Newsletter: July/August 2020

Embodying the Love of God in Word and Action

George Heberling, Interim Pastor

Wayne B., Consistory President

July/August 2020

I’ve learned –

That you cannot make someone love you.  All you can do is be someone who can be loved.  The rest is up to them.


I’ve learned –

That it takes years to build up trust and only seconds to destroy it.


I’ve learned –

That you shouldn’t compare yourself to the best others can do.


I’ve learned –

That you should always leave loved ones with loving words because it may be the last time you see them.


I’ve learned –

That heroes are the people who do what has to be done, when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.


I’ve learned –

That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you back up.


I’ve learned –

That you can keep going long after you think you can’t.


I’ve learned –

That money is a lousy way of keeping score.


I’ve learned –

That sometimes when I’m angry, I have a right to be angry; but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.


I’ve learned –

That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance.  Same goes for true love.


I’ve learned –

that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them.


I’ve learned –

That two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.


I’ve learned –

That no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back.


I’ve learned –

That it’s not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that counts.


I’ve learned –

That you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.


I’ve learned –

That just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.


I’ve learned –

That it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others.  Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.


I’ve learned –

That if I’m not always learning, I cannot grow, I only stagnate.

Your interim pastor,


Attendance Stats   4

Consistory Summary  7

Financial Stats   4

John’s Meals   6

Sunday School  8

Thank You!   8

Transition Timeline  2

Upcoming Events   5

Worship   3


Message from Consistory President:

Here is the latest update on church services and the survey completed at the beginning of 2020 –

  • Church Services – Beginning on June 7, we started worship services outside in the church parking lot.  Thankfully, the weather has been cooperating and we have not had to cancel any services.  Pastor George continues to tape the weekly sermon and Bread of Life service on Friday which is available on YouTube.  In addition, a printed copy of the sermon and bulletin are sent via email.  Also, a Zoom service has been available on Sundays at 11 AM, although it will likely be phased out as attendance has declined.  By having these different options available to the congregation, you may choose what best fits your individual schedule.

Based on guidance from the conference, Zion has established a Covid-19 Task Group.  This task group will provide guidance on all matters related to the virus and the church.   Their input will be utilized to determine when services may resume in the sanctuary.

  • Church Survey – Close to 5 months ago, many of you completed the Holy Cow church survey (we had 85 respondents).  Over the past month, there have been multiple virtual meetings between Samaritan Counseling (the organization that administered the survey) and the Consistory & Profile Committee members to interpret the results.   As we move forward, the Profile Committee will use the survey information to complete Zion’s profile.  Our intention is that Pastor George and I will share the survey results with the congregation at some point; however, we would like to do this in person when we are back in the sanctuary for worship.  You will be notified when that is going to happen.  Meanwhile, we thank you for your patience.

Even though we have moved into the “green phase” in Adams County, continue to wear your masks and practice social distancing while communicating with each other.  Remember to stay safely apart yet stick together!

Wayne B. – Consistory President

   Tentative Timeline – New Pastor 2020
August – September Complete Zion’s Profile and form Search Committee
September Submit profile
October – March Review profiles (resumes) of prospective pastors
By 2nd quarter of 2021 Hire new pastor

Message from Finance Chair

Zion’s Consistory continues to monitor the monthly income/expenses.  From January to May 2020, expenses are averaging $14,312 per month, compared to budgeted $16,013 per month.  Income is averaging $13,536 per month, compared to budgeted $16,013 per month to breakeven in year 2020.  Total Income/Expenses for May 2020 YTD is -$3,881.

There is great news in that the SBA (Small Business Administration) loan/grant has been extended from 8 weeks to 24 weeks to receive the loan as a grant.  A big THANK YOU for supporting the church during Covid-19.  Your donations can be placed in the basket at outdoor worship or can be mailed to Zion UCC, P.O. Box 538, Arendtsville, PA  17303.

Jay J.

Finance Chairman 

Worship in July & August

Sunday, July 5, 2020

5th Sunday after Pentecost

Chosen Journeys

Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30

Sunday, August 2, 2020

9th Sunday after Pentecost

Face to Face

Matthew 14: 13-21



Our Worship

9:00 a.m.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

6th Sunday after Pentecost

A House Divided

Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23

Sunday, August 9, 2020

10th Sunday after Pentecost

When All Seems Lost

Matthew 14: 22-33



Sunday School

10:15 a.m.


