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Zion’s (Spies) Evangelical Reformed Church

 

JULY  2024

 

Parson’s points

     

A LIFE MOTIVATED BY LOVE

     When we as Christians think of eternal life, we tend to imagine a more blissful continuation of this life in heaven. Jesus refers to eternal life several times as recollected in the Gospel of John.

Jesus says that those who hear his word and believe have eternal life (John 5:24) and he defines eternal life as knowing God (John 17:3). Jesus assures us that no one can take eternal life from us

(John 10:48) and promises that, though we die, yet shall we live (John 11:25). When Jesus refers to eternal life he speaks in the present sense; that is, we have eternal life here and now. The eternal life is the life focused on God, motivated by agape love and focused on the eternally significant – the soul

of our fellow man. As we invest in these areas, we save up our treasure in heaven where it can never be lost and will not be tarnished by the sands of time. If we are not carefully guarding our thoughts against attack, it is easy for Satan to convince us

that we are not worthy because we continue to goof up so readily. Even pastors are not immune to this as we, too, are mere men. Recently, I came under this sort of an attack as I drove to work and realized that I had gotten off my routine and did not pray in the morning. How could that have happened, I wondered? Shouldn’t it just come naturally – especially for a pastor? As Satan had prompted me to question the sincerity and depth of my faith – as though that relationship with God was all about the number of times one prays, it began to dawn on me that my time was used in conversation with God – actually preparing something special for a group of students. As I began to

reflect on the situation, I realized just how totally everything had been motivated by love and that love is the very essence of God – living in love is eternal life.

In His Service,

Pastor Vaughn and Lisa

Spiespastor.vaughn@gmail.com

 

 

    Happy July 4th

      IN GOD WE TRUST

 

BREAKFAST CLUB

July 10, @ 8 A.M. @ Chatty’s

July 23, @ 8 A.M. @ Mt. Penn

 

NEWLETTER ARTICLES

ARE DUE THE SECOND TO LAST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH.  This Month July 21st.

 

STEWARDSHIP

ELDERS/CONSISTORY MEETING

Our next meeting will be MONDAY,

July 15th @ 7:00 P.M./7:30 P.M.

Stewardship @ 6:30 P.M.

 

OUTDOOR SERVICES

We will continue to have our Sunday services in the grove, weather permitting.

 

FLEA MARKET/BAKE SALE – JULY 13th

7:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Come join us for the day.  Flea Market starts at 7 A.M.  Women’s Ministries will have a baked goods stand they would appreciate any baked good donations.   Egg Sandwiches, Hot dogs, Burgers and drinks will be for sale.

Linda Wilson is looking for paper back or trade book donations.

If you would like a flea market spot ($10) please call the church office 610-779-9787 or see Sue Must provide your own tables

 

VBS FOR ADULTS

Adult VBS July 21-25 6:30-8:30p.m.

The Great Disappearance: also known as the Rapture, is the subject of this summer’s Adult VBS. The series of study is by Dr. David Jeremiah. You may know his name from Channel 69 Sunday services. With the crazy world that we are living in today, it’s time to learn and live our Christian promises from the Bible of hope for the future. The rapture may come at any moment! Learn all about it and how to prepare for this glorious time.

Are you Rapture ready? See you Sunday night

July 21 – Thursday 25 from 6:30-

8:30 p.m. There are DVDs to watch and hopefully our questions will be asked and

answered during discussion time. Come join us and bring along a friend, they are always welcome. See Margie Noll with any questions.

Sign-up sheet under the pavilion.

 

SHARE YOUR MUSICAL TALENTS

Anyone who would like to share their musical talents with the congregation over the summer months please see or call Jeff Griffin

610-217-7624.

 

CARD SHOWER LISTS

Jan. – Dec. available on the Church Website- (www.zionspieser.com) or see Sue Barnett for a list for anyone willing to participate in sending cards to church family members 80 yrs. & over.

Also available on the table under the pavilion.

 

REDNER’S SAVE A TAPE PROGRAM

This program is going well thanks to all who donate your receipts.  Please put your receipts in the wooden box on top of the food cupboard or hand to Linda Wilson or Sue Barnett. 

