Dear Zion Family,

            I pray this letter finds you safe and healthy. The pastor and leadership of Zion are keeping each of you in our thoughts and prayers at this uncertain time. Like all of you, the Zion family is praying for some normalcy. Our hope is to be supportive during this time, as well as to continue to guide you in faith. In order to do that, there are a few updates of what is happening in your church.

            Most importantly, we want to continue to meet the spiritual needs of our church family while still practicing “social distancing.” Many of you are probably aware that Pastor Frey has been supplying the congregation with virtual worship times. There have been wonderful worship events and prayer times on FaceBook. He has even used the page to offer a time for communion. Pastor Frey will continue this during this time of “social distancing.” Brad Cressley and Laura Reichard have also shared some worship through music and we thank them for bringing that beauty of Zion to our homes. If you are not already on FaceBook, we urge you to set up a Facebook account to continue on the Lenten journey with Pastor Frey. You don’t have to watch them live...they remain available on the Facebook page. For those of you without computers and/or internet access, we are attempting to transfer these messages to DVD to share. We are also trying to plan ahead for one of the most important seasons of the church calendar—EASTER. If “social distancing” remains necessary, we are looking for alternative places to worship that allow us to come together but remain in our cars. Please watch for updates on our Facebook page (Zion UCC Lehighton), and email. It is important that you share your email with the church to receive these important updates. If you have not received an email lately, we probably do not have your email address. The church’s email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

            Please know that we have not taken the cancellation of any of our worships, events, or activities lightly. There has been much thought and consideration into each and every one of these decisions. We will continue to update you on other events that are on the calendar. If you have an emergency during this time, call the church office. There are instructions on the answering machine.

            Lastly, I think it is important to share a comment by a member that was made on one of Pastor’s Facebook posts. A member wrote...

            “Our church has been there for so many people in the past, present,          

            and will be in the future! Hoping our members and friends will

            remember the church when it needs it the most! Give generously!”

 We do hope that you do remember Zion UCC. Please keep the church and your church family in your prayers as well!

Yours in Christ,

Dr. Dean Frey                                         Cathy Eckman

Pastor                                                     Consistory President