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The Herald - April 3, 2019

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L E T T E R

April 3, 2019

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

                              www.mtzpresbychurch.net

   

Palm Sunday Brunch is April 14 at 8:45 am in the Fellowship Hall. The Deacons will provide potato casseroles, egg casseroles, milk, juice, coffee, and table service. The congregation is asked to bring either a fruit dish or bread (rolls, donuts, muffins, etc.). The choir is invited to eat early so they can be ready for church.

 

Book Club meets on Monday, April 15 at 7:00 pm to discuss A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny.

 

Holy Week is a Time for Reflection and Private Conversation with God

You are invited to come to the church during Holy Week for some quiet time to spend in prayer. Areas will be set up in the sanctuary to facilitate your personal time of prayer and meditation, allowing for private conversation with God away from the distractions of your daily routine. It will be a sacred space and holy ground, providing a time to nourish the Spirit of God within you. Be comfortable and enjoy your time, pray, talk with God, open yourself up to Him, rest in His presence and be renewed. Stay for as little or as long as you need. Hours of availability will be:

Wednesday, April 17 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday, April 18 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday, April 19 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

 

Maundy Thursday Service is April 18 at 7:00 pm.

 

Easter candy donations are needed for our Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20 at 10:00 am.

 

No Women’s Breakfast on Saturday, April 20.

 

Easter Services are April 21 at 8:00 and 10:00 am.

 

Presbyterian Women’s Spring Gathering is Saturday, April 27 in Assumption. The speaker is Amanda Craft, Manager of Advocacy in the Office of Immigration Issues, Presbyterian Church USA.

 

Spring into Fashion is the theme for this year's Ladies’ Night Out (previously Mother and Daughter Banquet) on Monday, April 29 at 6:00 pm in the Annex. We will ALL get a sneak peek at the latest fashion trends, with the help of Decatur's own SHOP ON MAIN. Ladies of ages are welcome to join us for the dinner and a style show featuring “Models” from our congregation! Please bring a salad or dessert to share, and our ladies' group will provide the main entrée and tableware.

 

 

All Church Rummage Sale is Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11. Rummage may be brought starting May 5 after church through Thursday, May 9.

 

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering is collected during Lent. Each gift helps to improve the lives of people who lack sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity.

 

Thank You…Thank You…Thank You

The J-Walks want to thank the congregation for their generous support of our Mystery Dinner Fundraiser. We are thrilled to announce that we brought in $1,000!!!! We can support our Honduras Child for more than one year with this amount. We are also excited to meet our child that we are supporting. His name is Cristian, and he is in 2nd grade. Our youth will be sending him letters and introducing us to him. This event could not have taken place without the support of so many of our parents and other volunteers. The kids worked very hard, too….we can all be so proud of them!!! Thank you again for all your love and support of our youth. We are an AWESOME CHURCH!!

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Please pray for: Brooke Ragan, Tom Gore, Chad Hale, Mary Hussain (Val Rozanski’s niece), Mary Ann Platt, Tina Gotts, Don White, Betty McKee, Judi Newlin, Bill Moore, Dave Rozanski, Bob Gotts, Sr., Derek Burkham, Doug Weller, Steve Hubner, Davis Robinson (Steve Bromley’s great-nephew), Janet Collins, Juanita Chaney, Milly Kruse, Loni Green (Rachel Gould’s friend), Gladys Workman, Joyce and Randy Williams.

At Nursing/Retirement Homes: Pat Willis, Helen Trolia, Joanne Freeland, Joann Williams, Bill Bishop, Barb Nelson, Donna Manuell, Erma Sutton, Cecil Barr, Alice Barr, Wilma Myers, Marianne Milnor, Lucy Browning.

Military Personnel: Lee Nenortas, Devon Butler, Zach King, Logan Seevers, Air Force; J. T. Arocha, Jacob Bradshaw, Army; MacKenzie Gould, ROTC National Guard; MacKenzie Faith, ROTC Marines.

