Worship, Grow, Serve

Worship
Sunday worship services are held  at 10:25 a.m. We celebrate Communion on the 1st Sunday of each month. All who desire a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ are invited to join us at the Lord’s table.

Christmas Eve Service of Candlelight and Carols, Fri., 12/24, 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome at this family-friendly service as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Serve
Serve with us in the regular programs we offer (described below), or check our Events page to learn about what we are currently doing to meet the needs of our community and the world.

Health Care Prayer Squares: Let health care workers know that they are not forgotten as the pandemic rages on by knitting, crocheting, or sewing “prayer squares. Drop off your squares in the plastic storage box labeled “Food Pantry” by the parking lot door, and we’ll deliver them to local hospitals.  The instructions are simple:
* Make your squares approx. 5″ x 5″.
* Use yarn/fabric that can be machine washed and dried.
* Use any color or pattern you like.
* Pray for the health care worker who will receive your square.
* Drop off your squares in the plastic storage box labeled “Food Pantry” by the parking lot door.

Food Pantry: We run a community-supplied Food Pantry on the first and third Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00.  We are using a drive-through plan to minimize exposure and maximize safety for all. During inclement weather, we will use a one-way pat through the church for grocer pick-up. Masks are required. (When coronavirus restrictions are lifted, doors will open at 3:30 for a time of fellowship and refreshments.) Anyone in residing, working, or worshiping in the Anthony Wayne School District needing food assistance is invited to come.  If you would like to help, contact the church office at 419-877-5820.

The pantry survives on donations from the community so if you would like to help by giving nonperishable food items, please call the church or email us. (Please, no expired items since we are forbidden to distribute such items.) If your garden is overflowing, we also have some capacity to hand out recently-delivered produce.

We are also collecting single-serve portions of non-perishable fruits and single-serve “main dishes” requiring minimal preparation (mac-n- cheese/pasta cups, etc.) to include in weekend food its for AW students at risk for hunger. (Please, no perishable items. We have plenty of chips, cookies, etc.)

Please place donations in the storage container near the door in our parking lot, and then contact us to let us know it’s there (so we can make sure it goes to students and not to critters!).

TAP (Tutoring Assistance Program): (This ministry is currently suspended due to COVID.) In three sessions in the fall and spring, we offer TAP (Tutoring Assistance Program), a tutoring program for primary students at the nearby Whitehouse Primary school who are in need of extra help.  It is held after school every Wednesday for about 10 weeks.  It is surprising how a little extra help and the same information said in a different way, combined with one-on-one attention, can make a big difference in a child’s life!

Once a month (usually the 3rd Wed.), we invite the families of our TAP students to join us for dinner, so that we can all get to know each other better.

Zion also serves through other community projects throughout the year such as Operation Christmas Child, the community-wide Christmas Assistance program, and clothing and blanket collections, and an Electronics Recycling Day.

Grow
Advent Bible Study (in person), Thursdays, 12/2-23, at 2:00 p.m. Now in person!  “The Wonder of Christmas” with Ed Robb and Rob Renfroe. Through the lens of a star, a name, a manger, and a promise, tis video study explores the true wonder of Christmas. A book is available but not required. If you purchase one, please remember to use iGive or Amazon Smile so that your purchase will benefit Zion. All are invited to attend, especially those who are new to Bible Study! Contact Pastor Carol if you would like more information.

Sunday School for all ages ordinarily starts at 9 and lasts an hour but is suspended due to COVID. Typically, Sunday School for children and teens frequently focuses on the scripture to be used in worship, providing some background to make the sermon more meaningful for young people. We have two adult Sunday School classes. One focuses on study and discussion of Scripture. The other uses book based life-application studies such as “Horizontal Jesus: How Our Relationships with Others Affect Our Experience with God” and “James: Guidelines for a Happy Christian Life.”

Faith and Science Program: Zion UMC member and lay speaker Ron Myers has prepared a multi-media program entitled “Faith and Science Need Not Collide.”  A physicist who worked in industry doing applied scientific work, Ron is a 40-year member of the American Scientific Affiliation, an organization devoted to faith-science issues. Ron is available to present his program to groups of adults or teenagers, in meetings, retreats, worship.  You can see his program here.

Sunbeam Christian Preschool meets in our church building under the direction of owner Sandi Hood. 3-year-olds meet Tuesday and Thursday, and 4-year-olds meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Both groups have Bible lessons included in their schedule twice a week, led by their teachers and Pastor Carol.  Miss Sandi has taken all state-mandated requirements for COVID safety in her classrooms. Call 567-246-9892 for more information or find them on Facebook: Sunbeam Christian Preschool.