Mission Outreach

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

  1. We support Habitat for Humanity and volunteers help build the homes.
  2. Zion works with Hoffman Homes, a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed children, to provide school supplies and help support their creative therapy programs.
  3. Working through local social service agencies, our Matthew 25 fund provides funds for local residents in financial crisis.
  4. We have a team of people interested in serving our local veterans and being an advocate for veterans issues.  We support the Face of America Veterans Bike Ride.  Check the blog on this site.
  5. 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.
  6. At Christmas we support the residents at Homewood at Plum Creek in Hanover with gifts and cards.
  7. We have a quilt ministry that makes lovely lap robes for anyone who needs a special touch of care.
  8. We have a ministry that makes soup and bread for anyone who needs a helping hand due to illness, family emergency, etc.
  9. We initiated a program called “John’s meals”, partnering with other churches in Upper Adams Christians Together to provide weekend take-home food for hungry children in the Upper Adams School District.  Currently, 175 meals are provided on a weekly basis.
  10. Our Trivia Nites offer church and community members the chance to raise money for charitable organizations in a fun-filled atmosphere.
  11. We are a “five for five” participant in offerings that benefit the Wider Church in the UCC.

Our mission ministry teams are organized as follows:

Food Pantry (Upper Adams and SCCAP), and Zion’s soup and bread ministry Team

Habitat Team

Special Events Team (Hoss’s Night Out fundraising, etc.)

Veteran’s Action Team with Face of America events, HACC scholarship program, etc.

Holiday Outreach ( Holiday Toy Bureau, Homewood Home resident holiday card collection)

UACT John’s Meals program for the local schools

For more information, contact Mission Committee co-chairs Betsy Beach and Tom Deloe through the church office.  We are eager for willing hands who wish to work in the harvest fields of our Lord!