The Herald - July 3, 2019

 

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July 3, 2019

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

www.mtzpresbychurch.net

 

New Church Shirts are available to order now. There are assorted sizes to try on in the Church Office. They are a red Polo, but not as thick as the prior red ones.

Small to XL sizes are $22.00; 2XL to 4XL are $27.00.

Make checks payable to Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church. Come order yours soon, so they can be embroidered.

 

Family Fun Day is Wednesday, July 10 at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, IL. We will meet at the church at 9:00 am and carpool. Youth (ages 3-12) are $4.95; Adults are $6.95; Seniors and Military are $5.95; Children 2 and under are free. Any questions, contact Molly.

 

Book Club meets on Monday, July 15 at 7:00 pm to discuss The Forgiven by Terri Roberts.

 

Volunteers Needed for Habitat for Humanity Work Day (salesclerks, cleaning, unloading, stocking items donated, and home construction site), on Friday, July 19 at 10:00 am. We meet at the Decatur ReStore located at 932 East Wood Street. For more information contact Mark Milnor at 217-358-2691 or go to www.habitat.org .

 

Faith, Food, and Fellowship, F3, will be an evening of faith formation for ALL ages! We will start with sharing a meal together (food will be provided), followed by a Bible Study for adults, Bible Study and Activities for kids, and close the evening together with song and prayer.  The evening will be from 6:00-7:30 pm and start in the Fellowship Hall. We will have F3 on July 24, July 31, and August 7. Any questions, see Molly.

 

The next Herald will be published July 17.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH:

Our Condolences to: the family and friends of Irma Gaither (Jacob Sefton’s grandma).

Please pray for: Gene Nenortas, Susan Barcalow, Pat Willis, Tim Rominger, Beverly Gant, Steve Hubner, Sharman Bastl, Joanna Matlock (Bill Valentine’s daughter), Karen and Tim Roberts (Sally Dennis’ friends), Lory Anne Griffy (Sally Dennis’ cousin), Lyndsey Marshall (Loudenbacks’ great-granddaughter), Jackson Scharf, Linda Johnson (Mike Ryan’s sister), Mary Ann Platt, Loni Green (Rachel Gould’s friend), Gladys Workman, Joyce and Randy Williams.

At Nursing/Retirement Homes: 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: 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.

 

Just a reminder: Please list Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church and/or have a loved one call the Church when you are admitted to St. Mary’s or DMH.

 

Thank you for your caring response after our recent car accident, especially for all your prayers, cards, and visits. Special thanks to Pastor Mike, Gloria, and Derin. We are grateful to the Care Team for all the wonderful food and the prayer shawl group for our beautiful prayer shawls. God bless you all.

Sharman and Bill Bastl

 

 

GOOD NEWS CORNER

 

ŸThe Ice Cream Social made over $7,000 this year that will be distributed to the two recipients.

 

 

TED Talk __ (Theology, Education, Discipleship)

Some years ago there was a pretty popular movie entitled My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The plot involves issues of cultures clashing: will Toula‘s family accept her fiancé, the non-Greek Ian, into their clan? Her father, after all, has a habit of proudly attributing anything of importance to their Greek heritage, including, “Give me any word, and I will show you how the root is Greek.”

Molly once kidded me about having roughly the same attitude about being Presbyterian (I think we were discussing another movie, Hidden Figures, about 3 African American female mathematicians, one of whom, Katherine Johnson, was a life-long Presbyterian). There was some truth to her good-natured ribbing. This is the time of the year when old-school Presbyterians are tempted to claim our Presbie heritage has a lot to do with the birth of our country, including stating that the American government is fashioned after how we do church.

As with many things in life, the true answer is, “Well, yes and no.” But inasmuch as this newsletter is probably being put into final form on July 2, the date that the Continental Congress declared independence (rather than the 4th, the day on which the text of the Declaration was approved), it’s worth noting (to me, anyway!) that 12 of the 56 signers of the Declaration were Presbies (the largest faith group represented: Episcopalians). Interestingly, one source I consulted for this claimed that the Founding Fathers claimed faith and church membership at a significantly higher rate than the average resident of the Colonies in the 18th century.

Truth to tell, I only recognize two of the twelve Presbyterian names: Benjamin Rush, a doctor who gained a reputation as an advocate for the education of women, and John Witherspoon, the first president of what evolved into Princeton University (Witherspoon was the only minister to sign the Declaration. So there!). I can remember mistakenly claiming to our young daughter, Sarah, that Reese Witherspoon (a descendant of John’s) was Presbyterian. She is Episcopalian, as it turns out.

These are good days to call to mind what is worthy and memorable about our heritage….and then to help it evolve, by God’s Spirit, into the future.

See you in worship and in service,

Pastor Mike

 

WEEKLY CALENDAR

Sunday July 7 Annex reserved.

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

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

Crafts for Bazaar/Annex......................... 1:30-4:00 pm

Monday, July 8 Annex reserved.

Cake Class/Annex........................................... 6:00 pm

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

Tuesday, July 9

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

Christian Nurture & Outreach Committees..... 6:30 pm 6:30 pm

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

Wednesday, July 10

Family Fun Day/Miller Park Zoo................... 9:00 am

Care Team Meeting........................................ 9:30 am

Thursday, July 11

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

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

Sunday, July 14

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

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

Monday, July 15 Annex reserved.

Parish Visitors’ Meeting................................. 1:30 pm

Crafts for Bazaar/Annex......................... 3:00-5:00 pm

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

Tuesday, July 16 Triennium

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

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

Wednesday, July 17 Triennium

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

Thursday, July 18 Triennium

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

Game Night/Room #103................................. 7:00 pm

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

Friday, July 19 Triennium

Habitat Work Day/ReStore............................. 9:00 am

Saturday, July 20 Triennium

Women’s Breakfast........................................ 9:00 am

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Last week’s giving......................$3,714.00

Giving for June 23......................$5,539.00

June giving……....…......…......$23,734.00

2019 Per Capita is $42.00

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