28 at the Masonic Temple at 6:00 pm for a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre; $20.00 single/$35.00 couple.  Call Sally Dennis for reservations at 864-2792.

 

Children’s Christmas Fund can use colored pencils and 10 count Crayola Classic Markers.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Please pray for:  Nan Fuess, Beverly Gant, Andrew Ross, Marianne Milnor, Helen Miller (Jan Nickell’s mother), Pete Grant (Beth Stewart’s friend), Tom Howlett, Pat Dixon (Pat Clow’s friend), Estaleen Earthal, Barb Nelson, Tom Moore, Anne Gore, Paul Mattox, Erica Lyons, Janet Collins, Rick McEvoy, Ronda White, Mary Lee Graham, Marilyn Gardiner, Wyatt Gould, Norma Miller, Joyce and Randy Williams, Chase Simpson (Kylie Goss’ fiancé), Greg Hill (Rodney Goss’ cousin), 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.

 

“To the very best!”

     Bill and I would like to express our gratitude for all the caring concerns, cards, and phone calls before and after my hip surgery!

     Also, to the “Special Prayer Shawl Ladies” for the shawl I received.       Jan Stocks

 

     Thanks for all the visits, cards, calls, and food. Also, thanks for the special menu at the funeral meal.  It was very much appreciated.  I appreciate my church family.        Barb Hodge and family

 

     Thanks everyone for your continued donations of food when we ask.  Those receiving meals are very grateful.  Please also continue leaving us frozen food for 1-2 in the freezer downstairs, labeled with the contents and date.  We use these in more emergency situations.            The Care Team

 

 

TED Talk____________________

     This one is less about “theology” and “enlightenment” and more about “discipleship.”

     You’ve heard the phrase “spiritual journey,” no doubt.  We speak about what is important being the journey, not the destination.  This helpful phrase and metaphor, however, has a pretty literal meaning in the next weeks of our church.

      The most significant “journey” that I’m referring to is being taken by Jan Nickell, Amy Gosnell-Scranton, and Sharman Bastl later this week.  There is a half day orientation to the Stephen Ministry program in St. Louis on September 30, and they will be representing us and evaluating this program, trying to discern whether it is right for our church.  Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one ministry of Christ-centered caring, provided by trained lay people for those who are hurting among us.  Jan, Amy, and Sharman will be learning more about the program.

      Another significant “spiritual journey”:  several of the women of the church will be headed to Danville for the Presbyterian Women’s fall gathering on Saturday, September 30.  Part of their time will be spent on some mission work for the local women’s shelter.  PW is an extremely important part of our church, and I’m sure their program will be a good use of time—please phone Sally Dennis if interested.

      A final “spiritual journey,” this one in Chicago on Friday, October 27.  On that day Cindy and I plan to attend a program called “Connecting Food, Faith, and Community” at Chicago Theological Seminary.  There will be a panel comprised of a central Illinois farmer, a minister of a large Chicago church who is in charge of “food justice” efforts, and an Episcopal priest who runs a community supported agriculture program.  What will that mean for Mount Zion Presbyterian Church?  I have no idea, except that MZPC has dwelled at the intersection of agriculture and church for a long time, and I personally want to get up to speed on these issues.

     Spiritual journeys.  They can be as extravagant as a pilgrimage to Jerusalem or as simple as a day of refreshing yourself and working for others with peers at a church in Danville.   May we help each other be led to the place where we are called. 

                  See you in worship and in service--

           Pastor Mike

 

   Congratulations to Fred Pender

and Rachael Shewmaker upon their

  wedding on September 23, 2017!

 

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, October 1   Peace & Global Witness Sunday

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

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

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

Blessing of the Animals/Prayer Garden........ 3:00 pm

Monday, October 2

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

Tuesday, October 3    

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

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

Wednesday, October 4

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 5

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

Home Bible Study/at Molly’s home............... 9:15 am

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 6

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

Saturday, October 7

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

Sunday, October 8

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

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

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

Monday, October 9

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

Tuesday, October 10

Worship Committee Meeting......................... 3:00 pm

Christian Nurture, Maintenance, Missions, and

Outreach Committee Meetings....................... 6:30 pm

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

AA................................................................. 7:00 am

Wednesday, October 11

Care Team/Parlor.......................................... 9:30 am

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 12

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

Home Bible Study/at Molly’s home............... 9:15 am

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

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

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

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

  • Last week’s giving……………$4,664.00
  • Giving for September 17……...$3,011.00
  • Hurricane Harvey donations….$1,650.00
  • September giving……………$18,874.00

2017 Per Capita is $40.00