SEPTEMBER 2020


Parson’s points

How busy are you? Does your schedule, your activities, tend to distract you and interfere with your focus on things? Are you so busy that sometimes you become frustrated and confused? Does your busyness cause you to sacrifice and jeopardize your relationships with your family, friends and God?

Our society today is an environment of pressures and activities. Data collected from over 20,000 Christians in 139 countries found that on average more than 40% of Christians around the world say they often or always rush from task to task. About 60% of Christians say that it is often or always true that busyness of life gets in the way of developing their relationship with God.

Is busyness a stumbling block and deterrent in your relationship with God? The Psalmist says, in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” During this time of uncertainty and anxiousness concerning what lies ahead hear the call of the verse to be still and know that God is and always will be in charge. The challenge is to put that into practice and rest confidently in His care, and be at peace.

It is up to us to truly take time to be still and sincerely know God.

In His Light,

Pastor M

610-987-6637

 


September 10:30 A.M. services will continue in the grove.


BIBLE SUNDAY - Sept. 13th, 10:30 A.M.


Happy Grandparent’s Day! September 13th


MEN’S MINISTRIES

As always, Zion’s (Spies) Men’s Ministries invites all men of the congregation to participate in our meetings and activities. We will meet

Sept. 12th @ 8:00 A.M. in the grove to take care of some maintenance issues.


HARVEST HOME SUNDAY

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th

10:30 A.M. Morning Worship

You are invited and encouraged to bring food (non-perishable) items representing this season’s harvest to the grove to be placed on a table in front of the trailer during the service. We thank you for your contributions and willingness to participate at this special time.


OLEY VALLEY FAIR

CANCELLED


NEWLETTER ARTICLES

ARE DUE THE SECOND TO LAST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH


BIRTHDAY CARD SHOWER LISTS

Card shower lists for members of our congregation 80 yrs. of age and over provided by Evangelism Outreach, the list is available on our church website www.zionspieser.com

Help us honor these special folks.


WORLD WIDE COMMUNION SUNDAY

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2020

10:30 A.M.

“This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

“This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”

BE WITH US AS WE SHARE THE BREAD AND WINE WITH CHRISTIANS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD REMEMBERING CHRIST’S SACRIFICE ON THE CROSS, GIVEN FOR OUR SINS.


JUST A REMINDER! Please remember to notify the church office regarding anyone in the hospital or of any transfers from hospitals to home or to any other facility. It becomes difficult sometimes to keep up with everyone’s moves which results in extra traveling.

Thanks so much.


HELP OUR HOMELESS VETERANS – The next date for us to make 30 lunches for the homeless vets is on 

Sept. 20th. We will make them during the week, probably Wed, Sept. 16th.

We will be looking for small bags of chips, pretzels, tastycakes, fresh fruit, small plastic containers of fruit or applesauce, or puddings (ones that don’t need a can opener). Call the church office if you would like to make a food donation to the vet lunches and Sue will sign you up. It can be dropped off on Sundays to Sue or during the week when Sue is in the office.

Mon. –Thurs. 9am-2pm.

Please have your donations in by the week prior (Sept. 13th), with the exceptions of the bread and fresh fruit. The monetary and food donations from our church family have been very generous. With the help of God, we are making a significant difference in many lives. Our thanks to all that support this mission.

Because God gives us all we need, we should give to those in need.


OUTDOOR SERVICES

Come and join us in the grove for our Sunday 10:30 A.M. services in September. Either stay in your car and tune your radio to 87.9 FM or bring your chairs and social distance in the shade. The service can also be watched from home on Facebook live, either go to our facebook site or there is now also a link on our website that will take you directly to our facebook site.

If home viewers would like a weekly bulletin please let Sue Barnett know and she will email it to you.


CALENDARS AND DAY PLANNERS

The various charities are starting to send out their 2021 calendars. If you do not want them please bring them to the church and give them to Linda Wilson. She will pass them on to the soup kitchen.


Special Music Thanks:

A sincere thanks to all who provided special music throughout the summer. You made each service special! 

Jeff Griffin


LAYMAN’S SUNDAY

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11th – 10:30 A.M.

Members of the church family will participate in the morning service.


STEWARDSHIP

Next meeting September 21st to work on the 2021 budget @ 6:00 p.m.


SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS

On September 13, 2020 we will have Bible Sunday. We will also be installing and dedicating the Sunday School Board and Women’s Ministries Officers on September 13th .

Our next meeting is September 15th

@ 7:00 P.M. in the grove.


“Prayer is the time God has reserved for us when he can recalibrate our thinking and renew his peace in our mind and soul.”

Jim Maxim


REDNER’S SAVE-A-TAPE PROGRAM

Save your Redner’s receipts. You must have a Redner’s card which you can easily get at their customer service area. After using your card when paying for groceries your register tape will have on it (about half way down) Today’s 1% Save-A-Tape total is____. This must be on the tape to make it viable. Use it also for gas purchases. Thank you and if you have any questions see me or Sue Barnett who has been helping me with the program. Linda Wilson


BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. You can still clip and give them Linda Wilson. Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Top label. If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. 

Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online. I was donating them to St. Lawrence Community Church Preschool.

As always “Thank You” for supporting our local schools and church children.


SILVER CROSS BRACELET

Found in the grove on July 26th- call the church office to claim.

610-779-9787 or see Sue Barnett.


GRANDPARENT’S DAY
A grandparent is the grandest mom or dad,
Not just because of all the kids they've had;
They've seen and done and known so many things
We honor them like preachers, priests and kings.

They tell us of a way of life that's past
When the world wasn't moving quite so fast.
When the family sat together every day,
To eat, to laugh, to sing, to talk, to pray.

The road we walk now they have seen before,
The tears we shed, they shed a whole lot more.
They understand our feelings, joy or pain.
They know the path; they've walked the dusty lane.

What can we do to honor these dear Grand’s?
We have no gift to place in weathered hands,
To adequately show how much we care.
Or prove to them how great the love we share.

Yet there is something awesome we can do
To show beyond a doubt our love is true.
If what they've taught is seen in how we live,
This is the best gift we could ever give.

- Unknown Author


“We can’t always fix our circumstances, but we can fix our eyes on God.”

Lysa Terkeurst


“Faith does not make things easy – it makes them possible.”

Bianca Olthoff


“Hope is reborn in the form of faith, faith that God will take over, even if (you) can’t yet see how.”

Beth Guckenberger


Work for the Lord

Come work for the Lord. The work is hard, the hours are long, and the pay is low.

But the retirement benefits are out of this world.



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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