Wednesday, April 7
Have you ever seen anyone use a toilet plunger as a visual aid for their spiritual message? We know Easter was different with lots of family activities, which is why you may have missed this week's Family Link message. Trust us, you will want to see it!
It is Jeni McCord at her finest.
Sunday Worship on April 11 - Two Live Chat Video Services at 8:30 and 11:00 am
Wellroot Family Services Founder’s Day 5k
This year Wellroot Family Services (formerly The United Methodist Children’s Home) is celebrating 150 years of caring for children, youth, and families in Georgia! Mt. Zion is excited to be a part of the kick-off celebrations during Founder’s Week by participating the virtual Founder’s Day 5K and children’s Mustard Seed 1K on Saturday, May 1st.
 Our Mt. Zion United Methodist Team will join a six-week journey to prepare the mind, body and soul with a run and walking training program, fun challenges, meaningful devotions, and stats about the children you are running for. To join, text wellroot5k26 to 71777 or visit www.wellroot5k.org and find our team under “Team Leaderboard.”
Complete the form, and click “Confirm & Sign Me Up to officially join the team.
Be sure to mark your calendar for May 1 to be a virtual or phantom runner. We hope you’ll join Team Mt. Zion!
WOW Prayer Time Tonight
Live the Resurrection
Let there be joy. Easter is a season to feel, even more than to understand. It is a season to accept more than to explain. Even though our foundations are shaken, even though we are broken, we move forward because that is where the Risen one is going. He is going ahead of us. Let’s keep moving forward. Join the prayer team as we seek to Live the Resurrection tonight (April 7) at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Link is provided at mtzionumc.org by clicking on the WOW Prayer Time poster or going to the calendar entry. Attached is an order of worship for you to preview or follow. 
Is it Time for A Baptism?
Is it Time to Join Mt. Zion?
You may recall that one of our interrupted events at the start of the pandemic was a Membership Sunday opportunity. Also, during the last year we have gained followers and several families have added new little members to their lives.
Mt. Zion's pastors are asking that anyone seeking to join the church, or seeking a baptism, to contact them and discuss a time and date to make it happen.
Contact Debra Stewart by emailing debra.stewart@mtzionumc.org or call 770-971-1465 to get things started.
Adventures in Christian
Health & Wellness Class
Adult Learning is excited to announce the return of the popular classes entitled Adventures in Christian Health and Wellness with our member Richard Dumont, aka The Nutrition Guy. Yes, it will be via Zoom, for the time being, but healthy minds and bodies can learn new tricks and change with the times.
Join the class on Thursday, April 15, at 11:00 am. Former students will receive an invitation with the Zoom Link but anyone interested should email Richard at: rd4190@comcast.net to make sure you are on the list.
click below for some information on Richard's background and the resources he uses for class material.
Thanks Mt. Zion Peeps for
Serving up a Singular Gift
Below are the results from Mt Zion's March Collections for Action Ministries. Note that the total serving count of 1,531 is up from our last collection of 1417.
Item Name     Serving Count
Applesauce Cups 45
Breakfast Bars 82
Breakfast Biscuits/Cookies 36
Cereal Cups 16
Cereal Variety Packs 210
Cheez-its Cracker Packets 12
Chewy Bars 141
Fruit Cups 224
Go Go Squeeze Packets 36
Graham Crackers 62
Granola Bars 122
Instant Lunches Packets 16
Juice Drinks 38
Macaroni Cheese Cups 31
Microwavable Pasta Cups 37
Noodle/Stew Cups 14
Oatmeal Packets 70
Peanut Butter Crackers Packets 80
Peanut Butter To Go Snacks 32
Pudding Cups 64
Raisin Snack Boxes 62
Ramen Noodles Packets72
Rice Krispies Treats 16
Spaghettios Cans 4
Tomato Soup Cup 1
Tuna Creators Packets 4
Tuna/Chicken Salad Snacks 6
Frito Lay Variety Packets 28
Yahoo Drinks 15
Totals1531 Single Serve Items
Thanks to Tom Hargis for leading this effort, delivering your donations and proving to all that he can still add up large numbers. Thanks also to all who donated.
Soles 4 Souls Drive Nets
Footwear for Toes in Need
Outreach Cluster Chair, Ellen Bulterman also reported some impressive numbers for the two week collection of shoes for the Soles4Souls organization. When packaged and sorted the result was 153 pairs of shoes and 4 singles. Thanks Mt. Zion!
A Different Kind of Bee-liever
Clinging to the Rugged Cross
The Monday after Easter presented a dilemma to those tending to this year's beautiful flower cross. A swarm of bees took up temporary residence on the cross making any flower additions a dangerous affair. Later in the day they became bee-leavers when they moved on to greener pastures. Anyway, thanks to our faithful gardeners for sharing the blooms from their gardens. It was a joy seeing our tradition revived!
Outreach Calendar Corner
for April and May Items
March has been filled with kindness and loving action. With your help…
  • We delivered two packed vehicles of much needed single-serve food items to Action Ministries for their Giving Hope Food Drive.
  • With the help of our Mt. Zion Preschool, we packed a pickup truck full of diapers, pull-ups, wipes, and diaper creams for Foster4Love.
  • Twenty Easter Baskets were delivered to Wellroot Family Services for children in foster care.
  •  The Blanket Ministry made and delivered fifty blankets to Murphy Harpst Children’s Center.
  • We collected over 130 pairs of gently used shoes for Soles4Souls.

