Newsletter: May/June 2019

“After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few…” Luke 10: 1-2

By now, you know that June 9th is my last Sunday at Zion.  Years fly by.  As I said in my earlier resignation letter, there is never an ideal time for a departure from a ministry as meaningful as this one.  In 14 years there have been so many experiences of rich ministry that have challenged me, surprised me, delighted me, and changed me.  We have labored in the fields of the Lord together.

I say again that there is no way to adequately convey my gratitude for the generous, open hearts of my friends at Zion. The 32 marriages, 73 baptisms, 57 confirmations, and 68 funerals at which I officiated have given me a keen insight into the unique community gathered on this corner of Arendtsville.  What a wonderful experience of congregational ministry you have offered me during our time together.  So, our farewell is bittersweet.

Our ministry together has gone beyond our own lives, and beyond the 4 walls of Zion. And isn’t that what discipleship is all about?  In that way, we have grown together as we accomplished things together through the power of the Holy Spirit – things that we could never have done alone.  I want to highlight some of the significant achievements that we pray have advanced God’s kingdom and served God’s will.

Offering support to projects that serve the needs of veterans with the Healing Waters fly fishing program and the Face of America bike ride.

Offering resources and encouragement as we sent forth youth and adults to serve their neighbors with Reach mission work camps.

Joining with our neighbors in Upper Adams Christians Together (UACT) to send our bags of food to 175 schoolchildren every week with John’s Meals, providing resources and a home for the program.

Partnering with the Gettysburg Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College with scholarship dollars, to assist our neighbors in securing an education and brighter future.

Modeling new ways of shared ministry among our neighboring churches, with activities such as joint Confirmation, joint worship, and study groups through UACT.

This is just to name a few. In ways both small and large, we have been faithful to our calling.  Our journey as pastor and people will soon come to an end, but the ministry of this church will continue under new pastoral and lay leadership.  Whoever that pastor may be, I am here to proclaim him or her a lucky duck!  Any pastor would be blessed with this call.

And I am blessed beyond measure to have had Zion as my church home for these 14 years. We have gone the mile and shared the load, together – co-laborers in the harvest.  Remember who you are, baptized in the Spirit and called by name.  God has proclaimed each and every one of you to be “my beloved children with whom I am well pleased.”  This is sufficient qualification for the work that lies ahead!

Peace, Pastor Kim

Worship In May, June & July

 Worship: 9:00 a.m.

Sunday School: 10:15 a.m.

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


Sunday, May 5 Sunday, June 2 Sunday, July 7
Third Sunday of Easter Seventh Sunday of Easter Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
The Way Forward Breaking Chains Surprising Prophets
John 21:1-19 John 17: 20-26 Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20
Baptism – Molly Frick 3 pm – Joint Confirmation service at St. Paul’s, Biglerville  
Sunday, May 12 Sunday, June 9 Sunday, July 14
Fourth Sunday of Easter Pentecost Sunday – Communion Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Life-giving Acts Gathered and Scattered Caring Neighbors
John 10:22-30 John 14: 8-17 Luke 10: 25-37
Sunday, May 19 Sunday, June 16 Sunday, July 21
Fifth Sunday of Easter Congregational Picnic at Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Imagine Oakside Park Word and Work
John 13:31-35 Gather at 9:30, worship at 10 am with lunch to follow Luke 10: 38-42
Sunday, May 26 Sunday, June 23 Sunday, July 28
Sixth Sunday of Easter Second Sunday after Pentecost Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Disciples Together In God’s Presence Shaped by Prayer
John 14:23-29 Luke 8: 26-39 Luke 11: 1-13
Children walk to the cemetery    
  Sunday, June 30  
  Third Sunday after Pentecost  
  Pick up the Mantle  
  Luke 9: 51-62  

 Worship CDs◄

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

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

Available dates for the remainder of the year are

June 16, 23, 30; July 7, 21; Aug. 4, 11, 18; Sept. 1; Oct. 6; Dec. 29.

May/June 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 would like to develop an email blast that will allow us to let everyone know when something special occurs, when there is a change in the worship schedule, and when someone is in need of our Helping Hands project.  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  

Farewell Reception Mark your calendars for June 9th!  A farewell reception will be held for Pastor Kim following worship that day.  Kim has requested Sue Leedy’s famous sticky buns as part of the menu!  There will be a box to hold any cards, notes, letters, and photos you would like to give Kim showing ways in which she especially touched your lives.  A farewell gift from the congregation will be presented to her at the reception.  So please come and join in this celebration for Kim’s 14 years of faithful service at Zion.

