The congregation here at Zion is very active in mission. Follow our activities under the “Mission Update” blog. Our Vision statement that guides our ministry is this:
Through the transforming power of Jesus Christ, we strive to be disciples and to make disciples as we:
- Worship God with all our heart, mind and soul;
- Serve our neighbors through civic engagement and by being a moral presence in the community
- Grow in faith through study of scripture, prayer, and spiritual discipline
- Seek closer fellowship within the Body of Christ by being a church where members find nurture and challenge
- Witness to the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ by bringing the light of Christ into the lives of others.
Here is a sampling of the ways we seek to fulfill God’s vision for us:
- We host the Gettysburg Area Soup Kitchen once each month.
- We are a covenant partner in Habitat for Humanity, and the CROP Walk.
- Zion works with Hoffman Homes, a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed children, to provide Christmas gifts and help support their creative therapy programs.
- Working through local social service agencies, our Matthew 25 fund provides funds for local residents in financial crisiis. We also work with a local pharmacy to help pay prescription drug costs for those who can’t afford their medicine.
- We are a Head Start center which serves 20 at-risk children and their families.
- A “neighbor to neighbor” program is a partnership between Zion, Trinity Lutheran in Arendtsville, and the local borough authority to help residents of Arendtsville who are unable to do things like shovel their own snow or maintain their yards.
- We take monthly food collections to the local food pantry.
- We have a team of people interested in serving our local veterans and being an advocate for veterans issues. Check the blog on this site.
- We helped to sponsor rooms at the new shelter, and we often provide material assistance, and generally try to be a good neighbor to the residents of the shelter. We are beginning a program of providing a special outreach for residents of the shelter on their birthday.
- At Christmas we collect gifts for the residents at Homewood Home in Hanover.
- We have a quilt ministry that makes lovely lap robes for anyone who needs a special touch of care.
- We have a ministry that makes soup and bread for anyone who needs a helping hand due to illness, family emergency, etc.
- We initiated a program called “John’s meals ” that provides weekend take-home food for hungry children in the local school district.
Our mission ministry teams are organized as follows:
Soup Kitchen Team
Food Pantry (Upper Adams and SCCAP), and Zion’s soup and bread ministry Team
Special Events Team (Hoss’s Night Out fundraising, CROP Walk, etc.)
Veteran’s Action Team with wounded warrior events, scholarship program, etc.
Holiday Outreach (Hoffman Homes holiday gift collection, wreath sale, Toys for Tots, Homewood Home resident holiday gift collection)
For more information contact Pastor Kim Blocher or Consistory Representative Craig Long, through the church office. We are eager for willing hands who wish to work in the harvest fields of our Lord!