Letter from the Pastor
Dear Mt. Zion family,
We are thrilled that so many of you joined us in our Livestream last Sunday and look forward to worshipping with you again this week in this innovative way. Please see this Sunday’s scripture and sermon title at the end of this letter. We acknowledged some issues and are working to have them fixed. We appreciate you viewing the service together with your family and even sending the link to friends and family who do not attend or who do not have a church. This may be a convenient way to outreach as we continue to intentionally spread the message of hope in Jesus Christ.
The world is continuing to deal with this Coronavirus and adjustments are made on a daily and weekly basis. This applies to the church as well. Due to the governor’s recent mandates, our bishop’s official position, and our desire to keep everyone safe, we will continue the closure of the church until at least April 26th.
This is a very difficult decision, not in light of public safety, but in light of spiritual needs as this means we will miss Holy Week and Easter this year. However, it is our intention to hold a special celebration of Easter when we can pull out all the stops and celebrate right once everyone can again assemble in the building. This may not be until May, or June, or some other time; but, whenever it is, we will celebrate with earnest the Risen Savior who died to save us from our sins and resurrected to prove eternal life is a reality. We look forward to that day, and hope you will also. Once we have clear communication as to when that can happen, we will begin the plans in earnest.
In the meantime, that means that all of our prior Easter and Holy Week celebrations have to be postponed. We will be posting an abridged Maundy Thursday service online and we will still have a livestream celebration on Easter, but it is not the grandiose celebration we plan on having when we can meet together. Also, we have begun using technology in new ways. Jenn is posting a weekly kids message live on Friday nights at 7pm on our Facebook page and we have begun using Zoom for confirmation class.
We may begin using it for other Bible Studies and communication to help us stay connected while we stay apart. With that said, we have limited hours in the building and are working from home. Therefore, connecting with us is best done via email or by calling my cell.
Please know that we continue to pray for you, love you and care for you as we work for Jesus Christ in whatever way we may. To that end, we will be including our prayer list in our weekly email blast. If you should wish to add something to the prayer list, please email Christi at Christ@mzumc.com. We also encourage you to continue to support the church as the ministries such as VBS, Breakfast Club, Youth Group, ASP, etc. will still be happening and will still need your support as do the regular ministries of the church. Here is the way to contribute online with us or you can mail your check directly to the church. Download the Pushpay app for your iPhone or Android or Text MZUMC to 77977. You can also go to www.mzumc.com and click on the giving link from there.
While the world is still trying to figure out what to do and who to trust, I encourage you to not lose hope and be certain in who to trust. As Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
God is still in control, Jesus is still on the throne, and we are still promised eternity. Hallelujah. Amen.
Worshipping with you,
P.S. if you know of someone who should be receiving these emails but is not, please let us know so that we can keep everyone informed. Blessings!
Since staff is working from home here are our cell numbers if you need to contact us.
Pastor Hayden – 443-553-5541
Jenn Osterfeld – 410-952-4380
Christi Noell – 410-212-5256
Sunday Sermon Information and Prayer Concerns
The Scripture readings for this Sunday are Isaiah 35 and Colossians 1:15-20. Pastor Hayden will continue his sermon series “Who Is Jesus?”: The Way, The Truth and The Life from John 14:1-7.
Watch Live - Sunday @ 9:00am
HEALTH UPDATES FROM THE CDC
10 Things you can do to manage your health at home, if you have possible or confirmed
COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease)
Stay home from work, school, and away from public places. If you must go out, avoid using public transportation, ridesharing or taxis.
Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms become worse, CALL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, UNLESS DIRECTED TO.
Get rest and stay hydrated.
If you have a medical appointment, call the doctor ahead of time and tell them that you or your family member may have or you may have COVID-19.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you or your family have or may have the COVID-19.
Cover your coughs and sneezes. Try to keep your hands away from any part of your face.
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
As much as possible, stay in a specific area and away from other people in your home, =. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your household like dishes and towels.
Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counter, tabletops and doorknobs, and railings. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.
For any additional questions about your care, contact your doctor or the state or local health department.
We are asking that if you become sick with this virus that you notify the church 410-867-4035, Stephanie Taylor, 443-995-3416 so that we can see how we can help you in this difficult time.
Meantime, the Walking Path on the Field of Grace, at the corner of Rt. 2 and 408, now has 8 prayer stations and a cross for those who would like an open air place to go and pray.
Each station has a devotion and scripture. Come and go as you please to pray in God’s creation. ALL ARE WELCOME!
CONTINUING TO SUPPORT MT. ZION
We encourage you to continue to support the church in the ways you can, through your prayers and your gifts.
Text MZUMC to 77977 to start giving or click here
Understand that through it all, God is still God, and together we are the church.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." ~Psalm 46:1