Greetings to my Mount Zion Church Family,
Often the question poised to congregations when recommending candidates for ordained ministry to ask if themselves if they would support that candidate as their own pastor. Twenty five years ago, Jacki, Brittany and I walked into Westminster UMC. Little did we know at that time that I would enter into ordained ministry and let alone twenty five years later be offered a position to serve as her Lead Pastor. On Sunday, March 1, the announcement was made in worship that the Baltimore Washington Conference of the UMC Bishop and Cabinet are appointing me to serve at Westminster UMC which means that effective June 30th, 2015, I will cease to be the Lead Pastor of Mount Zion United Methodist Church. Our Staff Parish Relations Committee is in conversation with the Central Maryland District Superintendent, Rev. JW Park on seeking a new pastor for Mount Zion; it is hoped that we will have a confirmation of my successor in a couple of weeks when an announcement will be made in worship. Between now and July, let us covenant to pray for those appointed to serve during this transition, our leadership core and the people of Mount Zion and Westminster United Methodist Churches. May God enlarge their territory and bless their ministries as together we continue to “touch lives for Jesus Christ” and “Being disciples ... making disciples.”
Relax, Rejoice and Enjoy the Journey,
Rev. Malcolm R. Stranathan"
Video of the sermon delivered Sunday, March 1, including the announcement to Mount Zion's congregation, can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/bpoACcE0tfk
Has cancer ever affected your life? Does someone you know have cancer? Members of Mt. Zion have been invited to attend an incredible educational experience sponsored by Spirit of H.O.P.E. Cancer Care Ministry. This will be an opportunity to hear how to minister, care, love and help those with cancer. This seminar will give you information that will make you better equipped with helping a loved one. Here are the event details: Saturday, March 28th from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Location: St John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive Columbia, MD 21045. Christy Erwin from our congregation, will introduce Pastor Aking Beverly from the Pastoral Care Department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. He is a dynamic speaker with valuable information. This event is free and Pastor Aking is coming from Philadelphia to present. Please consider attending this event. Members from Mt. Zion will be attendance and there will be refreshments. If you are attending, please e-mail Christy Erwin at Clerwin@verizon.net. This will help us with attendance numbers.
Till Death Do Us Part — A Night of Love and Mystery! Mr. & Mrs. Tony Giovanni (Malcolm Stranathan and Carol Hill) request the honor of your presence at the wedding of their daughter, Becky (Christy Erwin), to Stanley Simpson (Chris Maynard) on Saturday, April 11th, at 6 o’clock. A formal dinner reception immediately follows in the Fellowship Hall. Tickets are now on sale in the Fellowship Hall for $25 each. For reservations and information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-497-6394. Seating is limited.
Mt. Zion invites families with preschool age and younger children to Lunch Bunch. Pack a lunch, and meet us at the picnic tables in the grassy field for a picnic lunch. We will have balls, bubbles, chalk and more. Stay and play until the playground opens at 1:15. Siblings are welcome. Invite a friend!
Wednesdays (meets weekly starting April 15) 12:30 pm
Thursdays (meets weekly starting April 16) 11:45 am and 12:30 pm
*In case of rain, we will meet upstairs in the nursery to eat and play*
We hope to see you there!
Join Parenting In Faith in Conference Room 2 on Sundays at 10:05 (during the Education Hour) as we participate in Focus on the Family's THE FAMILY PROJECT. This 12-week series is designed so that you can join anytime for great discussions on relevant topics for today's families of all ages. Why do families work? Because God Himself designed them! Thriving families will lead to thriving communities, and thriving communities will transform the world. People will find purpose, joy and redemption; and generation after generation will create a positive legacy. The Family Project will help families understand their personal significance in God's great plan, equipping them to live with an eternal perspective and model God's design for family to their peers, their communities - and to the world around them.