Worship, Grow, Serve

Worship
Worship is weekly at 10:25 am on all Sundays and lasts about an hour. We take Communion on the first Sunday in each month.  All who desire a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ are invited to join us at the Lord’s table.

Grow
Sunday School for all ages starts at 9 and lasts an hour.

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.

Currently two adult Sunday School classes are meeting: “Horizontal Jesus: How Our Relationships with Others Affect Our Experience with God.”  The cross-shaped life is both vertical (reaching toward God) and horizontal (reaching out to others). This practical study guide looks deeply into how we can live out the “one another” passages of Scripture. ” Coming studies include “James: Guidelines for a Happy Christian Life.”

Bible Study: Background and class discussion about Scripture.  This group is currently studying the letters of Paul.

Thursday Evening Bible Study, 6:30 p.m., beginning 9/12: Our next Bible Study will focus on “Galatians: Gospel of Grace.”  In this six-week study, we will reflect on each chapter of Paul’s letter to the Galatians.  (The study will also coordinate with the fall sermon series and children’s Sunday School lessons.)  Paul wrote his letter during a time of great tension. As we face similar division in our nation and church today, this Bible Study will help us consider how the gift of grace through faith in Jesus sets us free from the burden of sin and the law, and for unity in spite of our  differences, so that we can bear the fruit of love in Spirit-filled community. No book other than a Bible is required. Sign up on the form in the narthex or email Pastor Carol if you’d like to participate. Can’t come to every meeting?  Come when you can!

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.  Call 567-246-9892 for more information or find them on Facebook: Sunbeam Christian Preschool.

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.

Food Pantry: We run a community-supplied Food Pantry on the first and third Tuesdays from 10 to Noon.  Doors open at 9:30 for a time of fellowship and refreshments. Anyone in residing 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 at zionwhitehouseumc@gmail.com. (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.

TAP (Tutoring Assistance Program): 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.