"Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me." Jesus
Our call is to serve the world and be the hands and feet of Jesus. We heal because Jesus healed. We love because Jesus loved. We serve because Jesus served. If not us, who? If not now, when?
There are many ways to serve through Zion's ministry. Some are ongoing and some come out of needs that arise in the community. You are welcome to join in on any or all of the Outreach Ministries at Zion Lutheran Church:
Food Pantry - We support an emergency food pantry at a Lutheran Church on the East Side of Buffalo. We encourage people to bring non-perishable food items into worship each week. Volunteers are always needed to take the food over to the food pantry.
Family Promise of WNY provides emergency shelter and supportive services for families experiencing homelessness. Zion members volunteer 4 times per year at the Church of Christ in Clarence, to provide a meal and fellowship.
Military Service Men and Women Collection provides comfort items and snacks for men and women serving in the military.
Resurrection Health Center - Resurrection Lutheran Church began a free health clinic on Wednesday evenings to meet the needs of the residents of the East Side community. We support the health clinic financially, prayerfully and with ongoing needs, such as doing indoor construction work to make room for offices and patient care areas.
Mission Trips - Periodic mission trips take place to meet the needs locally, nationally and in our newest venture, globally. Zion's mission teams have served from Buffalo to Chicago to the Gulf Coast.
Angel Tree and Holiday Meals - Each year, Zion's Outreach Ministry adopts several community families for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to provide gifts and meals.
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection- organized by our Mother's of Preschoolers. (MOPS) Each year, at Christmas time, boxes of small gifts and toys are collected for needy children around the world.
School #80- Highgate Elementary- Buffalo- We are supporting School #80 in the city of Buffalo by providing school materials.
Hearts and Hands- Faith in Action- If you are looking for some way to do God's work on a volunteer basis, call Hearts and Hands Clarence office 741-8100. Volunteers are needed to help transport people to Medical/Dental appointments, grocery stores, companion visits, respite care, light housekeeping or lawn care.
Funeral Meals - The Funeral Lunch Team provides meals for families after funerals so that families don't have to worry about those details and can stay at the church to heal, grieve, laugh and of course...eat!
Lutheran Charities - Through our Lutheran Charities agency, Zion supports 11 social ministry agencies around Western New York that range from counseling agencies, to our camp on Chautauqua Lake to a job placement service.
Check out the Calendar Page for updated ways to get involved.