Vision Team
March 24, 2017, 8:22 AM

Future Story March 2017

Mt Zion Presbyterian Church Future Story

A church that remembers its past will remain faithful to their God. There comes a time in the life of any organization when it is essential to remember the past. For the Mt Zion Presbyterian Church (MTZPC) in Mt Zion Illinois, it was the year 1830. In a small one-room log cabin, the home of Reverend David Foster and his wife, the Fosters provided the initial setting for the beginning of Mt Zion Presbyterian’s first place of worship and prayer meetings. The vision of those few worshipers was simple, but at the same time the hope was for the development of a greater church to serve the many wishing for God’s guidance and direction.  Little did they know that through many structures and a fire, their descendants would brave the elements, natural destructions, and remain resilient to a House of God that has served thousands with a place of worship.  Followers would enjoy fellowship, reading and studying the Bible, sewing, cooking, laughing and praying together. This vision, with the help and leadership of God, continues to be a reality in 2019. “BLESS THIS HOUSE O LORD, AND THOSE WHO WORSHIP WITHIN.”

Worship and expect change in both the individual and the church. A sign on the east entry door of MTZPC states, “Enter, be careful, watch your step, but expect to be changed as you leave our church.” Even Christ when carrying the cross on which he knew he would die, received aid and help along the way. On our vision journey, in order to successfully fulfill our spiritual needs, we expect and need God’s help. At no time do we walk alone. God has perfected the desired outcome and guides us to the completion of our journey and the desired end. A church family of healthy members was shaped by many healing hands and hearts who week after week welcomed members and guests with open arms.

It is important to reflect on our past in order to accept the end goal of a flourishing and forgiving church. It is with this example and guidance that during this past Sunday’s worship we welcomed into our church family new members: Mary and Keith Smith, Todd Jones, Cleo McCully, and Will Smith. The baptism of Chloe Elizabeth Miller was also welcomed by the congregation at the 10:00 a.m. service on February 15, 2019.

 

Worship that leads to a closer relationship with God is the goal of MTZPC. Fellowship, friendliness, love and concern can bring about change in an individual. Experiencing God’s love and feeling the existence of his enthusiastic presence can change an individual forever. The worship service, music, and prayer can mold and change lives to the point that when you leave our church, you feel and know that your life has changed.  People worship differently and expect different motivational stimuli from the worship service.

MTZPC provides two worship services each Sunday in order to meet the needs of its members. Sunday school,Bible Study, and LOGOS allows an individual to explore and interpret what meets their personal needs.  A variety of worship services and Bible related experiences are available as MTZPC attempts to offer different opportunities which enable members to establish a closer relationship with God.

 

Fellowship with friends allows a Christian bond to develop between church members.This fellowship leads to a closer intimate relationship with God. Our friendly, loving and supportive members exhibit the characteristics of God and how he expects us to live. MTZPC welcomes all newcomers to a variety of church experiences. Regardless of whether you choose to sing in the choir, play bells, attend a Bible Study, help with LOGOS, become a member of the Women’s Association, or any other activity,your attendance is encouraged and allows newcomers to become an essential part of any group.

 

A church and a community can work as one. MTZPC has always been very active in community life.  Community missions are critical as MTZPC reaches out to support community missions both financially and with hands-on labor. The year 2019 saw a marked effort in helping and being visible in the community with activities such as the ice cream social, children’s Christmas fund,work weekend at Kemmerer Village, and coats for the homeless allowed others to experience the love of Jesus Christ.

 

What is your contribution to the Church and God? Many church members spend countless hours serving their church. Some teach, some work with youth or provide meals to the sick, and others provide maintenance and/or yard work. In the spring of 2019 through the organizational skills of Jim Wolf, the care task team evolved into a community service. A number of residents with home maintenance needs such as leaf raking, yard mowing, windows which needed locks repaired, and gutters which neededto be cleaned had their problems resolved by the work of church members. No charge was levied except a smile, a handshake, and a cup of coffee or a hug. This expression of kindness allowed the church and community to bond and learn to appreciate each other in a loving association with God.

 

Mt Zion Presbyterian Church is more than an hour of worship service on Sunday morning. Our church is utilized most days and evenings of the week ranging from Session and Deacon Meetings, LOGOS, committee meetings, women’s association meetings and also opens its doors to outside groups such as AA and Al anon. A young adult of the church said, “I have attended the MTZPC all of my life, but only when I became totally involved in church activities did I come to appreciate the true purpose of my church and the total love of God.”

 

What about You and Jesus? Does this future story sound like something that belongs to you? Why not let 2019 be the inaugural year that you treat yourself to a total membership and unity with God? Only you can initiate this process!!

