Newsletter: September/October 2020



Embodying the Love of God in Word and Action

George Heberling, Interim Pastor

Wayne B., Consistory President

September/October 2020

The Pastor’s Message
There once was a little boy who had a bad temper and was constantly yelling at people and creating an environment of hostility around himself.  To try to deal with this problem, his father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

After the first day, the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.  Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered gradually dwindled down.  He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally, the day came when the boy did not lose his temper at all.  He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.  The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.  He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence.  The fence will never be the same.  When you lose your temper and say things in anger, they leave a scar, just like on the fence.  You can put a knife in a man and draw it out.  It won’t matter how many times you say, ‘I’m sorry’, the wound is still there.  A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.”

It will only take a moment for you to think about the kind of scars that you carry with you – scars that affect how you think, how you act and react, how you feel about certain situations and certain people in your life.  And it will only take a moment for you to remember the scars that you have caused others in their lives as well, for we are all both victims and perpetrators of hurt and pain.

Words are powerful.  In these days when our society seems more divided and abrasive than at any moment in our memory, we know that words carry with them a force that creates a volatile atmosphere.   Words can be used to create fear or words can be used to inspire hope.  Words can be used to divide and increase mistrust or words can be used to inspire unity and calm deliberation.  Words can be used to tear down and try to belittle others or words can be used to lift up and build understanding.  Words can be used to attack, or they can be used to seek reconciliation.  Words can be used to reveal the worst in ourselves and others, or words can be used to bring out the best in ourselves and others.

As you listen to the words being spoken, ask yourself if those words truly reflect the character and example we have learned in the words and actions of Jesus Christ.  And before you speak your words, consider the same thing.  Does what you say reflect well on the Christian faith you hold dear and do those words convey the message that Jesus would want you to share with others?  In the midst of all the harsh rhetoric and strident words that bombard us, can we remain true to the message of reconciliation and hope that we have been given in Christ?

Your interim pastor,




Attendance Stats   3

Consistory Summary 7

Financial Stats   3

John’s Meals   6

Sunday School  8-9

Thank You!   10

Transition Timeline  3

Upcoming Events   5

Worship   2



Worship in September & October

Sunday, September 6, 2020

14th Sunday after Pentecost

Remember, Restore, Renew

Matthew 18: 15-20

Sunday, October 4, 2020

18th Sunday after Pentecost

Wisdom for the Way

Matthew 21: 33-46



Our Worship

9:00 a.m.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

15th Sunday after Pentecost

Road to Freedom

Matthew 18: 21-35

Sunday, October 11, 2020

19th Sunday after Pentecost

Praiseworthy Living

Matthew 22: 1-14



Sunday School

10:15 a.m.


Sunday, September 20, 2020

16th Sunday after Pentecost

Tensions in the Wilderness

Matthew 20: 1-16


Sunday, October 18, 2020

20th Sunday after Pentecost

Living Messages

Matthew 22: 15-22




Sunday, September 27, 2020

17th Sunday after Pentecost

God’s Sustaining Presence

Matthew 21: 23-32



Sunday, October 25, 2020

21st Sunday after Pentecost

The Compassionate Life

Matthew 22: 34-46

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 

             Online  Outdoor


Month Offering Rec’d Needed to Date Received to Date
July 5        8           53 January $13,055.99   $14,718.08   $13,055.99
July 12     15          43 February $13,460.00   $29,436.16   $26,515.99
July 19      9           37 March $13,370.60   $47,833.76   $39,886.59
July 26     17          51 April $16,360.90   $62,551.84   $56,247.49
Aug 2       12          56 May $11,169.00   $80,949.44   $67,416.49
Aug. 9      39          59 June $20,440.03   $95,667.52   $87,856.52
Aug. 16    51           8 July $14,287.00 $110,385.60 $102,143.52
Aug. 23    58           4 August   $128,783.20  
Aug. 30 September










message from Consistory President:


Here is the latest update on the search for a new minister:


  1. Zion’s profile, which is the document that will go to all prospective candidates, is being finalized.  The profile is a document that provides an accurate overview of our church:  its membership, culture, vision, and activities.  The completed profile will then be forwarded to the Penn Central Conference for distribution to ministers looking for a church to serve.  Many thanks to Jo M., Chris P., and Valerie B. for all their efforts in helping complete the profile.
  2. The next step in the process is to form a Search Committee that will review the resumes of prospective candidates. Over the last couple Sundays, Zion’s members were asked to list the names of five people whom they trust and whose opinions they value to serve on the Search Committee.  From this list, a diversified group of individuals will be chosen and asked to serve.
  3. The Search Committee will then convene, select a chairman and corresponding secretary to review the resume of each candidate interested in Zion. As you know from the past, this process could take some time, so please be patient as we begin this part of our journey.


