Zion United Methodist Church
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Stepping out in faith to be Christ to others in the world


                        THE GOOD NEWS FROM ZION                                                 ZION UNITED METHODIST  CHURCH   
May/June  2017                             E-MAIL: zionumc@historiczionumc.org

     ”The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
A Note From The Pastor...
Dear Friends in Christ,
Please join me in reading these words for Philippians 1:3-10 (NRSV)
Paul’s Prayer for the Philippians:
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.  I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.  It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart,[d] for all of you share in God’s grace[e] with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.  For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus.  And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10 to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless.
     Scripture is beautiful and holy inspired and is useful in so many ways.  I love to look for scriptures that I can use as a prayer.  Paul is a very eloquent “pray-er” and many parts of his letters were prayers written for the churches he planted and work well for churches today.  With a few adaptations this makes a beautiful prayer for a church to pray for its members and its community and its pastor.  It is one of the ones I used as I prepared my heart to come and be in ministry with you.
     It went something like this:  “Hear my prayer O God, I thank God every time I remember you, Zion UMC, and I constantly lift you up to God in joy in every one of my prayers, remembering and celebrating all the prayers you have prayed since your beginning in 1859.  I know that many pastors and lay people have worked together for good to bring the good news of God’s love in Jesus Christ to Spotsylvania.  I hold you in my heart and lift up a prayer for God’s grace to be upon us all.  May the compassion of Jesus Christ be ours from this day forth.  May the love of Christ overflow from us and into the world.  In Jesus name I pray.”
     I still pray this prayer for you.  I invite you to search the scriptures and create your own prayers – for yourselves, for your families and friends,  for Zion, and for our community.
     Keep the faith and keep on praying, it is the foundation and power of everything we do for God, it is our way of receiving instructions from the Lord through the Holy Spirit,
Grace and Peace to you, Pastor Kim
Another installment on the life of the pastor

Psalm 99:5 - Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.

Question:  When does a pastor worship?
     Well the obvious answer is Sunday morning at 8:45 and 11 if you attend Zion UMC.  But maybe not.... it is very hard for the person creating and conducting worship to be fully present in a way that enables them to worship.  It is not impossible and every Sunday there is some moment when I am inspired and worshipping in the moment.  But to be honest it is very hard to be present during a hymn when you are thinking about the next part of worship.  
     So the real answer to the question: when does the pastor worship is when she is somewhere else participating as a congregant and not as the worship leader.  This is why I enjoy and am fulfilled by my time away.  When I am at a conference there is worship and it is always awesome.  When I went to Houston last September for the international Methodist Clergywomen's conference and  World Methodist Council we had  preachers from all over the world.  There were new songs to learn and sing and inspiring dramas..  We prayed and held hands with one another.  It was inspiring.  It was uplifting.  It gave my spirit a lift to participate and not make it happen.  When I go to the Bishops Convocation prayer or the pastors convocation or annual conference and even a Board of Ordained ministry meeting or a district clergy meeting there is wonderful worship that fills me up.
     And of course there are always opportunities to worship around home.  After Kevin and I were married at Sydenstricker UMC I was working at Springfield and Sydenstricker had a Saturday evening service that we attended together.  I have been looking around Fredericksburg for such a venue and have seen that St. George's Episcopal church has a Celtic service at 5:30 pm on Sunday.  I am hoping to make it there soon but some Sundays I have other church events and some Sundays I am just too exhausted...but God will provide.  
     Got a question about the pastor’s life?  Send me an email or ask me in person and we can make that the topic of the next newsletter article.

With love and prayers, Kim

                          From the Pantry Coordinator
     Food Pantry is humming along!  There is a Food Bank Luncheon and conference May 11 from 9 am to 2 pm at Salem Fields Church--any and all regular food pantry volunteers are invited to attend!  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Todd Martinsen by April 30th.
     A huge thank you to all who came out April 8th to help get the Community Garden in shape for the spring!  Youth and adults worked together to clear/mulch paths, plant greens, garlic, cabbage and onions, put pest deterrents into place and weed/trim/mow. The flowers are in bloom--pop down and have a look!  
With Thanks,
      J. Todd Martinsen,
      Emergency Food Pantry Coordinator*

**Got old carpet sitting in the garage that you have been meaning to take to the dump?  We could use it at the garden for ground hog control.  Please contact a gardener and we will take it away for you and put it to good use.

