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The Herald - December 12, 2018

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December 12, 2018

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

                              www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

Taylorville: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance helping by Rich Copley | Presbyterian News Service

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LOUISVILLE — The scene was not unfamiliar to Greg Smith, a member of the National Response team for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, as he assessed damage in Taylorville, Illinois early in December. “The tornado went right through the residential part of the community,” he said. “Very few businesses were affected. It was mostly residential. The destruction was incredibly serious: houses without roofs, siding — the mayor said, ‘You won’t believe it, but that house had brand new siding.’ It sure didn’t have any when we were there.”

For some readers, it may be news that there were tornadoes in the Midwest the first weekend in December. While it did not make headlines the way hurricanes or wildfires have recently, the storm system that went through Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma last weekend packed a wallop, with 23 tornadoes reported touching down in Illinois alone, according to the Washington Post.

One of the hardest-hit communities was Taylorville, a Central Illinois town of more than 11,000 that was struck by an EF-3 tornado with winds between 136 and 165 miles-per-hour that was half-a-mile wide at its largest point, according to the Peoria Journal-Star. It left 51 homes destroyed, another 50 severely damaged and more than 500 buildings affected, according to Smith and fellow PDA team member Kathy Montgomery.

Thankfully, there were no fatalities in Taylorville. There were 30 injuries, with one person still hospitalized as of Friday, Smith and Montgomery said.

On December 3, the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois requested and was granted an initial assistance grant of $7,500 to address the impact of three tornadoes in Taylorville and surrounding areas. The grant request estimates a recovery period of 18 to 24 months.

“This is a disaster for that community that will not get a lot of public attention,” said Jim Kirk, 

PDA associate for National Disaster Response. “But for the people who were impacted, it is a significant event and PDA stands with the Presbytery and the community to offer the resources of the denomination to help in the response and recovery. “We’re thankful that we have the connectional church, so that we can bring resources and a presence to that particular community.”

While Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has a presence at major national and international natural and human-caused disasters, Kirk says most situations the organization responds to never make national headlines, though they have a tremendous impact on the people living through them. In Taylorville, Smith noted the disaster “disproportionately affected the poorest part of the community. It is typically the case that tornadoes leave the poor poorer.”

Montgomery said she was aware of seven single-parent families seeking assistance in the aftermath of the storm. Unimpacted by the tornado was First Presbyterian Church of Taylorville, under the leadership of Rev. Michael Evanchak. The church has been active since the tornado in feeding people and assisting with recovery, including church members who lost homes or suffered serious damage. Smith and Montgomery noted an active member of the church had lost his home to a tornado for the second time in 10 years.

“What’s making a difference in this community … is the community is working together,” Smith said. “They are off to a very fast start in terms of putting together a group that can be the nucleus of a long-term recovery committee. And what I am very proud to see is that the ministerial association, which has been together for years — of whom the Presbyterian pastor (Evanchak) is the chair — they are taking essential lead in terms of the reconstruction of the community.

“They’re aware they have a long-term process in front of them.”

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If you wish to give to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for Taylorville, please mark “PDA” in the memo portion of your check made out to MZPC.

 

CHRISTMAS CANTATA

Sunday, December 23, 10:00 am

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

Candlelight Communion Services

Monday, December 24, 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm

 

2019 Offering Envelopes are available in the transept room. Please take your envelopes home to save the Church the expense of mailing them.

 

 

We had a great last night of LOGOS before breaking for Christmas break. It was our "Angels Among Us" night, and we took cookies to both the Mt. Zion fire department and police station. The younger kids delivered to the police station, and there was one officer that was in the building, who just so happened to be Lucas Bray who used to come to LOGOS! That was a definite God moment!

Also, in lieu of Christmas gifts to the LOGOS kids, the table parents made donations that will allow us to purchase a piglet and a flock of chickens from the Presbyterian Giving Catalog in honor of the children and youth of LOGOS!

 

YOU’VE GOT CHRISTMAS CARD MAIL!

If you have friends at church you wish to send Christmas cards, bring the cards to church, organize them alphabetically, and put them in the Christmas card box on the table at the east entrance to the Sanctuary. Please check the box from time to time throughout the Christmas season to collect your Christmas cards. Thank you! Note: Consider donating any money you save on stamps to your regular giving or to a favorite charity.

 

Our Moms’ Group is having dinner at Las Margaritas in Mt. Zion on Monday, December 17 at 6:00 pm to celebrate Christmas together. This is an adult-only evening. RSVP to Molly by 12/16.

Book Club meets on Monday, December 17 at 7:00 pm. Read a Christmas book of your choice and report on it.

 

GENEROSITY CARDS

Thanks to all who have submitted stewardship commitments for 2019—it’s essential to our faith efforts. Those who still wish to make that commitment can use stewardship cards found in the pew racks or can get one from the church office.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences to: Alice and Cecil Barr and family upon the loss of their son-in-law, Ralph Hodge; to Kim and Rodney Goss and family upon the loss of his father, Donald Aubert; and to Valerie Cowgill and family upon the loss of David Cowgill.

Please pray for: George Bray, Nina Kays, First Presbyterian Church Taylorville, Dave Rozanski, Janet Collins, Sally Dennis, Verna Trimby, Pat Willis, Loni Green (Rachel Gould’s friend), Bob Bjerke (Pat Willis’ brother-in-law), Beverly Gant, Crystal Brothers, Gladys Workman, Steve Hubner, Joyce and Randy Williams.

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

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

MacKenzie Faith, ROTC Marines.

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sun., Dec. 16 3rd Sunday of Advent/Annex rented.

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

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

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

Singles’ Supper Circle/Sullivan................... 11:00 am

Monday, December 17

Parish Visitor Meeting.................................. 2:00 pm

Moms’ Group/Las Margaritas...................... 6:00 pm

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

Tuesday, December 18

Edna Circle................................................. 11:00 am

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

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

Wednesday, December 19

Bell Choir...................................................... 6:30 pm

Chancel Choir............................................... 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 20

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

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

Friday, December 21

Annual Choir Party............................................ TBA

Saturday, December 22 Annex rented.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving……..….....$6,084.00

Giving for December 2............$7,189.00

November giving…………...$18,795.75

2019 Per Capita is $42.00

 

The next Herald will be published December 19.