Zion United Methodist Church
Friday, October 19, 2018
Stepping out in faith to be Christ to others in the world




      THE GOOD NEWS FROM ZION                                                                              

  September 2018                                                                                                                                                   

E-MAIL: zionumc@historiczionumc.org

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



     A Note From Our Pastor


I was sitting in my desk at church the other day when the sun broke through the clouds and shined brightly through the windows of the sanctuary.  I had to stop for a moment to marvel at the sunshine and I found myself smiling all because of a little light.  A healthy dose of sunshine at the right time made me pause and reflect, “What a wonderful world!” (with acknowledgment to Louis Armstrong).

 A little bit of light made such a difference and it changed my attitude.  A bit of sunshine appeared in the sanctuary and I wanted to lift up praise to God.  I often am amazed at the power of just a little light.  I am reminded that the light from a single candle can be seen for nearly 30 miles away.  I guess a little light has more power that we might realize.

Jesus often uses the idea of light to remind his followers to make a difference.  In Matthew (5:16), Jesus says, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”  Zion UMC has been referred to as a beacon of light for the Spotsylvania community and has been making a difference for over 150 years.  But just as the sun rises every day to shine on our lives, we need to look for those opportunities to let our light make a difference every day as well.  Let your light shine…




Update from Historic Zion

  Zion’s civil war sword is soon to have a new home.  The Spotsylvania County Museum has expressed an interest in displaying the sword on loan from the church.  The official transfer event will be happening soon.

 The Crismond Bible, initially present to Zion in 1939 by Arthur Crismond, is being restored.  Restoration will take time and plans for the re-dedication of the Bible to Zion will be announced once the restoration has been finished.

 Psalm 78:1-4

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us.
We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.


 Many thanks go out to all those involved in the addition of the storage trailer and moving of the food pantry items.  In addition to the trailer, several items have been moved from the church and the fellowship hall.  Take a look at the changes in the Sunday School classroom and the Music Room in the Fellowship Hall to appreciate all the work.

 A new Security Policy addressing safety, lighting, and a number of other issues was recently adopted.  Look for the policy on the Zion News bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall for more information.


Upcoming Events

Blessing of the Animals – Sunday, October 7th

The Blessing of the Animals is an opportunity to witness to God’s love, care, and concern for all of creation by displaying that same love and concern for the animals.  All animals that enrich our lives in so many ways are welcome.  People who wish to have their animals blessed can come to the Pavilion at Spotsylvania Courthouse Village at 3:00 p.m.

Women’s Bible Study

 If hearing God has seemed challenging, this study is for you! Join us as Bible Study teacher, Priscilla Shirer, invites us to explore a more intimate relationship with Him, one that can make hearing Him - His will, His heart, and His voice - your ongoing experience. Discover how you can listen with greater confidence, clarity, and discernment.  “Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks” is a 7 week dvd/workbook study that will give us daily opportunities to: 

* More deeply understand the Holy Spirit’s role in your life

* Differentiate His voice from imposter’s voices, even your own

* Glimpse His guidance in your everyday life

* Grow consistently in obedience, surrender, stillness, and humility

The study will be held on Friday mornings at 9:15am beginning September 28th at the home of Christine Braxton. Workbooks are available at Lifeway Christian Bookstore in Central Park for $13. Please note that if you order online, make sure you order the Revised & Expanded version which is white with gold lettering.  If you would like to join us or have any questions, please contact Christine Braxton @ 540-760-8639.

Discipleship Ministry Fair

There will be a Discipleship Ministries Fair at Trinity King George UMC on September, 29th from 10 am to 12 noon. When you drop by Trinity, you'll see free Discipleship Ministries resources, you'll get some great refreshments and you'll have time to talk with Rev. Jeff Campbell about your church's Step by Step Discipleship progress. You'll see videos that are available for your church and you'll be able to purchase other resources if you choose to do so.

 Firefighter and Police Appreciation – Sunday, October 21st

Charge Conference – Sunday, October 21st, Ebenezer UMC, Stafford, 2:30 p.m.

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