“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’    Matthew 25:35

Our Social Ministry reaches out beyond the walls of Zion into the community to families and individuals who may need extra support by:

  • Stocking and working with the Long Valley Community Assistance Program (LVCAP) to reach out to families in need in the local area.
  • Providing Easter and Thanksgiving food baskets to local families through LVCAP
  • Providing rides when needed
  • Christmas Gift collection in support of Market Street Mission, and local families in need.
  • Ongoing congregational special events throughout the year
  • Sponsorship of Operation Chillout – a local charity working with the homeless of Morris County
  • Support for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox outreach mission
  • Providing meals in time of need
  • Providing financial aid to those in need through LVCAP
  • Organizing Habitat for Humanity workdays

Our next Zion Quilting Day is being re-scheduled –  a new date will be announced soon!

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Sharing one of our creations with Zion’s very own Ken Winterfeldt



Be Bold!

The annual synod assembly will be held June 6-8, 2019 in New Brunswick. Pastor Ingrid will attend as will the voting lay members elected at Zion’s annual meeting, Judy Bumpus and Emily Rochotte. The theme of this year’s assembly is “Be Bold” from 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God did not give us a spirit of…

Upcoming Social Ministry Initiatives

The LVCAP quarterly meeting will be held on Thursday, April 25 at Valley View Chapel. Attending from Zion will be our LVCAP rep, Lori Prussack, and Pastor Ingrid. LVCAP is planning a “Stock up the Food Pantry for Summer” event in May, so watch the newsletter for more information! Last summer we gathered school supplies…

Plastic-Less Lent

If you decided to join the fast from plastic this Lenten season, how is your journey going? You may be interested in this New York Times article: www.nytimes.com/2019/02/16/style/plastic-free-living.html Sue Koeppen also has a National Geographic special issue on the impact plastic is having on our environment ask her for a peek if you want some…


Ten quilts were pieced together, layered with warm batting, pinned, tied and bound along the edges on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Nine of these quilts were sent off to Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR sends our quilts (and the quilts from many other congregations!) to those in need – around the world or here at…

“Plastic- Less” Lent Challenge

This year the Social Ministry Committee invites you to re-evaluate your relationship with, and use of, plastic. At creation, God gave to human beings, created in God’s own image, the responsibility to toil and keep creation. We were to act as stewards to protect and nurture all of God’s creation. But instead of the earth…

Thank You to the Youth From the Zion Eucharistic Team 

A special thank you to the Senior Youth Group for making lovely Valentine Cards which included some candy attached for all our shut-ins. We witnessed many smiles and thanks. Thanks to Emily Rochotte for inspiring this group to help others feel joy!  


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.


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-…

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…

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…