MARCH 2020


     Time is precious. Time is valuable to us all. Time is the measure of an hour, a day, a month, a year, a lifetime. Lately it seems that the passing of time keeps increasing. However as we view time and its value, we need to remember always who gave us that time.

     A valuable message comes to us in John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world but that the world might live thru Him.” God has given us the time, the hope, the love and the eternal gift of His Son. May we all find time in our busy schedules to talk to God and seek His guidance and in turn connect our lives to God’s Positioning System (GPS).

In His Light,

Pastor M

610-987-6637


ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING UPDATE

Our Annual Congregational Meeting was held following the worship service on Sunday, February 9th. The following was approved by majority vote:

Consistory Members elected…Elders-Paul Noll Jr., Doris Parr, Donald Wilson

Deacon –Debbie Pullen Jr. Deacon- Genevieve Weikel


MEN’S MINISTRIES

Our next meeting will be March 14that 7:30 A.M.

All men encouraged to come and share in the food and fellowship.


BREAKFAST CLUB

March 11, @ 8 A.M. @ Chatty’s

March 31, @8 A.M. @ Breakfast Hut


SPIES DART BASEBALL

March 3th @ Zion’s Spies E.R. -BYE

March 10th @ Zion’s Spies E.R.


NEWLETTER ARTICLES

ARE DUE THE SECOND TO LAST SUNDAY


SOUP AND BREAD SOCIAL

6:00 P.M. before Wednesday lent services.

There is a sign –up sheet on the table in the Narthex if you would like to help provide soup or bread for the social held here at Zion Spies E.R. on March 4th, March 18th, or April 1st. All Soup and bread should be here by 5:30 P.M. and all soup should arrive hot and if possible in a crock pot so it could be kept hot.


PASTOR’S SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE THEME DURING LENT

Pastor’s Sunday Theme - “LIFE ON THE ROAD”- JESUS’ JOURNEY THRU LENT

Join us regularly as we worship together!

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING LENTEN SCHEDULE

“TRIP THRU HOLY WEEK”


Wednesday, March 4, 7:30pm

TRIUMPHANT ENTRY

Rev. Knox & Rev. Marisseau

At ZION ‘S (SPIES) EVANGELICAL REFORMED CHURCH

(Beginning at 6:00pm…

Soup and Bread in Fellowship Hall)

 

Wednesday, March 11, 7:30pm

CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE

Rev. Knox & Rev. Marisseau

At ZION (SPIES) EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

(Beginning at 6:00pm…

Soup and Bread in Fellowship Hall)


Wednesday, March 18, 7:30pm

THE WEDDING FEAST

Rev. Knox & Rev. Marisseau

At ZION ‘S (SPIES) EVANGELICAL REFORMED CHURCH

(Beginning at 6:00pm…

Soup and Bread in Fellowship Hall)

 

Wednesday, March 25, 7:30pm

THE LAST SUPPER

Rev. Knox & Rev. Marisseau

At ZION ‘S (SPIES) EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

(Beginning at 6:00pm…

Soup and Bread in Fellowship Hall)

 

Wednesday, April 1, 7:30pm

PILATE

Rev. Knox & Rev. Marisseau

At ZION ‘S (SPIES) EVANGELICAL REFORMED CHURCH

(Beginning at 6:00pm…

Soup and Bread in Fellowship Hall)

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL EASTER PROGRAM

The Sunday School Program will be held on PALM SUNDAY April 5th at 9 A.M. in the Church Social Hall. Everyone is encouraged to honor the youngsters with your presence as they celebrate the RISEN SAVIOR.


PALM SUNDAY SERVICE

April 5th, 10:30 A. M.

As a remembrance of the first Palm Sunday,

Palm fronds will be distributed to the congregation.


MAUNDY THURSDAY

HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE

April 9th, 7:30 P.M.

“Tenebrae Service” (Service of Lights)

Holy Communion at the Chancel Rail.

Join us for this special time.


GOOD FRIDAY PRAYER VIGIL

April 10th, 2 P.M. -8 P.M.

As in previous years, we anticipate having one or more persons in the church sanctuary for silent prayer in all time slots throughout the day.

“Our Church Family List”

will be available in the Narthex so that you may take from the list as many persons as you will be praying for. May you be encouraged to sign up for one or more time slots as soon as possible on the sheet provided in the Narthex.


DO YOU NEED A RIDE TO CHURCH?

Call the church office if you don’t have a way to get to church. Arrangements will be made for you to get picked up Sunday morning.

Valet parking is also available.


ANNUAL POT PIE BENEFIT DINNER

Sunday, March 22nd @ Oley Valley High School

11:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Tickets are $9.00 in advance, $8.00 at the door.

Children 4-12: $4.00, Under 4 –Free

Donations will benefit families in need in the Oley Valley School District and the

Junior Class of OVHS.


EASTER EGG HUNT

Monetary donations are being accepted by Margie Noll to help defray the cost of the Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt.

