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Social Ministry

Although a formal committee is not organized, many activities continued throughout the year, all informally organized and accomplished by volunteers.
  • Cards are sent regularly to shut-ins and other ill people on the prayer list, as well as birthday cards.  This  ministry is now done by a trio of ladies.
  • Food Pantry packing and distribution was shared by many people who worked to provide food to families once a month, in partnership with Gleaners. 
  • Food Pantry made special Thanksgiving “baskets” in Nov. to assist families with a turkey and other items.          
  • Our contributions to Lutheran World Relief were 2 blankets, 2 Personal Care Kits, 4 Baby Care Kits, 2 Fabric Kits, and 63 School Kits -- all delivered and loaded into trucks in October to go to the Baltimore warehouse.    
  • Choirs prepared 12 Christmas stockings for teen guests at Sanctuary in Royal Oak, who were not  with family or friends at Christmas.    
  • In December, our "Mitten Tree" was overflowing with many scarves, hats, mittens, and other clothes for HOPE Hospitality and Warming Center in Pontiac.      
  • On a personal level, individuals prepared meals, visited, and provided home/personal assistance to members who had short or long term needs.              
  • Prayer Ring members prayed for the special needs of the congregation throughout the year.                     
  • Secret Pal program continued, which involves cards, little gifts, and special-day remembrances secretly given to a “Pal” throughout the year, until identities are finally revealed at Easter.  This program promotes connections and involvements between congregants of all ages.                  
  • Prayer Shawl participants have knitted/crocheted and delivered many shawls to people in hospitals and elsewhere.  This ministry uses a social and religious setting for knitting/crocheting and learning the skills.  The main purpose is to give a shawl, an everyday visible and tangible evidence of God's presence and love, to those who are most in need of comfort.        
  • Each week close-to-expiration breads from Costco are openly available to the community.
  • Zion honored a budget commitment for support to Samaritas, Michigan ELCA churches’ social ministry organization.  We also forwarded money collected through a special envelope category to a Detroit mission partner.
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