      The church experiences God's mission as it pours itself out for others, crossing all boundaries to identify with the struggles and needs, the yearnings and sorrows, the joys and fears, the confusion and doubt, and the quest for human dignify among all people everywhere, especially those regarded as the least of God's children…    excerpt from the Theology of Mission statement of the United Methodist Church


     The Ronald McDonald House is thrilled to

see so many pop tops coming in.  Please continue to save pop tops.  THANKS SO MUCH.     
      Joyce Fairbanks, Coordinator

     Kits for Conference time is here! Pastor Kim will take the kits to the Virginia United Methodist Annual Conference. Zion has always been very generous to persons in need. If you would like to donate a check to help pay for the shipping ($1) or the cost of toothpaste, please write the check to Zion with Kits for Conference in the memo. Thank you for your kindness.
     You will find listed below the kinds of kits and the items needed for each one. The Quilters have already made some beautiful school bags.! They will be available on the first Sunday in May.
     You will see the items listed in this newsletter and later in the bulletins as inserts.  Thank you all so much. 
Kits for Conference Coordinators,     
Donna Lloyd and Jeanne Hagerman
Here are the needed items for each Conference Kit and the instructions for collecting items:
Birthing Kit:  Place these items inside a sealed one-gallon plastic bag. 1 hotel-size bar of soap (1 oz. and up); 1 pair of clean latex gloves; 1 square yard of clear 4 mil plastic sheeting; 3 pieces of clean string each 12" long; 1 clean single use razor blade (carefully wrap the blade in paper or plastic to protect it and keep it from causing injury); 2 flannelette receiving blankets, each 1 square yard. All items included in kits must be NEW items.
Health Kits:  1 hand towel (15”x25” up to 17”x27”, no kitchen towels); 1 washcloth; 1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized); 1 metal nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers); 1 bath-sized bar of soap (3 oz. and up); 1 toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, no child-size brushes); 6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages (Band-Aids). (NOTE: DO NOT INCLUDE TOOTHPASTE! UMCOR Sager Brown is now purchasing toothpaste in bulk to be added to health kits before shipping to ensure that the product does not expire before they are sent.) Seal all items in a 1-gallon plastic bag.
School Kits:  1 pair blunt scissors (rounded tip); 3 pads (or loose leaf) of 81/2”x11” ruled paper (approx. 250 sheets total); 1 30-centimeter ruler; 1 hand-held pencil sharpener; 6 unsharpened pencils with erasers; 1 large eraser, 21/2”; 1 box of 24 crayons (only 24).
Baby/Layette Kits:  6 cloth diapers; 2 shirts or 2 one-piece body suits; 2 baby washcloths; 2 gowns or sleepers; 2 diaper pins; 1 sweater open in the front; 2 receiving blankets. Bundle the items inside one of the receiving blankets and secure with the diaper pins.
Sewing Kits:  3 yards of cotton or cotton-blend, solid color or print fabric (must be 3 yards of uncut fabric); 1 pair sewing scissors; 1 package of needles; 1 spool of thread; 5-8 matching buttons. Wrap sewing notions in the fabric and place in a sealed one-gallon plastic bag.
Bedding Kits:  2 flat sheets (double size/not fitted), 2 pillows, 2 pillow cases. 
IMPORTANT Packing Instructions:  All items included in kits must be NEW items. All emergency kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations. Since strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items — nothing more.
 Do NOT include any personal notes, money or additional materials in the kits. Kits should be packed in boxes with only one type of kit in each box, with the contents clearly written on the outside of the box.
Monetary donations include:  $1 per kit for processing and shipping; $1 for UMCOR to purchase toothpaste in health kits.
Micah Ministries
     The next Micah breakfast is May 29, 2017, at the VFW building, Princess Anne Street and Route 1, 7am for setup, 7:30-8:30am serve breakfast, 8:30am cleanup.  The food sign-up sheet will be in the sanctuary the first of May if you can participate.  This is always a humbling opportunity to reach out to our community in need.
     The upcoming Micah breakfast dates are:  July 31, 2017 and October 30, 2017.
Linda Struebing
Micah Breakfast Coordinator

     April 18, 2017 at 6:30pm brings our UMW Fredericksburg District President J. M. Gallier to our Monthly Meeting to share her UMW experience and we are looking forward to her visit.  Vivien Richardson leads the meeting and Margaret Rumuly takes the notes...
     For May and June Monthly Meeting, we  celebrate Ladies Night Out at Castiglias on Route 208 at 6pm--join us and bring a friend.  Joyce Messer coordinates and Lisa Hockman will share Devotions.
On May 21 (during Worship), the UMW Mission Pin Award will be presented by Carolyn Messer during a Ministry Moment and after Worship, we will offer a UMW Salad Fundraiser in the Fellowship Hall.
     June 10 (Saturday) at noon, we celebrate Jason Brugman's Graduation with lunch for everyone in the Fellowship Hall...
     June 18, Father's Day, Lisa Hockman coordinates the Worship service with Ladies of our UMW.   Our June 20 Monthly Meeting at 6:30pm will be led by Donna Lloyd with Arlene Crislip as note taker.  Vivien will share Devotions and Maxine Hulon Refreshments.
     We look forward to your participation in serving God through developing  creative supportive fellowship and expanding concepts of mission.
Joyfully Always, Zion United Methodist Women
                        FRED CAMP 2017
                       July 3-July 8
       Repairing hearts and homes for over a decade!

