For both Penn-Zion’s and Brush Creek under the leadership of Gwen Steiner, we offer a monthly intergenerational opportunity to participate together, side by side, preparing on-going and special mission projects. Last month we made blankets for Lutheran World Relief, witness bracelets for MOST Ministries, rolled bandages for Global Health Ministries, made bookmarks for Latin American Lutheran Mission, and sorted infant & children clothes for several local nonprofit donations. This group meets at Penn on Tuesdays, November 20th & December 18th. Please note there will only be a morning session-10:00-11:00 AM.
Please make plans to attend Bible Study on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m.. This is a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with Pastor Steiner and enjoy Christian fellowship with other church members.
If you can’t attend the Wednesday Bible Study at Brush Creek, Zion Church has a Bible Study on Fridays at 11:00 a.m.
JOURNEY THROUGH MARK
Please join Pastor Steiner on Thursdays, January 24, 31, and February 7 & 14 at Brush Creek Lutheran Church, beginning at 7:00 PM for a short journey through the Book of Mark. Members of both Brush Creek and Penn-Zion’s are encouraged to participate. We will be using a video series from the RightNow Media website. Here is a brief description:
The Gospel of Mark chronicles Jesus’s journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. Along the way, the Messiah gathers a ragged band of disciples. As crowds grow and dwindle on the road to Jerusalem, only a few stick by the Suffering Savior on the road of discipleship.
In this 11-part series on the Gospel of Mark, author and speaker Francis Chan invites us to walk with him along the ancient ways of the Master. Tracing the steps of Jesus and the Twelve through Israel, Francis explores the major themes of the Gospel of Mark, and asks: Are we willing to take this journey to embrace discipleship?
As each video section is short, we will be able to complete them all within the 4 weeks we are together. Plan now to attend.
Other opportunities for short term learning experiences will be offered from time to time between Zion’s and Brush Creek, and are intended to help others join in dialogue who are unable to participate on Wednesday and Friday morning Bible studies.
We are collecting 2019 calendars, either full-size or pocket size for area social service agencies to assist families and individuals in tracking appointments and special days.
During the month of January our PROJECT HOPE is Night to Shine. This program provides “an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God’s love for people with special needs ages 14 and older”, who may not have the opportunity to experience a prom. Each individual experiences the excitement of dressing up, food, pictures, dancing, karaoke, being crowned king and queen of the prom, all within a safe environment. These proms are supported by the Tim Tebow Foundation and are hosted in churches around the world. This is our 4th year to be collecting make-up, nail polish… as each girl receives their own special salon treatment. The boys get their shoes shined. We are collecting brown and black shoe polish and supplies. Our supplies will be delivered to our region’s Night to Shine in McMurray, PA which will be February 8th, 2019. Last year 90,000 guests were crowned kings and queens of the prom at 537 host churches in 6 continents on one night. Final drop off date for these items is Sunday, February 3rd so they can be delivered on Monday, February 4th. If you want additional information about our region’s Night to Shine Prom, please contact Gwen.
During the month of February our PROJECT HOPE is Beverly’s Birthdays. This local organization provides birthday parties and supplies for children who are living in shelters or due to their life circumstances may not otherwise be able to enjoy a birthday celebration. We will be collecting NEW UNOPENED party themed paper plates, cups, napkins, plastic ware sets, cake mixes, icing and birthday candles. This organization has done an amazing job providing smiles to children through their very special birthday celebrations.
As partners in a cooperative ministry effort with Penn-Zion’s, members of Brush Creek are invited and encouraged to participate as your time and talents allow, and as the holy spirit moves you, to work with Penn-Zion’s in already established activities of hope and outreach. This is a good way to extend the ministry of Brush Creek into the community and the world. I encourage you to prayerfully consider your active participation in this way.
Questions may be directed to Gwen Steiner at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the church office.
STITCHES OF HOPE
Our congregations are blessed with many talented folks. Stitches of Hope is our ministry that includes sewing, knitting or crochet projects. Patterns and details regarding material/yarn/thread requirements are available. Our featured knitted/crocheted project for January is Little Hats Big Hearts. These are red baby hats made out of acrylic or cotton yarn. These hats will be given to all babies born in area hospitals as part of the American Heart Association raising awareness of pediatric heart conditions. Sizes of the hats range from micro-preemie size to the average baby size pattern. Yarn must be either a solid red or predominantly red in color. No extra embellishments are to be added due to safety concerns. Hats must be received by Wednesday, January 9th.
Our featured sewing project for Jan/Feb is Little Dresses for Africa. Patterns are available as well as some fabric. These are sun dresses and shorts are provided to girls & boys in 84 Countries in and around Africa – just celebrating their 10-year anniversary in 2018 and over 8 million dresses and little britches. The road is especially tough for little girls and young women in a number of countries. These dresses given to them freely makes a statement that “you are worthy and can give them hope”.
Any questions or suggestions for a Stitches of Hope project or agency we can support through homemade gifts of hope, please contact Gwen.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
1412 shoeboxes came through the doors at Zion’s this year as an Operation Christmas Child Drop-Off location! Each box we sent on its way with a prayer of thanksgiving for the donor, for the safety of those delivering these, as a number of the countries are not receptive to the Gospel message, as well as a blessing of the child receiving their box. We tracked some of the boxes from our site and they went to Columbia. Columbia ranks 49 out of the top 50 Countries where Christians are persecuted. (Open Doors, 2018). It is commonplace for Christians to be forced to pay a “protection tax” as a sort of insurance against assault, murders or other crimes at the hands of drug cartels and other criminal factions. Additionally, indigenous groups view Christianity as a threat to their ethnic customs and beliefs and also persecute Christians.
A Big THANK YOU to the Level Green Boy Scout troop for the use of the trailer (and Community United Methodist’s trailer as an overflow) The baked goods were yummy and enjoyed by volunteers from both Penn-Zions and Brush Creek and those dropping off their shoe boxes. Please continue to pray for the children who receive OCC boxes that their hearts may be open to the GOOD NEWS.