This year’s Advent theme focuses on how Jesus came to people on the margins of society:
||Hope in a Changing World – Isaiah
“Hanging of the Green”
||Peace for the Fractured Life – Shepherds
||Joy That Outshines our Confusion – Mary
Children’s Program / Church Dinner
||Love that Opens Life’s possibilities – Jesus
||Jesus – The Light to a Dark World
This Sunday’s bulletin will have announcements regarding most of our Christmas events this year. This week Sue has been starting to get ready for Christmas in her spare time in part to prepare for our Christmas Open House on December 11th. This year we are adding a little extra purpose to the open house beyond just fellowship. We are collecting toys in support of the Accomack County Deputy Sheriff’s Toy Drive. This year we are inviting not only our church to the open house but our neighbors, the Sheriff’s Department (as a Thank you to them) and some of the staff at the schools where the toys will go. More details will be shared in the weeks to come.
Sunday starts the last week of our Spiritual Growth Campaign, “What On Earth Am I Here For?” The theme for the week and my message is “I’m Called to Be Sent.” If you have been participating in the campaign at all the last five weeks, this week’s theme makes perfect sense. Through the campaign we have discovered the depth to which God has blessed us so it only makes sense that God would call us share his good news with others. My text this Sunday is Act 1 where Jesus tells us we are his witnesses to the world. A witness shares their reality with others. That’s all God asks us to do – share the reality of our relationship with him to other people. Will you be a witness?
This Sunday is also the deadline to return the Christmas Shoeboxes to our church. At the start of the service the children in the service are invited to participate in the dedication of these gifts for other children around the world. Remember you can choose between the two Christmas Projects, the Shoe Boxes and the H2 HOHOHO water for Syria.
Happy Thursday Church!
I hope you are having a blessed week! Yesterday many of you attended the memorial service for Jesse Bradford and even participated in the service by way of sharing your memories of Jesse – thank you. Jesse was a fixture as the greeter of our church for so long . . . I like how Jo Laxton put it yesterday; “Jesse is likely replacing St. Peter as the greeter at the pearly gates of heaven.” The family truly appreciated the reception in the social hall after the service and wanted me to pass that on to the church. Hospitality is creating an atmosphere where people become open to the Spirit of God … our hospitality committee did that yesterday.
Tonight at Zion – Patriotic Song Night
I’m excited about tonight! We have a great line up of singers sharing some of your favorite patriotic songs. I hope this service will be an encouragement to you and help all of us remember those things about America that make this an uncommonly blessed nation. Come, and invite a friend to come with you. What a great way to start the 4th of July weekend!
Sunday at Zion
The Baptist Denomination only recognizes two ordinances that are part of local church operations: Baptism and Communion. This Sunday is unique in that we will celebrate both ordinances in the same service. The service will start with the baptism of Christen Eller and conclude with sharing the Lord’s Table of Communion. I will also bring a short message titled The Unashamed Life from Romans 1.
Mission Report Postponed
The mission report from Spencer Annis planned for this Wednesday had to be rescheduled. So . . . this Wednesday will be a regular Bible Study night; no dinner and I will be speaking.
VBS starts next Sunday! Lights, Camera, Action . . . Jesus
July 10th-14th / 6:30 pm -8:30 pm Volunteers needed – please contact Angelique for details
I hope you have a great 4th of July Weekend! Sue and I are just staying close to home and enjoying some of the good weather in the forecast. Please be careful on the highway this weekend. With Independence Day on Monday this is a true long weekend and many people will be commuting through the Eastern Shore. Plan that you will need more time to pull out on the 13 and please be extra aware that many cars around don’t understand the 13 is where we live and not an interstate. I look forward to seeing you tonight and on Sunday. I love you and love being your Pastor.
In His Service with You, Pastor Andrew
Happy Thursday Church,
I hope you are having a blessed week! Today is the last day of School for Accomack County Schools which I believe means all schools, public and private are done for the year! Congratulations to all the students for completing another year of their education and to the parents for supporting your children in their education efforts. With the change of pace the summer break brings for families I pray that it will not only be a time to catch your breath but to also be a time to strengthen relationships between the different family members. Enjoy your summer!
This Sunday at Zion
It’s Father’s Day and our service will recognize fathers in our church. My message this Sunday is titled “Resolving to Be God’s Man” from Joshua 24. The book of Joshua was the book we studied in the Courageous Men’s study we just completed and this chapter provides a great challenge to men to be who God has called us to be. We will also recognize men that went through the Courageous study the last month and are pledging to sign the Resolution that is part of that study. Jarrod and Whitney Goodman have chosen Father’s Day as the Sunday to dedicate their son Knox to the Lord. Child dedications are really the public commitment of Christian parents to rely upon God for strength and wisdom to parent as well as seek the support of their church family in this great task of raising children. You are invited to join with Jarrod & Whitney in the dedication of Knox.
Jesse Bradford update –
I was in to see Jesse at Heritage Hall Nursing Home earlier this week. Jesse has continued to decline since falling and breaking his hip to the point that at this time he is receiving Hospice Care. Please pray for Jesse and his close friend Phyllis Young through this difficult time.
Bathroom Bill Petition –
Here is a link to this petition that seeks to keep public bathrooms specific to one biological gender. We will have copies available at church this Sunday if you can’t do it online. Click Here
There is a sadness we are all experiencing due to a number of different tragedies that have been in the news this week. In times like this it is hard to know how to feel and respond. When in doubt it is always the Christian thing to respond with love and prayerful dependence in God. May our faith be deepened through these days of sadness. I hope you have a great weekend. I look forward to seeing you this weekend. I love you and love being your pastor –
In His Service with You – Pastor Andrew