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					                                       Vol. 6, No. 4 ▪ April 2007

 The Official News Source of Mt. Zion Apostolic Church

The Tomb                                                                                             April 1-8
The sun rises slowly over the hills, two men, ar-
mored, lay as dead. A stone lies on its side. Birds
flit from tree to tree with song and life. Sunlight
strides inexorably forward, warming the land. Small
lives creep forward to bask, heal, rejoice. The tomb
is empty.                                                       Come and experience an awesome production that
                                                                will take you back to the time when Jesus gave us
Footsteps clatter across the stone, women approach
to mourn, bearing spices to leaven the dead. Gravel
                                                                             the greatest gift, His life.
slides unheeded, clinking and scratching. Footsteps
falter and hearts flutter. The sun crests the final hill,                “Jesus, The Great I AM”
light streaming down to earth. The tomb is empty.                   Palm Sunday, April 1—6:30 p.m.
Light, bright as the sun, shining like lightning, garbs                   Presented by the Drama Ministry
the strangers, fear clutches as mortals gasp. A
question from lips eternal fulfill a prophecy old. Why          PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 1
do you seek? Behold! He is Risen just as He said.
The light of the sun warms the land. The tomb is                Prayer                               7:00 a.m.
                                                                Worship                              8:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
Tears flow as eyes confirm a rocky ledge unbur-                 Sunday Institute & Academy           10:00 a.m.
dened by death. Hope grows, hearts strain, joy                  Drama presentation                   6:30 p.m.
sings to silence nature itself. The world must know,
the brothers must hear, feet run towards home.
                                                                TUESDAY, APRIL 3
Streams of sunlight caress the world. The tomb is
                                                                Bible Study                          11:15 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Women running to tell, stop. Recognize feet that                “The Significance of the Resurrection”
trod a thousand miles, legs that walked with
strength, arms that held the weak, the face that
smiles. All air rushes out, the world spins, He                 GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 6
smiles. Golden, rich, strong, the sun rises above the
world. The tomb is empty—The Light of the World                 Prayer                               7:00 p.m.
has returned!
                                                                The 7 Last Sayings of Christ         8:00 p.m.
                         —Easter reflections by Geoff Clark
                                          (Internet source)
                                                                EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 8
                                                                Prayer                               6:00 a.m.
Follow us to the                                                Sunrise Service                      7:00 a.m.
                                                                Continental Breakfast                9:00 a.m.
Indiana State Conference                                        Sunday Institute & Academy           10:00 a.m.
at RAPTURE TEMPLE MINISTRIES                                    Morning Worship                      11:15 a.m.
   2033 South 13th Street, Terre Haute, Indiana                 No evening worship
   Elder Arnick Shouse, Sr., Host pastor

                                        Mt. Zion Apostolic Church ● Bishop Lambert W. Gates, Sr., Senior Pastor
                                        4900 E. 38th Street ● Indianapolis, Indiana 46218 ● 317-549-1200 ●
                                                                                            Find the one that’s right
Spring Events Offer                                                                           for you and sign up
“Something for Everyone”                                                                            TODAY!

Women’s Conference 2007                                                                  That Black Men
“Women in Pursuit of God Through Prayer, Purpose, and Praise”

                       Dates:       April 13-15
                                                                                         Might Live
                                                                                         Prostate Health Awareness Day
                       Place:       Mt. Zion
                       Cost:        $10 for Saturday luncheon                            Dates:          April 14
                       Contact:     Pastor Anita Stone or Pastor
                                                                                         Place:          Mt. Zion
                                    Patricia Germany
                                                                                         Cost:           FREE
                       Speaker:     Pastor Pamela J. Hankerson,
 Pastor Hankerson
                                    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma                              Contact:        Willie Whitfield or Minister
                                                                                                         Johnna Hampton
   Mt. Zion women are
   asked to bring their                                                                  FREE PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING
   $35 assessment on                                                                     Medical staff and mobile testing unit on site
    Sunday, April 15                                                                     Sponsored in partnership with the Marion
                                                                                         County Health Department

Deaf Ministry Conference
“Uniting the Deaf and Hearing Cultures in the Church”

