11/05 Soup and Salad Luncheon 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
11/06 Choir Rehearsal 6:00/7:15 p.m.
11/10 Chimes Articles are Due
11/11 Ladies' Fellowship 7:00 p.m. Planning for 2020!
11/12 MLG Meeting 6:00 p.m.
11/13 Prayer Circle 10:00 a.m. Choir Rehearsal 6:00/7:15 p.m.
11/17 First Delivery Date for Pumpkin Rolls! 11/20 Choir Rehearsal 6:00/7:15 p.m.
11/24 Pumpkin Roll Delivery Date #2
11/28 Happy Thanksgiving! Church Office will be Closed
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.
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!
Just plant it
As the church year wraps up, many Bible readings address the end times and Jesus’ return at an unknown date (unknown to all but God the Father, that is). Specific beliefs about the Second Coming vary throughout Christendom, but our attitude about that momentous event affects how we live right now.
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces,” Martin Luther reportedly said, “I would still plant my apple tree.” Instead of constantly despairing about this broken-down world, we can remain determined to serve God and our neighbors, planting seeds of life and hope in the process.
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!
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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