News of the Week

Saturday, December 4, 2021

OZ UCC is decorated for Christmas (thanks to Barbie and Mel Kerchner) and ready to continue the Advent Journey to wait for His beloved birth. Join us in worship.

Sunday Dec. 5 during 10:15 a.m. worship is our White Gift Sunday. IF you don’t have the chance to get shopping, money will be accepted to send along to Bethany Ministries for their Christmas gifts for their residents. Give donations to Pastor Lori.

  • We will also be hearing an update on the Windows to the Future Project. This past week the Good Shepherd Window was removed for restoring. The Contractor told us that the windows were hanging in there on a wing and a prayer so it was a good time to take care of this! Thanks so much for your awesome support of this project. We will reveal the total for the matching gift challenge plus be selling note cards AND displaying three of the six quilts that were donated for us to sell for money for the next phase of the project. We are still deciding how to sell them – raffle, auction, outright sale, ebay? So if you see one you like and need a wedding gift or want to buy one, please speak with Pastor Lori, Ruth Stansfield, or Beth Massa.
  • The window note cards make great little thank you notes or a beautiful card to send to a faraway friend. Buy a pack on Sunday! 5 for $10. The Nativity cards would make great Christmas cards too!
  • Sunday is also your last chance to sign the cards for our Military members who are currently serving. Check out the great boxes with note card spots that we will be sending to each of our Military members.
  • Also in the upper social hall, you will find a table filled with various pieces from various Nativity Sets. Are you missing a shepherd? Did the camel break last year? Take a look at what we have and take a piece or two home to complete your set! These were donated by the Latshaw Family. Mom and Dad Latshaw collected these pieces along the way and now we have them to share! Thanks!
  • Finally, on Sunday after worship, we will be conducting our Annual Cemetery Association meeting. This meeting will be a brief meeting to vote on the budget and Cemetery Association Trustees. When they call the meeting to order, everyone in the congregation becomes a voting member of the Cemetery Association. Please plan to stay and hear the future of our Cemeteries! Yes, we have 3 cemeteries!

Please continue to pray for all our church families who are grieving or in any other need.

Christmas eve services are 3 p.m. for a shortened candles and carols, 7:30 p.m. for choir, candles and carols. See you there!

Peace to all!
Lori Esslinger, Part Time Pastor, Old Zionsville UCC

Our Mission Statement

The mission of our church is to be a congregation devoted to our community where we experience and share the loving presence of God by teaching the Good News of Jesus Christ, by celebrating God’s Word in the Bible, and through loving service to all people.