Sunday, July 19, 2020

7th Sunday after Pentecost

Wheat and Weeds Together

Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43


Sunday, August 16, 2020

11th Sunday after Pentecost

Bold Moves

Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28




Sunday, July 26, 2020

8th Sunday after Pentecost

Weaving the Future

Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52



Sunday, August 23, 2020

12th Sunday after Pentecost

Be Transformed

Matthew 16: 13-20

  Sunday, August 30, 2020

13th Sunday after Pentecost

Spirit-Led Living

Matthew 16: 21-28

The Greeter Sign-Up, Flower Calendar, and Bulletin Sponsor Sheets will all be available for you to participate in church life when we are able to worship in the sanctuary again.

Worship CDs will be available as soon as the Audio/Visual upgrade is completed.  We appreciate your patience.

Worship Attendance   To Meet the Budget

Annual Budget $193,679.00    

Weekly Offering Needed $3,720.27 

          Zoom  Online  Outdoor


Month Offering Rec’d Needed to Date Received to Date
May 3      0           45 January $13,055.99 $14,718.08 $13,055.99
May 10    18         39 February $13,460.00 $29,436.16 $26,515.99
May 17    12         27 March $13,370.60 $47,833.76 $39,886.59
May 24    20         26 April $16,360.90 $62,551.84 $56,247.49
May 31    20         28 May $11,169.00 $80,949.44 $67,416.49
June 7       5          5         57 June   $95,667.52  
June 14     0          8         52 July   $110,385.60  
June 21     0          7         43 August   $128,783.20  
June 28     0          7         56 September   $143,501.28  
    October   $158,219.36  
    November   $176,616.96  
    December   $191,335.04  


Pastoral Care:  Now that we have entered the “green” phase, if you are interested in having a visit from the pastor please let him know.  George is quite willing to do home visitation, but it needs to be at your comfort and convenience.

Happy 58th Anniversary to Dick & Jane H. on July 8th.

Happy 51st Anniversary to Ken and Barbara L. on August 8th. 


Happy 81st birthday to Ken B. on July 3rd.

Happy 87th birthday to Chub R.on July 16th.

Happy 91st Birthday to Purcy B. on July 21st.


Zion’s High School and College Students:  Zion takes great delight in recognizing the achievements of our high school graduates and college students who overcame a most challenging year.  We wish them well as they continue their studies.  
High School Graduates:    
Ashlyn M. Penn State Mont Alto – physical therapy assistant major  
Katelyn M. Penn State Mont Alto – occupational therapy assistant major  
Nick P. Elizabethtown College – occupational therapy major  
College Students:      
Scott S. . Penn State Mont Alto

Business major

MacKenzie B.   LaSalle University

Communication & Political Science major



Volunteer Needed:  Zion is looking for someone to fill the shoes of Dawn C. as Christian Ed. Secretary.  If you’ve been searching for a way to be more involved with the life of the church, this might be the opportunity you want!  Please see Minda Harbaugh or Craig Long about the duties involved.

Covid19 Task Force Update

Zion’s Covid-19 Task Force met recently to discuss the church’s continuing response to the coronavirus pandemic.  Members of the task force agreed that we should continue the outdoor parking lot worship through at least the end of July but most probably through the rest of the summer.  In case of rain, there will be a Zoom worship service at 9:00 am, with an announcement made by 7:30 am on a Sunday morning via the church office answering machine as well as an email blast.  We will also continue the YouTube video, but may discontinue the 11:00 am Zoom worship service if participation continues to be low.  If/when we return to worship in the sanctuary. we plan on live-streaming worship services for those who feel uncomfortable about returning to worship in the sanctuary.

Decisions about Sunday School will be made after the Upper Adams School District announces how the opening of the public schools in the fall will happen.  We will continue to use Zoom for some meetings and church events, although some in-person events will happen using the social distancing guidelines and precautions that are recommended.

Upcoming Events

 The Ramblers are planning a hike for the latter part of July, possibly the path between Laurel Lake and Fuller Lake.  Come join us for a relaxing walk.  Look for details in the bulletin.

