Church News and Happenings
Zion Reformed Church        
of The United Church of Christ
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania           

Pastoral Care is Available
Please contact either Rev. Peter Emig with Solomon UCC at (717) 263-3616 or through his cell phone at (717) 552-0435.
Also call Rev. Mark Ruzicka at (717) 504-2923.


​Healing Service
Our monthly service of anointing and healing will follow worship on Sunday, December 16. This is an opportunity to seek prayer for yourself, for a loved one or friend, or a community or world concern. Simply join us at the front of the sanctuary as the postlude concludes.

To begin the New Year, we will celebrate Epiphany communion on Sunday, January 5, 10:45 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Wednesday Bible Study
Join us in the Church Social Hall each Wednesday, 10 a.m. for our midweek Bible study. New members and friends are welcome. This is a great time for learning and fellowship.

Chandelier Lighting
Join us for our candlelight service December 24 (Christmas Eve), featuring traditional hymns and readings. The service will include the lighting of our 1813 four-tiered, hand-cut  chandelier. It was removed in 1835 when the church was remodeled and stored until 1976 when church members Chester and Elize McKenzie started the project to restore it to its original appearance. 

It is suspended from the center of the original ceiling medallion and is lowered to candle lighting position on December 24th for the evening service. This is great opportunity to invite your neighbors and friends to come to church with you!
 
 2020 Altar Flowers
The church secretary will shortly be sending out information about next year's altar flowers. We have  open dates on January 5th, July 19, August 16, September 6th, if anyone is interested in providing altar flowers on these dates, please contact Peggy Barnhart at the church office. The altar flowers are from Plasterer’s Florist and cost to Zion is $39 each week so please make a check to Zion to cover your flower display. Thank you!

Historical Display
The Historical Committee has assembled a special display in the vestibule cabinets for the holiday season, stop by and take a look.

Don’t Delay: Order Your Poinsettia Today!
Now is the time to place your order for Christmas Poinsettias for display in the church. You may place a poinsettia in memory or in honor of someone special. To order please complete the order form found elsewhere in the newsletter and return it to the church office or place it in the offering plate by November 24. Poinsettias will be ordered as a group from Plasterer’s florist. There will only be one size available, a single, multi-bloom at a cost of $11 each.

You may also order your own poinsettia directly from any supplier and bring it to the church or have it delivered on Saturday, December 21. You still need to return an order form to the church office so we can include you in the bulletin listing. A list of all poinsettias and donors will be published with the bulletin on Christmas Eve. Poinsettias may be picked up after the Christmas Eve service please leave the plastic dish.


 Food Pantry Update
Remember you can bring in food donations anytime. Collection boxes are located at the bottom of the ramp in the  Sunday school room, and at the elevator entrance. There is always a need at this holiday season. Thank you

Annual Meeting Election Results
At the annual Congregational meeting, Todd Willman was elected to a five year term as Elder. Megan Duke, James English
and Sue McMorris were elected to three year terms as Deacons. They will begin their service with the January 08, 2020  7 p.m. meeting. All four will be installed during worship on Sunday December 15 at Worship. Friends are welcome.

2020 Offering Envelopes - Pick-Up Yours Today!

Offering envelopes for the year ahead, are ready in alphabetical order on the heat register in the Sunday School Room.

NOW more than ever in our history, YOUR church needs your financial support to help us continue in the years ahead!


Upcoming Services and Observances

December 15, Sunday 10:45 AM Third Sunday of Advent Worship
December 22, Sunday 9:30 AM Children's Christmas Program
         10:45 AM Fourth Sunday of Advent worship
December 24, Tuesday 7:00 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

December 25th Wednesday – NO SERVICE
December 29, Sunday (Hymn Sing) 10:45 a.m. Worship
January 5, Sunday 10:45 a.m. Epiphany worship and Holy Communion – 2 p.m. De-decorating
 

CASH for CAUSES by Jane Johnson
Just a reminder that the CASH FOR CAUSES fund raiser for the Zion Women’s Guild continues. How does this work? Just
purchase a GIANT’S CASH FOR CAUSES gift card from Jane Johnson and go to your local GIANT’S  or MARTIN’S  STORE
and use the gift card—CASH for CAUSES to purchase your groceries, gas, prescriptions, or  other gift card (in store).  If purchasing gas check with attendant first before pumping gas.  At this time we have $25.00 and $50.00 cards available if you would like your cards in $100.00 denominations just ask and we can have them in a few days.

Checks can be made out to Women’s Guild of Zion UCC. Cards are sold at face value and the Women’s Guild receives 5%
from the sale of each GIANT’S CASH for CAUSES Gift Cards. The gift cards have no expiration date. Questions give Jane
Johnson a call at 717-263-1416.


Communion for our Shut-ins

Any layperson that wants to give Communion to our shut ins please contact the office.  Anyone can give Communion as long
as the bread and wine are blessed by a minister, this is per Pastor Emig. So please lets all help the shut ins. If you cannot
attend Communion on October 6 and would like one of our members to visit  with Communion contact the office and speak to Peggy Barnhart or leave a message.


Help With Emergency Requests
The office receives numerous inquiries during the year for help from residents who need gas or food. Usually the pastor
listens to their needs and refers them to resources in the community that can help. Yet occasionally there is an emergency need that arises on weekend or holidays when agencies are closed. Having on hand a few $25 Giant Cash for Causes cards provides some temporary assistance for these folks until they can connect with our resources.

If you would like to help in this way, please purchase the cards from Jane Johnson and then give them to Pastor Bob or Peggy Barnhart. Keep in mind these cards also provide a 5% donation to the Women’s Guild. So your gift helps both local residents in need and our own Guild.


Sunday School News
Come and join us during Advent as we Unwrap the Names of Jesus. We will be using the advent devotional of the same name
in our studies.

The Sunday School Board is looking for your help and suggestions. Currently our board is Sherri Arrowood—Superintendent, Joan Pogue - Secretary, Sherri Arrowood - Assistant Secretary, Candy Wagner - Treasurer, Joan Pogue -  Assistant Treasurer, and Laura Frey -  Consistory Appointed Member and Peggy Barnhart, Barb Metcalfe and Esther Wagner -  teachers.

Nominations are being held at this time for the current positions.  All current position holders are willing to continue in their board
positions. However nomination to have Diana Johnson as Assistant Secretary was motioned. We, as the board, would like to reach out to the whole church and see if anyone else would like to be involved and make a nomination.  Please reach out to Joan Pogue, Candy Wagner or Sherri Arrowood concerning your suggestion or nomination.  We will hold the elections at out next board meeting in January.


 A New 2020 Church Directory is Coming!


There is a new Directory for 2020 being formed. 

Do I have your correct address, phone number and email? 


Please contact Peggy Barnhart if there are any changes.

(717) 263-5952 or by email: barny4@comcast.net