We moved to Buffalo several years ago and our plan is to make this our retirement community. We joined Zion in January of this year. Our work over the years has involved numerous moves and has taken us to new communities which always meant finding new friends without forgetting the old, finding our way around, finding a church community and putting down roots. The move to Buffalo was similar in many ways but also different in the sense that this move was not job related, which makes becoming part of the community more important.
For us, our church connection has always been most important. The Buffalo area has many options for church membership. As we made our visits and considered our options for church membership we were encouraged to find open and friendly people at Zion, various worship styles and ample opportunities to become involved in the ministry of the congregation. Zion came to the top of the list as we were welcomed each Sunday by a few members and the number gradually grew. We learned that the people of Zion are engaged in diverse and far reaching ministries that touch peoples’ lives near and far. We also sensed that Zion has the potential for even greater involvement in the Buffalo community, the metro area and the world.
As “new comers” being welcomed and the hospitality shown by members of Zion is what brought us back each Sunday for worship. As time went on we had the opportunity to become more engaged on a deeper level in the ministry of Zion.
As we reflect on the Great Commission and making disciples, it includes not only far away places out in the world but also to the world that comes to us.
Sunday worship is only one part of the overall ministry of Zion but it is a very important first impression, as it was for us, for those looking for a caring, loving church home. As members of our church we all need to reach out as we are able to those that come to us.
As new members, Zion has meant….new friendships, learning opportunities, fun times, new challenges and opportunities to serve and live out our faith.