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

ZION NOTICES

Those serving next Sunday, July 2 - [The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost-Proper 8] Fellowship Lunch GLORY DAYS FUNDRAISER AT ZION ZION BOOK CLUB EPISCOPAL VOICES
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Sunday Service Notices

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.
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ANGELS AMONG US

It's great fun during Coffee and Doughnuts talking about the stories of the REVEALED ANGELS and the newest Angel Story.
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Underground Railroad

Zion’s Book Club recently studied Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad”. Director of Music Ministries | Submitted by David Miller
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Easter Offering

Your offering at Easter enables Zion to continue serving Christ in many ways.
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Amazon Smile Program

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...
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ANGELS AMONG US

“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...
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Easter Lilies

Easter Lilies

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...
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FREE Income Tax Preparation:

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

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

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, 2017, The Bishop of West Virginia, the Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, appointed E. F. 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...
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Director of Music Ministries

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...
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SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY

Join us on Sunday, February 5th as we celebrate Super Bowl Sunday with the Souper Bowl of Caring”.
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Helen Burch

Dear Zion family, It is with great sadness that I need to inform you of the death of Helen Burch.
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Cold-Weather-Shelter

Cold Weather Shelter Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the Cold Weather Shelter. The Jefferson County Homeless Coalition is in need of volunteers for the winter season. Zion is hosting the Cold Weather Shelter December 31st,, 2016—January 13th, 2017. Volunteering at the shelter is easy—simply call our Parish...
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Mary Jane Wade

Dear Friends, Sadly, I share with you the news that Mary Jane Wade, the wife of The Rev. Frank Wade, (who preached for us during our Bicentennial Year celebration on October 18th), died on Sunday, December 14th in her sleep. The Rev. Frank Wade was Curate at Zion during the...
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Happy Advent!

Dear Parishioners, Happy Advent! Preparing for the coming of Christ is such a special time. You can find recipes and videos to “Make Ready the Feast.” Just google, “Episcopal Church Advent 2016.” Thanks to our supply priest, Rev. Charles Holder, who talked...
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Commitment Sunday

Pledge returns for 2017 are very low. If you haven't submitted your 2017 pledge, please do so as soon as you can.
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Peggy Jean Edwards Butts

Peggy Jean Edwards Butts went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
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Becoming Pilgrims

Commission on Spirituality of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia
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Movie Club

ZION’S MOVIE GROUP

ZION’S MOVIE GROUP ZION’S MOVIE GROUP is starting up again. We are planning to see “The Girl on the Train” in October. If you are interested in joining this group, please call the office to have your name added to the group.
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Commemorative Crock tickets

2016 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 drawn at the Harvest Dinner on November 19th. Chances are included in this issue of the Tidings and at the church....
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Food for the Poor

Food for the Poor

Please join us at Zion Church on Sunday, August 21st to hear The Rev. Robert J. Deshaies speak at both services about a ministry providing direct relief to the poor throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Christian Faith Formation-Sunday School at Zion

Summer Sunday school is being held in the great outdoors under the tent on the island in front of the church. Boys and girls have been learning about the heroes of the Old Testament.
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Farewell to Rector

This past January, Zion Episcopal Church located in Charles Town, WV, said farewell to their Rector of 14 years. Reverend Melanie McCarley’s contributions to Zion and its surrounding community were significant.
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C. Wayne “Speedy” Lloyd

Wayne “Speedy” Lloyd died on June 9th.  His “Celebration of Life” service will be held at Zion Church tomorrow, June 17th at 11:00 a.m.   Charles Town Baptist Church and Charles Town Presbyterian Church are letting us use their parking lots. Below is his...
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Louise (McDonald) O’Brien Hobson

It is with great sadness that I report another death:
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Dear Friends

Sadly, I share with you the news of three deaths:
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Annual Benefit

15th Annual Benefit Auction

15th Annual Benefit Auction Zion Church will hold its 15th Annual Benefit Auction on Saturday, May 21st at the home of Eileen Davis, Rich Woods Farm, 764 Earle Road, Charles Town. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres and silent auction at 5:00 p.m., followed by a gourmet buffet...
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Surf Shack Vacation Bible School

Surf Shack Vacation Bible School Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love
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Community Ministries

Jefferson County Community Ministries Make a habit of bringing food to Church! Bring a canned or boxed item for Jefferson County Community Ministries, to be placed in the baskets by the front doors. It’s an easy way to help a family in need. Please keep bringing your...
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Flip n Cheer Champion

Flip n Cheer Champion– March 13th Becky McGivern, daughter of Sean and Sarah McGivern is WV State Champion on bar, beam, and all-around. This was held in Beckley.
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Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School Surf Shack Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love Grab your sunglasses and sunscreen and run to catch the waves at Zion’s 2016 VBS, where children go to the beach to meet people of deep faith from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Sessions begin...
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Sunday Services Cancelled

