"This Week at Zion!"

A Safe Sanctuaries Congregation

Parish Announcement

On Sunday, March 17, 2019, John Plotzker, chair of our Pastor Parish Relations Committee, made the announcement that Rev. Jeffrey Nowak was going to be appointed pastor of the West Walworth: Zion United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2019.

Pastor Jeffrey’s conference web page with contact information is located at: http://www.unyumc.org/resources/clergy/jeffrey-nowak

Welcome home to Zion, pastor Jeffrey! We welcome you and your entire family!

Parish Announcement

Beloved members and friends of the West Walworth: Zion & East Rochester United Methodist churches, Grace and peace to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

On Sunday, February 10, 2019 it was announced at the conclusion of worship that Bishop Mark Webb has appointed me pastor of the Rush United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2019.

It has been a profound privilege to serve as your pastor, for the past 18 years at Zion, and for the past 6 years at East Rochester. My friendship and  love for every one of you will never end. Our time together as been one filled with grace and growth, all the while, keeping Jesus Christ the center of our faith, worship, and outreach.

Your love and kindness makes it very hard for my family and I to leave. I am confident that God is working through Bishop Webb and our District Superintendent, Vonda Fossett, to discern, identify, and appoint an exceptional pastor to each church. Both congregations are strong and I have every expectation that you will thrive!

In forthcoming months, District Superintendent Vonda will be meeting with the appropriate teams from both churches to guide you through the appointment process. She is wonderful! I’m confident the Holy Spirit will guide this process, you will warmly welcome your new pastor, and your new pastor will bless you abundantly.

Do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.  

With a tear in my eye, and a heart filled with love,

Pastor Todd

2019 Lenten Bible Study

East Rochester & West Walworth: Zion United Methodist Churches

Wednesdays. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at East Rochester United Methodist Church, 357 Fairport Road, East Rochester NY 14445.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the West Walworth: Zion United Methodist Church

  • March 13, 2019 - Led by Pastor Lida. Scripture: Genesis 16:1-16, 21:8-20, and 25:12 “Hagar’s Story, Part 1”

  • March 20, 2019 - Led by Pastor Todd. Scripture: Luke 6:17-26 “The Sermon on the Plain”

  • March 27, 2019 - Led by Pastor Todd. Scripture: Luke 6:27-36 “Love for Enemies”

  • April 3, 2019 - Led by Pastor Lida. Scripture: Galatians 4:21-31 “Hagar’s Story, Part 2”

  • April 10, 2019 - Led by Pastor Todd. Scripture: Luke 6:37-42 “Judging Others”

  • April 17, 2019 - Led by Pastor Todd. Scripture: Luke 6:43-49 “A Tree and Its Fruit” and “Two Foundations”

Regional Gatherings after Special Session of General Conference

Representatives from the global United Methodist Church are meeting in February to decide on significant challenges to our denomination and how the denomination will move forward. This may have a significant impact on every local church and all clergy.

The Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church issued this following invitation:

“We do not know what to expect at the 2019 Special Session of General Conference taking place Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis, MO and this uncertainty can be uncomfortable. Whatever the outcome of Special Session is, our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world will continue. There may be a new reality that we will have to acclimate to so that we can continue to fulfill our mission as United Methodists. To that end, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb will host an all-clergy gathering and six regional gatherings to process the new reality.

Bishop Webb said, "The purpose of these gatherings is for us to gather together after the Special Session of General Conference to worship together, pray together, understand the decisions or actions of the Special Session, and remember our individual and collective call to ministry and mission in the name of Jesus Christ."

It is expected for all clergy to attend the clergy gathering, which will be held at Rochester: Asbury First United Methodist Church on Saturday March 9 from  10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This location was chosen as opposed to a centrally located church because of the venue's ability to host the large number of clergy members  who will be attending.

The gatherings open to both laity and clergy will take place on the following dates at the locations listed:

Plan now to attend one of these gatherings, and as we approach the Special Session of General Conference please keep the delegates to the Special Session, all those attending the Special Session, and the entire United Methodist church in your prayers.”


Williamson Come-Unity Center Needs:
Coats! Boots! Gloves! Scarves! Bring your new or gently used and laundered donations to church.
Groceries:current needs are juice, canned vegetables and fruit, canned soup, and tuna fish.

Thank you for sending Russell Ruth your warm thoughts, love, and encouragement! Notes and cards may be sent to: Russell Ruth, Allegany County Jail, 4884 State Route 19, Belmont, NY 14813.

Grow Deeper: Pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. Pastor Todd is planning to lead a small group on a 10 day pilgrimage leaving January 20, 2020. Interested?

Got Wheelchairs? Pastor Lida would love your old one! It will be shipped to Guatemala for people in need.

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.  

Upcoming Calendar:

  • February 18 - Zion women providing dinner for Family Promise guests (see Sharon)

  • March 5 - Mardi Gras Fellowship Dinner at Zion! 6:00 PM.

  • March 6 - Ash Wednesday Worship, 7:00 PM.  

  • March 13- April 17, Lent Bible Study at Zion, 7:00 PM

  • March 31- 5th Sunday Mission Engagement, 11:00 AM

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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