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The Herald - November 7, 2018

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November 7, 2018

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

                              www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

Coats for Kids Drive has begun. DOVE is collecting new and good, used coats for families in need through November 30. Coats may be dropped off at the Airport Plaza Kroger, Pride Cleaners (2056 Mt. Zion Rd.), Good Samaritan Inn, and other locations found at www.doveinc.org .

 

Movie Time! The first flick in our new Faith and Film group is early afternoon (time TBD-check website or ask next Sunday) on Sunday,, November 11, as we check out “Nutcracker and the Four Realms”. Optional gabfest about the movie afterwards. For further info, please check with Kelly and Christen Cantrell or Cindy Wakeland.

 

Book Club meets on Monday, November 19 at 7:00 pm to discuss Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam.

 

Annual Hanging of the Greens will follow the 10:00 am worship service on Sunday, November 25. Come and help prepare the Church for Advent. The Deacons will provide a delicious soup lunch.

 

Mt. Zion Children’s Christmas Fund Shopping:

At Kohl’s

Tuesday, November 27 - 8:00 am

At Mt. Zion Walmart

Wednesday, November 28 - 8:30 am

Organization of Gifts at Mt. Zion Pres. Church

Tuesday, December 11 - 8:00 am

If you would like to volunteer to shop, please sign up on the bulletin board outside the choir room, or contact Kim Carlson at 454-3328.

 

Honduras Holiday Sale stuff needed! Our friends with the Honduras mission at First United Methodist in Sullivan are collecting items for a sale to benefit the Honduras mission (the sale is November 29-December 1). Items accepted: furniture or children’s toys in good shape, home decorations, coats and boots for kids, and other items found online. No thank you: adult clothing or adult shoes.

 

Thanks to all for the prayers, caring, the good food, and the visits, too!

Thank You, Nancy Leming

 

GOOD NEWS CORNER

Ÿ Congratulations to Megan Perry and Jay

Woodrum on their October 27 wedding!

Ÿ Profits from the recent Presbyterian Women's

Harvest Festival, Bazaar and Soup Supper;

$2,619.49. Thanks to all who helped in any way!

 

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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)

____________________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________

 

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PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences: to the Patrick and Wakeland families upon the loss of Mike Wakeland’s brother-in-law, Mike Patrick; and to the family and friends of Gloriann Leeds.

Please pray for: Sally Dennis, Verna Trimby, Janet Collins, Pat Willis, Loni Green (Rachel Gould’s friend), Bob Bjerke (Pat Willis’ brother-in-law), Crystal Brothers, Beverly Gant, 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.

 

We sent flowers and a note to our local temple:

Dear friends at Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church,

Thank you so much for the comfort and support that you have given our Jewish community at this difficult time. The shootings at Tree of Life Synagogue have touched all American Jews. It helps to know we are not alone and that other communities of faith stand beside us.

Your friends at Temple B’nai Abraham

 

We want to thank all of you for your prayers and concerns. My husband is doing better after his hip surgery. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as he has Parkinson’s Disease. Thank you so much! Sandy and Mick Stewart

TED Talk _ (Theology, Education, Discipleship)

One of the scripture readings for this coming Sunday, Mark 12:38-42, is pretty familiar to some of us. You may know it as the story of the “Widow’s Mite”. Jesus and the disciples are in the temple courtyard. Several people with fat wallets put a substantial amount of money into the temple treasury. We expect to hear Jesus verbally pat them on the back; surely they are the ones whose example we are supposed to follow.

Imagine the disciples’ surprise, then, when he lifts up not those who are rich, or the religious scholars, but the widow who places what little she has into the offering plate. She is the one whom he says is behaving in a Godlike manner. It’s almost one of those reverse-the-way-of-the-world sayings of Jesus, like when he says, “Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it (Luke 17:33).” He was always turning things upside down.

Is Jesus saying that the only correct giving is to relinquish all one has into the offering plate? Nope, I don’t think so. I do think he was saying, at least in part, that however much we envy the rich people in the story, it is, most ironically, only the widow who is truly free.

Jesus spoke of money more than almost any other topic, and I’m convinced it’s because he was concerned for our freedom (you’ll note that it’s not money that is the root of all evil, but rather the love of it—1 Timothy 6:10). I can remember how nervous I was, a couple of years ago, when I decided I should tell you how much I pledge annually to the church (which I will do again, as soon as I speak with my wife about it!). I had grown up, as many of us did, in a setting in which we rarely spoke of money. Once I did say what our stewardship pledge was, though, I felt freed. The topic no longer had nearly as much power over me.

A quote from an unknown source:

“The compassionate life is a grateful life, and actions born out of gratefulness are not compulsive but free, not somber, but joyful, not fanatical but liberating. When gratitude is the source of our actions, our giving becomes receiving, and those to whom we minister become our ministers.”

See you in worship and in service—

Pastor Mike

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving……..….....$6,059.75

Giving for October 28…...…...$2,909.00

October giving………………$22,303.00

2018 Per Capita is $40.00

 

The next Herald will be published November 28.

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, November 11 Veterans’ Day

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

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

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

Faith and Film Group/Nutcracker and the Four Realms... TBD

Tuesday, November 13

CN packing College Care Packages.............................. 10:00 am

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

Worship Committee........................................................... 3:30 pm

Maintenance, Missions, Outreach................................... 6:30 pm

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

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

Wednesday, November 14

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 15

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, November 17

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

Sunday, November 18

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

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

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

Monday, November 19 Annex reserved.

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

Moms’ Group/Annex.......................................................... 6:00 pm

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

Tuesday, November 20

Edna Circle........................................................................... 9:00 am

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

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

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

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

Thurs., Nov. 22 Thanksgiving/Offices closed/Annex rented

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

Friday, November 23 Church Offices closed.

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

Saturday, November 24 Annex rented.

Christ the King Sun., Nov. 25 2¢ Hunger Fund collected.

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

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

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

Hanging of the Greens..................................................... 11:00 am

Soup Lunch....................................................................... 12:00 pm

Tuesday, November 27

Children’s Christmas Shopping/Kohls............................ 8:00 am

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

Personnel Committee Meeting......................................... 6:00 pm

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

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

Wednesday, November 28

Children’s Christmas Shopping/Walmart....................... 8:30 am

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 29

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

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

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