The News of Zion

Love God

Love People

~Luke 10:27

January 13, 2023

“He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1: 8-9

As many churches begin conferencing over the issues that are now before us, let us remember that the Church of Corinth also had many issues. Issues which the Apostle Paul addressed with encouragement and concern in letters to the Church. Even our founder, John Wesley had issues with the Church of England during the 1700’s that concerned him.  Join us this Sunday as we take a look at the Church in Corinth… their issues and what the Paul said to them and also what Paul is saying to us today. And as we begin a New Year, let us remember and pray the prayer compose by John Wesley. See You on Sunday!

Pastor John


Wesley Covenant Prayer

 I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.

Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit thou art mine, I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth let it be ratified in heaven. Amen

Youth Sunday School is meeting on Sundays at 10:00 am in the Youth Room, downstairs of the Sanctuary!! Kristina Ray is leading our youth and would love to see your youth join us each Sunday!!

Lancaster County Council on

Aging is seeking 5 Churches in Lancaster to deliver

Meals on Wheels

1 week a month

1 hour a day

Interested? Want more info?

We would love an opportunity to answer all your questions and tell you more about what we do. 

We would be happy to visit your church for a Q & A

Don’t wait, email me today. So many neighbors need your love and support.

Offering envelopes for the New Year are available in the church vestibule. As was done last year, we are using our surplus from past years.

There are several floral arrangements that were blown off monuments during recent high winds in the church cemetery. They have been placed next to the cemetery wall at the Zion Road entrance. If one belongs to you, please replace these soon or they will be discarded. 

The Shiloh Zion Volunteer Fire Department Annual Chicken BBQ and Bake Sale

Saturday, February 4

Plates are $10 each 

Pick up at Shiloh ARP Church,

11:00 AM UNTIL 2:00 PM. Must purchase ticket.


Shiloh Zion Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale and Raffle

Raffle tickets are $2 per ticket. 

Raffle item: Charcoal Yeti M20 Soft Backpack


The Ladies Auxiliary appreciates donations of baked goods to help with their bake sale. 

The Administrative Board is asked to meet on

Sunday, February 5 at 4:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

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 in the basement of the sanctuary and our children in the family life center.


 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. Please register by February 5 at: Bring a pot of your congregation's best chili, 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 (  

Dear Zion Church Family,

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hoping for us all a better 2023.

We want to thank our church family for all the cards, calls, visits, food and monetary gifts. Most of all, we want to thank you for all prayers that have been lifted up to God on our behalf. Even though Ryan did not get a good prognosis, we are still praying that if it is God’s will, He will heal him. Ryan has many more things he wants to do before he leaves this earth.

Please know we are praying for our church and the church family. Life is not always easy, but we have faith and know God is in control of everything.

 - Love, Ryan and Miriam Griffin



Dear Zion Church, Thank you so much for your kindness to our seniors of Lancaster County. 

 - Bessie Allen, LCCOA Site Director



Dear Zion Church, With gratitude for the gifts of your kindness and thoughtfulness. Thank you so much

– All of us at Lancaster County Council on Aging.


Our love and sympathy are extended to the family of Jack Pope in his death on January 8.

Special Gifts to Zion Church

in Memory

Harris Plyler by Wanda Murphy, Carolyn Massey, Pat Threatt, Sonny and Marion Curtis, Pat Vick, Ken and Lib Preslar, Jeffrey Thomas, and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Vick,  

Mike Payne by Judy


Special Gifts to Building Fund

In Honor of

Marcene Plyler by Steve and Susie McDonald


In Memory of:

Harris Plyler by Steve and Susie McDonald, Sue Catoe, Rhonda Waters and family, Judy S. Humphreys, Tommy and Julie Middleton, Beth Craig, Tommy Knight, Frances Parris, The Vincent family, Suzanne Evans, Mike and Diane Rape, Libby, Jo Jo, and Alicia Morris, and William and Brenda Robinson



Special Gifts to Men’s Club

In Memory of:

Harris Plyler by Barbara Hall


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

Angela Bailey

Francis Bell

Phillip Bell

Carol Boyles

Beth Bramlett

Ed Campbell

Barbara Catoe

Mike Catoe

Sue Catoe

Donald Chances

Diane Chances

Amelia Clontz

Butch Cole

Leslie Collins

Sandra Cope

Dawn Creech

Wendy Culler

Susan Duell

Laura Everall

Diane Faulkner

Ashley Fort

Karon Vick Furr

Max Funderburk

Myra Funderburk

Delaney Gardner Famil

Mike Gay

Janice Griffin

Ryan Griffin

Dona Grisdale

Catherine Hammond

David Hayes

JoAnn Hinson

Ed Horne

Melinda Hunter

Danny Johnson

Thurmond Johnson

Rick Joyner

Nancy Kimbrell

Brandi Knight

Mary Knight

Fran Lathan

Judy Maree

Clyde McAteer

Ivy McAteer

Luther McAteer

Sandra McClain

Bonnie Mitchell

Shelia Hinson Mullis

Elfreida Plyler

Ann Powers

Wayne Richardson

Bonnie Sears

Eva Small

Greg Smith

JoAnne Smith

Billy Sowell

Alice Steele

Becky M. Steele

Robbie Stepp

Kayla Strait

Matthew Sweatt

Graham Thomas

Lauren Thomas

Richard Thompson

Mike Vick

Pat Vick

Myrtle Walker

Donna Walters

Michael Walters

Billy White

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.

January 13: Kenny Polston, Annemarie Salisbury

January 14: Jennifer Barrack, Gracie Knox, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Baker

January 16: Jeremy Haile

January 18: Donna Smith

January 19: Joseph Morris

January 20: Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Morris

The Record Speaks....

Present for Sunday School: 40

Present for Worship: 81

Needed each week for General Fund: $4,182

Received for 1/8 for General Fund: $3,520

Received for Building Fund: $600

Received for Epworth Children's Home: $120

Received for Children's Fund from Calendar sales: $8

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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