      Woo-Hoo!!  Its Fred Camp time again!  Fred Camp is a local, non-profit corporation that exists to bring together youth and adult volunteers for one week each year.  Together they live and work in a Christian community, performing critical home repairs and remodeling for low-income individuals and families in our community.  This year Fred Camp 2017 will be held July 3-July 8.
     The Zion Church family supports this outreach ministry in many ways.  These are ways you can help:
  • The Zion family will provide the evening meal for all campers one day of camp. The food will be provided we just need hands to help serve.
  • Zion will also provide lunches for up to 10 workers at a work site each day of the week Monday-Friday.
Thanks for your help,
Dianne Williams, Coordinator
August 11 and 12, 2017
     Zion will again participate in the School Dressing Days, sponsored by the Interfaith Council, on Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12 at the LDS Church at 1710 Bragg Road, Fredericksburg, VA.
     We will have a kick-off for this project  on Sunday, June 19,  by having a SOCKS & “UNDIESUNDAY.  You are asked to bring underwear and/or socks for school- aged children, kindergarten through 12th grade.
     Suggestions:  Boys and Men-Boxers or Boxer Briefs.  Colored Briefs  okay for small Boys.  Older boys prefer boxers--no “tidie- whities” please!
Girl and  Jrs. (Medium & Large Sizes) Bikini and Hipster Underwear           
Women’s Socks (NO-SHOW or Multicolored )   Boys and Men’s Socks--All styles
We will collect the items you bring during the Children’s service.                                                                                                                                                                                                         
     This is my fifth year as coordinator.   We have had a wonderful response from members since we have been doing this mission, and I hope we can continue our effort this year.  Zion has been asked specifically to donate Girls Jeans (size 10 and 12), deodorant, soap, and backpacks.   Beginning Sunday, JULY 2, there will be a container in the front of the sanctuary in which you  place your donations.   We are not collecting used clothing this year.   However, “gently used” coats, hoodies,  jackets, sweatshirts and “school appropriate” SHOES will be accepted.   If you prefer to make a monetary donation, you  do so by placing a check in the offering plate with a note designating ”SDD”, or by using the new e-giving method noting SDD as the recipient.
     There will be no Community Give this year, and we have not received the grants we have applied for yet, so the churches that are part of the Interfaith Community Council are being asked to help fill this void.
     I will also place a sign-up sheet on the back table in the sanctuary on that date for you to volunteer during the event, if you can.   Even an hour or two would be much appreciated.
     This is a huge outreach project, and reaches many needy children in Spotsylvania, as well as, Stafford, Caroline, King George Counties, and the City of Fredericksburg.
Thank you for your support.
Carol Rawls, Coordinator
Mid-Week Prayer Service Continues
Each Wednesday at 11:30am, Pastor Kim conducts a mid-week prayer service at Butternut and Blue.  We read scriptures eor Sunday and talk about them, then we pray.  All are welcome.
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Early Service:

    Summer is almost here!  Going to be out and about on a Sunday?  Don't forget our early worship service at 8:45am.  Lasts half an hour and then you can be on your way.                   
Worship Committee
     The Worship Committee is hard at work preparing the sanctuary for Zion’s Easter services.  Thank you, members of Zion, for helping us by purchasing lilies in memory of or honor of loved ones.  They are a beautiful symbol of the season.  Thanks to Peggy, Connie, and Betty for devoting their time and Zion love to decorate the sanctuary; to Dianne and Richard for preparing the living cross so that we adorn it with flowers and greenery; and to Christine, Cindy, and Amy for preparing the altar each week for services.  This spring Peggy and Jeanne are hard at work making new green paraments for our altar. 
     A time for confession:  the Bible restoration research was put aside since Advent.  The Crislip household, as with all of us, has been a wee bit overwhelmed and other events became a priority.  We have not forgotten that this needs to be done and with the coming of spring we have a renewed interest and determination to move forward with this.  If anyone wants to join Dennis Gallahan and me in this endeavor, please let us know.
Blessings to all.  Arlene Crislip

                Graduate Recognition Announced
     Zion will observe Graduate  Recognition during the 11 o'clock worship June 4.  If you know of a Zion family graduate, please send the Church office the following information:
                         Graduate's name
                          Parents' names
                          School graduating from
                          Future plans
Sunday School News
     The lessons in Adult Bible Study for  follow the theme, "God Loves Us."  The four lessons from the Book of Jonah highlight God's unconditional love for humans and the natural world, as well as God's continuing care and concern for individual and group relationships and development.
     June lessons follow the theme, "God's Urgent Call."  This theme reminds us that God continues to speak to us through the Written Word.  God calls ordinary people from diverse backgrounds to make a difference.  From the days of the judges to the prophets to early Church leaders, God called, and the faithful answered.
     The Book of Judges continues the history of Israel after Joshua's death.  God raised up a series of national leaders called judges.  Empowered by God, judges delivered the people from their enemies.
Maxine Hulon
Sunday School Superintendent
Retreats.  What are they?  Why do we take them?

