From Our Pastor: God is So Amazing!

God is just so amazing! Every day we experience new blessings, renewed mercies and fresh grace and that is amazing, considering how different and how distant we are sometime from God. In all, God continues to bless us in spite our faults and shortcomings.

Here at Mt. Zion we are tremendously blessed with committed servant leaders who work faithfully and diligently to achieve and accomplish God’s vision and plan for Mt. Zion. God continues to raise up new workers each day, who commit themselves to service in God’s church and for this we are extremely grateful. I never cease to be amazed by how God is able to provide for our needs. When we do not expect it and from places that we do not expect, God keeps providing over and over again.

There is nowhere that God’s blessing is more evident to us right now than in our Capital Campaign Building Project. Progress continues on the Fellowship House project and there is great anticipation of what lies ahead. Soon the dust shield will be removed and we will all be able to experience together the blessing of our fully renovated and accessible Fellowship House. I pray that all would continue to support this effort with your prayers and financial gifts.

Lent has moved forward and we thank God for all who began the season with us in our Ash Wednesday services and for all who have chosen to participate in our Daniel Fast and Daniel Plan as well as our weekly prayer calls. We are praying together each week at the following times: Monday 9:00 PM, Wednesday 7:00 AM and Friday 9:00 AM. Please take the time to join us. Members are already testifying about the answered prayers that are being received! God is yet working miracles.

Finally, we look forward with great anticipation to our Palm Sunday Concert, our Holy Week activities and to the High and Holy Celebration of Easter…the resurrection of Our Savior. God is moving in our midst. Do not miss the opportunity to be blessed. Get to work! Get involved! Get in the path of blessing! Get in line for God’s goodness to you! This is the season to be blessed!

In Lenten anticipation,

Rev. Paul

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From Our Pastor: Determined to Progress

It is difficult to believe that we are already into the second month of the New Year. In 2015, we are recommitting ourselves as a church to be fully surrendered to God’s will, purpose and plan for us individually and as community of faith. This requires work and sacrifice. How fitting that we begin the season of Lent during the month of February…a month in which we remember the contributions and sacrifices that African Americans have made to the building of this nation and the world. Traditionally, during the 40 days of the season of Lent, we participate in the Daniel Fast as an act of penitence and sacrifice. This year, I am suggesting that we expand this opportunity to include the Daniel Plan as developed by Pastor Rick Warren in his book, The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life.

By taking advantage of one of these two extraordinary opportunities for Spiritual growth and development, members of our church family will become more and more of a reflection of the image and likeness of Jesus. This too will enable us to be more fully surrendered to His Divine design for our lives. Remember, change does not occur through inaction. Change is the direct result of determined, focused action.

Jesus taught us that we should know the truth and that the truth would make us free. Knowing who you are and whose you are is the first step to true liberty. All of us desire to be free from the things that impede our progress and hinder our growth and advancement in God and in our personal development. Knowing, understanding, and affirming who made us…God…and what God made us…a reflection of his glory…is a liberating experience. The celebration of African American History month enables African Americans across the United States to learn more about our history and heritage. This knowledge empowers us to achieve self-affirmation and self-love. It gives us the power to enable our children to become the fullness of God’s creation.

Won’t you join me in these two amazing opportunities for deeper understanding and growth as we celebrate African American History Month and begin the sacred season of Lent.

In deepening surrender,

Rev. Paul

February 2015 Spire

From Our Pastor: 365 Days of Surrender

Happy New Year Beloved,

What a blessing it is to stand on the threshold of a new year. God has much work and many blessings before us in the year to come. We are grateful for the ordination of Rev. Cheryl A. Lindsay and for all that God will do in and through her as she moves forward in her ministry. Our building project in Fellowship House is progressing, and we anticipate completion in early Spring. We continue to grow and expand our church’s outreach through our various ministries such as our Board of Mission and Outreach, the Community Meal, Jobs Partnership, The Christian Business League and our newest outreach ministry, R.E.A.L. Re-Entry. The more we surrender ourselves in service to God, the more God provides opportunities for us to serve God and God’s people.

On Martin Luther King Day this year, we will continue our commitment to outreach by spending a day ministering to the Veterans in the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center. We thank God for our relationship with the VA, for it has allowed us an opportunity to give back to the men and women of our armed forces who have given so much for us and this nation. I invite everyone to join us in a day of service, as we spend some time with those who have sacrificed greatly, on our behalf.

This month we will hold our Annual Meeting, where we will have the opportunity to view the progress of the year past and to share visions for the year ahead. This is always an important time of reflection and celebration. We encourage all ministries to complete their written reports to be turned in to the church office so that we may compile a record of the individual progress of each ministry.

As we move forward into our 365 Days of Surrender, I look forward to the opportunities that God will afford us to be more fully surrendered to God…in worship, service and witnessing to the grace and goodness that only comes from the hand of our eternal God.

In Humble submission,

Rev. Paul

Black Lives Matter Sunday

In response to the senseless killings and wanton brutality against African American men and boys that has brought profound pain to the hearts of all people of conscience around the globe, in our nation and community, I am inviting our Mt. Zion family, friends and community to join us this Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM, as we make our collective voices heard in observance of “Black Lives Matter Sunday”. I am asking all who join us to dress in black and to unite with us in a special prayer for Black men and boys.

We will be joining millions of people of faith from across this country in using our collective spiritual force to change the heart of our nation. Please invite your families, friends and neighbors to be a part of this important social and spiritual advocacy for human rights and the dignity of all people. Your presence will make a difference.

Yours in the struggle,
Rev. Paul

Black Lives Matter Sunday 12.14.14

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