Christ is risen! "In me you will have peace. In the world you will have trouble; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33
We are living in a world of trouble--politically, economically, and spiritually. Politics today is all about stigmatizing one's opponents. Our country's economy is in a death spiral downward as thousands of stores close across the land. Manchester and the surrounding area has witnessed close to forty stores closing. The Episcopal Church has seen over a thousand congregations close since 1995, we have lost a million members, and regular attendance has drastically dropped. At times it feels as though we are living in the midst of death, darkness, and despair, yet we are Easter People who live in the comforting knowledge that in the Resurrection, our Lord has overthrown the world, and rules and reigns.
Thanks be to God that Zion is holding its own in these troubled times. We have done well between the Stewardship Campaign for 2017 and the four year Legacy Campaign, but we are still behind what we need to keep the doors open, the heat on, and the lights shining. So please consider blessing the mission and ministry of Jesus at Zion this Easter with your financial support.
Happy Easter, may you know that no matter how difficult things can be, Christ has overcome the world.
The Rev. John S. Mitchell, Rector
Contributions may be sent to Zion Church, PO Box 717, Manchester Center VT 05255-0717