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Anyone would like to receive the Sacrament of Home Communion who is not a regular recipient, or anyone who would like to have a home visit is asked to contact the church office (724-3502), and the necessary arrangements will be made. 

 

Our Operation Help products for May are toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deoderant.The Food Bank serves a growing number of local families and help is vital to keeping up each month.  Collection bins are in the dining room and the west vestibule.

 

Today we will receive our special offering for Strengthen The Church. This offering supports the expansion of ministry and growth of UCC local congregations. Enclosed in today’s bulletin is an envelope for your use. Your support of this offering will help the UCC fulfill its commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities.

 

We will celebrate Graduate Sunday on June 2nd. We will honor Jacob Strickler and Addie Shaffer as they graduate high school. Please let Janet Smith know if there are other students completing their education. A reception will be given in their honor after service.

 

Former pastor Rev. Larry and Pansy Balleine lost their home in Wisconsin to fire the first weekend in May.  Larry suffered some burns on his arm but other than that they are fine.  They have been given the parsonage from Larry’s last ministry as a temporary home. However, the house was a total loss and they lost everything except a few things that had been stored in their basement.  While talking with Pansy, I told her I knew people at Zion would like to help in some way.  Pansy noted that was not necessary but started that everything helps and is appreciated.  As we know, even with insurance, not everything can be covered. The Official Board has voted to send $1000 to cover immediate expenses and to collect other donations through the end of June from others who wish to help.  If you wish to donate by check, please make the check to Zion UCC and note it is for the Balleines.  Thanks in advance for your help.

 

Barb Engle. Congregational President

Rev. Kahler will be on vacation from May 20 -27 as he and Shannon celebrate their wedding anniversary. Rev. Susan O’Shaughnessy will lead our worship on Sunday, May 26th.  Maggie Bolinger will be out of the office from Wednesday, May 22-Thursday, May 30th attending her granddaughters’ graduations. Messages will be checked periodically. In the case of an immediate need, please call Barb Engle at 724-7408.

Special music is needed for the upcoming summer months while the chancel choir is on hiatus. Please sign up on the schedule posted in the choir area. Thank you to our choirs for their hard work all year.

A four-part webinar series on implementing the 2021 General Synod resolution

Declaration for a Just Peace between Palestine and Israel

 

Part 1: Israel’s Oppression of Palestine: It is ‘Sin’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMg8Soy_sD4

 

Part 2: Why we call Israel’s oppression ‘Apartheid’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-rC2HHqlVk

 

Part 3: Christian Zionism in mainline church and American civil religion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpFkwBKxrx0

 

Part 4: A Human rights framework for a political solution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrpnzOqrrx0

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Creator God, maker of all that is good.

Comforter God, restorer of peace between all peoples.

Redeemer God, healer of wounds that inflict trauma and chaos:

We turn to you this day crying out for an end to a war that rages across the land of Ukraine, 

threatens the lives of its inhabitants, and displaces millions of children no longer able to sleep in their beds, 

attend their schools, or play with their friends.

May your Spirit of peace soften the hearts of the politicians who rattle their sabers

 and threaten nuclear annihilation.

May your vision of a just world thwart the ambitions of dictators who are thirsty for conquer

 and lusting for lands over which to rule.

May your hope of shalom engender within our own hearts the call to let there be peace on Earth,

 and let it begin with us.

Help us find the pathway to peace, a Just Peace, built on human rights and equity not just in Ukraine

 but in every land where bombs and guns are the sounds to which children fall asleep and from which families flee.

You are the source of our peace.

You are the horizon of our hope.

You are the author of our love.

May the promise of your enduring peace, your abiding hope, and your everlasting love sustain us all

 and bring the promise of a new and better day to the people of Ukraine.

Amen



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