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
A Blessing for After
This blessing is for the moment after clarity has come,
after inspiration, after you have agreed to what seems impossible.
This blessing is what follows after illumination departs
and you realize there is no map for the path you have chosen,
no one to serve as guide, nothing to do but gather up your gumption and set out.
This blessing will go with you. It carries no answers, no charts, no plans.
It carries no source of light within itself.
But in its pocket is tucked a mirror that, from time to time, it will hold up to you,
to remind you of the radiance that came when you gave your awful and wondrous, Yes!
Jan Richardson, Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons
Wanton Gospeller Press, 2015. More information at https://www.janrichardson.com/