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Joyful Noiz

August 2020

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The Joyful Noiz is published monthly by Zion Mennonite Church. The editor is Jennifer Moyer. Contributors this month included: Brian Bergstresser, Yvonne Detweiler, Donna Halteman, Rod Kratz, Sonya Stauffer Kurtz, Mike Landis, Jordan Luther, Melissa Moore, Polly Moore, Arlen Nyce, Brenda Oelschlager. Stories and information for the newsletter can be submitted to Jennifer via email <jenn@zionmennonite.org> or left in the mailbox marked “Joyful Noiz” in the church office.

Next Deadline for the September issue: August 9

ANSWERS: 1. ginger 2. cinnamon 3. thyme 4. cloves 5. parsley

6. nutmeg 7. rosemary 8. basil 9. oregano 10. cumin 11. cardamom 12. turmeric 13. paprika 14. curry 15. marjoram 16. cayenne 17. tarragon 18. bay leaf 19.chili powder

Just a note of Thanks…

Chris, I and our family would like to thank all those who were praying for a return to health for Chris and peace for the rest of us during his recent hospitalization. Those prayers during our lowest times when Chris was in the ICU changed the course of his illness and brought about healing of body for him and mind for us as, we were unable to physically be with him or each other. Thank you also for the cards, meals, calls, emails, and texts. We truly have a very loving church family who is always there to help during these trying times. We could never put into words how much you are all appreciated.

Chris, Judy, Steph, Pat, Bekki and families

As we begin our countdown to the last month of Summer Music, I offer my sincere thanks to each and every one of you who blessed Zion with your time and talents. The “new kid on the block” is thrilled that so many wonderful folks have been willing to “run” with different and crazy ways of praising God, during the COVID -19 pandemic. I am excited about the music ministry and look forward to growing together in music-making and fellowship.

In Christ,

Melissa Moore, Director of Music

Joyful Noiz

August 2020

Zion Mennonite Church ° www.zionmennonite.org 149 Cherry Lane ° Souderton, PA 18964

215-723-3592 ° Fax: 215-723-0573

Are We Still Church If

We Can’t Get Together?

In one sentence: Yes, we are still church!

A time when we can’t all gather together forces us to focus on the essentials of being church. Right now our essentials are prayer, community, and growing in faith.

God is still active in the world, even if our world seems different than it was six months ago. Nothing is beyond the attention of Christ. In all that happens, God still invites us to belong to God and each other, to grow in faith, and to share the good news with our community.

I have enjoyed seeing a few more faces on Sunday mornings -five weeks of in-person worship for those who are comfortable coming out at this time. Because in-person attendance continues to be low, it will no longer be necessary to RSVP if you plan to come to worship. Just show up. Face coverings, social distancing, and temperature checks will continue. We love seeing people here, AND we are just fine if you feel it is best for you to continue to worship at home. Each family needs to assess their own comfort level and take only the risks right for them. The Worship Committee is looking into some outdoor worship as the weather gets a bit cooler. We will continue to adapt as we go along.

About twenty people enjoyed an informal pandemic picnic with the pastors on July 19. We hope to host another informal picnic on


Mission News

Greetings friends of Zion,

Bonjour! from Paris where we are getting adjusted to

our new surroundings and environment. Full-time

Friends study, worshipping at Châtenay-Malabry

Mennonite and developing relationships with African immigrant

churches are some of our activities.

We deeply appreciate your support for the Paris Mennonite Center

and its ministries. And we look forward to connecting with you (in

person) in the future.

Grace & Peace, Matthew & Toni Krabill P.S. You can follow our life and work on Facebook & Instagram


August 30, weather-permitting. Even on a hot day, the grove seems more pleasant than other outdoor places.

Fellowship Time has moved outdoors for now. We bring our own mug for water or coffee and Stefanie or another volunteer does a “restaurant pour” to fill your mug without touching it. It’s good to catch up a little while standing outdoors, even if we are 6 feet from one another!

Sunday School will continue online in September if your class has been gathering in that way. October may find a short (4-week) online Christian Ed alternative class to mix things up a little. This would be a good chance to check out a class if you haven’t been attending. More information will follow. Thanks to all who continue to check in on other members and neighbors. We are happy to receive videos from any virtual greeters and those interested in sharing about their everyday ministry. Thank you to all who try to help us stay connected while we are physically apart from one another! As always, if you have ideas or needs, please contact one of the pastors or the church office.

