ABOUT THE ZION COMMUNITY

The parish offers a diverse community of committed Christian people on our pilgrimage together into the kingdom of God. We have a wide variety of groups and activities which have as their central purpose to assist individuals and families to grow in Christ. We welcome different kinds of people with different needs and different gifts. Each new person changes us a little and helps us to grow. In the congregation there is no gift too small to glorify God.

As Episcopalians we are part of the Diocese of Central New York The Cathedral (St. Paul's) and the diocesan offices are at 1020 7th North Street, Suit 200, Liverpool, NY 13088. The Diocese in turn is part of the Episcopal Church in the United States, an independent member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The leader of the Anglican Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. Justin Welby. The leader of the Episcopal Church is The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop. Through every part of the Church, the parish, the Diocese, the national Church and the Anglican Communion, we worship together and we serve God by serving others.

 

ZION CHURCH SCHOOL

We use the "Sunday News" paper for our take-home work to engage parents and children and "The Good News" curriculum for church school.

Please contact Tina_Rescigno@yahoo.com for more information about church school.

Nursery care upon request.

 

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A MESSAGE FOR NEWCOMERS

Welcome! We know that it can be daunting the first time you come to a new church as you take in everything from where to park to which door to enter to the rituals of the service. Here is a bit of information to help you navigate from parking to pew and everything in between.

Sunday Service Hours: 9am & 5pm.

What to Expect: You will be greeted warmly and welcomed no matter where you are on your faith journey. We understand when people first come here, they want to be anonymous and we respect that but we will gently try to engage you to come to coffee hour and talk a bit and enjoy fellowship and nibbles.

Church School for Children: Please contact Tina Rescigno at tina_rescigno@yahoo.com for more information.

The Service: In the Episcopal Church, we consider our worship to be very formative. We have rituals that we practice each Sunday, words that we repeat week in and week out, and our worship has the same flow to it each Sunday.  In each pew, you will see two books – the Hymnal and the Book of Common Prayer. You can find all the music that we sing in the blue hymnal and the Book of Common Prayer includes the flow of worship and words that we say as a congregation. Page numbers are given in the bulletin so that you can follow along. Part of the beauty of our liturgy is that there is mystery in it, so don’t try to understand everything, try to be present to God.

Also, please fill out the visitor’s page in the back of the bulletin and hand it to an usher or fold it and put it in the offering plate. This way we can get to know you better and will ensure that you are on our mailing list.

Visitors and new members can get acquainted and make friends at coffee hour after the 10am service.There are many special events at the parish at which newcomers are welcome. All services are open to the public. All meetings of Zion Church committees are open to everyone.  Please call for more information: 315-336-5170 or click on the letter icon to send an email.

 

ZION ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

Besides those mentioned previously, there are numerous activities and organizations that are part of the life of the church. These are listed below with a word of explanation where the function is unclear from the name.

ACOLYTES - Acolytes serve at the Altar and help the priest. They carry the crucifix, torches, and banners. Assist the priest with the wine and bread, and offeratory plates. They are sometimes asked to help at Baptisms, funerals and weddings.

ALCOHOL ANONYMOUS -  Meets numerous times during the week and weekends. Call the church for more information: 315-336-5170 or click here to view calendar.

ALTAR GUILD - Altar Guild Director is Harriet Brennan. This group sets the altar for Sunday services, baptisms, holidays, funerals, and weddings.

CHALICE BEARERS - Chalice bearers are licensed to administer the wine during Eucharist.

CHURCHYARD COMMITTEE - This group is responsible for decisions made about  the Zion Churchyard, a consecrated burial ground for the ashes of members of the congregation and their loved ones. Please call the church at 336-5170 for more information or email Tina Rescigno at tina_rescigno@yahoo.com She is the Director of the churchyard.

CHOIR - The choir is a group of people who sing on Sunday and at special services. They are lead by the music director.

FINANCE COMMITTEE - Mike Rescigno heads this committee

GENEALOGY GROUP - Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in Zion's Clarke Hall

GREETERS

HEALING MINISTRY

HOUSE COMMITTEE - This group generally oversees "visible" changes to the interior church property, approves non-monetary gifts to the church, and makes recommendations to the Vestry concerning programs of improvement to the church property.

LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITORS (LEV'S) to the Ill and Infirm -  This group of people take communion to our parishioners who are homebound, in the hospital or just can't make it to church.

LAY READERS - These are members of the parish who read the lessons and psalm or canticle during the service.

LUNCH PROGRAM - This program is run by volunteers to serve lunches  to people who are in need. Lunches are made by the Rome Rescue Mission and delivered to us. Lunch is served on  Monday and Tuesday's from noon - 1pm. Volunteers are always needed and welcome.

MASTERS OF CEREMONY -These are members of the parish who organize and oversee special services such as weddings and Christmas and Easter services.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS - Meets in the lower level of Hofstetter Hall on Monday evenings from 7:30 - 9 and on Friday evenings from 7 - 8 pm

PROPERTY COMMITTEE - These members of the parish are responsible for the upkeep of the physical building along with the grounds maintenance.

SOCIABLE SINGLES GROUP - No longer meets at Zion Church

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE COMMITTEE. This group puts on a Strawberry Shortcake social event and fundraiser on Honor America Day.

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE - This group leads the annual appeal to members of the parish and suggests ways to lead the congregation to understand Christian giving as an integral part of the Christian life.

USED CLOTHING CLOSET - Volunteers run this free used clothing closet. We get donations from many individuals and individuals who are in need can shop during the lunch program. We've also been able to help other people out who are just in need. Volunteers are needed and welcome.

USHERS - Greet you at the door and will assist newcomers in anyway necessary.

WORSHIP COMMITTEE - Jane Padrón is the Chairperson. This group helps plans all services along with the priest and music director.

YOUTH GROUP - Our youth group is small but dedicated.

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