Category Archives: Outreach

Our church embodies our mission statement: “Reflecting Christ, we are called to share God’s gifts.” We have a variety of ministries that help us discover and receive God’s gifts; we also have a variety of ministries that help us share our gifts. Any ministry we do is an opportunity for God to bless us and for us to share those gifts with others. You could really say that all of our ministries are “Outreach” but we wanted to highlight a few that reach out beyond our walls. On this section we are highlighting some of these ministries..

Be sure to check out our youth page — they do a lot of outreach! We also have a lego club worth looking at too. For a more complete picture of ways you can serve others through Zion’s, we encourage you to browse our newsletters. Finally, we partner with a number of organizations in and outside of the Lutheran church to enable us to Share God’s Gifts.

Zion’s Touching Tomorrow Endowment Applications Now Open

Zion’s Touching Tomorrow Endowment has over $20,000 to distribute this year! Grants from the Endowment support mission and outreach beyond the normal church budget and usually, beyond the church walls.  Money is awarded in the categories of education, local ministries, congregational programs, and extended/global ministries. We need your help in providing applications for review!!

Click here for more information about the Endowment Fund.

Click here for a disbursement application. 

Questions? See Daryl Bush, Pastor Caitlin, or any member of the Endowment Committee. Deadline is December 1.

Zion’s shares God’s gifts

During the season of Lent, Zion’s set out to complete 40 Actions Teams in 40 Days. In the end, we completed 32, which means that $8,000 and many hours of hard work were offered in love to our local and global community. Click the photo below for a snapshot of what that mission looked like: 

APRIL 29: Bike or Hike to the Bordner Cabin

Bike OR Hike to support the Bordner Cabin Preservation: Saturday, April 29 at NOON at the cabin. This is a #Zions40in40 event.

The plan is to bike or hike from the (1.6 miles) Sand Siding trailhead near Twin Grove Park. The Swatara Watershed and Bordner Cabin websites offer maps and information of interest. Upon arrival we will ‘police’ the area of litter and trash that may have accumulated, and listen to a Bordner Cabin Preservation representative’s description of the Preservation’s history and mission. After the cabin effort we will reconvene at Wendy’s in Lickdale where Thrivent Action dollars will treat us to lunch.
Those choosing to bike or hike will meet at the Zion’s parking lot at 11:00 A M for those wishing to ride share, or meet us at the Sand Siding trailhead at 11:30 AM. Anyone wishing to donate to the Preservation Fund in a financial way are encouraged to consider one penny ($0.01) per pedal stroke or step for hikers or approximately $10. Donations are NOT required to participate.
A signup sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the Gathering Area and any other logistical questions should be directed to Ed Ludwig at 717-507-4758.

Update from Luke, our Missionary

Zion’s helps to sponsor a Young Adult in Global Mission through the ELCA. This year, we are sponsoring Luke who is serving in Argentina. You can read his latest newsletter by clicking the link below. Please continue to hold Luke and the communities he serves in your prayers.

Newsletter: LukeSwansonMarchNewsletter-YAGM

To learn more about Young Adults in Global Mission, visit

March 17: Mark Cable in Concert

7 PM

Singer, songwriter, and humorist Mark Cable has released 17 CDs and been touring fulltime for over 25 years. His insightful everyday-life songs along with his off the wall sense of humor have stirred audiences across the US to laugh, to cry, and to think about the things in life that matter Cost is $10 and you can get tickets by contacting Jim Gill or the church office.
This is a THRIVENT ACTION TEAM event. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The items below will also be collected and donated to the Children’s Hospital. .#Zions40in40 #livegenerously

Babysitting will be available in the nursery.

Rally Day 2016

14237680_1280362831982474_2603851468091601778_nOn September 11, we participated in God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday together with ELCA congregation across the nation. We packed 36 school kits for Lutheran World Relief, repaired “Welcome to Jonestown” signs on each side of town, and picked up trash in our community. Thanks to the many volunteers who shared their gifts to make this day possible, and to Thrivent for sponsoring these projects!


Helpers of all ages packed these school kits which will be sent to children around the world through our partnership with Lutheran World Relief.



Now we can welcome visitors in style!




Getting ready to pick up trash around town!