Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Sunday, January 17, Two Worship Services
This coming Sunday, January 17, meet online at 8:30 and/or 11:00 am for
Live Chat Premier worship services. We will send you a link or check on
Mt. Zion's YouTube Channel:
Message from Bishop Sue Following Riots at our U.S. Capitol
Racial Reconciliation Study
Starts Wed. January 27
Scientist Carl Sagan said, “You have to know the past to understand the present.” Join us on Zoom for a four-week series on Racial Reconciliation, A Christian Perspective on Wednesday from 7 to 8 pm on January 27, February 3, 10 and 24. We will study key eras of racial strife across 400 years of American history, discuss key events, and examine these events through the lens of scripture. The overarching goal of the series is to achieve a more complete understanding of the challenges we face today and determine how we, as members of the body of Christ, can increase our expressions of Christian love, empathy and compassion within the local community. For more information contact the facilitator Dan Farr danjfarr@gmail.com or Debra Stewart debra.stewart@mtzionumc.org.

Spruce up your Yard
Order Pine Straw Here
The annual Scouts BSA Troop 795 Pine Straw Sale has begun. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are no door-to-door sales or spreading services this year. Pine Straw will be delivered on Saturday, February 27th, and orders must be received by Monday, February 22nd. Pricing is $5.50 per bale (same as 2020). You can order by returning the order form (link to form on the church website) and payment to the office, online at http://bit.ly/Troop795-Order21 or via one of the Boy Scouts in the church: Everett Garrett, Chris Porch, Isaac Wheelis, or Carter Whitley.

Care & Support Cluster
Announces New GriefShare
A new session of GriefShare will begin on Monday, February 1 at 10:00 am in a continuation of their online format. This is a great time to join this ministry and take advantage of the help and encouragement it brings after the death of a loved one.
Contact group facilitator Karen Chambers at griefshare@mtzionumc.org for more information or to register for the session link.

Consider Another Opportunity
To Save Lives by Donating
Saturday, February 6 is the next date when Mt. Zion will host the Red Cross for a Blood Drive. Appointments are preferred to ensure being able to donate and times are available between 10 am and 3 pm. Please visit the registration site linked here or go to mtzionumc.org for the link.
Contact Patti Weaver to volunteer to work at the drive. GKWeaver@Comcast.net

Is Your Spiritual Growth
A Resolution for 2021?
One of the many things disrupted by the Pandemic was the 2020 UMW Reading Program. The UMW Librarian, Karen Kennedy, wants you to know it is not too late to read the 2020 books she purchased, before you get started on the 2021-22 Reading Program list.
Click on the button below for a list of the books purchased for 2020. If you want to borrow a copy or copies, email communications@mtzionumc.org and the UMW will arrange to get the titles you choose to you.
Also attached, is the suggested reading list for 2021. Check the library or order on your own if any of those titles strike your fancy.
Offering MUST Food Drive for Month of January
Outreach Cluster will provide food collection bins in the drive-thru circle for your donations beginning Monday, January 4. The need for food has never been greater! MUST has distributed 1.6 million pounds of food since March and they need your donations to continue to meet the need.
Attached is a list of items most needed. Most Needed Items
You can also purchase much-needed food items from their Amazon.com
wish list and they will be shipped straight to the Donation Center.
WOW Prayer Time
Blessed to be a Blessing
Do your intentions for 2021 involve more time spent in prayer? Join Mt. Zion's Prayer Ministry for a WOW Wednesday prayer time, dedicated to celebrating Epiphany, on January 6 at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Learn what the word Epiphany means and share your prayer concerns as we begin this new year.
The Zoom link is available at mtzionumc.org.

Outreach Cluster Announces PJs for Epiphany
The Outreach Cluster is once again collecting pajama packs for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. The PJ Pack Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston provides a PJ Pack (pajama set, pair of underwear, and pair of socks).  CHOA’s Social Work team distributes them to children & families throughout the hospital who encounter unexpected and lengthy stays and need an extra set of clothes. While all sizes are appreciated, the most urgent need is for larger teen/young adult sizes X and XL.
Ziplock bags with the instructions will be with the blue collection bins in the drive-through beginning Monday, January 4. We will be collecting the entire month of January. Last year they collected 303 PJ Packs. This year they hope to surpass that number.
Disciple Fast Track-NT
Starts Sunday, January 24
Learning Cluster and facilitator, Helen Geesey, would like to invite you to the New Testament session of Disciple Fast Track, beginning Sunday, January 24, 2021. This session involves a 12-week commitment. Link to online sessions will be provided to registrants
Registration is required. Sign up at mtzionumc.org or email questions to communications@mtzion.org
Paperback Books are $16 and may be ordered by emailing 
communications@mtzion.org before January 17.
Click on the link for more about this bible study for busy lives.
In Case You Missed Them
Above: Here are three links for last Sunday's (January 10) online Worship Service and Family Link Service with Jeni McCord
North Georgia UMC News
No newsletter this week from the district but here's a link to the North Georgia Conference news.


Rationalization
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

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