Annual Bake Sale – Even as we greet spring, we look ahead to summer! Our annual bake sale will be held at McDannell’s Farm Market on July 28th.  More information and requests for donations will be coming from Valerie.  McDannell’s will also host a Peach Sundae event on August 4th to benefit the Biesecker family.

Pastoral Transition

Update from Consistory Chairman Wayne – With June 9th set as Pastor Kim’s last Sunday with Zion, the Consistory is working diligently on the transition process.  Supply pastor duties for the summer months will be covered by Rev. Ed Gobrecht in June and Rev. George Heberling in July and August with each serving as a substitute for the other should the need arise.  In addition, Rev. Heberling will provide pastoral coverage for emergencies and regular visitation of our homebound members until an interim pastor is in place.  We know Zion’s members will welcome Ed and George as they assume supply pastor duties.  Zion’s local profile for an interim pastor has been placed on the national United Church of Christ website.  You can view this posting by going to Any interested candidates will contact Penn Central Conference, and their names and information will be forwarded to Wayne for consideration and evaluation by the Consistory.  The goal is to have an interim pastor in place by September.  Also, a Profile Committee has been formed to develop the in-depth profile to be used in the search for a settled pastor.  We thank those who volunteered for this committee and ask for the congregation’s support of both the Consistory and Committee members.  Know that they will use discernment and prayer as they represent you and move Zion forward through this transition.  As always, if you have any questions or suggestions concerning any part of the process, please feel free to reach out to a Consistory member.

Ramblers On May 11th, we will meet at 9:30 am at the Pennsylvania Monument for a ramble on the battlefield.

Book Group Meeting The Book Group will meet on Tuesday, May 14th, at the Battersbys at 6:00 pm, to discuss Beneath a Scarlett Sky by Mark Sullivan. The group then breaks for its summer hiatus, reconvening on the 2nd Thursday of the month beginning in September.

 Synopsis of May’s selection: Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlett Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours. . . Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager – obsessed with music, food, and girls – but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier – a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders. Now with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

UACT (Upper Adams Christians Together)

Our joint confirmation class members are preparing for their Confirmation service on June 2 at 3 pm at St. Paul’s in Biglerville. The confirmands write the liturgy, preach the message, and organize the music. Our 2nd year confirmands will join the Body of Christ on that day. From Zion, that will include Chance. Also, the confirmands stage the packing for John’s Meals once a month. UACT has published an annual report for 2018 that is available on the credenza in the back of church. You will be amazed at the ministry of this young organization, of which Zion is a charter member. We thank Zion members Kathy (treasurer) and Valerie for serving on the Finance committee.

Ascension Day (Upper Adams Christians Together) worship will be held at Bender’s Lutheran Church on Thursday, May 30, at 7pm. While many mistakenly believe the Ascension is about the absence of Christ, the church proclaims the Lord’s Ascension as the universal presence of Christ. Therefore, weather permitting, we will celebrate Ascension Day outdoors in the pavilion. Often neglected by many Christians, the church marks Ascension Day as the moment when Jesus was promoted to the Oval Office of the Universe. Join us as our lives are re-centered around the King of kings and Lord of lords.

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 April 29, the balance in the Matthew 25 account is $3,329.67.

 John’s Meals

John’s Meals is wrapping up the 5th successful school year of delivering weekend food bags for the UASD elementary school students and their siblings in food insecure homes. We are averaging 150 Bags per week during the school year. A special Volunteer Appreciation Night will be held on Tuesday May 21 at 7 PM at Zion UCC Fellowship Hall. All who have volunteered with time, talents, or donations of items or funds over these past 5 years are welcome for fun and refreshments. Thank you to Zion UCC for the continued monetary support along with the donations of Mac and Cheese cups and most recently Vegetables. 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 offering plate are greatly appreciated to help fill the hungry children’s tummies. Thank you again for your support.


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


Consistory News From. . .

Personnel The Personnel Committee has met with employees and reviewed employee contracts and job descriptions. The employee job application has been updated to ensure all necessary information will be included and received by Zion UCC.  The committee will continue to review all areas of employment to be sure the church’s needs are covered.
Consistory Vice-President, Fellowship The Fellowship Committee will once again be holding Hot Dog Roasts behind Zion House the 4th Sunday of June, July, and August at 6:00 pm.   We will provide the dogs, buns, chips, and drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share in fellowship on a warm Sunday evening.   The Committee will also sponsor a trip to Totem Pole Playhouse in August for its production of Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. More details will be forthcoming in the bulletin.
Consistory Secretary, Membership, Christian Ed. Spread the good news of Zion UCC – we welcome new faces and talents! Our nursery will continue to be staffed during worship through May and resume in the fall.  The sign-up sheet is in the rear of church.  The Hartman Center has camping programs available for all ages; anyone interested please see Minda.  We welcome Dana as our new Christian Ed Coordinator beginning in August and we say good-bye and thank you to Jess who is retiring from the position at the end of May.  We are organizing a Christian Ed Steering team; anyone interested in serving please contact Dana or Minda.


