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Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!  Here is your weekly update from Zion UMC:

"The righteous is delivered from trouble, and the wicked walks into it instead," 

(Proverbs 11:8).

Special Worship Services:

Sunday October 1st at 5:00pm - Blessing of the Animals in the Courtyard

Sunday October 15th - Laity Sunday

Sunday October 29th - Combined Worship Service at 10:00am and Ministry Fair at 11:00am in Fellowship Hall

Prayer Requests:

Ken Ritter (recovering from sepsis)

Carol Kline (back surgery)

David Dickson (cancer)

Ray Heberling (recovering from heart surgery)

Donna Traina (depression)

Sheree Weller (health)

Luther Moyer (lung cancer)

Mary Leh (health)

Joan Noll (blood pressure problems)

Ryan Miller (started chemo)

Terry Bieber (pancreatic cancer)

Alan Walter (pancreatic cancer, in pain)

Jim (kidney transplant)

Courtney (cancer)

Butch Loser (brain injury due to motorcycle accident)

Rick Miller (taken to the hospital)

Mike (David and Cindy Wise's son in law - brain tumor and upcoming surgery)

Robert Anderson (pray for the Primm family as Robert has passed away)

Betty George (fell and bruised knee)

Riley (young man who needs healing)

Mike Wenger (oral surgery)

Prayer Cards are now available in the sanctuary. You can also email prayer requests to John Balderrama: psteeler11@gmail.com or contact our church office.

Ministry Fair - Sunday October 29th at 11:00am

Would you like to become more involved in the ministry of Zion UMC? We have an opportunity for you to find out about our ministries during our Ministry Fair. Following our combined worship service on October 29th, we will be holding a ministry fair in the Fellowship Hall.  If you are leading a ministry in the church and would like a table in the ministry fair, please email Pastor Keith at Pastorbuckbee@gmail.com to reserve your table.  Thank you!

New Members Class

If you are interested in joining Zion, we will be holding a New Members Class on Sunday October 8th at 12:30pm.  The class is about 2 hours in length.  A sign up sheet is on the bulletin board at the back entrance of the church. Any questions, please contact Pastor Keith at pastorbuckbee@gmail.com.


Do you want to learn how to study your Bible?  We have a new Bible Study starting Tuesday October 17th at 6:30pm

A new 9 week Bible study led by Joanne Baker on the book of Philippians will begin on Tuesday October 17th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.  This is a verse by verse study that is appropriate for anyone from the beginner to the most advanced Bible scholar. If you are interested in signing up, please email Joanne Baker at isewandquilt@gmail.com

or sign up at the bulletin board at the back entrance of the church.


Outreach Opportunity - Trunk or Treat October 28th at 3pm

Saturday, October 28th 3-5pm Trunk or Treat in the parking lot of the Evangelical Seminary. We need decorated trunks to help us fill the parking lot. We also would welcome donations of individually packaged candy or other small non-food treats (items like pencils, stickers, small containers of bubbles). We will have a box at the back of the church you can place donations in. Please contact me with any questions or if you would like to help at 717.269.2971 call/text or jackie.gostomski@gmail.com

Biblical Citizenship In Modern America 

Next program begins on Saturday, October 7th, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The sessions will last just 45 minutes, and the entire program will last only five weeks this time.  Some workbooks are still available, so come to the first session even if you must miss a few along the way!  Biblical Citizenship In Modern America provides you with an exciting Biblical journey in a classroom setting, and it gives young and older people alike a chance to learn, grow and stand on God’s truths while learning about this Country’s foundation: The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and our long-standing U.S. Constitution.  Do you know how many signers there were to the Declaration of Independence?  You’ll learn how to train for a future in leadership in your own hometown, your school, becoming an aide in our State Capitol, or in the Capitol of the United States!  In this program, we do not judge one side or the other, but we follow God’s promise: to love one another.  Call Judy Vindich for more information – 717-866-6839, or speak to Carol or George Kline, 863-202-5876.

Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

It's that time of the year already...We will be offering the opportunity to fill boxes for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child during the months of October and November.  More information to come!

SECRET SISTER UPDATE:  Since the Secret Sister program started a few months ago, there have been plenty of prayers being lifted for all our "sisters" participating in the program.  There have also been cards, gifts, flowers and other expressions of love placed on the Secret Sister table. Please continue to keep your "sister" in your daily prayers and be in contact with them secretly, at least once a month, so they know you are thinking about them. If you haven't already reached out to your "sister", it's not too late to start! Any questions, please contact Marae Clauser (717-228-8967).

United Women in Faith Upcoming Events

Wednesday Oct 4, 1:30 pm - Tour of Dorsey Museum at Evangelical School of Theology, Cost of tour is $7.00. See our women's bulletin board for all the latest events and activities.
United Women in Faith Bakeless Bake Sale: Fund Raiser for Mission Work. Checks payable to United Women in Faith.

First Friday Fun Night - Our last First Friday Fun Night is Friday October 6th from 5:00pm-7:00pm.  Come out for good food, fun and fellowship!

Blessing of the Animals - Sunday October 1st at 5:00pm, in the courtyard.

We will have an outside service to bless your pets and animals.  Anyone is welcome to bring their pets for the blessing!  Please make sure you use good judgment with your pets (i.e. leashes, crates, etc.).

Outreach Opportunities

Zion’s, In Their Affliction, a new ministry based on James 1:27. 

If you know of a fellow believer that may be experiencing difficulty, or if you would like to help those "in their affliction,” please let a pastor, lay leader, or program coordinator know. Fellow believers at Zion may be able to help!

Creations of Love: If anyone is interested in participating in the new Creations Of Love outreach please contact Alex Rautzhan at 717-968-0556

Making Shopping Bag Mats for the Homeless - START TIME ... 9:00am to 11:00am in Fellowship Hall. We need "shopping bag cutters" and those who can crochet. All are welcome to join us - 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. 

Monday Evening Bible Study - Monday evenings at 6:15pm, come early (5:45pm) for desserts and fellowship. We resume our Monday Evening Bible Study on Monday August 7th at 6:15pm in Fellowship Hall. We will be studying the book of 1 Samuel.  All are welcome!

Men's Saturday Morning Bible Study - We kick off our fall season on Saturday October 7th at 7:30am in the Fellowship Hall.  We continue our No Regrets series. Contact Pastor Keith at Pastorbuckbee@gmail.com if you are interested.  All men are welcome!

Women's Saturday Morning Bible Study 

Starting Saturday, September 23rd, there will be a Women's Bible Study on The Sermon on the Mount by Jen Wilkin. Most of us have encountered the Sermon on the Mount in fragments. This study will look at the sermon as originally heard: one cohesive, well-ordered message, intended to challenge us to think differently about what it means to be a follower of Jesus, and a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. This video and discussion study will meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. To register for a study book or obtain more information, please contact Robin Dower, rad.dower@comcast.net, 717-926-1895.

Zion UMC Job Postings:

Zion UMC is looking to fill 2 part time positions - Concert Band Director and Nursery Coordinator.  If you know anyone who may be interested, please have them contact the church office for more information.

Reminder of Church Office Hours: Our church office is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm. If you have questions or need to submit information for the bulletin, please call Judy at 717-866-6839, or email at Zionumc22@gmail.com


Pastor Keith Buckbee
Zion UMC