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The Herald - August 15, 2018

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August 15, 2018

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

                              www.mtzpresbychurch.net

Milligan Academy students started August 15. Supplies needed are: Lined paper, Pencils, Pens, NO backpacks (please), Boxes of tissue, Lunch items: Ramen Noodles, Mac n Cheese, Other non-perishable microwave foods, Applesauce and other fruit (individual containers), Granola breakfast bars, Ranch dressing, Hot sauce, Napkins, Clorox wipes, Microwave-proof containers for individual servings, Black collared (Polo style) knit shirt (S, M, L, XL), and Belts-all sizes.  Could we get commitments from some church members, community, and friends who would be willing to give an hour or two a week for student assistance?  It could be as simple as talking to a student, reading an assignment/book to them, helping with a lesson, etc.

 

Women’s Breakfast meets Saturday, August 18 at The Downtown Café at 9:00 am.

 

Book Club meets on Monday, August 20 at 7:00 pm to discuss The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

 

It’s August and time to start planning for Edna Circle meetings. Our first meeting is Tuesday, August 21 at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. It will be a breakfast potluck (bring something to share; tableware will be furnished) and planning for the year. We will not be doing a Bible study in August, so we have one more “Joseph” study for September. The committee to choose a new study is Nancy Ryan, Shirley Beckhart, and Val Rozanski. Please mark your calendars. All women are welcome!

 

Welcome back choirs! The annual back- to-choir party will be held on Wednesday, August 22 at 6:00 pm in the Annex. Bring a dish to share - place settings will be provided. Rehearsals for both Bells and Chancel Choir will resume on Wednesday, August 29: Bells at 6:00 pm and Chancel at 7:15. Any new members for either (or both) groups are welcome to join us! Contact Rich Hansen at 412-1876 for more info.

 

Our Church in the Park is Sunday, August 26 at 10:00 am in the Horseshoe Pavilion in Spitler Woods. The congregation is asked to bring a covered dish to share, their own table service, and a lawn chair. The Outreach Committee will provide fried chicken, several other meat dishes, and drinks.

 

Our LOGOS Kick-off Night is September 5 at 6:00 pm. Bring the whole family to play a game or two, have some snacks, hear more about LOGOS, and register your child. Then, our first official night will be September 19. Look for additional info to come soon and watch our website for details!

 

Adult Sunday School will resume on Sunday, September 9 at 9:00 am in Room 204. We will start the year out with a study called "Feasting on the Word." This is a lectionary-based Bible study. The lectionary contains the list of scripture readings for each Sunday in a 3-year cycle. No preparation is needed for this class, simply show up! The first four weeks of class will cover the following:

9/9: James 2:1-17 - Warning against Partiality

9/16: Mark 8:27-38 - Peter's Declaration about Jesus

9/23: Mark 9:30-37 - Who is the Greatest?

9/30: Mark 9:38-50 - Deeds of Power in Jesus' Name

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences: to the family and friends of Kirsten Clark; to the Henry and Kitchens’ families upon the loss of Ethan Kitchens; to the Shaw, Hodge, and Utterback families upon the loss of Ronnie Utterback; and to the family and friends of Cheri Trimmer.

Please pray for: Milly Kruse, Bev Wall, Keegan Collins, Janet Collins, Estaleen Earthal, Luan Loudenback, Chase Simpson, Mary Husain (Val and Dave Rozanski’s niece), Crystal Brothers, Janice Geier, Bob Gotts Jr., Dave and Jenny Hare, Paul and Joy Mattox, Doris Daws, Mick Stewart, Beverly Gant, David Cowgill, Gladys Workman, Steve Hubner, Joyce and Randy Williams.

Nursing/Retirement Homes: Lucy Browning, Donna Manuell, Cecil Barr, Alice Barr, Chad Hale, Olga Nenortas, Wilma Myers, Barb Nelson, Helen Trolia, Erma Sutton, Joanne Freeland, Bill Bishop, Charline Ellis, Joann Williams, Marianne Milnor.

Miltary Personnel: Devin Hale, Ilene Henderson, Jacob Bradshaw, J. T. Arocha, Army; Zach King, Devon Butler, Logan Seevers, Lee Nenortas, Air Force; MacKenzie Gould, ROTC National Guard.

