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The Herald - July 18, 2018

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July 18, 2018

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

                              www.mtzpresbychurch.net

Women’s Breakfast meets Saturday, July 21 at the Bethany Café, 101 East Main Street, Bethany, IL at 9:00 am. If you would like to carpool, meet at the church at 8:30 am.

 

A Congregational Meeting to approve changes in our by-laws is scheduled for Sunday, July 22, following 10:00 am worship service.

 

Singles’ Supper Circle meets Sunday, July 22 after 10:00 am worship to go to Mulligan Grille  for brunch. RSVP to Sally Dennis, 864-2792.

 

Mt. Zion Community Blood Drive is Tuesday, July 24 from 12:00-6:00 pm at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Bring a photo ID, your blood donor card, or two other forms of ID. To schedule an appointment, contact Sandy at 217-433-6448.

 

Reminder Family Fun Days:

Wednesday, July 25 meet at Spare Time Lanes at 10:00 am. Bring a picnic lunch. Sign your kids up at www.kidsbowlfree.com , and they can bowl for free, shoe rental of $3. 

Thursday, August 9 meet at Scovill Zoo at 9:30 am. This is a free entry day, so only cost would be for the train, $2.25, or carousel, $1.75.  Bring a picnic lunch to eat there.

 

Vacation Bible School is July 29-August 2 from 6:00-8:00 pm. “Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus!” is our theme this year. Our mission project for VBS this year is to collect socks and underwear for the Dove Children’s Clothing Room, if you would like to donate. You can register online now by going to our website, www.mtzpresbychurch.net .

 

School Supplies are on sale now and used for helping those in the Children’s Christmas Fund. Donations are needed, especially the 8 or 10 count Crayola Classic Markers, 12 count Crayola Colored Pencils, and wide-ruled notebook filler paper. If you have any questions, please call Mary McGrath at 217-855-8635.

 

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

You are invited to George Bray’s 90th Birthday Celebration on Sunday, August 5 after 10:00 am worship in the Annex. No gifts, please.

Church in the Park will be 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 the drinks.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Please pray for: Luan Loudenback, Jeff Barcalow, Chase Simpson, Donna Shaw, Mary Husain (Val and Dave Rozanski’s niece), Janice Geier, Bob Gotts Jr., Crystal Brothers, Jake Bingaman, Dave and Jenny Hare, Paul and Joy Mattox, Doris Daws, Cheri Trimmer (Jan Nickell’s friend), Mick Stewart, Beverly Gant, David Cowgill, Olivia Capasso, 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, Erma Sutton, Joanne Freeland, Charline Ellis, Joann Williams, Bill Bishop, 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.

 

Words cannot express how grateful we are to have been nominated for the Ice Cream Social this year.

We’re so grateful, thankful, blessed, and humble.

Thank you so very much!

Joshua, Rachel, Ryan, Addison, and Wyatt Gould

 

I want to thank the many people for coming to my reception. I also want to thank you for all the cards. I didn’t know I had so many church family friends. God bless you all! Else Farnham

 

Thank you for the wonderful welcome back to church. I also want to thank you for the cards, visits, and calls during my illness and to Pastor Mike and especially to Gloria Marshall for all of her help and encouragement during this time.

Bill and Donna Shaw

 

TED Talk _ (Theology, Education, Discipleship)

Supposedly these days there is less attraction to “organized” religion. Whenever I hear that, I like to respond, “Then you’ll like our church. We’re not very organized.”

That’s a weak attempt to be funny, of course. Presbyterians place an emphasis on being organ-ized. One of our catch phrases is “Presbyterians do things decently and in order.” We like to have procedures written down, and usually we like to follow them. Though that may sound boring, it keeps us safe and accountable. We trust that the Holy Spirit can work through carefully considered procedures as easily as it can work in a vacuum.

Our church by-laws have not been updated since 1990. A few things have happened since then: our denomination’s Book of Order has been rewritten, giving greater freedom to local congregations to set their own rules; our Nominating and Memorial Committees have had different amounts of members; and our youth group, though having gotten much larger lately, doesn’t, like in years past, name members to committees of the church.

Hopefully you have received notice in the mail that on Sunday, July 22, following our 10:00 a.m. worship service, there will be a congregational meeting to consider an updated version of those By-laws. A summary version of the updated By-laws was mailed out last week, and a complete version has been available at the church since July 14. By all means, get a copy, read it, and ask questions!

The new version has a section about the duties and election of Trustees, which we haven’t covered previously. It is a little more specific about the duties of other church officers—Elders and Deacons. It allows for a youth Elder. Mostly, it updates our rules about such things as quorums and congregational meetings.

Okay, it’s true—on the original Pentecost, the Spirit didn’t breathe down a printed list of by-laws. But how we say we will do Christ’s work together is important. Please plan to be at that meeting on July 22.

See you in worship and in service—

Pastor Mike

 

Gloria Marshall, Parish Visitor will be on vacation the week of July 23-27. If you have someone in the hospital or other need, please call the Deacon on call, Sharon Spinner at 864-3282 or Pastor Mike at 217-428-2339.

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, July 22

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

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

Congregational Meeting.............................. 11:00 am

Singles’ Supper Circle/Mulligan Grille....... 11:30 am

Tuesday, July 24

Spiritual Growth Meeting............................. 1:15 pm

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

Wednesday, July 25

Kids’ Day/Sparetime Lanes........................ 10:00 am

Thursday, July 26

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

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

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

Friday, July 27

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

Sun., July 29 2¢ Hunger Fund collected/Annex rented.

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

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

VBS...................................................... 6:00-8:00 pm

Monday, July 30 Annex reserved.

VBS...................................................... 6:00-8:00 pm

  1. July 31 Annex reserved.

Spiritual Growth Meeting............................. 1:15 pm

VBS...................................................... 6:00-8:00 pm

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

Wednesday, August 1 Annex reserved.

VBS...................................................... 6:00-8:00 pm

Thursday, August 2 Annex reserved.

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

VBS...................................................... 6:00-8:00 pm

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

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

Friday, August 3

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

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving……..….....$2,243.00

Giving for July 8....……..…....$7,057.00

June giving………………….$18,607.00

2018 Per Capita is $40.00

 

The next Herald will be published August 1.

 

GOOD NEWS CORNER

15 of our church family had a great time at Family Fun Day at Aikman Wildlife Center!

3 kids representing our church are at Camp Carew, our Presbytery’s church camp this week!