Due to the snow storm coming, we have decided to not hold Sunday Services this Sunday, January 24th.    We do not want to have parishioners out and about during this snow storm.  Other neighborhood churches have cancelled their services.  Please continue to pray for everyone.  I...
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Congratulations

Congratulations to the new Vestry and Committee menbers!
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Bid You Farewell

Dear Friends, In order for me to bid you farewell as Rector of Zion, I need to begin by saying “Thank you” rather than “Goodbye”. In an era in which clergy generally serve their congregations for a shorter tenure than many NFL coaches; when the average length of stay is five to...
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Cold Weather Shelter Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the Cold Weather Shelter. The Jefferson County Homeless Coalition is in need of volunteers for the winter season. Zion will be hosting the Cold Weather Shelter December 19th—25th and January 30th—February 5th, 2016. Volunteering at the shelter ...
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CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL FLOWERS

If you would like donate a Christmas Poinsettia to remember someone or to offer as a thanksgiving at Christmastime, please complete the form below and either mail it to the Parish Office or drop it in the alms basin on Sunday. The cost this year is $11.00 each. Please make your...
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Monthly Meal Ministry

If you are interested in being a part of our Monthly Meal Ministry (MMM for short) at Zion, please plan to join us on Monday, November 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlors for a meeting. We are hoping to make plans for the MMM in 2016. As you know, this is a ministry which blesses...
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Nancy M. Bowers

Nancy M. Bowers (August 12, 1943 - October 23, 2015)
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Bicentennial Saturday, September 26th

Events for Zion's Bicentennial this Saturday, September 26th
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Bicentennial Dinner

Saturday, September 26th at 5:00 p.m.
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ADULT INQUIRER’S CLASSES

Are you interested in learning more about your faith? Were you Confirmed when you were 12 or 13…..and have forgotten everything you learned?
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CELEBRATE WITH US!

200TH ANNIVERSARY (1815—2015) BICENTENNIAL WEEKEND EVENTS
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200th Bicentennial in 2015

Zion Episcopal Church is celebrating its Bicentennial in 2015. Originating from St. George's Chapel, now in ruins, and later moving to its current location in 1815, the "English Church" has been an important part of the Charles Town community for 200 years.
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Church School Registration Form

Zion Episcopal Church “Children’s Faith Formation“ 2015-2016 Church School Registration Form Download here! 
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Bicentennial of Zion Episcopal Church

You are cordially invited to join us on September 26–27, 2015 as we joyously celebrate the Bicentennial of the Founding of Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town, West Virginia Zion Episcopal Church 301 E. Congress Street • Charles Town, WV Parish House & Alger Social Center...
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FARMERS’ MARKET/CHURCH BAZAAR

We are accepting donations for the annual Church Bazaar/Farmers’ Market. Please make sure that your items and clothing donations are CLEAN.
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Thank you to our Volunteers!

I’ve long since given up the illusion that summers are lazy times at Zion. In truth, some of our biggest projects of the year take place during the summer months.
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CHURCHYARD CENSUS IN THE WORKS!

DELVE INTO ZION’S HISTORY! Saturday, July 11th Volunteers Needed! Lucas Costello, a member of Zion, is working on his Eagle Scout Badge and is hoping to enlist members of our congregation in his project. He needs 20 – 30 volunteers! In a nutshell the project entails cataloguing...
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READING STARS

Our church is beginning a new ministry this summer. It is an outreach reading program that will affect rising second and third graders from Jefferson County schools.
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Come to Zion Episcopal Church Vacation Bible School

Zion Episcopal Church invites children preschool through sixth grade to Move, Act, Care, Follow, and Share at G-Force: God's Love in Action Vacation Bible School.
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SUMMER CHOIR POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Summer Choir Positions open in soprano, alto, tenor and bass. No others need apply.
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TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! | 200th Anniversary

As time draws closer for our grand Homecoming Celebration on the weekend of September 26th, 2015, we are doing our best to let folks know about the festivities.
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200th ANNIVERSARY

ZION EPISCOPAL CHURCH CELEBRATES 200th ANNIVERSARY
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Peterkin Summer Camps & Events

Peterkin Work Weekend A work weekend at Peterkin to get ready for the summer camp sessions will be April 24th—26th.
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Easter Flowers

This year, Easter is April 5th, so we are making preparations this month. The price for flowers is $10.00 per pot.
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200TH ANNIVERSARY

ZION EPISCOPAL CHURCH CELEBRATES 200TH ANNIVERSARY (1815—2015) HOMECOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:
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Acts of Devotion

Acts of Devotion was written for the 200th anniversary of Zion Episcopal Church on its present site in Charles Town, West Virginia.
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Photo Exhibition

