Dec. 2nd - Hanging of the Greens Following worship service Dec. 2nd & 9th - Poinsettia Orders Dec. 8th - Cookie Walk - 9:00 a.m. to noon Dec. 9th - Choir Cantata "Go Tell It" 9:00 a.m. Dec. 10th - Ladies Fellowship Christmas Dinner Narthex 6:00 p.m. Dec. 16th - Children's Christmas program During 9:00 a.m. worship Dec. 24th - Christmas Eve Candlelight service 7:00 p.m.
ZION U.C.C. Cookie Walk and Bake Sale - Dec. 8 Calling all Zion bakers for baked goods!
Zion UCC has a great reputation for providing delicious goodies for the holidays at our annual Cookie Walk, to be held this year on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (or till cookies are gone!) Please set aside time to share some your tasty goods – cookies, strudels, breads, pies, cakes, preserves and snack items are ALL welcome. You can drop off your baked goods at the narthex, either on Friday, Dec. 7 between 4-7 p.m. or early Saturday morning prior to the sale. THANK YOU! Workers on Friday evening and Saturday morning are also needed to help set up, staff and tear down; look for the sign-up sheet on the Communication table in the narthex. And then, be sure to come pick up a delicious array of cookies and baked goods for your own holiday gatherings! Questions? Please contact Sharon Martin or the church office.
Ladies' Fellowship Christmas Dinner
Annual ALL LADIES of ZION Christmas Dinner will be held here in the Narthex on Monday, December 10th at 6 p.m. We would like to celebrate the Christmas season with ALL Zion ladies. The dinner will be catered by “The Very Best” and will include: baked chicken, wild rice pilaf, roasted mixed vegetables, fruit salad, rolls and butter, as well as three fabulous desserts to choose from. We will also be serving coffee, tea and punch. After dinner we will sing Christmas carols in the beautifully decorated sanctuary. The cost is only $5 each. We look forward to a wonderful night of fellowship, love and peace. Please come and enjoy the spirit of the season with us. A sign up sheet is in the narthex, please sign up by December 9. Make checks payable to Zion Ladies' Fellowship. If you have any questions please contact Kim F.
The Christmas Fund 2018
Each year in December, clergy around the country receive The Christmas Fund offering of the United Church of Christ. Here is a testimony of how that offering helps a retired pastor in Michigan!
In the past 10 years I have received a check from the Christmas Fund each year - that's from all of you - so thank you! However each year it is not assured. Only a limited amount of checks are sent to retired pastors or widows of pastors and others with small to nonexistent pensions. The first year, I broke down in tears when the mailbox revealed a check from the Pension Board. I don't request it or expect it - it's just a bit of grace at a time when I also want to be generous. I call it the JOY offering. It's a blessing not deserved but appreciated. I don't serve Christ for the money - that's good because there hasn't been much - but I serve for just such a time as this.
JOY, JOY, JOY!! Rev. Jean Winther
This year the offering will be received on December 23rd. Thank you to all Michigan UCC churches that participate.
Welcome Rev. Dr. David Moffett-Moore Transitional Pastor
Grace and peace! I am honored to accept the call to be your Transitional Minister and look forward to serving you during this transitional period. In the coming months I will have a column in The Chimes on our process and priorities, but this month I thought I would just introduce myself.
I grew up in small towns in central Indiana, one of five children in Methodist parsonages. I earned my Bachelor of Arts at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, where my parents met. I’ve been working since I was 11: mowing yards, shoveling walks, delivering newspapers, writing for the local newspaper, working in factories and farms. My first job after college was as a loan collector for a consumer finance agency.
Two years after college, I entered the ministry. I have served 8 churches in three states and two denominations: 15 years as United Methodist and 20 years as United Church of Christ. I was Spiritual Formation Program Director for a Roman Catholic retreat center and worked for Mennonite Mutual Aid. Between being UMC and UCC, I spent a decade in the financial services industry, earning Chartered Financial Consultant, Registered Investment Advisor and Registered Financial Principal designations. I’ve written seven books and have taught Psychology and Philosophy at several regional campuses. I’ve a Ph. D. in Celtic Spirituality and a D.Min. in Spirituality and Psychology.
It’s a second marriage for Becki and I; we’ve been together 23 years. Together we have four grown children in four different time zones. We have five grandsons and one granddaughter, with two more grandsons on the way. Becki has a Masters in Ceramic Art, taught at a Community College in Illinois, and was an Advanced Master Gardener in Indiana – ask about her deer proof garden! She grew up in the shadow of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
This is a little bit about me; I look forward to getting to know you in the coming months. We do have work to do, but first let’s get to know each other!
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