The News of Zion
Love God
Love People
~Luke 10:27
October 29, 2020
Musings ~ Seasons. . .
     The winter is born in darkness, under the turning of the new year. From the darkest night begins the slow turn of days that lead out of darkness and into light. Building one day after another, light and darkness balance, and Spring comes into being.
    With the balance of Spring comes growth. Life returns and infuses Creation as that which was dead becomes alive in a vibrant burst of colors radiance. This birth of what once was dark leads to the season of the sun, Summer.
    On that day, the day Summer arises, light reigns and darkness is chased away. Life reigns and light holds sway over all things as they are bathed in its glow and warmth. That which began growing in the Spring comes to fruition and reveals itself in its greatest glory. But as soon as the light reaches its zenith, it begins the slow descent toward the next season of balance, Autumn.
    Autumn arrives on a cool breeze with the hint of what is to come. That which once bloomed begins to lose the leaves and petals that graced Creation with its beauty. Now, the seeds which were held onto through Spring and Summer, hidden behind vibrant petals, are released to fall to the ground in the hopes that the next generation will be held through the winter to be born in the Winter and Spring.
    As it is in nature, so it is in the life of the disciple. We travel through the darkness of the Winter before we are born anew, seeking to find the light we know is there. We are born into the darkness but move toward the light of Spring. In the Spring, we find ourselves balanced between rebirth of the Spirit and the movement toward growth. As Spring rains feed the ground, the Spirit feeds the disciple, and they grow toward the light of God. The Summer of faith is a time of producing disciples ourselves, seeking to help others, grow as we move toward Autumn. In the Autumn chill, we recognize our journey moves to an end but not our work. Seeds must be planted as we live to teach and model what has been learned through the other seasons. Seeds must be left for faith to grow and bloom in the next generation of disciples.
    What season are you in? Are you growing, planting, nurturing?
Pastor Michael
Daylight savings time ends this weekend!! Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour and get another hour of rest so you can be on time for worship on Sunday!!!
The Staff Parish Relations Committee is asked to meet this Sunday, November 1 at 5:00 pm in the fellowship hall. Members are: Marcene Plyler, Judy Humphreys, Laura Everall, Steve Moseley, Mike Vick, Wanda Murphy, Margie Vincent, Dwayne Ray, Becky Barton, and Steven Duell.
We will continue worship services socially distanced in the sanctuary at 11:00am. We will continue with the service in the same way we have been worshiping but we will be moving out of the Thompson Family Life Center. The children will begin having activities in the Life Center at the same time, also socially distanced. We will be using a format like Lancaster County Schools.
  • Children will be dropped off at the front door entrance of the Family Life Center to be assessed.
  • Children will have their temperature checked as they enter and any child with a temperature above 100.4 or with any cold or flu like symptoms will need to stay home
  • Children will be socially distanced during activities
  • Children will be required to wear a mask
  • Parents must wait until their children are cleared before the parents leave
Youth will also be meeting at the same time but in the fellowship hall.
  • Youth will wait outside the fellowship hall door until they can be assessed
  • Youth will have their temperature checked as they enter and any student with a temperature above 100.4 or with any cold or flu like symptoms will need to stay home
  • Youth will be socially distanced during activities
  • Youth will be required to wear a mask
We look forward to the opportunity to see everyone joining us for worship and activities on Sunday morning. We hope to have a great and safe time worshiping together.
This Sunday, November 1, is All Saint’s Sunday and we will remember all members who have passed away since last All Saint’s during the worship hour!
Our Annual Bazaar to benefit Missions will be held on Saturday, November 7 from 8am-12pm. There will be crafts, canned goods, baked goods, and soup TO GO by the quart. Soup quantities will be limited so come early to get yours!! We also have 4 vendors who have signed up. Everyone coming in will need to wear masks which will be available at the door. We invite you to come out and enjoy shopping with us!! You may bring your donations of crafts and baked goods on Friday, November 6 from 6-7 PM. Please remember this event raises money to help those in need!!! Please pray for this event and the safety of all volunteers, vendors, and shoppers!! 
It’s time for completing Christmas Shoe Box gifts for Samaritan’s Purse. Please prayerfully consider completing a box (or more)! Brochures with labels, packing suggestions & instruction are available in the church vestibule. Samaritan's Purse preprinted boxes are also now available in the vestibule. Please have your completed shoebox gifts to the church by Sunday, November 15.
How to pack your shoe box gift:
1. Find an empty shoebox. you can wrap it - lid separately - if you would like. Wrapping is not required or pick up a pre printed shoebox available in the church vestibule.
2. Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Cut out the appropriate label from the back of the brochures, tape it on top of your box, and mark the correct age category.