The South Jefferson Public Library is pleased to present the Photo Exhibition, Homeless in the Land of Liberty. This exhibit is the 55th in the Art in the Library series hosted by the library to highlight the talents of local artists.
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Harvest Dinner

Saturday, November 22nd: Zion Episcopal Church Annual Harvest Dinner will take place Saturday, November 22rd from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Zion’s Parish House – Alger Social Center, located at 215 East Washington Street, Charles Town.
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Anniversary Dates

Confirm Anniversary Dates May 2, 2015    Concert “Our Christian Heritage of Music” September 26, 2015    St. George’s Chapel Commemorative Service, The Rev. John Merchant, Preacher & Celebrant September 27, 2015    Homecoming Celebration, 10:30 a.m., The Rt....
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United Thank Offering

Sunday, October 12th is UTO Sunday at Zion Envelopes were enclosed in the issue of the Oct. Tidings. Please bring your envelope to church on October 12th or mail or drop off at the Parish Office. This wonderful ministry of thankfulness uses every penny given for the grants to...
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200th Anniversary Video

In conjunction with our 200th Anniversary, we are filming a brief, 30 second “video about Zion to go on our Web Page and for use in other venues. On Sunday, October 5th – Commitment Sunday—we’ll be shooting a short parishioner recruitment video. We’ll be asking children and...
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PRAYERS AND SUPPORT FOR FERGUSON

Food Pantry Many of you may recall that on Sunday, August 24th, Rev. McCarley preached about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. During her sermon she mentioned The Rev. Steve Lawler and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and the troubles they were experiencing at their Food...
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Zion’s 200th Anniversary

For Zion’s 200th anniversary I am try to get a listing of our congregational favorite Hymn tunes and texts. Please write out some your favorite hymns and place in box at back of the church. The hymns do not have to be from our Hymnal. If you would like to share why they are...
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A GLASS OF MILK

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote
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ZION’S FARMERS’ MARKET/CHURCH BAZAAR

We're accepting donations of all kinds: Flea Market items (Please NO outdated TV's, microwaves, large appliances, furniture), White Elephant items, Jewelry (drop off in the office), Clothing (Children’s, Men’s & Women’s), and Children's Items
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Summer Sunday School

Summer Sunday school is held each Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. service directly after the Children’s Homily. The children, preschool through age 10, are dismissed to their class, which is held outdoors on the island in front of the church. If the weather presents a problem, class...
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Vacation Bible School

Come to Zion Episcopal Church Vacation Bible School “Workshop of Wonders”  Imagine & Build with God     DATES: June 16th – June 20th TIMES: Mon. 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tue.-Fri. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  PLACE:  Zion’s Parish House   221 East Washington St., Charles Town Zion...
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Easter is 50 Days!

Easter is a festival season of fifty days whose first day is Easter Day, the Sunday of the Resurrection, and whose last day is the Day of Pentecost. Easter begins after sundown on Holy Saturday.
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HOLY WEEK

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE The Sunday of Passion April 13th 8:00 a.m., Liturgy of the Palms & Reading of the Passion Gospel 10:30 a.m. Blessing of the Palms, Choral Eucharist & Reading of the Passion Gospel Thursday, April 17th 7:00 p.m. (at the Church) Holy Eucharist, The...
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Easter is Approaching

Please bring your candy donations to the Parish House (or leave them at the Church).
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DONATE TO ZION’S FARMERS’ MARKET

We're accepting donations of all kinds: Flea Market items, White Elephants, Jewelry, Clothing, Children's Items. If you're contemplating Spring Cleaning, don't hesitate to bring in your unwanted items. They can be a blessing to someone else!
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Lenten Series at Zion Episcopal Church

“Practical Strategies for Healthy & Authentic Living” Lenten Series at Zion Episcopal Church How do we go about living authentically? What does a healthy spiritual life look like?
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Ash Wednesday

I invite you, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. (Book of Common Prayer p. 265)
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Easter Bunny needs your help!

Help us to get ready for Zion’s annual Easter Morning Egg Hunt. We have plenty of plastic eggs. We NEED candy (or other items—ranging from scriptural passages and other small trinkets that can be placed in the eggs).
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Help for Victims of Prospect Hill

Devastating Fire in our Neighborhood There was a HUGE fire that took place in our neighborhoods ( right across the street from us) last night, 2/28, taking down 2 houses and damaging a third. Some of us neighbors have come together and are collecting donations for the families....
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SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER

Sign up today to volunteer for one of the committees to plan for the 200th Anniversary of Zion in 2015. EVERYONE is welcome to sign up. We are also looking for folks from around the community who have specific interests and talents who might enjoy helping as well! Tell your...
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Season after the Epiphany