 

Just a reminder: Please list Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church and/or have a loved one call the Church when you are admitted to St. Mary’s or DMH.

 

I want to thank everyone for my 90th birthday cards. Talk about enjoyment! I laughed and loved all of them. Also, thanks for everyone attending my celebration on Sunday. You are a great caring church.

May God Bless all of you, George S. Bray

 

I would like to thank the congregation for all their thoughts and prayers during my battle with cancer! I would also like to thank all the ladies for the beautiful prayer shawl and all the meals they provided for us! Thank you all once again!

Beverly Gant

 

The next Herald will be published August 29.

 

TED Talk _ (Theology, Education, Discipleship)

Years ago I was listening to a Chicago radio station that was known for doing a “deep dive” into the music of one group or artist once a week. This particular day the featured music would be by the Beatles. I remember the station’s best-known DJ starting her show by saying exuberantly, with barely contained excitement in her voice, “I told them to keep my salary for this day. I’m doing this for free.” On that day her passion for her work was far more important to her than earning a living.

This is that day for me. I don’t plan on offering my salary back (when our golden retriever Emira gives me that sad look as I’m headed out the door in the morning, I say, “I’ve got to go earn pennies to buy cookies for Emira”—you don’t want our precious Emira to run short of cookies, do you?) for this day, but it’s one of my favorite days of the year. Several of your friends from the pews are meeting from 1:00 until 4:00 pm today, planning worship through the end of January, 2019. Ain’t nuthin’ gets the blood pumping through these ol’ veins like planning worship!

This day has been a while in preparation. I attended a “Worship and Music Conference” at Montreat earlier this summer, and during that time started “building the scaffolding” of our worship plans in an Excel spread sheet. A few weeks ago Roma Allison, Rich Hansen, and I met to discuss the musical component of our fall and early winter plans. Last week Sue Wilson, the Elder who chairs the Worship Committee, and I met for the best part of an afternoon as she patiently listened to me discuss various ideas as well as confess the parts of worship for which I have no new plans and need to look to others for inspiration. Truth to tell, our time this afternoon builds off of the last meeting or two of the Worship Committee in late spring, as we wrestled with such issues as sending out a survey asking about preferred times for worship on Christmas Eve.

One of the delightful parts of the Presbyterian Church is that the Session, the Pastor, and others share responsibility for worship, so if you don’t care for any innovations we come up with, or have other ideas, there are many ears to hear your opinion!

Pardon me as I rush off to one of my favorite meetings. See you in worship and in service!

Pastor Mike

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving……..….....$3,204.00

Giving for August 5.……..…..$7,081.00

July giving……………….….$23,550.00

2018 Per Capita is $40.00

 

GOOD NEWS CORNER

 

Ÿ The start of a new school year can be good news

for some, and not so good for others. This will

be a time for some students to finally have a

lunch time meal, which our congregation helps

for some at Milligan Academy.

We pray for the teachers, students, and their

parents. May this be the best school year yet!

 

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

August 19 Sanctuary reserved.

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

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

Last Presbyterian 101/Room 204.................. 9:00 am

Monday, August 20

Parish Visitor Meeting.................................. 2:00 pm

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

Tuesday, August 21 Sanctuary reserved.

Edna Circle/Fellowship Hall......................... 9:00 am

Spirituality Team........................................... 1:15 pm

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

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

Wednesday, August 22 Annex reserved.

Choir Party/Annex......................................... 6:00 pm 9:30 am

Thursday, August 23

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

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

AA................................................................ 8:00 pm

Friday, August 24

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

Saturday, August 25 Annex rented.

Sun., Aug. 26 2¢ Hunger Fund collected/Annex reserved

Early Worship Service/Sanctuary.................. 8:00 am

Coffee Fellowship......................................... 8:30 am

Worship in the Park/Horseshoe Pavilion.... 10:00 am

Church Picnic.............................................. 11:00 am

Monday, August 27

Soup Supper/Bazaar Planning Meeting........ 7:00 pm

Tuesday, August 28

Spirituality Team........................................... 1:15 pm

AA................................................................ 8:00 pm

Wednesday, August 29

Bell Choir...................................................... 6:00 pm

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

Thursday, August 30

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

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

AA................................................................ 8:00 pm

Saturday, September 1 No Men’s Breakfast