Newsletter: May/June 2021

Message from Rev.  Heather
Ecclesiastes 3:  1-4 states,

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;


This scripture is a beautiful reminder that life is a journey.  As a community, we are beginning our journey together.  A good place to start this journey is getting to know one another.  Some of you know me through our Zoom gathering and the information sheet that the Search Committee sent.  So, just a few more facts:  my mother, Sandy, will be living with me along with our cat, Samson.  I love to travel, read, and cook.

I grew up in Lancaster County in Ephrata, PA, where most of my family resides.  I lived in England for a year after I graduated from college. During this year, I was able to work in a United Reform Church. I still enjoy going back for a visit. I love to laugh and talk.  I believe God created the spiritual gift of laughter and I try to appreciate that gift to the fullest!

We will begin to get to know one another.  Let’s face it – it is much easier for you all to get to know me as I am one person. So, I would appreciate you making a video, not more than 1 minute, to introduce yourself to me.  Tell me your name, what brings you joy, and if you have enough time what you enjoy about Zion.  You can send your videos to my church email,

I look forward to traveling on this new journey together.

Blessings, Rev. Heather


Attendance Stats   2

Consistory Summary 6

Financial Stats   2

John’s Meals   5

Sunday School  6-7

Thank You!   7

Upcoming Events   4

Worship   2



Worship in May and June

Sunday, May 2, 2021

5th Sunday of Easter

Abiding in Love

John 15: 1-8


Sunday, May 9, 2021

6th Sunday of Easter

Friends Together

John 15:  9-17

Sunday, June 6, 2021

2nd Sunday after Pentecost

God’s Will

Mark 3:  20-35


Sunday, June 13, 2021

3rd Sunday after Pentecost


Mark 4:  26-34



Sunday, May 16, 2021

7th Sunday of Easter

Guided in Prayer

John 17:  6-19


Sunday, June 20, 2021

4th Sunday after Pentecost

Pushing the Boat Out

Mark 4:  35-41


Sunday, May 23, 2021


Spirit for All

John 15: 26-27, 16: 4b-15



Sunday, June 27, 2021

5th Sunday of Pentecost

Healing Powers

Mark 5:  21-43

Worship 9:00 a.m.


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Trinity Sunday

Mysterious Encounter

John 3:  1-17

To sponsor altar flowers, please call the Altar Guild representative for the month.
Worship Attendance   To Meet the Budget

Annual Budget $199,425.00    

Weekly Offering Needed $3,835.10 

                Live stream

In Person

Month Offering Rec’d Needed to Date Received to Date
Mar. 7           74 January $13,836.90   $19,175.50   $13,836.90
Mar. 14       105 February $15,195.00   $34,515.90   $29,031.90
Mar 21          42          58 March $12,650.00   $49,856.30   $41,681.90
Mar 28          85 April $17,566.99   $65,196.70   $59,248.89
Apr. 4            52          77 May      
Apr. 11         64 June      
Apr. 18         40           60 July      
Apr. 25         34           78 August      








message from Consistory President:

Spring has certainly sprung.  The daffodils seem especially glorious this year, and it looks like the tulips will make a splendid display soon.

With spring comes new beginnings, new projects, new activities.  I know we are all looking forward to Rev. Heather Kurtz, her vision and plan for Zion and its congregation.  We are moving from the holding pattern of the search and call process into a new season hopefully as glorious as the daffodils.

Now that we are back in the parking lot and livestreaming our services, I hope the weather will be as favorable as last year’s was.  Thanks to all who come together to make each Sunday a success; your hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated by many.  As the percentage of the congregation fully vaccinated increases, we look forward to getting back to what we consider a “normal” church service while keeping everyone safe and healthy.

The capital improvement projects are moving forward at an exceptional pace.

And so, we move forward, hoping the future brings tidings as glorious as the daffodils of spring.


Debra Scarborough, Consistory President


Pastoral Care:  If you are interested in having a visit from Rev. Heather, please let her know.  Visits can be scheduled at a mutually convenient time.


