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The Herald - July 3, 2018

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L E T T E R

July 3, 2018

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

                              www.mtzpresbychurch.net

Reminder Family Fun Days:

Thursday, July 12 meet at the church at 9:30 am and carpool to Aikman Wildlife in Arcola. Pack a picnic lunch.  Cost is $16 for 13 years old and up, $13 for 3-12 years, free for 2 and under.

 

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.

 

Book Club meets on Monday, July 16 at 7:00 pm to discuss The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg.

 

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

 

Vacation Bible School is July 29-August 2 from 6:00-8:00 pm. “Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus!” is our theme this year. You can register online now by going to our website, www.mtzpresbychurch.net .

 

Every year we choose a mission project for Vacation Bible School. This year we have decided to collect socks and underwear for the Dove Children’s Clothing Room. I have been told that the clothing room is very low on both and would greatly appreciate a donation, especially with the start of school around the corner. All donations welcome. Any questions, please see Molly.

 

Our 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: Jeff Barcalow, 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: 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: Aaron M. Taylor, Navy; Ilene Henderson, Devin Hale, Jacob Bradshaw, J. T. Arocha, Army; Zach King, Devon Butler, Logan Seevers, Lee Nenortas, Air Force; MacKenzie Gould, ROTC National Guard.

 

Dear Congregation and Staff,

Thank you so much for supporting the 24th Annual Community Ice Cream Social that was held on Saturday, June 9. Together we raised a total of $7,500.00 for the Judd and Gould families. We are grateful that we can help them with their ongoing medical bills.

We appreciate all those of you who baked pies and cakes, those who donated baskets for the silent auction, the men who came at 8:30 to help set up tents, tables, chairs and the shade structure for the band, and all the volunteers who worked the social. We also thank everyone who made a personal donation and everyone who came out that night in support of our recipients!

GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU!

Sincerely, The 2018 Mt. Zion Community

Ice Cream Social Committee

 

GOOD NEWS CORNER

 

Congratulations to Michael Finn

and Teresa Blackwell on their

marriage on Friday, June 29!

 

 

TED Talk _ (Theology, Education, Discipleship)

I can remember the moment I became a Montreat fan (Montreat is one of two national Presbyterian retreat and recreation centers, the other being Ghost Ranch in New Mexico). It was at my first Youth Conference (an annual week-long event, repeated six times each summer, with 800-1,000 high school youth in attendance each week). I was taking in the typical “Talent Show” that quickly showed it wasn’t typical at all. Two youth had just turned in a musical performance that, shall we say, revealed their growing edges. Their peers didn’t see it that way, though, and modeled a non-judgmental appreciation for them, applauding enthusiastically and cheering them on with gusto. I was won over to that event and that locale at that moment (and, by the way, have seen that same support among our congregation from and for our own youth group as well as for those perhaps surprised to find themselves presenting a musical offering in worship when until recently they hadn’t touched that instrument in years).

Montreat, truth to be told, offers four-star rather than five-star lodging, but to me and many others, the spirit of the place and the beauty of the mountains signify more than that. It became for me what the Celtic Christians referred to as a thin place—“where the space between heaven and earth grows thin and the Sacred and the secular seem to meet” (Lacy Ellman).

A benefit guaranteed to all Presbyterian ministers, and one for which I am quite grateful, is the two weeks of continuing education we are expected to experience each year. That’s how it is that I just went back to Montreat. The Presbyterian Church recently generated some new worship materials, and I needed a solid introduction to them before trying to discern which new practice might fit the Mount Zion Presbyterian Church worshipping community and which might not. More on that later. My question for you right now is this: do you have a “thin place” in your life—somewhere that offers the chance to slow down, be reflective, feel the Divine in your life? If not, do you need one?

See you in worship and in service—

Pastor Mike

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, July 8

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

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

Monday, July 9

Personnel Committee Meeting....................... 7:00 pm

Tuesday, July 10

Christian Nurture Committee Meeting........... 6:30 pm

Maintenance Committee Meeting.................. 6:30 pm

Outreach Committee Meeting........................ 6:30 pm

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

Wednesday, July 11

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

Thursday, July 12

Kids’ Day/Aikman Wildlife............................. 9:30 am

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

Baton Twirling.............................................. 1:00 pm

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

Sunday, July 15

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

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

Monday, July 16

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

Tuesday, July 17

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

Wednesday, July 18

Memorial Committee Meeting....................... 2:30 pm

Thursday, July 19

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

Baton Twirling.............................................. 1:00 pm

Game Night/Room 103.................................. 7:00 pm

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

Friday, July 20

WCIA “Our Town”/Heroic Age............. 2:00-9:00 pm

Saturday, July 21 Annex rented.

Women’s Breakfast........................................ 9:00 am

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving……..….....$5,604.00

Giving for June 24..……..…...$4,491.00

June giving………………….$18,607.00

2018 Per Capita is $40.00

 

The next Herald will be published July 18.