Christmas 2016

"Jesus came to give life, and to give it abundantly" (John 10:10)

This Christmas give the gift that keeps on giving: LIFE. Where can you find such a timeless gift? At church, of course. The Harvard School of Public Health in a recent study found that women who attended religious services more than once a week had a 33% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and cancer than those who did not attend. I imagine that the percentage is similar for men. So, this Christmas invite your relatives and friends to celebrate the birth of the Messiah with us and bless them by increasing their life span.

Please prayerfully consider a monetary gift in honor of the Christ Child in order that you may bless many others by making sure that the mission and ministry of Jesus will continue to flourish in Manchester. The address for Zion Episcopal Church, PO Box 717, Manchester Center, VT 05255.

We hope you may be able to join us at one of our Christmas services (all include Holy Eucharist/Communion)

Christmas Eve: 5 pm Family Service and Christmas Pageant at Zion, 7 pm Festive Service at St. John's Chapel, and 9 pm Candlelight Service with choir at Zion

Christmas Day: 8 and 10 am Services at Zion

Merry Christmas,

Fr. John--The Rev. John S. Mitchell, Rector


Happy Easter 2016

"Happy Easter," like "Merry Christmas," is a greeting of joy and celebration most of us grew up with. For many, the memories of family, food, and fellowship of Easter and Christmas have a treasured place in our hearts, minds, and souls. The dual message of God's love is found in a small baby bringing forth the joyous promise of new life, and through the Resurrection, the promise of life shattering reality that the gift of life overcomes death itself.

This Easter come and celebrate the staggering Good News of Easter: We have an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept safe in heaven until the day of our release from this fleeting, fragile existence."  - 1 Peter

This year in particular we are in need of your loving support due to damage to the sanctuary from a roof leak, and to the undercroft from a burst pipe, and the continued financial hardship brought about by a poor economy. To express your support for the message of Christ's never ending love as expressed in the resurrection, donations may be sent to Zion Episcopal Church, PO Box 717, Manchester Center, VT 05255-0373.

God Bless and Happy Easter,

The Rev. John S. Mitchell, Rector

Christmas 2015

" I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future."  Ebenezer Scrooge

As Christians we are called to be people of kindness, generosity, and love, day in and day out. However, we all get so busy and distracted by the chances and changes of life that we sometimes lose our way. The Christmas Season is a time when we are reminded of the gift of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ of life over death, love over hate, light over darkness.

Please take time to prayerfully consider the mission and ministry of Christ at Zion. This year in particular has been a difficult one for us as we have had to respond to many unexpected and unbudgeted expenses, beginning last winter with several break-ins and the subsequent damages to the Zion Campus, as well as needed repairs here and at the Rectory. Sadly, we are behind in pledges this year as well. Contributions may be sent to Zion Episcopal Church, PO Box 717, Manchester Center VT 05255. We remind you that contributions for 2015 must be received by December 31, 2015.

Our Christmas Services are as follows:  Christmas Eve-- 5 pm at Zion Family Service and pageant, 7 pm at St. John's Chapel, and 9 pm at Zion with choir.  Christmas Day: 10 am at Zion

Merry Christmas,  John+