by Linda Wilson
It is time to pack and collect shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse. These boxes will be sent around the world to children who have little. Some have never had a gift before. New Zion has been packing shoe boxes for more than 20 years! Last year Samaritan’s Purse sent 11.5 million boxes to 104 countries.
As you pack your box, please include many prayers. Suggested items are school supplies, combs and tooth brushes, toys, dolls, and any item a child would like. Samaritan’s Purse adds Gospel booklets in the child’s own language called The Greatest Gift. This does not go in boxes that go to predominately Muslim countries. Many children who receive boxes have the opportunity to take a 12-lesson class called The Greatest Journey. 1.6 million boys and girls around the globe made decisions for Christ last year!!!
Two changes this year are no candy and no tooth paste. Chocolate, liquid, glass, and army toys have never been allowed. Also a $9 shipping fee is requested.
Boxes will be collected at New Zion on Sundays,
November 5 & 12.
Margo Bader, outreach ministries coordinator
Each year we pack shoe boxes as part of the Samaritan’s Purse Ministry. We will be collecting items to fill shoe boxes. Place your donations in the back. Items to avoid: toothpaste, liquids, military toys, anything with an American flag, play money, chocolate or candy that might melt.
Boxes are available if you would like to fill your own box. This is a great project for children. Take them shopping to fill their own box to donate. Include a letter about your family. Each year we try and break the previous year’s record. Boxes will be collected November 5 and 12. We will be packing boxes after church on November 5.
Thursday, October 19th, 6:30 p.m.
$6 women | $4 girls (under age 12)
Paid reservations can be made after church, October 8th & 15th.
Reservations must be in by Sunday, October 15th.
by Ruth Ann Ford, News Reporter
Our September meeting began with enjoying delicious refreshments prepared by Hostess Linda Wilson. President Brenda Hanna led us in reciting our pledge before secretary Terryann McCoy read the minutes of our August meeting. Mission Sunday gave us an opportunity to hear about the ministry of Dan and Peggy Zimmerman serving with World Gospel Mission in the Circleville area witnessing to the Spanish people there. $100 was given to them from our group.
Treasurer Ann Arebalo reported that our August offering was $222.40. We voted to give $200 to UMCOR to go to Hurricane Relief. Our balance is $1,032.94.
Plans were made for our annual Women & Girls Banquet to be held on October 19th at 6:30. Rhonda Miller will have our program centered around a game show with prizes to be given. Pre-paid reservations are $6 and $4 for those girls under age 12 and are to be given to Dana Lochard on October 8th or 15th either before or after the worship service. We will also feed the men who do such a great job of serving us.
We appreciate those women who did a fantastic job of cleaning the kitchen on September 15th. There was a lot of evidence that our kitchen is a popular meeting place for four-legged critters. (We’re pretty sure that they come uninvited.)
The UMW Annual Meeting is Saturday, October 14th at Newark First UMC with registration beginning at 8:15 a.m. The theme will be, Let Justice Roll Down Like a River. Those who attend are asked to bring children’s books appropriate for children up to age 12. New, medium-sized stuffed animals would be appreciated also. There will be a purse auction again this year. Items could be given to put in a purse. The proceeds from the auction will go toward missions.
The officers for 2018 will be:
Vice President………………….Lauren Crouse
Resources & Spiritual Growth…Rhonda Miller
News Reporter…………………Ruth Ann Ford
There will be no October meeting because of the banquet so we’ll meet again on November 9th for our Thank Offering program led by Linda Wilson.
by Bob Wilson
“Walk worthy of God. Be fully pleasing to Him. Bear fruit in all good works. Grow in the Knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10
Recently on television, the networks have decided that there is an audience for live musicals. The first one that was shown was The Sound of Music, followed a year later by Grease. I would like to see a remake of the musical The King and I. It’s a story of a woman who comes to the country of Siam to tutor the king’s children and they fall in love. There are a lot of excellent songs in it.
When I think of the name of that musical, I think it’s a good description of our relationship with the King of Kings. Think about it. The King who created the world we live in and all the galaxies knows our names and has chosen us to be his heirs in his kingdom. He is also our friend who is waiting as a friend to help us through the messes we have made.
The nation of Israel in the Old Testament wasn’t satisfied with a heavenly king. They wanted an earthly king that they could see. They found out that earthly kings aren’t perfect. The kings were more interested in their own wants and desires instead of the people they were supposed to govern and serve. In this modern age, we have the same problem. We serve lesser kings that rule in our lives. Sometimes, we don’t have the time or the patience for our heavenly one. We need to ask ourselves this question, Is the King my Master? The Bible says that, No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
One thing that an earthly king would never do would leave his palace and his throne and die in our place. This song’s chorus says it all:
How many kings
step down from their thrones?
How many lords
have abandoned their homes?
How many greats
have become the least for me?
And how many gods
have poured out their hearts
to romance a world that is torn all apart.
How many fathers
gave up their sons for me?
