Church News and Happenings

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. 

Zion Reformed Church        
of The United Church of Christ
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania         

United Churches of Chambersburg Area
U.C.C.A., our local council of churches, meets on Monday, September 14, 7 p.m. This month the group will meet at 1ST Lutheran Church,  Laura Frey, and Candy Wagner, are our delegates.

Consistory meets on Wednesday, September 9, (2nd Wednesday of the month) at 7 p.m. in the Parish House.

Don’t forget the Food Pantry donations; there are 2 boxes outside the elevator and at the bottom of the ramp in the social room.

Don’t forget to pay your altar flowers to the church $39 and make the check to Zion Reformed.

Starting January 2021, Millie Willman will be crafting silk flowers for the altar and if you want to place any extra flowers, please contact the office. (If you cannot pick up your flowers please call Peggy Barnhart and I will see that the flowers are given to a Nursing Home or a

The Guild of Zion Reformed Church
A Bakeless Bake Sale in Place of a Fall Sale
A bit of news we have today
A bakeless bake sale is on the way.

In these busy days, now who can bake
pies or cookies or even a cake?

You’d be surprised if you counted the cost
Of materials, heat, and the time you’d lost.

Baking for sales is extra work,
Yet nobody really wishes to shirk.

So we’ve thought of a plan that’s really quite grand.
And I’m sure you’ll understand.

In a little envelope, please put the price
Of a pie or cake or something nice.

Without a fuss or bother, you’ve done your part,
We’re sure you’ll give with a willing heart.

This is the end of our little tale.
Wishing success for out Bakeless Bake Sale.

Please give donations to Esther Wagner or Jean Gonder or bring them to the Guild Meeting. Help them out with their many church projects by making a contribution.

Holy Communion
Holy Communion will be celebrated October 4 at 10:45 in the sanctuary.
Anyone that is unable to make it and would like to partake, contact Zion Office. It can be delivered to your home while socially distancing.

Harvest Home is Sunday, September 13
Celebrate God’s abundant blessings on Harvest Home Sunday on September 13. Give God thanks for the harvest by
sharing some of your bounty with others by  bringing food items to church for an altar display. The items will then be delivered to the Chambersburg Food Pantry for use by local residents. Items may be brought to the church on either September 6 or 13. The food will be displayed around the altar.

In addition to food items, you can contribute to a special offering for the support of our church’s two nearby retirement
centers, Thornwald Home and Homewood Home. Envelopes will be available in the vestibule and pew racks for your gift.

Healing Service
Our monthly service of anointing and healing will follow worship on Sunday, September 20. 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.

Prayers For Our Members
Denise Foreman, she broke her leg and is recovering in Menno Haven’s Rehab.  Cards may be sent to her home address of:
1520 Edgar Ave.  Chambersburg, Pa. 17201

Louise Cook, had  pacemaker surgery.  Cards may be sent to her address:  P. O. Box 21  Marion, Pa.  17235

Sandy Kendall had heart surgery in Harrisburg Hospital and is Home recovering.  Cards may be sent to address of 1092 Black
Gap Road Fayetteville, Pa.  17222

 Advent Devotional Booklet
For over a quarter century the members of Zion have written and produced our own Advent devotional guide for use during the days leading up to Christmas. This year Advent begins November 29, 2020.

We have a handful of members who have written a devotional for every one of those years. Others have contributed off and on over the years. And others will just be giving it a try for the first time. Whether you are an old-timer or want to try
being a first-timer, there is help to get you started.

By the middle of September, we will have suggested scripture readings, ideas to get started, and guidelines available. Participants are invited to write a 50-150 word devotion and a brief prayer for the day.  Please contact Peggy Barnhart or signup
on the sheet on the bulletin board.

Zion’s bookkeeper has decided to retire at the end of the 2020 year.  If you are interested in the position please contact Peggy at
the Church Office or Candy Wagner to hear about the duties that need to be performed.  The position is 5-6 hours monthly. 
Having knowledge of QuickBooks and payroll background is a must.  Please let Peggy or Candy know if you are interested prior to September 20th as we will want to reach out to others if no one in the church is interested.

Mark your calendars for the Annual Zion Reformed  Congregational meeting in November. 

See more in October Hi Lites. Also, the October Hi-Lites deadline is September 20, 2020.

Women’s Guild Future Meeting
Choir Picnic—is usually held in July but the possibility of combining the choir picnic, family night and the Sunday School Picnic in September is being discussed by the Women’s Guild.

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 weeks ahead, until we meet again!  

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).

​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!

Important Dates to Keep in Mind for 2020!

Women’s Guild Meetings:

 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
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