In Christ,

Pastor Sonya

The following is an interview with Polly Moore, a member at Zion who volunteers her time at Fellowship In Serving Humanity (FISH) in Perkasie, from July 8, 2020. The conversation has been edited for space and clarity.


What inspired you to first get involved with FISH?

Polly: It happened around the same time I first got involved at

Zion! My husband passed away in 2014. After he died, I was looking for new ways to spend my time and fill the void that he left. I remember driving by Zion during the Fall Festival that year. I de-cided to check it out, even though I didn’t know anyone. Everyone I met was so welcoming and warm. Phil and Betty Bergstresser, Paul and Esther Stoudt, and Gail Tourtellott were all people that my husband and I knew from the community. I had no idea that they all attended Zion! I started getting involved at Zion shortly after the Fall Festival.

Getting involved at Zion was good, but I wanted to get more involved in the community. I had heard about FISH and started volunteering there twice a week every Thursday evening and Saturday morning. The work was fun and I really enjoyed it when I was there. Over time, what started as volunteering twice a week turned into volunteering every day when I retired a few months later. Retirement really freed me to help out at FISH more.

J: Describe a day in the life of a FISH volunteer. What are some

of the rewards and challenges?

P: Every day is different. Nothing is ever etched in stone at

FISH. We never know what kind of donations we are getting - or how much! Surprisingly, I find it more challenging when we receive a lot of donations at one time. I sort all donations with the exception of clothing. Mostly food, canned goods, household products, and fresh produce. It takes a while to do it all. Even when the sorting is done, we still have to find somewhere to put it in our limited space.

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The Youth Buzz

Fairly early into the quarantine, Youth Group started meeting over Google Meet for Sunday School and Youth Group. A typical session of virtual Youth Group consists of two parts. In the begin-ning, we talk. Sometimes about what we hope to do in Youth Group in the future or about how quarantine is going. When everyone has shared, we play online games. The games are all very different. Some you need to draw, others you have to answer trivia. We have a great time and I enjoy the friendly competition and getting to be with other people. Sunday School is very different. Currently, we are talking about spiritual beings as

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For our clients, COVID-19 has brought more challenges to their lives. More people are out of work and in need of assistance. Families with kids are not getting the same support now that schools are closed. We’ve also noticed that clients are saying that they need new clothing.

A recent joy is that our store is open for contactless, drive-thru shopping. Clients are asked to stay in their cars the whole time while a volunteer comes to the car with a clipboard of items. Clients mark the items on their shopping list from the clipboard and then another volunteer goes inside and shops for them. It was a creative way of how FISH has adapted to COVID-19.

J: How have you seen the presence of God through the work of


P: God always provides. Food. Volunteers. Str ength and energy to

keep going. You name it. God always provides what we need. I see that all the time at FISH.

I believe God puts people in the right place at the right time. I believe that is true with me. I believe God led me to Zion and FISH, knowing that I wanted to be more active in the community.

Editor’s note: For more information on FISH, their services, hours,

and donation needs, please visit their website at pennridgefish.org or call their office at 215-257-7616.

Jordan Luther

The Property Line

Pastor Jordan kindly let us pick what topic we would study. So far we have learned and read about the different Angels, Cheru-bim, and Satan. In a typical lesson, we first watch a video to in-troduce us to the topic, then we take turns reading Bible verses. In the end, we sum up what we learned and ask any questions we have. I look forward to meeting on both Sunday morning and Tuesday evening, but it still isn’t the same as meeting in per-son which we hope to do sometime this summer. We plan to plan to play croquet and have a campfire at church.

Colton Musselman

The summer months at Zion have been productive despite being in a pandemic.

The clear window frames in the sanctuary have all had a makeover. They have been glazed and repainted both inside and out. The Sunday School wing also had their window frames repainted and glazed. Even though we were unable to get our hair cuts it doesn’t mean our trees couldn’t. Several of the trees on the property had a good trimming by Glenn Moyer. We did have some of dead trees that had to be removed.

The flower beds on the Zion property were well cared for by Gail and Craig Tourtellott. They have been here countless times trimming shrubs and picking weeds.

