A Sunday to Remember

posted Dec 18, 2018, 7:59 AM by Cameron Hubanks

Sunday Worship:  9:30 am.  Children’s Sunday School during worship on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month.  

To contact Pastor Rich Pleva, call 608-845-5641 or text 608-574-9465 or email zwingliuccpaoli@gmail.com.



posted Oct 2, 2018, 12:39 PM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 5:48 AM ]

Preliminary work has begun on the church budget for 2019. With the decreased expense of having a half-timepastor, there is the likelihood of more flexibility for creative use of the funds you give to God’s work throughZwingli Church. The Finance Committee and Church Council are considering various ways to faithfully usethose resources, and you’ll hearing more about that in the days to come. In the meantime, seriousconsideration is being given to increased mission giving – potentially nearby in the communities in which welive and also far away with people we don’t know. If you have suggestions for ways to assign increased mission giving, please be in touch with a member of the Church Council. The Council can’t promise that everysuggestion will be adopted, but we do promise that every suggestion will be carefully and prayerfully considered.


posted Mar 28, 2018, 10:43 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Dec 1, 2018, 5:30 PM ]

February 2019 Calendar

posted Mar 28, 2018, 10:42 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Feb 10, 2019, 7:52 AM ]

Feb 24th“Pajama Sunday”  ( See School News below for more info )

March 10, 2019 Chili/Soup Luncheon

Note: The 1st Sunday of each month is communion and family worship Sunday and there is no Sunday School.


Equine Care

posted Mar 28, 2018, 10:39 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Feb 10, 2019, 7:46 AM ]

Doctor Judy Batker (a member of our church) and a team of doctors from around the U.S. regularly go to Costa Rica and Haiti as well as the Lakota nation out west to do equine care for the horses and mules that people there depend on for their livelihood. Many of us are not able to travel to see this work first hand but appreciate this “outreach” mission. If you are interested in donating to something that we know where the money is going contact Judy Batker or Countryview Veterinary’s. (Oh, and shhhhh Judy doesn’t know I added this to the Newsletter !!!)


Sunday School

posted Sep 1, 2017, 10:59 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Feb 10, 2019, 7:52 AM ]

Save the date: Feb 24th

“Pajama Sunday” !!!! Yes that’s right Sunday School can roll out of bed today and come to church in their PJ’s !!! It’s going to be a movie day !!!!

Note: The 1st Sunday of each month is communion and family worship and there is no Sunday School

Sunday School has a total of 9 children and we are off to a wonderful start. Thank you to Ashley and Scott Mansfield for being “helpers” as well as Travis Sponem. Reminder that the the first Sunday of each month will be Communion and families will worship together with no Sunday school on those days. If you have never attended Sunday School at Paoli but you are interested in starting please come and join us any Sunday. 

Zwingli UCC-Paoli Women's Guild

posted Sep 1, 2017, 10:57 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Feb 10, 2019, 7:42 AM ]

Paoli Women’s Guild Minutes, January 13, 2019
Meeting called to order by President.
Six members present. November Secretary’s report read with correction changing date under New Business, Distribution of funds for the year 2017 should be 2018. Motion approved.
Treasurer’s report.
Kathy Johnson reported several get well cards mailed. We are in need of visitation teams for January, February, and July. Please contact Kathy Johnson.
Kathy Johnson wants to have a special Auction/Bazaar meeting in the next few months to discuss any new ideas for future planning.
There are still a few cookbooks for sale at $10 each.
Harvest-In-Home Gathering was a great success with food to both the Verona and Belleville food pantries. Thank you to Jack and Linda Everson delivering the food. It was discussed to have everyone bring food as often as possible, as there is a need for more food needed with the government shutdown. There is a box in the entryway for anyone to bring food every Sunday. As the box is filled, it will be delivered to one of the food pantries, alternately between Belleville and Verona.
Polka Sunday was a fun and lively worship. Thank you to Jan and Terry, Petra and Larry for serving and everyone who brought a dessert for the fellowship afterward.
Five large trays of Christmas cookies and fudge were delivered to Kelsch Machine as a “Thank You” for the use of their parking lot during the year. Thank you to everyone who donated!
Operation Shoebox was a huge success with money and supplies to make up 19 boxes. Plans are in the works for more in 2019.
Remaining dates for upcoming events for 2019 will be coordinated with Pastor Rich after he gets back from vacation.
Annual meeting is scheduled for January 27, 2019. Servers are Faith Wittwer, Linda Everson, and Kathy Johnson.
Meeting closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

