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September 2020 Newsletter

Old Zionsville

United Church of Christ

           5981 Fountain Road, P.O. Box 215, Old Zionsville, PA 18068



Worship Schedule

September 6 – 9:00am Outdoor Communion Worship in Parking Lot (please stay in your car) Conclusion on Revelation Series Last day for “Change for the Windows” jar LAST SUMMER SUNDAY

September 13 – Welcome Back!

No Sunday School

10:15am Communion Worship Joyful Noise Collection for Camelot for Children

September 20 – No Sunday School

10:15am Worship, Baptism, Loose offering goes to Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, Joyful Noise Collection for Jenn’s House

September 27 – No Sunday School

10:15am Worship, Harvest Home, Canned goods for Zionsville Area Food Pantry

Looking Ahead

October 4 – No Sunday School

10:15am World Wide Communion Worship Committee Annual Reports are due Joyful Noise Collection for Meals on Wheels

October 11 – No Sunday School

10:15am Worship Joyful Noise Collection for Western District Fire Company

October 18 – No Sunday School

10:15am Worship, Dedication Sunday, Baptism, Loose offering will go into Pastor’s Discretionary Fund Joyful Noise Collection for Macungie Ambulance Corps

October 25 – No Sunday School

10:15am Worship, All Saints Day Joyful Noise Collection for Phoebe Home Ministries

News from Christian Ed… Sunday School will not be happening at the church this fall…. HOWEVER…… Parents and children: watch your email for a special opportunity for you! We are working on doing some online Sunday School lessons and reading. Find your Bibles and get ready for some fun times with Sunday School at HOME! Stay tuned.

News from Computer and Media Committee… We are looking to hire a Social Media Coordinator. Work will be about 6-8 hours per week. Starting on site but may work from home later. Computer skills a must. Work includes updating web site, creating social media posts, and working as part of a team. Full job description will be sent when inquiry is made. If you know someone who might be interested in this job, please tell them to contact our church office and leave their name and phone number or email Pastor Lori at Someone from the committee will get back to them to explain what we are looking for and set up an interview if they are interested. The deadline for applying is the end of September. After that time, we will be contacting applicants to schedule interviews. Thanks for your help in bringing God’s helper for this ministry our way!

News from our Food Pantry… 

Zionsville Area Food Pantry is located at Zion’s Lutheran Church; their mailing address is P.O. Box 56, Old Zionsville, PA 18068.  The phone number is: 610-554-8340 plus they have a new phone plan that allows texting.  The distribution for the food pantry is always the second Monday and following Wednesday and Saturday of each month.  Monday and Wednesday distribution is 4 – 6 p.m.  Saturday distribution is 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  You are always welcome to help and/or to visit/observe.  It is a great operation.  Clients are encouraged to have appointments but we do accept walk-ins too.  As church leaders, feel free to suggest to folks in need that this is available to them.  They should call the phone number for a recorded message that explains the process to them.

News from FUN Group…

Faith Uniting Neighbors Group Bazaar & Filled Basket Auction 2020

After much discussion, FUN Group made a decision to cancel the Bazaar & Filled Basket Auction for this year. Since this event provides the funds we use to support our neighbors within our community, we are asking that you consider supporting these organizations financially in lieu of contributing to the basket auction this year. Pastor Lori is planning to highlight many of the organizations we typically support, one per week, to allow the congregation to make donations, which will then be forwarded on behalf of FUN Group and Old Zionsville UCC. Listed below are the organizations to which we have recently made donations.

 Lehigh County Conference of Churches

 Meals on Wheels

 Upper Milford Western District Fire Company

 Phoebe Home Ministries

 Second Harvest Food Bank

 Macungie Ambulance Corps

 Zionsville Area Vacation Bible School

 Camelot for Children

 Zionsville Area Food Pantry

 Sixth Street Shelter

 Jenn’s House

Thank you for your past support of the Bazaar & Filled Basket Auction; we look forward to bringing it back in 2021.

Hobby/Craft Night – Cancelled until further notice.

Dan Schantz Fundraiser Coupons for FUN Group’s Dan Schantz Fundraiser are included in this month’s newsletter. They are good until December 25. We will receive $2.00 when the coupon or app is presented with a minimum $10.00 purchase. Remember you can share them with friends, too!

News from Music and Worship Committee…

Please join us for our second Parking Lot Communion Worship on September 6 at 9:00 a.m. Stay in your car, communion and bulletins will be provided to you when you drive in. All Welcome! Rain or shine. If you have any questions please call the church office at 610-966-3601.

Worship time will change to 10:15 a.m. beginning Sept. 13.

The committee has decided that the choirs (adult and bell) will not practice or share their gifts in worship until the new year. We will do our best to keep you all posted on any changes that may happen along the way. Our 10:15 a.m. service will remain at about 30 minutes in the sanctuary. We continue to request mask usage as well as social distancing. We are grateful to be able to worship together during this time and encourage you to remain safe. Pastor Lori will again post messages on Facebook for those who remain at home to watch. On September 13, we will go back to having flowers on the altar from Phoebe Floral and bulletin sponsorships. We thank all of our faithful members for providing these beautiful enhancements to our worship. Also, our Greeter and Liturgist schedule will begin again. Thank you to our Consistory teams for taking care of July and August.

Something NEW!!! Since the FUN Group cancelled the Bazaar and Basket Auction, we decided it might be fun to take a real look at the charities that money from this project is donated to each year on our behalf. So on each of the eleven Sundays starting Sept. 13, we will focus on one of the charities. Join us as we learn more about what each of these agencies offer. We will take a joyful noise offering so you can contribute to your favorites or all of them so we can still share our support this year.

Sept. 13: Camelot for Children

Sept. 20: Jenn’s House

Sept. 27: Zionsville Area Food Pantry (Harvest Home – bring your canned goods!)

Oct. 4: Meals on Wheels (World Communion Sunday – we break bread together)

Oct. 11: Upper Milford Western District Fire Company Fire Prevention week

Oct. 18: Macungie Ambulance Corps

Oct. 25: Phoebe Home Ministries – (All Saints Day)

Nov. 1: Second Harvest Food Bank

Nov. 8: Zionsville Area Vacation Bible School

Nov. 15: Lehigh County Conference of Churches

Nov. 22: Sixth Street Shelter Harvest Home

Harvest Home – Sept. 27 – Please bring canned goods to donate to our Zionsville Area Food Pantry on this day. We will include them as part of the display. Especially needed right now are:

– jelly (all kinds)

– cans of ravioli/pasta meals

– cans of vegetables

All Saint’s Day Sunday will be October 25 at 10:15 a.m. during worship. Letters have been sent out to the family members of loved ones who have died this past year. If you have any questions about our All Saint’s Day remembrance, please contact Pastor Lori. If your loved one has died this year, please plan on being with us to celebrate this moving ceremony of remembrance. We invite loved ones to come forward to light a candle in memory of the one who has died. Bring your whole family to mark this time in remembrance and celebration of the life that was lived.

News from the Outlook Committee…

Our Annual Cookie Walk has been cancelled for December.

News from the Windows Committee…

Exciting news! Cumberland Stained Glass has confirmed that they will begin restoration of the windows to the left and right of the organ at their Mechanicsburg studio sometime late September. Also, we are pleased to report that during July and August, the congregation generously donated another $675.00 towards the project. The “Change for the Windows” jar continues to grow and will be available through Labor Day Sunday (even in the parking lot!). So dig down in your pockets to boost the fund even more and stay tuned for the total.

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