"This Week at Zion!"

A Safe Sanctuaries Congregation

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Upcoming Calendar!

  • August 9-10- Attic to Basement Rummage Sale at the church

  • August 13- Quilting Ministry, at church, 6-9 PM. Quilting kits to complete at home are available. Please see Kim Valone.

  • August 9-16- mission trip to Guatemala. Thank you for your support and prayers!

  • August 19- Church Picnic at the Boyd’s, 3:00PM - until!

  • September 9 - Rally Day! Sunday school starts back up.

  • September 26 - Pastor Parish, Trustees, and Leadership Team meetings, starting at 7:00 pm.

  • November 10 - 9:00 to 11:00 am Annual Church Conference at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607. All members and friends of Zion are welcome; all members are entitled to vote on election of church leaders and clergy compensation. 

There is a lot of news coming forth from Zion!

Women's Fall Bible Study to Begin!


Set Apart: Holy Habits of Prophets And Kings

A Bible Study on 1 and 2 Kings, By Jessica LaGrone

A 6-week Bible Study


In today’s world, people want to be set apart – recognized, admired, followed, liked.  But God call us to be set apart in a different way.  God wants His Spirit to mark us and make us different from those around us so that we may know Him and love Him more, and so that others may be drawn to know Him, too.

This study of 1 and 2 Kings examines six holy habits of Old Testament prophets and kings who were set apart by their close walk with God.  We’ll explore the central stories of these intriguing men of God and some of the practices they observed:

  • being consecrated (devoted) to God
  • listening to God
  • mentoring
  • practicing humility
  • worshiping God
  • discovering God’s Word

As we study what the Bible teaches about these six timeless practices, we’ll discover that they are not only for prophets and kings but also for each one of us today.  Together we’ll learn how they can help us to draw closer to God and to follow His unique purposes for our lives.  We’ll see that being set apart is not only for our own good, but also for the good of others as they come to see God in and through us.

About the author:  Jessica LaGrone is Dean of the Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary and an acclaimed pastor, teacher, and speaker who enjoys leading retreats and events throughout the United States.  She previously served as Pastor of Creative Ministries at The Woodlands UMC in Houston, Texas and has authored two books. 

Fall 2018 Schedule, 7:00pm – 9:00pm (All study groups at Sharon’s)

  • Monday, October 29th                  Solomon: Set Apart by Being Consecrated
  • Monday, November 5th                Elijah: Set Apart by Listening (note: we begin at 7:30)
  • Monday, November 12th              Elijah and Elisha: Set Apart by Mentoring    
  • Monday, November 19th              Elisha and Naaman: Set Apart by Practicing Humility
  • Monday, November 26th              Hezekiah: Set Apart by Worshiping God
  • Monday December 3rd                 Josiah: Set Apart by Discovering God’s Word (note: we begin at 7:30)

First Time Joining Us?   

Welcome! Please join us for coffee, tea, and fresh baked cookies after the service. You’ll fit right in!

Got Children?

We love children! Children, youth, and parents are encouraged to come forward and enjoy the special message. Christian education for all ages follows worship. 

Need Prayer?   

We encourage prayers for individuals (first names only, please), events, thanks, and witness. Prayers are discreetly posted on our web site to encourage daily prayer support throughout the week. Share our 24/7 dedicated Prayer Line: 315.791.2105

Yes! We Pass the Plate!

Donations to support Zion’s missions are gratefully accepted during the offering. Your gifts make it possible to feed neighbors, create and send quilts around the world, undertake a congregation-wide mission effort every 5th Sunday, support missionaries in Cameroon and Guatemala, and travel to Guatemala each year to build houses and fit people to wheelchairs. Thank you for your generosity!

Baptism? Membership?

If God is calling you to explore baptism or membership, welcome aboard! Speak with Pastor Todd or Pastor Lida.

 Ben and Emily Mooney (August 2017)

Ben and Emily Mooney (August 2017)

Meet Zion's Newest Missionaries - Ben and Emily Mooney!

Zion Women's Ministry, the missional outreach effort for our congregation, recently decided to provide monthly support for a new missionary family, Ben and Emily Mooney. Ben and Emily serve in Guatemala serving many who are impoverished and marginalized. They re-manufacture and distribute wheelchairs to those who need them, build houses to replace insecure and inadequate houses, make home visits to distribute malnutrition kits and make friends, and ... all this in the name of Jesus Christ and to the glory of God!

Read about their story at: http://www.bethelministriesinternational.com/ben-and-emily/

Pastor Lida, Lynn and Linda Saxton, and Pastor Todd have all had the privilege of serving with Ben and Emily on our short-term missionary trips to Guatemala. They have become good friends and are passionate to serve!


Responding to Natural Disasters

Four spiritual disciplines may be practiced as we respond to the terrible suffering due to recent natural disasters:

1. Pray. Pray for all who are impacted by the hurricane and floods. Pray for their safety, and the safety of their families and friends. Pray for the emergency response teams, local first responders, and those who are being deployed from across the nation.

