Over the last six years that I have been among you, we have been praying for New Zion. Three years ago that prayer took the form of our 7:24 prayer that we would pray at 7:24 in the morning and in the evening. Our prayer then was and still is, “What’s next, Papa? What dream do you have for our church that only You can fulfill? Let us at New Zion see the new possibilities you have for us to reach new people and make new disciples for Jesus Christ. Amen.” We pray trusting God and God’s Word. We pray believing God’s promise to Israel and to us through the prophet Isaiah, “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?” (Isaiah 43:19a NLT).
We have seen and experienced some new things already and we will see other new things happening over the next few months. There is new sound equipment which allows for enhancements in what we can do with music and drama in worship. As his Eagle Scout project, Tristan White designed and built a prayer garden in the wooded area on our grounds. We’ve seen new playground equipment for children installed and the play area moved. We will breaking ground to improve accessibility to all levels of our building to improve our handicap parking. God is doing new things. Do you not see it?
Those are all tangible things. We have seen new enthusiasm stirring in people with new outlooks. There’s been a new desire to connect with our neighbors. One group covered the area within 3 miles of our building with around 1500 packets that contained Vacation Bible School information and New Zion Kids information and a survey about the needs of our community. We received some surveys back and have had a new guest as we’ve reached out. We’ve planted yard signs for Vacation Bible School and created a new internet link to the kid’s page on our website, NZKids.org. Whoever goes there can find out about our ministry to kids and registration for Vacation Bible School and New Zion Kids. July 2, we are launching a redesigned Sunday School for kids that will have the feel of Vacation Bible School and the excitement that goes along with that. We can provide transportation and have many volunteers lined up to help. God is doing new things. Can you see it?
On September 3, we will be moving to one worship time with a blended style of worship. We will also be seeing changes occur to move us so that we can offer more excellent worship to God as the body of Christ. Our Sunday School will move to starting at 9:00 a.m. and our worship together will begin at 10:10 a.m. Romans 10:10 (NLT) says, “For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” One way we openly declare our faith is by worshiping together and we will do that as we worship together at 10:10 each Sunday. God is doing a new thing. Do you see it? Will you be a part of it?
These are all changes that we can see, but the real change has to be in each of our hearts. We can make all these changes, but still not impact the world like Jesus calls us to do. We need to be changed from the inside out as well. Neil Cole said it well when he said, “Jesus didn’t come to earth just to change your Sunday morning routine. He came to change your life every day and in every way.” Let Him do a new thing in you. You won’t regret it.
Grace and peace,
Sunday, July 16 to Friday, July 28, 2017
Would you like to have a “family-friendly” camping experience this summer? Did you know that our church, New Zion, owns a cabin on the campgrounds at Stoutsville Camp close to Circleville? That’s right! The cabin is open to anyone from New Zion who wants to come and stay. Why not plan to bring your family down to camp and spend a day, a night, or even a week during Stoutsville Camp Meeting the last two weeks of July. There is NO CHARGE to come to the camp for your family, and we have a wonderful, cozy cabin on the grounds! OH, and did I mention, you don’t even have to pay for meals! All food for our cabin is donated.
This year camp officially begins Sunday evening, July 16th, and runs through Friday, July 28th. Our church’s cabin will be open beginning Sunday afternoon, July 16th. We will have a light Sunday supper, served at 5 p.m. and dessert following the evening evangelistic service that starts at 6 p.m. on Sundays.
To celebrate the Centennial, we would like to invite everyone from New Zion to bring friends and family to a POTLUCK at noon on Saturday, July 22nd. Drinks and table service will be provided. If you have never been down to the cabin, this is the PERFECT chance to get to tour the grounds.
Stoutsville Camp is a non-denominational family church camp. There is a children’s Vacation Bible School from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. There are youth activities four times a day (10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and Ring Circle at 10 p.m.) (Youth must be going into the 7th grade to stay without parents. Children younger can stay with a parent). Afternoons hold recreational activities and tournaments like volleyball, soccer, basketball, and softball. There are also youth fun days, a youth band, a youth talent show, and special speakers.
Adults also have activities together like Bible studies, videos, and guest speakers. Each evening at 7 p.m. there is an evangelistic service, which all age groups attend, where guest evangelists come in from all over the country to speak (we have some really terrific ones this year for the Centennial celebration!)
I will put sign-up sheets in the foyer beside the sanctuary for food donations for the cabin meals. If you can sign up to help keep the New Zion cabin open, please give Rhonda Miller a call (740-862-4921). In order to keep the cabin open, we need people willing to help prepare meals and oversee the routine at our cabin (including monitoring any youth who might be staying). We plan to have the cabin open all two weeks.
Please begin praying for the camp, the workers, the youth, the evangelists, and everyone attending camp. Be sure to visit the camp website for pictures from last year’s camp. Go to www.stoutsvillecamp.com.
Hi my name is Avtandil Anarbekov.
I’m an exchange student from Kyrgyzstan. While here in the US, I’m doing a service project with Heartbeats of Newark. This is a pregnancy care center.
I will be collecting items and donations to help supply their store where clients can use “points” earned in parenting classes to “spend” on baby supplies. They are in need of consumable items for example: bottles, formula, pacifiers, diapers and new or gently worn baby clothes.
There will be a box and baby bottle (for monetary donations) in your church lobby.
Thanks for your consideration.
In a world that seems to run on money, greed, power, and more,
what would our world look like if it ran on the love of God?
How can we infuse this world changing love into our lives?
April 23 – The Distracted Life
April 30 – Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher
Monday, April 17
Wednesday, April 19
6-9 p.m. at Christ UMC, Baltimore, in the Family Life Center
Class will be limited to 30 women.
Please contact Pastor Rick Stuhmer if you are interested.
Your help is requested to collect the following items for VBS. Please place them in the box provided in the Narthex.
Small plastic bowls (i.e., empty margarine containers)
Foil pie tins
Plastic baggies, pint size (zip lock style, not fold top)
Squeeze squirt bottles
Empty plastic water bottles
Paper towel tubes
Ping pong balls
Plastic straws (no bend)
All proceeds will be given to Mission Outreach
If you are interested in working with Mission Outreach, you are invited to attend the April 10th, 7:00 p.m. meeting. We will be planning activities and fund raisers for the spring and summer.
Future activities are a Spaghetti Dinner in May, Pancake Breakfast for the church and/or Food Pantry, finishing the playground, working with the Teen Serve program this summer, and summer lunch program.
If you have any outreach ideas, please come and share. If you have an interest, but unable to attend, please let us know, so we can keep you informed on plans made. Geb & Margo Bader, (740) 862-4775