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.
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.
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.
Men's Fellowship will collect donations of canned soup in celebration of "Souper Bowl" Sunday on February 6th. Simple, hearty meals are especially needed during this cold weather. Bring your donations to church on or before the 6th and help feed our hungry neighbors.
The confirmands have chosen The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission for their confirmation service projects. Aithen Shaffer is collecting personal care items such as shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant. Gracie is collecting clothing items such as sweat shirts, socks, and coats. Collection bins are in the dining room. You may also donate money and someone will shop for you. Due date is January 2nd.
The next college boxes will be filled February 13th. Please bring your donations of snacks, school supplies, etc. to the dining room prior to Sunday School that day. There are 6 boxes to assemble.
We sincerely thank everyone who so faithfully served Zion UCC throughout 2021.
We appreciate those who have served on the Official Board and various committees, as well as greeters, liturgists, choir members, Sunday School teachers, nursery attendants, sound and video technicians, coffee hour, special music, our staff, and all the other persons needed to make the church function each week. These faithful servants have helped us through another challenging year and their service is much appreciated.
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."