OUR LEADERSHIP & HISTORY
Committed to our Community since 1854
Here at Zion United Church of Christ, we’re committed to investing our time and efforts into our community of Mount Clemens, Michigan. Originally organized in 1854, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church was the first German Protestant congregation in Mount Clemens. Its founding trustees were John Rossow and Abraham Devantler from Prussia, John William Miller and Carsten Roecker from Hanover, and John Charles Reimold and John George Murthum from Wuerttemberg. Zion Church operated as a free congregation, welcoming all Christians. It served primarily German-speaking Catholic and Protestant immigrants, including Lutherans, Calvinists and Huguenots. Worshiping at first in the Macomb County Courthouse, the congregation purchased their current site, the former Methodist Academy, in 1862. The nave of the present brick sanctuary was built by Minard Barr in 1880. The tower and transepts were added in 1895.
The ministers of Zion Church in its formative years were Methodist, Lutheran and Evangellical. It was not until the 1920s, during the pastorate of the Reverend F.A. Roese (1903-1926), that English became the language of the worship service and of church records. In the early twentieth century, the congregation turned to humanitarian work. The congregation helped support the Evangelical Deaconess Hospital and the Evangelical Home for Children and Aged in Detroit. In 1961 the church received its present name, Zion United Church of Christ.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT TIME IS THE SERVICE?
We gather every Sunday morning in person and online (Facebook and YouTube). The New St Door (#1) is opened at 8:30AM. No other doors will be unlocked. The bells start ringing at 8:50AM. Worship starts promptly at 9:00AM in our Sanctuary. All attending in person are required to wear a mask. Pews are marked to observe social distancing.
For those attending online, we go live at approximately 8:52AM. There is a 5-minute countdown before our service starts to ensure that everyone can get online in time.
HOW CAN I DONATE?
We are currently working as quickly as possible to get online donations up and running. Once it is, we will be able to accept credit and debit card payments securely online. Until then, you can either give in person, send a check by mail, or request a Direct Deposit form to set up recurring payments.
We always appreciate everyone who contributes to the future of Zion United Church of Christ.
WHEN IS COMMUNION SERVED AND WHO CAN ATTEND?
We ask that you bring your own Communion, dubbed Tupperware Communion. We will not be serving bread or wine for the safety of everyone.
Communion is on the first Sunday of each month as well as any Holy days like Christmas Eve and Easter. Any and all are welcome to join in the Holy sacrament of Communion regardless of confirmation and member status.
WHERE DO I PARK AND WHICH ENTRANCE SHOULD I USE?
We are currently only using one entrance on Sunday mornings - the New Street entrance (Door #1). All other doors will be locked. Street parking is available on New St, as is the Mount Clemens parking lot across the street.
If both of these areas are full there is limited street parking on Pine St to the Northwest of the Sanctuary.
WHAT IS THE ATTIRE?
*Masks are required to be worn by all persons gathering in person. Masks must cover the mouth and nose. This is to protect the safety of everyone in attendance*
Business casual is still widely in use with our congregation. However, we understand that inviting everyone to our service, we cannot impose a dress code. Whatever you feel like wearing to worship the Lord is fine as long as it is deemed "appropriate".
HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH THE PASTOR?
During normal business hours Pastor Scott may be reached at the Church office at 586.463.0069. After hours the Pastor may be reached on his cell phone at 586.321.7749 or by email email@example.com. The Pastor's Sabbath day is Friday, try to refrain from calling except in pastoral emergencies.
WHAT IS THE MUSIC PROGRAM LIKE?
We are very proud of our music program. Lead by our wonderful director, Amy Schulz, we have three choir programs. The Celebration Choir sings on the first Sunday of the month, the Handbell Choir plays on the second Sunday of the month, and our Chancel Choir sings on the 4th Sunday of every month.
Unfortunately due to Covid-19, we are not singing hymns or having our choirs sing. The Handbells are still playing the second Sunday of the month with smaller groups to observe social distancing.
ARE THERE ANY ACTIVITIES FOR MY CHILDREN?
We have been hosting a Sunday Dinner Church on the second Sunday of each month. Activities and gatherings have been suspended due to COVID-19. We will have a children's sermon during service if all participants are comfortable. An extended learning time with our childhood educators is available upon request.
CHURCH COUNCIL 2020
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST - THAT THEY MAY ALL BE ONE
BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
Board of Christian Education - Paula Morton & Judy Bray
Board of Facilities - *Position Available*
Board of Finance - Ken Przekora
Board of Friendship - Ken Przekora
Board of Missions & Outreach - Regina Kerner
Board of Worship - Marjorie Mann
Church Council President - Bill Prahl
Endowment - Nancy McCleary
Fidelis - Marge Russ
Investment - Kathi Przekora
Membership - Barb VanDecar & Jennifer Haberer
Memorials/Honors - Kathy Tinkler
Women's Fellowship - Marge Russ
Youth & Young Adult Group - Heather Lang