 

 




March 24, 2017, 12:00 AM

Three Year Ministry Plan and Agenda


Church Year

Spiritual Growth In Our Church Worship

Spiritual Growth In Church Family

Spiritual Growth in the Community and World

 

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  1. Expedite the search and call a new pastor
  2. Form essential inception of small group ministries
  3. Consider additional youth ministries
  4. Develop diverse styles of worship services
  5. Regard education as a means of amplifying stewardship
  6. Explore fellowship endeavors as a means of increasing church and Sunday School Attendance
  7. Continue to use the diverse musical talents of our church members to enhance the worship service

 

  1. Develop a rapport with the office of the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois in order to continue working in religious harmony
  2. Initiate steps to nurture closer collaboration among committees and the congregation
  3. Continue the caring, welcoming, and love expressed towards visitors and church members
  4. Search for systematic arrangements in order to improve two-way communication between the pastor and the congregation
  5. Expand efforts to stay in communication with the church family
  6. Form intergenerational activities on a regular basis

 

  1. Extend an invitation to the community and neighboring churches for fellowship events
  2. Continue to engage in missions throughout the community and the world
  3. Stimulate and increase church membership and attendance
  4. Expand youth ministries and encourage participation in worship
  5. Explore the possibility of partnering with neighboring churches with their mission endeavors

 


Church Year
2017

Spiritual Growth In Our Church Worship

Spiritual Growth In Church Family

Spiritual Growth in the Community and World

 

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  1. Complete the Search for and call a new Pastor
  2. Continue to support LOGOS and Youth programs
  3. Support efforts to care for the ill, homebound, and bereaved
  4. Explore fresh and alternative worship styles
  5. Promote young adult small Bible Study Groups
  6. Incorporate a variety of music into the worship
  7. Allow choirs and bells to actively participate in worship
  8. Continue to support the Presbyterian Women’s group in their contribution to missions
  9. Use special music as a way of stimulating congregational appreciation
  10. Encourage coffee hours as an essential fellowship following worship
  11. LOGOS and other youth periodically join the choir

 

 

 

  1. As a high priority item, develop and initiate educational activitiesto equip elders, deacons, and Sunday school teachers to better serve the congregation
  2. Require committees to be accountable and report periodically to the congregation
  3. Continue to invite community children to attend MTZPC vacation Bible School
  4. Use conventional as well as high tech methods of communications to inform church members of church events
  5. Establish Bible Study groups for all ages
  6. Promote intergenerational groupings whenever possible
  7. Encourage church members to serve their church and God
  8. Have a designed agenda for a detailed stewardship campaign

 

 

  1. Remain in support of community mission efforts
  2. Continue church/community fund raisers that support fellowship opportunities
  3. Support missions that aid and assist needs locally and world wide
  4. Continue to encourage youth to attend Camp Carew
  5. Be proud of your past and who you are, a member of Mt Zion Presbyterian Church
  6. Continue to welcome visitors and new members

 


Church Year
2018

Spiritual Growth In Our Church Worship

Spiritual Growth In Church Family

Spiritual Growth in the Community and World

 

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  1. Support and assist the pastor
  2. Include older hymns and upbeat music in the worship service
  3. Study and explore the possibility of Saturday and other worship  service times
  4. Provide classes , instruction, and mentor new members
  5. Consider Children’s church during regular worship  services
  6. Continue worship In the park and

implement community Easter sunrise services

 

 

  1. Never be willing to accept status quo
  2. Reach out and meet needs of young adults and youth
  3. Embrace change and new technology
  4. Provide rides for individuals with needs
  5. Explore the possibility of prospective members
  6. Establish 2 or 3 intergenerational events each year
  7. Continue to inform congregation in regards  to ways to serve God in all Church activities
  8. Embody the use of potlucks or lunches for fellowship
  9. Schedule 1 or 2 retreats for each age group
  10. Promote participation of youth summits
  11. Continue Fall Wiener Roast outing-Farrell’s
  12. Schedule 2 or 3 service projects each year
  13. Upon request, tape or video worship services, including special music for the homebound.
  14.  If requested, take communion tothe homebound

 

  1. Implement tutoring programs for youth
  2. Promote community visibility
  3. Invite outsiders to church
  4. Continue the Turkey Dinner
  5. Provide leadership and support of Children’s Christmas
  6. Celebrate a safe Halloween with Trunk or Treat

 

 


Church Year
2019

Spiritual Growth In Our Church Worship

Spiritual Growth In Church Family

Spiritual Growth in the Community and World

 

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  1. Investigate ways to enhance worship services through new technologies
  2. Support Pastor
  3. Constantly evaluate music and its presentation in the worship service
  4. Add an alternative service to meet the wants and needs of the congregation.

 

 

  1. Explore holding 2 or 3 combined elder deacon meetings each year
  2. Increase the amount given in special offerings by 10%
  3. Evaluate and adjust youth programs
  4. Increase more opportunities for Bible studies outside of church
  5. Organize retreats for adults away from church
  6. Schedule 2 potlucks each year
  7. Seek additional small groups for adults
  8. Increase technology as a means of communication
  9. Continually seek new members to serve God
  10. Provide services for shut-ins by providing video or taped worship services and communion if requested

 

  1. Evaluate making gift bags for visitors and new members
  2. Commit to 2 or 3 service projects in the community
  3. Continue support of Camp Carew
  4. Involve youth in church missions
  5. Organize 2 or 3 adult mission trips
  6. Schedule Gospel or other singing groups and invite the community
  7. Continue Support of fellowship events within church and community
 
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