The News of Zion
Love God
Love People
~Luke 10:27
June 7, 2021
A Road I Didn't Plan to Walk. . .

When I was a teenager, my family got into church. I don’t mean we started showing up on Sundays I mean we got into it, really into it. We were there on Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, special events, church trips, and anything else that happened when the doors were open. Each member of my immediate family had an experience of faith and we lived into it the best way we knew how. Mostly, we listened to what I would now consider coarse, often hateful rhetoric offered as “The Truth”. We heard it in Sunday school. We heard it in the services. We heard it in the parking lot and at Dairy Queen after church.

But I had questions. There were things that didn’t add up theologically and there were things I simply couldn’t believe because they weren’t really in the bible when I looked for them. After several engagements with certain leaders, I ended up leaving that church. I followed that with another church and then another church because despite my attempts to ask deeper questions about the Christian faith, church leaders seemed to want to put up roadblocks as soon as the questions made the leadership uncomfortable.

Eventually, I answered a call to ministry. This led me to attend seminary and once again, I found professors and people in authority who at first encouraged the questioning but only until I found a ‘sacred cow’ type belief. Four years of seminary opened my eyes to things I never would have imagined. Some of these things were painful and hard to digest at first but I kept pushing myself and my faith and continue to do the same to this day. Yet, there were, to the end, those who suggested I read only certain writers and study on certain ideas to find “The Truth”.
No matter where I have been in my faith journey, I have always had to deal with those who wanted to limit knowledge and faith exploration to a certain comfort level for the leadership and majority of people. I think this is a poor way to approach faith. I believe it is hard to trust people who aren’t willing to hear and address the hard questions of faith and offer people room to explore those honestly.

The reason for bringing this up is I feel like there are people in our worship community who have questions. I think there are people who, like me, had these questions long ago and had their curiosity squelched beneath comments like, “That’s what the bible says you just need to read it right” or “That’s just what we believe” or any of another in a long list comments intended to keep people toeing a particular line. I hate lines. I like exploration. I want to encourage exploration. With that in mind, I want you ask these questions. You can catch me after church. You can email me ( You can find my phone number on the weekly bulletin. Whatever your method, I want to encourage you to ask the questions and seek to learn more, dig deeper, and wonder about faith freely.

Science Fiction author Brian Herbert said, “The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The willingness to learn is a choice.” May we be a willing people where our faith is concerned.

Pastor Michael
We have a Sunday School class for you!!!
Several classes have chosen to return to in person Sunday School at 10:00 am on Sundays. We have a children’s class (in the TFLC), a youth class (downstairs of the sanctuary in the Youth Room), a young adults class (downstairs of the sanctuary), a combined Covenant and Faith Bible Sunday School class (in the Educational Building) and the Wesley Class (in the Educational Building). Please plan to join us on Sundays at 10:00 am for Sunday School and 11:00 am for Worship!!!!  If you have any questions about which class would work for you or your family, please contact the church office!
As church attendance numbers fade across the nation and online services become very convenient (who doesn’t love not getting ready in the morning or leaving the home?!), it’s important to remember why church attendance for you and your family matters so much.

You can’t serve from your sofa. You can’t have community of faith on your sofa. You can’t experience the power of a room full of believers worshiping together on your sofa.

Christians aren’t consumers either. We are contributors. We don’t watch. We engage. We give. We sacrifice. We encourage. We do life together.

The church needs you and you need the church.
Wherever you are, find a local church where you and your family can be part of community and use your talents to advance the kingdom and reach others. To come alongside one another physically, not just through a screen. While I am grateful for technology to keep people connected that can’t physically come to a facility or need to be away, it’s absolutely not like being in the building. Never will be.  

Yes, church on the sofa is nice but it’ll never be the same as church in the sanctuary. 

