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PASTORS PIECE Zion United Church of Christ August 2013 Inside This Issue
"New Wine"
"Then John's disciples came and asked him, 'How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?' "Jesus answered, 'How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.'" Matthew 9:`1417. Generally today when we buy wine it comes in a glass or a bottle, having already been fermented at the vineyard. In Jesus' day new wine was put into a goatskin sewn together to be water tight. As the wine fermented it expanded, and the goatskin with it. If new wine was then added to the already-expanded goatskin (which was now old) it would burst. This is a very fitting allegory for Jesus to use when addressing how John's disciples and the Pharisees continued to cling to legalism. John's disciples fasted as they mourned for their sins and prepared for the coming of the Messiah. Jesus' disciples didn't need to fast because Jesus is the Messiah and is already among them. The Messiah, God with us, Jesus, came to teach us to move away from living under the obligation of "Law". God with us means the law is fulfilled. Jesus came to show us how to love one another and to see his face in every person on the planet, to move beyond "us vs. them" to unity in spirit, even within the vast diversity of the planet. We worship differently, our understanding of God varies according to our experience of and relationship with God through the love and imitation of Jesus Christ.

1 Pastors Piece 2 Palm of Prayer 3 This Months Events 4 Worship Ways 5 Community, County &
Conference Clamor

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Butterfly Room & Expression Session

7 Celebration Occasions
Worship Whirl Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting a tomato in a fruit salad.

Zion United Church of ChristEstablished 1880 105 N. Mary, Mayview, Missouri 64071-8224 Phone and FAX: (660) 237 - 4355

We are called to be a New Creation in Christ. The creation stories in Genesis begin with a void, a darkness, and then the hovering of the Holy Spirit, the Breath of Life which breathed life into the world through flowing water and imagination and material substance. The created world within the Holy Love of Guidance within a universe of mystery. Then the Gospels show us once again the New Creation in Christ, as Mary comes to the tomb still enveloped in the darkness of night and the Spirit of the Lord is with her and around her as she discovers the tomb empty and the Lord appearing like a gardener, perhaps tending new shoots. John the Baptist helped people to "die with Christ" in repentance, by going under the water poured by loving hands, or submerging under the waters of the Jordan and emerging in the newness of imagination, letting go of the old wineskin and being poured into the new creation. The new wineskins continue to expand as our imaginations continue to invite in the fresh breath of God's living Holy Spirit and we allow ourselves to grow. Breathe deeply of the Spirits fragrance. God is still speaking! In love and joy, Pastor Kristin

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Its a BOY! Cameron Scott Wright

Scott, Jennifer and Kinze welcome baby Cameron on July 15, 2013. 9 lbs. 5 oz. 23 inches long. CONGRATULATIONS!

Palm of Prayer

Blessed is she who believed, for

there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.

Luke 1:45 (NKJV)

Please continue to surround in love and prayer, those experiencing health difficulties &/or recovering from surgery & those adjusting to new seasons in their lives: Lester Fox; Jim Stewart; Linda Wade; Dallas Walls; Doris VanCleave's mom Helen Westmoreland; Lexi Ryan; Janet Padget; family of Dennis Klussman; Winnie Davidson, family of Claude Jennings, family of Rev. Marc Wessels; Tina Duensing family of Roger Slusher; Roger Thomsons sister; Maggie & Leo Barresi's dog Chloe; first responders; military personnel and their families; families around the world that are in the midst of war and natural disasters.


Jan Lewis, Pastor Kristin's mom, is recovering well from surgery on her hand; Birthdays and anniversaries are such special times!

People brought babies to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. When the disciples saw it, they shooed them off. Jesus called them back. Let these children alone. Dont get between them and me. These children are the kingdoms pride and joy. Mark this: Unless you accept Gods kingdom in the simplicity of a child, youll never get in. Luke 18:15 (MSG)

This Months Events

S.S.8:45 A.M. Worship10:00 A. M. Please Note Regular Worship Hours Resume Sunday, August 25th. Sunday School 9:30 AM Worship 10:30 AM August 4, 2013 Service of Farewell for Betty Thaller Salem UCC 3 PM August 5, 2013 Sharing Our Faith, 7 pm Meeting Room August 11, 2013 Breakfast with Emmaus Home Bell Ringers 8:45 AM Confirmation after Worship Gospel Lovin Four Hosted by SAIL 6PM August 12, 2013 Sharing Our Faith, 7 pm Meeting Room August 13, 2013 R-VII Bulldogs First Day of School August 15, 2013 Mission Committee Meeting 2 PM August 18, 2013 Service provided by guest speaker John Vahrenberg August 19, 2013 Sharing Our Faith, 7 pm Meeting Room August 25, 2013 Regular Worship Hours Resume 9:30 Sunday School 10:30 Worship Promotion Sunday Pizza Party at Pizza Street after worship 2 pm Family Golf Center; Blue Springs August 19, 2013 Sharing Our Faith, 7 pm Meeting Room

