Social Ministry

LWR QUILTING DAY WRAP UP

On Saturday, February 9th, we quilted 10 quilts to be sent to Lutheran World Relief! LWR sends quilts around the world to places affected by natural disasters, war and poverty. Thank you to Judy Bumpus for coordinating this wonderful project.

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING RESULTS

The Souper Bowl of Caring results are in! The Rams were the favored team at 122 donations, Patriots had 44 donated items. 55 donations were “undecided”. That’s 221 total items donated!! Monetary donations totaled $137.51. We also received 2 Shop Rite cards. All the food and monies collected will be taken to the food pantry- those who struggle with food insecurity in our community are the big winners! Thank you to all who donated, and to those Sunday School staff and students who helped at the services: Amelia Davis, Aiden Davis, Megan Davis, Luke Scudese, Sophia and Emily Stoma and Marcus Zwingle.

Dear Zion,

The Clients and staff of JBWS, Safety and Solutions for Abuse, would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to you for participating in the 2018 Adopt-a-Family Program. Through your generosity, we were able  to assist 81 families and approximately 180 children in need during the holiday season. We were also able to provide as additional 64 women with gifts and gift cards.

We also thank you for participating in the 2018 Holiday Project. Thank you for your donation of clothing and toys. Through your generosity, we were able to assist 218 families and approximately 415 children in need during the holiday season.

Sincerely,

Diane M. Williams, MSW, LCSW

President and CEO

 

Dear Zion Lutheran Church,

Thank you for your gift of $500 to ELCA World Hunger. In this season of Epiphany, your gift shines with the light and blessing of Christ, accompanying people and communities here and in the 60 countries around the world. Blessed are you for sharing your blessings with others.

With the light and hope of Christ,
The Rev. Daniel Rift, Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disastor Appeal

Food Pantry

FOOD PANTRY SUPPORT APPRECIATED

A congregational member doing their food shopping recently made a donation to the local food pantry at the check-out line. The customer behind her was moved to say thank you. “I appreciate so much what you do,” the customer said. “My daughter has to use the food pantry and without donations from people like you, I don’t know what she would do.”

Please remember that your support of our local food pantry is appreciated – it makes a difference in the lives of our neighbors! Thank you!

Comfort My People Bereavement Group

Our grief support group, “Comfort My People” meets on the fourth Thursday each month. The Group will meet again on February 28 at 10:00 AM. We invite those who have suffered loss of any kind to join us in the Adult Forum Room of Faith Hall. We share our stories and look to insights from “Understanding Your Grief by Alan Wolfelt.”

LWR QUILTING DAY NEXT SATURDAY

On Saturday, February 9th, we will have a quilting day in Faith Hall from 9 AM to 5PM. Come for the day or for an hour or two – all hands wanted! When completed, these quilts are sent to Lutheran World Relief. LWR sends quilts around the world to places affected by natural disasters, war and poverty. As always, on a Zion work day, there will be food (bagels and juice to begin, lunch at midday, coffee or tea anytime). And fellowship, of course! Come for a day of rewarding work, chat with friends old and new, be fed, feel good – what could be better? For questions please contact Judy Bumpus at (908) 684-0391 or email [email protected]

THE SOUPER BOWL OF CARING  IS THIS SUNDAY!!

The Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Rams will be played this Sunday! Sunday School is collecting food for our food pantry through the “Souper Bowl of Caring”. They invite you to bring a canned good or some dry food (beans, soup, tuna, pasta, peanut butter), or a monetary donation with you to church on that Sunday. There are collection barrels located in the Narthex – each “decorated” for the teams playing in this year’s Super Bowl. Please “vote” for your team by placing your donation in your team’s bin. All the food collected will be taken to the food pantry- those who struggle with food insecurity in our community will come out on top, no matter who wins the game in the evening! Thank you!