October 2018 Calendar

ZMC Information/Events,  

Please make sure all drinks in the sanctuary are in a closed container.
Please see an usher if you need a hearing assistance device.

News due for Windows into Zion newsletter (1st Sunday each month) – Share your news with Kathy Alderfer or Carlene Lantz.



Monday evenings: Women’s Bible Study thru Oct.29th from 7-8:30pm at Joy Yoder’s.

Oct. 23: Mark Thiessen Nation, Professor Emeritus at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and author of the book, Bonhoeffer the Assassin?, will present a lecture series on “Discipleship in a World Full of Nazis: Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christ-centered Life & Theology for Today” at Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s Martin Chapel. Each lecture is 45-60 min., followed by discussion. This lecture series is co-sponsored by Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society.  The first lecture is Tuesday, October 23 (6:30-8:45pm): Toward Retrieving the True Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Executed for Being “a Pacifist & Enemy of the State.”

Oct. 26-28: Mennonite Women of Virginia’s Fall Retreat registration forms are available-contact Deb Pardini:

Oct. 28: Fellowship Meal and Fall Congregational Business Meeting. Please bring a main dish and a side dish or dessert to share, along with your Annual Report booklet.

Come join friends of Highland Retreat at the Annual Highland Banquet on Thursday, November 1 from 6-8:15pm in Lindale Mennonite’s fellowship hall. Enjoy a delicious dinner and a program updating you on Highland’s last year, addressing the relevance of Christian camping, and presenting a vision for the next decade. Child care (with pizza dinner) is available for children ages 4 and up. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit Highland. For more information, or to register to attend, visit, call 540-705-0554, or e-mail

Nov 5: Children’s Superintendents meeting at 7pm.

Nov 13-14: N.T. Wright, well-known Christian author and professor, will give a series of presentations on “Discerning the Dawn” in Harrisonburg. This Missional Partnership Event will consist of a number of venues, with public chapels, a keynote at JMU’s Memorial Hall, and an Area Pastor’s Breakfast at PVMC for active credentialed leaders (reg. required).  See the complete schedule at

Saturday, November 10: JrMYF Brunch/completion of Operation Christmas Child at Kent and Joy Kauffman’s from 9:30am -12p

MYF sponsors are looking for people from the congregation interested in hosting the MYF in their home for a Progressive dinner (each of the following would take place at a different home: appetizer, soup/salad, main course & dessert). If you are interested in taking part on Sunday November 18th from 4-7pm, please contact Lynae Maust.

Friday, December 7: JrMYF White Elephant exchange and movie night at the Beeker’s house, 7-10pm.


Zion Mennonite Church will be reordering our Sunday mornings for a 6-month experiment starting, June 3.  Worship will begin at 9:30 followed by time for fellowship over coffee and tea in the foyer outside the sanctuary.  Sunday school classes will begin at 11:15 and end at noon.  Questions based on the Scripture that shaped the sermon will be provided each week by the preacher.  An elective, intergenerational class will meet in the fellowship hall for anyone who wants to discuss the questions.

In preparation for the new fellowship time between worship and Sunday school, we are asking for mugs to be donated to eliminate use of paper or Styrofoam.  There will be mugs available each Sunday.  They will be washed at the end of Sunday school.  If you want to use your own mug each week, you may label it and hang it on the mug rack in the foyer.  You will be responsible to clean your own mug.  We would also welcome donations of tea.  And finally, we need some people to volunteer to make coffee and clean up.  See Dave King to volunteer and with questions.


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Windows Into Zion news items are due the 1st Sunday of each month.  Please submit your information/pictures about Sunday school, church activities, and family news to Carlene Lantz, Myrna Piper, or Kathy Alderfer. Thank you for sharing!


PRAYER INSERT INFORMATION: Holding one another up in prayer is an integral part of our life together as disciples of Christ. If you have prayer requests that you would like to have included in the weekly insert, please contact Pastor Sarah or David Gingerich by Thursday evening to have those items added. Our practice is to leave requests in for three consecutive weeks or until the event or situation has happened or resolved, whichever comes first.


Please remember to submit a “Family Details Form” to the office.  Extra copies of this bright orange form are on the information table in the foyer and also available on the website. Please also remember to include birthdates (month/day/year) for each head of household member(s).


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