The News of Zion

Love God

Love People

~Luke 10:27

March 24, 2023

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.                                 Ezekiel 37:1-5



As we continue our journey through Lent, the world continues going on, with everything in the world today. Everything from new diseases, drought and possible famines, to wars and rumors of wars, to mass shootings, perhaps we also can profit by grounding the prophetic vision experienced during Israel’s excilic moment.  Even though it is a grim sight, the vision serves as not only a warning, but also a promise to God’s people that they will be eventually restored.  God will take the dry bones and create a new future—a future with God’s spirit within, a future in the land of Israel. Join us this Sunday as we take a look a what it means to us Christians and how can live a faithful life during our own challenges in life. And how God is the giver you a new heart and new spirit!


Pastor John

Joby Mitchell Montgomery was presented for the Holy Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, March 19 during worship.

Our Grief Support Group continues to meet the first and third Mondays of each month in the Fellowship Hall at 11:00 am. Our next meeting will be Monday, April 3. All are welcome!

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.

Lenten Bible Study continues on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

April Worship Greeters and Ushers:

Greeters: Susie McDonald and Susan Scott

Ushers: Jimmy Neal, Steve McDonald, Stacy Scott, and Steve Duell

All men of all ages are invited to join us for our Men's Club meeting that will be held on Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 PM in the Thompson Family Life Center! Join us for a delicious dinner, devotion, and business meeting. Please text or call Steve, 803-288-2892 if you will be attending so we can get a head count for food quantities.

Lay Readers Needed: In order to provide opportunities for participation for the congregation, Pastor John encourages you to consider signing up to read the Scripture during worship service. We hope to develop a list of readers and start a rotation in the coming weeks. Please contact the church office if you are willing to participate.

Collection For Our Local Animal Shelter

Used blankets, towels, and hand towels are being collected for the Lancaster Animal Shelter. Please place your donations in the collection box in the church vestibule.

Lilies can be placed in the church on Easter Sunday, April 9. We ask you to purchase your lilies and bring them to church on Easter Day. If you would like to place your lily in honor or in memory of a loved one, pleases give your information to Missy, 803-804-2434 or email at by Wednesday, April 5.

Recently, some of our church members have been contacted by a scammer. Persons contacted received text messages that appeared to be from our Pastor who was asking for the member to purchase eBay gift cards for an urgent charitable need.

Please know that neither our Pastor nor any church officer would make such a request. Should anyone receive a suspicious message, phone call, letter, or email that appears to be from the Pastor or the Church trying to solicit funds or your personal information, please contact the Church Office so we can be made aware of what is happening. 

Legitimate Church fundraisers are always publicized in our bulletins, newsletters, the Church website, and the Church’s Facebook page. But even still, it is not impossible for a hacker to get into online sites and make changes. We hear about these things happening to individuals and organizations quite often. So, we need to be wary of anyone asking us for money or our personal information. Always be willing to question something that looks suspicious.

Some links related to eBay scams are listed below. Also, there are links with information on scams and how to avoid them.

Special Gifts to Zion Church

In Honor of:

Barbara Hall by Marcene Plyler

In Memory of:

Harris Plyler by Wanda Faile

Special Gifts to Building Fund

In Honor of

Joby Montgomery by Rock and Karen Love

March is our month to support HOPE in Lancaster with donations of food for those less fortunate. Particular needs in March are 1 lb. box/bag rice, jelly, juice, canned chicken, canned potatoes, and 1 lb. bags of dry beans. Please place your donations in the collection box in the church vestibule. Thank you!!

Morning Walking Club: 

Our weekday morning walking group has resumed meeting in the life center Monday through Friday at 8:30 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

Leeanne Steele Alexander

Angela Bailey

Derwin Beaty

Mary Beaty

Francis Bell

Carol Boyles

Beth Bramlett

Emma Rae Bryson

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

Ryan Griffin

Catherine Hammond

David Hayes

JoAnn Hinson

Ed Horne

Jeremy Hudson

Melinda Hunter

Danny Johnson

Thurmond Johnson

Rick Joyner

Amy Kelly

Nancy Kimbrell

Brandi Knight

Jeffrey Knight

Mary Knight

Nancy Landrum

Fran Lathan

Frankie Mathews

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

Diane Robinson

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

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.

March 24: Laura Everall

March 26: Mr. and Mrs. Bobo Simpson

March 27: Gayle Ghent

March 28: Cynthia Mackey, Pat Vick

March 29: Mashalle Bailes

March 31: Andy Plyler

The Record Speaks....

Present 3/19 for Sunday School: 40

Present 3/19 for Worship: 101

Needed each week for General Fund: $4,182

Received for General Fund: $2,321

Received for Building Fund: 30

Received for Bible Study books: $30

ReceiThere 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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