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 services and Live streaming continue each Sunday, at 10 a.m.

We continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation with regard to in-person services and meetings. Please watch this website and your emails for current information. In the event that Adams County is placed in "code red" status by the Board of Health, in-person services and activities will be temporarily cancelled. We will continue to present our Sunday morning service  via live-stream and tape at 10 a.m. We ask that you all continue to be vigilant and do what you can to remain safe.

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.

We continue our celebration of Advent next Sunday. Join us in-person or virtually as we prepare for the upcoming birth of our Savior.

Official Board meeting has been moved to Wednesday, December 9 due to conflicts with several members. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and both current and incoming members are asked to attend;

Bell Ringers Needed:

Christmas season is just around the corner, which means it is time for the red kettles and bell ringers of the Salvation Army. There are 3 locations here in Decatur where volunteers are needed, starting Friday, November 27, and ending Christmas Eve. Any one of any age can ring the bells. Please call Jessica Thieme at the United Way office (724-2056) or Sharon Rich (724-9664) to schedule a time. This is a wonderful way to celebrate the season and all the money stays in Adams County.

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

Conference Minister

A Prayer for Healing and Hope

O Love,

Grant us the gift

Of a new day dawning

Where yesterday’s hurt

May be healed

By today’s resolve.

Let this resolution

Be the fruit of Your Spirit

Where love, joy,

Peace, patience, kindness,

Generosity, faithfulness,

Gentleness and self-control

Are given ground to grow.

Pour Yourself over

Our consciousness

and our country.

Cultivate compassionate hearts

Heal every division

Form your best vision

Of what can be

In us and through us

By your miraculous mending.

Grant us the grace

Energy and desire

To consent to You

That Your highest version

Of the world’s becoming

May rise again and again

Forming a song that joins

Our varied voices

Into a chorus of Christ-love

Receiving the gift

Of a new creation

Already begun by You.

Yes, Love,

Let this be more than enough

For every new dawn.


Compiled by the Rev. Jennifer Phillips, Episcopal Diocese of