                               Dates:         April 20-22
                                                                                 Anointed Singles Retreat
                                                                                    “A Kingdom Man/ A Kingdom Woman”
                               Place:         Mt. Zion
                               Cost:          $35pp ($45 after April 14)        Dates:          May 4 & 5
                               Contact:       Elder Donald Tinsley or           Place:          Lake Placid Conference Center
                                              Kathleen Preddie
                                                                                Cost:           $80 for single room/$60 for
                               Speakers:      Dr. Mike and Maureen                              double room; $20 deposit due
      The Tuccelli’s
                                              Tuccelli, Jacksonville,                           by Sunday, April 8
                                                                                Contact:        Pam Edwards
The Saturday workshops allow participants to earn a total of .8
CEUs in the content area of professional studies. For Indiana                   Speakers:       To be announced
EIC holders, these workshops meet the category 1 and 2 re-
quirements. Sponsored by the Indiana Chapter of Registry of Inter-
preters for the Deaf (ICRID)

Unbreakable Chain Marriage Retreat
“Building Marriages for a Lifetime”
                                                                           “The Year of the Harvest: Take it By Force”
                         Dates:           May 18 & 19
                         Place:           Adams Mark Airport                                    Dates:    May 31-June 2
                         Cost:            $150 per couple                                       Place:    Shiloh Park Retreat &
                                          ($80 required by April 8 to                                     Conference Center,
                                          reserve your room)                                              Marion, IN
                         Contact:         Minister Reginald or                                  Cost:     $99 ages 7-12; $125 ages
                                          Raquel Dukes or Elder                                           13 and up
   The Christians
                                          Jason or Charlotte Daniels
                                                                            Bishop   Evangelist Contact: Elder Aaron Porter or
                                                                            Gates     Hosmer
                                                                                                          Danielle Phifer
                         Speakers:        Elder Lee and Delsa
                                                                                                Speakers: Bishop Lambert W.
                                          Christian, Cleveland, OH
                                                                                                          Gates, Sr., and Evangelist
                                                                              Friday, June 1 is           Douglas Hosmer, Joppa,
                                                                                Indiana State             Maryland
                                                                             Conference Night
Executive Council—5:00 p.m.                The Ministerial Alliance is calling an important minister's
Leadership Council—5:45 p.m.               meeting for Sunday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. for all 87 of Mt.
                                           Zion’s ministers. This meeting is crucial and attendance
Ministerial Alliance Institute—6:00 p.m.
                                           is needed. The Ministerial Alliance Board would like to
YYA Ministries—6:00 p.m.                   also remind the ministers that T.E.A.M. is coming!
We’ll Be There Ministry—6:15 p.m.
Marketing Ministry—6:30 p.m.               Join First Lady Gates beginning Sunday, April 1, in the
                                           Mason foyer as she presents another thematic class for
TUESDAY, APRIL 10                          the Sunday Institute, titled Women of Influence. This 5-
Baptismal Ministry—6:15 p.m.               week character-study of 15 extraordinary women of scrip-
Comforters Ministry—6:30 p.m.              ture reveals how God used feminine grace and power to fulfill strategic purpose. Lesson
Worship & Sacred Arts—6:30 p.m.
                                           topics include Feminine Excellence, Risk Takers, Power in a Man’s World, Standing Up
SUNDAY, APRIL 15                           for Yourself, Refusing to be Denied, and much more. This class is open to women only.
Altar Ministry—5:30 p.m.                   CD and companion workbook orders are now being accepted for First Lady Gates’ pre-
Census Ministry—6:00 p.m.                  vious lesson, The Kingdom Within. The cost for the set is $12.
Transportation Ministry—6:00 p.m.
                                           Mt. Zion’s Loving Daycare wants your pennies (and nickels, dimes, dollars and more!),
TUESDAY, APRIL 17                          to build a new playground. If you want to see our little ones have fun in the sun, please
Men’s Steering—6:00 p.m.
Women of Wisdom—6:00 p.m.
                                           bring your donations in any amount to the daycare anytime between now and April 13.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18                        The Nursing Home Ministry will meet on Saturday, April 14, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. for visi-
Congregational Nurses—6:00 p.m.            tation at the Beverly Healthcare, 7145 E. 21st Street. All are welcome to attend. For
Anointed Singles—6:00 p.m.                 more information about this ministry contact Phyllis Poindexter at 285-1636.
THURSDAY, APRIL 19                         Healing Hearts will meet on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 209. This Grief
NICSC—6:00 p.m.
                                           Support ministry meets every 4th Thursday for one hour. If you or someone you know
SUNDAY, APRIL 22                           are dealing with grief from the loss of a loved one, you are invited to attend these ses-
Ministerial Alliance—5:30 p.m.             sions. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one for discussion.
                                           Healing Hearts is geared for adults ages 18 and up. Light refreshments will be served.
Missions Ministry—6:00 p.m.                Bishop Gates will meet with all leaders and board members of the Children, Youth, and
                                           Young Adult Ministries and the Women of Wisdom, on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Shepherd Ministries—6:00 p.m.              Please note that the meeting normally held on Monday is cancelled so that everyone
                                           can meet together on Tuesday.
Dinner Team—6:00 p.m.                      The Northeast Indianapolis Community Service Corporation (the nonprofit arm of Mt.
                                           Zion) is pleased to offer an introductory computer class for individuals 18 and up. The
                                           class will be held in the computer lab for 16 consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30—8:00
 FUNDRAISERS                               p.m. beginning May 2. The instructor is LaJohnna Shelton. Only 11 slots are available
                                           and requirements for sign up include a commitment to attend no less than 14 of the 16
Dinners to Go—Women of Wisdom              sessions, and a $20 book fee due by April 17. Contact Deacon Terry Morris at 336-
Sunday, April 1                            7114 by April 17.
Lollipop sale—Worship & Sacred Arts
Sunday, April 8 and 29                     The Marketing Ministry is recruiting new members. If you are on fire for the Lord and
                                           want to get the word out about Jesus, Mt. Zion, and Bishop Gates, this ministry may be
Pennies for the Playground                 for you. Some notable projects of the Marketing Ministry include the Business Directory
Mt. Zion’s Loving Daycare
                                           and the Mt. Zion booth at Indiana Black Expo. Please join us at our next informative
Through April 13
                                           meeting on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 210. All members of Marketing
Breakfast sale—Women’s Ministry            should also be in attendance.
Sunday, April 15
Fish Fry—Leadership Council                Join the Anointed Singles on their outing to view the inspirational passion play, Upon
Friday, April 20                           this Rock, on Saturday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. The play will be presented at the Pike Per-
                                           forming Arts Center at 6701 Zionsville Road in Indianapolis. Tickets are $20 per per-
Breakfast sale—TOYS Ministry               son. Contact Pam Edwards.
Sunday, April 22
Refreshments—Women of Vision               Join Bishop Gates and the Youth & Young Adult Choir at Greater Love Temple, 2050 Winter Ave-
Tuesday, April 24                          nue on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.

