Zion United Methodist Church
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Stepping out in faith to be Christ to others in the world



  November 2018  



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      "The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." 



A Note From Our Pastor

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in the pews of Ebenezer UMC awaiting the “Celebration of Charge Conference.”  Having attended these meetings over the years, I must confess that “Celebration” and “Charge Conference” are not two phrases that I would generally associate together.  I was so wrong!!!  Rev. Ted Smith led a true celebration for the churches and church members in attendance.  Part of the celebration was to recognize all the things accomplished by Rev. Ted in his eight years as District Superintendent, but there was much more to the celebration.  The hospitality was warm and gracious (with more food than you can imagine); the worship songs were uplifting; and the message was inspiring.  It was a strong reminder that there is much to celebrate about Christ and His church.  Share the celebration with others.

Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, rejoice!  (Philippians 4:4)



Dedication of Storage Building

The storage building behind the church was consecrated on Sunday and dedicated In Memory of our dedicated servants Margaret Carter and Leota Pendleton.  A plaque honoring these servants will be installed in the near future.  The building is home to our food pantry and storage of church and mission materials.  Also, the building has allowed us to free up our classrooms to be used as they were intended.  It is estimated that the building is valued at over $35,000.  We were able to do the project with $9,300 from dedicated donations and memorial funds.  In addition to the funds donated for the building, there also were considerable donation of professional services, materials, and volunteer help.  In fact, volunteers provided over 400 hours of service to the construction of the building and deck.  For all these efforts, we want to extend special appreciation to Sam Braxton, Dennis Gallahan, Lou Gelfuso, Bill Hunt, Charles Jett, Stacy Payne, Corey Payne, Walter Rawls, Richard Reichert, Maynard Rumuly, Troy Watson, Ken Wolfrey, and Rob Wolfrey.


New Pianist

We want to welcome Alexandra (Alex) Johnson as our new piano/organ accompanist.  She currently is enrolled at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) and plays piano for UMW’s Jazz Band and plays percussion for UMW’s Concert Band.  She has been playing piano for church services since 2012.  We are delighted to have her as part of our church family.



After many frustrating hours learning about the website and numerous telephone conversations with the vendor, the website (historiczionumc.org) should be functioning properly again.  Individuals can login to the site and e-giving should be working again.  The bulletin is posted weekly and photos from the recent Blessing of the Animals and the contributions provided for Firefighter and Police Appreciation have been added.


China Cabinet in the Kitchen

Thanks to a contribution from Betty and Lou Gelfuso, we have a marvelous china cabinet in which to store plates, cups, and other dinner ware.  We are so thankful for the addition to the kitchen.


Upcoming Events

Thanksbringing – Sunday, November 18th

We look forward to a time of fellowship and food (from the best cooks in Spotsylvania County) on Sunday, November 18th, immediately following worship.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a side dish or a dessert to share.  There also is a sign-up sheet in the sanctuary to bring items commonly used at the church such as paper products, cleaning supplies, etc.  Please take the time to review the list and be a part of Thanksbringing.


Christmas Luminary – Sunday, December 2nd

Come enjoy this outdoor celebration as the candles are lit at dusk and the area Choirs begin to sing.  Bring a blanket, warm gloves, and a lawn chair, and let the spirit warm your heart.  Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 4:45 p.m. on the lawn of the Old Courthouse.


Living Nativity – Sunday, December 16th

The annual Living Nativity will be held on Sunday, December 16th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Merchants Square Pavilion at the Spotsylvania Courthouse Village.  The Living Nativity will showcase the Fredericksburg Area Young Musicians and will include Miss Ellie’s live animals.  Please look for more information about this event over the coming weeks.


Advent is Coming

Advent is coming and we are looking for volunteers to participate in the lighting of the advent candles for Sunday December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, or Monday, December 24th (Christmas Eve Candlelight Service).  If you are interested, please let us know.



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