What's Happening

January 24th - 31st

Current Newsletter

Current Bulletin


Special Announcements:

Pastor Katie is remains available by phone, email, virtually, and for emergencies should you require pastoral care. Let us keep ourselves safe, be there for one another via phone or Zoom, and meet one another's needs as the body of Christ that we are.

Pastor Katie: zionruccpastor@myactv.net or 240.418.8028

Office/Darlene: zionrucc@myactv.net or 301.739.7244

Tech/Michael: connectionssixeight@gmail.com or 240.203.0854

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Important Dates This Week:


Children's Sunday School: 9:45am via Zoom, contact church office or Kim Ridenour for more information.



Sunday Worship: January 24th at 11am (3rd Sunday After Epiphany)

Worship virtually on the WorshipLive page of this website beginning at 11am on Sunday mornings or anytime thereafter.



Adult Sunday School Begins in February: Join Sue Graff beginning Feb 21st via Zoom or dial-in from your phone. Each session will last approximately 40-45 minutes and a link will be shared weekly via Facebook and by email, or call the office for the connection information. We will kick this class off with a series entitled, “Its Not Supposed to Be This Way” by Lysa Terkeurst, examining how we react when our lives undergo change and the Biblical perspective for dealing with change, fear, and anxiety. We hope you will join us! For more info, contact the office or Sue Graff.



Ash Wednesday Virtual Service: Mark your calendar and plan to attend a special virtual Ash Wednesday Service on February 17th at 7pm. You will receive ashes with instructions for mixing to use in this special service. Stay tuned for more info and watch for your packet to arrive in the mail sometime before then.



Staff Meeting: January 26th, 10am



Soup Kitchen: January 26th, 5-6:15 pm, carry-out only. Located in the basement of the church at 201 N. Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown. Soup Kitchen entrance is in rear of building, accessible from Suter alleyway across from the Farmer's Market. Free and available to all people, no exceptions. Social distancing and face masks enforced. VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!



Downtown Hagerstown 4-H Club: January 28th, 4:30pm via Zoom. Contact church office for more info at zionrucc@myactv.net. A UMD Washington County Extension partner group. (Learn More)



Virtual Sunday Worship: January 31st at 11am. Worship virtually at www.zionreformed.church/sermons.

(Children’s Sunday School via Zoom @ 9:45am, contact church office for more info)



Please join us in prayer for the Kauffman, Widmyer, Kaylor, Krause, and Talhelm families as they journey through the difficult journey of loss and grief. Let us rejoice in knowing that they are now present with our Lord and that one day, we too, will reunite with them and our Lord. More information available in this weeks bulletin for expressing condolences, thoughts and prayers online, and about memorial services.



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Church News & Announcements:


Church Office Update:

Due to the pandemic and following guidance set forth for businesses and organizations, please refrain as much as possible from person-to-person contact. If possible, consider trying to conduct your business over the phone or by email. If an in-person meeting is required or preferred, please schedule an appointment with Darlene prior to coming in. This helps ensure best safety practices are followed and limits the possibility of others being in the building at the same time. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this pandemic together!

Church Office: zionrucc@myactv.net or 301.739.7244



Bulletin and Newsletters:

Submit your weekly bulletin news and announcements (and corrections) to Michael at connectionssixeight@gmail.com or call 240.203.0854.

Submit your newsletter news and announcements (and corrections) to Darlene at zionrucc@myactv.net or 301.739.7244.



Volunteer Opportunities:

In addition to the 3 vacancies remaining on the consistory, other possibilities to serve also exist: Search & Call Committee (Pastoral Search); Constitution & Bylaws Revision Taskforce; and Soup Kitchen (cook, server, or preparation). If you are willing to serve in one of these positions or have a talent to volunteer in another type of position, please contact the church office.



Online giving is an alternative to mailing-in donations that you may want to consider. Online giving provides you with a secure, convenient alternative that places you in control of your giving and offers 24/7 access to the platform so that you can update info, change scheduled donations, view reports and more. www.zionreformed.church/give 



Special Donations: To make a special donation towards the new fridge or new piano fundraisers, please send donations marked “Fridge Fund” or “Piano Fund” respectively to the church at Zion Reformed UCC, 201 N. Potomac Street, Hag, MD 21740 or virtually here



Prayer Requests: Submit your prayer requests to the church office by phone at 301.739.7244 or email at zionrucc@myactv.net so we can pray for one another. The prayer list of names can be emailed or mailed to you upon request due to privacy concerns.



Helping Hands: Currently with virtual only services, only the Helping Hand ministry of lector is active.

Lector Next Week (1/31): Michael Jones

If unable to serve during your designated week, please contact the church office by Wednesday of the week prior to service so a replacement can be found.



Temporary Postponements:

  • Choir Rehearsals are postponed until further notice due to the pandemic.
  • Celebrate Recovery Hagerstown: Temporarily postponed due to spiking trends of coronavirus in our county. Stay connected with one another by phone, text, Zoom during this time to ensure your mental and emotional well-being remains healthy in order to continue your sobriety success. (A ministry of Celebration Ministries. More Information)



Records from Last Week:

Sunday Worship: 120 online views & 11 shares.  |  Soup Kitchen: 21 meals served.



REACH Cold Weather Shelter: REACH Cold Weather Shelter is in need of help with meal preparation, meal serving, laundry room support, security & search, and hospitality. If you are able to help in any way, please contact Carroll Sager at carroll.sager@gmail.com or the REACH office at 301-733-2371.


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Participant News & Announcements:


We are a community of believers who support one another in love, prayer, and faith!

Please email Michael at connectionssixeight@gmail.com or call him at 240.203.0854 with your announcements, joys, needs, or concerns to be shared with the church.



Birthdays and Anniversaries This Week: Happy Birthday to Sarah Kalkbrenne (Jan 25th); Louise Danzer (Jan 26th); Linda and Benjamin Kelly (Jan 29th)! 

May this year of your life be filled with happiness as we celebrate the gift of YOU. We hope and pray that this year of your life be filled with an abundance of blessings, and for those times of trial should any arise, that you find the perseverance in Christ to endure.

If your special day does not appear the week of your special event, contact the church office to make sure your special day is in the records.



Kauffman, Widmyer, Kaylor, Talhelm, and Krause Homecoming Updates

Please keep the Kauffman, Widmyer, Talhelm, Kaylor, and Krause families in your prayers as they journey through this time of loss and grief. We pray God’s comfort be upon them!

Online condolences may continue to be expressed in the respective online family guestbooks at:

Anne Kaylor: Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home (www.douglasfiery.com)

Harold Talhelm:  Minnich Funeral Home (www.minnichfh.com).

Ed Krause:  Link Unavailable as of Bulletin Publication.

Nancy Kauffman: Rest Haven Funeral Home (rsthvn.com)

Leatrice Widmyer: AK Coffman Funeral Home (akcoffmanfh.com)



Submit Your Joys, Concerns, & Announcements: Submit your joys, concerns, and announcements for inclusion in the weekly bulletin to Michael at connectionssixeight@gmail.com or call 240.203.0854 by Thursday to be included in Sunday’s bulletin.