     When you hear the word retreat do you think of the confederate army dropping back from the bloody angle?  That is one definition of retreat; to withdraw from enemy forces.  Another definition when we use the word as a noun: it is a place to be alone; i.e.  The front porch is my place to retreat from noise and busyness of family for a few minutes.
     But then there is the meaning in spiritual circles (doesn't have to be Christian).  Then the word "retreat" can be a time away (for a few hours, days, or even a month) to reconnect to God with prayer and other spiritual disciplines (like fasting).  A retreat is leaving ones everyday life to connect with God on a deeper level.
     Jesus did this often.  You can read Luke 5:16, Luke 6:12, Matthew 14:23 or Mark 1:35 and these all record Jesus going away for some time alone with God.  Can you imagine, Jesus, son of God, had to take time alone to be with God?  If Jesus needed more than a 20 minute morning devotion with God sometimes then I think we would be wise to do the same.
     As a spiritual leader it is imperative that I too take time away to be with God, to reconnect and rejuvenate my spirit as I spend time with the Holy Spirit.  This fills up my soul so I have something to give all of you.  When I go on retreat I am operating in the spirit of the airline which says "please put your own oxygen mask on first and then help others with theirs."  I cannot feed you spiritually if my well has run dry.
     But what happens on retreat?  Yes we connect to the divine mystery of the universe but that doesn't mean a retreat is a mystery.  Sometimes I join with others and we are led by a spiritual leader who helps us to connect with the divine by teaching us a new way to pray or illuminating a particular book of the Bible or a biblical concept like 'hospitality'.  Other times I go alone to pray and journal and walk among Gods creation to restore my soul.  Sometimes I go on retreat to step back and pray over what has happened in the last six months and pray about where God is leading us.  Sometimes it helps to step back and have some quiet un-interrupted time to work on a sermon series.  Sometimes I do all of the above.  Our conference suggests that pastors take at least one day a month and two or three days every quarter for retreat time.  
     And because spiritual formation is my gift, sometimes I am asked to lead others on retreats.  I find this fills my soul too as I prepare materials and pray and study in preparation  for leading the retreat.   And after it is over I come home pleasantly drained because I am so attentive to others souls but also rejuvenated to come and be in ministry with Zion UMC.  I always come away with so many good things, stories, experiences, etc that fill me for quite some time.
     There are many retreat opportunities offered in the VA UMC and at local retreat centers.  If you are interested in going on retreat and need some help finding a place I would be glad to help you find one to fit your needs.  Don't worry about the cost, there are usually scholarships available through the retreat center or from the church.
     I have led a few 'mini-retreat' times with all of you and am glad to prepare those any time for any group or committee.  It would be wonderful some day for us to take an overnight retreat together sometime.  