 

 

GOOD NEWS CORNER

 

Ÿ Congratulations to Jessie (Buker) and Adam

Joachimsthaler upon the birth of their son, Milam

David Joachimsthaler, born on March 6, 2019.

Ÿ Congratulations to Meredith (Fiesler) and Eric

Hottinger upon the birth of their daughter, Emilia

Jean Hottinger, born on March 22, 2019.

Ÿ Congratulations to Katy (Ragan) and Jake Moore

upon the birth of their daughter, Dixie Elayne

Moore, born on March 27, 2019.

 

 

 

 

TED Talk _ (Theology, Education, Discipleship)

Do you remember the song made popular by the Byrds several decades ago, “Turn, Turn, Turn”?

To everything (turn, turn, turn)

There is a season (turn, turn, turn)

And a time to every purpose, under heaven.

 

Those lyrics come from the 3rd chapter of Ecclesiastes. They seem appropriate now; it is getting brighter each day, but it is still cold, and many of us are yearning for the warmer weather. The earth has seasons, and our faith also has seasons. Palm Sunday may have seemed like a great joyous holiday of new life, but within it the seeds of doublecross, denial, and death were present. But even then, as Tony Campolo reminds us, Sunday was a-comin’.

 

We celebrate a faith claiming that death is never the final answer. And even now, in this vibrant faith family, we see the seeds of new life starting to sprout:

  • our four Confirmands—Chloe and Connor Davis, Emily Lewis, and Corbin Davis—are making ready to join the church;
  • our wonderful J-Walks youngsters provided a great “Noah’s Ark Mystery Dinner’ on March 31 (thank you, Sonia, Sue, Molly, and everyone!) earning more than enough to sponsor a youth through the “Hearts and Hands in Honduras” program;
  • the Spirit Group is preparing a very meaning-ful option for our spiritual walk during Holy Week;
  • and even as we are still enjoying the feel of newness and beauty in our Meeting Room, the Presbyterian Women are, with the Maintenance Committee, preparing some updates of our parlor.

These and other such examples of looking toward the future reminds me of how glad I am that you voted for me to be your installed pastor.

On the day of Jesus’ resurrection, two of his followers were walking to a nearby town. Their words and demeanor indicated clearly that they thought the Jesus Movement was over. Yet quite unexpectedly, they met the Risen Christ along the road. When have you unexpectedly experienced a “God Sighting”? When in the future will we collectively experience that reminder that God is not done with us yet?

 

See you in worship and in service,

Pastor Mike

 

The next Herald will be published April 17.

 

 

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday, April 7

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

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

Confirmation Class........................................ 8:30 am

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

Monday, April 8

Annex reserved.

Moms’ Group/Annex..................................... 6:00 pm

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

Tuesday, April 9

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

Worship Committee....................................... 3:30 pm

Christian Nurture, Missions, Outreach .......... 6:30 pm

Finance Committee........................................ 7:00 pm

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

Wednesday, April 10

Care Team Meeting...................................... 10:00 am

LOGOS Staff Party........................................ 5:30 pm

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

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

Thursday, April 11

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

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

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

Sunday, April 14

Palm Sunday

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

Palm Sunday Brunch..................................... 8:45 am

Monday, April 15

Parish Visitor Meeting.................................... 1:30 pm

Book Club..................................................... 7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 16

Edna Circle.................................................... 9:00 am

Assemble College Care Packages................. 10:00 am

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

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

Wednesday, April 17

Holy Week Reflection................... 11:00 am-5:00 pm

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

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

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

Thursday, April 18

Maundy Thursday

Holy Week Reflection................... 11:00 am-5:00 pm

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

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

Maundy Thursday Service/Sanctuary............ 7:00 pm

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

Friday, April 19

Good Friday

Holy Week Reflection................... 11:00 am-7:00 pm

Saturday, April 20

No Women’s Breakfast

Easter Egg Hunt/Fellowship Hall.................. 10:00 am

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving……..….....$5,454.00

Giving for March 24................$6,019.00

March giving……....……..... $26,580.00

2019 Per Capita is $42.00