December 2018   
SMTWTFS
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031   
Bible Search
The Herald - November 28, 2018

N E W S

 

The Herald 

 

 

 

 

 

L E T T E R

November 28, 2018

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

                              www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

Hats, Mittens, and Gloves for the Children’s Christmas Fund will be collected in worship on December 2 and December 9.

 

Sr. High Youth Group's Annual Cookie Walk is this Sunday, December 2. Come prepared to get some Christmas cookies after worship.

 

Presbyterian Women’s Christmas Party is Monday, December 3 at 6:30 pm. It will be a salad/dessert potluck. Please bring a wrapped surprise gift from Dollar Tree or equivalent for a fun gift exchange. Plan on an evening of good food, wonderful fellowship, and lots of fun! All women of the church are invited.

 

The Christmas season is especially difficult for those who have lost a loved one. A Remembrance Service will be held on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. You are invited to bring an ornament that represents your loved one.

 

Mt. Zion Children’s Christmas Fund:

Organization of Gifts at Mt. Zion Pres. Church

Tuesday, December 11 - 8:00 am

 

Singles’ Supper Circle on Sunday, December 16 will see “Believe the Miracle of Christmas” at Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan. Tickets are $25.00. RSVP to Sally at 864-2792 by December 7.

 

GENEROSITY CARDS

Thanks to all who have submitted stewardship commitments for 2019—it’s essential to our faith efforts. Those who still wish to make that commitment can use stewardship cards found in the pew racks or can get one from the church office.

 

Our Moms’ Group is having dinner at Las Margaritas in Mt. Zion on Monday, December 17 at 6:00 pm to celebrate Christmas together. This is an adult-only evening. RSVP to Molly by December 16. 

Book Club meets on Monday, December 17 at 7:00 pm. Read a Christmas book of your choice and report on it.

 

 

CHRISTMAS CANTATA

Sunday, December 23, 10:00 am

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

Candlelight Communion Services

Monday, December 24, 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm

 

 

"-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

CHRISTMAS MEMORIALS

 

If you would like to place a poinsettia in the sanctuary, or honor a loved one with a gift to the Memorial Fund or Church Foundation this Christmas season, please fill out this form and mail it to the church. December 3 is the deadline for poinsettias, cost $13.00. Please circle your choice:

Poinsettia                     Gift to the Foundation                  Gift to the Memorial Fund 

Name_____________________________________________________________________________

Phone_____________________________________________________________________________

Address___________________________________________________________________________

In memory of or In honor of (Circle choice)

____________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

 

"-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences: to the family and friends of Jon Buell; and to Brenda and Steve Hubner and family upon the loss of their son, Ryan Hubner.

Please pray for: Dave Rozanski, Janet Collins, Rose Belcher, Sally Dennis, Verna Trimby, Pat Willis, Loni Green (Rachel Gould’s friend), Bob Bjerke (Pat Willis’ brother-in-law), Beverly Gant, Crystal Brothers, David Cowgill, Gladys Workman, Steve Hubner, Joyce and Randy Williams.

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

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

 

 

GOOD NEWS CORNER

 

Ÿ Congratulations to Joanne Freeland upon

the birth of a great-granddaughter, Penny

Joanne Freeland, daughter of Alyssa and

Andy Freeland, born November 16, 2018!

Ÿ Stop by the parlor to see the beautiful crochet

work of the “Last Supper”. It took Mary Shelton

one year to finish at age 90.

Ÿ The pennies collected this quarter for the 2¢

Hunger Fund are:

September $104.73

October $132.63

November $ 91.22

Total $328.58

 

TED Talk _ (Theology, Education, Discipleship)

What were the Christmas traditions in your home? Were presents opened only on Christmas morning, or were they opened on Christmas Eve? Were cookies left out for Santa and his entourage? Did a sacred story always get retold—or was the retold story something to do with your family’s history? What were your Christmas traditions?

The traditions in my home as a child involved the same mishmash of practices so many families undertake. The grandparents had a special place with the annual meal at Grandma Maisie’s; in my mind’s eye I can still see the revolving light, with it’s sections of green and silver and red and blue, shining on the artificial tree. The children had their special place with focus on them and their gifts. My mother had two traditions featured every year: on Christmas morning (once churches stopped worshipping on Christmas, except if it were a Sunday) we would take turns reading the story of Jesus’ birth, a practice that kept THE family story at the center of our year. On the other hand, she would always ask each of us to name our hopes, wishes, and dreams for the coming year—and she could never quite distinguish between the three of them for us. What were the particular holiday practices in your home?

This year, following a tradition started at Presbyterian churches in Kansas City, New York, and Pennsylvania, we get to take a look at the traditions in the homes of the Gospel writers. While they all are referring to the same Jesus, they tell the story pretty differently. One keeps it all quite sparse; Jesus just pops onto the scene, with no description of his birth. Another describes his arrival with poetry of great beauty. A third centers on the visitors that show up for the holidays, a fourth focuses on how the baby is a particular blessing for those who are usually on the “down” side of life.

Our holiday worship will focus on the stories of Christmas at Matthew’s, Mark’s, Luke’s, and John’s home. We will maintain our own traditions of a special worship service for those in grief this year, and the use of God’s gift of music and the arts for our adults and children to lead us in welcoming the Christ Child this year.

I hope that the Christmas traditions of your family involve the Christmas practices of your family of faith at Mount Zion Presbyterian Church.

See you in worship and in service,

Pastor Mike

 

Please tell all the ladies who prepare the delivered meals, thank you for all the good food they have brought to us. We really appreciate it!

Mary Lee and Don Graham

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, December 2 1st Sunday of Advent

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

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

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

Cookie Walk/Fellowship Hall..................... 11:00 am

Monday, December 3

PW Christmas Party/Fellowship Hall........... 6:30 pm

Tuesday, December 4

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

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

Wednesday, December 5

Milligan Lunch............................................ 11:30 am

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

Last Sr. Highs............................................... 4:30 pm

Bell Choir...................................................... 6:30 pm

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

Thursday, December 6

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

Remembrance Service................................... 7:00 pm

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

Friday, December 7

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

Saturday, December 8 Annex rented.

Sunday, December 9 2nd Sunday of Advent

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 11

Organize Children’s Christmas Gifts............ 8:00 am

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

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

Mission Committee Meeting......................... 6:30 pm

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

Finance Committee Meeting......................... 7:00 pm

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

Wednesday, December 12

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

Bell Choir...................................................... 6:30 pm

Chancel Choir............................................... 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 13

Children’s Christmas Gifts Distribution....... 8:00 am

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

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

Saturday, December 15

Women’s Breakfast/Four Star Diner............ 9:00 am

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving……..….....$3,896.00

Giving for November 18..........$5,001.00

Giving for November 11...…...$3,839.00

November giving…………....$18,795.75

2018 Per Capita is $40.00

 

The next Herald will be published December 12.