3. Fill the box with a variety of gifts. In a separate envelope you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family (If you include your name and address, the child may write you back)
4. IMPORTANT: Please enclose $9.00 or more in the brochure envelope and put it inside your box to help cover shipping and other costs. If at all possible, please send a check instead of cash. CHECKS NEED TO BE MADE PAYABLE TO OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD. If you are packing more than one box, you can make a combined donation in a single envelope. Place the envelope on top of the gift items so it is clearly visible. Place a rubber band around your box and lid, then bring your shoe box to church by November 15. Items to include in the shoebox gifts are on the brochures. Please do NOT include the following items: used items, toothpaste, hard candy, war-related items (toy guns, knives, etc.), perishable food items, liquids (shampoo, lotion, bubbles, etc.), medicines (vitamins, cough drops, ointment, etc.) or breakable items (no mirrors, china dolls, snow globes, etc.).  You may bring your completed boxes and place them in the vestibule any time, but again, they will all have to be completed and turned in no later than Sunday, November 15. Thank you for your support.
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.
Last Sunday, we had 5 who attended for our Children’s outreach and 9 who attended for our Youth outreach. Having children and youth ministry outreach allowed for additional parents to attend our worship hour! Our appreciation to our children and youth leaders who are helping meet this outreach need!
Shoeboxes for Seniors
Lancaster County Council on Aging is sponsoring the collection of shoebox gifts for Lancaster county senior citizens. Deadline for the gifts is Sunday, November 29. These have to be delivered by Tuesday, December 1. Late donations will not be accepted as the gifts have to be “quarantined for two weeks” before they can be delivered to area senior citizens who’s health may be vulnerable. 
Suggested items for shoeboxes: sweater scarf, gloves, non slip socks, small blanket or throw, lotion, shampoo,
Vaseline, toothpaste, toothbrush, Efferdent/Fixodent,
chapstick, towel, washcloth, bath soap, dryer sheets, small bottle washing detergent, dishwashing detergent, Kleenex, paper towels, toilet paper, cookies, sugar-free candy,
microwave popcorn, fruit cups or pudding, claw/reacher/grabber, 2021 calendar, crossword puzzle book, word search puzzle book, puzzles (100 piece or less), envelopes, ink pens/pencils, cards for seniors to send to other (Get Well, Sympathy, Birthday). Please place your contributions in the vestibule collection box. 
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, 285-3864 and leave a message, call Missy at 804-2434 or email or; these emails are being monitored daily. The answering machine will also be checked daily. During these times, we ask everyone to pray together for each other, our church family, our community, our country, and our world. May God be with us all.
Please remember these in prayer:
Nancy Ackerman
Angela Bailey
Francis Bell
Phillip Bell
Rick Black
Marion Boswell
Chance Bowers
Carol Boyles
Randy Boyles
Caleb Catoe
Sue Catoe
Carol Cauthen
Brandy Champion
Ann Chappell
Linda Coker
Sandra Cope
Bill Dingler
Sophia Dixon
Angie Dobson
Heather Elder
John Elder
Ashley Fort
Betsy Gardner
Mike Gay
Judy Goodnight
Travis Gordon
T.R. Grier
Catherine Hammond
JoAnn Hinson
Rev. Shelly Holder
Kevan Horton
Eric Hough
Libby Hunter
Melinda Hunter
Rick Joyner
Henry Ray Knight
Mary Jane McAteer
Bill McCorkle
Kevin McCorkle
Ann McManus
Tammy McMillian
Debbie McWaters
Marie Moree
Rusty Mosier
Bell Perry
Betty Jo Phillips
Ann Powers
Vicky Pickett
Ann Reed
Kathleen Robinson
Mayme Jo Robinson
John Rollings
Virginia Rollings
Nancy Rushing
Bonnie Sears
Eva Small
Greg Smith
JoAnne Smith
Billy Sowell
Robbie Stepp
Matthew Sweatt
Jim Thomas
Mike Vick
Pat Vick
Myrtle Walker
Donna Walters
Ellen Walters
David Woodruff
Kim Yost
Our President and Troops
Those affected by the COVID-19 Virus
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
Current 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.
While our United Methodist Women will not be meeting for now, our thoughts and prayers remain with each one of you and with all in need during these trying times! If you know of a need that our women can help with, please contact an officer in the women’s group so that we can try and meet any needs! Executive officers are Sharon Haile, Darlene Hallman, Terry Robinson, Missy Snipes, Dianne Sweatt, and Mary Knight.
October 30: Pat Threatt, Micah Seegars
October 31: Jonathan Mackey
November 1: Edward Hall
November 2: Brandon FAile
November 3: Alyson Parker, Roman Phillips
November 4: Jessica Pardue, Haley McCray
November 5: Dylan Jenkins, Devin Jenkins
Special Gifts to Building Fund
In Memory of:
Ralph Craig by Ken and Lib Preslar
In loving memory of Ralph Craig by Mike and Diane Rape
The Record Speaks....
October 25, 2020

Present for Worship: 61
Needed each week for the General Fund $4,360
Received for General Fund $2,616
Received for Building Fund $60
Received for Needy Fund $100

"...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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