Our biggest project has been the completion of the Fellowship Hall renovation. If you remember it started after the Annual Meeting in February. After we were able to resume renovations in late spring, we installed new steel work to support the new room divider doors, new soffits to help define the space and to help make soundproof rooms. The ceilings got new tiles and lights and the stage got a new carpet. The audio visual was updated with new speakers and camera so we can do recordings and stream programs.

We would like to thank Jay Clough, Bob & Chad Musselman, Rudy

Rauschenberger, Craig Tourtellott, Joyce Price, Deb Hoover and Laura Musselman who had a hand in the completion of the project.


Note ables


God on My iPod

“The Kingdom of God is within you and it surrounds you…split a piece of wood and I am there and lift a stone and you will find Me” (Gospel of Thomas, saying 77b).

I find this quote incredibly fitting as we have been in the midst of a global pandemic for a few months. Some of us may not have been inside a grocery store on a regular basis, much less going into a church. Bound by necessity, we have adapted our lives and even our worship of God to fit the current climate. This adaptation in worship style has likely been quite difficult for many of us, but I propose that it can also offer an opportunity for spiritual growth.

I invite you into an opportunity for spiritual growth, by looking for God in a way you may never have thought about before. Have you ever pondered; I mean really thought about the phrase ‘God IS Everywhere’? Would that mean that God (Divine) can actually extend, even into secular space? I suggest that answer is a resounding YES! For this reason, I offer the possibility of ‘secular hymns’ and that God can be found in the most unlikely places. Friends, God is on your iPod.

Using the list of secular songs below, I encourage you to choose one (or more) that speak(s) to you. Listen to it/them not just with your ears; but with your heart.

 How does the song(s)speak to you spiritually? Why?

 How does it express a oneness with God/Jesus/Holy Spirit?

 Does it lead you to a particular scripture verse/passage? Why?

 How does it speak to you as a teen/young adult/parent/ grandparent? Why?

As you journey with your song(s) choice(s), it may be interesting to process your thoughts by

 Journaling

 With friends

 With a significant other

 Through art

 Through meditation

My challenge for all of us, is to continue to find ‘God moments’ in the secular spaces in our lives, even on our iPod.

Melissa Moore

Melissa's Song List

(I suggest you don’t watch videos)

My Church - Maren Morris

Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield

Jesus - Queen

Coat of Many Colors - Dolly Parton

Trees - Twenty-One Pilots

Kyrie - Mr. Mister

God Bless the Broken Road - Rascal Flatts

Gravity - John Mayer

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Hallelujah - Pentatonix

Sound of Silence - Disturbed

I’m With You - Avril Lavigne

Home - Phillip Phillips

Lean on Me - Bill Withers

Stand by Me - Ben E. King

Every Breath You Take - The Police

Big Yellow Taxi - Counting Crows

I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack

God’s Will - Martina McBride

Jesus Take the Wheel - Carrie Underwood

Angel - Sarah McLachlan

Higher Love - Steve Winwood

Put Your Hearts Up - Ariana Grande Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley

I’m Changing - The Record Company

Ease My Mind - Ben Platt

I’ll Stand by You - The Pretenders Three Little Birds - Bob Marley I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2

What If God Was One of Us? - Joan Osborne

Shake It Out - Florence and The Machine

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel I Won’t Back Down - Tom Petty

What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Personal Jesus - Sammy Hagar

Judas - Fozzy

One Love - Bob Marley

Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz Make You Feel My Love - Adele

Life to Fix - The Record Company


Recipes Worth Sharing

Buster Bar Ice Cream Cake

All the amazing layers of Dairy Queen Buster Bars in an easy 5-ingredient treat! Ice cream, fudge, red skinned peanuts, and chocolate coating pressed into quick-cut bars.

Servings: 24 pieces Ingredients

10 whole chocolate graham crackers 1 gallon vanilla ice cream

14 ounces hot fudge sauce 1-1/2 cups red skin peanuts

7-1/2 ounces Magic Shell chocolate coating Instructions

Set the ice cream out to soften. Line the bottom of a 9X13 inch baking dish, with graham crackers. Break several crackers in half in order to cover the entire bottom in a single layer. Scoop half the ice cream on top of the graham crackers. Use the scooper (or a stiff spatula) to smash the ice cream into a flat layer.

