Social Ministry

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Packing Party!

Sunday, November 4th we held our Annual Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Packing Party! We were able to pack 72 boxes thanks to the generous donations and hard work of many folks in the congregation and some of our building partners. We are tracking our boxes, so as soon as we know where they have ended up, we will let everyone know! Please keep shoe boxes on your mind throughout the year when toys, art and school supplies and hygiene items go on sale. As always we will take shoe boxes, wrapping paper and Christmas cards throughout the year. Just drop anything shoe box related to Laura in the office! Thanks again to all for a job well-done!

Thanks for a successful November Food Drive!

Thank you to all who contributed food items or Shop Rite gift cards for our November food drive. Zion contributed 35 bags of groceries to our Long Valley Community Assistance Program (LVCAP) food pantry and our Long Valley Christian Nursery School contributed 38 bags of groceries. In addition, social ministry funds were used to purchase 25 additional Shop Rite gift cards. Your generosity will help to make both Thanksgiving and Christmas happier holidays for our food in secure neighbors. Thank you so much!

GIVING TREE PRESENTS DUE NEXT SUNDAY

This year Zion is helping to make Christmas merrier for families at the Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter and at our own LVCAP. Christmas wish stars are posted in the Narthex. If you wish to buy a gift for someone in need, take a star, write your name and contact information on the corresponding star, purchase the gift, and place your star on the gift. Return the unwrapped gift to the box in the Narthex by December 9th. The families at the shelter will wrap the gifts themselves. Thank you for spreading Christ’s love at Christmas and always. For questions, please contact Judy Bumpus at (908) 684-0391.

Giving Tree

This year Zion is helping to make Christmas merrier for families at the Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter and at our own LVCAP. Christmas wish stars are posted in the Narthex. If you wish to buy a gift for someone in need, take a star, write your name and contact information on the corresponding star, purchase the gift, and place your star on the gift. Return the unwrapped gift to the box in the Narthex by December 9th. The families at the shelter will wrap the gifts themselves. Thank you for spreading Christ’s love at Christmas and always. For questions, please contact Judy Bumpus at (908) 684-0391.

November Food Drive

Today is the last day to donate non-perishable food items for our LVCAP food pantry. Our nursery school filled a car with 38 bags of groceries and toiletries. Another 31 bags of groceries have been delivered to LVCAP from Zion. Keep it up and way to go!!! For questions please contact Judy Bumpus.

Shoe Box Wrap –up

Thanks so much to all of those who joined us last Sunday to wrap and pack shoe boxes, and to all those who donated items for our boxes and $ to ship them! We do have a bunch of “semi-filled” boxes that could be completed, so if you missed the packing party and you would like to complete a box, please pick one up in the Splash Room and return to the office on Tuesday, November 13th, so they can be delivered to the drop off location during the National Collection Week, November 12th-19th. As we have in the past, we will track our boxes to see where they end up! If you have any questions, please contact Laura Hamilton in the office or by cell at (949) 533-6614.

Giving Tree Coming Soon

This year Zion has “adopted” for Christmas giving families who have had to use the New Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter. The family wish lists will be coming soon and will be posted on the giving tree in the narthex. As in year’s past, we ask that you take one of the post-it note stars from the tree, buy the gift indicated and return it to church. But unlike previous years, this year we ask that you return the gift to church UNWRAPPED. The Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter has found that it is empowering for families going through the turmoil and change which has forced them to seek shelter with NJBWS to be able to wrap the gifts for family members themselves. Please look at our giving tree when it appears in the narthex, and if you chose a star, buy the gift indicated and return it to church unwrapped by December 9th. If you wish to donate wrapping paper, you may also bring that to church by December 9th. Thank you!

November Food Drive

his month as we grocery shop and prepare for Thanksgiving, help Zion to help those in our community who are less fortunate. Please add some items to you grocery cart for LVCAP. Zion church members and our LVCNS families will both be collecting for LVCAP in November. Let’s see how fully we can stock the shelves at the food pantry.  Non-perishable dry and canned foods are suggested. This November, LVCAP is particularly in need of donations of peanut butter and jelly, coffee, jars of spaghetti sauce, cereal, rice and healthy lunch snacks such as granola bars, individual servings of canned fruit, fruit leather, etc.  Please place your items in the bins in the Narthex. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

 

Craft Show!

Zion’s Annual Craft Show will take place on Saturday, November 10thThis year’s proceeds will benefit the family of Beth Diffenbach, who is suffering from terminal brain Cancer.  Beth and her husband have three small boys, two of whom have special needs.  For more information, please visit the following link to Beth’s GoFundMe page.  https://www.gofundme.com/help-beth-amp-family-battle-cancer.  If you’d like more information on the craft show please contact Jeanne Howell at [email protected] or (908)391-3255.