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The Finance Committee is asked to meet this Sunday, June 13 at 4:30 pm in the fellowship hall. Members are: Jeffrey Thomas, Steve Moseley, Steve Duell, Tommy Middleton, Keli Thomas, Jimmy Neal, Missy Snipes, Judy Humphreys, Myra Funderburk, Max Funderburk, Nancy Ackerman, Susie McDonald, Beverly Knox, Beth Craig, Mike Vick, and Michael Jarrell.
Everyone is invited to join us at church at 6:00 pm on Sundays to watch ‘The Chosen’. 
‘The Chosen’ is a television series drama based on the life of Jesus Christ, created, directed and co-written by American filmmaker Dallas Jenkins.  We will be meeting each Sunday evening throughout the summer months. We hope you will join us!!!
Our UMW are working on their bereavement meals committee list and we need your help! When there is a death in the church family, we provide a meal or whatever is needed for our church members who have experienced a loss in their family. We have a rotating group of three who help provide these meals. Some are signed up to cook dishes and some provide funds that help to purchase meat and paper products. If you would be willing to help, please contact Terry Robinson at 803-283-7195 to be added to help where you are able. Thank you!! 
Vacation Bible School is scheduled at Zion for June 20-25. We invite you and your children to join us as we find a new way forward this year and offer Bible School to our children to move them forward in their faith walk with Christ!!! 
Our United Methodist Women will resume their monthly meetings the second Sunday of each month beginning on August 10 at 7:00 pm. We are ready to get back to our Mission focus and work! We would love to have you join us in our efforts to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community.
Congratulations to our 2021 High School Graduates: Devin and Dylan Jenkins, Jackson Massey, and Elizabeth Moseley, and also to our 2021 College Graduate: Dillon Broughton.
The Chancel flowers will be placed in the sanctuary this Sunday, June 13 to the glory of God and in memory of Gene Hodge by the Hodge Family
Special Gifts to Zion Church
In Honor of:
Devin and Dylan Jenkins and Elizabeth Moseley—Congratulations on your graduation! by Claudia Hartley
All of Zion’s Graduates by Hazel and Terry Robinson
In Memory of:
Doris Starnes on her birthday June 4 and Kathleen Robinson on her birthday June 19 by Hazel and Terry Robinson
Janice McCain by Hazel and Terry Robinson
Special Gifts to Building Fund
In Honor of:
Emma Massey on making the All Star Softball Team by Barbara Hall
Our Graduates by Carolyn Massey
Pastor Michael continues to offer morning prayer and Bible study. Join us each morning at 7:00 AM for Prayer and meditation. Join us, also on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon for Bible Study. Pastor Michael is hosting these from our Facebook page. If you are unable to log in LIVE, these offerings remain available for viewing after on our website and FB page.
While the church office remains closed, you are encouraged to reach out if you have a need or know of a need. You may call Pastor Michael at 1-859-475-8800, call the church office, 803-285-3864 and leave a message, call Missy at 803-804-2434 or email or; these emails are monitored daily. The answering machine will also be checked daily.
Morning Walking Club: 
Our weekday morning walking group has resumed meeting in the life center Monday through Friday at 8:00 AM. Church members are welcome to come out and enjoy getting in some exercise out of the elements and in a secure location!
Please remember these in prayer:
Nancy Ackerman
Angela Bailey
Francis Bell
Phillip Bell
Casey Burgess
Sue Catoe
Carol Cauthen
Ben Chapman
Angie Dobson
John Elder
Myra Funderburk
Mike Gay
Janice Griffin
Catherine Hammond
JoAnn Hinson
Rick Joyner
Tommy Knight
Bill McCorkle
Kevin McCorkle
Della McManus
Marie Moree
Joe Morris
Ann Powers
Scott Rape
John Rollins
Virginia Rollins
Bonnie Sears
Eva Small
Greg Smith
JoAnne Smith
Billy Sowell
Becky M. Steele
Robbie Stepp
Matthew Sweatt
Graham Thomas
Lauren Thomas
Mike Vick
Pat Vick
Myrtle Walker
Donna Walters
Ellen Walters
Kayla Strait
Richard Thompson
Kim Yost 
Even as we offer in-person worship, our services will still be made available online on our Facebook page. Log in to our Zion United Methodist Church Facebook page this Sunday for our service if you are unable to make it to church!! The service will also be available on our website at
May/June 2021 Upper Room Daily Devotionals are available for pick up at the church! We will place some of these in the church vestibule on the table and some in the plastic communication box outside of the life center doors where the buses are for those who do not attend worship or have access to the church for you to pick up. There are large and regular print copies available.
June 8: Pat Snipes, Daniel McManus
June 9: Mr. and Mrs. Terry Catoe
June 10: Karen Craig, Mr. and Mrs. Richie Burn, Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Faile
June 11: Dennis Plyler, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Vincent
June 13: Michael Bailes, Stephen Cooper, Gavin Love
June 14: Heather Snipes Miles, Abby Conwell
The Record Speaks....

Present for 6/6 Sunday School: 37
Present for 6/6 Worship: 102
Needed each week for the General Fund $4,350
Received for General Fund $6,070
Received for Building Fund: $45

There are many options available to give to the continuing ministry and outreach of Zion UMC. You may give through Paypal on the website, text your giving to 803-525-1834 and follow the secure link, or if you are not comfortable giving online, you may drop your offering in the mail to Zion UMC at 1665 Zion Road, Lancaster, SC 29720 or drop off in the secure drop box that is located beside the double doors where the buses are. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Missy at 803-804-2434 or leave a message at the church office, 803-285-3864 and your call will be returned. Thank you for your continued support of the Mission that is Zion!!

"...because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to."
Deuteronomy 15:10
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