This year we enjoy a longer stretch of the “Season after the Epiphany” prior to the beginning of Lent (March 5th-Ash Wednesday).
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Cardboard Sled Derby

Sled Party Sled Making Party Saturday, February 8th 4:00 p.m. in the Hauser Room (Pizza and paint supplies provided by Zion)—please bring cardboard boxes, tubes etc. and LOTS of Duct Tape. Cardboard Sled Race, Sunday February 23, 2014, 3:00 p.m. (We’ll head out right after...
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Bible Study

There is NO Bible Study today. Reminder: There will be NO Bible Study next Wednesday either (January 29th). The next Bible Study will be Feb. 5th.
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Zion Book Club

Join us tonight at 6:00 p.m. for dinner and a book discussion at 6:00 p.m.The dinner will be pot-luck and will take place in the Parlors of the Mason House.
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Cuss Custer

Dear Friends, The family of Charles “Cuss” Custer is planning a reception in the Alger Social Center for his funeral on Saturday, January 18th at 2:00 p.m.  They would like to have cookies for the Reception. Cuss Custer served on the Vestry, was the Sunday School...
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Martin Luther King Freedom Trail

THIS  SUNDAY – JANUARY 12th Martin Luther King Freedom Trail We will assemble in front of the Old Charles Town Library at 2:30 PM and march down Washington Street to Lawrence Street, and then to the Betty Roper Auditorium at Wright Denny Intermediate School on Congress...
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5th Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Good Shepherd Interfaith Caregivers 5th Annual Spaghetti Dinner We are please to announce that our 5th Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be this Saturday, January 11th at 5pm – 7pm. Adults: $10, children over 5: $5, and under 5: free. Togo plates are available per request....
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ANNUAL MEETING

Sunday,  January 5, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. Unified Service & Meeting (at the Church) Coffee, Donuts and Fruit for everyone! Please join us as we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany and hold our Annual Meeting. The Meeting will be held immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service....
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“The Twelve Days of Christmas”

FIRST FRIDAYS January 3rd, 6:30 p.m. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” Join us as we lean the Christian Interpretation of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”.  We’ll help you unravel the mystery, play a few games, enjoy a snack & a craft.  First Fridays is an opportunity for people...
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Service of Lessons & Carols

Service of Lessons & Carols Sunday, December 29th at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Services Lessons & Carols is a joyful and reflective service of lessons, prayers, and hymn singing. Come, rejoice in the coming of Christ into the world!
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MONTHLY MEAL MINISTRY

Saturday, December 28th 12:00 Noon to 2:00 p.m. WE NEED YOUR HELP! WE’RE LOOKING FOR SOME DISH-WASHERS! Zion’s Monthly Meal Ministry offers meals to our community on the last Saturday of each month.  The meals are served at 12:00 p.m. (helpers are needed at 10:00 a.m.).  We...
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Imagine

Dear Friends, Imagine, your life hinging on a dream. In truth, Joseph had three of them—each causing him to make immediate, life-changing decisions. First the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the...
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GREENING OF THE CHURCH

Greening of the Church this Sunday, December 22nd, following the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service! Bring some greenery and hands willing to help! In particular, we’re going to need some STRONG FOLKS who can help hang some of the roping. Many hands, happy hearts and good cheer will make...
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CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT ZION

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES AT ZION December 24th 6:00 p.m. Family Service & Children’s Christmas Pageant with Holy Eucharist, Rite II 10:45 p.m. Carol Sing 11:00 p.m., Candlelight Midnight Mass with Holy Eucharist CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE AT ZION 10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist & Sermon
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GREENING OF THE CHURCH

Helping Hands Next Sunday, December 22nd, following the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service!  Bring some greenery and hands willing to help!  In particular, we’re going to need some STRONG FOLKS who can help hang some of the roping.  Many hands, happy hearts and good cheer will make quick...
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WARMING HEARTS CHRISTMAS GIFT PROGRAM

GIFTS, DINNER & PARTY How does this work?  If there are no cards left on the tree, please bring in socks (any sizes) or fleece (to make lap quilts for the Senior Center in Ranson).   Why are we doing this?  Adopt-a-Family is not in operation this year.  Michelle Leeper,...
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CHRISTMAS CAROLING

CHRISTMAS CAROLING Sunday, December 15th Join us for Christmas Caroling West Virginia Style!  We’ll hop on the back of Bill Hewitt’s trailer and make our way around the Zion Church Neighborhood. We leave at 6:30 p.m. from the Parlors and return once we’re cold and hungry for...
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The Book Thief

Make plans to join us on Saturday, December 7th for the movie: “The Book Thief”. While the movie is being released Thanksgiving Week, we are not able at the time of the printing of the Tidings to obtain a date, theater and restaurant. However, we have set the date —and will keep...
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