Wayne B., Consistory President

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


Message from Finance Chair:

Zion’s Consistory is monitoring the monthly income/expenses.  From January to July 2020, expenses are averaging $14,385 per month, compared to the estimated budgeted monthly amount of $16,013.  Income is averaging $14,630 per month, compared to the estimated necessary budgeted monthly amount of $16,013 for 2020.  As of the end of July, the year-to-date Total Income/Expenses is a surplus of $1,728.

.A big THANK YOU for your generous support of the church during Covid-19.  Your donations can be mailed to Zion UCC, P.O. Box 538, Arendtsville, PA 17303 if you are unable to attend Sunday worship.

Jay J., Finance Chairman


Pastoral Care:  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 69th Anniversary to Purcell & Betty B. on September 2nd.

Happy 55th Anniversary to john & Sue M. on September 18th.

Happy  58th Anniversary to Ken & Liz B. on September 22nd.

Happy  62nd Anniversary to Don and Lois H.on September 27th.

Happy 50th Anniversary to Gerry & Sandy P. on October 3rd.

Happy 62nd Anniversary to Harold & Betty T. on October 18th.

Happy  61st Anniversary to Eddie & Peggy D. on October 24th

Happy 66th Anniversary to Chub & Joan R.on October 24th.

Happy 70th Anniversary to Fred & Betty B. on October 28th.



Happy 83rd Birthday to Dick S. on September 5th.

Happy 99th Birthday to Geri B. on September 9th.

Happy 85th Birthday to Gertie P. on September 10th.

Happy 80th Birthday to Dick H. on September 27th.

Happy 84th Birthday to Harold T. on October 26th.

Happy 87th Birthday to Jean O. on October 27th.



Hoffman Home School Supplies Update:  A message from Jo M.

Thank You!  Thank You!   I am amazed at the support from the congregation!  I collected $1,075 and was able to purchase everything on Hoffman’s school supply list plus some additional quantities of their most requested items!  The people of Zion really outdid themselves!  My thanks and gratitude to all who supported this mission project.  Delivery has been completed!  They have 91 students at this time ranging from 1st grade to 12th grade.  They were extremely appreciative of all our donations.  It took two vehicles to transport everything. 

Covid-19 Task Force Update

 The COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet to plan for the potential return to inside worship and Sunday School beginning in November.  We are exploring how to set up and clean the sanctuary and Sunday School area to maintain the health and safety of all of us.  Until that time, we will continue with our parking lot worship.  Remember, beginning in October, we will be moving worship to 10:00.  There is also planning underway for virtual Sunday School activities in September and October.

Upcoming Events

Announcing:  The Upper Adams Christians Together Senior High Youth Program!

A gathering of Christians, primarily grades 9th – 12th, for joint exploration of our shared faith.  Our purpose is to continue exploration of things of faith, provide space for Open Theological Conversation, experience the joy of living in fun activities and service to neighbor, and support one another on the journey of discipleship.

Unless otherwise noted, our gathering space is Trinity Lutheran, Arendtsville. Our gathering time is 4:00 to 5:00 PM.  Participating congregations include: Benders Lutheran, Biglerville; Bendersville Lutheran Parish; Flohr’s Lutheran, McKnightstown; St Paul Lutheran, Biglerville; Trinity Lutheran, Arendtsville; Upper Bermudian Lutheran Parish; Zion UCC, Arendtsville. All inside the age group, members of the participating congregations or not, are welcome to attend.

Program begins on September 13th

Please contact Pastor Dennis with any questions: 304-886-3200


 The Ramblers enjoyed a beautiful walk in Pine Grove Furnace on August 8th as we stepped out from the dam at Laurel Lake and journeyed to Fuller Lake along a shaded trail following the old railroad bed.  And then, we turned around and walked back!  Thanks to Bob V. for leading us.  The Ramblers hope to continue monthly walks so look for details in the weekly bulletin and consider joining us.

The Ladies Breakfast Group:  Zion’s ladies will meet September 14th and October 12th at the Apple Bin for breakfast at 9:00 a.m.  Social distancing can be practiced while we enjoy food and fellowship.  Come join us!  On November 9th, the ladies will hold their annual White Elephant sale, so start thinking about what you may bring.

