Mt. Zion Lutheran Church: A Small Church with a Big Heart!

What is a Lutheran? Lutherans are a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. And even though we are a small church, we believe that small things can make a big impact in our community! Here are some ways that we put our faith into action:

·        Offer a free monthly community dinner on the first Saturday of the month from 5 to 6:30 pm. We serve 60 to 100 people each month! Adults and children alike are welcome!

·        Sell Easter Eggs and homemade soup with 100% of the profits going to purchase complete Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to Monroe Elementary School families (in 2018 there were 34 families). If additional funds are available, we also give gift cards to each family. In 2019, we sold 4032 Easter Eggs which netted $2600 in profits for these holiday dinners. And in February, we sold 77 quarts of soup with netted $532 in profits.

·        Hold an annual 3-mile Fun Run/Walk where 100% of the proceeds goes to the four residents of the Churchtown CPARC Home. In our first 3 years, we raised $1738! In 2019, our Fun Run/Walk is scheduled for October 19th.

·        Sponsor a family every year from Monroe Elementary School (as selected by the School Nurse or Counselor) in order to give these family members Christmas gifts tailored to their specific needs.

·        Donate food monthly to Project Share (Carlisle) and New Hope Ministries (Mechanicsburg). On the first Sunday of February, we participate in Souper Bowl Sunday and collect cans of soup (donated to New Hope Ministries) to help fight hunger in our community.

·        Cook and serve a hot meal annually for those who come to The Salvation Army, Carlisle.  On July 13, 2019, we served a hot dinner (ham and sides) to approximately 90 people.

·        Help area families in need with toys, food, personal care items, clothing,
and back to school supplies through our in-house Free Store—where everything is free!

·        Support our global neighbors with contributions to end poverty/hunger and help with disaster relief.  We do this through a variety of ways including ELCA World Hunger, Heifer International; ELCA Disaster Relief; and donations to Mission Central and New Digs (of the United Methodist Church). So far in 2019, we donated $113.31 to ELCA World Hunger for Zimbabwe (in Southeran Africa) which has one of the highest poverty levels in the world. In addition, we donated $180 to Heifer International to help lift families out of poverty with a community vegetable garden, farming tools and fruit tree seedlings.

·       Give 100% of our Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Lenten offerings to charity. Recipients have included Safe Harbour (emergency shelter) and Carlisle Cares (provide housing and support services for individuals/families to help them achieve independent living by increasing their basic life skills).

·       Participate in The Boiling Springs Council of Churches (Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, St. John Lutheran Church, St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Otterbein United Methodist Church) and together we offer 4 services in our community: Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Thanksgiving Eve and Boiling Springs High School's Baccalaureate Service. Offerings are given to local charities.

·        House a Community Aid Bin (located in the church parking lot) that collects clothing and light household items to be sold (at their thrift store) in Mechanicsburg. In turn, Community Aid gives us clothing cards to give (free) to those in need.

·        Collect a "sock offering" during our Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) service/dinner. In 2019, we donated 140 pairs of socks to Safe Harbour in Carlisle that helps to provide shelter for homeless families.

·    Bake and deliver cookies to the Salvation Army of Carlisle and the Carlisle Truck Stop
     Ministry (so 
drivers have a special way to celebrate Christmas while away from families).