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
We ask all of you to continue using the Third Street of the Elevator entrances and to continue social distancing. We ask all to wear masks but once you are seated those who are fully vaccinated--1 Johnson and Johnson or 2 Pfizer or Moderna shots and two weeks out--may remove their masks. We encourage all who unvaccinated to continue wearing the mask. If you decide to get up to go and speak with someone, we ask that you re-mask. Also, we realize some who are fully vaccinated may still feel more comfortable wearing their mask and we encourage that. Since the pastor and liturgist are vaccinated and social distanced from the rest of the congregation, they may remove their mask while speaking.
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.
Funds are being collected for the Love INC. Clothe-A-Kid project, which provides new school clothes for needy children in our community. Envelopes are available on the table in the front of the sanctuary. Please make your donations by July 18th so Jan Miller can get the shopping done. Thank you!
Don't forget the Men's Fellowship Chicken and Rib sale this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until supplies run out. Nelson's Chicken will be set up at the 24/30 store on 13th street. Come early!!
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."