 

 

YOUTH GROUP

We had a great Youth VBS and I would like to keep the momentum going. Start looking for monthly

youth activities beginning with a Swim Party at the Hughes’ place on Tuesday July 16 at from 6-8:30

PM. Keep an eye out for future Youth Group activities. Also, please plan to join us Sunday Mornings at 9:00 for Youth Sunday School and Confirmation Class beginning September 8th  – the Sunday after Labor Day. Hope to see you there!

 

HOMELESS VETERANS MISSION

             LUNCHES FOR THE HOMELESS
The next date for lunch items to be at the church is July 21st. Please have donations in by this date. There is a sign-up sheet on the table under the pavilion for those who wish to contribute items or call Sue at the church office 610-779-9787.

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.

 

ANNUAL CHURCH RETREAT

Please plan to join us for our annual church retreat on Saturday August 17 from 9:00 - 2:00. In addition to being an enjoyable time to socialize, there will be food and snacks.

Also, we will be viewing a movie -TBD with a discussion time to follow. All are welcome – please help spread the word.

 

Tabs

   We are still collecting the tabs from any type of can (soda, cat, or dog food, soup tuna, etc.) now for the Exeter Lyons Club. Drop them on the table in the Narthex or pavilion.  Thank you, Linda Wilson

 

2025 Calendars

Are beginning to arrive; if you have extras, Linda Wilson will accept them for the shelter.

 

STOLTZFUS DINNER

If interested, in going to the dinner again this year please contact

John or Eleanor Noll 610-929-5228

WOMEN’S MINISTRIES UPDATES

            Once again, we will be holding our Annual Flea Market/Bake Sale (formerly Blueberry Festival) on July 13th this year. Any donation of baked goods would be very much appreciated. Spaces for the Flea Market will be marked in the lot across from the church for anyone who wants to participate in selling their items; however, we will not provide tables.  Cost is $10,00 per space. There will be food available for purchase in the pavilion (Egg sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks). We always look forward to hosting this event.

      Also, this month we will be providing lunches for the homeless vets.  The sign-up sheet is on the table under the pavilion on Sunday mornings or contact Sue Barnett.

      As always it is our goal to keep God at the center of our busy-ness, and we invite ALL the women of the church to join us at our monthly meetings, which are held the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be July 9th, @ 11:00 am.

 

PRAYING FOR AMERICA

Father, keep us safe, as we celebrate . . .
our country’s freedoms that have made us great.

 

Let us not go further, down the road of sin
help us to turn from the wickedness within.

 

Bring us back, to trusting in You
give this Nation a heart that is new.

 

Make us humble, let us see our shame
so we can prayerfully call upon Your name.

 

Heal our land, scour out the pride
so You can be once again our guide.

 

Father, keep us safe, until such a time
this Nation comes out of its downward climb!

                       

                                  By Deborah Ann

 

                     

MATINEE JULY 20th @1:00 P.M.

Movie- TBD

  Light snack provided

 

STOLTZFUS DINNER

If interested, in going to the dinner again this year please contact

John or Eleanor Noll 610-929-5228

 

AN INDEPENDENCE DAY PRAYER

Lord, on July fourth we'll celebrate
Independence Day in our nation.
You gave us the truth to set us free.
You sent Jesus to die for our salvation.

We thank you for the precious freedom
That we have in our nation today.
We know this country's not perfect,
But we honor our nation, the USA.

We thank you for the Founding Fathers,
Who for freedom took a brave stand.
Many placed their very lives in peril
To start a free country in a new land.

I thank you for the brave soldiers,
Who gave their lives to keep us free.
They gave their ultimate sacrifice
For freedom for Americans like me.

As we shoot fireworks and celebrate
With patriotic concerts and parades,
We thank you for all your blessings
And your great love that never fades.

As we gather with our loved ones
For picnics and barbecues and fun,
We want to thank you for everything,
Especially for sending your only Son!

 

              by Margaret Cagle

 

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 Bob Hallman 610-779-9376.If you have any questions about this list or our  prayer chain you can see Bob Hallman or Carol Christman. New lists will be available the first Sunday of each month. 

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