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

2017 CROCK EDITION

Stop in the Narthex or the Parish Office to purchase chances.  You can also stop by the Parish Office to purchase chances.  The lucky ticket will be selected at the Harvest Dinner in November. Chances are enclosed in this issue of the Tidings. Please fill out and mail back with your check or you can put them in the collection plate on Sunday or drop them off at the Parish Office.

6 chances for $5.00 or one chance for $1.00

You can also download Crock Tickets form here!

You will be supporting Zion Episcopal Church, Charles Town, WV

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If you have any questions, please call Georgia Gessler at
304-725-5312 or email her at
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“ANGELS AMONG US”

This angel was a lazy teenager who failed to sell his allotted number of raffle tickets for his Catholic high school’s fundraiser. So, his parents wanted to teach him a lesson by making him buy all of his unsold tickets himself. He did, and he won the GRAND Prize, a brand new CAR, plus a big cash bonus for selling the winning ticket. Who won the lesson, he or his parents?

Unfortunately, at this time, we only have one Angel willing to regale you with one of their stories this month. We know that there are LOTS more stories out there. We Zion members are FUN, CREATIVE, Zany, Intelligent, Gifted, and recipients of various awards and praises. If you know someone that is not willing to share their story, tell it for them (of course, with their permission). Let’s keep this going. It is great conversation. Or, I may have to make it up.

PLEASE keep them coming!

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

ZION NOTICES for June 25, 2017

Readings: Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42
The Rev. E.F. Michael Morgan, Ph. D., Priest

8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist & Sermon
(L/CB/PP) Richard Seckinger
Ushers: Jack Coulter and Donald Noland

10:00 a.m., Summer Choir Rehearsal

10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist  & Sermon
(LR) Julia Yuhasz; (PP) Linda Work; (CB) Steven Longerbeam
Ushers:  TBA
Acolytes: TBA

This week at Zion

Wednesday, June 28th at 12:00 p.m. Mason House parlors

• Pack your lunch and bring a drink. (Water is available.)
• We have this lunch on the last Wednesday of each month.
• Mark your calendar and plan to come and join us.
• If you have any questions, call the office.
• Please let us know if you plan to attend.

We gather together to have lunch and to enjoy fellowship together.  Please note…if there is a funeral or other event happening on this date the lunch will not take place.

 

GLORY DAYS FUNDRAISER AT ZION:

 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.

 

ZION BOOK CLUB

The Vanishing American Adult” by Ben Sasse
Tuesday, July 11th at 6:00 p.m.
Parish House parlors

Raised by well-meaning but overprotective parents and coddled by well-meaning but misbegotten government programs, America’s youth are ill-equipped to survive in our highly-competitive global economy.

Many of the coming-of-age rituals that have defined the American experience since the Founding: learning the value of working with your hands, leaving home to start a family, becoming economically self-reliant―are being delayed or skipped altogether. The statistics are daunting: 30% of college students drop out after the first year, and only 4 in 10 graduate. One in three 18-to-34 year-olds live with their parents.

From these disparate phenomena: Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse who as president of a Midwestern college observed the trials of this generation up close, sees an existential threat to the American way of life.

In The Vanishing American Adult, Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can’t grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens. He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue: hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body―and explains how parents can encourage them.

Our democracy depends on responsible, contributing adults to function properly―without them America falls prey to populist demagogues. A call to arms, The Vanishing American Adult will ignite a much-needed debate about the link between the way we’re raising our children and the future of our country.

O Zion haste – to tell to all the world…

EPISCOPAL VOICES

The central tenet of Christianity as it has come down to us is that we are to reach out when our instinct is to pull inward, to give when we want to take, to love when we are inclined to hate, include when we are tempted to exclude. If we Episcopalians live into that creed, we will be the driving force for the renewal of American Christianity.

Jon Meacham is former Newsweek Editor, essayist, author and historian. (001)

Episcopal Voices represent different points of view from “all sorts and conditions” of Anglicans. Parishioner entries are welcome.

Michael

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 FUNDRAISER AT ZION:

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.

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL CLASSES – GALACTIC STARVEYORS

 

ANGELS AMONG US REVEALED for MAY

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!!!!!
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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

304-725-6639

beconnectedeileen@gmail.com