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OFFICIAL WEB SITE for Hampshire's Pioneer Church founded in 1845 and now Celebrating 170 years of ministry!

Welcome to Zion United Methodist Church
157 West Jefferson Avenue
PO Box 515
Hampshire, IL 60140-0515


Wheelchair accessible, Handicap Entrance, Ramp to Sanctuary, Family Restroom on main level; Elevator to Basement

Sunday School, 9 AM  ~ Family Worship Hour, 10:15

The Nursery is open for infants and toddlers during Service.

Fellowship & Refreshments following worship.

Mid-week Bible Study meets most Wednesdays at 7 PM - please confirm with the Current Events schedule below.

Parish Ministers - Each Active Member

Pastor - Rev. Diana K. Otterbacher, M.Div.



 CHURCH PHOTOS:   Follow Zion United Methodist Church of Hampshire on Facebook!


 Current Events 

SUNDAY, Dec. 14, 10:15 AM - Third Sunday of Advent Service of JOY.  Boy Scout NATAN VONIC will present the PEACE LIGHT from Bethlehem! ~ Guest pianist, Maggie Smith.  ~ Original song debut by Nils von Keudell on guitar and singing "Fall Into His Arms. "  ~ This is also the Last Day to Sign-up for your One-Year Bible: choice of illustrated –or- Large Print  $14 – make checks out to Zion UMC re:bible.  Bibles arrive 12/28.   ~ SCRIP orders accepted today – see Leola Widmayer at 847-683-2585 ~  Poinsettia orders  due today @ $8 each ~ Deanne Tamms  

Thank you for your donations to the Food Pantry!  Checks may also be made out to Zion UMC designated: “Food Pantry.”    “I was hungry and you fed Me.” ~ woof-woof & meow-meow – the pets say thanks too! ~ Phyllis Treadwell.

New Carpet Fund amount raised so far: $350   Total needed $4800

Monday, Dec. 15, 7 PM - Membership & Missions Committee meets @ parsonage.  2014 Members: Chair, Marie Maynard, Joanne Lund, Amy Lutes, Brenda Vonic, Gina Pearson, Connie von Keudell, and Pastor Diana  

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 7 PM – Sing & Study meets @ Church  – 1 Corinthians 7 – to marry or not?  Challenging discussions - safe, open atmosphere.  Come and grow with us!

Dec. 18 -20, THURSDAY – SATURDAY, 9 AM - ? Scrapbooking Fellowship meets downstairs.

Friday, Dec. 19, 1 PM - United Methodist Women meet downstairs to assemble Christmas cookie platters to be distributed to shut-ins.

SATURDAY, Dec. 20, 9 AM – Pie Day! @ church kitchen! Bring a fresh pie +/or deliver a slice and visit  awhile! Call Marie Maynard for details  847-683-2976

SUNDAY, Dec. 21,  10:15 AM Worship   Lighting the 4th Advent Canlde for Love. COME AND PREPARE YOUR HEARTS to celebrate the Birthday of the Promised One: Jesus Christ, Savior of the whole world, God With Us, Emmanuel.

If you have not already done so, please bring your own or a family  personalized ornament to add to our Church Family Christmas Tree!

 Wednesday, Dec. 24, 7 PM - CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLE LIGHT SERVICE for the whole family.  A beautiful, traditional service featuring Nils von Kudell on guitar and singing Silent Night in German.  Come one, come All!  Merry Christmas!

Sunday, Dec. 18, NO SUNDAY SCHOOL ~ 10:15 AM - Service of Carols led by Keith Koppen whose sermon topic is "Music to Sing By; Words to Live By."  It's the 4th Day of Christmas!

January 1, 2015 HAPPY NEW YEAR!  It's our 170th Anniversary Year! Praise the Lord! TIME TO START READING YOUR ONE-YEAR BIBLE!

Sunday, January 4,  9 AM - SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES RESUME. ~ 10:15 AM EPIPHANY SUNDAY  with HOLY COMMUNION: The Lord's Table is open to ALL.  Baptism of William Philip Wuestenfeld. Your help will be needed in "Taking Down the Greens" following Worship, and Pot Luck Luncheon. Another beautiful day at Zion UMC!

 Please pray for our men and women serving in combat areas:  ~ Marine PFC Dustyn Harris, Ukraine. Please inform us of the names of others who are serving in war-torn areas.

All preaching is based on SCRIPTURE, TRADITION, REASON, and EXPERIENCE.

 The purpose of the United Methodist Church
is to make disciples of Jesus Christ
for the transformation of the world.    

~ Open Bibles ~ Open Hearts  ~ Open Minds ~ Open Doors