10/20 Stewardship Campaign begins Children's Sabbath Sunday School to sing during worship Confirmation Class will lead worship
10/23 Prayer Circle 10:00 a.m. Choir Rehearsal 6:00/7:15 p.m.
10/26 Ladies' Fellowship Shipshewana Bus Trip
10/30 Choir Rehearsal 6:00/7:15 p.m.
Sunday School Harvest Party
On October 20th, the Sunday School will celebrate the fall season with a harvest party during the regular class time. There will be lots of fun activities for the children to participate in. Snacks and drinks will also be provided. Please join in the fun!
Soup & Salad Luncheon
Ladies’ Fellowship will serve a soup & salad luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 11 am—1:30 pm. We need your help to make this a success. We need a lot of salads, soups, cookies, and I am asking for your donations. A signup sheet is in the narthex. Your donations will be greatly appreciated. Price of the luncheon is adults $7; children aged 4-11 $4; under 4 free. Please tell your friends and family about the luncheon. Come and enjoy!
The Space Between Us
Physicists are discovering that the universe is less “solid” than it appears to us. What seems to be more significant is the space between “objects”. So, I’ve been thinking a lot about the space between us. Local churches were created by individuals to help each other with faith journeys. In the UCC, Associations were created by local churches for support and accountability. Conferences and denominations were created as groups of local churches and Associations discovered that they could do more together than any of them could do apart.
What happens when the space between individual members of a congregation becomes unhealthy or noxious or somehow tainted? When people stop trusting each other and think that others are acting from suspect motives? When anger and hurt and betrayal and control are dominant in the spaces between people?
I believe that the space itself becomes corrupted. Like dirty water running through pipes, anyone who drinks in this space will feel its effects, even if they are unaware of the contamination. Left unchecked, lives will be damaged. The same is true when the space between congregations and the wider church is infected. Or the space between rural and city folks. Or the space between political parties. Or the space between races, genders, classes … the list goes on.
What can we do with this space?
For me, this has become the great question. It’s not about the other person or group. It’s not about fixing them … or even fixing me. My focus can be on the space between us. I ask myself, “What does the space feel like?” Is there a block to the free flow of energy? Is there distrust? Is there love? Is there vulnerability? Is there fear? Is there hurt?
Then, I wonder about how I might create more openness in the space. What happens if I trust in the space between us? What happens if I am brave in the space? What happens if I introduce forgiveness into the space?
What I am learning is that it seems to make loving the unlovable possible; forgiving the unforgivable possible; being brave in the face of fear possible. I wonder if this is a place of healing: focusing on the relationship between people or things or situations. Clearing the space between us may make it more possible to replicate Jesus’ life and teachings.
Rev. Cheryl Burke
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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!
Stewardship Campaign 2019
Through Zion UCC, you and I share a particular way of being Christian and being church. We are not alone. The early Christian movement was known internally as well as to its persecutors as the Way (Acts 9). The life of faith is a way of being human, a way of interpreting, a way of practicing, a way of living.
· The wisdom tradition of the faith often spoke of the Way. God watches over the way of the righteous. Psalm 1:6
The prophetic tradition of the faith also refers to faith as a Way. Prepare the way of our God, make straight in the desert a highway for our God … Isaiah 40
Jesus refers to himself and his commitment to a cruciform Way of life as, “I am the way ….” John 14:6
Paul advising the early church in Corinth being torn asunder with division counsels that in the way of love, he would show them “a more excellent way.” I Corinthians 12:31
Over the coming weeks you are invited to reflect on this shared way and how we individually and collectively are stewards of this way. I invite you to be in prayer about your participation, for those in our church who are leading this campaign and for the ministries we will make possible.
Our participation is the opportunity for us, the community and our faith to evolve and remain vibrant. Zion UCC represents: a way of being church, a way of practicing one’s faith, a way of interpreting received texts and the times in which we live, a way of articulating “the hope that is within us,” a way of intellectual honesty and courage, a way of creating a new eco-system for the church, a way of sustaining a movement not a moment, a way of doing justice, seeking peace and building community.
Join us in giving to create and maintain this distinctive way of being faithful, of being Zion UCC.
The Ministry Leadership Group
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