Zion Episcopal Church 301 East Congress St. Charles Town, WV. 25414

ZION NOTICES for June 18, 2017

We welcome the Rev. Amy P. Turner as guest preacher to our services today
She is Chaplain at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, Florida and daughter of Barbara and Phil Porterfield. Her visit is a special Blessing this Father’s Day.

We welcome Levi McDonald Yuhasz and Porter Philip Yuhasz, who will  receive the Sacrament of New Birth this morning at the 10:30 Service.  Levi and Porter  are the son’s of Julia and Greg Yuhasz and grandsons of Becky and Phil McDonald.


We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.”       BCP p. 408



Those serving next Sunday, June 25 – The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Readings: Genesis 21:8-21; Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39

The Rev. E.F. Michael Morgan, Ph. D., Priest

8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist & Sermon

(L/CB) Richard Seckinger; (PP) Michael Spensley

Ushers: Greg Burch and Sam Byrer

 10:00 a.m., Summer Choir Rehearsal

10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist  & Sermon

(LR) Linda Poston; (PP) Scott Rogers; (CB) Ken Floyd

Ushers: Eileen Davis and John Barile

Acolytes: Audrey Davis, Cavin Davis, Genna Costello, Rowen Davis and Becky McGivern

This week at Zion

Tuesday, June 20th      7:00 p.m., Worship Committee Meeting (Coe Room)

Wednesday, June 21st 7:00 p.m., Vestry Meeting (Coe Room)

Thursday, June 22nd    6:30 p.m., Stewardship Committee Meeting (Coe Room)

Saturday, June 24th    11:00 a.m., The Very Rev. Donald Krickbaum’s Funeral at Zion

followed by a reception in the Parish House Social Hall

Saturday, June 24th    11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m., Monthly Meal Ministry (Carry-out) tent will be outside

Desserts are needed for the Monthly Meal.  Please call the office if you can help.



Glory Days $25.00 gift cards

We want your guest receipt with what you ordered.  We cannot use your credit card receipt. We mail these in at the end of the year to get 10% back minus the alcohol.

We continue to sell Martins, Food Lion, Weis and Sheetz cards. Please continue to purchase these cards at church or in the office.





1. LAURIE RUDDY met her husband when JIM arrived at her parent’s home to take her SISTER out on a date!

2. BECKY MCDONALD ran/swam/biked a triathlon in 1986!

3. RANDY HILTON worked for Montgomery County, Human Resources Special Services. His
co-workers called him the TERMINATOR! Can you imagine Randy?

4.RICHARD SECKINGER, now retired Air Traffic Controller was relieved after not receiving the lucrative job in Saudi Arabia when the Gulf War broke.

JUNE “Angels Among Us”

1. Late in the 1950’s, this Angel’s mother and father were hosting a dinner party for her father’s Commanding Officer and two other couples. The CO”s wife phoned in regrets. So, the two Cornish hens went into the deep freeze. At the last minute, the Commander’s wife called and said, “Due to a cancellation they could attend, if it wasn’t a problem”. The Angel’s mother said “SURE, no problem”.
But there was a problem! The main course for the Commanding Officer and his wife was FROZEN
SOLID! No microwaves of course, the Angel’s
mother improvised! She RAN THE FROZEN BIRDS THROUGH THE DISHWASHER (NO SOAP)! Dinner was late due to lengthy rinse cycle, but no one complained!

2. This Angel worked for the FBI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3. This Angel’s mother passed away very suddenly, leaving the family shocked, hurt, angry, the whole gamete of emotions. The sibling and spouses had planned a trip to Belize for many months and were uncertain about going two weeks after their mother’s passing. The father gave his blessing stating, “You can cry in the cold or cry in the warm sunshine”. It was during the final day of the trip, this Angel sat on the end of a dock saying a prayer and asking for a sign. “I needed a sign that my mom was with God and OK”.
Prior to boarding the plane, our Angel noticed a nun standing in line. The dislike of flying was known to the mother.
This is where I stop telling the story. The rest of the true story must be told by the ANGEL as it is quite moving!!!!!
It’s great fun during Coffee and Doughnuts talking about the stories of the REVEALED ANGELS and the newest Angel Story.
PLEASE keep them coming!
Spirit Soaring,
Eileen Davis
Phone: 304-725-6639
Email: beconnectedeileen@gmail.com

Underground Railroad and Music in Ministry

Zion’s Book Club recently studied Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad”. The songs of the Underground Railroad were both spiritual and work songs used during the early and mid—19th century to encourage and express coded information to escaping slaves as they moved along the various “Underground Railroad“ routes. It was illegal in most slave states to teach slaves to read or write. Songs were used to communicate messages and directions about when, where, and how to escape, and warned of dangers and obstacles along the route.

