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Sermons for May and June 2014

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Sermon for May 11, 2014:  “A Hospitable Heart”, by Alan Follett, Mother’s Day

Special Music by Dave and Ben Davidson for Mother’s Day

Sermon for May 18, 2014:  “Come and See’, by Alan Follett

Sermon for June 1, 2014: “The Secret to Our Strength”


Sermons of April 2014

Monday, August 4th, 2014

I’ve gotten a bit behind on posting sermons, sorry about that.  I’ll post them in little groups to catch up, here are the rest of them for April 2014.

Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014  Sermon:  ”News” by Alan Follett “Preach the Gospel every day, and if you have to, use words.”

Sermon for Sunday, April 27, 2014:  “What We Are Sorely Missing”


SOS Memphis 2014 Mission Trip

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

This was Mt Zion’s fourth mission trip to SOS Memphis, Service Over Self.  We went there first in 2008, and have now been the last three years in a row, 2012, 2013, and 2014.  It’s quite a drive from Madison, VA to Memphis, TN, about 14 hours driving time, but we always feel like it’s worth it!  SOS Memphis is just a very special place.  SOS Memphis started back in 1986, and since then, they’ve had over 20,000 volunteers fix over 700 homes in Memphis.  You can find out more on their website. Shared from SOS Memphis, Service Over Self, Week 2, Final Video Shared from SOS Memphis, Service Over Self, Week 2, Music Video


Upcoming Events

Friday, April 25th, 2014
Dear people of the Rapidan Charge Methodist Churches,
Some useful notes and reminders for the weeks and months ahead…
This coming Sunday, April 27
Lots going on at Mt. Zion …
Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at 8 AM… There will be several special guests from the Nest Egg Project, both at the breakfast and at worship.
We will recognize the volunteers for the Nest Egg Project both at the breakfast and at worship…
A number (a handful… about ten) of my friends from high school will also be attending worship.
Please take a moment to welcome them.
They will also be staying after worship, attending the upstairs Sunday School class before we head to Richmond to visit the wife of of one of our friends who is suffering complications from breast cancer.
Please keep Scott and Linda Phillips in your prayers.
Thank you, Pauline, for preparing bag lunches for our trip.
I leave for Boston and vicinity for family business late Sunday night and return to Oak Park late Thursdaymorning … only to head out to New Bern, NC for a brief time away.
Rev. Joe Kubat will preach at Mt. Zion and Walker’s… and Rev. Hazel Eakin will preach at Bethsaida.
Please provide Joe Kubat the assistance he will need with the worship duties at both churches.
Rev. Stephen King will serve as the pastor on call while I am away. He has the phone numbers of all three lay leaders and I have given his best contact number to several people within the three churches.
On Saturday, May 3, the Essner family will be participating in a 5K walk in Fredericksburg, to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  JDRF is the largest non-governmental funder of Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.  Besides Emily, there are two other young people at Mt. Zion who have to deal with this disease, so finding a cure is very dear to our hearts.  If you would like to support Emily in  her efforts to raise money for JDRF to find a cure for T1D, there are several ways to do it: go to JDRF.com., click donate to a walker, who would be Emily Essner or Team Emily; or make a check out to JDRF with ”Team Emily Essner” in the memo line and mail it to us at 218 Lone Mtn. Lane, Brightwood, Va. 22715; or you could just hand it to us in church. An ideal time to get a donation for JDRF to the Essners would be this coming Sunday, April 27 at Mt. Zion
Mother’s Day is May 11
The Sacrament of Communion will be served at Bethsaida and Mt. Zion on that day
And Dave Davidson will be playing special music at Mt. Zion for that day.
Wednesday, May 14 – Mt. Zion
The United Methodist Men will host a dinner for the seniors of the community (through the Madison Senior Center)
Saturday, May 17
Family Fun Day at Bethsaida
Food, games, more food, lots of fun.
It’s a big day for Bethsaida.
It begins at 12 noon… Food is served at 2.
Come out and support our sister church!
Sunday, May 25 – 7:30 PM – Mt. Zion UMC
The Mountain View Choir will present a concert “The Battle Belongs to the Lord.”
I have seen a preview of the program; and it looks like an amazing event
No admission… A free will offering will be taken.
Sunday, June 1 – All three churches
We will recognize and honor our high school and college graduates
Sunday, June 8 – Walker’s UMC
Homecoming! Guest speaker is our District Superintendent Rev. Danny Kesner
Guest speaker at Bethsaida on that day is Todd Clatterbuck
Guest speaker at Mt. Zion on that day is George Dasher.
Saturday, June 14
Wedding of Cody Brown and Anna Peil at Jimmy Brown’s home in Brightwood
Sunday, June 15
Choir sing at Mt. Zion
Friday, June 20 through late Sunday June 22
Annual Conference
Goodall family reunion at Mt. Zion
Guest speakers will be scheduled at all three churches
Sunday, June 29
Mission Sunday at Mt. Zion
Confirmation class begins for all three churches  at Walker’s (5-7 PM)
Confirmation class will be held every week at Walker’s from 5 – 7 pm through Sunday, July 20
Confirmands and new members will be received on Sunday, July 27 (Parents Day)
Saturday, July 19 – Mt Zion UMC - 5 PM till ?
Austin Fox Memorial Scholarship Dinner & Auction
Saturday, July 26 – Walker’s Picnic Shelter
Confirmation class picnic
Beginning on Sunday, August 3 and continuing every Sunday in August
“Cokesbury Sunday
Most if not every hymn will come from the old Cokesburu hymnal.

Sermon for Sunday, April 13, 2014 – “What They (Those in Power) Were Afraid Of”

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

“What They (Those in Power) Were Afraid Of”  (click to play)


Sermon for Sunday, April 6, 2014 – “God’s Broken Heart….God’s Eternal Promise”

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Sermon:  ”God’s Broken Heart….God’s Eternal Promise”  (click to play)


Sermon for Sunday, March 30, 2014 “That Awful Hunger”

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

That Awful Hunger”  (click to play)

Music below by Dave and Ben Davidson (click links to play)

“Envy and Jealousy”

Meet Me Over on The Other Side

“Three Men On A Mountain”


Sermon for March 23, 2016: “What Are You Doing Here?”

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

“What Are You Doing Here?” (click to play)


Sermon for March 16, 2014: “Choose”

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

“Choose” (click to play)


Sermon for March 9, 2014: “With Friends Like These”

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

With Friends Like These”  (click to play)