Mens Breakfast Group:  Zion’s men are meeting again at the Apple Bin for breakfast on the third Monday of the month.  All men are invited to attend at 8:00 a.m. for food and fellowship.

Book Club:  Zion’s readers will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 10th next to the fire pit at Zion House (if the weather is good) or in Fellowship Hall (if it is not) to discuss Luann’s choice, Company of Liars by Karen Maitland.  We invite you to join us!  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.”

On Thursday, October 8th, we will discuss Angie’s pick:  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (by Kim Michele Richardson).  A synopsis:

In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, lives blue-skinned 19-year-old Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry. The lonely young Appalachian woman joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her faithful mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky.   Along her dangerous route, Cussy, known to the mountain folk as Bluet, confronts those suspicious of her damselfly-blue skin and the government’s new book program. She befriends hardscrabble and complex fellow Kentuckians, and is fiercely determined to bring comfort and joy, instill literacy, and give to those who have nothing, a bookly respite, a fleeting retreat to faraway lands.

 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 July 31st, the balance in the account is $5,274.23.

UACT News –

As the new 2020-21 school year begins, John’s Meals is busy growing our inventory of food items for the hungry students of the Upper Adams School District in grades 3-6.  During the busiest times of last year, we were delivering 195-198 bags weekly to the schools for students and their siblings in food-insecure homes.  In light of the work climate, we anticipate a large number of requests to join the John’s Meals distribution.  Your donations of Mac-n-Cheese individual packets/cups are greatly appreciated to help with costs, plus the difficulty in bulk buying for our inventory needs.  Thank you to Zion UCC for your prayers, food and monetary donations, and to all volunteers who keep our mission running smoothly.  If you feel it in your heart, and have any time at all to volunteer to John’s Meals, please contact Angie V..  Monetary donations may be mailed payable to UACT-John’s Meals, PO Box 593, Arendtsville  PA  17303.


Community Aid:    The Community Aid bin at Zion House parking lot is open for donations of clothing, shoes, linens, belts, and draperies.  Please bag your donations and put into the bin.  If the bin is full, please do NOT let your items outside the bin as any of those items exposed to the weather must be destroyed, and Zion will not get credit for them.  There is also a Community Aid Bin located in the St Paul’s Lutheran Church parking lot in Biglerville for UACT/John’s Meals credit.  If you have a lot of items, they may be delivered directly to Community Aid Stores and ask for credit to Zion UCC, Arendtsville for their weight.  Thank you and any questions, please contact Angie V.


REACH News:  Wow!  What a difference a few months make!  Although our REACH group was planning to travel to Columbia County in the Hudson River area of New York, the Covid-19 virus caused the cancellation of most of the summer work camps for a great many of the groups.  Instead, the REACH main office decided to restyle the existing camps and provide their content and support online to groups working in or near their hometowns.  Appropriately, the summer was titled “REACH in my Hometown” and since Littlestown was a destination this year, we were able to take three of the neediest projects in the New Oxford area and complete them in a week!

During the week of July 12th, we used Trinity UCC in Hanover as our home base and met there for breakfasts and dinners.  Lunches were packed and brought to the worksite.  After our evening dinners at Trinity, we returned to our homes by about 8 p.m. for needed showers and sleep.  And then we did it again the next day, returning to Trinity by 7 a.m.!  We had 38 campers, with 13 from the Upper Adams area.  Four of our campers (Nick, Chris, Ashlyn, Katelyn) were celebrating their 6th year with Reach.  Three different crews tackled the projects which all included a porch and ramp.  Porch sizes ranged from 8’ x 8’ to 12’ x 8’, and ramps were anywhere from 8’ to 35’ in length.

We were able to get each of these projects finished in 4 days.  Our own Kevin C. was our Blue Shirt (connection with Reach Main Office) and, in addition to running all over Hanover picking up supplies, was taking pictures on site and during our morning, noontime and evening programs.  A slideshow will be sent out to the Zion email list at a later time.

We thank everyone for their prayers, financial support, and support of our fundraising.  Especially, we thank the Fellowship Committee for provided such yummy cookies and cakes for our meals. We are currently planning our 2021 REACH trip and welcome any youth (need to be entering 9th grade in the summer) or adults who are interested.  Please see Kevin C. or Chris P. with questions.


Consistory News Summary

During July and August, the Consistory focused on outdoor worship and how Sunday School might unfold in the fall.  With great communication between Zion’s Covid-19 Task Force and the Consistory, it was decided to continue outside worship until November.  Hopefully, we can then move to indoor worship in the sanctuary with Covid precautions.

