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The Herald - October 24, 2018

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October 24, 2018

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

                              www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

Interested in singing in the choir, but can't fully commit? How about just singing with the choir for the Christmas cantata? There will be a read-through session of cantata music on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:15 pm in the Sanctuary. Rehearsals will run 7:15-9:00 pm on Wednesdays in November and December. Cantata will be on Sunday, December 23 at the 10:00 am service. Singers are welcome!!!! Contact Rich Hansen at rjhansen74@gmail.com for more info.

 

Trunk or Treat is Wednesday, October 31 from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Annex. Candy donations for this night are being accepted.  It is a great way to reach out to our community and for children to trick or treat on Halloween night in a safe environment. We typically have about 300 kids come through! Bring your treats to the Annex where tables will be set up with some decorations. Please feel free to add your own. You may start arriving at 5:00 pm. It’s tons of fun. See you there!

 

Those who have died within the past year will be recognized at 10:00 am worship Sunday, November 4 for All Saints’ Sunday. Some of our longest serving Elders will serve Communion, a church tradition for All Saints’ Sunday. Our gratitude and appreciation for their many years of service to:

George Bray  1959  
Anna Belle Farrell  1967 
Milly Kruse  1968  
Alice Barr  1975  
Barb Nelson  1976  
Tom Moore  1976  
Pat McDonald  1976  
Gloria Marshall  1979  
Joe Sidwell  1980  
Wilma Myers  1982  
Bev Coleman  1982  
Cecil Barr  1987

Bill Bishop  1963
Jim Kays  1968 
Janet Stocks  1973
Dorothy Ensign  1976
Dick Marshall  1976
Bill Stocks  1976
Jim Beckhart 1978
Ginger Schmidt  1980
Lucy Browning  1981
Gary Spinner  1982
Mike Cowger 1984  
Judy Sidwell  1987

 

 

 

Did you know that we have a Moms’ Group that meets? There is a group of us that meet in the Annex every other Monday at 6:00 pm for fellowship together. We also bring our kiddos with us so they can play in the south bay. Usually, we all bring a snack to share, sometimes even share a meal. We would love for more Moms to join us! We will meet November 5 and November 19. If you have any questions, please talk to Molly. Hope to see you there!

 

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

 

October is Pastor Appreciation Month.

 

Christmas is just around the corner and the Mt. Zion Community Children’s Fund Committee is already busy at work planning to help make the season a little brighter for needy children in the Mt. Zion area. More than 3,700 children have been helped in over 37 years.

Last year we provided a winter coat or hoodie, hat, gloves, two complete outfits, socks, underwear, a pair of shoes, a small gift, and school supplies to 191 children in the Mt. Zion school district.

We anticipate helping 200 children during the 2018 Christmas Season. In order to provide the gifts as in previous years, approximately $22,500 will be needed this year.

We invite you to be a part of this wonderful program. We would like to receive all donations by November 21, so that we have ample time to shop, organize, and distribute the gifts.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences: to Joanne Freeland and family upon the loss of her daughter, Sandy Freeland.

Please pray for: Sally Dennis, Janet Collins, 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.

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.

 

Thank you to all who helped with planning, bought tickets, contributed to the bazaar and bake sale, made soup, and worked the evening of the Harvest Festival. Special thanks to our String Band, and Raegan Byers for the entertainment. It made the evening so much fun. Thanks also to our Senior High Youth Group, Grace, Jayden, Olivia, and Natalie for helping in the dining room and assisting those who needed help with their trays. Overall, a good time and good food was had by all!

Presbyterian Women’s Association

 

The next Herald will be published November 7.

 

 

TED Talk _ (Theology, Education, Discipleship)

Heroes and Sheroes

“Where are the heroes of today?” I heard it asked this past week. Perhaps the roughness of our public discourse has led to the notion that no one in this era can truly inspire compassion, kindness, rising above the common inhumanity. So many voices are loudly saying what we should be against that we do not contemplate the positive side—what we are for.

The Church has a day of the year during which we lift up those who have been heroic in following the way of Christ. We typically observe it on the first Sunday of November, and we call it “All Saints’ Day”. Protestants were typically leery of “Holy Days” and “Feast Days”, but a herald of our Methodist friends, John Wesley, loved the day we spend “…giving God solemn thanks for the lives and deaths of His saints.” In a recent guide for Daily Prayer, the Presbyterian Church has again included a “Calendar of Commemorations”; if we don’t remember those of faith and character, we make it more difficult to develop those traits in ourselves.

So, on Sunday, November 4, let’s do this: please consider bringing a photo of someone you admire to worship. You will be able to reclaim the photo, but we’ll be making a tapestry of those who have lit our lives. You will have an opportunity to describe why a person was an example to you, but no one will be forced to do so. We are who we admire; let’s take a Sunday to share these examples with one another.

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Listening to the Faith of the Future

“All the heroes of tomorrow are the heretics of today,” said Yip Harburg (author of “Paper Moon” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”). Often it is difficult for us to hear today voices leading us to tomorrow. While we do not expect them to be heroes, we are inviting young and somewhat young adults, active members or on the fringes, to join us for lunch after our 10:00 am service this Sunday. We want to listen and get a better understanding of what younger adults need in their lives of faith. For further information, please contact Molly Tenuto (864-2528) or molly.tenuto@gmail.com).

See you in worship and in service,

Pastor Mike

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving……..……..$5,197.00

Giving for October 14…...……$7,601.00

September giving……………$22,039.00

2018 Per Capita is $40.00

 

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, October 28 Annex reserved.

2¢ Hunger Fund collected.

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

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

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

Young Adult Meal/Annex........................... 11:00 am

Tuesday, October 30 Annex reserved.

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

Cantata Choir Practice/No Bells................... 7:15 pm

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

Wednesday, October 31 Annex reserved.

Trunk or Treat/Annex............................ 5:30-7:00 pm

Thursday, November 1 All Saints’ Day

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 2

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

Saturday, November 3

Men’s Breakfast............................................ 8:00 am

Sunday, November 4 All Saints’/Thank Sunday

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

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

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

Monday, November 5 Annex reserved.

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

PW Executive Board.................................... 6:00 pm

Tuesday, November 6

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

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

Wednesday, November 7

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 8

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

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

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

Friday, November 9

Faith and Film/Location and Time..................... TBD

 

GOOD NEWS CORNER

Ÿ Congratulations to Katelyn Marshall and

Devon Butler on their October 6 wedding!

Ÿ Congratulations to Lauren Hare and Chase

Hollingsead on their October 13 wedding!

Ÿ Crystal Brothers just received an all clear CT

scan and is cancer free and off of treatment!

Please continue to pray for side effects to

diminish and her strength to return.