The Herald - September 23, 2020

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Flu Vaccination Clinic Cancellation

I am disappointed to report that due to extra hours and work required of the nurses by Covid 19, Macon County Health Department will not be available to come to our church this year to administer flu vaccinations.  That being said, please go to your doctor’s office, Kroger, Walmart, Walgreens, or any other place administering flu shots in late September or early October and get your flu shot.  It is especially important this year as we are fighting both Covid 19 and the annual flu season which is approaching.  The CDC says that because the viruses that cause flu and COVID-19 might spread at the same time this fall and winter, getting a flu vaccine is particularly important as a way to reduce the amount of flu disease and symptoms that may be confused with COVID-19. 

            Gloria Marshall, Parish Visitor/Nurse

 

The Christian Nurture Committee has been discussing LOGOS for this semester. We have some ideas, but the next step is to talk with the families! This past week the Sr. High Youth group had a chance to gather at Spitler Park for some fun and to talk about the upcoming year.  This next Sunday, September 27, we are having a gathering at Spitler Park for Kindergarten-7th grade from 1:00-2:00 pm. We will play a game and discuss the upcoming year.  Parents, we really want to hear from you!  Please RSVP to Molly if you will be attending. If there is bad weather and it is raining, the event will be cancelled, and we will work on rescheduling! As with school, please don’t come if you have a temperature or are feeling sick.  Please have a face mask ready to use until we are able to distance enough to take them off safely.  Please contact Molly with any questions.

 

     Thank you for all the cards, flowers, and well-wishes for my 90th birthday.  They helped to make my day extra-special.       

     With Love, Helen Jones

 

Beginning September 27, we will return to our normal routine with no 8:00 am ushers and no temperature monitoring.  Be vigilant of symptoms, we urge you to stay home if you have a temperature or are feeling sick.

 

Beginning October 4, Coffee Fellowship will resume with drinks only served in the Prayer Garden following the 10:00 am Worship Service.  Social distancing is encouraged.

 

Book Club will meet on Monday, October 19 at 7:00 pm at Shirley Beckhart’s home.  We will discuss When The Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica.  The book is being ordered, and it will be 1-2 weeks before available.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Please pray for:  Pat McDonald, Janet Collins, Mt. Zion Teachers and School District Employees, Bill Blalock, Ken Butler (Vicki Hare’s cousin), Shelby and Laura Allison (Rachel Gould’s friends), Alice Bray, Bob and Elaine Pesch, Keith Flesner, Ron Belcher, Beverly Gant, Mary Ann Platt.

At Nursing/Retirement Homes:  Don Graham, Mary Lee Graham, Verna Trimby, Betty McKee, Esther McEvoy, Pat Willis, Carol Moore, Helen Trolia, Chad Hale, Donna Manuell, Erma Sutton, Joanne Freeland, Cecil Barr, Alice Barr, Wilma Myers, Marianne Milnor, Helen Jones, Joan McHood, Anna Belle Farrell.

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

 

The next Herald will be published on October 7.

 

Mike’s Musings 

     We need your help.  Sometimes it is difficult to know who is in need of church resources or just an encouraging call or (if appropriate these days) visit.  It’s even a little harder these days when communi-cation is strained because of COVID-19.  May I ask you a favor?  If you are aware of someone to whom the church should be reaching out, could you please pass that along?  I can be reached at 217-428-2339 or mtzprespastor@comcast.net .

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     Pretty soon our Nominating Committee is going to be about their work of recruiting Elders and Deacons to lead us in our ministries in the coming years.  It has never been more important to select officers of discernment and dedication.  We invite you to consider who in the congregation has the qualities necessary for the following positions.

     Deacons are caregivers, functioning in a ministry of “sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ (Book of Order G-6)”.  Members of the Board of Deacons serve on different committees of the church, according to our needs and their interests and gifts.  Typically, they serve three-year terms.

     Elders serve on the Session, the governing body of the church.  They have broad responsibilities for the spiritual life and corporate health of the church.  During their 3-year term, an Elder can expect to chair or co-chair one of the church’s committees or work groups.  Elders are specifically tasked with attending monthly meetings, taking action on occasional e-mail votes, serving on committees, and participating in worship.

     Can you recommend yourself for church service?  Absolutely!  Our Nominating Committee members this year include Bill Valentine (Chair), Nancy Ryan, Judy Ragan, Jan Stocks, and Dave Taylor.  Please keep them in your prayers as they participate in this vital work.

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     See you in worship and in service,

     Pastor Mike

All events are subject to change!

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, September 27   Online worship still available.

2¢ Hunger Fund collected.

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

LOGOS K-7th Grades/Spitler Park............... 1:00 pm

Monday, September 28

Walking with Jesus/Fletcher Park................ 9:00 am

Deacons’ Meeting......................................... 6:00 pm

Tuesday, September 29 

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

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

Wednesday, September 30

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

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

Thursday, October 1

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

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

Friday, October 2              Church Offices closed.

Saturday, October 3

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

Sunday, October 4     Online worship still available.

World Communion/Peace & Global Witness Sunday

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

Coffee Fellowship/Prayer Garden............. 11:00 am

Tuesday, October 6      Fellowship Hall reserved.

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

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

Wednesday, October 7

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

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

Thursday, October 8     

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

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

Friday, October 9             Church Offices closed.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving..........................$4,394.00

Giving for September 13.................$5,785.50

August giving................................$23,216.90

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

2020 Per Capita is $42.00