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.

Grow
Body and Soul Tuesdays, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month: Bible Study from 2:30 – 3:30. Food Pantry open from 4-6 p.m. Food Pantry volunteers and customers are invited to participate. (Participation in Bible Study is not required to use the Food Pantry.) Pantry customers can pick up their groceries immediately following the meeting. All are welcome, especially newcomers to Bible study. We will be discussing Bible passages from the upcoming suggested reading. If you have your own Bible, please bring it. If you don’t, that’s OK! We’ll have copies available for you to use. If you’re new to Bible Study, you are welcome!

Lenten Bible Study, weekly on Tuesdays at 2:30, 2/28-4/4: “The Hard Words of Jesus,” Led by Pastor Carol. Even Jesus’ disciples found some of his teachings difficult to understand. We’ll discuss some of them in our Lenten Bible Study. All are invited, regardless of familiarity with the Bible.

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.

Serve
6th Annual Electronics Recycling Day, Sat., 1/21. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the church parking lot. The event is free and open to the public. Zion is located at 10926 Maumee Street in Whitehouse. All are invited to come and dispose of their unwanted electronic devices in an environmentally responsible way. Among the devices that can be disposed of are computers, servers, monitors, displays, networking hardware, cell phones & PDAs, stereo equipment, printers, scanners, projectors, speakers, memory, cameras & camcorders, keyboards & mice, video game consoles, storage devices, and flash drives. Household batteries in Ziplock bags will also be accepted.  (Unfortunately, televisions of any kind, CRT Monitors, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, light bulbs, and household appliances cannot be accepted.) More information can be found here.

Food Pantry: We run a community-supplied Food Pantry on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00.  Anyone who lives, works, or worships in the Anthony Wayne School District who needs food assistance is invited to use the Pantry. No documentation is required.

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. Items can also be dropped off in the storage bin near the parking lot door. (Please, no expired items, since we don’t offer anything we wouldn’t buy for ourselves at the store.) If your garden is overflowing, we also have some capacity to hand out recently-delivered produce; please contact us before dropping off produce. If you would like to help by donating or volunteering, contact the church office at 419-877-5820 or email us.

You can also find the Food Pantry on Facebook: Anthony Wayne Food Pantry.

Weekend Food Bags for Children: 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!).

Electronics Recycling Day: We hold an annual Electronics Recycling Day in January, when the community is invited to bring their electronic devices for safe and environmentally friendly disposal. We can always use help with unloading vehicles. Check our events page for details.

Christmas Assistance: Zion coordinates the Christmas Assistance program for the Anthony Wayne School District. Sponsors can specify the size of family they would like to “adopt,” and they receive details about their family’s needs, sized, etc. It’s up to the sponsor how they would like to support their adopted family. If you would like to sponsor a family, or have more questions, let us know any time by emailing zionumcadopts@gmail.com, and we will put you on our sponsor list.

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.

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.