2. Make a Financial Gift. Those who wish to support the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) as we respond to the hurricane Harvey disaster are encouraged to give to UMCOR’s US Disaster Response. Make your check out to the church and in the memo write: Advance #901670.

3. Create and Donate Disaster Relief Buckets. Assemble one or more buckets and bring them to church for blessing and donation. Cleaning, Hygiene, and School disaster relief bucket donations are being accepted. Donated relief buckets will be forwarded through our pre-established UMCOR emergency response system. Learn more and watch instructional videos at: http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies

4. Discern. In coming months, opportunities will rise for short-term mission teams to travel to the Texas Gulf Coast and assist in cleanup and rebuilding. Let each of us prepare ourselves for when we are asked the question: “Would you like to join our team?” Listen and watch for God’s movement in your life.

Evolving Prayer

Prayer is one of our core values at Zion. We are always seeking new ways to bring spiritual depth to our daily prayer life, to utilize prayer to draw us more closely together, and to bring us deeper into relationship with God. 

To encourage daily prayer by Zion's members and friends, we

  • Take time during Sunday worship to lift up our spoken prayers. A member of the congregation will speak, and the pastor will affirm the spoken prayer by repeating it aloud. Consider balancing privacy with concern; using only first names when ever possible.
  • Our faithful scribe, Cindy Plotzker, writes down every prayer request. She makes copies for distribution at the conclusion of the worship service. Members and friends in attendance are encouraged to use this list as a daily guide for prayer.
  • Pastor Todd uses the copied prayer list to update our prayer web page ( zionwwumc.com/devotion-prayer/ ), usually on Monday morning. Encouragement to check the web page are made on Zion's Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/WestWalworthZion/ ), and, occasionally, by email. Editorial discretion is used by Pastor Todd to keep the list fresh and vibrant. 
  • Additions and edits to the prayer list may be forwarded to our Lay Leader, Sharon Boyd, or to Pastor Lida, or Pastor Todd. New prayer requests during the week are sent out to the email prayer chain and updated on the church web page as soon as practical. 

Please know that every effort is being made to uphold prayer requests with dignity, modesty, and respect. If there is an error, please bring it to Pastor Todd's attention immediately so that it may be corrected. 

Quarters for Campus Ministries!

Our Leadership Team decided to support Genesee Area Campus Ministries by designate our Quarter gifts for this mission. The conference ended funding in 2016, cutting the budget by over $11,000. We are trying to take our part in making up the loss. This is what you can do:

  • Bring Quarters the last Sunday of each month and place them in the offering plate
  • Take a ceramic bowl home and place it on your kitchen table to collect Quarters throughout the month
  • Give Quarters any time by placing them in the bowl in the side room
  • Support our United Methodist Student Sunday special offering this Fall
  • Make an online donation. Simply go to: http://www.nycharities.org/donate/c_donate.asp?CharityCode=2933 and following the directions. It is that easy!

Thank you for your generous support!

 Preparing to bless every quilt!

Preparing to bless every quilt!

Quilting Ministries NEWS!


Contact Kim Valone at 986.4356 or Linda Saxton at 597.2208 to learn about upcoming meetings and how you can take part.

Invite a friend, share a ride, welcome everyone!

  Here are two pictures of our quilts in Guatemala!  The children who received   them were told by Pastor Lida how much God loved them. 

Here are two pictures of our quilts in Guatemala!  The children who received them were told by Pastor Lida how much God loved them. 

   This is the family who had   the house built for them and received quilts for the children.

 This is the family who had the house built for them and received quilts for the children.

Missions of Zion

Missions, also known as outreach, are one of our four core values:

Remaining focused on these four values helps keep our community of faith strong and centered on Jesus Christ.

We've produced this short video to help outline the missional outreach of Zion.

Enjoy! Share it with your friends!

Pastor Todd's Office Hours

Pastor Todd does not hold regular office hours at Zion. He is, however, available for appointments. If you would like to meet with him call 585.703.9235.

Pastor Todd does maintain regular office hours at the East Rochester United Methodist Church, located at 357 Fairport Road, East Rochester. He is generally in the office Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Who Do You Call?

When you need a pastor, please feel free to contact either pastor Todd or pastor Lida.  We both share prayer concerns and work closely together.  Contact information is as follows:

Todd R. Goddard, Pastor, 6274 Knickerbocker Road, Ontario, NY 14519, 585.703.9235 (cell), toddgoddard@gmail.com
Lida Merrill, Assistant to the Pastor, 585.402.6657 (cell), Lida.merrill@gmail.com


Support the Protestant Chapel Community at the University of Rochester

Online donations are now being accepted to support the Protestant chaplain at the UofR. Simply go to:

http://www.nycharities.org/donate/c_donate.asp?CharityCode=2933 and following the directions. It is that easy!




 Learn more about Safe Sanctuaries and why it is important to you and your family at: http://zionwwumc.com/safe-sanctuaries/

Learn more about Safe Sanctuaries and why it is important to you and your family at: http://zionwwumc.com/safe-sanctuaries/

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