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.

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.

A search has begun for a music director. Send resumes to Zion UCC, 315 North Third Street, Decatur, 46733 or call the church at 260-724-3502 or Barb Engle at 260-724-7408. Resumes may also be emailed to [email protected]

Donations of canned goods to support Operation Help are collected the first Sunday of each month. A collection bin is provided in the dining room. Help reduce hunger by donating nonperishable items.

We have resumed altar flowers and sponsored Sunday bulletins. Sign-up sheets are located in the vestibule by the elevator. Please indicate if your donation is in memory or in honor of someone or a special occasion. Flowers are $25 per week and bulletins $10.

We will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday, December 19th. We hope you will join us as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Our Candlelight Christmas Eve service is planned for Friday, December 24th. This is a time of special music, Christmas carols, and readings. The time has been changed to 9 p.m.

It's time to stock up on goodies and treats at the annual Sweets Extravaganza on December 11th. Doors are open from 9-11 a.m. Candy is $7 per pound and cookies are $6 per pound. Rada Cutlery will also be available. Anyone wishing to donate goodies is asked to drop them off in the kitchen on Friday, December 10th from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. or from 7:30-9 a.m. on Saturday. Help is also needed to make phone calls and to set up both Friday night and Saturday morning. Please see Tonja Anweiler or call her at 301-1049. Donations of all kinds of goodies are needed.

We will be Christmas Caroling at Woodcrest Auditorium on Sunday, December 12th at 12:30 p.m. Anyone who is interest in joining in is invited to practice this Wednesday, December 8th. Practice starts at 7 p.m.  

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic String Quartet will present an Advent concert on Sunday, December 5th at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the Music and Worship Committee after the concert. Plan now to attend and invite your friends to this wonderful evening of music. The event is free.

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

The virtual Annual Gathering of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference concluded on June 5, 2021.

 Our keynote was provided by the Rev. Dr. Gregory Ellison II and Mr. Julian Reid, 

who used these words to guide our time together. 

An Inward Sea

"There is in every person an inward sea,

 and in that sea there is an island and on that island there is an altar

 and standing guard before that altar is the ”angel with the flaming sword.”

Nothing can get by that angel to be placed upon that altar unless 

it has the mark of your inner authority. 

Nothing passes ”the angel with the flaming sword” 

to be placed upon your altar unless it be a part of ”the fluid area of your consent.”

 This is your crucial link with the Eternal."

--Howard Thurman