In-Person Worship Resumes
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: We have resumed in-person worship at Mt. Zion effective in July 2020, with a brief hiatus over Christmas due to Governor Wolf’s emergency shutdown request. We will continue to practice appropriate safety measures, including wearing masks, taking temperatures, safe distancing, etc. Read our updated Coronavirus procedures here.
We will have online worship Sunday mornings at 11, along with a special online message for young people each Sunday at 12 noon. Online worship address is bit.ly/watchmtzion. I thank our church leaders for their input and suggestions. Blessings to all! – Pastor Roger
New: Just for Young People
As noted above, Pastor Roger has added a special message for young people, available on our church Facebook Video channel, bit.ly/watchmtzion. A new message will be posted each Sunday at 12:00 PM, and will be available on demand at any time after that.
New: Online/Electronic Donations!
Now Mt. Zion is able to accept your donations online, electronically. We know that giving is a challenge when we’re not able to gather in person for worship. Support our ministries using your major credit card. Just click on the Donate button below:
You can use major credit/debit cards, and you can even set up automatic scheduled donations. And even though it’s done with PayPal, you do not need a PayPal account. Plus, it’s secure.
Emergency Food Needs
Food needs list updated as of April 30! Many of our neighbors need food assistance thanks to the COVID-19 situation. Click here for the list of food needs from Solanco Neighborhood Ministries.
Mt. Zion UMC COVID-19 Update!
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?
- New Dates – Details on rescheduling of our various United Methodist conferences.
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.”
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. Due to the Coronavirus, all of our United Methodist conferences where these issues would have been dealt with have been rescheduled, with dates as far away as August 2022. Check out the new dates here.
Hurricanes, earthquakes, devastating fires. 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 began working 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.
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