AUGUST  2022

Parson’s points

         

       

    Time continues to march on as our search committee continues to diligently and carefully search out a new spiritual leader for our church and fellowship of believers. I pray that all will continue to support the committee as well as the continuing ministry of Zion Spies.

    The future for all of us is always something we cannot predict but the Hope and Faith of our Lord is a constant and is and always will be an unending source of guidance, direction, Hope and Love. I pray that all we always have the spirit of reliance on our Lord and seek to support and contribute in all ways possible to the future and life of our church.

    I realize my days are numbered but I plan to serve as long as it takes to establish a quality leader and relationship with our fellowship.

May all your prayers continue to support and encourage all of us in our continued service and love with one another and the future experiences and growth of our fellowship of believers.                                          In His Light, Pastor M

610-987-6637


PASTOR MARISSEAU WILL BE AWAY

August 1st - August 8th Please contact the church office 610-779-9787 or Sue Barnett

610-921-2286 if you have an emergency.


AUGUST 7th

While the Pastor is away Max Muller will share the morning message.


MEN’S MINISTRIES

As always, Zion’s (Spies) Men’s Fellowship invites all men of the congregation to participate in our meetings and activities.

Next Meeting-8:00 A.M. - August 13th


HOLY COMMUNION - August 14th

During the 10:30 A.M. service

Pre-filled elements given at the gate.


BREAKFAST CLUB

August 10th, @ 8 A.M. @ Temple Family Rest.

August 30th, @ 8 A.M. @ Breakfast Hut


CONSISTORY MEETING

Our next meeting will be MONDAY,

August 15th @ 7:00 P.M.


AUGUST RETREAT

Keep Saturday, August 20th free to join us at our retreat. The day runs from 10am-2pm. Lunch will be served. Held in the Social Hall.

We will be showing “Moses”- Sight/Sound DVD.


AUGUST 21st

Jack & Mary Swartz will share the message


FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY

IN THE GROVE WITH DOUG & LIZ GRAYBILL

August 27, 2022 12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M.

Flags may be brought Aug. 28th and be presented In Memory or In Honor of someone or given to Sue Barnett. Light refreshments. This is a community event invite friends and neighbors!!!


CROW HILL BLUEGRASS- AUGUST 28th

Come join us Sunday morning @ 10:30 A.M.

for some great music.


WOMEN’S MINISTRIES

 It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the loss of our President, Linda Petersheim.

The Lord took her from us to join her with her husband, Glenn, in heaven. Her position in Women’s Ministries is being filled by our new President, Mollie Prey, and the new Vice President, Kathy Szpak.
     A great big thank you is due to the women of the church who made the Women’s Ministries’ bake sale at Zion’s Spies flea market so successful! What baked goods were not sold on Saturday was then offered for a donation after church on Sunday. One thing is certain, and that is the fact that the women of Zion’s Spies Church always come through for us whenever we make a request.
     As always, we invite all women of the church to join us for our monthly meetings the second Tuesday of each month as we strive to keep God at the center of our “busyness”.
     Next meeting is August 9th at 11:00 A.M.


LUNCHES FOR THE HOMELESS
The next date for us to make lunches for the homeless is after church on Sept. 18th. There is a sign-up sheet on the table under the pavilion for those who wish to contribute items. Please sign up if you will be contributing at this time and also please bring your donations in the week prior (Sept 12th), with the exceptions of the bread and fresh fruit.

They are no longer taking clothes, blankets or sleeping bags. Donations they do need are hand soap, wipes, toilet paper, and paper towels. Envelopes available from Sue Barnett if you would like to make a monetary donation. Our thanks to all that support this mission. Because God gives us all we need, we should give to those in need.


NEWLETTER ARTICLES

ARE DUE THE SECOND TO LAST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH. This Month August 22nd.


2023 CALENDARS

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


CARD SHOWER LISTS

Card shower lists for members of our congregation 80 yrs. of age and over provided by Evangelism Outreach, the list is available on our church website www.zionspieser.com or see Sue on a Sunday morning. Each month try to honor these special folks.


BIBLE SUNDAY- Sept. 11, 2022


OLEY VALLEY FAIR

On Thursday, September 15th help is needed at the Oley Fair food stand. There will be 2 working shifts 9a.m. to 1p.m. & 1p.m. to 4p.m. A sign-up sheet will be on the table under the pavilion. Deadline for sign-up is September 8th.

