From the Pastor - January 2018
Over the past few weeks, I have been talking a lot about the congregational retreat we are having at the end of January at Neidig. By the time htis news letter goes to print, that retreat will have happened. At Mt. Zion, we are now in the third week of the new project with New Thing wherein we Share a "meal andmore" on Thursday evenings. Both of these endeavors seek a common goal. A redefininig of the vision we have for both congregations.
At Neidig, this year we celebrate the 225th year of the ministry of the church. At Mt. Zion we celebrate a new beginning and direction so as to cement the life of the congregation in the ministry to the community of the East End.
It is too early to tell whether these new directions will be as successful as we hope them to be. However, what is more important, at least at this point, isn't so much th eend result, but what we can learn in the process.
There is a lot of theology out there that purports to give meaning to each and every aspect of our faith and our daily lives and that is all wonderful, but sometimes we need to remember that ourfaith and our lives can be much simpler than our theology sometimes reflects. All Scripture is inspired by God and seeks to direct us in our lives and in our faith. There are, however, some parts of Scripture that ca help us to get a baseline from which to grow. That is where I want to focus right now. As we begin this process and pray that it leads us to growth in ministry and in our faith journeys, there is one verse in particular that has meant a lot to me over the years. It grounds us now how simple our faith can be at its very core. It comes from one of the minor prophets and its words are directed to Israel whose situation was not entirely unlike our own.
Micah speaks plainly, telling us what specifically God requires from us. It is those words I leave you with today, for they tell us all that we need to know. If we do as these words tell us, we will find the answer we seek.
"The Lord has already told you what is good, and this is what He requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8)
In His Peace,
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2018 Flower and Bulletin Calendars
The 2018 Flower and Bulletin calendars are up on the bulletin board outside the chapel. Please sign up for a Sunday in honor or in memory of a loved one. The flowers are $25.00 and the bulletins are $5.00
2018 Summer Camps
The 2018 Summer Camp booklet and schedule is available on the bulletin board outside the chapel. For more information please contact the church at 717.939.6921
Neidig Church Orchestra
Anyone interested in starting up Neidig's orchestra again please contact Pirjo or Pastor Steve for more information (call: 717.939.6921 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please see our calendar page for all events.
Ash Wednesday Dinner and Service
Ash Wednesday is February 14th, the beginning of Lent, the season of repentance, prayer, and reflection leading up to Easter (April 1st). All are invited to a covered dish dinner at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall (beverages provided). This will be followed by the worship service at 7:00pm There is a signup sheet at the rear of the sanctuary so we will be able to set enough places for all.
United Methodist Women
The UMW will meet on Tuesday, Feb 6th at 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall. Our gues speaker will be Marsha Banks, the founder of Amiracle4sure, a non-profit organization that specializes in re-entry services for current and formally incarcerated women. Everyone is welcome to join us for an evening of fellowship.
"Coins for the Legacy Fund - Saving God's Creation
All are invited to join the United Methodist Women in helping to raise money for the mission work of the United Methodist Women. There are papers for the Legacy Fund available at the rear of the sanctuary to guide you each month to participate in this project.
It's FLEA MARKET Time Again!!
UMW's Flea Market will be Friday, 4/20 (2pm-7pm) and Saturday 4/21 (8am-11am). We are now accepting donations for the market. All donations must be in by April 16th! We ask you follow a few guidelines:
- Absolutely no clothing or shoes (no space for them)
- Only paperback books and novels (no reference, how-to, encyclopedias, or Reader's Digest - they just don't sell)
- All electrical appliances must work andhave their parts
- Toys should be especially cllean and ready for children to play with (cause they WILL play with them at market)
- No worn out, broken or unusable items.
Sticking to these rules will really make things easier on our limited volunteer staff. Please put your donations in boxes when you bring to church/place on stage. If you have large items, such as furniture, please contact the church at 939-6921 and we will make arrangements.
United Methodist Men Meeting
All men are welcome to come and join in fellowship at our monthly meeting and activities. The meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of the month. February's meeting is the Tuesday, the 6th in Classroom #4. All men of Neidig and the Community are welcome.
Neidig's "Meals on Wheels"
The "Meals on Wheels" team from Neidig Church is in need of more helpers. Drivers as well as runners are needed. It will only take up about 1 1/2 hrs. of your time for 1 day every 6 weeks. There is great satisfaction in helping your neighbors and serving God. Please see or call Peggy (number in directory) if you can help in any way or have any questions.
Our Krafty Klatch will begin again on the 2nd Monday of the month from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mark you calendars and bring your WIPS and new projects to Fellowship Hall. Need ideas? We have a small library to get those creative juices flowing. For more information or questions, email Sharon at
Wednesday, February 21st - 9:00am-1:00pm
Monday, March 12th - 5:30pm-9:30pm
Wednesday, March 21st - 9:00am-1:00pm (tentative)
We are working on revamping our monthly mission projects. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please continue to check your weekly bulletin in January and the next month's newsletter for upcoming information. Thank you for your patience --- Becky Cook
This mission project will go to help the family of the U.S. Marshall killed in the line of duty in mid-January trying to serve a warrant. He left behind a wife and 2 small children. Please place your donations in the offering plate in an envelope marked for US Marshall. All donations will be given directly to the family for their needs.
Special Community Mission Event: Dreamers' Cafe
Friday, February 23rd - 6:30pm-8:30pm
Please join us for the “Dreamers' Cafe.” A place where those affected with changes in immigration policy, in particular DACA recipients, their friends and family, can gather to discuss options, initiatives, answer questions and share in fellowship. Refreshments will be provided and there is no charge. We are asking for everyone’s help in getting out the message to everyone! Additional meetings will be determined by community need.
We are looking forward to a new and exciting year. We are going to start running the mission project for 2 months at a time. There will be a new mission each month but please look at the dates. If you would like your donation to go to a specific mission please mark it when you place it in the offering plate. We will be having a quarterly mission fundraiser to help offset the cost of some of the items we are planning.
In addition, we will be having:
- a quarterly kids craft night;
- a rock painting night
We are hoping to draw more people into the church with these activities.
Upcoming Mission Activity: Adult Paint Afternoon
March 3rd from 1pm to 4pm Kim Cuckovic will be leading us in a painting on board night. This event is open to ALL adults of the community. There is no cost, but we will accept extremely optional donations that will go towards funding other community events. (We want the community there, not their money). Please contact Kim C. at 717.805.9127 to reserve your spot and to make sure we have enough supplies.
Mission Central Computer Ministries
On January 20th, Mission Central held a special collection of electronics/computers. However, they accept for recycling and refurbishment computers, accessories, cables, wires, old cell phones and other old electronics (excluding televisions) year round. To have any of these items claimed for MIssion Central contact Sharon at KraftyKlatch@gmail.com and she will make arrangements with you to collect.