Welcome to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church at Peach Bottom! We’re a small, friendly, family-friendly church in southern Lancaster County, PA, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Click here for directions. We share a mission with all United Methodist churches, making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
COVID-19 Update – Services Now Streaming Online!
Due to government meeting guidelines, worship services and other activities held at Mt. Zion are CANCELED until further notice. Also, Thursday evening Lenten services at our SOULanco Mission Link churches are canceled until further notice. Pastor Roger will “live stream” our prayers and his weekly message Sunday mornings at 11 using Facebook Live. Please be sure you Like and Follow our Facebook page at facebook.com/PBMtZionUMC/ so you’re ready.
Mt. Zion’s COVID-19 resources:
- Coronavirus Updates page – latest news from Mt. Zion about the Coronavirus.
- Coronavirus Discussion forum – How can we respond to the Coronavirus?
A pastor of another local congregation writes the following:
“There is no doubt that this virus is of grave concern and has some serious implications for heath care, travel, education, work and the economy. It would be foolish to ignore the scope of what is happening. We are encouraging you to not lose heart or give in to fear or panic. Jesus overcame sickness, death and destruction and he is LORD of all! He has not been caught off guard by this epidemic and neither is he confused about what is happening. Satan is the prince of this world, but he is only the prince, not the King. Satan promotes lies, isolation and fear, so let us choose not to follow his lead through this crisis.”
Watch the Video!
You can watch a recorded version of our March 22 livestream online worship service on our church Facebook page, facebook.com/PBMtZionUMC.
Video recordings of our prayers, our message for young people, and Pastor Roger’s sermon on March 15 are available on our YouTube channel. Links:
- Prayers of intercession, pastoral prayer against COVID-19
- Message of reassurance for young people
- Pastor Roger’s sermon, “Gimme that Living Water”
We worship together on Sunday mornings at 11:00, and celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Stop by for fellowship time at 10:30 Sunday morning.
Special Weekday Worship in Lent
Note: As mentioned above, our SOULanco Mission Link Thursday evening Lenten services are CANCELED until further notice.
Our SOULanco Mission Link churches are holding special weekday worship services during Lent, and you’re invited! Services are Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM. Here’s the schedule:
Thursday, March 26 – Rawlinsville UMC, Pastor Cathy Weaver preaching Thursday, April 2 – Mt. Nebo UMC, Pastor Chandler Evans preaching
- Thursday, April 9 (Maundy Thursday) – Pleasant Grove UMC, Rev. Garfield Greene preaching
- Friday, April 10 (Good Friday) – Mt. Zion UMC, Pastor Roger Kresge preaching
There’s a Google Maps link to each church.
Easter with Mt. Zion UMC
Click here to find out about Easter at Mt. Zion!
It Ain’t Over Until It’s Over
Or, the Continuing Saga…
With apologies to the late great Yogi Berra, Pastor Roger responds with words of reassurance to the most recent proposals to address the controversy within the United Methodist Church. Read his letter here. And keep our United Methodist Church in prayer, as we seek to find ways to grow through very divisive issues.
Winter weather will be here before you know it. When the weather forces us to cancel activities, here’s a list of places you’ll be able to hear about it:
- Right here on our website.
- WGAL-TV, and www.wgal.com/weather/closings
- WDAC 94.5 radio, and www.wdac.com/church-closings-and-delays/
- WJTL 90.3 radio, and www.wjtl.com/stationinfo/operation-snow-crew/
- Our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PBMtZionUMC
- On Twitter, at www.twitter.com/pb_umc
- And we’ll send out email and texts to those for whom we have contact information. Please make sure we have your up-to-date contact information!
Rawlinsville Camp Meeting 2020 is coming fast, with all kinds of special activities between now and opening day on July 27. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, the following RCM activities are canceled.
Annual Coconut & Peanut Butter Egg Sale by the RCM Ladies Auxiliary. Order deadline, March 16. Order pickup, April 1 at the Boarding House.
Annual Pot Pie Sale, Saturday, April 25.
Earthquakes in Puerto Rico, devastating fires in Australia. It seems like disasters are happening right and left. What can we do? See Pastor Roger’s blog, Disasters Happen, for some ways you can help people in need, both near and far, by donating to UMCOR.
You’ll find that we’re engaged in ministry, too, as a member of the SOULanco Mission Connection group of United Methodist congregations in southern Lancaster County. We’re proud to be part of Rawlinsville Camp Meeting as one of the founding churches. We support the Solanco Food Bank (Solanco Neighborhood Ministries), LUMINA, the new “Bare Essentials” clothing ministry, and the IMPACT! Missions housing ministry.
In 2020 Mt. Zion UMC continues to partner with IMPACT! Missions, a faith-based housing ministry dedicated to helping everyone have a home that’s warm, safe and dry. We’re doing a volunteer workday with IMPACT! Missions on the first Saturday of each month, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Contact Pastor Roger to sign up.
Want to get in touch, or ask questions? Click here for our Contact page.
You’ll also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
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