I know when you saw those word you likely thought of remembering the tragic loss of 26 people in Newtown, but before that occurred plans were in the way for memorial for those who have died in the homeless community.
You are invited to join us at Smith Plaza,100 High Street, Pottstown
5pm on Thursday the 20th of December
The trauma of homelessness takes its toll on the body and often leads to people aging prematurely and dying prematurely. When people in the community die there is often not opportunity for memorializing at the moment due to cost. Therefore we will gather on the day next to the shortest day of the year for a time of remembrance for all in Montgomery County and the surrounding area who have been part of the homeless community and have died.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Mary will be the focus throughout Sunday's worship services at Zion's United Church of Christ, Hanover and Chestnut Streets,. Pastor Linda Higgins brings to life "The Story of an Unwed Mother." Acolytes for the Advent wreath are confirmands Mackenzie Hoffman 8:00 a.m. and Nathan Camacho 10:45 a.m. services. There is no contemporary service.
All members are invited to a light breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall during the Sunday School hour. A special reading of "Saint Francis Celebrates Christmas" by Mary Caswell Walsh will be presented by Debra Brauner, Director of Christian Education. The lighting of the Advent wreath will be told in story form from the point of view of the candle and illustrated by art work from the Pre-K through Grade 4 classes. Stanley Emery will provide piano accompaniment for Christmas carols.
The Family Christmas Eve Service at 7:00 p.m. will feature Eric Mitchell and Mackenzie Hoffman in "Matt and Lucy's Version Births," a comparison of the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke when Matt and Lucy express confusion about the two different versions of the story. During this reading all children present will participate in making a nativity scene. Tori Young will sing "Silent Night" in German accompanied on guitar by Sydney Schollenberger. Jacob Young will serve as acolyte.
Prior to the 11:00 p.m. Candlelight Service Karen Huss, Doris Miller and Tori Young will offer sacred music beginning at 10:30 p.m. Jacob Young will be acolyte. The sermon will note that the shepherds, the least amon men, are invited to the birth. The culmination of the worship will be the candle lighting ceremony and the singing of "Silent Night."
Members are reminded to sign up in Fellowship Hall for Christmas Day and/or New Year's Day to share Christmas traditions with our shelter guests. Bring a meal, a movie, a game, snacks...
There is no game night Monday December 24, but it will return New Year's Eve from 8:00--10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Zion's United Church of Christ, Hanover and Chestnut Streets, will again serve as the Hospitality Center for the Historic Pottstown Neighborhood Association's House Tour this Sunday. The 1796 church will also be open as part of the tour. On the lawn adjacent to the sanctuary members of all ages will offer a live nativity to the community from 2:30 to 4:3-0 p.m.
For the morning advent worship services confirmands Spencer Mitchell and Mackenzie Hoffman will light the wreath at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services respectively.
A gift tree in Fellowship Hall provides the opportunity to help the Cluster Outreach Center through December 30. Items will be delivered as soon as received due to desperate need. These include paper towels, bar soap, dish detergents, multi-purpose cleaners, deodorant and men's, women's and children's coats. Visit www.zionsucc.org for more details and items.
Poinsettia orders in honor and memory of friends and family are due December 16. They will decorate the church throughout the Christmas season and then be given the donors or shut-ins.
Reminder that articles for The Tymes monthly newsletter are due to Tina Weaver by December 16.
Families interested in participating in the 7:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Service should respond to Deb Brauner, Director of Christian Education.
Take a break from Christmas preparations and join game night Mondays from 8-10 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Lighting the Advent wreath will mark the beginning of the Christmas season at Zion's United Church of Christ, Hanover and Chestnut Streets. Participating will be confirmands Scott Steffey 8:00 a.m. worship and Nathan Camacho 10:45 a.m. Advent Communion will be offered at all three services.
The Sunday School Program "Blankets +" features the work of Church World Service and the addition of also providing disaster survivors with food, shelter, safe water and later training for long-term recovery. A monetary offering of support will be donated.
Craft projects and tree decorating will highlight the Annual Advent Workshop at 3:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall in classrooms for the younger students. Middle School through adults will make Advent wreaths, cards and gift tags and paint ceramic nativity pieces. Fleece throws with personal items will be assembled for the Homeless Shelter. Vespers at 5:00 p.m. will be followed by dinner provided by the Young Adult Married and Singles (YAMS) class. Results of the cookie contest will follow.
Monday Game Night hours as of December 3 will now be held from 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Rev. Richard Aldofini will offer a program of holiday vocal music Tuesday, December 4 at 1:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at the Women's Fellowship meeting. Shirley Witmyer will lead the worship and Doris Miller will serve as hostess. Members are reminded to bring cookies to share.
Sign-up for the Live Nativity Sunday afternoon December 9 is still in progress. Children and adults may participate.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Monday Nights are Game Night
Can you imagine it is one of those nights when there is nothing on TV and you might want the fellowship of some friends and neighbors. Well if it happens to be a Monday you are in lucky for from 7-9pm we have game night each week. And you are invited to join the community gathered to play. Usually there is a good game of UNO going at one table and at least one group who play Rummy Cube, but sometimes pinochle can be found as well as Boggle or Monopoly. We have a variety of games and you are always to add something to the mix. Simply we open the doors to the Education Building at 209 Chestnut Street at 7. You are welcome to come join us in the dining room and get to know some neighbors you may not have gotten to speak to before.
THE INSTALLATION SERVICE
These pictures tell the story of the installation of The Rev Linda Higgins at Zion's UCC
The church set for the installation
Edith Guffey preaches to the congregation
The liturgy of installation
The Charge to the congregation given by The Rev Kork Moyer
The Charge to the newly installed pastor by The Rev Linda Barnes
The gift to the congregation, a communion set used at the 50th Anniversary of the UCC