12/22 Zion Choir Cantata "Bethlemen's Child" during the 9:00 a.m. worship Christmas Fund Offering
12/24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 7:00 p.m.
12/24 - 1/5 Church Office Closed for the Holidays
Holiday Pumpkin Rolls!
Zion is blessed to have Karen H and Kathy R willing to offer their scrumptious pumpkin rolls again this year! The cost of the rolls will be $15 each and you can specify with or without nuts. The delivery dates this year will be November 17th & 24th and December 15th & 22nd. The order sheet will be on the Narthex Communication Desk. All proceeds will be given to local charities.
What is Scrip? Scrip is a program where Zion purchases gift cards at a discount and sell the cards at face value. The profits from these discounts allows our High School Sunday School group to make donations to worthy causes, or to projects within our own church.
The High School will be selling gift cards each Sunday between now and Christmas. Please stop by and take a look at the list of available gift cards. We will be placing orders frequently, so if you are looking for teacher, bus driver, hair stylist, postal worker, family or friend gifts...let us make your shopping easier so you can concentrate on the real Reason for the Season!
Do you have favorite stores, restaurants or gas stations you visit on a regular basis? Consider stocking up on Scrip cards from Zion UCC! If you have any questions, please contact Susan Ewalt.
Light in the Darkness
In Nepal, where blindness is prevalent due to under-funded medical care and a lack of eye doctors, ophthalmologist Sanduk Ruit has made it his mission to treat poor people. He’s performed more than 130,000 cataract surgeries to restore sight, sometimes walking for a week with surgical equipment in tow to reach patients. Dr. Ruit also found a way for replacement lenses to be made locally for less than $3 each, rather than buying them internationally for 100 times as much. The physician brings healing to remote villages and celebrates “big eye-opening festivals” with people who “were blind yesterday, and … are seeing today.”
At Christmas we celebrate the Word of God who came to live among us as Jesus, the light of the world. In countless ways since, God has brought light to those living in literal or figurative darkness.
We celebrate people, such as Dr. Ruit and the 650 doctors he has trained, whom God uses to cause “light [to shine] in the darkness” (John 1:5).
In the News!
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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!
“Be born in us today”
In 1865, Phillips Brooks, an Episcopal preacher from Boston, went on a Holy Land pilgrimage. Riding horseback from Jerusalem to Bethlehem for Christmas Eve worship at the Church of the Nativity was so moving that he wrote “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” The hymn’s final stanza addresses the town’s most famous newborn:
O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray; Cast out our sin and enter in; be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!
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