The Herald - April 28, 2021

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OUR GRADUATES

 

           8th Grade                College

       Ryder Lucas              Nick Lewis

       Emma Novota          Andrew Rominger

       Skyler Tenuto

       Sarah Troll                 Master’s Degree

       Sydney Winick         Sheri (Cowger) Cordell

                                           Taryn Newlin

       High School              Molly Tenuto

       Emily Lewis

 

Blanket Sunday is May 2.  Thousands of CWS Blankets have been distributed in the U.S.  Each blanket costs $10.00.

 

Mike’s Musings

     About Rich…

     Rich Hansen let us know last Wednesday night that this would be his last year as our Choir Director.  Sunday, May 23, is Pentecost (“the Birthday of the Church”), typically the Sunday of the last choir performances before they break for the summer.  At that point, we will be searching headlong for a new Choir Director—and a new Church Musician as well, as Emily Lewis heads to Chicago for college in the fall.

     The time will come to give homage to Rich, to discuss what he has meant to us.  We’ll have the chance to point out the increased complexity he brought to our choral numbers and the surprising joy he found in directing bells (he was a ringing rookie).  We’ll note how the Choral Choir increased to 17 or 18 before COVID hit, and how instrumentalists and choral groups, with him as our connection, made their way to 345 West Main to share praise of God through music.  And as much as anything, we’ll have the chance to give thanks simply for the friend we have made.

     Lest we despair in the prospect of Rich’s (and Emily’s) departure, please let me remind you of a lesson we’ve learned and re-learned:  there is always new music to be played, new songs to be sung.  There are voices that have yet to join our choir and instruments that have yet to grace our sanctuary.  We are part of a song that has been sung and a symphony that has been played long before we trod this earth.  In time, we’ll talk about who will be leading the search for new musical leadership.  For now, let us prepare our hail and farewell.

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     The original story of Per Capita takes us back to the earliest Presbyterian General Assembly meetings in the U.S.  In those days, the Assembly met annually, always in Philadelphia. As the church expanded into far-off places like Ohio, Kentucky, and Missouri, attendance at the Assembly became prohibitively expensive to frontier commissioners. So in 1806, the Assembly began development of a “Commissioner Travel Expense Fund,” which over the years came to be known as Per Capita.

     Today nearly all the expense of a General Assembly is paid by Per Capita, with nearly half of that paying for travel, housing and feeding of the 800-900 attendees.  What is an Assembly?  It is the one place where the whole church gathers. Commissioners and youth from every presbytery are in attendance.  They are there first of all to worship, and also to do business.  An idea which may have begun at a local church’s Session meeting passes through presbyteries to become Assembly business as overtures.

     There are Moderators to elect and mission initiatives to form at Assemblies.  It is where the larger church can adopt statements which speak to the Church and sometimes to those outside the Church about issues of theology, justice, and peacemaking.  At an Assembly everyone’s voice is valued, every part of the Church is brought into the light of the Spirit, and together the people seek to discern the will of Christ.

     When you read stories of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance out in the field or pick up a new Glory to God hymnal, this has to do with Per Capita and the work of an Assembly.  When pastors are trained and ruling elders study the Book of Order, when mission co-workers enter a new field or a Young Adult Volunteer holds the hand of a hungry child, they are continuing the work of an Assembly…and it has to do with Per Capita.  

     See you in worship and in service—

     Pastor Mike

 

Book Club meets on Monday, May 17 at 7:00 pm. to discuss The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes.

 

Sadly, there will not be an Ice Cream Social this year due to uncertainty about Covid. The committee is planning a fundraiser for future recipients.  The Ice Cream Social Committee, consisting of members from Antioch Christian, Mt. Zion Presbyterian, Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, and Mt. Zion United Methodist, are working with Nelson’s Catering to offer a carryout meal on Thursday, June 10 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Tickets will be sold in advance for the event; the cost of each ticket is to be determined.  The meal will be a pulled pork sandwich, cheesy potatoes, and baked beans.  Walmart is donating ice cream, and we plan to serve a cookie or brownie.  Please mark your calendar and help us raise money for local families or individuals with catastrophic medical bills.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences to:  Marilyn and Barbi Gardiner and family upon the loss of M. James Gardiner - husband, father, and Presbyterian pastor.

Please pray for:  Don Graham, Wyatt Gould, Keith Flesner, Ed Kater, Connie Jenkins, Sally Dennis, Gary Spinner, Luan Loudenback, Sue Wilson, Sharon Grutzmacher (Dave Rozanski’s sister), Kathy Rauch (Sally Dennis’ cousin), Mt. Zion School District, Ron Belcher, Beverly Gant, Joyce and Randy Williams.

At Nursing/Retirement Homes:  Marianne Milnor, Mary Lee Graham, Pat Willis, Wilma Myers, Chad Hale, Donna Manuell, Betty McKee, Erma Sutton, Anna Belle Farrell, Carol Moore, Helen Trolia, Pat McDonald, Joan McHood, Helen Jones, Cecil Barr.

Military Personnel:  Brennan Butler, Devon Butler, Lee Nenortas, Logan Seevers, Air Force; MacKenzie Peery, ROTC National Guard; Jacob Bradshaw, Army.

 

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, especially if you came from the Emergency Room.

 

For those who would like to send mail to Brennan Butler, his New Address is:   

Butler, Brennan USAF Michael

230 Chevalier Field Avenue

Pensacola, FL  32508

 

All events are subject to change!

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, May 2     Graduation & Blanket Sunday Online worship still available.

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

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

Graduation Reception/Annex...................... 11:00 am

Monday, May 3           

Deacons’ Meeting......................................... 6:00 pm

Technology Committee................................. 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 4            

Line Dancing/Fellowship Hall...................... 1:00 pm

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

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

Wednesday, May 5

Bell Choir...................................................... 6:00 pm

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

Thursday, May 6

Girl Scouts Troop #3623/Room 103............. 5:15 pm

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

Friday, May 7             Church Offices closed.

Sunday, May 9  Mother’s Day/Online worship available.

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

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

Monday, May 10

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

Tuesday, May 11

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

Worship Committee...................................... 3:00 pm

Outreach Committee..................................... 3:30 pm

Missions Committee..................................... 6:30 pm

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

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

Wednesday, May 12

Care Team Meeting..................................... 10:30 am

Bell Choir...................................................... 6:00 pm

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

Thursday, May 13       Ascension of the Lord        

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

Friday, May 14           Church Offices closed.

Saturday, May 15              Annex rented.

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

Habitat Workday........................................ 10:00 am

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving..........................$3,701.00

Giving for April 18.......................$10,700.00

April giving...................................$27,898.50

Amount needed to meet budget....$26,142.67

2021 Per Capita is $42.00

 

The next Herald will be published on May 12.