"This Week at Zion!"

A Safe Sanctuaries Congregation

Highlights from our Pastor - Parish Relations, Trustees, and Leadership Council Meetings, 9/26/18

  • Our Annual Church Conference is approaching! It will be November 10, 2018 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at Asbury First United Methodist Church. We will elect our leaders: all leaders have agreed to be nominated, with the exception of Sally Welker who asked to cycle off. Thank you, Sally! We will also receive and vote on a minimum compensation package for Pastor Todd.

  • Our driveway and parking lot are getting an upgrade! We hope to have the tree removed from the parking lot this fall, in preparation for black topping the driveway and parking lot in the spring!

  • Instead of earning a poor interest rate from the bank, we will invest savings in the United Methodist Frontier Foundation, in a low risk, liquid account. This will help offset the future cost of health insurance.

  • The back roof and gutters will be repaired! Many property related maintenance and upkeep items will be addressed in the near future.

  • Thank You, Zion family! Following an all-church letter of appeal, giving has increased and currently nearly balances expenses.

  • The Leadership Team was updated on the Commission on a Way Forward and action taking place in our United Methodist denomination.

  • When you hear the whistle blowing from a train passing the Wayneport crossing, be reminded that God has blessed Zion, loves this congregation, and our best days are in our future!

Upcoming Calendar!

  • September 30 -  5th Sunday Mission Engagement, Following Worship, A Second Thought Resale Shop, East Rochester

  • September 30 - Quarter Sunday to benefit Genesee Area Campus Ministries

  • October 15 - Quilting Ministry at church, 6:00-9:00 PM

  • October 28- Ghoulish Goulash and sides dish to pass, 5:00 PM, at church

  • October 28-Quarter Sunday to benefit Genesee Area Campus Ministries

  • October 29th - December 3rd - Six-week women’s Bible Study.  Meets Monday nights at 7:00 at Boyd’s. Watch bulletin and check email for more details

  • November 3 - Quilting Ministry at church 9:00 AM - Noon

  • November 4- All Saints Day

  • November 10 - Annual Church Conference, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, Asbury First United Methodist Church.

  • November 14 - serving dinner at Walworth UMC for Family Promise families

  • November 25- Quarter Sunday to benefit Genesee Area Campus Ministries

  • November 25- Hanging of the Greens after service

  • December 2- First Sunday of Advent!

  • December 2- Dish to pass dinner, 5:00 PM, at church

  • December 23- Family Christmas Pageant service

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!

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!

Quilting Ministries NEWS!


 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.

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!

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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