The Ladies Breakfast Group:  A message from Sally – we will meet for breakfast at The Apple Bin on July 13th at 9:00 a.m.  We will be in our usual separate room with tables spaced for social distancing.  It will be great to be together again, and I am looking forward to seeing all of you.  We plan to resume our normal schedule of meeting the second Monday of the month.

Mens Breakfast Group:  Zion’s men will meet at The Apple Bin on Monday, July 20th at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast.  If you are planning to attend, please call Eddie D.  The Men’s Breakfast group plans to get back on track, meeting the third Monday of the month.

Ice Cream Fundraise:  McDannell’s Fruit Market is planning to hold an ice cream sale to benefit the Bieseckers on August 2nd.  In previous years, Zion also held a Bake Sale at the market but has decided to not do that this year.  We hope to pick up again next year so if you discover a delightful dessert or snack, keep that recipe on hand for next year!

Book Club:  Zion’s readers thank the Battersbys for their hospitality at our year-end gathering in June.  Covid-19 disrupted our meeting schedule and forced some changes to our order of selections.  As we break for the summer, we will be reading Luann’s choice, Company of Liars by Karen Maitland for our September meeting.  Luann assures us we will need extra months to digest the book!  Here is a synopsis:

“In this extraordinary novel, Karen Maitland delivers a dazzling reinterpretation of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, an ingenious alchemy of history, mystery, and powerful human drama.  The year is 1348. The Black Plague grips the country. In a world ruled by faith and fear, nine desperate strangers, brought together by chance, attempt to outrun the certain death that is running inexorably toward them. Each member of this motley company has a story to tell. From Camelot, the relic-seller who will become the group’s leader, to Cygnus, the one-armed storyteller . . . from the strange, silent child called Narigorm to a painter and his pregnant wife, each has a secret. None is what they seem. And one among them conceals the darkest secret of all—propelling these liars to a destiny they never saw coming.

Magical, heart-quickening, and raw, Company of Liars is a work of vaulting imagination from a powerful new voice in historical fiction.” 

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 March 31st, the balance in the account is $4,739.23.

UACT News –

In the 2019-2020 school year, John’s Meals completed our 6th year of meal distributions which ran through the end of June for students and their siblings in food-insecure homes in the Upper Adams School District.  We will be using the months of July and August to re-stock the food item inventories in preparation for the September school year start.  Thank you to all Zion UCC members and friends for your monetary and item donations, including the Mac-N-Cheese cups/packets, during the difficult COVID-19 time this Spring.  John’s Meals will begin our weekend supplemental food bag program again in the Fall and can use volunteers for all different types of duties.  Staging, packing/delivering, procuring menu items, having ordered menu items delivered to your home and then transporting to Zion for inventory – these are a few of the volunteer areas where John’s Meals could use help.  Please contact Angie V. if you are able to volunteer with John’s Meals.  Monetary donations may be made payable to UACT-John’s Meals and mailed to UACT, PO Box 593, Arendtsville PA  17303.  At the peak of the school year, we were delivering 198 bags per week, with each bag including 5 meals/vegetables/fruit, snacks, and fresh fruit to our John’s Meals roster of students at all 3 UASD Elementary Schools.  Thank you again for your generous support.

Community Aid:    The Community Aid bin is open again and ready for your donations. Please put your donated clothing, shoes, belts, purses, draperies and linens in bags and place into the bin. Please do NOT place anything outside the bin if it is full – Community Aid must pay to dispose of anything affected by weather which reduces the amount they can pay their partners like Zion.   A check in the amount of $192.00 has been received in the first quarter of 2020.  Any questions, please call Angie V.                                                                                

REACH News:  There is a different look to REACH this year – instead of travelling, REACH in Our Hometown will run from July 12 through July 17.  Our youth at Zion (4 + 2 adults:  Chris P. and Kevin C.) will be joining with the youth group from Stone Church to work locally this year.  We will be working on 3 sites in the New Oxford area which had been chosen for the Littlestown camp before Covid-19 derailed those plans.  Adults and youth will meet in the Zion parking lot in the morning and travel to Trinity UCC in Hanover where we will have our meals (breakfast and supper) and programming in the evening.  We will be able to use the REACH materials (streamed live) and program guides for our worship each evening.  Then we will go home to our families at night.