Pour the fudge over the ice cream layer. Spread it out in a thin layer over the ice cream. Then sprinkle half the peanuts over the surface of the fudge.

Scoop the remaining ice cream over the fudge and peanuts. Press gently into a smooth layer, sealing in the fudge.

Sprinkle the remaining peanuts over the ice cream in an even layer. Then drizzle the Magic Shell over the peanuts to secure them into place. Place the pan in the freezer for at

least 3 hours before cutting. Notes

This is a great make-ahead dessert. Wrap the top of the baking dish well with plastic so it doesn't get freezer burn.

Yvonne Detweiler

Fun & Games

Spice it UP! Can you unscramble the names of these spices?















































Taking Care of your Physical Health

Being stuck inside for three months was difficult for us all, but now that Bucks and Montgomery Counties are currently in the “Green Phase,” it’s important to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.

Caution is still the name of the game by staying physically distant, wearing masks when appropriate and washing hands. But more important is taking care of your general health with exercise and fresh air. Sunshine is perhaps the best medicine for not only your physical wellbeing, but also for your mental health and happiness.

From a recent article in Reader’s Digest:

Sunshine triggers the release of a number of important chemicals in the body, such as serotonin and endorphins. It reduces the risk of prostate, breast, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers. It improves circadian rhythms. It reduces inflammation and dampens autoimmune responses. It improves virtually every mental condition you can think of. And it’s free.

So, get outside and enjoy some of those glorious rays. Get that essential Vitamin D. A simple 15-minute walk once or twice a day may be just what the doctor ordered.

With the higher numbers of COVID cases popping up in many states, families are opting to do a “staycation” rather than risk travelling this summer. There are so many wonderful outdoor adventures you can take close to home. Being outdoors and enjoying nature and God’s beautiful creation is something for all ages to share.

Get to know your home community better by using the many lovely walking/biking trails. Visit local community parks and playgrounds for a picnic. Take a ride on the many Rails-to-Trails bike trails in the state. Visit the beautiful county parks, many with cooling water features. Take a mini trip to some of the terrific state parks in Bucks and Montgomery Counties or beyond.

See the listing of many of these amazing outdoor gems and take advantage of the free sunshine!

Great listing with maps for rail-trails

https://www.traillink.com/city/souderton-pa-trails/ Nice site for outdoor activities


Good information about the Quakertown Swamp. Neat place to visit. Not a place to hike trails, but hopefully you can see the Blue Heron rookery.


Here are some local township parks information:

Lower Salford Township Parks:


Salford Township Parks:

Salford Community Park- includes pool and sporting fields Branchwood Park- located in Morwood

Upper Salford Park:

Located at Schwenksville Rd. outside of Salfordville

Franconia Township Park information:


Telford Parks Information:


East Rockhill Township Parks:


Perkasie Parks:


Hilltown Township Parks:


County Park Information:




Nockamixon Ralph Stover

Lost Creek Tyler

Evansburg French Creek

Ridley Susquehanna

Delaware Canal and Delaware River Trails Explore many other State Parks further away

https://www.alltrails.com/us/pennsylvania/rails-trails Enjoy!








Race is a hot topic right now. Let me rephrase that. Race has

always been a hot topic, but it is particularly relevant given the massive calls for racial justice this year.

Talking about race and racism isn’t always easy or comforta-ble. Sometimes it is hard to know where to start because it feels like there is too much information. Other times it is hard to know how to go deeper once you start without circling back to where you initially began. Believe me, I have this struggle, too. Starting the conversation about race, and going deeper once I’ve started, can be overwhelming.

That is why I would like to share with you three resources that I have found helpful in educating myself on race and racism while going deeper in my Christian faith. Feel free to email me or call me if you would like to talk about any of these resources! I’m happy to listen and learn with you.


ead White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. The subtitle of this book says it all: “Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.” I appreciate how this book has made me think more about how White people generally do not see ourselves as raced. DiAngelo, a White woman, does an excellent job identifying common, everyday patterns and behaviors among White people that perpetuate racism in more subtle ways.


atch “The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for

Ahmaud Arbery” by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III. This sermonic movie is a great example of the Black prophetic preaching tradition. I appreciate how Rev. Moss weaves the Passion of Jesus and the cries of lament from the Psalms with the history of Black experience in America. Jesus’s cross and America’s ongoing history of lynching, he argues, are eerily similar. You can find the video on YouTube.

