The News of Zion
Love God
Love People
~Luke 10:27
December 29, 2020
As Christmas comes to an end we anxiously await the words “Happy New Year!”  
                                                 ~ by Filoiann Wiedenhoff

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” NIV

    My best friend and I have this tradition we do every year for the last five years usually around the end of December. We go to our favorite beach spot, where we talk and pray about the past year and look ahead to the New Year.
We ponder and discuss all the interesting occurrences that happened the past year; the good times, the bad times, the frustrating times and the fun times. We share what valuable lessons we learned from our experiences, what God showed us and how He was faithful through all of it. We do this as a closure to one year and then an opening to the next. After we have laughed a while and then cried, we begin to look forward with great excitement, wondering what God has for us this coming new year. What new experiences will we go through and what new lessons will we learn. It’s all fresh and new and that is exciting.
    In doing this I believe it helps us to view each year as a season, understanding that God is Sovereign and has new seasons of experiences and growth to make us more like Christ. I can testify there were times we went through seasons of grief and there were also times we experienced seasons of joy.
    It helps me to remember that God is in total control and that we are constantly growing as His children and that He knows the plans He has for us. Plans of new wisdom, insight and understanding that He wants to impart to us, if we will allow Him to.
   It also gives us a fresh new outlook of the coming year and enables us to leave the past where it belongs, not that we forget the past but learn from it and move forward into our present future with opened hearts and minds to receive whatever God has for us. With that said, I put together eight ways we can view the New Year and every year as.
A Year of:
· New Beginnings: Start out the New Year with a fresh point of view to new experiences, memories and blessings. Having an opened mind and heart to where ever the Lord may take you with full assurance and confidence that He is with you. (Matthew 28:19-20)
· New Possibilities: There’s no limit to what God can do in your life and nothing is impossible with God. God opens doors that no man can shut and also closes doors that no man can open. The possibilities are endless with God that is according to His will. (Philippians 4:13)
· New Plans: Every year is a new season, be prayerful of what God has planned for you and be willing to walk by faith in obedience as you follow His leading. Remember that His plans are always for good and not for evil to give you a future and a Hope. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
· New Purpose: As you forge ahead, God always has a plan and a purpose for what you will go through and experience. Remember that God always has a reason for what He allows in your life and through it you can trust Him completely. (Proverbs 1:3-5)
· New Provisions: The Bible says to not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow has enough worries of it’s own. Trust in your Heavenly Father who knows everything you need, who is your God and your Provider. He is faithful and He will do it. (Matthew 6:1-33)
· New Growth: When we are willing to let go and let God work in us and through us, He will always stretch us and grow us. It is an important part of the growth process. Continue to grow in your relationship with Him and in His Word. Pray for God to mold you and make you pliable in the potters hand and then watch the master craftsman work on His masterpiece; which is you!
· New Wisdom: With new experiences and new lessons come new wisdom and insight. Always make it a priority to seek out wisdom as hidden treasure or fine gold. In Proverbs it says that it will be like a garland of grace around your neck and honor you and present you with a crown of splendor. (Proverbs 4:7-9)
· Renewed Peace: As you go through new experiences and new adventures whether they are good or bad, my encouragement is to keep your eyes fixed on Christ and He will give you rest and peace, because He is our peace and loves you and cares for you deeply. (John 16:33)
    Let us give thanks to the Lord for getting us through     another year as we look forward to what He has for us up ahead and praise Him that He is faithful and worthy to be praised!
    May the Lord bless you and your family with a blessed New Year!
  (A New Year Perspective (thoughts-about-god.com))
                                                              ~ by Filoiann Wiedenhoff
Our deepest love and sympathy are extended to
the family of Kathleen Robinson in her death on
December 23, 2020. A graveside service was held on
Monday, December 28, 2020. 
If you have any gifts to Zion Church that you would like included on your 2020 giving, please contact Missy at 803-804-2434 or 803-285-3864 before the end of the year. Thank you!!!
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!
November 2020 General Fund Expenditures:
SC Conf Treasurer (3rd qtr apportionments).......3,224.45
SC Conf Treasurer (Epworth)..................................250.00
US Treasury (federal withholding)...........................128.52
Pastor Jarrell (cont ed., worship).............................245.18
SC Dept of Revenue (state withholding)......................8.28
LCWSD.......................................................................185.75
Cokesbury (worship, ofc supplies).............................161.88
Comporium................................................................215.33
Staff Salaries...........................................................3,926.22
Wycliffe Bible Translators.........................................333.34
Rural Garbage............................................................145.00
People Facts.................................................................16.20
Terminix...................................................................300.00
SC Conf. Direct Billing...........................................1,849.06
HOPE in Lancaster (budget)...................................300.00
State Farm (bus trailer)................................................3.76
Wespath.....................................................................48.25
LCNGA.....................................................................102.08
Duke Energy.............................................................530.12
Custodial...................................................................712.00
Chris Massey (lawn mowing)..................................600.00
Pastor Jarrell (parsonage expenses).......................325.00
The Home Depot (tree stand)...................................53.98
US Postmaster (stamps)..........................................110.00
Constant Contact.......................................................21.60
Driver Support............................................................9.99
Breeze........................................................................50.00
The Home Depot (wreaths)......................................93.92
Ken Shurley (parsonage vapor barrier,
fans and vents under the house)............................950.00
Wells Fargo (service charge)......................................2.00
The members of Zion have been faithful during these very
uncertain times in all of our lives! Our COVID Team has also worked to cut expenses as much as they could during these last several months, even as these decisions were hard. The following is a Fund Balance Report for the end of December, 2020: We are truly blessed at Zion and our members are so very faithful!
 
