Outdoor worship guide

September 27, 2020

11:00 AM

17th Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome, Announcements, Offering & Opening Prayer  - Pastor  Angela

Special Music - "Victory in Jesus" - Lauren Hill, David Little, Shelley Little


Pastoral Prayer and Lord's Prayer - Pastor Angela

Time Mostly for Children - Pastor Angela

Special Music - "Even If" - Lauren Hill, David Little, Shelley Little

Scripture:  Exodus 14:10-31 - Pastor Jonathan

Sermon:   God Provides A Way: Even Through the Red Sea - Pastor Jonathan

Closing Hymn - "Lead On, O King Eternal" - UMH 580

         1. Lead on, O King eternal, the day of march has come; henceforth in fields of conquest thy tents shall be our home. Through days of preparation thy grace has made us strong; and now, O

King eternal, we lift our battle song.

2. Lead on, O King eternal, till sin's fierce war shall cease, and holiness shall whisper
the sweet amen of peace. For not with swords loud clashing, nor roll of stirring drums;
with deeds of love and mercy the heavenly kingdom comes.

3. Lead on, O King eternal, we follow, not with fears, for gladness breaks like morning
where'er thy face appears. Thy cross is lifted o'er us, we journey in its light; the crown awaits the conquest; lead on, O God of might.

Special Presentations

Special Music - "Forever Changed" - Heaven's Reign

Benediction and Blessing of the Food - Pastor Jonathan

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Exodus 14:10-31

As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, ‘Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” But Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.” The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army, and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.” So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth. As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained. But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians. So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

PRAYER CONCERNS: Judy Aho, Martha Archer, Curt Beeman, Betsy Beeman, Shirley Brown, Gail Brackett, Ginger Caldwell, Dave Casavecchia, Day Case, Mike Case, Dixie Cashion, Bobby Cavin, Ruby Cook, Lamont Donaldson, Susan Hansen, Doug Honeycutt, Ed Houston, Arnold Isaacs, The Isenhour Family, Lee Kyle, Anita Lassiter, Jimmy Lassiter, Betty Lentz, Lunda Lovett, Heck McAlister, Mary McAlister, Sandy McCall, John Merrell, Doug Miller, Martha Miller, Jane Molle, Jim Morton, Darrell Murray, Linda Nance, Nancy Neal, Rick Neal, Curt Needham, Ann Parker, Dale Readling, Diana Russell, Ernie Sappington, Pat Sappington, Hailey Schwab, Phyllis Sherrill, Jane Smith, Alina Sossamon, Miles Taylor, Pat Westmoreland, Sam Westmoreland, Todd Wissinger


INFORMATION TABLE -  Please be sure to visit our information table located at the back of the lawn during outdoor worship for the September Upper Room, Adult Study Books, and mission opportunities.


  •       September 27- Outdoor Sunday School for Preschoolers/Elementary Students after Children’s Time ~11:15 AM.       

Calendar of  Events  


  • 11:15 AM - Outdoor Sunday School following Children's Time
  • 5 PM - F.U.E.L. (Youth) on Front Lawn


  • 7 PM - Administrative Board meeting on Zoom



  • 10:30 AM to 12 PM - Knitting Under the Magnolia - Knitting/crocheting (weather permitting) on the Front Lawn
  • 12 PM - Bible Study on Corinthians available to watch online.


  • 10:30 AM - “Virtual Show and Share and Bible Study Time with Ms. Stacey” (for Preschool children and older) for about thirty minutes.

If you need more information about any of these events please contact the church office or contact kfellows@mtzionumc.net        Thank you!



Homecoming Celebration

      Sunday, September 27, 2020

11:00 AM Service On the Lawn @ Mt. Zion UMC


Street Dawgs Food Truck (CLICK HERE for menu)-will accept cash and credit card

Ice cream truck menu -(CLICK HERE) - FREE


Paul and the Corinthians - We have the opportunity to watch a Bible study about 1 Corinthians.  This study will be available on our church web page and other online sites by noon on Wednesdays.  Watch for a link sometime in October to join Pastor Angela on Zoom for further discussion.


Announcing a new Women’s Bible study for the fall! - Join us as we explore the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. This 6 week study will trace the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem and the visit of the Magi. We will connect these stories from the Gospels to the Old Testament, the role of women in the first century Jewish culture and many other interesting aspects of the Christmas story. The name of this study is Light of the World by Amy-Jill Levine. We will meet on Tuesday mornings, starting October 6, at 10:00-11:30 AM in the Family Life Center. Books are available in the church library for $15. Call the church office to schedule a pick up of the book. You will need to bring your mask. If you have further questions, you may contact Ann Dutton, Jeannette Koch or Susie Crump. We look forward to preparing for Advent through new eyes!  We ask that all participants read pgs.9-32 prior to the first session.