Church Cancellation Policy

posted May 30, 2017, 5:00 PM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Oct 2, 2018, 12:47 PM ]

Who knew we would have a snow and ice storm in April?! Because we had a weather cancellation on April 15, Pastor Laura and the Council decided to formalize a cancellation policy. *The Pastor has the responsibility for making the call on cancellation of Sunday worship and will communicate via the following:

  •   Contact the Council members & anyone who has worship leadership responsibilities for that day (e.g. liturgist, pianist, ushers, Sunday school teachers, etc) by phone or text.

  •   If safe to do so, a council member who lives near the church will post a physical notice on the door.

  •   Send an email to the all-church newsletter list.

  •   Post the cancellation on Facebook and contact the churchs website admin

    to post on the website.

  •   Post the cancellation on Channel 27 news event closing list.

    All who receive the notice of a cancellation are encouraged to help spread the word” to anyone who might not have or check email or social media regularly.

    The most important thing to remember when there is bad weather is to use your own best judgement and do not venture out if you feel uncomfortable doing so. Stay home and stay safe!

UCC General Synod – June 2019 in Milwaukee

posted Apr 1, 2017, 3:13 PM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Feb 10, 2019, 7:43 AM ]

Every other year representatives from across the United Church of Christ gather for a church-wide meeting called General Synod. This gathering always happens in the early summer of odd numbered years. This year it happens at the end of June (the 21st through the 25th) and for the first time in the history of the UCC, General Synod will be right here in Wisconsin.

It’s a big job for a conference to host General Synod. It takes much preparation and planning. And ittakes volunteers – lots of them!

Please consider attending a part of General Synod – even a day at Synod can prompt growth andinspiration. And consider being a volunteer, as well. If you’d like to know more about volunteering atSynod, please let Pastor Rich know. There is an informational meeting coming up at Orchard Ridge UCC on the west side of Madison on Thursday, February 14 at 10 am. Rich will attend and would be pleased to have others join him at the meeting.

The Doctrine of Discovery

When European settlers began coming to America in the 1600’s, they took it for granted that the landto which they had come was free for the taking. But what about the people who were already here the Native Americans?

The history of European colonization in the Americas and around the world is based on a conceptnow known as the “Doctrine of Discovery.” It was promulgated by (European) church and secular authorities beginning in the 1400’s and continued to undergird the legal foundation for colonialism for 100’s of years. The US government has formally asserted “Discovery Doctrine” in a variety of ways.

The Doctrine of Discovery worked to the powerful advantage of European explorers and settlers. At the same time it worked to the distinct disadvantage of indigenous peoples. Many have begun to question this long-standing framework for claiming land, and many of these questions are arising in communities of faith. The Wisconsin Conference of the UCC has initiated a process of study and consideration of this doctrine. Part of the process of study that must precede any resolution is study within local congregations. As a consequence, we will devote two sessions of our Tuesday morning Bible study to this topic – February 19th and 26th. Because these sessions are daytime sessions (9:00 am), they will not be convenient for everyone, but if you are available and interested, please consider attending.

Debit Direct News

posted Jan 10, 2017, 9:30 AM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Aug 6, 2018, 7:08 PM ]

The Finance Committee and Church Council are happy to begin offering direct debit to the congregation. Direct debit allows you to have a monthly contribution automatically deducted from your checking account and debited directly to the church. No need for checks or envelopes, and makes budgeting your annual contribution amounts to the church easy. And, unlike with credit cards, there are no fees, for you or for the church. If you are interested in enrolling in direct debit, please contact Cole Leystra at 608-658-6513 or leystra@gmail.com


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