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

About ten years ago, this banner was created by Brenda Neuroth. It calls attention to two things: Zion’s founding in 1778 and our Rose Rent Sunday. 

'If and when” we celebrate this year’s Rose
Rent Sunday, our banner will surely have a special place in the festivities!


This takes place on the next Sunday morning we are in worship  -  which at the moment will be sometime in June (we hope!).  If you have been contemplating uniting with Zion Church, please phone or email Pastor Bob for details. At this moment, two friends of the Church have indicated to me their intentions to unite with our Zion fellowship. This is very exciting, and it will be a fine moment of  welcome!

Our Church Stewardship
Every Church across America is experiencing difficulty keeping up with their finances, in these times when there is no offering, since we do not gather together for worship. Please consider using the enclosed envelope to catch up on your weekly or monthly stewardship giving, so that the Church can continue to keep its financial head above water. Your Collector and Treasurer and Consistory will breathe a great sigh of relief if you are able do so. Thank you for your prayerful consideration!

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr famously wrote,  “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”   It is so true in these desperate and scary times in which we live today.   So be kind to yourself, your close families, and the “network” of folks about you, as we journey through these next weeks, until we meet again!   I’ve added the words to the wonderfully evocative hymn,  “Be Not Afraid,” which I invite you to read (or sing to yourself), as a prayer.

You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst.

You shall wander far in safety, though you do not know the way.
You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand.
You shall see the face of God and live.

Be not afraid,  and know that I am with you through it all.
Be not afraid,  I go before you always.  Come follow me.
Be not afraid,  come, follow me.  And I will give you rest.

Esther Wagner Day was May 2 that the mayor had proclaimed.
Family night has been moved to June 9th, good Lord willing.
All meetings at Zion are cancelled except a phone meeting for consistory.  We all ask 'But When??'

CA$H for CAUSES by Jane Johnson
Just a reminder that the CA$H FOR CAUSES fund raiser for the Zion Women’s Guild continues. How does this work? Just purchase a GIANT’S CA$H for CAUSES gift card from Jane Johnson and go to you local GIANTS or MARTIN FOOD’S and use the gift card/CA$H for CAUSES card to purchase your groceries, gas, prescriptions, or other gift card (in store). If purchasing gas check with the attendant first. 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 CA$H for CAUSES Gift Cards. The gift cards have no expiration date. Questions give Jane Johnson a call.

Veterans and Family of Veterans
The Historical Committee of ZION is looking to collecting information on past and present Veterans of ZION. This Information will be kept ay the Historical Committee and will be available for future generations. We plan to hold a special service in November of 2020 to honor our Veterans. Details on this event will be in the Highlights early fall.

Name, branch of service, rank, duties or job descriptions, years of service, locations served and any stories or events you are able to share about your life in the service. Most important we would like PHOTOS. Please make a copy of photo or include a note that you would like photo to be returned. Family of  Veterans submitting information include your name and relationship to
Veterans. (Please include the following information and return to ZION before August 1, 2020. If you have questions, please be in touch with Jane Johnson, Historical Committee).

Hoffman Homes Update
Jane Johnson our representative Donation to the Friends of Hoffman Homes kickoff started in March with a few mail ins to me.
Due to the Coronavirus, Jane Johnson is asking for your continued support of a minimum donation of $5.00 per person or more.  Just a small donation from each person will contribute to a larger amount to help provide items for the children in Hoffman Homes’ care.  With around 100 in child care it is a never ending list of items from clothing to pet therapy and games and furniture. They are struggling too with the children and employees staying at home away from family and friends. Checks need to be made out to: Hoffman Homes, Inc. and mailed to Jane Johnson at 1882 Orchard Rd.  Chambersburg, PA 17202 or mailed or dropped off at the church under the door. Thanks again!

​Don't Forget the New Way to Contact the Church Office
There is now a new way to contact the church office. The email address is:


As we’ve mentioned before, our first two gatherings were well attended, with lively conversation about the future of Zion Church.  Our thanks to our hosts, who opened their living rooms:  Nick & Megan Duke and Bob & Candy Wagner. Further Cottage Gatherings will take place when we are again able to meet together. Do sign up and attend when that time arrives!

The Next Women’s Guild next meeting is June 9th at 1:30 PM to plan for the Choir picnic and Ice Cream Social.

A Note from Beth Shetter, WellSpan Health Administrative Assistant
It is not news that we are at war with an invisible enemy called COVID-19. Our nurses, doctors and first responders
are leading that fight by being on the frontlines, saving lives and doing what they can with the resources they have. 

Although life on near lockdown is disruptive and limiting for us, it doesn’t come close to what our nurses and doctors are sacrificing to keep us safe and healthy. That is why the Pastoral Services Department felt that, as a faith community, we can show our love and support to these fearless men and women who are going above and beyond every day, risking their lives so that our lives can be less chaotic and healthier.

We, therefore, kindly ask your church to consider sponsoring one unit in the hospital by providing donuts and juice for the
nurses on the unit. It is a tangible way to show that, as a community of faith, we not only pray for them, but we
stand with them in this fight.

We have been in touch with Windy Knoll Market and estimate that the approximate cost would be around $50—$60
per unit.  If this is something your church is interested in, please contact the Pastoral Services Department and we will
match you with a unit. Please know that we are grateful for the partnership with each of you in this ministry. And we thank God for the work that you do in our community.

Be safe and blessings!
Beth Shetter
Administrative Assistant/interpreter
Pastor Services,
WellSpan Summit Health
(717) 262-4526

Important Dates to Keep in Mind for 2020!

Women’s Guild

The Women's Guild  meetings:
July TBA - Choir/Staff Picnic
 August - Ice Cream Social date TBA
September 8 -1:30 TBA
October  13 - 1:30 PM treat bags for Halloween Party
November 1 - All Saint’s Day—Congregational Dinner
November 10 - 1:30 Thank Offering
December 1 - Family Night  6:00 PM

Sunday School
July 5 - September 6—Summer schedule, 9:00 AM worship with Fellowship following church
July 13-16 - Tentative VBS
September - Picnic
October 25 - Halloween Party
November 21 - Bowling Party
November 22 - Decorate for Christmas Time

November 1 - All Saint’s Day/ Congregational Dinner
November 8 - Veteran’s Service

2020 Altar Flowers
We have  open dates on 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!

Financial Statements
Your annual statement of financial giving for 2019 for those using envelopes is now available in the church vestibule.

This can be helpful in preparing your tax return. If you notice any omissions or errors, please contact the church office.

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. We especially ask you to think of the first Sunday of each month as Food Pantry Sunday to encourage you to remember to bring items on a regular basis. Remember too that heavy material carrying bags are needed also.

2020 Offering Envelopes - Have YOU Picked-Up Yours Yet??

Offering envelopes for the current year are ready in alphabetical order, and available on the small informational table inside the front right door.

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