Thank You: 

Dear Friends at Zion,

Your faithfulness, your ongoing commitment, your patience, and your willingness to offer your time and wisdom and talents were greatly appreciated while I served as your interim pastor over the past twenty-two months.  Together we experienced a very different time dealing with the covid-19 pandemic, but you remained supportive of the life of the church and the changes that were necessary to assure the safety of our members while maintaining a continuing witness of faith to the community.  I just want to express my thanks and gratitude for our time together and will continue to offer up my prayers for Zion and the new ministry you are entering with Rev. Heather Kurtz.  May God bless each and all of you.   Your former interim pastor, George P. Heberling


A Celebration:  Easter, April 4th was a big day in the life of Zion!  Not only did we celebrate the Risen Lord, but we welcomed Isabelle and Marshall S. and Mason K. through the sacrament of Confirmation and Dave S. by reaffirmation.

Sunday School Roof:  With the warmer weather in April, the Property Committee is happy to report that the Sunday School roof project has been completed!  LR4 Roofing did a great job, including devising an ingenious way to lift the AC units to allow new roofing under them.  Again, thanks to Debra S. for her generous donation and to Wayne B. for arranging the donation of materials.

A/V Volunteers Needed:  Zion needs a few recruits to help with our Audio/Visual needs.  If you are interested in computer technology or have experience and would like to participate in the life of the church this way, please call the church office at 717-677-8319 or send an email to  You will be welcomed with open arms, training, and meticulously detailed notes!


Upcoming Events

 The Ramblers postponed their walk to Pole Steeple on Saturday, April 17th.  They will try again on May 15th to follow this new route along an ATV trail from the Pine Grove Furnace Road. It should be a little easier on the knees and take about an hour each way.  Look in the bulletin for details.  We are always open to new hikes, so if you have a favorite route, just call the church office to suggest it!


Book Club:  Zion’s readers will meet Thursday, May 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall (masked and distanced) to discuss Hostile Witness by William Lashner.  Here’s a synopsis:


Hard-luck Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl is just itching for the opportunity to sell out. Then good fortune comes knocking at his door in the guise of William Prescott III, a blue-blood attorney from one of the city’s most prestigious firms. Prescott wants Victor to represent a councilman’s aide who is on trial, along with his boss, for extortion, arson, and murder. It’s the juiciest, highest-profile courtroom extravaganza in years — and all Carl has to do is show up, shut up, and follow Prescott’s lead. But it soon becomes clear that someone’s setting him and his client up to take a long, hard fall. Victor Carl may be desperate and unethical but he’s no one’s patsy. And to survive in this legal snake pit of secrets, lies, and lethal double-crosses, he’s going to play the game his way.


In June, we meet on June 10th at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour.  A summary:


Darren, a young black man, lives with his mom in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood and manages a midtown Manhattan Starbucks. He’s content with his life, but people tell him he could do more – he was valedictorian at Bronx Science, after all. Opportunity knocks when Darren persuades Rhett Daniels, the CEO of tech startup Sumwun and a Starbucks regular, to change his usual order. Rhett is impressed and invites Darren to an interview, which leads to a sales job before he understands what the company actually does. Darren makes good money but struggles to keep up his commitments to his family, as Rhett pulls him into heavy after-hours partying. When an employee in China is charged with murder, Sumwun crashes, and so does Darren’s life . .


Strengthen the Church:  Pentecost Sunday, May 23rd, has been selected as the appropriate day for the Strengthen the Church collection.  In the past pandemic year, your donations helped churches to adapt to needs they had never before experienced.  This year, as the UCC puts it, “your generosity will help us continue to plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.  Through your gift, we offer extravagant welcome, support local church outreach, and build up the body of Christ. Because of you, we renew and grow stronger.”


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.  To date, the balance in the account is $5,731.75.  We were able to help two SCCAP clients with utility challenges during the past month.


UACT News:

Another successful school year of feeding hungry children in the Upper Adams School District will be complete at the end of May. John’s Meals has been packing and delivering an average of 175 weekend supplemental bags per week for students in food-insecure homes.  The food bags include 5 meals and fresh fruit and snacks. Thank you to Zion UCC for financial support and Mac N Cheese

donations.  We continue to accept donations building inventory for next school year.  Mac N Cheese may be dropped off in the closet in rear of Zion House.  Monetary donations may be made payable to UACT-John’s Meals and mailed to PO Box 593, Arendtsville PA 17303. Thank you for your prayers and support. Please contact Angie V.  for information on how to help with John’s Meals.