Committee news:

The Personnel Committee continues the employee review process.

Stewardship announces the Neighbors In Need collection will be in October.

The Fellowship Committee has cancelled the August 30 hot dog roast but is planning to hold a roast on September 27th.  Look for details in the bulletin.

Membership is pleased with attendance at outdoor worship and urges members to update their pictures for the online directory.

The Finance Committee continues to monitor giving and the Payroll Protection Program loan.

The Property Committee is considering these capital projects:  repair of Sunday School building roof, the Audio/Visual system enhancement, and parking lot and sidewalk repair.

From Christian Ed:  Dana will be holding two Zoom Sunday School sessions each month in September and October.  At that point, she will then regretfully step down from duties as Christian Ed Director.  The Committee is accepting applications for that position. Nothing is set in stone as to how this position is filled; it could be one person or a team, but we would like to have someone in place before October. Any interested individual or team should contact Minda H.

The Worship Committee is considering how services will look when held again in the sanctuary with Covid precautions.

The Audio/Visual Committee is working toward live streaming services.


Sunday School Times – Updates from Dana

September 2020

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What’s New/Upcoming Events

  • We will kick off Sunday School on Sunday, September 6, Rally Sunday. Faithful attendance recipients will be recognized, and Bibles will be presented to fifth graders during worship at 9:00 a.m.  There will be NO Sunday School after the worship service.  We will be holding Zoom Sunday School sessions on September 20th at 10:00 a.m. and October 4th and 18th at 9:00 a.m. due to Church being held at 10:00 a.m. on those Sundays.
  • We are planning for regular “in church” Sunday School to be begin in November.
  • Emergency forms will be sent out at the end of September and will need to be returned BEFORE entering church on November 1st, so please fill them out and return them when received. If you need extras for your family, please contact either Dana Br. or the Church office for extra copies.

Volunteer Sign Ups

At the time of publication, I am still seeking several teachers for November.  Please email Dana if you are interested in teaching or being a shepherd.  Thank you so much for your service to our children of Zion.


Congratulations to these students for their faithful attendance during the

2019-2020 Sunday School year

Kash B. Jace H. Logan M. Jasmine P.
Keller B. Mark H. Anthony M. Marshall S.
Teighan E. Noah H. William M. Isabelle S.
Brielle H. Zoe H. Grace M. Charlotte W.


Congratulations to the following 5th graders who will receive their Bibles
Keller B. Carter J. Anthony M.
Allison K. McKinley L. Landon V.
Alyssa K. Bradyn L. Abby W.


What’s Cookin’ is back this Fall!  Our theme is learning about characters in the Bible who help us develop character!  We will meet at Trinity Lutheran from 6-7:30 p.m. starting on Wednesday, September 16th.  The session will be held outdoors with alternative locations for inclement weather.  Masks are to be worn by EVERYONE, and we request that anyone with symptoms of any kind please stay home.  A meal will be served to students by someone with a mask and gloves; please have students bring a towel to sit on picnic-style.  Pencil boxes with individual student names for markers and crayons will be available to limit sharing.  Forms will need to be filled out ahead of time and should have been sent by email to participants.  If you didn’t get the email and are interested in having your child participate, please contact Ellie Vranich at



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.






Thank you From. . .

To the pastor and members of Zion:  Know that I keep you in prayer in thanksgiving for when you helped me with my utility bill.  I will always remember your generosity and the sermon about “messing up”!   ~ a former Matthew 25 recipient

To my church family:  I wish to express my sincere thanks for all the cards, meals, calls, prayers, and concern over the past months.  Your love and support made my cancer journey a little easier.  Knowing people care is very good medicine.  ~    Valerie B.


We would like to thank everyone who came out to the Peach Sundae Benefit for the Biesecker family.  It was a great success.  ~  McDannell’s Fruit Farm






You are so kind!  Your gift made our day!  Your amazing donation of school supplies shows your compassion and dedication to helping children in need and giving them the opportunity to heal.

~ Alicia Stanley, Hoffman Homes


Congratulations to: 

Laura S. and Douglas T. who were married in Florida on July 10, 2020.  Laura is the daughter of Kathy and Bill S., granddaughter of Jane and Bill S., and great-granddaughter of Miriam R..


Thank You To:

Debra S. Angie V., and Wyatt G. for their services during the transportation and disposal of the Community Aid items recently necessitated by a driver shortage.