It is our joy to share with you that Bishop Marcus Matthews has appointed the Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach as the new pastor for our congregation effective July 1st.
Pastor Joan comes to us from her current position as Senior Pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville, Maryland, where she was the first woman to serve as the Senior Pastor. She is one of the leading women pastors in the United Methodist Church’s Denomination of Women Pastors who serve a congregation of 1,000 or more members. (For more information, see Reverend Joan Carter-Rimbach's biography below.)
The coming months will be an exciting time to be a part of Mount Zion. We have prayed for, and I believe we will be the beneficiary of a “fabulous” pastor in the Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach; someone who will work with us so that we can continue to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Mike Jacobson, Chair, Staff Parish Relations Committee
Reverand Joan E. Carter-Rimbach Biography:
Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the 11th Of 12 children of the late Bernard and Helen Carter. She is a cradle Methodist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Maryland, in Baltimore County. She received her Master of Divinity in 1986 from Howard University School of Divinity. She received her first appointment as a student in 1984 while attending Howard University School of Divinity. She was ordained in 1988 and has served churches in the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has been the first in many of her appointments. She was appointed in July 2005 as the Senior Pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville, Maryland, where she is the first woman to serve as the Senior Pastor.
She is the one of the lead women pastors of the United Methodist Church’s Denomination of Women Pastors who serve a congregation of 1,000 or more members. Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach serves as:
Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach is married to the Rev. David Carter-Rimbach who serves as a part-time Guide in the Greater Washington Region of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. They have two children, Hunter and Heather.
Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach is humbled by God’s call on her life to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ. She tries to live her life as a living testimony of the goodness and favor of God.
Church Workday - Sat. June 13th
Please come out and help with various cleaning, maintenance, repair, painting, and landscaping projects at Mt. Zion on Sat. June 13th. This Trustees-sponsored event runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Here is the current list of projects to be tackled that day:
1. Deep clean the Kitchen : ceiling, range hood, floor
2. Ceiling tiles: replace damaged ones where burst water pipe occurred (below sacristy).
3. Replace two burned-out lights in parking lot
4. Replace damaged post in the playground
5. Youth Center:
a) touch up paint in various areas and paint kitchen.
b) install 2 exit lights
c) wire together smoke detectors
6. Clean Youth Center garage and assemble storage shelf
7. Clean gutters in front of Fellowship Hall
8. Install 4 new security cameras in new locations
9. Clean padded folding chairs in Fellowship Hall
10. Pull network cable down main hallway; put new access point in Treasurer’s office to increase WIFI strength
11. Replace lamps in Trustee’s closet (behind stained glass in hallway)
12. Vacuum pews (after 1:30pm)
13. Paint stained wall where burst water pipe occurred
14. Paint Pastor’s office
15. Remove carpet stain in sanctuary
16. Check and tighten screws on cabinet hinges and handles in several rooms
17. Thin out several trees in front of Fellowship Hall
Amateurs as well as those with experience are needed. Let’s all help to keep God’s house at Mt Zion functioning and looking its best.
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"