The hunt will be held on Sunday, April 5th, following the morning worship service outdoors, weather permitting. Otherwise, the “hunt” will be held in the Social Hall.


***37th ANNUAL HAM DINNER***

Saturday, April 4, 2020. 3:30P.M. – 6:30P.M.

Buffet Style

Adults (13 & Up): $10.00, Children (7-12): $5.00, & Children (0-6): Free

Volunteers needed to help prepare on Friday, April 3rd beginning at 8:00A.M. Volunteers also needed to help cut up “HAMS” on Saturday, April 4th, beginning at 8:00A.M.

Volunteers needed to help Saturday 4:00P.M. to 7:00P.M. and to CLEAN-UP!!!

Tickets sold at the door.

Donations of Baked Goods will be greatly appreciated!!!


CARD SHOWER LISTS

Card shower lists for members of our congregation 80 yrs. of age and over provided by Evangelism Outreach, are on the side table in the narthex. Help yourself to the lists each month as we honor these special folks.


BIBLE STUDY

Tuesday morning Bible Study @ 10:00 A.M. will continue during the Lenten season

Friday Women’s Bible Studies will continue

at 9 A.M.


WOMEN"S MINISTRIES UPDATE
Women’s Ministries will be coordinating the soup and bread suppers prior to the Lent service at our church on 3/4, 3/18, & 4/1.

There are 3 sign-up sheets on the table in the Narthex if you would like to contribute any soup, bread, crackers, or drinks. Any questions about these suppers, see Judith Marisseau or

Betty Muller.

CHURCH FAMILY BANQUET 2020

May 2, 2020
All women of the church are invited to join us for our monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:00 A.M.
As always, we strive to keep God at the center of our "busyness".


ITEM AVAILABLE

There is a large wooden table available in the back of the church. If anyone has a use for it and is interested in it please see Sue Barnett or call the church office 610-779-9787.

MEET AND GREET

(Sunday Morning Fellowship)

Feel free to join in for conversation, goodies and coffee, etc. every Sunday Morning in the Social Hall starting at 7:45 A.M. Christian Education classes are available for every age from 9-10am

should you care to sit in for these or stay and fellowship with church families and friends.

Contributions of baked goods are always welcome. Contact Judith Marisseau 610-987-6637 with any baked goods contributions.


HELPING HANDS MINISTRY

We have an excellent helping hands ministry program here at Zion Spies church. The program is supported by various organizations in the church and is available for people with serious needs. If you know of someone in our congregation that has need of financial or

other assistance, Please contact the Pastor or the church office.


HELP OUR HOMELESS VETERANS

Help keep our homeless veterans warm this winter. Looking for men’s coats, sneakers, socks, sweaters, and sleeping bags. Drop off in the Narthex or see Judy Marisseau. Lunches will be made on March 15th any donations should be at the church by March 8th


CURRENT CONSISTORY MEMBERS

Doris Parr Elder President

Susan Barnett Elder

Paul Noll Jr. Elder

Molly Prey Elder

Shanen Readinger Elder

Donald Wilson Elder

Michael Hughes Deacon Vice President

Willis Koller Deacon

Samuel Petsch Deacon

Debbie Pullen Deacon

Kathy Szpak Deacon

Barry Vogt Deacon

Genevieve Weikel Jr. Deacon


EVANGELISM & OUTREACH

Once again we are getting ready to do 30 lunches for the Homeless Vets on March 15th, please check the sign-up sheets on the table in the Narthex if you wish to donate food items.

We are also still collecting blankets, sleeping bags, tarps, clothing, heat packs, etc. There are also envelopes on top of the mailboxes in the Narthex for monetary donations, this is used to buy gift cards that are given to Doug Graybill and he then purchases items what he knows the Vets need.

If you have any questions on this mission you can ask Judy Marisseau, Margie Noll, or the Pastor.

Our next meeting will be March 2nd at 7 P.M. everyone is welcome, why not come out

and join us.


FUTURE PLANNING

We will be meeting on March 2nd at 7:00 P.M. to discuss the upcoming Lenten Services, Blueberry Festival and Grove retreat. We are hoping to also have some community events in the grove this summer. Please join us at the meeting with your ideas.


GARDENING GOD'S WAY
Plant three rows of peas:
  Peace of mind
  Peace of heart
  Peace of soul
Plant four rows of squash:
  Squash gossip
  Squash indifference
  Squash grumbling
  Squash selfishness
Plant four rows of lettuce:
  Lettuce be faithful
  Lettuce be kind
  Lettuce be obedient
  Lettuce really love one another
No garden without turnips:
  Turnip for meetings
  Turnip for service
  Turnip to help one another
Water freely with patience and cultivate with love.
  There is much fruit in your garden
  Because you reap what you sow.
To conclude our garden we must have thyme:
  Thyme for God
  Thyme for study
  Thyme for prayer.

MARCH 8th






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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