The Herald - November 20,2019

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The Herald

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November 20, 2019

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

www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

Hanging of the Greens is Sunday, November 24 after 10:00 am worship service. Come and help prepare the Church for Advent. The Deacons will provide a delicious soup lunch.

 

PAJAMA-THON

What: Infant and children’s new pajama donations

All donations go to: Dove Children’s Clothing Room

When: November 10-December 4, 2019

Sizes needed: All infant and children’s sizes

Mission sponsored by: MZPC Jr. High J-Walks

 

Coats for Kids Drive: DOVE is collecting new and good, used coats for families in need through November 30. Coats may be dropped off at the Airport Plaza Kroger, Pride Cleaners (2056 Mt. Zion Road), Good Samaritan Inn, and other locations found at www.doveinc.org .

 

Adult Advent Study “Finding Our Place at the Manger” begins Sunday, December 1 at 9:00 am.

 

Presbyterian Women’s Christmas Party is Monday, December 2 at 6:00 pm. It will be a salad/dessert potluck. Please bring a wrapped surprise gift from Dollar Tree for a fun gift exchange. All church women are invited.

 

The Christmas season is especially difficult for those who have lost a loved one. A Remembrance Service will be held on Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. You are invited to bring an ornament that represents your loved one.

 

You are invited to Alice and George Bray’s 70th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, December 8 from 12:00-3:00 pm at the Annex. No gifts, please.

 

Christmas Cantata is Sunday, December 15 at 10:00 am.

 

Book Club meets Monday, December 16 at 7:00 pm. Read a Christmas book and report on it.

 

Milligan Academy supplies needed: Clorox wipes, napkins, boxes of tissue. Lunch items: Ramen noodles, mac ‘n cheese, other non-perishable microwave foods, granola breakfast bars, applesauce and other fruit (individual containers), ranch dressing, hot sauce, and microwave-proof containers for individual servings.

 

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Services are Tuesday, December 24 at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences to: Val and Dave Rozanski and family and Fred Hall upon the loss of Mary Shelton.

Please pray for: Ginger Schmidt, Jeff Butler (Vicki Hare’s brother), Bob Loudenback, Ron Belcher (Sharon Spinner’s brother), Barb Wall, Mary Lee and Don Graham, Keith Flesner, Beverly Gant, Mary Ann Platt, Gladys Workman, Joyce and Randy Williams.

At Nursing/Retirement Homes: Esther McEvoy, Pat Willis, Carol and Bill Moore, Helen Trolia, Joanne Freeland, Chad Hale, Joann Williams, Bill Bishop, Barb Nelson, Donna Manuell, 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.

 

Donna and Derin Rominger would like to thank everyone in the congregation for their support, prayers, and cards during Donna's dad's hospitalization and following his death. Having a caring church family is such a comfort in difficult times.

 

GOOD NEWS CORNER

Ÿ Congratulations to Stacey Cory and Mark Milnor upon their marriage on November 14!

 

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CHRISTMAS

MEMORIALS

 

If you would like to place a poinsettia

in the sanctuary, or honor a loved one with a gift

to the Memorial Fund or Church Foundation this Christmas season, please fill out this form and mail it to the church. December 2 is the deadline for poinsettias, cost $13.00.

Please circle your choice: Gift to the:

  Poinsettia            Memorial Fund               Foundation

Name_____________________________________

Phone____________________________________

Address__________________________________

In memory of       or        In honor of       (Circle choice)

__________________________________________

____________________________________________

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TED Talk __ (Theology, Education, Discipleship)

Did you ever get to--or have to--deliver the Thanksgiving meal prayer when you were a child? At such gatherings, your main goal might have been to avoid giving some reason for your siblings to snicker. It may have felt more like a challenge than an honor. Even to adults, the invitation to pray at this meal, or “go around the table and mention something you are thankful for”, might seem like a test.

We all have the special individual thanks we wish to offer, for family, for circumstance, for blessings and opportunities. I appreciate what my colleague Brian Snyder says about Thanksgiving prayers, though: that it might be good to have one in one’s pocket. Maybe part of the following strikes a chord with you. It is from the pen of Walter Rauschenbush:

 

Thanksgiving Day Prayer

For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot,

we thank you.
We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thornbush
Is aflame with your glory,
O God our creator,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

~Walter Rauschenbusch (1861–1918)

 

For the faith we share, for the heritage of this congregation, for strong leaders and honest seekers, for singers and cleaners and liturgists and greeters and committee chairs and colleagues, I remain very grateful.

See you in worship and in service,

Pastor Mike

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits: who forgives all your iniquity, who heals your diseases, who redeems your life from the grave, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

~Psalm 103:2-5

The next Herald will be published December 4.

 

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sun., November 24 2¢ Hunger Fund collected.

Christ the King Sunday/LOGOS Program

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

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

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

Hanging of the Greens................................ 11:00 am

Soup Lunch................................................. 12:00 pm

Monday, November 25

Nominating Committee................................ 5:00 pm

Tuesday, November 26

Donut Breakfast/Milligan Academy............. 8:45 am

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

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

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

Session Meeting............................................ 7:00 pm

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

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

Wed., November 27 No LOGOS/No Sr. Highs

Thursday, November 28 Thanksgiving

Church Offices Closed. Annex rented.

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

Friday, November 29 Church Offices Closed.

Saturday, November 30 Annex rented.

Sunday, December 1 1st Sunday of Advent

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

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

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

Monday, December 2

Presbyterian Women’s Christmas Party....... 6:00 pm

Tuesday, December 3

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

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

Wednesday, December 4

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 5

Prayer Shawl................................................. 1:00 pm

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

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

Remembrance Service.................................. 7:00 pm

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

Friday, December 6 Annex rented.

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

Saturday, December 7

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

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving....................$3,430.00

Giving for November 10...........$3,908.00

October giving…….....…........$20,748.00

2019 Per Capita is $42.00