Finance As we approach 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 can answer any questions about this method of stewardship.
Consistory President, Mission, Stewardship




The Mission Committee held a Chicken BBQ funderaiser on April 28th.  Profits from April 28th are earmarked for our Helping Hands project which is still in the planning stages.  Members’ email addresses are being updated for a potential email blast group to be used for congregational announcements.  The Face of America Veterans Bike Ride will be held on May 5th, and Zion is again sponsoring the final rest stop at the Barlow Fire Hall.  Volunteers and cookie donations are being solicited for this inspiring event.





A successful workday was held on March 16th with painting in Fellowship Hall and the side entryway of the church.  Also the Zion House parking lot was cleared of stones and cinders.  Thanks to all who volunteered.  There is still outside painting to do – anyone interested, please contact Bob.  Arrangements have been made for Brian R. to mow the grass – many thanks to the Matthews family for their years of mowing.  Plans have been made for the Sunday School building roof to be repaired, and quotes have been sought for the repair of the church steps.  It promises to be a busy spring and summer!

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.  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

Our April luncheon brought spring flowers, delicious food and recipes, and wonderful fellowship. Thanks to Sally for organizing this event.  We now look forward to breakfast at the Apple Bin on May 13 and June 10 at 9:00 am.  We have food to nourish the body and conversation to nourish the mind and heart.  Feel free to bring a friend!

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.

What’s Cookin’

Hey Kids!  Our Final What’s Cookin’ for 2018-2019 will be May 15th!  Preschoolers through 6th Graders are invited to join us at Trinity Lutheran Church (38 North High Street, Arendtsville) on that day from 6:00-7:30pm, as we gather for a light meal together, then we will break into three age groups and have a lesson/activity!

May 15 – The Parable of the Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, and Lost Son

 Contact Ellie if you would like to volunteer in any capacity.


May/June 2019


(MAY 2019)





1ST Grade







Creative Cookery Creative Cookery Creative Cookery


Games Games Games


Bowling Party- No Sunday School Bowling Party-

No Sunday School

Bowling Party- No Sunday School




What’s New/Upcoming Events?

End of the year bowling party!! Sunday, May 19th at noon at Rockwell Lanes.  Sign up sheet is available in the Main Sunday School room or you can email Jess with the number from your family that will bowl as well as your preference for duck pin/regular bowling.  Hope to see you there!!

 Sunday, May 26th will be the last day of Sunday School with the walk to Fairview Cemetery.  Children are asked to bring loose flowers to lay on the veterans’ graves.   We will accept donations of loose flowers that AM as well.  It’s also always nice to have snacks for the kids when they’re done.  Please let me know if you can provide a snack.

It seems so far away, but Vacation Bible School will be here before we know it!! Dana Brashear has graciously agreed to be our Zion representative for VBS.  It will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arendtsville the week of July 8th-12th with the theme of ROAR, with presentations at both churches on Sunday, July 14th.  Mark your calendars now!!  We will be looking for leaders as well as shepherds for all classes. Dana will be serving as our Sunday School representative this year and she’s looking for volunteers.  Any volunteer must have current (within 5 years) Child Abuse and PA State Criminal Backgroud check clearances.  Please see Dana  if you’re available to volunteer.  Teen helpers are always welcome too!!

Dana will be taking over as CE Director effective June 2019. In order to help support her and the program during this time of transition for our church, we have made a few changes.  We’ve reinstituted a Christian Education representative on consistory; currently that representative is Minda.  In addition, we’ve decided to start up the CE Steering Team again.  We need any and all people to join that want a say in the future direction of our Christian Education program.  More details to come on meeting dates/times… right now, the thought is to have meetings during Sunday School time in which Creative Cookery is planned.


It’s never too early to start planning for the fall. Sign up sheets for the fall rotation are available.  Please sign up as you are able.  If you will need updated clearances for next year, Jessica will be in touch.  And it’s never too late to become a volunteer if you haven’t volunteered before.  Please see Dana if interested.