JANUARY 2020


     

Parson’s points

It is easy to get into a routine. Get up. Brush your teeth. Eat breakfast. Go to work. Come home. Eat supper. Brush your teeth. Go to bed. Does that sound like a routine? We develop a routine and often get accustomed to following the same patterns. However, when we change our routine or something new happens and comes into our life, it becomes new and refreshing and exciting at the beginning. Eventually its activities become repetitious in the routine of life and we lose the excitement.

How long does the excitement of a new marriage last or a new job or a new car or a new home? How about reading the Bible, daily prayer or weekly church attendance? Does that start as exciting and uplifting and then can also become a normal routine?

2020 is now history. What routines or challenges have you developed and dealt with? 2021 presents a New Year with many yet uncertain and challenging happenings. The challenge is to look at the New Year in a positive way with hope and expectations. Keeping our spiritual life fresh and uplifting will certainly help us to open our minds and our hearts to bring God into our lives with a refreshing and inner hope and faith that the year ahead will help us to move with God in a positive direction.

May God bless you and may your New Year uplift you with the Lord as a solid part of your life.

In His Light,

Pastor M. 610-987-6637


SPECIAL THANKS AND APPRECIATION

Pastor M & Judith Marisseau wish to express their most sincere appreciation for the various gifts, greeting cards and words of encouragement he received during the holiday season. Your expressions of love and support always mean a lot and are most appreciated.


BIBLE STUDIES

Both Bible Studies will not be meeting until further notice.


CONSISTORY MEETING

Our next meeting will be SUNDAY, January 17th @ 11:30 A.M. after the church service.


NEW YEAR HOLY COMMUNION - SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2021 – 10:30 A.M.

Join us as together we begin the New Year,

serving the Lord.

2021 ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

The annual meeting of the Zion’s Spies Evangelical Reformed Church will be held –

Sunday, February 14, 2021

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE MORNING SERVICE. We trust you will be present for this very important time in the life of the congregation.

BIRTHDAY CARD SHOWER SHEETS for January thru April 2021 available on the Narthex table for anyone willing to participate in sending cards to church family members 80 yrs. & over. Also available on our church website www.zionspieser.com


2021 ALTAR FLOWER / BULLETIN CALENDER

The new Altar Flower/Bulletin Reservation Calendar has been placed in the Narthex, on the back bulletin board, for your use. Please use ONLY the dry erase marker that is provided. Should a specific date have already been filled, you are invited to sponsor a “separate arrangement” on that date which will be placed in the chancel area.

Many January/February dates available please think about signing up for a Sunday


STEWARDSHIP

After meeting over the past several months, a budget was agreed upon for the year 2021. It was presented to the congregation on

December 13th at the congregational meeting and approved. We will continue as a committee to meet periodically throughout the year to monitor the financial status of the church. The next meeting will be April 19th at 6:30 P.M. to review the current status of our expenses versus our budget for the first quarter of 2021.


PLEASE HELP

PLEASE save your extra 2021 Calendars / Day Planners. Calendars will be accepted till January 10th. Give them to Linda Wilson.


FUTURE PLANNING

A new church worship calendar is available on the table in the Narthex for your use in the coming year.


THANKS EVERYONE

Shirley Ziegler would like to thank everyone for the many sympathy cards she received after Rudi’s passing.


TABLE

There is a 4ft. by 6 ft. wooden table in the Narthex that needs a new home. Does anyone have a need for a table? Call the church office.


SNOW CANCELLATION OF CHURCH ACTIVITIES

The Pastor and your Consistory have a telephone call schedule set up in case of questionable weather. The church family may feel free to phone any of these persons or tune the radio to our local stations – WFMZ or WEEU for cancellations.


YOUTH SUNDAY

January 17, 2021

Come join us and support our youth


WOMEN”S MINISTRIES

We are looking forward to projects in the New Year. In 2021 Women’s Ministries will again meet on the second Tuesday of each month in the fellowship hall @ 11:00 A.M. when it is covid-19 safe. All women of the church are invited to join us. It is our goal to always keep God at the center of our “busyness”.

EVANGELISM & OUTREACH

What a great year we had in 2020 continuing our mission for the homeless veterans, thank you for the wonderful support from everyone. We made lunches for the homeless vets every other month. Lunches will be made again on January 17th. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex for food donations or call the church office to sign-up. Thanks to all who helped make our church beautiful with the luminaries and decorations. We welcome everyone to attend our meetings, we are always glad to have new ideas and new faces.


VBS- 2021

Save the date

July 18th – July 22nd

6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.


CHRISTMAS CARDS/ENVELOPES

On a Sunday morning ask the ushers to check your mailboxes. There might be Christmas cards for you. Or stop in during the week when Sue is in the office 9A.M.-@-P.M. Mon. - Thurs. and she will check your mailbox.


A PRAYER FOR THE YEAR THAT IS NEAR

God of the years that lie behind us,

Lord of the Years that stretch before,

Weaver of all the ties that bind us,

Keeper and King of the open door.

Grant us hope and a courage glowing

White and pure as the stars above;

Grant us faith in a full stream flowing,

From the heights of Your eternal love.

Out of the ruins of doubt and sorrow,

Out of the aches and pain and tears,

Help us to fashion a new tomorrow,

Free from the anguish of blight’s fears.

All through the seasons of sowing and reaping,

All through the harvest of song and tears,

Hold us close in Your tender keeping,

O Maker of all New Years!

-Unknown


THE NEW YEAR

Dear Lord, as this New Year is born

I give it to Thy hand,

Content to walk by faith what paths

I cannot understand.

Whatever coming days may bring

Of bitter loss, or gain,

Or every crown of happiness;

Should sorrow come, or pain,

Or, Lord, if all unknown to me

Thine angel hovers near

To bear me to that farther shore

Before another year,

It matters not--my hand in Thine,

Thy light upon my face,

Thy boundless strength when I am weak,

Thy love and saving grace!

I only ask, loose not my hand,

Grip fast my soul, and be

My guiding light upon the path

Till, blind no more, I see!

-Martha Snell Nicholson


A New Year’s Prayer

May God make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making your path easy,
But by making you sturdy to travel any path;
Not by taking hardships from you,
But by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;
Not by making your life always pleasant,
But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,
     and by making you anxious to be there to help.
God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead.




MONTHLY PRAYER LIST

 Monthly prayer lists are located on the side table in the Narthex. If you have requests for the list, you can fill out a prayer request form which will be on the table in the Narthex and give the information to Jessica Houck 610-823-0183.If you have any questions about this list or our  prayer chain you can see Jessica Houck or Bob Hallman. New lists will be available the Sunday following our monthly prayer meetings.

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