“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven..” Matthew 5:16

Locally

We are always looking for willing spirits to assist in being part of our community, providing pastoral care, and helping to create a vision for church projects and making them happen. You may also participate in our church consistory by joining as a member of the church and seeking one of our three positions: elder, deacon, and trustee. To become a member, you must confess Jesus as your Savior and pledge your commitment to the church in the hearing of others who support you.

–> Usher: Greet people as they come in, hand out bulletins, give any necessary directions and receive the offering.
–> Hospitality: We hope everyone will join in welcoming new visitors. If you see someone new on Sunday, or someone who has not attended in some time, help them to feel welcome and blessed. Perhaps even get their contact information so they can be added to our email list and our follow up list.
–> Social Hour: Help start the coffee during the last hymn and bring it upstairs to share with some hot water for tea and hot chocolate as well. An added bonus is if you want to bring any snacks to share! See the sign up list in the first pew or contact us.
–> Liturgist: Lead some elements of worship like the Call to Worship and Scripture Readings.
–> Acolyte: Extra help on Sundays getting the live stream ready, lighting candles, snuffing the candles at the close of service, and replacing candles as necessary.
–> Connection: Someone to help with follow-up. As a church we are all interested in the continuing connections and relationships both within our church family and new visitors. We want to promote engagement with each other and especially try to check in with those who may not have heard from us in some time. There are always those who could use an extra phone call. CONNECT the Christian body.
–> Digital Ambassador: Someone to help with digital visioning: How can we improve our digital footprint in a digital world?
–> Ride Share: We need help bringing members to church. Can you help pick one of our shut ins from Bellevue?

Please call 419-483-6658 or email b.niebanck.fireside@gmail.com if you can help.

Meals

We are grateful to the wonderful and talented cooks we have in our church! We make meals on the first Saturday for members and friends of our congregation, then deliver them to their door. We could always use help making an item for a meal and assembling the meals, as well as delivering them. If you would like to help, or know of someone who could benefit from a meal, please contact the church office at 419-483-6658.

Community Garden

The community garden grows a wonderful and bright range of peppers, tomatoes, beets, eggplants and squash. We are looking for green thumbs or budding enthusiasts to spend some time in the garden weeding, watering, and giving the plants some TLC. Contact the church if you’d like take up a spade.
As quoted by one member, “This is fun!”

Giving Tree

Zion UCC, Fireside leads the community giving tree project, which provides lower income children an opportunity to receive gifts on Christmas, as well as essential items. In the late summer and early fall, we send out applications to apply to receive help from the giving tree. Then, the applications are processed and tags are created to hang in Hogues and Bassetts, in Bellevue (and at times other places), for community members to take and shop for in late November and early December. Items are then dropped off at Zion UCC, Fireside, on one of the arranged dates for drop off, or, in some cases, can be mailed to the church if shopping was done online. We will welcome monetary donations for this project at any time; donations may be mailed to the church with “Giving Tree” in the memo of your check, or you may choose to help with purchasing gifts. We will also be able to use help sorting through the gifts that have arrived to the church in December. Contact the church at 419-483-6658 for more information or email givingtreebellevue@gmail.com. Also contact if you are looking for help from this program and would like to apply; we would love to be able to serve you!!

The Wider World

Our church gives to the wider church mission funds that have impacts on low income societies and families close to home and abroad. We advertise each special mission fund at the beginning of our services as we draw closer to each giving day or season. We invite you to give to these funds, where one hundred percent of your money will impact the life of someone who needs it. Write the name of the mission fund in the memo of your check, or use our special-marked offering envelopes if you come to a Sunday service. You may contact the church for further details if you would like to donate to one of these mission funds. Funds that we support include Church World Service Blanket Fund, One Great Hour of Sharing, Church World Service Disaster Kits, Our Church’s Wider Mission, Strengthen the Church, Neighbors in Need, and the Christmas Fund.

Serve with our community at Serve Bellevue! We have Serve Bellevue Day on the last Saturday of April each year, where volunteers from various communities gather together to complete projects around the community that benefit all. You may learn more details, submit project ideas, or sign up to volunteer at their website, http://servebellevue.com/