God and the Pandemic There will not be a God and the Pandemic Bible Study this week.  It will resume next Thursday, October 8th at noon on Zoom.

VETERANS - Calling all active duty and retired veterans!! We would like to get a current list of all our Mt. Zion veterans. Please call the church office 704-892-8566 and give Mary Ellen your name and branch of service. If you know of a church member who would not see this notice, please let us know who they are. We are so proud of our veterans!


Mt. Zion’s 81st Annual BBQ on Saturday, November 7th! This tradition is one that feeds our souls by bringing our church family and community together while funding many of Mt. Zion’s missions and ministries. We will be offering a ‘Take Out’ only menu of BBQ by the pound, Slaw and BBQ sauce to go. This will provide the staples for a great personal gathering or quick, delicious meal for the family. So be sure to PRE-ORDER your BBQ and tell your friends and neighbors that although this year will look different, it is still the same awesome Mt. Zion BBQ. 


Sponsor a PIG for the Mt. Zion BBQ! Looking for another way to support your 81st Annual Mt. Zion BBQ? How about sponsoring an Angel PIG in memory, in honor or in celebration of a loved one, family or group! Angel Pigs are being sold for $25 a Pig and will help to offset the cost of purchasing the BBQ for this event which allows us to serve more missions and ministries. You can purchase an Angel Pig by filling out the form below and turning it in with your check to the church office or pick up a form on Sunday morning and return it to the designated box. We will also be offering an on-line option soon! Link here for online form: https://forms.gle/e5XVqm5Wt6A7dYL26


Neighborhood Care Center


Snacks requested are individual serving size chips, cookies, etc. and individual serving size drinks. Please take your snack donations directly to their location:  Neighborhood C.A.R.E. Center, 19711 Smith Circle, Cornelius, and place in the bins on the front porch.


In preparation for their next Manna food distribution event on October 17, they are seeking donations for ground beef. They give every family at least 2 pounds in tube form with their groceries enabling them to make various dishes. They serve about 55 families a month on average with a monthly need of about 100 lbs.  Any donation would be a blessing.


If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make your check payable to Mt. Zion and write "Manna" in the memo line and we will do the shopping.  Thank you in advance for your generosity and continuing to show the love of Christ towards our neighbors.


Volunteers - The Learning Zone needs volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help us facilitate our Learning Zone program for the upcoming school semester. With CMS transitioning to 100% remote learning, this program is our response to a great need in our community. No teaching experience is required. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Training will be given before commencing. Our children are at a huge disadvantage and are going to need our love and support.


To sign up to volunteer- Click the link below




Contact Sebra or Angela if you need more information. 




Ada Jenkins Center


Due to Covid-19, Ada Jenkins Center has had to make many changes in the way they are able to provide food for families in the local community through the Loaves and Fishes food pantry and LEARN Works program. Their current needs have changed too and food donations are currently not needed.



1. Monetary donations are always appreciated and can be made directly to Ada Jenkins at https://adajenkins.org/  A donation to Ada Jenkins Center will go toward needed food to keep on hand in the Pantry or to one of their other programs.


2. They are seeking groups who would be willing to collect and package 1-2 week supplies of snacks for approximately 60 children enrolled in their LEARN Works program. Groups will be responsible for assigned weeks.



Thank you for helping the children and this very important mission! If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Laurie Knight @ appfan1188@carolina.rr.com or Sebra Maines @ sebramaines@yahoo.com



SONSHINE PRESCHOOL - Sonshine Preschool is offering a five-month preschool session from January through May for the 2021 school year.  Enrollment is open!!  For information please contact the preschool office at 704-892-0654, email sonshinepre@mtzionumc.net or visit the preschool webpage.


*Please remember to relink your Harris Teeter card to Number 4635.  This is the easiest Fundraiser for the Preschool that everyone can participate in!!  Harris Teeter’s “Together in Education” program.  You must relink your card every year for Sonshine to get credit.  You can ask any cashier to help you relink. Funds from this help support our Scholarship Fund for families in need, classroom equipment, teacher resources, playground equipment and much more!   We thank you for blessing Sonshine Preschool   by participating!*