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Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!


Here is this week's update from Zion UMC in Myerstown:


"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work," (2 Corinthians 9:7-8).


This Sunday October 25th, we will be offering our 2021 pledges for Consecration Sunday. This is a wonderful opportunity to pray and discern from the Lord how we each are stewards of his blessings upon us. It is important to think about giving in this way: we reap what we sow. This includes more than just our financial giving. It is important for us to give the Lord our time, resources, gifts, prayers and presence. As we think ahead to 2021, please be in prayer for how God is calling you to give to the expansion of his kingdom. And we thank you for your generosity!


Worship Updates - We will continue to hold our Sunday morning services as follows: 8:00am, 9:00am and 11:00am. Nursery is available for infants and small children during the 11:00am service. 9:00am service is now live-streamed from our Facebook page, our YouTube channel, or you can view an archived version on our website by clicking HERE.


All Saints Day - Sunday November 1st. We will remember those who have died during the past year.


Veterans Day Service - 9:00am on Sunday November 8th. If you have pictures for our veteran slide show, please submit them to the church office by Nov


Laity Sunday - We thank all of the youth and those involved in this year's Laity Sunday. We were blessed by such wonderful worship services!


Prayer Meeting - Come join us each Wednesday evening at 6:30pm. If you are unable to come to the prayer meeting, please be in prayer during this hour of the week.


Wednesday's Word - See our website or Youtube sight for the latest study on the epistle of 1 John.


For in-house church activities:

We ask that you prayerfully follow the CDC recommendations and PA governor mandates in order to reduce the spread of Covid 19.

Please stay home if you have Covid symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc. (See Centers for Disease Control website for a full listing of Covid symptoms).


Fall Bible Study:

Join Pastor Keith for a four week study on the book of Jonah during the month of October. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall Tuesday during the month of October from 10:00am to 11:00am. All are welcome to attend. (Retired Pastor John Nesbitt will plan to lead the Lenten Bible study next Spring, if the Covid situation has improved).


Job Opportunity: We are searching for a part-time Communications Director at Zion UMC. If you are interested in learning more about this position or applying for it, please email SPRC Chair Johnny Balderrama or contact the church office. Thank you!


Evening of Prayer for our Nation: On Monday November 2nd at 6:30pm, we invite you to gather for a time of prayer for our nation. As the election approaches, we will seek the Lord's direction and mercy during this challenging time. Pastor Keith will lead the time of prayer.


Prayer Requests:

Jane Hower (foot surgery on October 5th)

Don Wedwick (adjusting to new environment after moving)

Alicia Boger (recovery from surgery)

Vanessa Tobias (healing and strength through chemo)

Gus Gostomski (Jerry Gostomski's father, in nursing facility where there is Covid outbreak)

Jean Musselman (Heart attack

Eddie Wolfe (Cancer)

Stephanie (Friend of Trudy - diagnosed with breast cancer)

Eleanor Bair (hospitalized for shortness of breath, and husband Ron for comfort)

Ron Deibler, Neighbor of David Dickson (stage four cancer)

Family of Ron Paul (Beth Heberling's friend who passed away)

Mary Phillipy Kreider (cancer has spread to spine)

Courtney (the daughter of Trudy Gass's friend Cindi - recovering in hospital) 

Wayne Lucas (Recovering from a fall)

Verdi Gassert (LaRue Kreiser's aunt, fell and broke leg)

Ruth Gassert (LaRue's cousin's wife - diagnosed with clear cell carcinoma)

Prayer Request from Carrie Callahan, who serves in Papa, Hungary: Prayer warriors I’m calling on you!  I have chronic pain in my shoulder which now has moved to my elbow and hand.  Sleep is even an issue these days.  Tomorrow I finally get my MRI.  X-rays ruled out any bone issues so now we need to find out what the issue is.  It is terrible to go through this alone but I know which you all calling on the Lord I am not without the presence of our Father.  I have never felt more alone than I have the past month.  I know God is calling on me to lean on Him.  This is my desert experience and I will praise Him for it.  Thank you friends!


For those dealing with various illnesses, Covid 19

For many to come to faith in Christ

Pray for our country, our upcoming election, for racial reconciliation, for God's righteousness to reign, for a turning of many to the Lord

Pray for our church, and a revival of the church worldwide - for a great awakening, an outpouring of the Holy Spirit

We praise God for answered prayer - Luther Moyer has finished his rehabilitation after his stroke is feeling much better.  He thanks all of you who supported him in prayer and encouraging calls and cards.


Congregational Card Ministry: Since we are unable to sign cards each week at church, we are asking that you consider sending a card to those who are home-bound, hospitalized or away at college. We do not want them to feel that our church has forgotten them. If you want them to know who you are, you can put Zion UMC Myerstown under your name.


Shirley Miller, Town Center Rm 1010, 7 West Park Ave, Myerstown

Vanessa Tobias, 1267 Heidelberg Ave, Schaefferstown 17088

Hailey Seyfert, 6 Monarch Circle, Myerstown


Stewardship: This Sunday is Consecration Sunday. Please fill out a 2021 giving commitment card and place it in the offering plates on Sunday. We thank you for your generous and faithful giving! If you are not able to come into church, please feel free to mail in your offering or give online by clicking HERE.


ELCO Holiday Program - If you would like to contribute to a gift ministry to local families for the Christmas holiday, please write your check to Zion UMC and write "ELCO Holiday Program" in the memo.


Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child: Offer a Christmas blessing by packing a shoebox for a child in need. Collection week is November 15th. Brochures and additional information is available through the church office.


United Methodist Women: Apple Dumplings for sale! The UMW are selling apple dumplings; sign up at the information desk in the lobby, or contact the church office for more information.


Men's Group: We will meet on Saturday October 24th at 7:30am. All men are welcome to attend.


Reminder of Church Office Hours: Our church office is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm. If you have questions or need to submit information for the bulletin, please call Judy at 717-866-6839, or email at Zionumc22@gmail.com.


May God bless you this week, 


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Pastor Keith Buckbee
Zion UMC