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, Mike Greenwalt, Justin Lovellette, Anthony Rauch, Ruth Rauch.
The following is a notice from the Spiritual Council of Zion:
At the request of our Indiana-Kentucky Conference leadership, all services and activities at Zion are cancelled indefinitely. This health crisis is a fluid situation that changes rapidly and the health and well-being of our families and community is our first priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate any changes as they arise. Please continue to look out for your families, neighbors, and community and do not hesitate to contact the church with any needs you may have. Email and phone messages will be monitored regularly and updates will be posted on this site as quickly as possible. We recognize that this is a stressful and difficult time for everyone and know that our faith will get us through this crisis together.
Indiana State Department of Health has put out these phone numbers through Adams Memorial,
if you have any questions or concerns. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (317)233-7125 or (317)233-1325
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.
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 Confirmation Class tour of Crossroad Children's Home on March 29 has been cancelled since the campus is now closed to visitors. It will not be rescheduled.
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
Holy One, as this pandemic sweeps across our earth, I remember that your ways are not our ways and
your thoughts are not our thoughts. Merciful One
what are your thoughts as you abide with us in this time? What is the depth of your understanding? What is your way?
You remind us over and over in scripture to fear not. You remind us that you are abounding in steadfast love. Holy One, let us trust in your
steadfast love that can and will see us through this crisis. Let us trust in your steadfast love that brings,
in every instance, the opportunity to be more loving.
This week God, help our loving awareness extend to those most vulnerable to this crisis. I think especially of children in institutional or
residential care and children who have no home in which to shelter. I think of adults caring for these children--parents who may also have
no home, residential counselors, social workers, medical workers,
childcare workers, youth ministers.
Holy One, let our prayers this week extend to these vulnerable ones. Let us see where we can be of assistance through donations, through
volunteering, through temporary work. Let us be grateful for our own situation and abilities. Let us give as we are able. Let us ask for help from each other.
In your name, Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit, let us act together in your name. Amen
From Rev. Karen Barth, Christ Evangelical UCC, Louisville, Kentucky