God bless you on your walk with God, Pastor Kim

Westview on the James
     Summer and the end of school are fast approaching and registration for Westview's "Branching Out" themed camp is in full swing!  Register now for a week of fun friendship, fellowship, and the opportunity to experience a deeper faith walk with the Lord.  Two extended sessions, for campers who want to stay for two weeks in a row, are being offered this summer.  For more information, visit www.westviewonthejames.org.
For millions of men and women, the church has been a hospital for the soul, the school for the mind, and the safe depository of moral ideas.”     
                                                 Gerald Ford
“Local churches and extension ministries provide the most significant arenas through which disciple-making occurs."
As I was surfing the web one day I came across this excellent letter from a UM pastor to his congregation…. Pastor Asher gave me permission to share it with you. Peace, Pastor Kim
Stump the Pastor: What are apportionments and Why Do Methodist Churches Pay Them?    https://pastorasher.wordpress.com/
     Occasionally I am asked to explain what apportionments are and why all United Methodist churches pay them.
     The United Methodist Church is involved in a remarkable ministry around the world.  While this sentence sounds correct and looks good on paper, it is not quite correct.   I think that the right way to say it is, “The PEOPLE of the United Methodist Church are involved and do remarkable ministry around the world.”  The truth is that organizations do not have a personal relationship with God, and organizations do not get involved in mission and outreach.  It is the members of individual church communities who are inspired by God’s grace in their own lives to come together, nurture their relationship with God and with each other, acknowledge their differences, and unite in order to be tools in God’s hands in every corner of God’s Creation, with the aim to make disciples for Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:16-20) for the transformation of the world.
     Together, we can extend a helping hand so that our neighbors can overcome formidable obstacles in times of crisis.  Together, we can reach children, families and communities who have experienced devastation in the wake of disaster.  Together, we can spread the gospel of peace and encourage cooperation locally, in our country and around the world.  Together we can help survivors of natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes.  Together we can invest in vulnerable communities, helping them to become self-sustaining.  Although we cannot cure diseases like malaria, together we can implement the most effective solutions known at this time to prevent these diseases from claiming lives. Together we can equip the next generation of Christians to lead the Church and society.
There is energizing synergy in being united and focused by a common mission.  By combining and focusing our efforts, each dollar spent goes further, reaches more people, and does more good.
     Apportionments are the mechanism that allows the PEOPLE of the United Methodist Church to do together what we cannot do as individual communities.  “Apportionments” is the amount that each individual church community is asked to pay in order to support the ministry of the people of the United Methodist Church as a whole; in other words, the apportionments that our church pays helps support regional, national, and international missions.  Apportionments is one of many ways that the United Methodist Church comes together to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
     Apportionments remind us that our faith and devotion to God is bigger than our immediate area. Apportionments remind us that all of us share the same planet and are tasked with taking care of our living environment (Genesis 2:15).  Apportionments remind us that all Methodists are connected to God and to each other whether they are down the road a piece or on the other side of the globe.
     I think of apportionments as our share of the global ministry of the United Methodist Church.  I also think of apportionments as the fuel for connectional ministry.  Apportionments are one of the ways that we work together as neighbors and God’s children united by the blood of Jesus; it is a vehicle that brings God’s Love and Grace into every corner of the known world (Acts 1:8).
     As a seminarian, one of my graduation requirements was to go on a cross-cultural trip.  I ended up going to Nicaragua and Costa Rica.  During that trip we witnessed first-hand the plight of the Christians in these countries, we heard their stories and we saw their challenges.  When our delegation came back to the USA, we made a joint decision to start raising money for Christians in Nicaragua.  I did several presentations around our conference; one student painted a poster and was selling prints; another student made and sold jewelry.  After we finished our fund-raising efforts, all the money was sent to our hosting church in Nicaragua.  Our hosts used the money to buy a dairy farm.  The church sold milk and milk-products on the open markets and used the proceeds to fund free schools for orphans in the country where a majority of children did not have parents or resources to attend public school.  In addition to free education, these children were also provided with breakfast and lunch; for most of them it was their only source of nutrition.  While these efforts were done outside of the United Methodist Church’s Apportionment system, it is an illustration of how apportionments work; we put our efforts together and the results were bigger than the sum of what we could do individually.
Hi Todd,
     For 4 years (or so) the Fredericksburg District has developed a mission partnership with the Methodist Church of El Salvador.  In the on-going development we have had mission teams from El Salvador come to our district gatherings as well as select Fredericksburg clergy and laity to go on mission teams to El Salvador.
     I am delighted to inform the Zion congregation that our District has selected Pastor Kim to serve the district July 2017 mission team.  This means that Pastor Kim will travel in the time-frame of July 3-7 (or 8th) to engage in ministry work on behalf of the district and to participate in various hands on mission activities. 
     Please share this selection news with the Zion congregation as well as share prayer requests for the district El Salvador mission team.  We seek prayer for (a) traveling mercies, (b) our desire to continue our relationship with the Methodist Church in El Salvador, and (c) we desire a fruitful ministry experience with our Methodist partners.
Pastor Ted

Rev. Ted Smith
Fredericksburg District Superintendent,
Virginia United Methodist Conference
804/448-8326 (office)
Remembering June 6, 1944 – D Day
By: Dennis Gallahan, Church Historian

