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Ministry Opportunities

Our goal at Zion is that every member is involved in a ministry. This is a sampling of the many ministries our members are involved in:

Acolytes: Middle School students assist the pastors in worship

 

Altar Ministry: Set up of the altar and sanctuary for worship.

 

Baptismal Ministry: Preparing banners and resources shared with our families at the time of baptism.

 

Campus Ministry: Some members prepare meals for the weekly Sunday student gathering; while others work with Pastor Couch in planning and support.

 

Card Ministry: Every month, birthday cards are sent to homebound members.

Church Extension Fund: Investments in this financial arm of the Michigan District assist in the building of mission churches, and expansions such as we have recently undergone. Children and adults alike assist in supporting this effort.

 

Christian Art: Displays of visual art by our members, assist all to explore and meditate upon our faith.

 

Church Decorations: Helping to prepare the sanctuary and entry area for special times of the year, to enhance worship and spiritual growth.

 

Coffee Fellowship: Like all good Lutherans, coffee and donuts are part of the Sunday morning fellowship.

 

Communion Assistants: Members of Zion assist the pastors in the distribution of communion at our worship services.

 

Communion Bread Baking: Home baked bread makes our communion gathering a truly special meal.

 

Counters: A dedicated group gathers every morning to count and properly record offerings. This ensures great stewardship and confidence in how our members’ gifts are cared for.

 

Dinner Tree: When a child is born, several nights’ worth of meals are delivered to our young families. Gradually this ministry has been expanded for other special needs as well.

 

Endowment Fund: 40 years ago an endowment fund was established so that gifts would continue to be available for ministry. This fund has expended over $1 million during that time for church worker scholarships, new ministry starts, and major property needs that are not covered by the budget.

 

Finance: A ministry team meets monthly to assist our Vice President of Finance and the bookkeeper in budget planning and financial good sense.

 

Friends of Jesus Preschool: Our highly rated preschool and day care ministry, fully staffed, and assisted with volunteers of Zion. Members also work with Melissa VanderMeeden in planning and support.

 

Funeral Luncheons: The meal after a funeral is a special gift to the family. Members bring food, cook, and serve the family during this special moment.

 

Greeters: The first contact visitors and members have, as they enter for worship, is to be greeted warmly by members of Zion.

 

Guest Follow-up: Phone calls and contacts are established with visitors to worship.

 

Harbinger Volunteers: A faithful group gathers each month to collate and prepare our monthly newsletter for mailing.

 

Helping Hands: Each year during the Christmas season members donate gifts for needy families of the community. A group of other members wrap and delivers those gifts to share our love at Christmas.

 

Helping Others Ministry: Each year in the fall, members donate back packs, schools supplies, and other needs for children in need so that they begin school with the same supplies as everyone else.

 

High School Ministry: We have an active ministry of spiritual growth, fellowship, and servant trips for our high school youth. Adult counselors assist Aaron Grube in this joyful ministry.

 

Holiday Bazaar (Grateful Hearts Thankful Hands): A dedicated group gathers craft and resale items through the year for a Bazaar in November that provides financial support for debt reduction and additional support for our preschool.

 

Ladies Candlelight Tea: An annual Advent evening fellowship gathering of women and their friends at Zion.

 

Lectors: Members assist in worship through the reading of the Scripture.

Library: Collecting, cataloguing, and repairing books in our well stocked library, as well as keeping our “quiet bags” for worship in good supply.

 

Little Dresses for Africa: Sheets and pillowcases are transformed into dresses for young girls in underdeveloped regions of Africa and the Caribbean.

 

Loaves & Fishes: Our weekly gathering of food for the hungry in our community, delivered each Monday to the neighborhood food centers.

 

Lutheran World Relief Knitting/Sewing: A weekly service and fellowship opportunity to provide layettes, quilts, and dolls for children and family throughout the world.

 

Mid-Week Dinners: Preparing and serving our family dinners and fellowship during the months of September through the May.

 

Middle School Youth: An active ministry of spiritual growth, fellowship, and servant trips for our confirmation aged youth (grades 6-8.) Adult counselors assist Aaron Grube in this joyful ministry.

 

Music Ministry: Organists, instrumentalists, vocalists all aasssit Helen Fierke and the pastors in music that enhances our worship and spiritual life.

 

Bell Choir: Our hand bell choir practices on Tuesday evenings.

 

Cantors: Cantors assist in worship with singing some of the liturgy and leading in responsive singing of the psalms.

 

Gloria Dei Singers: Adult choir practices on Thursday evenings.

 

Instrumentalists: Assist in leading and supporting worship, and helping as an orchestra for our Cantatas.

 

Office Volunteers: From collating bulletins to answering phones or helping with filing and record keeping, many help in our ministry of Congregational Life.

 

Personnel: A ministry team meets monthly to assist our Vice President of Personnel in the hiring and support of our ministry staff.

 

Prayer Garden: We continue to develop our prayer garden outside of Gathering Space through donations and upkeep of this resource.

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry: Members knit and crochet shawls that are given to members during time of illness and healing, as a reminder of the warmth of our love and the presence of God in their lives.

 

Property: A ministry team meets monthly to assist our Vice President of Finance and Building Manager in the maintenance, operations, and stewardship of our physical resources.

 

Radio Ministry: The recording of our weekly radio broadcast on WKZO.

 

Small Groups Bible Study Ministry: We have a number of small groups who gather for spiritual growth, fellowship, and ministry efforts. More information is available on the Family Life page.

 

Sound System: Operating the sound system and light board during worship.

 

State Hospital Ministry:We have weekly worship at the State Hospital. A faithful group of volunteers bake cookies, serve refreshments, and prepare a monthly meal for the residents who attend this worship on Tuesday mornings.

 

Summer Beautification: From spring to fall, Wednesday mornings become a time for fellowship as members work on gardens and grounds.

 

Sunday School: Teachers and helpers are crucial in helping our children to learn about the love of Jesus in their lives.

 

Ushers: Welcome, hand out bulletins, and assist people during worship.

 

Website: Taking care of this great resource for members and visitors alike.

 

Zion Gardens: A dedicated group plants, weeds, and cares for the flowers and shrubs that accent our property.

 

Zion "Prayers": Each week we email a list of prayer needs to a faithful group of members, who daily pray, for everyone in this congregation.

 

Zion's Women's Book Group: A monthly gathering for fellowship and support.