April 2021 Newsletter

  Easter “Eggstravaganza”

Saturday, April 3 at 9:00 AM

at the East Prospect Community Building

2021 Good Friday Prayer Vigil

           We are asking that everyone spend a half hour in prayer between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm on Good Friday. There will not be a sign-up sheet for half hour commitments.

The church building will be open for anyone who would like to use it. More than one person can use it at a time. Otherwise, people can pray at home, work, etc.

Please pray for our church, nation, family, friends, neighbors, the sick, those in long term care, etc. Thanks in advance to all who will participate!

Community Sunrise Service

Please plan to attend our outdoor Easter Sunrise Service April 4, at 6:45 AM at East Prospect River View Cemetery. Celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.

 There will be music provided by members of the adult and youth choirs, hymn singing and inspirational thoughts from Pastor Frank Miller.

Please invite your neighbors and friends. If not comfortable standing for the service please consider bringing a lawn chair and maybe a blanket.

Coffee, hot tea, milk and doughnuts will be provided.

Easter Schedule of Events

Maundy Thursday Worship Service Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 PM. 

This service will include communion

Good Friday Prayer Vigil Friday, April 2 6:00 AM-6:00 PM

Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday April 3 at 9:00 AM at the EP Community Bldg.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service 6:45 AM at the Riverview Cemetery

New Song Contemporary Worship Service at 9:00 AM

Adult Sunday School in person and via Zoom 9:00 AM

Traditional Worship Service in person and on Facebook Live at 10:30 AM

Graduate Recognition

If you are graduating or have recently graduated from high school, college, grad school etc., please submit a recent picture and from where you graduated and your future plans to the church office by May 16.

Adopt-A-Highway 2021

         I would like to thank all who participated in trash pick-up last year. This year we will be doing Adopt-A-Highway on April 10, June 12, August 14 and October 9.

If you are planning on helping to pick up trash, please look at the videos on the following web site to receive safety training on the program.


           Again, we will meet at Zion’s parking lot at 8:00 AM for registration and prayer before we venture out on our beautification program. I am looking forward to getting off to a good start, beautifying our highway between East Prospect and Craley. Come out and join us in this worthwhile project.              

                                                                       Bruce Silar


The United Methodist Women will meet on Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary. Lindy Holzer will present a program related to caring for our environment. In addition, the Bible study books that we will be using for the remainder of the year, Women of the New Testament, will be distributed to all women in attendance who indicated an interest in participating in this study.

           We continue to meet monthly and join in supporting women, children and youth in our giving and service.

Our Daily Bread

On Friday, April 30th, will be our commitment for chicken noodle casseroles for Our Daily Bread. The pans, recipe and sign-up sheet will be on the back table at the rear of the sanctuary on Sunday, April 18 and Sunday, April 25. Six people are needed to serve. Special thanks to Wayne Dosch who has been delivering the casseroles to York on his way to work. The casseroles should be placed in the church vestibule by 7:15 a.m. on the 30th. Call or email Carol Belcher for more information (757-6914 or

Counters Needed

There is a 2021 Counters Sign-up sheet for May 2021 thru January 2022 on the back table of the sanctuary. Names of those who helped in the past are on the sign-up sheet; please indicate if you will continue in 2021. Additional counters are much needed. Add your name to the list if you are interested in helping on a counting team. If you have any questions, please contact Carl Belcher at 717-818-2113 or for more information. Thank you to those who counted in the past. Your help is greatly appreciated!




Meeting held via Zoom Meetings: Prayer – Bruce Silar

Minutes: Terri Mellinger – Following a motion by Christine Miller and a second by Laurie Herbst, the minutes were approved as presented.

Family Ministries/Children’s Ministries: Outreach – Terri Mellinger: Hoping to be able to have an Easter Event on April 3.

Youth Fellowship – Lindy Holzer: 

*Ambush Paintball in Conestoga activity on April 18 1:00-4:00

*30 Hour Famine over the last weekend in March

*Mission trip for summer – Might try to stay in PA because of travel restrictions due to Covid. Depends on how the credit we have with Youth Works will pan out.

*Looking to attend a concert this summer or fall.

Children’s Ministries/Kid’s Worship/Sunday School:  Have Tina send out an email reminding parents we are currently having KWH every Sunday.

Adult Education: Ferne Gochnauer –

Congregational Care – Christine Miller  Please continue to make calls, send cards and/or notes to those still not comfortable venturing out.

United Methodist Women – Laurie Herbst:

Men of Zion – Bruce Silar: Dates for Adopt A Highway: April 10, June 12, August 14, October 9

Worship – Banners and Paraments have been changed.

Library: Brenda Holcomb:

Bible Adventure: Elaine Hengst – 

Pastor’s Report:

VBS: Elaine Hengst – Planning to have this year’s VBS the week of July 25-29.

Next meeting: April 5





Zoom meeting: Bruce Silar: Welcome, and prayer

Minutes: Terri Mellinger Following a motion by Jay Holcomb and a second by Steve Leiphart, the minutes were approved as presented.

PPR: Terri Mellinger- Pastor appointment: Due to some health concerns the Pastor and his wife we met will be unable to come to Zion. We are just waiting to hear from our District Superintendent to meet with another pastor.

Trustees: Mike Herbst

LED sign: Jeff Miller did some more research and found that we could put up a LED sign where our current sign is. It could be up to 32 square feet and can use any colors except red, green, and amber. Our next steps would be to get another estimate, which Jeff will do. We would also have to find out if we need a permit to erect a sign.

A/C for the parsonage: Mike is waiting on the second estimate. We will have estimates from Haller and Garden Spot. It would be nice to have this installed before the new pastor moves in.

Sound system install: We are waiting on one microphone; everything else has been installed. We will have training sessions shortly, as soon as that can be arranged. Following a motion by Terri Mellinger and a second by Vicki Leiphart, it was approved to donate our old sound system to a church that has that need.

Church roof: still need estimates – Ream roofing gave an estimate of $160,000.00 for a new roof, and $195,000.00 if we need new wood decking, which Mike thinks we will need. Steve has a connection to another roofing company. He will make the contact and pass it on to Mike to get a second estimate. Jeff questioned whether the estimates will include interior clean up. In his experience, when a slate roof is removed, it filters down in to the interior, making a huge mess.

Electric provider: We need to check into this. Apparently, our current contract is done, our rate went from .07/kwh to .115/kwh. Mike will take care of this. The new A/C heat units should help with the electric bill too.

Video system: Should we have it installed now? Yes! Following a motion by Jeff Miller and a second by Vicki Leiphart, it was approved. Brian Holzer will make the arrangements to have the system installed.

Parking lot sign: Has been repaired and will be installed. It was damaged during the last snow.

Radon mitigation fan: In parsonage has been replaced.

Leak in Jacob Albright room: Hopefully snow is done for the season and we can figure out where the leak originated.

Zion’s Hill property: In order to sell; we would need approval from the District Properties Committee and our District Superintendent.

Finance: Carl Belcher - Treasurer's Report: Motion by Mike Herbst and second by Jay Holcomb, the report was approved as presented. The annual audit will take place in the very near future. Few items to note: We replenished our gift card supply. We had a repair to the HVAC unit in the church building.

                                                                           NEW BUSINESS

Thank you to Jay Holcomb for researching some demographics in our area. This information will be used at our planning retreat this summer to help determine future plans.

Outdoor Sunrise Service: Sunday, April 4 at Riverview Cemetery at 6:45 AM. Light refreshment will be provided after.

Next meeting: April 12

Respectfully submitted,

Terri Mellinger