How Long Do You Spend in the Shower?

According to an article at, the company Unilever’s push toward sustainability encountered a major obstacle in changing people’s habits: the amount of time folks took to take a shower. Many of us not only shower too frequently (there is evidence that suggests that daily showers are not always good for us), but many of us also spend far too long in the shower.

In Australia during a 10-year drought, a lot of people restricted themselves to two-minute showers. When I was on the Mercy Ship Anastasis, we restricted ourselves to three-minute showers because of the shortage of water. I never actually placed a stopwatch in the shower, but it did teach me a habit that I have never gotten over.

How long we spend in the shower may not seem like a justice issue, but it could be, and even more so in the future. As I read about the concern that the wars of the future may be over limited water rather than land, I am glad that I am able to at least make this small contribution.

So my question for you – how long do you spend in the shower, and do you think it matters?

This article is by Christine Sine, Executive Director of Mustard Seed Associates and author of several books including GodSpace: Time for Peace in the Rhythms of Life.

Peace to all,
Pastor Lori

For the New Year

As we begin the new year, it might be helpful to find a mantra or a prayer to hold close to your heart this year on your journey through life. I have found that the Prayer of St. Francis is a helpful stabilizing set of words that bring gentleness and comfort to the forefront. “In most of the published versions of the prayer, the text is abridged, paraphrased, and/or copyrighted. Below is the complete original text from its earliest known publication (1912, in French, copyright expired), alongside a line-by-line English translation.” (source Wikipedia) I have only provided the English version for you. May this bring a focus for us all as we move into 2019.

English translation

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.

Peace to all,

Pastor Lori


Someone said that money can buy a bed, but it can’t buy you sleep. It can buy you books, but not brains. It can buy you food, but not an appetite. It can buy a house, but not a home. It can buy medicine, but it can’t buy health. It can buy all kinds of amusements, but it can’t buy happiness. Money can buy a fine dog, but only love will make the dog wag its tail.

What kind of wealth do you want? We celebrate the wealth of God’s love in Jesus Christ. The wealth of God’s love brings us what the wealth of the world cannot touch: Peace, understanding, fulfillment, life. These things are eternal.

In Milan, Italy, there is a great cathedral with three doors. On the door to the right is written: “All that pleases lasts only for a moment.” The door on the left proclaims: “All that troubles lasts only for a moment.” And the large center door reminds all that approach: “Nothing is important except that which is eternal.” In this life you will experience pleasures and troubles. What lasts forever is the wealth of God in Jesus. (author unknown)

Take this time this Advent and Christmas season to ponder the wealth of God in Jesus that you have. It will change your life.

Blessings to all for a Peace-filled holiday,

Pastor Lori

Thanksgiving Proclamation

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Committee News November 2018

Christian Ed

  • Our Sunday School classes are going great! Thanks to our marvelous teachers and the wonderful students! There is always room for more students. Children may begin Sunday School at 2 years old and we have classes for children up to and including third grade. Sunday at 9:00 a.m. meet in the Village School/Sunday School classrooms downstairs.
  • All ages join us in December in the Sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. for some videos about the holidays.
    • Dec. 2 –learn about Hanukkah
    • Dec. 9 – Veggie Tales Saint Nicholas
    • Dec. 16 – The Little Drummer Boy
    • Dec. 23 – Veggie Tales – The Toy Who Saved Christmas
  • Make it a family thing and enjoy this holiday season!

Cemetery Association

  • Cemetery Association annual congregation meeting will be Sunday, December 16 after worship. The Association financial report will be discussed along with election of trustees. Nominations from the floor will be accepted at that time, but you must be present to accept the nomination. We are looking for two people who would like to join the Trustees in keeping our cemetery running.

FUN Group

  • Bazaar & Filled Basket Auction: Saturday, November 10
    • Please plan to bring any filled baskets you would like to donate to the church the Sunday (Nov 4) before the Bazaar or at least by Friday night (Nov 9) at 6:30pm; that’s when we’ll be arranging them for the basket auction.
    • We would love to have some homemade goodies for our bake sale—drop them off Friday night or early Saturday morning.
    • Also, we could really use some help setting up tables on Friday night (November 9) and cleaning up on Saturday after the basket auction. If you are able to help with either set-up or clean-up, please sign up with Patti Mittl. With your help we’ll have another successful Bazaar & Basket Auction this year!
  • Church World Service clean-up kit drive – see the blog post for more information
  • Watch future newsletters for more information about
    • Angel Tree – continuation of CWS emergency clean-up kits
    • Share the Warmth

Music & Worship

  • Sunday, Nov. 18 will be a busy morning!
    • Come to church a little early to enjoy some coffee, juice and breakfast items with your church friends. Join us from 9:45 to 10:10 a.m. in the lower social hall every third Sunday.
    • During worship, we will be baptizing twins! Be sure to join in the fun.
    • Following worship, we will be burning our papers with sins from the past year written on them in the little chiminea outside of worship. Come to worship this day to send your past in smoke to our God and find cleansing renewal for the upcoming new year.
  • We now have bulletin magnifier sheets. There are two available for you to use in worship. They are the size of a full sheet of paper and can be found on the sound system. Pick one up and try it out, then return it to the sound system after worship.
  • White Gifts will once again be collected for the young adults (ages 12 – 17) at Bethany Home.
    • The white gift service takes place during worship on Sunday Dec. 9.
    • Please wrap your gift in white paper only or not at all.
    • Bethany can only use new items to give to the students living there.
    • Please use the wish list provided.
    • Is anyone willing to take our white gifts to Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf during the week of Dec. 11 – 15 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.? Please speak with Pastor Lori if you are available to do this.