Community Aid:  Woo Hoo!  We had 80 bags of clothing and shoes collected on April 17th and delivered to Community Aid in Hanover courtesy of Debra S. and her trailer.  Zion UCC is a Virtual Partner with Community Aid and money received from the donations is used for Mission projects.  We are planning quarterly trailer collections – watch your emails for dates and times – but also feel free to take donations directly to Community Aid yourselves if you like.  Please be sure to get donations logged and use Zion UCC in Arendtsville, Partner #20054.  Any questions please contact Angie V. Thank you for your support of the Community  Aid program for Mission.

Consistory News Summary

March and April found the Consistory successfully working out details of the Call Agreement with Rev. Heather, and members are very thankful for your participation in the voting process.  They also are excited to welcome Rev. Heather on May 1st and look forward to working with her in the coming months and years.  Getting the Sunday School roof replaced and working on details for the upcoming parking lot project were on their priority list as well.


Committee News:

The Personnel Committee will be searching for a new organist.

Stewardship notes the Strengthen the Church collection will be taken May 23rd.

The Fellowship Committee will serve the reception for Jane Taylor’s memorial service on May 2nd.  The Committee will also supply bagged lunches and snacks for a Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build Day in June.

Membership reminds members to send updated pictures to the church office for the directory.

The Finance Committee is working on the funding of the parking lot project.

The Mission Committee is planning a chicken barbeque dinner for pick-up following church services on May 9th.  The cost of the dinner will be $8.00.The Committee also met on March 9th to plan activities for 2021.  Some activities and projects will only occur based on the status of Covid 19 virus.  Other projects such as the Face of America Bike Ride, the distribution of Hoffman Home Supplies, the Holiday Toy Sunday, and Homewood Christmas gifts are all on the schedule.

The Property Committee had a successful clean-up day on April 24th.  Thanks to all the volunteers.

From Christian Ed:  Sunday School may move outside during the month of May.  Look for details in the bulletin.


Camping News:  Don’t forget summer camp opportunities at Camp Nawakwa.  If interested, please contact Anne Rankin at



May 2021

May Sunday School Schedule

We are planning to start having outdoor Sunday School in May.  An email has been sent out to the parents as to which time would better suit them to bring their children:  9:00 or 10:00.  If you have not received an email and you would like your children to attend, please email me at  We would love to have your children join us.  If the weather is bad and outdoor Sunday School is cancelled, we will still have Sunday

School on Zoom.  The children have been doing lessons, making crafts and playing games through Zoom.  We can’t wait to have some half-way normal Sunday School again.

We will be learning about Pentecost during the month of May.  On May 9, Reverend Heather would like to have the children join the church service to participate in a part of the service.  More information will be coming through email as it is available.  Also, on May 30 the children will be walking to the cemetery for the Memorial Walk.

I need to get a head count of children who may be joining us for Sunday School in the fall.  If you know that your children might or will be attending or if you know of other children in our community who might like to join us, please let me know so that we can get enough curriculum and supplies for all our children.

We are also thinking ahead to Vacation Bible School, which is still very much up in the air.  We would like to hear input from our parents and members as to their thoughts as we navigate through these Covid times.  Our first priority is the safety of the children and teachers. Bible School generally falls on the second week in July.  Please email me or the church office with your thoughts as this is a big decision again this year.  My email is


Congratulations to:

Danielle B. and Zachary T. on the baptism of their son, Kaden Edward on April 25th, 2021.  He joins brother Levi.  Congratulations also to grand-mother Chris B. and great-grandparents Eddie & Peggy D.



Our Sympathy to:

The family and friends of Betty B., who died on March 19, 2021.


The family and friends of Jean T., who died on March 26, 2021.




A Big Thank you. . .

… to Pastor George for his pastoral care and guidance during his interim ministry at Zion.  Not only did he shepherd us through the call process, but he got more than he signed up for when Covid-19 hit!  For his flexibility and leadership, we give thanks.


…to those who served on the Search Committee!  It would appear you have chosen wisely!    ~  Linda R.


… to the Congregation and Pastor George for the lovely floral basket for Administrative Assistants’ Day.        ~ Cindy B.