The Herald - May 5, 2020

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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

 

Blanket Sunday was May 3.  Thousands of CWS Blankets are distributed throughout the U.S., including Illinois.  Each blanket costs $10.00. 

 

No Mt. Zion Community Ice Cream Social in June.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Please pray for:  Janet Collins, Verna Trimby, Ruth Saegesser, Dennis Humes, Marc Newlin, Joy Mattox, Ed Kater, 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.

 

Recipes for Disinfectants and Cleaners

I have heard many of you express frustration that you cannot find spray disinfectants or wipes during this crisis.  I am attaching some recipes of do-it-yourself disinfectants and wanted to pass that on to you.  Not only have I found them effective, but very cost effective.

Spray Disinfectant:  Place in a spray bottle

1 cup water

2 Tablespoons bleach

2 Tablespoons dish soap

6 drops essential oil (optional)  I use baby oil, but   

   could use any oil.  Some say olive oil is good.

Lysol Wipes:

1 cup water

6 Tablespoons 92% isopropyl alcohol

2 Tablespoons dish soap

6 drops oil (optional) essential oil, baby oil, or

   any other oil will also work

Baby Wipes:

1 cup water

1 Tablespoon liquid baby bath soap

2 Tablespoons baby oil or coconut oil

Gentle Disinfecting Wipes:

1 cup water

6 Tablespoons white vinegar

2 Tablespoons dish soap or baby shampoo

6 drops oil

Soak paper towels or fabric in solution.  Wring out to just moist to use as a wipe.  For the wipes, you can cut a paper towel roll in half, place in an airtight container and soak with the solution.

 

Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church has teamed up with Lifetouch and Shutterfly.  You 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 May 19.

 

TED Talk___ (Theology, Education, Discipleship)

   The Dove Returns?

     Do you remember the story of Noah and the dove?  Genesis 8 tells us that after the rains of the Great Flood stopped, Noah sent out first a raven and then a dove in order to learn what condition the Earth was in.  Was it ready for “life as we know it” again? 

     As you may remember, the raven didn’t make it back.  The dove made two trips.  At the end of the first trip, the dove brought back an olive branch.  The dove didn’t return from the second trip.  The olive branch was a sign that the earth was becoming habitable again, and that reconciliation was occurring between God and humanity (thus the genesis of an olive branch signifying peace). 

     I’m not saying that the “Great Flood” with which we are currently engaged is coming to an end.  But is are we perhaps seeing the dove’s olive branch?  I’m not a scientist, and I don’t know whether the virus will offer a second onslaught.  I do know, though, that I feel a certain resurgence, a certain hope, a certain beginning of spring coming upon us, tentative and fragile though it may be.  And why do I feel that way?  Not simply because of the warmer days.  It’s because of worship and my faith family.

     I am so, so grateful for the talents of Molly, Derin, and others who worked with me to keep worship going the very first days after the COVID-19 crisis hit us.  It required hard work and spirit and the willingness to go, in worship terms, where we had not gone before (Cantrell and Rominger, do you catch the Star Trek reference there?).  But two weeks ago Rich, Roma, and Bill rejoined us.  The contribution of music to worship is incalculable, but it’s more than that.  It’s our friends and trusted worship leaders rejoining us.  When Dave Rozanski joined us to explain our new online giving option this week, and Cindy contributed to worship last week, it has felt like in some way we are reemerging into our vibrant faith life again.

     We all miss being in one another’s physical present, I know (also our “Zoom presence” helps!).  I’m feeling, though, a bit of a fresh breeze, a certain warmth, a greater ability to believe that this all won’t last forever.  How about you?

     Keep calm and worship on—Pastor Mike

 

All events are subject to change!

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, May 10              Mother’s Day

Virtual Worship Service/Facebook

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

Monday, May 11

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

Tuesday, May 12    

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

Committee Night/Zoom................................ 6:30 pm

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

Wednesday, May 13 Care Team/Choirs cancelled.

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

Thursday, May 14    Baton Twirling cancelled.

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

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

Friday, May 15        Habitat Work Day cancelled. 

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

Saturday, May 16

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

Sunday, May 17          

Virtual Worship Service/Facebook

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

Mon., May 18   Parish Visitors/Book Club cancelled.

Tuesday, May 19          Edna Circle cancelled.

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

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

Wednesday, May 20     Both Choirs cancelled.

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

Memorial Committee/Zoom.......................... 2:30 pm

Thurs., May 21 Baton Twirling/Game Night cancelled.

Virtual Prayer Shawl/Zoom                           1:00 pm

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

Friday, May 22     Good Samaritan Inn cancelled.

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

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving..........................$5,007.00

Giving for April 26.........................$2,415.00

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

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

2020 Per Capita is $42.00