Newsletter: July/August 2019

July 1, 2019

Members of Zion:

As we move forward after the retirement of Pastor Kim, it is the intention of the Consistory to keep you informed throughout the process of finding a new minister. During this time of discernment, we need to seek God’s guidance and listen to the Spirit’s counsel as he guides us.  There are multiple steps in this process which need to be followed in a systematic approach.

First, we have supply pastors lined up for the remainder of the summer. Rev. George Heberling will be our supply pastor with Rev. Ed Gobrecht filling in on Sundays when George is not available.  Rev. Heberling will lead Sunday church worship and visit shut-ins and others requesting pastoral care.

Next, the Consistory has interviewed three candidates for the interim pastor position. We are reviewing and prayerfully considering the strengths they would bring to Zion.  Once we select an interim pastor, that person will essentially be fulfilling all regular duties of a pastor including services, visitations, meetings, etc. as well as leading us through the Profile process for a called pastor.  Generally, the length of time for an interim ministry is 12 to 24 months

A profile committee has been established and has started to consider the profile form from the Penn Central Conference. Zion will be on a voyage of self-discovery as we accumulate the required data, and express our  story in the profile.  There are three sections to the profile – 1.) Who are we now?; , 2.) Who is our neighbor?;  and 3.) Who is God calling us to become?  You will be asked to participate in the completion of this profile which will be seen in its entirety by searching ministers.

Later this year a search committee will be formed. This committee will review the resumes of potential candidates and then interview those who best fit the needs outlined in our profile.  Once a candidate has been selected, he/she will preach a trial sermon and then be presented to the congregation for approval.

We ask your patience as we go through this process. Please understand there will be confidential information that cannot be shared about potential candidates during the search process.  The Consistory and the Profile committee are aware of the responsibility with which you entrust them to find and select a pastor who will help Zion discern and grow into God’s plan for our church.  We humbly ask your prayers for the Spirit’s wisdom as we continue our work.  Finally, please feel free to contact members of the Consistory anytime during this process – we will answer your questions and concerns as best we can.

Wayne B.

President – Zion UCC Consistory

Worship In July, August & September

Worship: 9:00 a.m.

Sunday School: 10:15 a.m.

Worship is the best way to praise God for all your blessings.

Sunday, July 7 Sunday, August 4 Sunday, September 1
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Surprising Prophets Worship with Communion Open Table
Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20 Soul Investment Luke 14: 1, 7-14
  Luke 12: 13-21  
Sunday, July 14 Sunday, August 11 Sunday, August 8
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Caring Neighbors Living Into the Promise A New Identity
Luke 10: 25-37 Luke 12: 32-40 Luke 14: 25-33
Sunday, July 21 Sunday, August 18 Sunday, August 15
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Word and Work Restore Us Growing in God’s Love
Luke 10: 38-42 Luke 12: 49-56 Luke 15: 1-10
Sunday, July 28 Sunday, August 25 Sunday, August 22
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Shaped by Prayer Healing Reign Prayerful Livin
Luke 11: 1-13 Luke 13: 10-17 Luke 16: 1-13
    Sunday, August 29
    Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    Surprising Investment
    Luke 16: 19-31


Worship CDs◄ We are set up to provide CDs of Sunday worship services. Just call the office, and we will mail one to yo

The 2019 Flower Calendar is posted in the vestibule. Please be sure to sign up.

Available dates for the remainder of the year are

July 7, 21; Aug. 4, 11, 18; Sept. 1; Oct. 6; Dec. 29.

July/August Event And Birthday/Anniversary Calendars Are Available On The Credenza

Zion wants to stay in touch – Please let us know your current email address! We are instituting an email blast that will allow us to let everyone know when something special occurs such as a change in the worship schedule or someone in need of assistance.  Simply send an email to Zion’s office at or update your address on the sign-up sheet in the rear of church.

Upcoming events  

Annual Bake Sale – Our annual bake sale will be held at McDannell’s Farm Market on July 28th.  Baked goods may be dropped off in the Sunday School room at church that morning before worship, or you may deliver them Saturday morning, July 27th , from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Visit McDannell’s after the church service for some wonderful pies, cakes, and cookies to brighten your week!  McDannell’s will also host a Peach Sundae event on August 4th to benefit the Biesecker family.