Only one did that for me,
all for me and all for you.
Thank you King Jesus, our Master and our friend. Amen!
Next men’s breakfast:
Saturday | October 21st | 8 a.m.
Ma Maw’s Diner in Baltimore
There have been a lot of disturbing stories to report on in the news recently. We have had hurricanes that have devastated Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, Louisiana and other areas of the world. Mexico City was hit with a powerful earthquake that killed hundreds of people and they are still digging out the dead. Seven people were shot on a Sunday morning at a church in Tennessee. One died. North Korea has fired long range missiles over Japan, our ally. Threats have been made by North Korea against us and our President has made some very strong threats as well. Healthcare and the future of healthcare has been a major source of debate in Congress. Hundreds of young people are killed by gun violence in our inner cities every day. In Fairfield County, Ohio, deaths from drug overdose are up 44%. Each of these touch our hearts to help through prayer and giving. Yet, recently the trending topics on social media and the news and in our conversations revolve around the National Anthem, the NFL, and the players and coaches kneeling.
I’m not writing to defend one side or the other in that debate. What the debate has devolved into has turned into a distraction from the real issues that we face as a society and the needs of those who are suffering from natural disasters. Imagine what would happen if we expended as much effort helping the hurricane or earthquake victims as we do trying to get NFL players to stand up during the National Anthem? Imagine what could be accomplished if we used that same energy to combat gun violence and/or drug abuse in and around our communities? Just picture what this world would look like if we really cared deeply about people and loved them unconditionally enough to truly show them and tell them of the love of Jesus. What could happen if we loved with the same passion that we are boycotting the NFL and vitriolically lambasting each other and the NFL and the players on social media or in our conversations?
What difference will it really make in the world if all NFL players stand for the National Anthem? Can you see the difference it would make in this world if we loved others with the same love that Jesus loved us? Jesus said, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will
prove to the world that you are my disciples” John 13:34-35 (NLT). Others will see Jesus and experience His love and grace in a very real way and may be transformed by it. Isn’t that what we, as the church, are all about?
Yet, like our society today, we lose sight of what truly matters only to be distracted by other things that really have no lasting significance. We fight over petty things and decisions in the church. We focus on everything else except what Jesus created the church to be. We say things that hurt each other, whether intentionally or not. Our worship can become less about God and more about how or what we do. We can get caught up in details and lose sight of the larger picture of what we, as the church, are called and sent to do.
Maybe we can learn a lesson from the US Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis. When a reporter asked him about the NFL players and the National Anthem, he replied, “I’m the Secretary of Defense. We defend the country.” He knew what his mission was and he wasn’t going stray from that. What would this world look like if we as the church, when faced with distractions, demonstrated in both word and action, “We are the church and as disciples of Jesus Christ, we love God, each other and our neighbor as ourselves. We make disciples of Jesus Christ so that the world may be transformed.” That’s our mission. “Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20). And Jesus is in that mission with us!
Grace and peace,
by Holly Harman Fackler, chair
Dear partners in service,
School has begun and that means the After School Program sponsored by Good Neighbors in the Village and hosted at Faith Lutheran Church is underway. And it means that you will see monthly nudges in this space offering you the chance to get involved in a program that is changing lives. During 2016-17, 24 adults and 16 high school students helped provide a supportive, interesting, and helpful learning (and play) environment to some 35 Liberty Union students who may otherwise have gone home to an empty house. Quite a few of those volunteers will return, but more are needed as we become better equipped to meet the academic challenges of our students and respond to their curiosity and interests. In particular, we need volunteers who can help our students explore their interest in music and singing. We need nature lovers, gardeners, bird watchers, woodworkers, scientists, mechanics, artists, crafters, etc. If you have a hobby that fascinates you, chances are that it might inspire one of “our” kids, especially if it can be introduced to them in a hands-on way. Volunteers don’t have to commit to being at the After School Program every day. You can come once and do a project. Or you can come once a week, or once a month, or everyday for a week. For more information, contact Kay Williamson (ASP administrator) at 740-407-7554, or Deb Fisher (ASP board chair) at 740-407-2245.
The Summer Lunch Program experienced lower attendance this year than last, causing us to question whether our model for getting food to children and families in need is the right one for our community. We have formed a working group to try to better understand the local need and consider options for 2018. Does our program need to look beyond delivering calories to examining ways in which we can help build the capacity of families to stretch food dollars and simultaneously get better nutrition? If you have an interest in being part of this working group, please contact me (see number below). All that said, we appreciate the efforts of kitchen leads, cooks, servers, cleaner uppers, door and restroom monitors, craft wizards, bakers, and all those who contributed time and talent toward this summer’s lunch program, or who provided
Our ramp builders have been pretty busy this year, but if you or someone you know has a legitimate need for a wheelchair ramp, please call us. We can help.
We’ve set Dec. 10 as our annual date for caroling. We’ll soon contact the music/choir directors at partner churches and invite them to contribute some voices. We also will need names and addresses of households that could use a visit from these bearers of Christmas cheer.
