Letter from the Pastor
Dear Mt. Zion,
Holy Week is upon us and while things are very different this year, we do want to celebrate the end of Lent as we rejoice at the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But before we get to Easter, we will be having two special services. We will have a Livestream worship on Holy Thursday at 7pm. We hope you will join us for the conclusion of the Who is Jesus series as Jesus unequivocally defines himself in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night he is betrayed. Then we will have a special Good Friday service at noon on Friday the 10th. This will be the seven last words of Christ service and include other voices from the congregation.
We are also working on some things to make Easter worship different from our normal Livestream as we desire to make this a memorable time of worshipping our Risen Lord. Please invite your family and friends to watch the stream live with you at 9am on Easter morning. We are sending a weekly bulletin for the services that will have scripture and songs so you can actively participate.
We are so thankful for the faithful family of Christ at Mt. Zion and we want to be sure we can continue to support each other during these difficult times. If anyone in our Mt. Zion family is having any financial concerns or in need of food or supplies, we have a special fund that can help. If you have a need right now, please call Christi at 410-212-5256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org who handles this special missions fund.
We also want to be in prayer for each other so please send your prayer requests to Christi by Thursday morning to be included in the weekly prayer list. One of the benefits of the stay at home order is that we can reorder our lives and perhaps find more time each day to be in prayer. We hope that you will take time each day to pray through this weekly prayer list. The effectual fervent prayers of a righteous person avails much, James reminds us, so as we spend more time in prayer we may find God showing up in ways we never expected and be amazed at what God is doing in the midst of this travail.
We also know that without the weekly fellowship and worship together it makes it harder to give our tithes and offerings, and some people have been financially affected so that it may take a while to be able to give as much. We would ask that those who are able to give not neglect their giving, perhaps even contributing a little more to help with the needs of those who cannot give. We appreciate all who give out of their abundance for the sake of the Lord and the ministry of the church. We have tried to make it easy through the PushPay app and as always, you can mail your checks to the church at 122 Bayard Rd, Lothian MD, 20711.
We hope to be an encouragement to your faith, and a vital part of your life as we continue to serve the Lord together as we look forward to the time when we will break bread together in the house of the Lord. Should you need to contact me or any of the staff, we have included our email and phone numbers.
Celebrating our great God together,
HEALTH UPDATES FROM THE CDC
Coping with Anxiety and Stress During the Covid 19 Situation
This is a very difficult situation that we are all in at this time. I am sure that everyone has varying degrees of anxiety and stress and we all handle that in different ways. This is a normal feeling because of confusion of what is true and what is not. There are many ways that can help you during your stressful time. These ideas can be used for any difficult situation.
Prayer is very important, even if you are angry or upset, God already knows how you feel. He is always there to listen and you may not get any answers. Listen for Him!
Laughter is a great stress relief. Turn on a comedy show or watch something funny on TV.
Call a friend and stay in touch. They could be feeling the same way you are. Sharing of ideas gives strength.
Read a good book.
Play cards or a board game with your family.
Work on puzzles.
Do yard work.
If the weather is nice-get out in the sunshine with your favorite beverage and listen to the birds, read or just sit and listen for God to speak to you. You never know when He will talk to you.
Do anything that helps you relax even if it is for just 10 minutes.
Go for a walk.
Journaling is also a good way to release stress and see how God is working in your life.
Not all of these ideas work for everyone so find one that helps you get focused again and relieve some of the stress. And remember you are not alone, we are all in this situation together.
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