A Taste of Mt. Zion—YYAM                   Join Bishop Gates and the Cathedral Choir at Mount Bethel Apostolic Church, 2120 N Pasadena
Sunday, April 29                           Street on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Mt. Zion Apostolic Church
                                        Russell’s Celebrate
Bishop Lambert W. Gates, Sr.
                                        50th Wedding Anniversary
Pastor Floyd V. Jackson                                                  Congratulations are in order for Jessie and Pearl Morrow
Assistant Pastor
549-1200 ext. 12                                                         Russell who recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.
                                                                         They were married on March 11, 1957 in Forest City, Ar-
Pastor Anita M. Stone
Executive Associate Pastor
                                                                         kansas. The occasion was celebrated with a Caribbean
549-1200 ext. 13                                                         Cruise to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The couple have 6 chil-
                                                                         dren, thirteen grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.
ASSOCIATES                                                               Brother Russell, a former usher at Mt. Zion, is retired from
Pastor J. Wendell Farmer
Membership Development and                                               Indiana Steel Fabricating. Mother Russell serves in the
Congregational Care                                                      Women of Wisdom ministry and works as a private duty
549-1200 ext. 14                                                         nurse’s assistant. Please offer them your blessings!
Pastor Vincent B. Farrell
Family and Social Development
549-1200 ext. 56
                                                  W E D D I N G              B E L L S
Pastor Patricia A. Germany
                                                                                                                        Send your news to us!
Children, Youth, & Young Adults                   Clarence Hill and Laura Catlett Hill                                    mzacpublications
549-1200 ext. 26                                  March 10, 2007
Pastor Allen Tate
Teaching and Christian Education
549-1200 ext. 55

Evangelist Dana Blackmon
Minister of Worship
549-1200 ext. 23

Patti Jones
                                                                        It's a Fish Fry!
Minister of Administration                                    Friday, April 20—11:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
549-1200 ext. 10

Donetta Coleman, Receptionist;
Senior Pastor’s Admin. Assistant
549-1200 ext. 15

Brenda Lockhart, Office Manager
549-1200 ext. 16

Sheryl Jennings, Minister of Finance
549-1200 ext. 36                                     The Leadership Council is taking orders for Fish Fry Dinners.
MT. ZION’S LOVING DAYCARE                             The cost is one low price of $7 and includes your choice of
Patti Jones, Director
549-1200 ext. 10 or 36
                                                       Catfish or Whiting, and your selection of two of three
                                                             side choices: Spaghetti, Coleslaw, Fries.
                                                      Tickets available in the main foyer beginning Sunday, April 1.
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       Church, 4900 E. 38th                                                                                                            February
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