Zion UCC, Womelsdorf: February 8, 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAZion UCC is located in the Borough of Womelsdorf in western Berks County. Founded as a union congregation with Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1792, it moved to its present location when the two congregations decided to build separate buildings in 1917.Sandy (1)

The members of Zion have a deep commitment to outreach ministries. They try to do one major mission project each year. Zion has sent mission teams to New Orleans twice for Hurricane Sandy rehabilitation; they have worked with Habitat for Humanity in Reading three times; and last year Zion sent a team to New Jersey for super storm Sandy rebuilding.

Reading Changes Lives (2)Each Advent and Christmas Zion collects special offerings for various local and wider church ministries, coupled with a theme chosen each year. In past years some of these offerings included collecting Toys for Tots (the theme that year was saints—in this case St. Nicholas!) and assembling clean-up buckets, hygiene kits and baby care kits for Church World Service (the theme was hope). Picking up on the UCC’s Reading Changes Lives mission theme, this year Zion collected children’s books to be distributed through the Berks Literacy Council; hats, scarves and gloves for Opportunity House (because people cannot learn when they are cold); and money for One Great Hour of Sharing’s outreach to those suffering from Ebola (because people cannot learn when they are ill).Strawberry (2)crp

Zion also participated in Mission: 1 by collecting food for the Conrad Weiser Food Bank and holding a free community supper and Mission 4/1 Earth with a clean-up Womelsdorf Day. Zion holds a Strawberry Festival on the first Saturday in June. As part of its mission focus, 15 percent of all proceeds are used for mission projects that are not otherwise funded by the church members.

The Rev. William Pifer-Foote has served as pastor since 2006. Our website is www.1zion.org and, we can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/Zion-United-Church-of-Christ-Womelsdorf/733032070041250.

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