     I was born only a few months after World War II ended, so I have no recollection of President Roosevelt.  But I have researched him to some degree and I have found that he and his successor, President Truman often led our Nation in prayer.  I am also familiar with other earlier Presidents openly praying, praising and humbling themselves before our Creator.  Based on my research for this article, I believe General Eisenhower was the last President to openly lead us in prayer in public.  He did so moments prior to his first inaugural address on January 20, 1953.  I was too young to remember that incident also.  So I do not personally remember a President openly leading our nation in prayer. 
     Sadly in the last seven decades since World War II ended the sight of a President leading us in prayer has digressed, in far too many instances, to “observing a moment of silence so no one is offended”.  On one recent occasion, someone made the decision to cover the name “Jesus” when President Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University, so “no one would be offended”.
     In my opinion, we have only ourselves to blame for an almost sudden digression in having a President openly worshiping to “observing a moment of silence”.  Perhaps if we looked closer at a potential future President’s heart, instead of a particular political party or platform we will again find a leader that will humbly and openly lead us to God’s grace. Jesus told us in Matthew 10:32-33 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.”
     On the evening of June 6, 1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt lead our nation in prayer during one of his famous “fire side chats.”  I would like to share that powerful prayer with you as we approach the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.  I hope you will take a moment to pray for our nation, our leaders and those that defend liberty.
D-Day Prayer
By President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the White House–
June 6, 1944
     Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation.  It has come to pass with success thus far.
     And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:
     Almighty God:  our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.
     Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.
     They will need Thy blessings.  Their road will be long and hard.  For the enemy is strong.  He may hurl back our forces.  Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.
     They will be sore tired, but night and by day, without rest--until the victory is won.  The darkness will be rent by noise and flame.  Men's souls will be shaken with the violence of war.
     For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace.  They fight not for the lust of conquest.  They fight to end conquest.  They fight to liberate.  They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people.  They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.
     Some will never return.  Embrace these, Father, and receive them, thy heroic servant into Thy kingdom.
     And for us at home--fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters and brothers of brave men overseas--whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them--help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.
     Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer.  But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer.  As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.
     Give us strength, too--strength in our daily tasks to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and material support of our armed forces.
     And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.
     And, O Lord, give us faith.  Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons, faith in each other; faith in our united crusade.  Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled.  Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment--let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.
     With Thy blessings, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy.  Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances.  Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace--a peace invulnerable to the scheming of unworthy men.  And a peace that will let all men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.  Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.
Messy Church is coming…
         Sunday, April 30 from 5-7 pm.  This is an outreach ministry to families with children whom are new to church and don't know anything about 'church' as we do it today. 
           Many grandparents and parents today lament that their children and grandchildren don't come to church.  There are many reasons for this - from its irrelevant, it’s a fairy tale, to its too boring….
         Messy Church  makes the Bible come to life in fun and exciting ways.  We need maybe 4-6 adults from Zion to head this up on a regular basis.  plan crafts based on the Bible story of the evening.  We will provide a simple (SIMPLE) meal connected to the Bible story.  And after that there is a 15 minute worship service. 
         This will happen once a month on the last Sunday of the month so that it can fit into busy peoples'  lives.  Due to Memorial Day in May our next Messy Church will be June 25.  We are changing the time to 4-6pm so the families can get home earlier.  We will We are done promptly at 6 pm so that families with young children can get them to bed on time. 
      What can you do?  Begin by praying for who God wants you to invite.  Neighbor with children?  Children or grandchildren who don't go to church?  Once you know who God wants you to invite; pray for an opportunity to invite them.  You might pick up a postcard or flyer from church and bring it to them with a plate of fresh fruit or cookies.  
         Update – May 1 – we had one grandchild in attendance at our first Messy Church.  The Messy Church team met and decided to not have Messy Church the last Sunday in May because it’s Memorial Day Weekend.  We will meet June 25 and change the time from 4-6 pm. 
    Please spread the word and come and join us in sharing our faith with the next generation. If you wish to volunteer please see Pastor Kim.  Lots of volunteer opportunities from making the dinner to a craft to worship to making flyers etc. 
     Time is moving too fast!  Slow down, world!  It will be when this newsletter goes out and 2017 will be getting close to half over!   How does this happen? As  these days, and our lives fly by, it becomes even more necessary to make sure our time is used wisely.  As the Vitality team moves throughout the year, we are constantly looking to be efficient, looking to be wise with our time, our money and our efforts.   We are committed to work wisely and make sure our efforts are organized, prayed about and well thought through.

     We are constantly evaluating efforts and events.  We, always, debrief each event.  What went well, where could we improve?  Where could we streamline our event?  Who did we reach?  This is how we determine the future of each event.

     We believe that if we do our part and offer opportunities to un-churched persons, that the Holy Spirit will work.  He is always at work.  He will touch and change lives in His time, not ours.  We don't know what the outcome will be from Zion's efforts, but, we must, by faith, believe that He knows.  Even though the work is long, it is worth the effort.

     Please pray with us that hearts will be opened to the Lord and the whisper of the Holy Spirit.  Invite a friend, a new neighbor, a work colleague to come to our Sunrise Service, 6:30am at the Pavilion.  Invite them to Go Nuts! with us at the Squirrels' game,  May 6, 6:05pm!  We all have a part in keeping Zion vital.

