By Patricia Rensing
Zion United Church of Christ in Hoyleton celebrated a special Service of Re-Dedication during this past Sunday’s worship. The Education and Administration Building has now been restored since the fire, smoke, and water damage of last August.
The re-dedication service included participation of several special guests: Monte Mister, Director of Residential Services for Hoyleton Youth and Family Services; Tammie Maschhoff, Administrative Assistant and the Director of Residential Services for Hoyleton Youth and Family Services; and Tom Kuergeleis, Moderator of the Illinois South Conference Council-United Church of Christ. The building was re-dedicated for the worship and glory of God, support and nurture of families and children, fostering faithfulness and opening minds to truth – care – hope and courage, and the building of unity of believers in Christ.
The Rev. William Causer will lead worship next Sunday at Zion UCC in Hoyleton. Reverend Causer, who was a former pastor at Zion UCC, will preach a sermon titled: “The Bottom Line of Life — Love.” Readings from 1 John 5:1-6 and John 15:9-17 will be the Scriptural basis for the message and its central theme will be Mothers’ Day. Pastor Howard Self will return to Zion on Sunday May 17.
In other news at Zion, several members, including Janet and Gene Klie, Gertrude Holle, and Reverend Self, have been busy working with the Hoyleton Childrens’ Home Youth and Family Services to establish a Community Garden. This past Tuesday Pastor Howard Self offered a prayer during a “Blessing of the Garden Service” to properly establish the purpose and begin it’s service to the community.