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isten to Episode 35 “A Response to Racism” on The

Commonweal Podcast. This episode is an interview with Father Bryan Massingale, a Black professor of theology at Fordham University. I appreciate how Fr. Massingale talks about the importance of cultivating courage as followers of Je-sus, knowing that we will receive criticism along the way. His thoughts on anger and expressing righteous indignation in a way that moves our wills towards justice has forever changed my perspective on anger. You can find this episode wherever you listen to podcasts.

Jordan Luther

A Dutch salesman working Lancaster County was introduced to a farmer from New Holland. Said the farmer to the salesman: "For who do you work?" "Why, I work for cheeses," replied the salesman. "Oh you work for Christ Jesus," queried the farmer. "No, no - I work for Kraft cheeses,"

corrected the salesman.

July Church Board Highlights


Board met Tuesday, July 14, one member attended through Zoom, remaining members met in Fellowship Hall.


Ron Price will chair Finance Committee through the remainder of 2020; the committee will continue to search for a new chair to begin their term January 2021.


Spiritual Council representative Pat Freed will head up a committee focusing on racial justice.


Sonya gave an update on The Bean Bag Program and other community groups focusing on the growing need for meals in our community.

Local Businesses Pitch In!

Many local businesses made significant

donations to the weekly grocery distributions made from April

through June. The next time you’re out shopping consider

purchasing their products or say thank you to them for helping

us fight hunger.

Alderfer Eggs - eggs

Bergey’s Electric – trailer for transporting food

Bergey’s Truck Center – refrigerated truck

College Hunk’s Hauling Junk – transporting bagels

Deiffenbach’s Potato Chips – potatoes

Garden of Health Food Bank – fresh fruits & vegetables

Godshall’s Meats – meat products

Isabelle’s Kitchen – specialty salads

Landis Supermarket – food collection centers, grocery bags &

salad containers

Lehigh Valley Dairies (Dean Foods) – milk and orange juice

Leidy’s Meat – various pork products

Manhattan Bagels - bagels

Material Resource Center – egg cartons

Matt Godshall – vending snacks

Mitzvah Foundation – diapers, wipes,

toothpaste, soap

Prayer request:

Later in July Sonya and Donna attended a meeting with local

churches and organizations to discuss future food support in the

Souderton community. Please pray for open communication,

creative thinking and hearts and minds that hear God’s will to

move forward in the future.

Donna Halteman

August Birthdays & Anniversaries

If your birthday or anniversary is incorrect or missing, please notify the office.


1 - Ray Landis 2 - Norm Eschbach 2 - Karen Freed 2 - Donna Halteman 4 - Brian Bergstresser 5 - Ned Leight 5 - Roger Liddle 5 - Dawn Repsher 7 - Kelsey Russell Stafford 8 - Nate Constanzer 8 - Shane Ziegler 9 - Elijah Neuman 10 - Glenn Godshall 10 - Randy Hartzel 11 - Dennis Worman 12 - Jim Derstine 12 - John Gerjovich 12 - Edie Landis 14 - Sarah Landes 14 - Kathy Moyer 15 - Nancy Hartzel 17 - Jessica Halteman 17 - Mary Landis 18 - Addison Iannetta 21 - Richard Godshall 21 - Gail Tourtellott 22 - William Baum 22 - Aaron Heckler 23 – Kate Repsher 23 - Sonya Stauffer Kurtz 27 - Michael Gunden 28 - Elizabeth Ann Kulp 28 - Don Rider 29 - Akoi Deng 29 – Gail Ryan 30 - Jenna Groff 31 - Kathy Landis 31 - Laura Musselman


6 - Bob & Kay Kehs

7 - Matt & Linda Sue Detweiler 8 - Roger & Sonya Kurtz 18– Pat & Sarah Francis

23 - Abe & Sarah Landes 27 - Richard & Karen Godshall 27 - Ellis & Mary Keller


Is tentatively scheduled for September 12 at the

Butter Valley Golf Port, Bally, PA.

We will make a decision by mid-August

dependent upon current guidelines and

course policies. In the meantime,

practice your swings

and identify your foursomes!

There are two things you can do with your head down ~ play golf and pray.


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