Any questions call – Sue Barnett 610-779-9787 or 610-921-2286


REDNER’S SAVE A TAPE PROGRAM

This program is going well thanks to all who donate your receipts. Please give your receipts to Linda Wilson or drop off at the church office. 

Thank you


JUST A REMINDER! Please remember to notify the church office regarding anyone in the hospital or of any transfers from hospitals to home or to any other facility. It becomes difficult sometimes to keep up with everyone’s moves which results in extra traveling.

Thanks so much.


FLEA MARKET / BAKE SALE

Thanks to all who spent time on July 16th at our Flea Market/Bake Sale. If you had a flea market stand or bought things there, if you baked goodies for the baked sale table or ate them, or if you helped prepare food or ate food, I am sure you had a good time. We made $1,270.75 before any bills which we have not received yet. Thanks again to all who donated goods, cooked, baked, cleaned up, planned, or “just ate”.


STOLTZFUS DINNER

The Stoltzfus’s are again serving family-style meals-$18 per person. If interested please contact John or Eleanor Noll 610-929-5228

We would schedule for the latter part of September or October.


EVANGELISM & OUTREACH

Our mission to help the homeless Vets and others is very successful, but the need continues, we will be making 30 lunches again on

September 18th to be distributed to the homeless vets. We will be looking for small bags of chips, pretzels, tastycakes, fresh fruit, small plastic containers of fruit or applesauce, (ones that don’t need a can opener). There is a sign-up sheet on the table under the pavilion or call Sue in the church office 610-779-9787

They are no longer taking clothes, blankets or sleeping bags. Donations they do need are hand soap, wipes, toilet paper, and paper towels. Envelopes available from Sue Barnett if you would like to make a monetary donation.

Next Lunches September 18th


STATISTICS

ATTENDANCE

MAY                                                 JUNE

1                61 & 1 dogs                     5               76 & 2 dogs

8                69 & 1 dogs                    12               56 & 2 dogs

15              62 & 3 dogs                    19               73 & 2 dogs

22              68 & 3 dogs                    26               78 & 2 dogs

29              92 & 4 dogs

MEMBERSHIP

July 31, 2022 267

GAINS (0)

LOSSES / TRANSFERRED (0)

DEATHS (2)

Richard Caplinger, Linda Petersheim


Respectfully submitted,

Susan Barnett, Secretary


CHURCH TREASURER’S REPORT

MAY 2022

Congregational Offering Receipts $11,108.00

Total Operating Expenses $11,555.00

JUNE 2022

Congregational Offering Receipts $ 8,212.00

Total Operating Expenses $11,890.00

Respectfully Submitted, Susan Barnett


SEARCH COMMITTEE REPORT

We are meeting with one of the candidates to extend an offer, if he accepts the offer we will schedule a trial sermon date. The trial sermon date will be posted and we hope everyone makes every effort to come to the service, there will be a vote after the service is complete.

We pray God’s leads us in all that we do.


STEWARDSHIP

At the meeting of the stewardship committee on July 18th we saw that we are holding our own on all expenditures except fuel and snow/grass removal. Our next meeting will be on

October 17th at which time we will begin to look at a proposed budget for 2023. Anyone who would like to be a part of that process is welcome to join us. Due to recent changes in the economy and our circumstances it will be quite the challenge. All input will be greatly appreciated.


SHARE YOUR MUSICAL TALENTS

Anyone who would like to share their musical talents with the congregation please see or call Jeff Griffin 610-217-7624.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR MUSIC

A huge thank you to all that have provided special music.  We have been so blessed with music!


GENEALOGY RESEARCH

If anyone is interested in researching their family genealogy, contact Mary Swartz for help and direction. 610-721-4448


CHURCH SERVICES

Church services will continue to be held in the grove. Either stay in your car and tune to 87.9 FM or bring your chairs and sit in the shade. We also broadcast live on facebook. Go to Zion Spies Evangelical Reformed Church facebook page and you can watch live. Or follow the link on our website.

We plan to move back into the church by September 25th for Harvest Home.







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 Jessica Houck 610-823-0183.If you have any questions about this list or our  prayer chain you can see Jessica Houck or Bob Hallman. New lists will be available the Sunday following our monthly prayer meetings.

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