The Herald - June 23, 2021

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Help us celebrate Molly!

She recently completed her studies (with straight A’s!) and earned her Master of Arts in Leadership and Innovation in Ministry degree.  The Personnel Committee invites you to a reception to honor her accomplishment after the 10:00 am service on June 27 in the Fellowship Hall. There will be a money tree if you wish to participate.  Come and tell her how proud you are of her!

 

3rd Annual Independence Day Celebration at the Cooley Farm!  Fireworks begin around 9:20 pm; also come early at 6:00 pm for Mark Scranton’s pulled pork, baked beans, and slaw!  Please RSVP by text to Paula at 217-454-1050 by Tuesday, June 29, if coming to dinner, but not necessary for fireworks.  Please bring your own lawn chairs, bug spray, and blanket (if necessary).  Hoping for a relaxing evening with good friends.  Directions (from the church):  Go south past the High School to the T, turn left and follow the road until you come to Hogan Road, approximately 1½ miles, turn left onto Hogan Road, the first house on the right will be the Cooley Farm (look for the wind turbine).

 

Western Vacation Bible School is on July 7 and August 4 from 5:30-6:30 pm.  We meet in the Annex, sing together, have a Bible story, play a game, and end with another song and prayer! Kids of all ages are welcome.  RSVP is requested, but not required. Let this be a fun time for us to get back together, which we will do safely with face masks!  Molly is working on planning a time for us to go out and ride horses, details on that will come later. See Molly with any questions.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Please pray for:  Jim Nuernberger, Joe Snyder, Judi Newlin, Connie Jenkins, Estaleen Earthal, Anna Belle Farrell, Scott Flesch, Andrea Kaufman (Gloria Moss’ friend), Luan Loudenback, Robert Wilson (Doyle’s father), Linda Gleason, Doug Weller, Wyatt Gould, Jordan Farnham, Jordan Smith (Randy Williams’ friend), Kathy Rauch (Sally Dennis’ cousin), Ron Belcher, Beverly Gant, Joyce and Randy Williams.

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

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

 

Book Club meets on Monday, July 19 at 7:00 pm to discuss The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell.

 

From Parish Visitor, Gloria Marshall:

Recipe For a Good Life

Lately, I have been pondering and reading about how to find happiness and vitality as we age.  I only have a few paragraphs in which to summarize and address this huge subject.  My thoughts come from a book “The Mayo Clinic Plan for Healthy Aging.”

So here is the short and sweet version:

  1. Have someone to love.  People generally are healthier and happier whey they have someone

to love or care for, whether that’s a spouse, children, grandchildren, or a pet.  Spending time with family and friends helps ward off depression and reinforces healthy behaviors.

  1. Have something to do.  When you are actively engaged in the world, you feel challenged and productive which is a key to satisfaction.  Get involved, seek opportunities to learn, and stay engaged in life.  This will give you a sense of purpose and identity.
  2. Have something to look forward to.  For

many people, later life is a time to explore new ventures, give back to others in the community or share wisdom with family or friends.  It is not a time to retire to a rocking chair and disengage in life.  People who know they have made a difference, even if it seems like a small one, see the outcomes of their efforts, thus making one feel good.

  1. Stay true to your faith.  God does not make life easy without problems.  But he is always with us as we face challenges.  He can comfort us through rough times.  Stay close to him in prayer and Bible study.

Creativity and productivity are ageless.  Here are some well-known people who achieved great things in later years.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright, who was working on the Guggenheim Museum, when he died at age 91.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe kept painting into her 90s even though her eyesight failed.
  • Ronald Reagan was elected to his second term at age 77.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the “Little House” books in her 50s and 60s.
  • Astronaut John Glenn returned to space at age 77, three decades after his first space mission.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

  • Last week’s giving………………..$5,465.00
  • Giving for June 13..………………$4,299.50
  • May giving…………….………...$28,773.50
  • Amount needed to meet budget....$26,142.67

2021 Per Capita is $42.00

Mike’s Musings

     While friends look after our cat Gracie and our home, Cindy and I are celebrating the fact that, finally after COVID, we are able to head to one of our favorite places on earth—Montreat Conference Center, near Asheville, North Carolina.  Knowing how important that place has been to our family, it seems a good moment to reflect about camping and retreat experiences and their place in our faith development.  The Presbyterian Mission Agency provides some background. 

     According to Presbyterian Panels,more than half of pastors, elders, and church members who remember a specific formative faith experience had it at a camp, retreat, or conference center.

     Camp and Conference Centers are a gift from God.  They allow us to come and meet Jesus to deepen our faith while making connections with others, and allow us to take another step in our personal faith journey.

     In the scriptures, the new disciples are invited to come and see.  John invites them to come and see Jesus, and see who Jesus really is.  Places such as camps and retreat centers allow us do just that: Come and see.  Whether its a childs first time at camp or a child who just cant get enough of camp, they continue to deepen their relationship with Jesus.  We come and see and meet God in beauty and splendor of his creation.

     Retreat centers allow us to stop and disconnect. Camp allows us to experience Jesus on a level that cannot be seen or done in normal day to day life.  At places such as Camp Carew, we have the opportunity to experience acceptance, adventures (hikes, swimming, boating, and so forth), Bible study, and worship with new friends.  Camp Carew is close by, but Montreat (in beautiful North Carolina), Ghost Ranch (in Georgia OKeeffe country in New Mexico), and Stony Point (in upstate New York) offer various and diverse opportunities to do what people went up to mountaintops to do in the scriptures:  look for the presence of God.

     For additional information about these wonderful places, just ask!

     See you (soon) in worship and in service,

     Pastor Mike

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    A further newsletter note…the Session has asked us to move to a monthly newsletter!  The August edition (published on July 21) will probably be the first.  Stay tuned!

All events are subject to change!

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sun., June 27    2¢ Hunger Fund/Online worship available

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

Coffee Fellowship....................................... 11:00 am

Tuesday, June 29                

Walking/Fletcher Park.................................. 8:30 am

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

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

Thursday, July 1

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

Friday, July 2             Church Offices closed.            

Saturday, July 3  

Men’s Breakfast/Fellowship Hall................. 8:00 am

Sun., July 4    Independence Day/Online worship available

Communion Worship Services         8:00 & 10:00 am

Coffee Fellowship....................................... 11:00 am

Independence Day Celebration/Cooley Farm 6:00 pm

Monday, July 5           Church Offices closed.

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

Tuesday, July 6                Annex reserved.  

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 7          Annex reserved.  

Western VBS/Annex..................................... 5:30 pm

Thursday, July 8

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

Friday, July 9             Church Offices closed.

Saturday, July 10              Annex rented.

 

See July calendar for more events.

 

      Thank you to Pastor Mike and our wonderful church family at Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church. Keith and I treasured every text, note, letter, and prayer you sent to us during his 2-year battle with cancer.

     Also, thanks for the great funeral dinner.  Our family is still talking about how nice it was and all the delicious food. 

     I feel truly blessed to have every one of you as part of my church family.

                  With Love and Hugs, Carolyn Flesner

 

     We are truly thankful.  Your support helped make this year’s Project Graduation celebration

a safe and successful one for this year’s seniors.

                    Mt. Zion High School Class of 2021

 

The next Herald will be published on July 21.