From Pastor’s Desk

Greetings All!

This has been an unprecedented season of Spring.  We have heeded instructions, been extra careful, and changed so much of our lives for the greater good of all. Now, as we start to find our way to a new normal, I want to give you some thoughts on how to realize and stay focused on the good in our lives.  It is very easy to get caught up in discontent, blame, and negative thinking. I know we have all learned some things during the quarantine and I want to be sure that we remember those learnings.  Ask yourself these questions:

1. What did I learn about my needs during the quarantine?

2.  What is most important to me?

3.  What did I miss the most during this time apart?

4.  What are the things I can let go as I come into the New Normal?

5.  What are the things I want to remember to do because of what I learned?

As you move through these questions and discover things about yourself, I also want to remind you to cling to the GOOD in your life.  Here are some suggestions (that I have condensed) from my friends at Becoming Minimalist.

1.  Say it out loud.  When you are alone, say this sentence out loud:

        “You know what, I’ve got it pretty good.”  Add more if you wish:  “I’ve got a good job that I enjoy, I have clothes on my back, I have my health…..”  Make the words your own but say them out loud to remind yourself that we do INDEED have it good.

2.  Practice gratitude, daily.  Every day, make yourself a mental list or even better, write down 5 things you are grateful for.  Try to mention five new things every day.  See how long you can keep up this practice before you have to repeat items but keep it up!  Do this while you have your morning coffee; while you commute to work; as prayer time or during exercise.  It is a wonderful thing to try to find five new things everyday to be grateful for.

3.  Remember what you liked in the first place.  Life isn’t perfect. So take the time to think back to what you enjoyed and liked way back when….example:  what were the qualities that drew you to your spouse initially?  What were you excited about when you moved into your apartment or house? etc. Focus back on the good.

4.  Remember the positives.  It is so easy to pick out the negatives.  Remember and repeat the positives. Sometimes you have to really look for them or think about it.  It CAN be done!   Example:  Maybe my car isn’t fancy but it is paid for.  My house may not be the biggest on the block but it is the easiest to clean.  Etc.

And lastly:  5.  Wage war against if/then thinking. Work as hard as you can to live the best life that you can live NOW. Example:  IF x happens, THEN I will be happy. That is a dangerous way to think.  It will prevent you from enjoying and living in the NOW.  Begin to appreciate all that you have today!

There is so much more to explore than just this simple list I have provided here. Let me know if you want to chat about this further.  I am ready and willing to move forward on this challenge and journey with you.


Lori Esslinger

Part Time Pastor


Church News

June 2020 Newsletter

Old Zionsville

United Church of Christ

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


All dates are ON as of now but will possibly be cancelled as long as the virus isolation issues continue.  Please check with the sponsor of the event to be sure it is still happening.

Sunday, June 7 – 11:00 a.m. Parking Lot Communion Worship

Sunday, July 5Communion Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.  We are planning our first Sunday back for Worship in our Sanctuary.

Sunday, July 12 – 9:00 a.m. Worship

Sunday, July 19 – 9:00 a.m. Worship

Sunday, July 26 – 9:00 a.m. Worship

We are looking for special talents to be shared this summer. Do you have a favorite poem?  Do you have a favorite piece of Christian music? Would you like to sing?  Any special talent would be welcome during our summer Sundays, July 5 – September 6.  Worship starts at 9:00 a.m. and your special talents will enhance our service.  Please speak with Pastor Lori if you would be willing to share.

Write September 13 in your calendar as our first day back to our Fall schedule with Sunday school resuming at 9:00 a.m. 

Upper Milford Vacation Bible School is cancelled for this year.

News from the Evangelism and Membership Committee…

  • River Dance at the State Theater on June 17th is postponed. They are working to reschedule it for later this year and will honor our tickets then.
  • Supper Club and Lunch Bunch for June have been canceled.

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.

Still Room in the 2020/2021 Village School year!   Please see Wendy Yeakel (484-764-1342) for more information on our program or to schedule a tour.  If you know someone who has children who could benefit from our school, please pass our information and number on. We have small classes with individualized attention and we have a high influence on the arts. Please check out our website for more information at  If you are on social media, we welcome you to follow us on Face Book. We are “The Village School Preschool in Old Zionsville”. 

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

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

New website

We are in the process of updating and improving the church’s website. We hope you like the new look!

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