Ramblers We are on a summer hiatus. However, get your hiking shoes ready as there is a possible Appalachian Trail hike in the works for September!  Check the bulletin for details.

Book Group Meeting The Book Group is currently enjoying summer reading. We reconvene on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the Mustard Seed Room to discuss My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin.

Synopsis of September’s selection: First published in 1901, this Australian classic is the candid tale of the aspirations and frustrations of sixteen-year-old Sybylla Melvin, a headstrong country girl constrained by middle-class social arrangements (especially the pressure to marry). Trapped on her parents’ outback farm, Sybylla simultaneously loves bush life and hates the physical burdens it imposes. She longs for a more refined lifestyle – to read, to think, to sing – but most of all to do great things. Suddenly her life is transformed when she is whisked away to live on her grandmother’s gracious property. There Sybylla falls under the eye of the rich and handsome Harry Beecham. Soon she finds herself choosing between everything a conventional life offers and her own plans for a “brilliant career”.

UACT (Upper Adams Christians Together)

The UACT Board meeting was held on May 28, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arendtsville. Pastor Kim’s leadership in founding the UACT organization was recognized as was how instrumental to its growth and success her dedication and perseverance have been.

We congratulate the John’s Meals program team for completing their 5th year of service.  The program has doubled since the original fall semester in 2014 and has now delivered over 54,000 meals to area school-aged youth.  An ice cream celebration was shared among the volunteers and supporters of the program in May.  John’s Meals will again be a participant in the 2019 Giving Spree in Gettysburg.  More information on that event will be published this fall         The Youth Committee has been unsuccessful at hiring a part-time youth coordinator, but once again community volunteers have stepped up to provide new and entertaining activities for the remainder of 2019 after an extremely successful spring.  The What’s Cookin’ class continues to be well attended, and the teachers have agreed to continue in the fall.  The Joint Confirmation Service was held June 2, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Biglerville.

The first ‘Family Fun Day’ at Oakside Park was a soaker due to heavy rains; however the event was still well-attended with 47 participants (including 3 families new to UACT). The Committee plans to join the Upper Adams Jaycees for their Movie Nights held at Oakside; support the Community VBS (Vacation Bible School) July 8-12 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arendtsville; and participated in the Kid Fun Night, June 21st 6-8 p.m. at Hollabaugh’s Market

UACT is looking for a Secretary to fill a vacancy on the Board.  If interested, please contact Kathy Fissel. 

Matthew 25 Update

Our Matthew 25 fund is set up to provide assistance to families in need, whether members or non-members. It is not designated for general mission or relief work.   As of June 30, the balance in the Matthew 25 account is $2,804.23. 

John’s Meals

John’s Meals completed the 5th successful school year of delivering weekend food bags for the UASD elementary school students and their siblings in food-insecure homes with a total of 4,286 bags delivered 33 weeks during the 2018-19 school year.  Thank you to Zion UCC for the continued monetary support along with the donations of Mac and Cheese cups.  The John’s Meals Board continues to meet over the summer, planning for the next school year.  Donations made payable to UACT-John’s Meals and mailed to UACT, PO Box 593, Arendtsville, PA  17303 or placed in the offering plate are greatly appreciated to help fill the hungry children’s tummies.

Volunteers (2-4) are needed for a Packing/Delivery team for John’s Meals deliveries to the UASD elementary schools beginning with the 2019-20 school year in September. The team works approximately 1 time a month for 1-1/2 hours on Friday afternoon (if no school on Friday, it could be a Thursday), packing up meal bags.  All items are staged, laid out, and ready to go on tables in Fellowship Hall.  Depending on the school, there may be 65 bags to be loaded into plastic bins, then into a vehicle, and delivered to the school.  There you set up for students’ pick up and afterward return bins and any unclaimed bags to Zion with notes in the appropriate book.  Workers are required to have UASD volunteer clearances at no cost.  We need to replace Zion’s team which had been captained by Pastor Kim.  Any questions, please contact Angie Vines 717-253-8624, Kathy Fissel, Dan White, or Bob Vines.  Your prayerful consideration and participation is deeply appreciated. 