We invite any questions – please direct them to either Chris or Kevin (Kevin will be working as our “blue shirt” communicator to REACH headquarters.  He will help with the AV programming and photos at the job sites.  Together with Stone Church, we anticipate 3 crews with 3 adults and 8 youth per crew.  We may need some volunteers for meal prep or snacks and prayers for safety each day.  More info to follow – check the weekly bulletin and/or email blasts.

Consistory News Summary

May and June found the Consistory’s attention focused on Covid-19 and how it affects church life.  A Covid-19 Task Force was founded and has worked to bring Zion into compliance with the protocols necessary for outside worship to begin.  The Task Force will continue to monitor the phase of recovery and requirements necessary for worship in the sanctuary.  Although Adams County has moved to the Green Phase of re-opening, the virus remains a threat.  So, caution and safety of the congregation are the watchwords as the summer progresses.  Details of the SBA Payroll Protection loan process have also been a focus as the Congress passed legislation to revise the term of the loan.  The Finance Committee and Treasurer are keeping on top of that.  The virus also disrupted the Pastoral Transition process by cancelling any in-person meeting with Holy Cow! Counseling.  Consistory intends to present survey findings at a future date, and the Profile Committee continues to work on Zion’s church profile.

Committee news:

The Personnel Committee continues the employee review process.

Stewardship reports a decrease in special collection giving.

The Fellowship Committee is sponsoring appropriately social distanced hot dog roasts on the last Sunday of the month during June, July, and August at 6:00 p.m. behind Zion House.  Bring a side dish to share!

Membership urges members to update their pictures for the online directory.

The Finance Committee remains grateful to Zion’s faithful givers.

The Property Committee will investigate the state of the Sunday School roof.

From Christian Ed:  Bible School has been cancelled.  A volunteer is needed for Christian Ed. Secretary duties.

The Worship Committee will be involved with planning for worship in the sanctuary when that time arrives.

The Audio/Visual Committee thanks Dan W. and Bill S.for their work in recording and uploading Pastor George’s sermon to youtube.


Don’t forget that you can apply for help with outside projects through Zion’s Helping Hands initiative.  Contact the Office Manager at Zion House for an application.



July/August 2019

Updates from Dana


  • I am so sorry to announce that Vacation Bible School was cancelled this year due to COVID-19 virus. We are hopeful that we will be able to be a part of the 2021 VBS program!!! 
  • Sign-ups for the fall are in full swing. There are still many available openings each month.  Due to the church being closed for the time being, please email me if you are interested in a subject area position and the month in which you are willing to teach or shepherd.  I have emailed out the first several months.  If you did not receive an email and are interested in volunteering, please email me.
  • I have not heard from as many parents of 2-3 year olds as in the past. If you have a child in that age category who would like to join the preschool class, please be in touch!  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. is one of the teachers, and we are looking to fill the other teaching position.  If you are interested in a monthly rotation with Alex, please reach out!
  • If you are a current volunteer or want to become a Sunday School volunteer, you will need updated clearances. If your clearances are out of date or need to be renewed, I will be in touch with you in the upcoming month 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 6th. Invitations will be sent out late August.  Enjoy your summer until then!!
Our Sympathy: 

To Gina B., Heather B., Brittni & Chris H.& family on the death of Tony B..

To Barb A. and her brother, Donnie, on the death of Donnie’s wife, Brenda, at the beginning of June.

To Angie V., on the death of her uncle.

To Wes M., on the death of his grandfather.

To Bonnie O., on the death of her mother.

Thank you From. . .

Dear friends at Zion, thank you for the kind words and many cards of sympathy after my mother’s passing.  They were so greatly appreciated.

~  Bonnie O.



Dear friends at Zion UCC, thank you for your recent donation to SCCAP.  Your gifts are especially meaningful as we help additional families and seniors impacted by COVID-19.

~ Megan Shreve, Executive Director

Pastor Heberling & Zion’s congregation, thank you for your visits and phone calls while my daughter, Patricia, was going through scary health symptoms and testing.  It was greatly appreciated.

~ Norma S.

Thank You To…

To Sally B. for the lovely quilted wall hanging in Fellowship Hall.

~ Members of Zion UCC