LET US BREAK BREAD TOGETHER ON OUR KNEES- A coded call for a secret meeting or gathering in the morning (at or before sunrise) to discuss issues of concern, plans of escape or for a time of prayer.
WADE IN THE WATER – A favorite of mine, this is a spiritual of great power and hope that was also used to give practical reminders to fugitives … travel near rivers and streams for cover, safety, food and direction.
GO DOWN MOSES – Slaves understood the message of the Bible story of Moses leading his people to freedom in a way that slave owners often overlooked. In a marvelous example of coded language, they could sing about this story right in front of the master. The name MOSES might refer to the biblical character or to a Conductor. (Harriet Tubman, John Brown or others) PHAROAH (the Slaveholder) would not expect ISRAEL (the slaves) to make an attempt to leave EGYPT (bondage) for the PROMISED LAND (freedom). The possibility of meeting death on John Brown’s Trail was a vibrant and ever-present reality. On the eve of escape, this song of faith gave voice to the fears and the hope of those willing to risk all for freedom.
STEAL AWAY – HARRIET TUBMAN, one of the most famous UGRR conductors, made over 19 trips South after her own harrowing escape. She is believed to have freed about 300 people while inspiring thousands to action. The verse: “Green trees are bending, Poor sinners stand a-trembling;

The trumpet sounds within my soul, I ain’t got long to stay here” is part of Harriet’s special song that announced her arrival to potential Passengers. Slaves who decided to escape might sing Steal Away to alert family and friends of their intentions.
FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD -The Drinking Gourd was a code for the Big Dipper. Fugitives used this clearly visible constellation to locate the North Star as they made their way over mountains, through valleys and across unfamiliar terrain. This “map song” contains both general and some specific directions, including a reminder to use moss to find the way North. (“Dead trees will show you the way!”)
DEEP RIVER / SWING LOW – Rivers played an important role on the Freedom Road. An escaping slave would find more safety by rivers and streams than on the established roads. “Crossing over Jordan” is another biblical reference to freedom from bondage. Harriet Tubman loved Swing Low Sweet Chariot. As she lay dying, she sang the song with her relatives gathered at her bedside.

The hymns and spirituals we sing today, collections of various backgrounds, beliefs, colors and creeds, and just like the spirituals used in the Underground Railroad, have an outward purpose. We reach out through music in many ways today: every time we sing at a memorial service, take carols to a care home, every time we begin a Palm Sunday service outdoors or take part in a community Good Friday Walk. Local church choirs even sing at both the Nationals and Orioles ball games. We may be surprised at the places and ways in which we may be called to witness. Today the hymns and songs we sing are beautiful, rich in spirit and reveal the hope, faith and love of all people including those still seeking basic freedoms. We use our music traditions, and passions to express our faith, strengthen relationships, and to communicate important information that helps lead us all on the road to freedom!


Director of Music Ministries
Submitted by David Miller

David Miller

Your offering at Easter enables Zion to continue serving Christ in many ways.  With your support we can:

  • Continue our Monthly Meal Ministry (providing a free, well-balanced meal to residents of Jefferson County)
  • Provide assistance to those in need through our Rector’s Discretionary Fund
  • Teach our children about Jesus Christ through our:
    • Weekly Sunday School
    • Annual Vacation Bible School
  • Make a joyful noise to the Lord through our Chancel Choir and Children’s Canterbury Choir
  • Bring Christ to those who are homebound through our Lay Eucharistic Visitors Ministry
  • Continue our weekly Bible Study
  • Provide assistance to Jefferson County Community Ministries and Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers
  • Send Children to Peterkin Camp through our Scholarship Fund
  • Continue our support for the Homeless by participating in the Cold Weather Shelter of Jefferson County.
  • And much, much more.


Think about how Zion has touched your life, and enable us to continue to bring the Good News of our Savior to others.

Through the AmazonSmile program, you can now donate a percentage of your AMAZON purchase(s) to Zion Episcopal Church when placing an order.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organizations selected by its customers.  Zion Episcopal Church is  registered with AmazonSmile as an eligible organization.

Taking advantage of this opportunity is easy.  Simply log-on to smile.amazon.com.  You will see a welcome to Amazon smile…you shop. Amazon gives.

 To the right of the screen, you will type Zion Episcopal Church in the Search box as the recipient of the donation.  Make sure you select Zion Episcopal Church, Charles Town, WV,  when the list comes up.  This will bring you to the smile.amazon website where you will place your order.  You only have to do this the first time; you will be automatically brought to our page on all subsequent logins.

If you have any questions, please call Georgia Gessler at 304-725-5312 or email her at ggessler@zionepiscopal.net.


Thank you!

“Angels Among Us”

April Angel Reveal:

Eileen Davis was the bass guitarist in an all-girl band, The Pink Pussycats. Pink instruments, granny dresses, and granny glasses! The song, “House of the Rising Sun” still brings the bass beat back to me!

The fun has begun. Our famous and infamous Zion Angels have been forthcoming sharing their interesting, fun facts about themselves. The enjoyment is attempting to place a name to the fact. Names will be revealed in June. In the meantime, please share your story, past, present or future.

