The Herald - February 26,2020

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The Herald

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February 26, 2020

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

www.mtzpresbychurch.net

Each member of the Stewardship Task Force was asked to write a letter to the congregation. You will receive one. The other three can be found on the website.  We encourage you to read them and ask any questions.

 

The Daniel Plan  had our first meeting this week, and we had a great turn out!  It’s not too late to participate if you would like to join us! We will be meeting on Mondays at 11:30 am in the Annex for the next 5 weeks.

 

Annual Meeting of the Congregation is Sunday, March 1 after 10:00 am worship.

 

Church Women United invites you to World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 6 at 1:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 201 West North Street.

 

Men’s Breakfast is Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 am. We will meet at the Annex for the Lions’ Club Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

 

Daylight Saving Time begins on March 8.  Turn your clocks forward.

 

Ordination and Installation of Church Officers is Sunday, March 8 at 10:00 am.

 

Presbyterian Women's Association meets on Monday, March 9, at 7:00 pm. We will have a speaker from the Decatur Police Department educating us about “Human Trafficking”. The congregation and community are invited to attend this intriguing, important 35-minute presentation.

 

Book Club meets on Monday, March 16 at 7:00 pm to discuss Thorn in My Heart by Liz Higgs.

 

The Sr. High Youth Group would like to thank all of you for your support! Our Pancake and Sausage Breakfast had a profit of $680! Your continued financial support towards our youth is allowing our youth the opportunity for an amazing spiritual experience with many seeds of faith to be planted and grown!

 

EASTER

MEMORIALS

 

If you would like to honor a loved one this Easter season, special memorials can be made in three different ways: You may give a gift to the Church Foundation, the Memorial Fund, and/or place flowers in the sanctuary. This year we are offering a choice of flowers. All flowers cost $15.00, and the deadline to order flowers is March 23. Please circle your choice:

 

Memorial Fund Church Foundation

 

 

Tulips Lily Hyacinths Daffodils

 

Name_______________________Phone________

Address__________________________________

Circle choice: In honor of In memory of

____________________________________________________________________________________

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PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Please pray for: Barb Wall, Phil Jenkins, Jo Husson, Keith Flesner, Bob Biehler (Sharman Bastl’s brother), Mike Wakeland, Helen Jones, Pat McDonald, Joyce Williams, Jerry Harmon (Shirley Beckhart’s cousin), Ron Belcher, Debra Smith (Vicki Hare’s sister), Doris Bingaman, Mary Lee and Don Graham, Beverly Gant, Mary Ann Platt, Gladys Workman, Randy Williams.

At Nursing/Retirement Homes: Esther McEvoy, Pat Willis, Carol Moore, Helen Trolia, Chad Hale, Joanne Freeland, Joann Williams, Donna Manuell, Barb Nelson, Erma Sutton, Cecil Barr, Alice Barr, Wilma Myers, Marianne Milnor, Lucy Browning.

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

 

We would like to thank the Care Team for the wonderful meals they provided to us.

The Goulds

 

Thank you for your very kind $2,021 contribution to the Mt. Zion Community Children’s Fund. Your generosity will help us to provide assistance to Mt. Zion school children all year long.

Thank you again for your kindness,

The Mt. Zion Community Children’s Fund

 

GOOD NEWS CORNER

Congratulations to Rook Ascenzo and Crystal

Reed upon their marriage on February 14, 2020!

 

TED Talk___ (Theology, Education, Discipleship)

There are two “special” seasons in the church year: Advent, as we look toward Jesus’ birth, and Lent, as we remember Christ’s sacrifice for us. We are entering into Lent this week, and it is for us a season of both repentance and hope. It is the 40-day period from the first Sunday in Lent until Holy Thursday.

“Why 40 days?” asks Mary Ellen Hynes in Companion to the Calendar. “The number 40 calls to mind the 40 days of rain during Noah’s flood…it also calls to mind the 40 years the Hebrew people traveled through the desert to the Promised Land…Moses and Elijah and Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness to prepare them for their work.”

What are we doing during the 40 days of Lent to prepare ourselves for our work as Christ’s disciples? There are as many answers as we are disciples; we all, though, need this time for preparation.

See you in worship and in service,

Pastor Mike

 

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Presbyterian Mathematician, Medal of Freedom Winner Katherine Johnson, Dies at 101

 

A central character in ‘Hidden Figures’,

Johnson was a pioneer in American space history

 

by Mike Ferguson | Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE - Katherine Johnson, a mathematician and a longtime Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ruling elder who was an important contributor to NASA’s space program, died Monday at age 101, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced. She was 101.

Johnson, a central figure in the book and movie version of “Hidden Figures”, was a longtime member of Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church in Newport News, Virginia. In 2015, President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom when she was 97. Obama called her “a pioneer in American space history” and noted the award is presented to individuals “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving.........................$4,384.00

Giving for February 16..................$4,392.00

February giving…….....…...........$16,027.00

Amount needed to meet budget...$26,810.00

2020 Per Capita is $42.00

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, March 1

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

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

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

Congregational Meeting............................. 11:00 am

Monday, March 2

Daniel Plan/Annex...................................... 11:30 am

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

Tuesday, March 3

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

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

Wednesday, March 4

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 5

Prayer Shawl................................................. 1:15 pm

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

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

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

Friday, March 6

World Day of Prayer/UMC Decatur............ 1:00 pm

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

Saturday, March 7 Annex rented.

Lions’ Club Pancake Breakfast.......... 7:00-11:30 am

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

Sunday, March 8 Daylight Saving Time Begins.

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

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

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

Ordination and Installation of Officers....... 10:00 am

Monday, March 9

Daniel Plan/Annex...................................... 11:30 am

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

PW Association Meeting.............................. 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 10

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

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

Committee Night.......................................... 6:30 pm

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

Wednesday, March 11

Care Team Meeting.................................... 10:00 am

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

Sr. High......................................................... 4:30 pm

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

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

Thursday, March 12

Prayer Shawl................................................. 1:15 pm

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

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

Saturday, March 14 Mt. Zion Business Expo

 

The next Herald will be published on March 11.