Good Neighbors’ weekly activities
* Bible study: 2 p.m. Mondays at Walnut Creek Village Apartments, led by Worth Harman
* Chair volleyball: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at CUMC Family Life Center, followed by a hot lunch at 11.
* After School Program: 2:30 to 6 p.m. every day that school’s in session.
Save the dates
- ASP board meeting, 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at Faith Lutheran Church
2. Good Neighbors quarterly board meeting, 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at New Zion UM Church
3. Caroling, Dec. 10
REMINDER: During the next few weeks, Meijer’s Simply Give program will benefit the Baltimore Food Pantry, a ministry that serves everyone in this community in one way or another. Between now and Sept. 16, Meijer will give $10 in food purchases to the pantry for every $10 you donate to the pantry when you visit the Lancaster store. And on the “double match days” of Sept. 1 and 2, Meijer will match each $10 donation with $20. Use the Simply Give cards being distributed among area churches or that are available near the checkouts at Meijer (be sure the bar code on the card is 0882002527). You can make your donation when you purchase your groceries.
Is God calling you
to be a Good Neighbor?
There is work to be done.
by Will & Ruth Beckwith
Meijer Simply Give Program
The Baltimore/Thurston Area Food Pantry will benefit from the Simply Give program at the Lancaster Meijer store from August 20th through September 16th.
Until then, if you make a $10 donation to the Baltimore Food Pantry at the Meijer checkout with your Simply Give card, Meijer will match your donation.
On September 1st & 2nd, your $10 donation will be double matched by Meijer, turning your $10 into $30. That’s a good deal!
Thank you for your continued support. May God bless each one of you.
Resumes September 5th at 10 a.m.
Join us as we study Walk As Jesus Walked by Ray VanderLaan
September 6th at 7 p.m.
by Ruth Ann Ford, director
Our choir is always delighted to have new members, so if you are one of those interested in singing praises to our God, please let Ruth Ann know so she can prepare your folder before that date. There are no auditions required–just a willingness to be faithful in attending practice and watching the director (even if she makes mistakes!).
Rehearsal time lasts for one hour only, and we also work in some fellowship and laughter during that hour, so call 740.862.4283, if you’re able to join us.
by Rhonda Miller
What a great time we had at Stoutsville Church Camp this year! Inspiring speakers, motivating videos, and lots of time to spend in fellowship with other campers.
With the help of several people, we were able to have the cabin open both weeks of camp from Tuesday, July 18th through Friday, July 28th. Many thanks to the people who went down to clean the cabin on the Saturday before camp. Plus many thanks to everyone who donated food, supplies, and their time.
Thirteen people came down and spent time at the New Zion cabin. Eight people stayed overnight, we had 2 children and 6 adults. One of the children accepted Christ while at Stoutsville this year!! Praise God for the moving of his Holy Spirit at camp!
There were many activities to celebrate the 100-year anniversary including a concert by the Gospel Harmony Boys.
Morning Bible study from the First Epistle of John
Dr. Campbell gave us a detailed breakdown verse by verse. I am still amazed at all that I learned from his teaching!
Afternoon: “Goliath MUST Fall”
While the children attended a Bible School in the Children’s Tabernacle, the adults watched and discussed a very interesting video from Louie Giglio called “Goliath MUST Fall” Using 1 Samuel 17, Louie explained how we need to have Jesus bring down the Goliaths in our lives. It is not God’s will for us to have giants in our lives to demoralize us and steal God’s glory from us. Some of the “giants” that Louie discussed made perfect sense to us– like anger, fear, rejection, and addictions. But the giant of “comfort” really made me sit up and take note!
The giant of “comfort” is a sneaky giant. When was a time when you had to put aside personal comfort in order to do something God asked you to do? The Christian life is not a spectator sport. It’s not about sitting in a comfortable church celebrating a Savior who led an uncomfortable life. Jesus did not come to live an easy life and retire in luxury. He came to fulfill a purpose, and he calls us to fulfill the mission that he gave to us. Can you see any areas in which your desire for comfort is limiting what you might do for God? Don’t wait until it’s too late. Remember the man with the many barns who was going to “retire” in luxury? Don’t live in ease saying you’ll serve God later in your life. God will accomplish his plans one way or another, yet God is inviting you to be part of his plans. It won’t always be comfortable. It won’t always be easy. Yet if you move in faith, God will always breathe life on your journey. – Louie Giglio
Evening Services with guest speakers from around the country
We heard some of the best preaching ever from people like Roy Lauter, Aaron Holley, Tom Hermiz, and Tim Burden. A couple quotes below:
Desperation implies that
I’ve come to the end of my road.
But greatness is most often achieved
in moments of desperation
because it’s at the end of our ability
that God gets to show off HIS!
— Aaron Holley
We stopped being fishers of men
and became keepers of the aquarium.”