Happy Easter 2017

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

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