Coming In January-THe Bible Year

The Bible Year is a chance for the entire congregation to read the Bible together in 2023. The Bible Year includes daily readings, devotionals, sermons based on the weekly readings, opportunities for small groups and weekly videos.  The daily readings will be available on the church website and in the narthex. Watch for more details in the midweek, newsletter and our social media.


New Adult Sunday School Class!

We are launching a new Adult Sunday School Class on January 8! It is open to anyone who has been looking for a Sunday School class. We will be using the resource The Bible Year: A Journey Through Scripture in 365 Days by Magrey DeVega. This class will meet at 9:45 every Sunday in Room 207 of the Education Building. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Pastor Lauren.

The Bible Year Small Groups

Are you following along with our reading schedule for The Bible Year? You can begin at any time, and you can have an even more enriching experience by signing up for a Small Group.  Options are available for in-person or zoom, (morning, afternoon, or evening).  Please indicate your interest by filling out the form here.

Martin Luther King Commemoration Service

The Western North Carolina Conference will host its annual Martin Luther King Commemoration Service on January 14, 2023. The time is 10:00AM-11:30AM.
It will be hosted on the Zoom Platform, FB Live, and YouTube Live.  This year's theme is
"It Starts with Me: The Quest to Create the Beloved Community."  For more information and to register, please see this link:


Women's Bible Study-Ruth

As we welcome a new year, we are happy to announce a new women’s Bible study. Ruth: loss, love & legacy by Kelly Minter will be our new study. “ Do you trust God to write happy endings? We all struggle through seasons of bitterness, tears, and loss, wondering if there could be a happy endings to our stories. The story of Ruth affirms that there is hope by the power and protection of God”. We will start this study on January 17 at 10:00 a.m. Everyone will need to purchase a book from Amazon for $21.( Amazon will not allow a group order for this book). If you have questions about the study or ordering your book, please contact Susie Crump( 704-575-5531) or Jeannette Koch (704-500-3467). We look forward to great discussion and fellowship as we walk through the Word of God.

C. S. Lewis Discussion Group


The next meeting of the C. S. Lewis discussion group will be Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 7 PM in the church parlor. We will discuss The Great Divorce. You can find a copy of it online if you want by googling, "The Great Divorce pdf."

Winter Leadership Training

The Western NC Conference is offering Winter Leadership Training, January 23-26.   Winter Leadership Training is designed for and open to all local church leaders including lay leaders, committee members, volunteers, and all who lead(or are considering future leadership!).  These workshops will be offered online through Zoom.  To read more and register, follow this link:

Antiracism Training

The Western NC Conference is offering antiracism training for any United Methodist interested in learning.  The pastors and some lay leaders have already received this training, and you are encouraged to as well. The next available training in our area will take place at Williamson's Chapel UMC in Mooresville Jan. 27-28.   To learn more and register, here.

His Ministry Winter Ball—“A Night in Paris”--Sunday, Feb. 5

We need your help to make this year’s Winter Ball special for our guests! His Ministry is a ministry offered by Mt. Zion especially for people with developmental disabilities. Each year we hold a special night, a Winter Ball, just for them. We are in need of lots of volunteers to make this event happen, so we need YOU! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pastor Lauren.  Please see our signupgenius here.

       Deep South Pilgrimage

The members of the three United Methodist Churches in Cornelius (Mt. Zion, Hunters Chapel, and Inclusion Community) have the opportunity to go on a Deep South Pilgrimage March 8-11, 2023. We will visit places of historical significance in the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. A $300 deposit is due in the Mt. Zion church office by Jan. 20.  To read more information and to register for the trip, please see this  here.

What is Room in the Inn?

A ministry for providing a warm bed, a warm meal and a safe environment for a night for our Mecklenburg County neighbors that are challenged with a lack of housing. We bring our guests to the Youth House to feed them some great Mt. Zion home cooking, give them a place to shower, let them wash their clothes and give them a warm bed for the night. We send them back to downtown Charlotte the next morning with breakfast and a bagged lunch. 
How can I help this ministry? We will be housing our guests on Jan. 3 and 17, Feb. 7 and 21, March 7 and 21. We need groups to provide dinner, breakfast and a bagged lunch; we need helpers to serve the food; we need Innkeepers to spend the night and help with the morning routine. 
This ministry always gives more to the volunteers than the guests! Please prayerfully consider helping us minister to a very vulnerable group. You can contact Susie Crump or Richard Little to volunteer. 
“ The King will reply.’ I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’.” Matt.25:40.

Local Needs

In an effort to keep their inventory balanced and the shelves well-stocked, they have asked Mt. Zion to provide one or two specific items per month. The January donation items are crackers and condiments.

 

*They are always happy to accept miscellaneous items and have an ongoing need for dry cat & dog food in 3-5 lb bags.

 

*Their homeless clients also need new tarps and large, warm blankets

 

*Please bring your items to church and place them in one of two bin locations (the office area or in the Sanctuary basement level near the elevator) or you can take them directly to Ada Jenkins. Thank you! If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Laurie Knight at appfan1188@carolina.rr.com.