WEEKLY NEWS & NOTES


IMPORTANT *NEW*  LETTER from the Zion Council - November 19, 2020
Please read this Letter from Council (11/19/2020) which oulines new guidelines and details that will allow us to continue with in-person worship while providing an even safer experience in consideration of the local spike in COVID numbers.


VIRTUAL WORSHIP SERVICE FOR THANKSGIVING EVE
The Glen Rock Ministerium has pre-recorded a worship service and provided an accompanying bulletin for your use on November 25, 2020 - Thanksgiving Eve.  The video service may be found here on YouTube, and the bulletin may be downloaded here


CONGREGATIONAL MEETING PLANNED
There will be a congregational meeting on Sunday, 12/13/2020, immediately after worship.  There are two items on the agenda for the meeting: 1) vote on the 2021 Proposed Budget and 2) vote on the purchase of a monitored central station fire detection system, with a quote of $10,600.00.


EXPLORING RECORDED WORSHIP SERVICES
In order to improve our connection with you, council is exploring the possibility of recording worship services and making them available virtually on Zion's website and YouTube.  Look for further details when available.


MODIFIED CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
The church office hours will be modified throughout the rest of November and in December. The office will be closed on Tuesday, 11/24; Thursday, 11/26; Friday, 11/27; Wednesday, 12/2; Wednesday 12/9; Wednesday, 12/16; Wednesday, 12/23; Thursday, 12/24; Friday, 12/25; Wednesday, 12/30; Thursday, 12/31 and Friday, 1/1.


COMMUNION ELEMENTS DELIVERY
As mentioned in a recent update from Council, we are going to start providing communion elements for the homebound on the first and third Sundays of the month.  December 6th will be the first Sunday the elements will be available.  Please contact the office at 717-235-3276 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request communion elements be delivered to you. This will be a no contact delivery.


GIVING TREE - ELVES PROGRAM
Rather than ask our members to go out shopping for a sponsored family during this Covid pandemic, we have decided to make a financial donation to the Southern Community Services’ ELVES Project. If your wish to support this project, please deposit your donation with a memo for ELVES with your Sunday offering. The deadline date for contributions is Sunday, November 29th. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity to this worthy cause.


GIFTS OF WARMTH - MITTEN TREE
The Christian Education Committee, with Council's blessing, WILL be collecting Gifts of Warmth again this year to adorn our Christmas tree that (due to the pandemic) you will find in the sanctuary near the choir loft  from 11/29/20 to 1/3/21. Click here for all the details as to what to donate, where and when. 


BASKET ITEMS FOR ZION'S VIPS
The Visitation Team would like to collect items for Zion’s VIPs.  Although the team will not be able to visit with the VIPs, approval has been given to drop off goodie baskets for them. The team is in need of packs of peanut butter and cheese crackers, homemade or prepackaged cookies, candy kisses or other chocolate. Cards and goodies can be placed in the back of the sanctuary near the bulletins and offering plate. Christmas cards and goodies will be collected until Sunday, December 6th.


Lose Change Offering
As is our custom, we collect a special offering on the final Sunday of each month to donate to one of the many deserving organizations serving our community.  This month, the Loose Change Offering during our 9AM worship service on November 29th will benefit the Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock.


Church Offering
Many of you are mailing or dropping off your regular church offering, and for that we are very thankful.  Although the church building is closed to the public except for Sunday morning service, Zion continues to have day to day expenses for providing ministry, and your contributions are used to make sure ministry continues at Zion. The church’s mailing address is 47 Hanover St., Glen Rock, PA 17327.


Altar / High Altar Flowers May be Sponsored
To sponsor flowers, call (717-235-3276) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) the office to check available dates. (Regular altar flowers for 7/19/20 and 7/26/20 are already reserved.) A list of reserved/open dates will soon be available but without option to write-in. You must contact the office to reserve.