Your Vitality Team
Vitality Schedule for 2017 Meetings
June 13                -      6:30pm
July 11                 -      6:30pm  (Tentative)
August 8              -      6:30pm
September 12       -      6:30pm
October 10           -       6:30pm
November 14       -      10am
December 12       -      10am
Events for 2017
July 1                  -    Stars and Stripes
July 20                -     10-year anniversary food pantry (instead of Spring Fling) 
September 9       -     208 Trail Sale, UMW leads
September 17     -     Police Appreciation Day
                                 (Deliver on September 18)
October 1           -     Blessing of the Animals
October 15         -     Firemen Appreciation Day
                                 (Deliver on October 16)
October 29         -     Trunk or Treat, 4-6pm
December 2        -     Spotsylvania Parade and Bake Sale - 1:00 pm
December 17      -     Living Nativity - 5-7pm
Carolyn Messer, Vitality Team
Food for Thought
“They’re Everywhere”                            By Joyce Fairbanks
     We’ve been talking a lot about gardens recently.
     The Garden of Eden, where life began and the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed shortly before His death.
     I love flowers and gardens of any kind.  The older I get, the harder it is for me to get down and dig in the earth and plant flowers.  That effort used to be so stress relieving.
    I’m finding more joy in planting perennials now, those that magically come up every year without any real effort on my part.   From tulips and daffodils to primrose and phlox, candy tuft to Lily of the Valley and many more.
    For those who find it hard to garden, I recommend planting a garden in your heart and in your mind:   “A Leota Garden.”  Plant seeds of kindness and charity, seeds of hope and forgiveness. More seeds of compassion friendship and giving.
     Nurture this garden with prayer each day.  At the beginning of each day ask God to use you in ways that you can serve him.  What deeds of kindness could you perform?  Ask him to lead you to someone who needs hope and encouragement. Be charitable in as many ways as you possibly can.
     The good thing about the garden in your heart and mind is that it goes with you wherever you go.  You will know your seeds are growing into beautiful flowers when you see the smile on someone’s face whom you’ve just helped or when you find a new friend, or seeing someone who was depressed and with your encouragement has a new outlook on life.  That’s a pretty worthwhile garden, in my opinion.  Happy gardening!
Trustees Report
     Trustees had a very successful first fundraiser.  The "low country boil" was enjoyed by all.  We raised $909.00  which will go entirely for the roof/hvac fund.  There were no costs.  All the food and paper products were donated. Thank you everyone for your support.  Thank you Trustees for your hard work and dedication to this worthwhile project.
     Status of storage building:  we are waiting for final approval of the building permit.  We are advised a couple more weeks, then we will proceed with this project.
     Spring Clean-up week will be announced for May.  A list will be provided for anyone to select a project. If there is an area that needs attention, please let us know.
Linda Struebing, Trustee Chair
Newsletter Deadline Information
     Please note the newsletter deadlines below:
June 10                        July/August
August 10                   September/October
October 10                  November/December
December 10               January/February
February 10                 March/April
April 10                       May/June
     All information/articles for the newsletters should be submitted to the church office by the dates noted above.  Thanks.
Counter  Schedule
May 7                 Vivien Richardson, Sue Chamberlin
May 14               Margaret Rumuly, Dianne Williams
May 21               Arlene Crislip, Maynard Rumuly
May 28               Terry Blalock, Walter Rawls
June 4                 Bill Crislip, Glenda Payne
June 11               Donna Lloyd, Stacy Payne
June 18               Vivien Richardson, Sue Chamberlin
June 25               Margaret Rumuly, Dianne Williams
Acolyte/Bible Bearer Schedule
May 7                 Corey Payne, Wes McClendon
May 14               Joshua Alger, Wes McClendon
May 21               Corey Payne, Wes McClendon
May 28               Eva Alger, Wes McClendon
June 4                 Joshua Alger, Wes McClendon
June 11               Eva Alger, Wes McClendon
June 18               Corey Payne, Wes McClendon
June 25               Eva Alger, Wes McClendon
June 30               Eva Alger, Wes McClendon
Usher Schedule
May 7                 Carol Rawls, Walter Rawls
May 14               Terry Blalock, Jim Craig
May 21               Cherie Sweazey, Dianne Williams
May 28               Tim Alger, Rebecca Alger
June 4                 Dale Rauch, Sue Rauch
June 11               Connie Stepahin, Amanda Deshler
June 18               Cherie Sweazey, Dianne  Williams
June 25               Glenda Payne, Corey Payne
Nursery Schedule
May 7                 Christine Braxton
May 14               Connie Stepahin
May 21               Stacy Payne
May 28               Betty Gelfuso
June 4                 Christine Braxton
June 11               Connie Stepahin
June 18               Stacy Payne
June 25               Betty Gelfuso
Did you know?
The UMC has four special emphasis:
       1.  Improving health globally
       2.  Engaging in ministry with the poor
       3.  Creating new places for new people
       4.  Developing principled Christian leaders
Mission and Ministry Calendars

