Archive for December, 2012

Thank you everyone for such a moving and beautiful service last night.  A blessed Christmas to all as you welcome the Christ Child. Pastor Jane

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Many of Zion’s members, friends and extended families braved the cold to come be part of the Christmas Eve worship and choir cantata. We were treated to songs from the choir, a moving sermon and a living Nativity. Included are a few photos from the evening.






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The e-Birth of Jesus Christ

You could go pick up your Bible from the shelf and thumb through it until you find Luke 2, the story of the birth of Jesus. Or, you could click on the link below and read it from the searchable, sharable e-Bible that is available at our website, ZionUCCBurlington.org.

There’s a link on the homepage, under Quick Links, to get you there.

The NRSV version of the Bible we use at Zion is not available in this format, so the site uses the New King James Version. There are numerous other versions to choose from, as well as translations in a number of other languages. Also, you can select passages and share them with friends using your favorite social media outlets. And if you sign up for a free account, you can create custom reading plans and more.

Merry Christmas, and we hope to see you at 7 p.m. tonight for Zion’s Christmas Eve service and choir cantata.


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A video message from the pastor

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Vivian Kellar turned her Red Hat holiday party into a fundraiser for Zion’s food pantry. Instead of going out to eat at a local restaraunt, the Red Hatters arrived at Vivian and Don’s for a home-cooked meal donating the money they would have spent. The party raised $120.00 in cash along with two bags of groceries. At a time when people are trying to buy gifts for their children, other things such as food are often in short supply. Zion’s food pantry was running low–but not any more!! Thank you, Vivian!!

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Spend Smart. Eat Smart. » Help for the Hungry.

A contributor to Iowa State Extension’s Spend Smart, Eat Smart program provides a nice overview of the impact of giving to one of Iowa’s regional food banks. Burlington is covered by the Food Bank of Southern Iowa, from which Zion is able to purchase food for the Bridging the Gap food pantry.

The need is great all throughout the year, but at this time especially. So please give generously with donations of nonperishable food and personal care items, or gifts of cash that enable Zion volunteers to get more bang for your bucks by tapping into the food bank’s buying power.

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Pageant Sunday at Zion

The third Sunday of Advent at Zion was highlighted by piano performances by four of our Zion youth, and our annual Christmas pageant, which this year was “Good King Wenceslas” and featured more than a dozen children from the church (and one of the grownups, too).

Here is video from the piano recital featuring Matthew H., Will N. and Jacqui and Jason W., as well as a few photos from the pageant. Stay tuned for video for the pageant.





Also Sunday, Zion gained two new members. We welcomed Matthew Patrick and Darlene Pruett.


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I want to respond somehow to the unspeakable tragedy in Connecticut yesterday; yet, I find I have few words. All I can say is this– gather with those you love and together pray for the parents and grandparents of the children who died. Pray for the brother of the boy who killed them. Pray for the teachers and students who will someday walk through the halls of their school again.

It is still Advent. Remember the coming of the Christ child. Remind yourself of the hope he brings to the world.

Pastor Jane

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14 December, 2012 19:04

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A video message from the pastor

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