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Zion UCC Worship Ways

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August 25, 2013 Promotional Sunday and regular services resume. August 11th the Emmaus Home Bell Ringers will perform during the church service. During Sunday School a breakfast will be provided with time for fellowship. Please plan to join us and offer them a warm welcome. The Sunday School offering will go to the Emmaus Home. August the 25th will be Promotion Sunday. Sunday School teachers and helpers will be recognized. Also on August the 25 there will be a Back to School Party following the church service. Lunch will be at Pizza Street in Blue Springs and at 2pm we will meet at the Family Golf Center also in Blue Springs. There will be a sign up sheet for those interested in attending. The following is a list of those helping with Sunday School- Opening Worship- Kenny Jungerman, Russell Dierking, Denise Bainbridge and Judy Pragman; Pianist, Teresa Begemann and Dorothy Begemann; Nursery, Carolyn Bayless; Secretary Jim Begemann; Teachers Elaine Hudson, Bill Bainbridge, Russell Dierking, Dorothy Begemann, and Pastor Kristin. K-6 Amy Hoefer and Tresina Alvested; 7-12 Judy Pragman and Scott Alvested. There will also be a Confirmation class starting this fall which will be a one year class.

SAIL will be hosting an evening of singing with the Gospel Loving Four on Aug. 11, 2013 at 6:00pm. Refreshments will follow. A Love offering will be taken which the group will give to a charity. Join us to welcome this group who has shared their talents for so many years.

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Youth Yak
Hear Ye Hear YeIts Back to School Time! Classes start Tuesday, August 13th for the Bulldogs & Monday, August 19th for the Huskers! AlertsSign up for Bulldog
Alert and/or Husker Alert and get important information about Odessa R-VII and/or the Lafayette County C-1 School District sent as text messages to your cell phone, wireless PDA or pager. Messages sent include information about school closings, early dismissals school event reminders and emergency information. Sign-up is easy. Go to the school district of choice website, www.odessa.k12.mo.us or www.huskers.k12.mo.us and follow the simple steps listed there. This is a great way for Grandparents to stay up on activities as well!

Mission Committee
Mission Committee: For the month of Aug. the mission committee will be collecting items for the Emergency Clean-Up Bucket These kits enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a disaster here in the United States; $56 value of items listed below Shipping---$3/kit 1 five-gallon bucket with re-sealable lid 1 dry laundry detergent, 50-78 oz. 1 roll heavy-duty trash bags, 24-28 count (3045 gallon) (remove from box) 1 bottle liquid concentrated house-hold cleaner (like Lysol), 12 oz. 1 bottle liquid antibacterial dish soap, (like Dawn), 25 oz. Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100ft. 50 clothes pins 1 scrub brush (remove packaging) 1 pair work gloves 2 pairs latex gloves (like Playtex) 7 sponges, assorted sizes 5 scouring pads 18 cleaning towels, (reusable, like Easy Wipes NO Cotton towels) 5 dust masks 1 bottle insect repellant (drops or lotion, not aerosol)6-14 oz. Please purchase all liquids in plastic bottles. Send only new, unopened materials. make sure lids on bottles are tightly closed. Put all items in the plastic bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment. Seal lid with packing tape. Please remember that the committee will appreciate any donation, partial kit, entire kit or monetary donation). The next mission committee meeting will be Aug. 15 at 2:00pm. Doris, Jeanette, Norma and Ruth How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Community, County & Conference Clamor

Service of Farewell for Betty Thaller
Salem UCC of Higginsville, MO invites you to attend a Service of Farewell and Ending of Pastor Betty Thaller's ministry. Please join us to celebrate Betty and her ministry at Salem UCC, 1500 North Main St, Higginsville on Sunday, August 4 at 3 pm. The service will include "Recognition of the End of an Authorized Ministry" by the Western Association of the Missouri Mid-South Conference. There will be a reception following the service in the Fellowship Hall. Please feel free to share your stories of Betty through the years!

Lafayette Area Cluster

Please begin to bring gifts for the Fall Steppingstone Shower (items for apartment use), which will take place in September. September 26 Lafayette Area Women's Meeting Lexington--Trinity September 28 Fall Western Association Meeting Levasy--Ebenezer at 9am. NEXT MEETING October 28-Emma, at 7:30pm

The Lamplighter Minister of Strategic Innovation

Introduction: The Missouri Mid-South Conference of the UCC has determined that it will move from two Associate Conference Ministers to one ACM as of July 1, 2014 due to financial constraints. This position has been created in order to make that transition as healthy and successful as possible for the churches, members and authorized ministers of the Conference. General Statement of Responsibilities: The Minister of Strategic Innovation is responsible to assess the opportunities and challenges before the Missouri Mid-South Conference as it reconfigures its life with new models of Conference ministry. This minister will develop initiatives to increase the capacity of the authorized ministers, churches, laity and associations to assume a variety of responsibilities for our common life. The incumbent will also prepare systems and procedures within the Conference's program and administrative life to ensure as healthy a transition as possible. The Minister will oversee communications to build up relationships and to ensure transparency throughout the life of the Conference. All work is done in coordination with the Visioning process and under the oversight of the Conference Minister and in collaboration with other staff. Accountability: The Minister of Strategic Innovation is selected by the Conference Minister, confirmed by the Conference Council and accountable to the Conference Minister. It bears saying, I think, that the staff of your Conference have been under high stress since late May, and that stress will continue for some time to come. None of them has complained about that, but as your Acting Conference Minister, I ask for your understanding as we move into a period in which significant staff changes will occur with Marc Wessels' move to South Dakota and soon the arrival of the new Minister for Strategic Innovation. With declining financial support, we are going to be unable to respond with as much timeliness as we would like to the needs of our churches and will need others among you to step forward from time to time to help. Your ideas and your assistance will be greatly appreciated! Dr. Davida Foy Crabtree Acting Conference Minister

Dont let yesterday use up too much of today. ~ Will Rogers

Want To Serve YOUR Conference?

Please take a moment to complete the online survey and tell us a little about yourself, your skills and how you would like to be involved. If you have interest in a specific committee or project, please let us know. By providing your input and information, you will have the opportunity to share your skills and expertise with the Conference community. The Conference office will maintain the database of information and may contact you for future projects that relate to your specific interests. Thank you for your participation. Click here to complete the online survey. Or go to www.missourimidsouth.org.

Additional Staff Changes at Your Conference - New Position Available!

In the wake of Julie Simmons' resignation as Communications Specialist, we took a new look at the staffing of the administrative and communications functions in the office. After reviewing Renee Cordes' resume and talking with her, I discovered that she has years of experience in communications and marketing! So the Executive Committee has approved, and I have implemented, a shift in job responsibilities. Renee will now be Administrative Coordinator, including communications, and we will soon hire an Office Services Clerk for 18 hours a week to provide essential secretarial and other services to Renee and your staff.

2013 Persons In Ministry Retreat

Please mark your calendars for the 2013 Persons In Ministry Retreat, September 16-18 at The Resort at Port Arrowhead, 3080 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO 65049. The theme of the retreat will be "Honest to God Prayer: Being Still while in Motion" and will be led by Kent Ira Groff.


Dear Emmaus Homes Friends, We are truly grateful for your support of our mission: to enhance the quality of life for the people served by Emmaus. Thank you for your recent gift of $548.05. We accomplish so many things throughout the year with the help of generous people like you. Besides ensuring a safe, healthy environment for the men and women who call Emmaus 'home', your gift provides them with opportunities to: * Make healthy eating choices resulting in weight loss or reduced medications * Attend community picnics and outings * Go out to dinner * Grow a garden * Help with grocery shopping for their home * Assist with meal preparation in their home * Attend activities to socialize with new friends * Volunteer in their community Whether living in the community or on campus, your gift ensures the quality of service Emmaus provides will continue to give residents full and spirited lives. Thank you for making a difference! Sincerely, Lisa A. Drier Executive Director Emmaus Resident Trust Foundation

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started sometime in elementary school. I cant remember whether I was in fourth or fifth grade. I do remember that it all started with a pig week at school, sponsored by our media center. There were events throughout the week around pigs in literature. Somewhere along the line, I decided that I liked pigs because they were adorable, unique, intelligent, and incredibly misunderstood. Anyway, as the years went on, I acquired all kinds of pig-related items. Most of them came as gifts from friends and family. I had posters, calendars, figurines, books, a game, notepads, tote bagsyou name it. The collection seemed to peak during college. After I got married and moved out of my parents house, I brought most of the collection with me. Over time, distracted by new endeavors and realizing the limits of space in our home, the obsession waned a bit. I still have a few people close to me who look for unique pig items and send them my way. There is a corner of our guest room dedicated to the pig collection along with a few assorted kitchen magnets that grace the refrigerator. Two years after Charlottes death, I think its safe to say that the pig collection is being replaced by butterflies. Ever since that day at Disney when Roger had his epiphany and shared the butterfly analogy with Charlotte, the concept of metamorphosis has been a part of our lives. I see butterflies everywhere. Others see them too. They share butterfly stories with us. We have received some beautiful butterfly gifts over the last two years ranging from stained glass creations and garden statues to necklaces and decorative plaques. I rarely leave my house without wearing a butterfly of some kind each day. Butterflies are not only beautiful; they spread beauty throughout the world as they transfer pollen from flower to flower. Their lives are short but they make the most of their time, sometimes traveling thousands of miles in their migration from place to place. When you encounter a butterfly, you cannot help but smile. That was Charlotte. I think of her every day and I miss her. I am grateful that her legacy lives on in the work we do with our foundation. While grief is not easy, helping others eases the burden a little bit. I have been given the opportunity to give to others while sharing her spirit. In doing so, I remember the most unique butterfly to ever touch my heart. I will remember heruntil pigs fly.

Thanks so much to Parish Life Committee for a delicious and fun Ice Cream Social!

Butterfly Room
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if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3 (KJV)

Until Pigs Fly

I think almost everyone collects something. My mother collects angels. My

husband collects banks. My brother collects unusual percussion instruments from all over the world. I have friends that collect items as varied as Disney memorabilia, teapots, shoes, Superman collectibles, and rare coins. I used to collect pigs. The fascination with pigs

Rachel Reynolds

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Celebration Occasions
August Birthdays

Office Hours
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Justina Begemann Joshua Wagner Kelly Bayless Jim Begemann Norma Mittelhauser William Nolte D. J. Dierking Tom Begemann Lillie Jennings Scott Wright Michelle Bayless Mary Brueggenjohann Ruth Ann Trigg Tony Schmutz Jim Walls Joyce Hoefer Sherri Walls Dallas Walls David Dickmeyer Olivia Wildschuetz Aug 4 11 18 25

Tuesday 8:00 AMNoon Wednesday 6:008:00 PM Thursday 8:00 AMNoon


Wednesday 5:009:00 PM

Serving Souls
ACOLYTES Leah Wagner Austin Aardema Faigh Donovan Aardema Faigh Seth Bayless Russell & Ruth Dierking GREETERS Carrie Begemann & Elaine Hudson Mike & Amy Burns Dwight & Denise Dickmeyer


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August Anniversaries
5 7 25 30 31 Jeff & Connie Sanders Shane & Pam Smith Marvin & Alice Huenefeld Larry & Anita Bentsen Pastor Kristin & Kenny Faigh

Administrative Affairs
Pastor Kristin Aardema Faigh Home(660) 237- 4902 Church (660) 237-4355 pastorkristinatzion@yahoo.com Cell (660) 641-1038 (660) 237- 4386

Wayne Hoefer Council President Angie Lawson Church Secretary

(660) 237- 4355 zionuccsecretary@hotmail.com (660) 237 - 4923 jennyj36@yahoo.com (816) 633 - 4133 tjbegemann@yahoo.com (660) 237 - 4246 cjsanders77@yahoo.com

The deadline for submissions for the September newsletter is Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Send your submissions to: jennyj36@yahoo.com or zionuccsecretary@hotmail.com or Call (660) 237-4923

Jenny Holt Newsletter Teresa Begemann Organist Connie Sanders Custodian

Zion United Church of Christ 105 North Mary St. Mayview, Missouri 64071-8224 Generous - Loving - Dedicated Christians Sunday School 9:00 am Worship at 10:30 am


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Zion UCC Mission Statement

The avowed purpose of our church shall be: To worship God, to proclaim and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to celebrate the Sacraments; to experience Christian fellowship, to build unity, and to practice charity within this congregation and the wider church; and to share this witness of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

Worship Whirl
Traditional Worship Contemporary Worship Sunday School Communion Church Council Board of Christian Education SAIL (Serving All in Love) 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 8:45AM 10:00AM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM Sundays Monthly - 3rd Sunday Sundays Monthly 1st Sunday & Special Holidays Monthly Monthly Monthly - 4th Tuesday