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:
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 hope you will join us by tuning in to our video services. The link is emailed on Sunday to be viewed at your convenience. If you would like to receive the link and are not currently receiving emails from us, please contact the office with your preferred email address. The office email is [email protected] Thank you to Pastor Randy, Shelly Nussbaum,Kim McDonald, Eric Smith and Stacey Smith for making this possible. It is nice to be able to worship together again!
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.
Men's Fellowship will hold their annual Nelson's Chicken and Rib sale on Saturday, June 27 in the 24/30 parking lot on 13th street. Hours are 10-2. Ribs, chicken and broasted potatoes will be available. Chicken is $7 per half, ribs are $9 per half slab and potatoes are $3.50. Presale tickets may be purchased by calling the church office at 724-3502 and leaving a message. You may also purchase in person the day of the sale. Proceeds go to the Men's Fellowship mission projects.
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
Great God of beginnings and endings, the Alpha of our hopes and Omega of our aspirations,
again we lift our eyes to catch a glimpse of you, and again you remind us to look around, not up.
This Easter season you have raised our expectations and our hopes have blossomed.
Amidst the cold challenges of dis- ease and pandemic disaster, your living word
is the warming reality of deeper truth.
It is a buried bulb holding all the promise of life unfurled in mercy and peace.
Indignities and difficulties would rob us of our compassion and our God-given humanity.
Protect us from the ends of our wits, the end of civilities, the end of the presumption of security.
The tattered ends of our frayed nerves are not our home.
We hear you, Lord: we are being sent to all the places and all the people
to be seeds for a harvest of righteousness and peace, to build a home not made with hands, but hearts.
Send us to the outstretched end of your loving arms,
that we might till the soil of calamity to raise up justice and joy for all.
For those who are feeling too heavy to look around or who have no strength left in their body or spirit,
hold them and heal them In your mercy. With your gentle embrace, lend your strength to ours
that we might care for all the hurts and encourage the weary healers among us.
In you we live and move and have our being. We look to you and to your Christ
to find the living water and the blessing way. Send us out, Alpha giver.
And bring us all home, Omega maker. Beginning and End, make of us a ready blessing to all your world.
Rev. Kent Gilbert, Pastor, Union Church, Berea, KY