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ZION EPISCOPAL CHURCH

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200th Anniversary Celebration Dates
March 1st    Book Publishing Party for Zion’s History Book
April 18th-19th    Ruby Sales, human-rights activist & public theologian at Zion
April 19th    The Rev. Dr. Susan Smith (Preacher & Celebrant)
April 26th    The Rev. Amy Porterfield Turner (Preacher & Celebrant)
May 2, 2015     Concert “Our Christian Heritage of Music”
September 13th    The Rev. Manning Smith (Preacher & Celebrant)
September 26th    Homecoming Dinner Celebration (at the home of Wanda & Roger Perry)
September 26-27th    Homecoming Weekend at Zion Church
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. Rev.
Alan Bartlett, Preacher & Celebrant
October 4th    Presentation of Zion Poem by Sonja James
October 18, 2015    The Rev. Frank Wade, Preacher & Celebrant
October 25th    The Rev. John Bower (Preacher & Celebrant)
November 1, 2015    All Saints’ Day, Confirmation & Rededication of
Zion, The Rt. Rev. Michie Klusmeyer, Preacher & Celebrant
November 1st    Rededication of Zion, Bishop’s Visitation & Confirmation
November 1st    Time Capsule

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A GLASS OF MILK
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water.
She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”
“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.” He said….. “Then I thank you from my heart.” As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit. Year’s later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.
Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.

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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 provide eat-in, take-out and delivery meals.
We are especially in need of cleanup crews who will come at 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to begin cleaning up.
As many of you know, Zion’s Monthly Meal Ministry has become something of a hallmark of our parish.  Each month we serve up to 200 people a nourishing, tasty, hot meal.  We are running a bit short on funds (and Volunteers)—and are anxious to receive a bit of both.  If you would like to contribute, please see Jim Ruddy, Zion’s Treasurer, or drop a donation into the offering plate (earmarked MMM).  Please join us in continuing this ministry. Call Theresa McClain at 304-725-0435 or Melinda Keuroglian at 304-728-1034 to volunteer.  You have the opportunity to cook, serve, or drive carryout meals to folks and clean-up.  There’s a job for everyone—and all hands are needed.

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Let’s face facts.  John the Baptist is a hard sell this time of year.  He pales in comparison with yuletide jolly and the merry jingle of the bells.  Nor is outfit anything to write home about.  Who wants to don camel’s hair if given the choice of the plush red velvet of Santa’s suit and ermine lined hat—complete with a snazzy pom pom on top.  John stands on the banks of the Jordan River and harangues us, calling us to repentance as we hold hands and sing round the Christmas Tree.  He’s a downer in a season filled with light.  John the Baptist is the embarrassing relative seated in the least visible corner of the room.  If he reminds us of anyone, it is probably the Grinch, and we wonder why he had to be invited to the party at all.

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Proper 25.C.13
Luke 18:9-14
The Rev. Melanie McCarley
The lesson from today’s Gospel is simple and to the point.  Prayer is the occasion for honesty about oneself and generosity about others.  Not only is this a parable about the dangers of pride, it’s also a parable about the importance of the attitudes we hold toward other people in our community.
The characters in the parable can easily appear remote to us.  We don’t typically run into Pharisees and Tax Collectors on the city streets of Charles Town.  One commentator suggests that this parable might be read as “A pope and a pimp went into St. Peter’s to pray.”  Yet, I confess that this, as well, is an image too comfortably distant for the likes of me.  In order to obtain the real shock value of this parable, as it must have been heard by the people standing about Jesus as he told the story, I imagine my dismay if some gently, godly, generous individual—a person whom I greatly admired, and have tried to pattern my life after went into church to pray, and said similar words. #service #Sermon  

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Dear Friends,
On Tuesday evening, November 12th, at about 10:30 p.m. a furnace malfunction caused our church building to be filled with smoke. Our fire alarm, which is a monitored system, worked well and with the quick response of fire fighting personnel, tragedy was averted. Smoke damage, however, is estimated to be around $30-35,000.00—which is far less than the cost of replacing a building. Fortunately, our insurance covers the cost of the clean-up. With the exception of the items in the Nursery (all of which need to be destroyed), nothing was lost.
We are hopeful that we will be back in the building for worship on Sunday, November 24th. However, some issues will remain; such as the cleaning of the stained glass windows and the use of the Choir Room, Nursery and Priest’s Sacristy—all of which should return to normal use by the First Sunday of Advent, December 1st.
This past Sunday, services were held in the Alger Center. Our 10:30 a.m. Worship was filled! Gathering together for prayer and praise, we were reminded that Zion Episcopal Church isn’t as much about a building, as it is about the people! Following the service we enjoyed a festive coffee hour and much conversation.
We are blessed! Blessed with the quick and professional response of the fire departments of Jefferson County, blessed with a Junior Warden and Sexton who endeavored to keep our buildings safe; blessed with ample office volunteers and prayerful parishioners, and blessed also with the Spirit of God who causes our hearts to lift even in the midst of the disorder and chaos of life.
We give you thanks, O God, for the gifts of your people, and for the work of many hands, which have made our buildings and furnished them for the celebration of your holy mysteries. Bless us as well, for it is through the faith and love of you that we have made these structures. Strengthen us in heart, mind and spirit to carry on our witness of your Gospel to be living and breathing temples to the glory of God. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Join us this Sunday for worship! I’ll look forward to seeing you in Church.
Yours in Christ,
Melanie†

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