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Making disciples of Jesus Christ since 1845

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, 10:15 AM
(Labor Day - June)

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

Fellowship & Refreshments following worship.

Sunday November, 29th  9:00 AM Sunday School ~   10:15 AM Advent begins - lighting the first Advent Candle for  HOPE ~ Sermon: Good News: Jesus Christ is coming again!  ~   11:30 AM Hanging of the Greens  ~      12:30 PM Soup pot-luck

TUESDAY, December 1st - 2:00 to 3:00 pm - the Peace Light arrives from Bethlehem. (Click on the PRESS RELEASE TAB on the left side of this web page for more information. )

TUESDAY, Dec. 1,  7 PM – Worship Committee meets at church – 2015 members: Chairperson, Deanne Tamms, Keith Koppen, Tom Lafferty, Eleanor Leitner, Nils von Keudell, John Gehringer,  Marie Maynard, and Pastor Diana.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2,  7 PM – Sing & Study – Revelation 16, 7 Bowls!

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, NOON – Zion United Methodist Women Christmas Pot Luck @ church

SUNDAY, Dec. 6, 9 AM - Sunday School ~ 10:15 AM - Family Worship Hour with HOLY COMMUNION ~ Lighting of the Second Advent Candle for PEACE, using the PEACE LIGHT FROM BETHLEHEM. Pastor Diana will present one of the Best of the Best Sermons from her 25 years of preaching. There's always "time with the children." Come and prepare your hearts for Christmas!

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

NOVEMBER MISSION FOCUS - During this month of NOVEMBER our Zion UMW invite you to join them in supporting CWS - Church World Service “Blanket Sunday” which is about more than providing blankets during catastrophes. Zemichael Gebretadik, pictured here, is a refugee from Eritrea whom CWS resettled in Harrisburg, PA. He began working long hours in a food processing plant, studied English and saved money to attend community college. He is involved in a local Eritrean church and leads Bible studies. He said: “The CWS staff helped me a lot in the beginning, and now I sometimes interpret for new Eritreans who come.  My life is very different and now I can work and even send money back to my family.” www.cwsglobal.org Please help CWS help other refugees by making a check out to Zion UMW re: CWS –or- place your gift of cash in the donation basket.                           ~ Gratefully, Zion UMW

The TOYS FOR TOTS box is here to receive you donations of new, unopened, unwrapped toys. Jeff Van Natta & Pat delivered it as a fitting location to collect toys for tots, which is run by the Marines. Toys For Tots is a Top-Rated Charity. Over 97% of your donations goes to their mission of providing toys, books, and other gifts to less fortunate children. Less than 3% is spent on fundraising and overhead. You are invited to bring in NEW, UNWRAPPED TOYS IN THEIR ORIGINAL PACKAGING.
The deadline is Sunday, December 13.

The Hampshire/Burlington Food Pantry requests donations of winter hats, mittens, gloves, socks, and scarves for children up to age 12. The deadline for donations is December 12th / 13th.

The Trustees ask you to contribute towards new furnishings for our Fellowship Room. Please place your cash donations in the box. -or - Make checks out to Zion UMC re: furnishings and place in the offering plate.  Let's complete our celebration year decorating projects!  Thank you!

                 All preaching is based on SCRIPTURE,

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