The Herald - May 19, 2020

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The Herald

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May 19, 2020

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

www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

 

OUR GRADUATES

8th Grade                     High School

Corbin Davis                  Chloe Butler

Carter McConkey          Connor Davis

Noah Scheiter            Cole Herrmann

Haiden Stocks                 Ethan Winick

Savannah Troll                                       

College

Jessica Sattley

 

WEEKLY MZPC ONLINE SCHEDULE

 

Monday Devotion/Spiritual classics

Tuesday Devotion or other

Wednesday* Prayer time 11:00 a.m.

Thursday Devotion or other

Friday* Adult Study 11:00 a.m.

Weekend Worship Available Sunday 8:00 a.m.

Virtual Coffee Hour* Sunday 9:00 a.m.

*Zoom/Community activity

 

No Mt. Zion Community Ice Cream Social in June.

 

Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church has teamed up with Lifetouch and ShutterflyYou can support our storefront by going to mtzpreschurchdirectory.shutterflystorefront.com to shop for cards, gifts, books, canvas, and calendars. No promo code is needed. The church will earn 8% commission on every purchase made.

 

The next Herald will be published on June 2.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences: to Paula and Dan Cooley and family upon the loss of her aunt, Harriet Douglass.

Please pray for: Christen Cantrell, Gene Nenortas, Anna Belle Farrell, Verna Trimby, Ruth Saegesser, Dennis Humes, Phil Jenkins, Keith Flesner, Rogan Donoho (Tonya Butler’s friend), Bob Biehler (Sharman Bastl’s brother), 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, Joyce and Randy Williams.

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

Military Personnel: Jacob Bradshaw, Army; Lee Nenortas, Devon Butler, Logan Seevers, 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, especially if you came from the Emergency Room.

 

TED Talk___ (Theology, Education, Discipleship)

As I write this, it’s 14 days from May 31—Pentecost.

You remember Pentecost. The Holy Spirit comes among the first believers and causes many to “speak in other tongues.” Peter stands up and gives a sermon that is a summary of the early Church’s message. Three thousand new believers are added. It’s the day we refer to as “the birthday of the Church”. It’s often a festive Sunday that we celebrate with balloons and birthday cakes with candles that won’t go out, resembling the Holy Spirit.

Is the Church experiencing a rebirth? Are we headed toward a second Pentecost? I don’t know; that may be an overstatement. One major church historian, Phyllis Tickle, has said that every 500 years the Church has a rebirth or, as she calls it, a “rummage sale”, letting go of practices and beliefs not part of Christ’s core message that have become unhelpful. The first 500-year rummage sale? The Roman Empire ends, the Dark Ages begins, and the Church reacts by “going underground” with monasteries and convents. The second 500 years marked the time when the Western church and the orthodox churches of the East split. The third 500-year rummage sale marked the Reformation and the Church splitting into numerous expressions of what it’s like to be Christ’s people.

Even before COVID-19, many felt the Church to be in another “rummage sale”, with denominations fading and the Church will engage different cultures, live by its service, and move from a building-centered life. Will post-COVID-19 life affect these trends? We have already found that this crisis hastened trends such as online worship. What other changes are coming our way?

Many members of our church are asking some version of these questions, but the most prevalent question is: “When will we worship in the sanctuary again?” The Session will decide that, and they will be taking up the issue soon. Please pray for them and share with them your own thoughts and feelings.

Keep calm and worship on—

Pastor Mike

 

All events are subject to change!

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, May 24

Virtual Worship Service/Facebook

Virtual Coffee Hour/Facebook..................... 9:00 am

Monday, May 25 Memorial Day/Offices closed.

Tuesday, May 26

Spirituality Team/Zoom................................ 1:15 pm

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

Session Meeting/Zoom.................................. 7:00 pm

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

Wednesday, May 27 Both Choirs cancelled.

Virtual Prayer Time/Facebook.................... 11:00 am

Thursday, May 28 Anna Circle cancelled.

Virtual Prayer Shawl/Zoom.......................... 1:00 pm

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

Friday, May 29

Virtual Adult Study/Facebook................... 11:00 am

Sunday, May 31 Pentecost

Virtual Worship Service/Facebook

Virtual Coffee Hour/Facebook..................... 9:00 am

Tuesday, June 2

Spirituality Team/Zoom................................ 1:15 pm

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

Wednesday, June 3

Virtual Prayer Time/Facebook.................... 11:00 am

Thursday, June 4

Virtual Prayer Shawl/Zoom 1:00 pm

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

Friday, June 5

Virtual Adult Study/Facebook................... 11:00 am

Saturday, June 6

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

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving..........................$6,240.18

Giving for May 10..........................$7,974.20

April giving...................................$28,266.00

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

2020 Per Capita is $42.00