General Fund: 51,429.27
Building Fund: 28,117.09
Altar Cloth: 1,510.00
Bus Fund: 7,939.45
Children’s Ministry: 1,599.28
Tony Neal Scholarship: 3,979.60
Legacy/Building Fund: 28,924.06
Miscellaneous: 2,719.48
Needy: 10.15
Youth: 1,277.03

Financial Statements will be mailed before the end of January, 2021. Zion could not continue to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community without each one of you and your gifts!!!
 
2021 Offering Envelopes are available in the church vestibule. As we are not meeting for Sunday school, the vestibule will be the best collection site for your yearly envelopes. As in years past, assigned numbers are not necessary. Thank you!!!
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 lmjarrell@umcsc.org or zionumc@comporium.net; 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.
Please remember these in prayer:
Nancy Ackerman
Angela Bailey
Francis Bell
Phillip Bell
Sue Catoe
Carol Cauthen
Angie Dobson
John Elder
Myra Funderburk
Mike Gay
Ovedia Griffin
Catherine Hammond
JoAnn Hinson
Rick Joyner
Rev. Frank Lybrand
Bill McCorkle
Kevin McCorkle
Marie Moree
Harris Plyler
Marcene Plyler
Ann Powers
Edna Robinson
John Rollins
Virginia Rollins
Bonnie Sears
Eva Small
Greg Smith
JoAnne Smith
Billy Sowell
Robbie Stepp
Matthew Sweatt
Pat Vick
Myrtle Walker
Donna Walters
Ellen Walters
Kim Yost
Our President and Troops
Those affected by the COVID 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 www.zionumc.com
January/February 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.
December 29: Michelle Pardue, Kenneth Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Middleton, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mills
December 30: Jeff Moree
January 1: Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Griffin
January 2: Jimmy Neal, Hannah Steen
January 4: Butch Ghent
Special Gifts to Zion Church
In Memory of:
Kathleen Robinson by Beth Craig and Dennis Hall
BIRTHDAY CLUB
In memory of Ralph McAteer on his birthday
by Libby, JoJo, and Alicia
The Record Speaks....
December 27, 2020

Present for Online Worship: 34
Needed each week for the General Fund $4,360
Received for General Fund $ 985
Received for Building Fund $ 8

There are many options available to give to the continuing ministry and outreach of Zion UMC. You may drop your offering in the offering plate as you arrive or leave worship service on Sundays, give through Paypal on the website www.zionumc.com, text your giving to 803-525-1834 and follow the secure link, or if you are not comfortable attending worship at this time and do not wish to give online, you may drop your offering in the mail to Zion UMC at 1665 Zion Road, Lancaster, SC 29720 or drop off in the mail 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,,
803-285-3864 - www.zionumc.com