Zion has a genuine desire to be outreaching into our local community as well as into the world. Some of Zion’s ministries are aimed at specific outreach activities, but in order to be a truly outreaching force, all of Zion’s ministries are asked to plan ways to welcome others in, support the needs of those outside our congregation, and/ or witness to the love of Christ to those who do not yet know that love. The ministry teams listed below are only those that target specific outreach activities and these do not come close to representing the entire outreach ministry of Zion.
JOIN US for worship on January 28/29, 2017 when we celebrate Zion’s outreach efforts. Rev. John Schmidtke, Bethlehem Lutheran in St. Louis, will be our guest preacher. During 9:30 Bible study on Sunday, January 29, we will learn about outreach opportunities in the country of Belize as well as with the Native Americans of the Lakota Nation in South Dakota. We will provide special brunch foods for all to enjoy as we celebrate outreach at Zion.
101 (Adult Information Classes) – For those who are interested in understanding the Christian faith as the Missouri Synod Lutherans teach it, or wish to join Zion congregation, 101 classes are offered several times each year. Taught by the pastors, these sessions cover the basic teachings of the Christian faith, allowing the individuals to compare with his or her own church background. After attending these sessions, adults may join the congregation by confirmation or adult baptism.
- Contact Rev. Jason Reitz, Associate Pastor for Outreach email@example.com
Connections Ministry – Zion is committed to welcoming new members into its congregation. The mission of this ministry is to connect new members with active members of Zion for the purpose of building strong relationships while finding those places at Zion that can best utilize the talents, interests, and gifts of new members. We want to connect people to people and to ministry. To participate as a new member or active member:
Contact Rev. Jason Reitz, Associate Pastor for Outreach firstname.lastname@example.org
Foreign Missionary Support – Zion adopts missionaries in various parts of the world as a way of reaching beyond our walls. The missionaries and their families receive prayer and financial support from the congregation. When missionaries return to our area, they give presentations to the congregation on their ministries. Zion members are all a part of the ministry team in that their gifts and prayers are given regularly.
Ladies’ Aid Society – The Ladies’ Aid Society is a service organization that is affiliated with the LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League). They provide oil for church candles, donate to LWML missions through mites collected, work on mission quilts, provide foods for funerals, host an annual card party in August, have a bake sale and cookie sale, as well as provide its members with caring fellowship. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month at 12:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
Mary Martha Society – This ministry is a service organization dedicated to helping Zion with her time, talents, and offerings. They do this by serving on the Altar Guild, Flower Team, Kitchen Team, and wherever help is needed. They also host the December coffee hours and a Lenten Soup and Salad meal. They belong to the LWML and support local and national women’s organizations by collecting needed items and mites. The evening meetings are on the third Tuesday of most months and consist of devotions, guest speakers, refreshments, and a short business meeting.
Mission Teams – Zion has been blessed with the opportunity to serve our Lord by serving others. As a congregation we have helped support teams that traveled to Matamoras, Mexico; Alamo and Mercedes, Texas; Bayou LaBatre, Alabama; the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota; and locally with the Sparrow’s Nest and Thrive. Please know that your support of these teams enables us as a congregation to continue our mission.
S.W.A.M.P.-I.N. – An ongoing family ministry/mission team that, through God’s guidance, helps both spiritually and physically, the Lakota people on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Visit their blog to keep up to date on the mission.
Food Pantry – The Zion Food Pantry is a collection of non-perishable food that comes mainly from the Thanksgiving services food donations. Various groups give additional food throughout the year. This is available through the church office for any member or family and friends of members. We will give a onetime donation of food, diapers, laundry detergent and personal products to help out in times of need.
Zion Outreach Team – Zion serves the families and individuals in our community through financial assistance for heating bills, specific family needs, and ongoing support. Families receive Christmas packages for gifts designed to meet family needs and school supplies are distributed for children in need. The Outreach Team sponsors fundraising activities to provide financial support. For more information>