To Meet the Budget 2019
Annual Budget = $193,679.00

Weekly Offering Needed = $3,720.27

Offering Needed Offering Received Needed to Date Received to Date
January $14,881.08 $14,682.12 $14,881.08 $14,682.12
February $14,881.08 $13,743.14 $29,762.16 $28,425.26
March $18,601.35 $17,147.16 $48,363.51 $45,572.42
April $14,881.08 $15,711.17 $63,244.59 $61,283.59
May $14,881.08 $14,829.03 $78,125.67 $76,112.62


Consistory News From. . .

Personnel (Donna) The Personnel Committee continues to set up appointments for evaluations with staff.
Consistory Vice-President, Fellowship (Debra) June 9th – Farewell reception for Pastor Kim.  Many thanks to Sue Leedy for yummy, addicting sticky buns and gorgeous fruit trays.  June 15th – served reception for Bob Smith’s Celebration of Life.  June 16th – Worship picnic at Oakside.  Committee provided and served fried chicken, potato sald, macaroni salad, coleslaw, and applesauce with cupcakes, cookies, and watermelon for dessert.  Coming up – hot dog roasts on last Sundays of June, July, and August.  Committee will provide hot dogs, buns, and drinks with attendees bringing side dishes.  Aug. 10th – Totem Pole Playhouse Sunday matinee of “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”.  Tickets $35.00, reservation and payment due July 1st to Debra.
Consistory Secretary, Membership, Christian Ed. (Minda) Thanks to all who made this past year a success for our Sunday School program. Dana Brashear is our new coordinator and is currently planning for the fall.  Please consider volunteering.  Volunteers must have clearance papers on file.  Instructions can be obtained through Dana or Minda, and we are having an assisted clearance sign-up again on July 21st at APM following worship.  Vacation Bible School will be held at Trinity Lutheran July 8 – 12 from 6:15 to 8:00 p.m.  All children are invited.  As always, we’d love to see smiling faces of family and friends at church and Sunday School.
Finance (Jay) During the summer and our pastoral transition, please remember to be faithful in your giving. Church expenses do not take a vacation!  Don’t forget Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is an option for giving.  Forms are in the back of church or available from the church office.  Treasurer Barb Althoff can answer any questions about this method of stewardship.
Consistory President, Mission, Stewardship (Wayne)


We have instituted an email group which had its first test run reminding members of the annual picnic at Oakside Park. The annual bake sale at McDannell’s fruit market is scheduled for July 28, 2019.
Property (Kevin and Bob)







The spotlight has been repaired but still needs focused. Possibly Rich Heflin can be contacted for that.  As most of you have noticed, the steps leading to the landing at the front entrance are broken and have settled, leaving a gap between the steps and the landing.  Also, the railing is loose on one side.  We have contracted with John Miller Concrete to replace the steps with new concrete steps.  This will be done within a few weeks.  Dan and Bob will be painting the iron railing at the church and also the fence and porch post at Zion House starting around June 18th, weather permitting.  We will gladly accept any help offered.  If you would like to help, call me at 717-873-1976.  We will work with your schedule.


Community Aid Donation Bin

Please consider donating items to the Community Aid donation bin located in the Zion parking lot near Zion House.  Funds received quarterly based upon the weight of items deposited are used toward the Mission Budget. Our most recent quarterly check was received for $348.60. Acceptable items include clothing, shoes, purses, belts, linens, curtains and draperies.  Please place your donations in plastic bags before dropping them into the bin

Ladies’ Breakfast Group

The next Ladies’ Breakfast will be held on Monday, July 8th at the Apple Bin, at 9:00 a.m.  Please join us for lots of interesting conversation and much laughter.  All are welcome!  Instead of our normal breakfast gathering on Monday, August 12th, we will be going to Crumbs Café in Mt. Holly Springs for lunch.  We will be carpooling from Biglerville at 11:00 a.m.  Even if you are not a regular breakfast attendee, consider joining us at Crumbs.  The deadline to tell Sally if you are attending will be Sunday, August 4th ; reservations are required.

Zion’s Needleworkers

Our needleworkers continue to knit, crochet, and sew various projects and would love to be wowed by yours! We do not meet from May to September but will resume in the fall and bring all our new ideas and creations to share with each other.  Please consider joining us.  Look for details in the fall bulletins.


