The Herald - September 9, 2020

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Church Offices are closed on Fridays beginning on September 4.

 

  • Newsletter – 12:00 noon on Monday
  • Bulletin – 12:00 noon on Tuesday
  • Committee Minutes and Session Reports –  12:00 noon on 3rd Tuesday of the month

 

Join us for Walking with Jesus at Fletcher Park starting Monday, September 14 at 9:00 am for the month of September.

 

Book Club meets Monday, September 21 at 7:00 pm at Shirley Beckhart’s home.  We will discuss Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.

 

A limited supply of face masks are available.   Profits go towards the Sr. High Youth Group for our 2021 trip. Thanks for your support.

 

Our Church Pictorial Directory Pictures have been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 21 through Saturday, April 24, 2021.

 

    GOOD NEWS CORNER

 

Ÿ   Betty McKee’s 90th Birthday

     was September 2.  Her address is: 

     Hickory Point Christian Village, Room 302

     565 West Marion Avenue

     Forsyth, Illinois  62535 .

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving..........................$5,017.00

Giving for August 30......................$3,255.00

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

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

2020 Per Capita is $42.00

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Please pray for:  Mt. Zion Teachers and School District Employees, Beth Stewart, Bill Stocks, Bill Blalock, Meredith Beard, Rose Belcher, Juanita Chaney, Gene Nenortas, 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, Gladys Workman, Joyce and Randy Williams.

At Nursing/Retirement Homes:  Don Graham, Verna Trimby, Betty McKee, Esther McEvoy, Pat Willis, Carol Moore, Helen Trolia, Chad Hale, Donna Manuell, Joanne Freeland, Erma Sutton, 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.

 

Dear Fellow Church Members,

     How do you thank so many people for their kindness, their prayers, and all the thoughtful things they do?  My thanks start with Pastor Mike, Nancy Leming, Barb Janes, and Gloria Marshall for their most welcome kindnesses!  Also, the prayer shawl members for the beautiful throw they gave me.  Hope to see you all in church soon!  Thanks again, so very much!

                         Your friend in Christ, Rose Belcher

 

     Thanks so much to all my Presby Friends. 

The prayers, phone calls, the most friendly and expressive cards, the concerns expressed with Jan, and you all just being there has sure helped me to handle my situation.

                 Thanks again, see you soon, Bill Stocks

 

Dear Church Family,

     Thank you for the thoughtful graduation gift. 

I love the frame.                                 

                                 Love, Ethan Winick

 

Mike’s Musings   

     Like many people, I struggle with forgiveness—as much with forgiving myself for things I just can’t let go of as forgiving others for perceived wrongs.  So Jesus’ words from the scripture for this Sunday that I’m to forgive someone seventy-seven times is pretty challenging.  As much as I need at least that many attempts to forgive myself over certain things, the fact is, there are grudges centered on the perceived misdeeds of others that some sad part of me enjoys nursing and keeping alive. 

     Yet, as Frederich Buechner writes, “When somebody you’ve wronged forgives you, you’re spared the dull and self-diminishing throb of a guilty conscience.  When you forgive somebody who has wronged you, you’re spared the dismal corrosion of bitterness and wounded pride.  For both parties, forgiveness means the freedom again to be at peace inside their own skins and to be glad in each other’s presence.”   So what do I want more—that sense of peace, or to nurse my pain and hurt and keep it as a memory of how bad the other person is?  What do I value more—the opportunity to be indignant about the past, or freedom from it? 

     Join us as we dig into forgiveness this Sunday.

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     Why does our Sunday dinner have several different names?

      Some call it “Eucharist,” from the Greek term for “thanksgiving.”  We remember that on Maundy Thursday, Christ gave thanks. 

     Some call it the “Lord’s Supper” or the “Last Supper”.  Is there a difference?  Perhaps with one we emphasize that Jesus is the one who instituted it, and with the other, that he thought it was important enough to talk about and do even though his time was slipping away.

     We also call it “Holy Communion”.  In our part of the church, we don’t think it’s just remembering the Lord, and we don’t think we are literally partaking of the Savior, but that we are lifting our hearts spiritually to his presence.  We believe we are communing with Jesus himself. 

     Whatever you were taught to call it, won’t you join us for it this Sunday? 

     See you in worship and in service—

      Pastor Mike

All events are subject to change!

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, September 13  Online worship still available.

Communion Worship Services         8:00 & 10:00 am

Monday, September 14

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

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

Reopening Task Force.................................. 7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 15    Fellowship Hall reserved.                   

                            Session Reports due.

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

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

Wednesday, September 16

Memorial Committee.................................... 2:30 pm

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

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

Thursday, September 17

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

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

Friday, September 18        Church Offices closed.

Saturday, September 19

Habitat Work Day/ReStore......................... 10:00 am

Sunday, September 20  Online worship still available.

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

Monday, September 21

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

Book Club/Beckharts’ House....................... 7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 22 

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 23

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

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

Thursday, September 24     

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

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

Friday, September 25        Church Offices closed.

Good Samaritan Inn...................................... 9:00 am

 

The next Herald will be published on September 23.