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OFFICIAL WEB SITE for Hampshire's Pioneer Church founded in 1845 and now Celebrating 170 years of ministry!

Welcome to Zion United Methodist Church
157 West Jefferson Avenue
PO Box 515
Hampshire, IL 60140-0515 

Pastor Diana K. Otterbacher, M.Div.


Church Phone: 847-683-2430

email -  zionumc.hampshire@gmail.com

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Wheelchair accessible, Handicap Entrance, Ramp to Sanctuary, Family Restroom with Infant Changing Table on main level; Elevator to Basement

Sunday Family Worship Hour, 9:30 AM (June - Labor Day)

A Cry Room is open for infants and toddlers during Service.

Fellowship & Refreshments following worship.

PARDON OUR DUST - We are redecorating! 

To complete our current redecorating goals, church members are invited to contribute towards a new welcome mat for our entryway as well as new furnishings for our Fellowship Room.  Please place your donations in the container provided - or - make checks out to Zion UMC re: furnishings.  The more money we receive, the nicer the furnishings!  Don't you agree that the Lord's House should look as good as, if not better than, our own homes? Thanks from the Trustees.

 Our SUMMER MISSION FOCUS is PICO/Rwanda.  PICO International (People Improving Communities through Organizing)  www.piconetwork.org  Pastor John R. founded Pico/Rwanda in 2006 in response to the devastating effects of the 1994 genocide.  He was invited to the rural, isolated community of Mumeya to train villagers from five faith traditions to teach local residents how to solve their community problems together. After helping them build and establish a medical clinic, Pastor John is now assisting another remote village as they plan for their own medical clinic. Please make checks out to Zion UMC re: PICO/Rwanda – or -  place your gift of cash in the donation basket in our Fellowship Room

SUNDAY, Aug. 30, 9:30 AM - Family Worship Hour!  It's different every week - different hymns, prayers and messages. Sometimes we have special musicians and vocalists. Pastor Diana continues her "15 in 2015" series of messages from the Old Testament. This week's message is on Ecclesiastes 1.  This week's sermon is titled "Vanity of All Vanities! All Is Vanity". The children;s message is on Ecclesiastes 3:9-15. Congregational singing provided by Deanne Tamms on the organ. Refreshments & Fellowship follow.

SUNDAY, Aug. 30, 6 to 8 PM - SUNSET SING-A-LONG & FOOD DRIVE @ Bruce Ream Park, 301 West Jefferson, Hampshire (corner of Jefferson & Klick)  Featuring THE FOX RIVER BAND, THE BROTHERS FROM THE SHIRE, MISS BETHANY DIAZ, and the SUNSET COALITION CHOIR. The audience will be invited to sing-a-long during this ecumenical hymn sing.  This open-air event is FREE & open to the public.  The audience is encouraged to bring SCHOOL SUPPLIES - or - non-perishable food items that evening.  The Hampshire Lions Club will collect and deliver it to the Burlington/Hampshire Area Food Pantry. Picnic Table Seating - or - bring your lawn chair.  www.foxriverband.com

MONDAY, August 31st All newsletter items due to Nora

TUESDAY, 7PM - Trustees meeting @ church. 2015 members: chair, John Gehringer, Joe Geisler, Marie Maynard, Rick Lutes, Michael Vonic, Bob Pearson, Bill Tamms, Leola Widmayer, & Pastor Diana.

WEDNESDAY - Bob Pearson begins painting the Fellowship Room

WEDNESDAY, 1 PM - Zion United Methodist Women meet @ church to plan for their Fall Luncheon set for 9/25. Maile Edmonson, hostess.

Next Sunday, 9:30 AM - Family worship hour with HOLY COMMUNION

PLEASE PRAY for Michael Dickey Army National Guard serving in Saudi Arabia
~ Please inform us of others serving overseas ~  

 All preaching is based on SCRIPTURE, TRADITION, REASON, and EXPERIENCE.

 The purpose of the United Methodist Church
is to make disciples of Jesus Christ
for the transformation of the world.    

~ Open Bibles ~ Open Hearts  ~ Open Minds ~ Open Doors