Wednesday, October 14, 2020
A Message from our Pastor
Dear beloved brothers and sister in Christ,

You are by now aware that this coming Sunday, October 18, is Consecration Sunday for Mt. Zion, which we will celebrate through online worship. We are encouraged by the inspiration for personal spiritual growth and the mission and ministries of our congregation that we may count on you to submit your estimate of giving for 2021.

In previous years, we have completed the Estimate of Giving Cards in morning worship on Consecration Sunday. This year we have provided a way to do that online, since we will not be on campus due to the pandemic. Follow the link below to make your commitment easily and confidentially for 2021:
  

If you are unable to access the online giving estimate, you may return the hard-copy card provided with the letter mailed out this week. If you need to request a card, please send a request to communications@mtzionumc.org.  

No one will contact you personally regarding your estimate. Nonetheless, our goal is to have every household or person who is a part of the church participate in this time of spiritual growth.   

Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Harden
Hurry! Only 4 Days to Participate
in Mt. Zion Preschool's Book Fair
Mt. Zion UMC Preschool Announces 2020 Book Fair
"It's a new school year... let's instill a new-found love of reading!", says Mt. Zion's preschool director, Kristi Olterman. What better way is there to do that than to support this year's online Scholastic Book Fair?
The Book Fair is online this year for obvious reasons, but how convenient is that? From your home you can support the school and help the children in your life discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more! Shop the exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy free shipping, to your home, on book-only purchases over $25.
The Book Fair is already in full swing and runs through October 18.
How do your orders help Mt. Zion's Preschool? The preschool earns Scholastic Dollars from every purchase and they use that to purchase books for the classroom and school libraries.
Shop today and get a head start on holiday shopping!
Outreach Cluster Reveals
2020 MUST Coad Drive Plan
The year 2020 is no different from other years, in many respects. It will keep getting colder as the months pass and many Georgians will need warm coats, hats, gloves and scarves.
Mt. Zion's Outreach Cluster will continue with the tradition of an annual October Coat Drive, with one twist.
You will have three-plus weeks to prepare for the designated one-day collection date of Saturday, October 24. Volunteers will man a collection point in the east parking lot, under the bus barn awning, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, awaiting your coat, hat, glove and scarf donations.
Don't miss it, but, of course, if you do, you can always deliver your donations to the MUST Donation Center, 1280 Field Pkwy., Marietta, GA, 30066. 770-790-3902
Mt. Zion Children's Team
Decorates Kids Mail Boxes
Who says you can't have fun during a pandemic? And perhaps Mt. Zion's children were a little spooked to find their mailboxes covered in cobwebs and decorated for Halloween! That is, until they read the sign letting them know they'd been boo'd and blessed by the Children's Ministry team.
Here's some pictures of a few happy faces checking out the "creepy" handiwork. This just might be one of those pandemic ideas that becomes a tradition.
Coming Up for This Week
This coming Sunday, October 18, join Rev. Harden Hopper for worship and his message, All things That Are God's. This week's service will be pre-recorded and we will send you links or check on Mt. Zion's YouTube Channel: MtZionUMCMarietta Church
Food Drive Blue Bins
Remain in Place for Now
Thank you, Mt. Zion for your overwhelming support of our September Food Drive.  With your help, the Outreach Cluster delivered over 2,000 pounds of food to three local Marietta organizations, including Storehouse Ministries, Community Assistance Center in Sandy Springs and Hope for the Hungry Ministry at St. Peter & Paul's Episcopal Church.  Each of the five deliveries made, helped these organizations stock their pantries with food and toiletries and provide for the needs of families in our communities.  
 
Because the need is still great, the Outreach Cluster is extending the food drive through the rest of October.  The covered collection bins are located in the drive-through circle by the main lobby doors.  Thank you for your kind and generous hearts.
That's This Saturday People!
Register Today, Save a Life
Appointments are Required
Early time slots are beginning to fill up for the October 17 blood drive at Mt. Zion UMC. However, there are still plenty of appointments available between
10:30 am and 2:45 pm.
Pattie Weaver is also looking for volunteers to help with the drive. If you can spare an hour or two, contact her by emailing gkweaver@comcast.net or call 770-712-4055.
Hurricanes, fires, COVID-19 and other illnesses mean the need for blood is critical. Check out how blood is being tested for antibodies and used to help victims of the pandemic by clicking on the link provided. And don't put off registering to donate another day. Appointments are required.
Mid-Week Family Link & News
Gifts from God
Above is the Mid-week Family Link document for October 13,
where Creative Worship director, Danielle Yoder, challenges us share our gift, no matter how "loud" or "soft" they are, with our neighbors
Will You RSVP?
Above: Here are links to last Sunday's Online Worship Service and Sunday's Family Link Service with Jeni McCord
Mt. Zion's Youth (6th-12th Grade) will gather on Sunday, October 18 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm for a Fall Festival Costume Party. Masks (the protective kind) will be required and all are expected to practice social distancing. Parking for this group will be the upper lot near the circle or near the playground and Scout Lodge. Parents are welcome to stay and visit each other in the outdoor entrance area near the playground. Bring chairs and masks. The church building will not be open so plan accordingly.
Zioneers Meet On Campus This Sunday

Mt. Zion's fourth and fifth graders will meet this Sunday at 4:00 pm in the Outdoor Classroom. They should bring a pumpkin to carve and wear a costume for this first in-person gathering of the season!!!
Remember there will be no access to the building and all are expected to wear a mask and practice social distancing!
In case of rain rain or impending rain, check email before coming.
Parents are welcome to remain on campus and occupy the outside entrance walk near the preschool playground for their own socially distanced gathering. Bring chairs and masks. Costumes for parents are optional. LOL Parking for this group is the lower level lot.
North Georgia UMC News
No newsletter this week from the district but here's a link to the North Georgia Conference news.


"I Was Thinking" Returns
If you've been missing the weekly article from Rev. Dr. Terry Walton, our former District Superintendent, then you can read his musings again. As Executive Assistant to Bishop Sue Haupert Johnson, he is continuing his weekly "I Was Thinking" articles in a Monday Memo. This week's thoughts are linked below:
Mt. Zion Worship Team Adds
Service-by-Phone Feature
Not able to worship via TV or computer video? Mt. Zion has heard from a few members who aren't connected via computer or smart TV and we wanted to searched for a way to get the Sunday worship service to them.
Thus, we have subscribed to a service called Worship Service-by-Phone. We have a dedicated phone number that our members can call and hear the whole worship service. Call any time of day or night. Each new weekly service will be uploaded by 8:30 am on Sunday and will replace the content from the previous week.
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: