The News of Zion

Love God

Love People

~Luke 10:27

February 17, 2023

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 3Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.   Matthew 17:1-3


           This Sunday is “Transfiguration Sunday” in the Christian Year Calendar.  It’s the day we not only remember Jesus’ meeting with Moses and Elijah, and Jesus being transfigured, but also the revelation of God’s son, Jesus’ identity, to his most enter circle of disciples and what God called them and us to do. So, how and what does this story teach us about our own stories and journey through life? And what is God calling us to do as God’s own children? Join us this Sunday, as we take a look at these questions, and what they mean for us today!

Pastor John

Our Grief Support Group is meeting on the first and third Mondays of each month in the Fellowship Hall at 11:00 am. Our next meeting will be Monday, February 20. All are welcome!

Our Administrative Board met on Sunday, February 4. Our Pastor, Lay Leader, church leaders, and board members are aware of the concerns and confusion about the future, especially in relation to changes in The United Methodist Church. There are informational packets that have been prepared and are available in the church vestibule. Please pick up a copy and if you have questions or concerns, please speak with Pastor John or your Lay Leader, Steve Moseley. Please be aware that if you hear concerning information from friends, or those in the community, it is better to get clear answers from your informed church leaders.

Steven Duell is selling Lancaster area multi use discount cards for $10 each for Scouts. Please see Steven to purchase your cards!

Our Adult Sunday School classes continue to meet each Sunday at 10:00 am. If you are unsure which class would better suit you, please contact the church office, 285-3864. Our Youth and Children’s Sunday School classes will be meeting at 10:00 am as well, youth and children in the family life center.

The Staff Pastor Relations Committee is asked to meet on Saturday, February 18 at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. This will be a training meeting.

The United Methodist Men’s Ministry of Hopewell UMC extends an invitation to all who are helping bring the love of Christ to our communities. On Saturday, February 18, we will host the 22nd annual Christian Men’s Fellowship. We will be serving dinner from 5-6 pm This is a free event. A love offering will be received for a local charity! Our guest speaker will be Dale “Bumpy” Walters. Worship will begin at 6:15 pm.  

All men of all ages are invited to our United Methodist Men's Breakfast on Sunday, February 19 at 7:45 am in the Men's Rec. Bldg. Join us for breakfast, a devotional and business meeting.


 to benefit Bethel Homeless Shelters

Sunday, February 19th beginning at 4 p.m.

India Hook UMC, 3300 Mt. Gallant Rd. Rock Hill

All Rock Hill District United Methodist Churches are invited. Come and learn about Bethel

Shelters, and enjoy fellowship with others from around the district. Each congregation is also asked to bring salads and/or desserts to share. District Superintendent Anthony Hodge will be one of our judges, along with Bethel personnel and a local politician. Direct questions to Kendall Farnum (  

Join us for our Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

Zion will be hosting the Rock Hill District Clergy meeting on Thursday, March 2. Thank you to the ones who have agreed to help set up and serve breakfast for those who will be attending.

Spaghetti Luncheon

Sunday, March 5 following worship in the TFLC

Eat in or take out, plates are $10 for adults and $6 for children under 10. Proceeds to benefit the Tony Neal Scholarship Fund.

Special Gifts to Zion Church

In Honor of:

Jack Steele on his birthday and retirement by Darlene Hallman

My wonderful sisters, Dianne Sweatt and Janice Bowers Love, Judy Payne

Hazel and Terry Robinson by Judy Payne

Margie Vincent and Terry Robinson by Marcene Plyler

Pat Threatt and Betty Crook by Dianne Martin


In Memory of:

Debra Catoe by Wanda Murphy

Margaret and Vance Threatt and Sallye Estridge by Dianne Martin


Special Gifts to Building Fund

In Honor of:

Darlene Hallman by Mike and Diane Rape

Barbara Hall on her birthday by Darlene Hallman

Morning Walking Club: 
Our weekday morning walking group has resumed meeting in the life center Monday through Friday at 8:00 AM. Church members are welcome to come out and enjoy getting in some exercise out of the elements and in a secure location!

Please remember these in prayer:

Mary Ann Adams

Becky Alsup

Hope Anderson

Angela Bailey

Derwin Beaty

Mary Beaty

Francis Bell

Carol Boyles

Beth Bramlett

Barbara Catoe

Mike Catoe

Sue Catoe

Donald Chances

Diane Chances

Amelia Clontz

Leslie Collins

Sandra Cope

Dawn Creech

Wendy Culler

Susan Duell

Laura Everall

Diane Faulkner

Linda Jo Ferguson

Ashley Fort

Karon Vick Furr

Max Funderburk

Myra Funderburk

Mike Gay

Mary Gibson

Janice Griffin

Ryan Griffin

Catherine Hammond

David Hayes

JoAnn Hinson

Ed Horne

Jeremy Hudson

Melinda Hunter

Shirley Hunter

Danny Johnson

Thurmond Johnson

Rick Joyner

Nancy Kimbrell

Brandi Knight

Jeffrey Knight

Mary Knight

Nancy Landrum

Fran Lathan

Judy Maree

Clyde McAteer

Ivy McAteer

Luther McAteer

Sandra McClain

Bonnie Mitchell

Jennifer Montgomery

Shelia Hinson Mullis

Tony Neely

Elfreida Plyler

Ann Powers

Wayne Richardson

Jacqueline Rodriguez

Bonnie Sears

Helen Shehane

Eva Small

Greg Smith

JoAnne Smith

Lyla Allen Smith

Billy Sowell

Mickey Starnes

Toni Starnes

Alice Steele

Becky M. Steele

Tabitha Steele

Tim Steen

Robbie Stepp

Kayla Strait

Matthew Sweatt

Graham Thomas

Lauren Thomas

Richard Thompson

Mike Vick

Pat Vick

Myrtle Walker

Donna Walters

Michael Walters

Sam Wilson

Kim Yost

Even as we offer in-person worship, our services will still be made available online on our Facebook page. Log in to our Zion United Methodist Church Facebook page on Sundays for our service if you are unable to make it to church!! The service will also be available on our website at



Upper Room Devotionals are

available in the church vestibule

There are also copies available in the informational box outside the double doors at the drop off for those who have not returned to in person worship.

February 18: Becky M. Steele, Susie McDonald

February 19: Tabatha Steele, Danny McManus, Donnie Steele

February 20: Kristen Jordan, Jake Hall

February 22: Rhonda Waters, Mandy Adams

February 23: Butch Williams, Debbie Stogner, Carolyn Massey, David Haile

The Record Speaks....

Present 2/12 for Sunday School: 46

Present 2/12 for Worship: 74

Needed each week for General Fund: $4,182

Received for 2/12 for General Fund: $4,074

Received for Building Fund: $135

Received for Epworth Children's Home: $120

There are many options available to give to the continuing ministry and outreach of Zion UMC. You may give through Paypal on the website, text your giving to 803-525-1834 and follow the secure link, or if you are not comfortable giving online, you may drop your offering in the mail to Zion UMC at 1665 Zion Road, Lancaster, SC 29720 or drop off in the secure drop box that is located beside the double doors where the buses are. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Missy at 803-804-2434 or leave a message at the church office, 803-285-3864 and your call will be returned. Thank you for your continued support of the Mission that is Zion!!

"...because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to."

Deuteronomy 15:10

Zion United Methodist Church

803-285-3864 -

Pastor John D. Howle - 1-864-770-5584

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