May “Angels Among Us”

1. This Angel met her husband when he arrived at her parent’s home to take her sister on a date!!

2. This Angel completed a Triathlon in 1989. Swim 1 mile, Bike 26 miles and Run 6 miles!!

3. During this Angels professional career, he was given the nickname, “The Terminator”!

4. During the fall of 1990, this Angel applied for a very lucrative job in Saudi Arabia. Not being selected for the position, the blow was softened by the outbreak of the Gulf War only a few weeks later.

To share your story, please contact me. (Youth stories are welcomed!!)

Eileen Davis
Phone: 304-725-6639
Email: beconnectedeileen@gmail.com


Spirit Soaring,

Eileen Davis



Dear People of Zion,

This year, Easter is April 16th, so we are making preparations this month.

The price for flowers is $11.00 per pot.

Please make checks payable to Zion Flower Fund.

If you wish to place an order, you can fill out the form by downloading the PDF.  You can bring your form and check to church on Sunday and place in the alms basin during the offertory or you can mail it to the Parish Office on or before Monday, April 10th.

Mail to:
Zion Episcopal Church
221 East Washington Street
Charles Town, WV 25414

We are grateful for your help to beautify Zion during the holy season.


Zion Episcopal Church Flower Fund

FREE Income Tax Preparation

(Provided by AARP Foundation)

WHEN: Every Saturday starting February 4th until mid-April
WHERE: Zion Episcopal Church Parish House
108 South Mildred Street (Hauser Room)
TIME: From 9:30 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Please bring your W-2’s, 1099’s, and all other applicable tax documents necessary for filing. Preparation assistance will be given on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, please contact 304-263-2535.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, 2017, The Bishop of West Virginia, the Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, appointed E. F.The Rev. E. F. Michael Morgan, Ph.D. Michael Morgan to serve as priest at Zion Episcopal Church, Charles Town, West Virginia.  Dr. Morgan originally began his ministry and was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in the Diocese of Pennsylvania. He has previously held church positions in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Ohio. For 23 years he served as the longest active-tenured rector in the Diocese of Southern Ohio at Church of the Good Shepherd, Athens, Ohio; a university-parish on the campus of Ohio University.

Dr. Morgan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Oberlin, Episcopal Divinity School, Ohio University, and was a 2001 Merrill Fellow at Harvard. His Ph.D. is in Communication Studies. Previously he was a Fellow at the Washington National Cathedral’s College of Preachers; completed a sabbatical with the Anglican Observer to the United Nations in NYC; and in 2007, was a Fellow-in-Residence at the School of Theology, Sewanee, TN. In addition to serving as Board Chair of the church’s Evangelical Education Society (EES), he co-authored “Faithful Living, Faithful Dying: Anglican Reflections on End of Life Care” (Morehouse) while participating on the General Convention Task Force of the Standing Commission on National Concerns. In 2013, Dr. Morgan received a Brookings Legislative Fellowship serving on Capitol Hill in the United States House of Representatives. In the spring of 2015 he was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award as a graduate of the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Rev. E. F. Michael Morgan, Ph.D.

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling and St.
Valentine – -David M. Miller

Flowers, candy, singing valentines (http://www.barbershop.org/), red hearts and romance. That’s what Valentine’s day is all about, right? The origin of this holiday for the expression of love really isn’t romantic at all. –The real story of the man behind the holiday is St. Valentine.

He was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias who persecuted the church at that particular time. There was also an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers and because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives and families if they died.

The society of the time of Valentin was a very permissive society. Polygamy would have been much more popular than just one woman and one man living together. For those attracted to Christian faith, marriage was very sacred between one man and one woman for their life and that it was to be encouraged. And so it immediately presented the problem to the Christian church and Rome. The idea of encouraging them to marry within the Christian church was what Valentine was about. And he secretly married them because of the edict.

Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies against command of Emperor Claudius the second. One of the men who was to judge him in line with the Roman law at the time was a man called Asterius, whose daughter was blind. He was supposed to have prayed with and healed the young girl with such astonishing effect that Asterius himself became Christian as a result. In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three-part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius’ daughter. He inspired today’s romantic missives by signing it, “from your Valentine.”

Hymn 657, “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” written in 1747 by Charles Wesley is popular at weddings.

“Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven to earth come down;

Fix in us thy humble dwelling; all thy faithful mercies crown!

Jesus, thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love thou art;

visit us with thy salvation; enter every trembling heart.”

The hymn is written around a progression of thoughts: (1) our prayers for the Holy Spirit, (2) praying for the return of our Lord through the second coming, and (3) prayers for the finalization of his new creation. There is no better way of describing the culmination of adhering to the biblical teachings of Christ, than in stanza four of this hymn. Wesley’s phrase, “changed from glory into glory” is almost a direct quotation from 2 Corinthians 3:18. Wesley describes that day in heaven when “we take our place, till we cast our crowns before thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise.”

Submitted by David Miller