Social and Aid Committee

  • Another successful chicken potpie dinner was held on October 6; 250 hungry people, including all who helped, were served. Thank you!

Village School

  • All classes had Fall themed activities and Halloween Celebrations which included parents. Our three year old class had a visit from Upper Milford Fire Company and was taught about fire safety. The PreK class will visit the Emmaus Fire Company in early November. This month, our first of many literacy through the arts professionals will visit the 3’s and PreK classes. Returning artist Miss Lilly from Allegro Dance Studio will teach dance and a bit of music.


Do you know somebody?

Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. That seems to be a good thought for all of us. Think with me about how much we need somebody in this church family. There is no importance placed upon the manner or the list in which I write about somebody.

  • Let’s address somebody who unlocked the church so we could enter.
  • How about somebody who was a greeter or an usher?
  • Do not forget somebody who made the lists for those jobs.
  • Somebody on the worship committee had a hand in our church service.
  • The hymnals were provided by somebody.
  • Oh, that bulletin was done by somebody.
  • The contents of the bulletin were supplied by somebody.
  • The altar flowers were supplied by somebody.
  • The right altar cloths had to be placed by somebody.
  • The sermon had to be prepared and delivered by somebody.
  • The scriptures had to be read by somebody and the list prepared by somebody.
  • The hymns had to be selected by somebody.
  • The choir had to be directed by somebody.
  • And somebody had to be willing to sing in the choir.
  • Somebody had to play the organ.
  • Most important, somebody had to show up for this service.
  • Somebody had to make an offering to the church.
  • We certainly have somebody who cleans our church facility.
  • Somebody gets to count the offering. Somebody takes the funds collected to the bank.

Thank God for somebody or this church would be closed. Sunday after Sunday somebody performs all these tasks and more, some for financial reward but most for spiritual reward.

I hope that you might be somebody we can count on at Old Zionsville UCC.

Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.

Be Thankful in all things.

Peace, Lori

(This column originally appeared in a Bethany UCC, Bethlehem, 2009 newsletter and was written by Dan Sabetti. I altered it slightly. Thanks to Dan for his original thoughts and for being somebody!)

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries.

Walk Safely

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  2. Look left, right, and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross.
  3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  1. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well-lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Church World Service Emergency Cleanup Buckets

Supplies for emergency cleanup bucketsIn light of recent hurricanes, Consistory in conjunction with Faith United Neighbors (FUN) group has decided to once again create Emergency Cleanup Buckets for Church World Service. We did this a while back during Lent. Following is the list of items needed, in case you happen to find good sales on these items. Bring any or all of the items you can find. Please feel free to ask store owners for donations. Buckets from Church World Service USA have already been sent to people in the North Carolina area, so they can begin clean up. More buckets are always needed. If everyone gives a little, we can create a lot! Thanks in advance for your help. Please bring items to the pew outside the pastor’s office any time. Please also note that the items are specifically sized etc. to keep the buckets consistent and easy to share.

Here is what is needed

  • One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well but do not use if it has held chemicals of any kind.)
  • Four scouring pads
  • Seven sponges, including one large
  • One scrub brush
  • Eighteen reusable cleaning towels (e.g. Easy Wipes)
  • One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
  • One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
  • One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
  • One package of 48-50 clothespins
  • Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
  • Five dust masks
  • Two pairs heavy-duty, waterproof dishwashing gloves (latex-free, non-surgical)
  • One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather 24-28 heavy duty or contractor type
  • 30 45-gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
  • One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent

Do not enclose money inside the kits or in the shipping boxes.

Download a printable shopping list

All cleaning items must be new. All liquid items must be capped and securely tightened.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be asking for specific items we do not have enough of as our Angel Tree project this year so that we can complete as many buckets as possible.

Read more: Clean up bucket collaboration puts more than 1000 kits in the hands of hurricane victims

Emergency Phone Numbers

When in sorrow……………… John 16
When people fail you……………… Psalm 27
If you want to be fruitful……………… John 15
If you have sinned……………… Psalm 51
When you worry……………… Matthew 6:19-34
When you are in danger……………… Psalm 91
When God seems far away……………… Psalm 139
When your faith needs stirring……………… Hebrews 11
When you are lonely and fearful……………… Psalm23
When you grow bitter……………… 1 Corinthians 13
Paul’s secret of happiness……………… Colossians 3:12-17
What is Christianity?……………call 2 Corinthians 5:15-19
When feeling down and out……………… Romans 8:31
When you want peace and rest……………… Matthew 11:25-30
When the world seems bigger than God……………… Psalm 90
Wanting Christian assurance?…………call Romans 8:1-30
Leaving home for work or travel……………… Psalm 121
When prayer becomes selfish……………………………… Psalm 67
For a great invention/opportunity……………………………… Isaiah 55
When you want courage for a task………………..….call Joshua 1
How to get along with people……………… Romans 12
Thinking of investments returns?…………… Mark 10
If you are depressed……………………………… Psalm 27
If your pocketbook is empty……………… Psalm 37
Losing confidence in people……………… 1 Corinthians 13
If people seem unkind……………… John 15
If discouraged about your work……………… Psalm 126

Alternate Numbers
For dealing with fear……………… Psalm 34:7
For security…………………call Psalm 121:3
For assurance…………………call Mark 8:35
For reassurance……………… Psalm 145:18

All numbers may be dialed direct. No operator assistance is necessary. All lines to Heaven are open 24 hours a day!

Peace, Pastor Lori

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