Message From Church Council

A LETTER FROM THE COUNCIL PRESIDENT

To the congregation,

The beginning of the year is traditionally the time to make resolutions for how we might do things differently.  So what would be some resolutions to think about as members of Mt Zion?

First, I would say attend church regularly. I know I may be “preaching to the choir” for many people, but there is such good fellowship and friendship in the congregation that it feels good to be there. The scripture based message from Vicar Heydt is always brief and to the point. As all of us face busy schedules and time constraints it’s nice to know that we can be in and out of church including communion in an hour, allowing us to get to our other activities.

The second would be to contribute regularly. The churches payroll doesn’t go on vacation in summer when we do! One easy way to keep track where we stand in our giving is to use the stub at the top of the giving envelope to keep a running count of where we are as the year goes on. At the end of June are we at the halfway point to our commitment for the year? If not we can adjust from there. While none of us like to talk about money it’s a reality of providing for the ministry of the congregation.

Third would be to consider taking a more active role in the congregation. There are lots of volunteering opportunities. Do you have spare time to help mow the grass? Helping with the garden project? Helping with Sunday School? Property committee is always looking for folks with knowledge and skills. Many other opportunities abound. Let Vicar Heydt or a council member know and we will steer you in the right direction.

Lastly, I would ask that everyone treat each other with respect. Hard as is to believe, situations do arise within the church where people are not treated properly. Sometimes we forget that we are all working together in the name of the Lord. As we ask for more people to become involved we need to make sure it is a positive experience. Just because we have always done something one way doesn’t mean there isn’t a better way. Before we speak in anger why not ask “What would Jesus do?”

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2018!

Joe Arndt

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