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Fall Family Festival 2017

Fall Family Festival 2017


Fall Family Festival 2017

We want to thank all of our committed workers at MtZ.  They are constantly serving, pulling together for events like this festival, and simply being lights in our community.  What can we say about the candy drive?  Our congregation offers more than enough candy to make all the local dentists happy for months!  Many thanks to GT Metro Fire Station 12 for taking time to join the event, and for their service.  Every year, as time allows, we can count on them!  Of course, we are also grateful to all the businesses who give.  They supply most of our door prizes at the festival!  We had an excellent evening and turnout!

Most of all, we are grateful to the Spirit of Christ who drives us to impact the Grand Traverse Bay Area.  We pray that every smile, every piece of candy given, every prayer offered behind the scenes, every conversation, every laugh, and every act of service would reflect His heart!

For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward. ~ Jesus Christ, Mark 9.41



Crystal: 10.25.17, 9:13 PM



Zorsy: 10.25.17, 9:31 pm

I have never heard Crystal laugh as hard as she did tonight watching us play with those Eye and mouth photo props!



Crystal: 10.26.17, 10:08 pm

Just set this up



Christopher: 10.27.17, 5:21 pm

I’m off to fall family hope to see you there








Nikita: 10.27.17, 6:51 pm



Yvonne: 10.27.17, 6:52 pm

The ghouls have arrived . . .



Crystal: 10.27.17, 7:10 pm


Gina: 10.27.17, 10:09 pm

Mt. Zion Family Fall Festival 2017 . . .



Gabby: 10.28.17, 10:14 am




MtZ thanks these businesses for donating!

Big Boy, Bill Marsh, Burger King, Cracker Barrel, Crusted Creations, Culver’s, Dave’s Garage, Dickey’s, Dollar Tree, Dominoes, Family Dollar, Family Video, Francisco’s  Market and Deli, Great Wolf Lodge, Hometown Pharmacy, Incredible Mo’s, Jet’s Pizza, Jimmy John’s, Jonathan B. Pub’s, La Señorita, Lucky Jack’s, Menard’s, Moomer’s, Mt. Zion Food Pantry, Olive Garden, Outback, Paesano’s, Pizza Hut, Preston Feather Building Centers, Qdoba, Randy’s Diner, Refuge Youth Ministries, Sparky’s Diner, State Theatre/Bijou, Tom’s Market






Web Updates: Points of Interest

We’re making improvements and updates on our website. Here are four recent updates, points of interest you may not be aware of.



On our Calendar page, we’re now highlighting a current or recent event.  Sometimes we have the direct link to our Facebook event.  Right now, our Fall Family Festival is being highlighted.  This is a major outreach every year offering a safe environment for hundreds of children and families.

We use a combination of iCal and Google platforms to ensure quick updates to the calendar.  We also utilize the “Agenda” view because this is easily readable on mobile devices.  The view can be changed to suit your preferences.  Keep an eye on this page to see what’s happening or what’s just around the corner at MtZ!


The Blog

The blog helps us highlight our experiences and our leadership.  People from our congregation regularly speak in our venues.  We want to use the blog to recap their thoughts and get our community acquainted with these fantastic locals.  Their influence cannot be overstated.

On a couple of recent posts from our leaders, we set new records.  Two consecutive posts from leaders each broke the record for most views in a day.  One helped set the record for most views on our entire website in one day, and helped push us over the 2,000 views mark.  That’s not bad for a website that has been around less than a year.  These numbers don’t include all of the hits and reach on Facebook . . . just some fun milestones our leaders have helped us reach.

Thank you all for your continued interest in our people and what we offer.  Our audio sermons are available for approximately one month, but our posts are always available.  In tangible ways, the blog is reaching people as we participate in the ministry of evangelism.



We now have online giving.  There are a few points of interest . . .

Planning Your Giving.  Select one time donation or recurring donation.  This simply means that you can give a gift (whenever you like), or set up a giving plan.  A recurring donation is like online recurring bill pay or automatic withdrawals.  For some, the recurring donation is an excellent way to plan in advance for their week, month, etc.

Options For Giving.  On the dropdown menu, there is TitheGift [offering], and Other.  If Other is chosen, simply jot a note in the Comments box so that we know how to designate the funds.  For instance, our Fall Family Festival is a major outreach each year.  Everything designated toward the Fall Family Festival will make the night a little sweeter for every child craving candy.

How to Give.  Connect to our site and pay from your computer, and of course, your smartphone.  We also have The Square, which is a highly efficient way of swiping a card, for those who would rather pay that way during services.

Tracking Your Giving.  Like all of our giving, our Elders are the only ones with access.  We maintain your confidentiality, use only secure giving solutions, and maintain your records for end of the year giving notices.

Partnering in Giving.  We work with Swipe Away Poverty, a Prolific company that donates a percentage of its proceeds to Compassion International.  We are excited about this because, in effect, you are giving twice with every contribution!


Contact & Map

Our contact information updates include our phone, Facebook page link, and an email dropbox.  If you would like to write us a note, submit a prayer request, ask questions, or give us feedback, please use the email dropbox so we can connect a little easier.

You can also find us on Soundcloud and iTunes if you would like to subscribe to our podcast.

On our Leadership and Refuge Student Ministries pages, you will find ways to connect with many of us through social networks.


. . . and so it continues.  There is a team of six of us who bounce ideas off of each other to make our website better, with a heart for using it as a tool of evangelism.  We’re thankful for every voice and contribution.


We’re also extremely grateful to members of Solo Pine for all that you do for us.