July/August 2019

  • Greetings! I would like to introduce myself as the new Sunday School Coordinator for the upcoming 2019-20 Sunday School year. I am Dana B., and have been a Sunday School teacher for the past 12 years at Zion.  I am a school counselor and mother of three children, two of whom are participants in the Sunday School classes at Zion.  My older daughter also went through the program at Zion, but is off at college now.  Miss Jess left some HUGE shoes to fill, but I will do my best for the children of Zion UCC.
  • Vacation Bible School will be here before we know it!! The theme is “ROAR! Life is Wild & God is Good.” It will run from July 8th through the 12th from 6:15-8:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran in Arendtsville.  It is an all inclusive VBS, so feel free to have your children bring a friend to learn more about Jesus, and have FUN!!  I am looking for volunteers:  shepherds for the 4th-6th grade class.  Any volunteer 18 and older must have current (within 5 years) Child Abuse and PA State Criminal Backgroud check clearances.  Please contact me @ ( or 1-240-626-3299 if you are interested. Teen helpers are always welcome too!! ; On July 14th, we will be “taking our show on the road” to the two churches.

Sign ups for fall Sunday School are in full swing. There are still many available openings each month. Please check the book on the credenza or sign up sheets in the hallway outside the art room.

  • I have heard from many parents of 2-3 year olds who would like to join the preschool class- which is great! If you know of any other children who will be joining us, please let me know as soon as possible so that I have enough curriculum ordered. Alex W. and Dusty D. will be rotating as teachers in that class this year.

 If you are a current volunteer or want to become a Sunday School volunteer, there will be a session to receive assistance in filling out clearances held at APM after the church service on July 21st. If you are in need of clearance updates, I will be contacting you via email.  Please have the necessary clearances completed before the Sunday School year begins and provide a copy to me.  Any questions, please reach out and I will do my best to assist you.

 Rally Sunday will be Sunday, September 8th. Invitations will be sent out late August.  Enjoy your summer!!

Congratulations To . . .

Curt M., Dylan E., and Scott S., our high school graduates. Best wishes as they pursue future plans.

Zion Extends Our Sympathy To. . .

Jean S. on the death of her husband, Dick, who died on May 23, 2019.

Thanks To Our Members. . .

All our dedicated Sunday School teachers and volunteers for their service during this past year.

Peggy Sue M. and Isabelle M. for ordering and installing the new blinds in Fellowship Hall.

Debra S. for her donation of a foldable picnic table and white plastic chairs for use at hot dog roasts and other outdoor events.

Debra S., Shirley C., and Cindy B. for the petunias and impatiens greeting visitors to Zion U.C.C.

Thanks From Our Members. . .

Dear Friends, there are no words to express my gratitude for the amazing outpouring of love and support in my farewell time.  From the lovely gift certificate for Boyer’s, the wonderful cards and notes, Sue’s sticky buns, and all the tears and laughter…I was honored and touched in so many ways.  Zion will always be in my prayers and my heart.  I have so many keepsakes of our ministry together; and they will sustain me in my future journey, and light my way for years to come. You’re the best! With love,        ~Pastor Kim

Sincere thanks to my Zion family for the many cards and condolences at the passing of my mother, Harriet Beach. Your thoughts and prayers lifted me up during this difficult time and are very much appreciated.     ~ Betsy B.

Thank you, Zion Altar Guild, for the flowers you sent to Dick. They certainly helped to brighten some gloomy days.  And we really appreciated all the visits from Pastor Kim these many months.                  ~ Jean S.

Thanks to my friends at Zion for thinking of me as I graduated from Biglerville High School. It was very thoughtful of you.  I will use the Visa gift card to help pay for books.                 ~ Scott S.

Thanks From Our Community. . .

Thank you for your generous donation of $200.00 to the United Church of Christ to support disaster relief. Your kindness will help people rebuild their communities and bring comfort to their lives.         ~ Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, President

Thank you for your generous donation of $1,000.00. It will be applied to operating expenses for Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services. We appreciate the support received from the community we serve.                  ~ Arendtsville Community Fire Company

Thanks to Zion for all the support you showed to our father, Bob Smith, and all the assistance you gave for his memorial service on June 15th. The family deeply appreciated all you did.                 ~ Suzi W.