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 will honor our veterans on Sunday, November 14th. The American Legion Post 43 Color Guard will be presenting the colors as part of the service.

The Fall Congregational Meeting will be held following Worship Service on Sunday, November 21st. The 2022 budget will be presented, as well the slate of candidates for the 2022 Official Board. Changes to the Constitution as a result of the October congregational meeting will also be presented.

Thank you to all those who worked to keep our church grounds looking good over the last few months . There were many who mowed, trimmed, tended the prayer garden and watered throughout the summer and we thank them.

Harvest Table food drive will be Sunday, November 21st. Please bring your donations of nonperishable food items and paper products at the time. Janet Smith is taking names of individuals and families in need. 

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.

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