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:
In-person worship continues
In-person worship continues for those who feel a need to be in the sanctuary for worship service. All prior proper protocol such as social distancing and wearing masks will be followed. At the same time, we strongly encourage our senior members and those with pre-conditions to stay home, stay safe, and attend service via the internet.
Hopefully the COVID-19 vaccine will have a positive result with a majority receiving the vaccine. However, we know that even with the vaccine, social distancing and wearing masks will be protocol for some time.
We want ALL to FEEL SAFE and hope ALL ARE COMFORTABLE with this decision.
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.
The elevator entrance will be open for those needing to use the elevator. However, we ask that you not enter the area until the attendant opens the door as someone may already be using the elevator. Also, we encourage all who can, to continue to use the Third Street entrance. As always, protocols of mask wearing and social distancing will be followed. This procedure will be evaluated weekly. Thank you for your co-operation.
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
Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.
As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity be lightened by grace.
Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.
As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.
As silence smiles on the other side of what's said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.
As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.
May your prayer of listening deepen enough
To hear in the depths the laughter of God.
- John O'Donohue, "For Equilibrium"
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings
April 16, 2021
Dear Indiana-Kentucky Conference,
This morning I write to you with a heavy heart as a mass shooting has taken place at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis late last night. Details are still unfolding as to what took place, but as of this writing 8 have died and several others are wounded in the hospital. Our prayers go to the families of the victims who were harmed in this traumatic event, along with the FedEx employees and the entire Indianapolis community. As an organization, the Indiana-Kentucky Conference is located in the Indianapolis metro area and has been a faith partner in this community since our inception as a Conference. So, our hearts are heavy this morning and we ask that you, our member churches and authorized ministers, join us in praying for our community and those impacted most directly.
As people of faith, moments such as these elicit a tapestry of emotional and spiritual responses within us. We grieve for the families and for our communities as we hold these moments so tenderly. But, we also cry out along with the prophets and the psalmist in asking “How long, O Lord?” A culture can only go so long without reckoning with the violence and trauma of its collective life. It is past time that we get to the root of our violence and so I pray along with St. Francis that God would make us “an instrument of your peace.” As a Just Peace and WISE Conference, won’t you join me not only in praying for these families, but in working towards the kind of peacemaking and healing of our collective trauma that embodies what it means for us to “love and serve like Jesus” as we say as a Conference.
May God’s peace and healing surround each of you.
May God Keep You,
Rev. Chad R. Abbott