ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Service Personnel: Please keep the following service personnel in your prayers at this special time of year: Joshua Taylor, Seth Garner,Justin Lovellette, Anthony Rauch, Ruth Rauch.
The following is a notice from the Spiritual Council of Zion:
As we continue to follow the Indiana-Kentucky Conference guidelines, no date to resume in-person services is currently being considered. With the safety of our members our first priority, the Spiritual Council continues monitor the situation. We are all anxious to be together again and will do so as soon as it is deemed safe for all. Guidelines are being developed to address the necessary social distancing and safety restrictions needed. We will continue to communicate via email, our website, and mail to keep you informed.In the interim, we continue to worship online via Facebook and YouTube. Services are recorded weekly and a link mailed out to all those for whom we have an email address. If you have an email address and are not receiving the link or other emails, please contact the church office to provide your email. You may also find the link on Facebook at ZionUCC. Thank you to Rev. Rossman, Shelly Nussbaum, Kim McDonald, Stacey Smith and Eric Smith for all their efforts to keep us connected and worshiping together. Please call Kim McDonald(260-442-5720) if you would like to do special music for these services.
Thank you also to all who continue to mail in your offerings. Response has been good and we hope you continue to do so as you are able.
We recognize many of our church family will be severely impacted financially during this time of crisis. We encourage you to utilize the many resources available as far as food and financial help and know that our members will continue to support and look out for our neighbors, families, and community.
It is also critical that we continue to contribute financially to Zion during these times of cancelled services. Our expenses continue regardless of the tithes and offerings coming in and we ask those who are able to mail in your regular offering. There are also many banks who offer bill pay services at no cost. The mail is monitored daily. For those who are not able to do so, we understand your difficulties. Zion has shown time and time again that our faith is strong and we can do all things through Christ. Thank you to all those who have made contributions. It is much appreciated. Please continue to mail or drop them off when possible.
Anyone would like to receive the Sacrament of Home Communion who is not a regular recipient, or anyone who would like to have a home visit is asked to contact the church office (724-3502), and the necessary arrangements will be made.
We are collecting funds once again to benefit Love Inc.'s Clothe-A-Child project. This project provides school clothing for needy children in our community. Donations may be mailed to the church and must be received by July 15. Please designate your donation to this project so it is appropriately earmarked. Thank you to Jan Miller and Kacie Shaffer for shopping for us.
May- June and July-August Upper Room devotionals are available at the church office for anyone who would like one.
During this uncertain time it is important that we stayed tied together as a people of prayer and support.
Weekly we will send out a prayer for the world and our conference churches on Wednesdays.
We also encourage each of you to stop what you are doing at noon on Wednesdays and pray wherever
you are. Our staff will be praying wherever they are and together we will offer prayers for our world at this time.
Peace, Blessings, and Compassion,
Rev. Chad R. Abbott
In the midst of this pandemic, there is chaos.
Chaos in separation.
Chaos in loneliness.
Chaos in the streets.
Chaos in our churches.
Chaos in our lives.
Today, we give that chaos over to you.
For we know that out of chaos, you create beauty and life and love and mercy and order.
Give birth to those qualities in our lives and our congregations
. Restore in us a renewed sense of purpose and justice.
Guide us towards lives that value others and the wellbeing of our communities.
May we be agents of change for the good of the world.
And remind us that—even in chaos—there is nothing at all that can separate us from your love.
Rev. Brian Buschkill, Pastor, St. Peter’s (Highland) UCC, Evansville, IN