Here’s what’s currently scheduled for April and May:
April 1-30 SafePath Children’s
Advocacy Collection
April 17     Red Cross Blood Drive
May 1       Wellroot Virtual 5K
May 1-31   Hope for the Hungry Food
Drive w/the Episcopal
Church of St. Peter & St.
Paul
Outreach Cluster's Monthly Focus for April,
SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center
During the entire month of April, Outreach Cluster will be collecting items for SafePath Child Advocacy Center. Items will provide for their therapy and counseling needs, as well as restocking items from their general ongoing needs lists. (see below)

SafePath is the Cobb County Children’s Advocacy Center of Georgia dedicated to improving the lives of children who have been abused. SafePath’s mission is to reduce the trauma to children and their families by offering a comprehensive, professional, and child-friendly approach to the allegations of child abuse. SafePath ensures a less traumatic, child-focused approach to child abuse cases by bringing together professionals from law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, therapists, healthcare professions, DFACS, and other agencies, to all work together as a collaborative team. More About SafePath

Therapy Needs and General Needs Lists
Stress Balls
Journals for ages 12-17 years old
Small Drawing Pad
Paintable Plain White Plastic Masks
Washable Markers
Stickers (smiley faces, hearts, stars, dots, spiders, bees)
 
Napkins
Tissues
Plastic Utensils
Paper Towels
Paper Plates
Dishwasher Detergent
Baby Wipes
Markers for Coloring Books
Child-Friendly Pillowcases (Standard Size)
General Office Supplies
Batteries (AA and AAA)
Blank CDR’s
In Case You Missed the Virtual Service
Above: Here is the link for Easter Sunday's (April 4) online Worship Service.
Link to Bulletin with prayer concerns: Printable Bulletin
UMW Board- will meet Monday evening, April 5 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. The link has been emailed to board members. Email communications@mtzionumc.org to request a repeat email.

Early Bird Circle- will meet online, Tuesday April 13. Their speaker will be Dr. Niclaire Neely, a practicing psychiatrist in the area, who will be speaking to us on the Covid 19 Virus. If you would like to join our zoom meeting, please call or text Pam Parlier (404 394-4069) your email address and she will extend the zoom invitation to you. 

Keepsake Quilters- will meet on April 20 at 9:30 am at Tiny Stitches Quilt Shop, 2518 East Piedmont Road Marietta, GA 30062. For information please call Elaine Otterbourg at 404-655-0198 or Lynn Hemby at 770-642-9647.
Recording for Youth Sunday
Afternoon of April 18, 1-5
It's time to sign up for Youth Sunday recordings on April 18. They will rehearse and record in the same day. Everyone will be involved! Just like an in-person Youth Sunday service, all sing...though some will be mic-ed to help lead music and some will be playing instruments, everyone will lend their voice and face! It'll be a blast!

They are also recording scripture, prayer, and senior highlights in the same day. So, if you have a child that would like to be involved in any of those day, please grab one of those slots. They'll need all of the seniors to be present that day so that they can get your beautiful faces on camera...this one last time. Sniffle, sniffle.
WHEN: April 18, 1:00-5:00
WHERE: Church Chapel

Sincerely,
Danielle and Montana
Entry deadline extended to
Thursday at 5:00 pm.
How Many Jelly Beans in this Jar?
Jeni McCord has this 64 ounce jar filled with Starburst Jelly Beans!!
Email her your best guess of how many jelly beans are in the container and the closest guess WINS!!!

She will deliver the container to you!!
Guesses need to be in by Easter Sunday morning. Email:
jeni.mccord@mtzionumc.org
North Georgia UMC News
No newsletter this week from the district but here's a link to the North Georgia Conference news.


Hungry and Thirsty
from Rev. Dr. Terry Walton
Your Giving is Appreciated
Remember, you can mail your gifts and offerings to the church office or you can give online.
Mail to:
Mt. Zion UMC
1770 Johnson Ferry Rd.
Marietta, GA 30062

or Click below to give online: