Peace and grace to you from Jesus Christ.

I come to you with an update on the coro­na virus and our church’s response to it. Today we saw wide­spread can­cel­la­tions of every kind of event imag­in­able and this after­noon, I received an e‑mail form Bish­op Hope Mor­gan Ward strong­ly urg­ing all Unit­ed Methodist Church­es to sus­pend wor­ship ser­vices and activ­i­ties at our church­es and with­in our con­gre­ga­tions for the next 2 weeks. The Bish­op did this in response to a request from pub­lic health offi­cials for these can­cel­la­tions.  

After con­sult­ing with lead­ers in the church, some of whom also serve in the health ser­vices, the wor­ship com­mit­tee and with oth­er pas­tors, we have decid­ed that it is in the best inter­est of our com­mu­ni­ty and those among us who are most at risk to fol­low the Bishop’s lead in this mat­ter. So, we will can­cel our wor­ship ser­vices and activ­i­ties at the church for the next two weeks and hope that progress will be made in devel­op­ing vac­cines and treat­ments for this virus dur­ing these two weeks. 

In the mean­time, the wor­ship Com­mit­tee and the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mit­tee are work­ing on ways to share the ser­mon on Sun­day morn­ings and infor­ma­tion to keep every­one apprised of the sit­u­a­tion. We will let you all know as soon as we know exact­ly how we are going to do that.

Some may feel that this is an over reac­tion but accord­ing to health offi­cials, if we wait until it is obvi­ous that this is what we should have done, it will be too late to cur­tail the spread of COVID-19 and many more peo­ple will be put at risk.  

I know that this is a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion for us all, but I remind you that God is with us and we will get through this and I tru­ly believe that all will be well. 

Also please be aware that some of our folks might feel iso­lat­ed, fear­ful and per­haps help­less so we request that every­one in the church try to stay in con­tact with oth­ers through text or email or phone calls. 

We will make oth­er infor­ma­tion avail­able as soon as we know more. Until then, please take care of your­selves and each oth­er and be safe!

In the Name of Christ,

Pas­tor Don­ald


Wel­come to Mt. Zion Unit­ed Methodist Church– a healthy vibrant and grow­ing com­mu­ni­ty of faith that is ground­ed in its mis­sion of “Shar­ing Christ, Mak­ing Dis­ci­ples, Trans­form­ing our Com­mu­ni­ty and the World.” God is unceas­ing­ly doing mighty things through this con­gre­ga­tion– reach­ing out and wel­com­ing for new dis­ci­ples, expe­ri­enc­ing Christ-cen­tered wor­ship, focused spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion from cra­dle to grave, and risk-tak­ing mis­sion and min­istry to the world.

Warm Hos­pi­tal­i­ty
Mt. Zion UMC has a strong sense of fol­low­ing God’s pur­pose and its doors are wide­ly open to every­one. We are a lov­ing and car­ing church that is stretch­ing our wel­com­ing hands to all peo­ple.

Christ-Cen­tered Wor­ship
Mt. Zion UMC is expe­ri­enc­ing a strong sense of Christ’s pres­ence and a deep yearn­ing in the pow­er of the Holy Spir­it. Our wor­ship life here at Mt. Zion is not “just anoth­er Sun­day” expe­ri­ence! Our wor­ship cel­e­bra­tion pro­vides an authen­tic, Spir­it-filled gath­er­ing draw­ing upon both the rich­es of tra­di­tion and the fresh breath­ing of the Holy Spir­it.

Focused Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion
Mt. Zion UMC is ground­ing its min­istries in prayer, spir­i­tu­al prac­tices and extrav­a­gant gen­eros­i­ty. We are inten­tion­al­ly fos­ter­ing faith devel­op­ment from cra­dle to grave.

Risk-Tak­ing Mis­sion and Min­istry to the World
Mt. Zion UMC is empow­er­ing our peo­ple to serve as cat­a­lyst of change. We are dis­cern­ing the call of God to trans­form our com­mu­ni­ty and the world for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Indeed, Mt. Zion UMC is a place of pos­si­bil­i­ty where lives are being trans­formed, where there is hope and heal­ing, where gifts and min­istries are flour­ish­ing, and where peo­ple are empow­ered to serve oth­ers for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!