 1                 -    Quilters, 10am-3pm
 2                 -    Quilters, 10am-3pm
 3                -    RACSB, 10am-1:30pm; Prayer Service; 11:30am at Butternut and Blue;                                                      Choir Rehearsal, 6pm
4                  -    RACSB, 10:30am-2pm; National Day of Prayer, Spotsylvania Courthouse,                                                 11:45am
5                  -    RACSB, 10am-noon; Youth, 6pm
6                 -    Squirrels Baseball Game, 6:05pm
7                  -    Early Service, 8:45am, Sunday School, 9:30am; Worship, 11am
8                  -    Quilters, 10am-3pm
9                  -    Quilters, 10am-3pm; Vitality Team Meeting, 6:30pm In Fellowship Hall
10               -    EDUCATION BUILDING AND FELLOWSHIP HALL   WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY; Prayer Service, Butternut and Blue, 11:30am; Choir                           Rehearsal, 6pm
11               -    RACSB, 10:30am-2pm; Admin Council Meeting, 6:30pm
12               -    RACSB, 10am-noon; Youth, 6pm
13               -    Spiritual but not Religious, 6pm
14               -    Early Worship Service, 8:45am; Sunday School, 9:30am; Worship, 11am-                           Mothers Day; Trustees Meeting after Worship
15               -    Quilters, 10am-3pm
16               -    Quilters, 10am-3pm; Ladies Night Out, Castiglias, 6pm
17               -    RACSB, 10am-1:30pm; Prayer Service. 11:30am at Butternut and Blue;                              Choir     Rehearsal, 6pm; Scout Pack Meeting, 6pm
18               -    RACSB, 10:30am-2pm; Food Pantry, 4-6pm
19               -    RACSB, 10am-noon; Youth, 6pm
20               -    Spotsylvania County History Day; UMW Mission Fair, Andrews Chapel,
                        Brooke, VA, 9:30am-12:30pm
21               -    Early Worship Service, 8:45am; Sunday School,  9:30am; Worship, 11am--                    Mission Pin Awarded; Salad Fundraiser after Worship
22               -    Quilters, 10am-3pm
23               -    Quilters, 10am-3pm
24               -    RACSB, 10am-1:30pm; Prayer Service, 11:30am at Butternut and Blue;
                        Choir Rehearsal, 6pm
25               -    RACSB, 10:30am-2pm
26               -    RACSB, 10am-12noon; Youth, 6pm
28               -    Early Worship Service, 8:45am; Sunday School, 9:30am; Worship, 11am 29    -              Memorial Day; Micah Breakfast
30               -    Quilters, 10am-3pm
31               -    RACSB, 10am-1:30pm; Prayer Service. 11:30am at Butternut and Blue;                              Choir     Rehearsal, 6pm
 1          -    RACSB, 10:30am-2pm
 2          -    RACSB, 10am-12noon;  Youth, 6pm
 3          -    Historic Presentation, 10am-noon, Dennis Gallahan
 4          -    Early Worship Service, 8:45am; Sunday School, 9:30am; Choir Rehearsal,                          10:30am; Worship--Graduate Recognition, 11am
 5          -    Quilters, 10am-3pm
6-11      -    Pastor Kim on Vacation
 6          -    Quilters, 10am-3pm
 7          -    RACSB, 10am-1:30pm; Prayer Service, 11:30am at Butternut and Blue
 8          -    RACSB, 10:30am-2pm; Admin Council Meeting, 6:30pm
10         -    RACSB,  10am-noon; Graduation Luncheon, 1pm
11         -    Early Worship Service, 8:45am; Sunday School, 9:30am; Choir Rehearsal,                          10:30am; Worship, 11am;  Trustees Meeting After Worship
12         -    Quilters, 10am-3pm
13         -    Quilters, 10am-3pm; Vitality Meeting, 6:30pm
14         -    RACSB, 10am-1:30pm; Prayer Service. 11:30am at Butternut and Blue;
                  Scout Pack Meeting, 6pm
15         -    RACSB, 10:30am-2pm;  Food Pantry, 4-6pm
16-18    -    VA Annual Conference - Pastor Kim and Martinsen’s are attending
16         -    RACSB, 10am-noon; Youth, 6pm
18         -    Early Worship Service, 8:45am;        Sunday School, 9:30am; Choir Rehearsal,                    10:30am; Worship, 11am--Father's Day
19         -    Quilters, 10am-3pm
20         -    Quilters, 10am-3pm
22         -    RACSB, 10am-1:30pm; Prayer Service, 11:30am at Butternut and Blue
22         -    RACSB, 10:30am-2pm  
23         -    RACSB, 10am-noon; Youth, 6pm
25         -    Early Worship Service, 8:45am; Sunday School, 9:30am; Choir Rehearsal,
                  10:30am; Worship, 11am; Messy Church, 4-6pm
26         -    Quilters, 10am-3pm
27              Quilters, 10am-3pm
28              RACSB, 10am-1:30pm; Prayer Service. 11:30am at Butternut and Blue
29         -    RACSB, 10:30am-2pm
30         -    RACSB, 10am-noon; Youth, 6pm