Local Mission Ministry

Focusing on local ministry opportunities and seeking to carry out the third part of Zion’s mission – to serve those in need.

The Blessing Closet

The role of the Social Ministry Committee is to reach out beyond the walls of Zion to get congregation members involved in helping people in need in our local community.

Those with a passion for any local organization or group that would be a good local partner, please contact the office or a member of the Social Ministry Committee.

Upcoming Events

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Tuesday, December 8, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Fare for AllNarthex


Contact
Roger Brenny
Building
Narthex
Grounds
South Parking Lot
Webpage
Fare for All
Local Missions

Fare for All will be back at Zion on December 8 for a low-touch drive-through food distribution from 4-6pm.

There’s no pre-ordering or pre-registration and all are welcome. Fare for All is for anyone who would like to stretch their grocery dollar to buy discounted “food packs” containing fresh fruit and vegetables or an assortment of meats. There are not income or residency requirements. To fairly provide for as many as possible, quantities will be limited. A listing of all items that will be available for sale will be posted in the ZionBuffalo Community Care Facebook group as soon as they are available (probably Monday, September 14).

For now, only credit, debit, or EBT payments are accepted (no cash). Distributions are currently operating on a limited basis using a “low-touch” drive-through model that makes transactions safer for everyone.

Distribution of the Fare for All food program began at Zion in 2015, and since then, people from Buffalo and many area communities have come to Zion to take advantage to buy quality meats and produce at prices 40% under retail.  The Zion site has become the largest single Fare for All location in the number of items sold.

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December 12, 2020

Adopt A Family at BUMC


Contact
Roger & Sandy Brenny
Webpage
Local Missions

  • Adopt A Family is on Dec 12th at Methodist Church as a drive through. 
  • Sign up forms are available at Zion and must be completed by Dec ember 7.
  • Recipients must live in Buffalo or Montrose.

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December 12, 2020

Toys for Tots at STFX


Contact
Roger & Sandy Brenny
Webpage
Local Missions

  • Toys for Tots distribution is by appointment at St. Francis Xavier school on December 12
  • Sign up forms are available at Zion and must be be completed by December 7.
  • Recipients must live in Buffalo/Montrose.

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Saturday, December 12, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Holiday Basket DistributionSouth Parking Lot


Contact
Roger Brenny
sandykath@bwig.net
Grounds
South Parking Lot
Webpage
Local Missions

Zion will be distributing the Food Shelf Christmas Holiday Baskets from 8:00am to 5:00pm. 
  • Signup form is available at Zion and must be completed by December 7.
  • Recipients must live in Buffalo or Montrose
Contact Roger or Sandy Brenny at sandyrogerbrenny@charter.net to volunteer.

Recent Updates

  • Social Ministry Updates

    Social Ministry Updates
    The Blessing Closet The Blessing Closet is in a holding pattern while looking for solutions for a safe distribution!  Donations are being accepted by appointment. If you have a donation, leave a message at 763.317.6052 and a volunteer will call you back with an appointment day and time for a no-contact drop off. Blessing Closet inventory is growing and we need to find a solution to serve people who are in need of clothes now and especially for the upcoming school year. We are hoping to have a plan in place by early ...
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  • Meeting Community Needs

    Meeting Community Needs
    It is a privilege of the Zion’s Social Ministry Team to serve people that need help in our local communities and what could be a better time than during a national emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic? Volunteers stepped into action in many ways during the last few months and plan to do so in new ways in the summer months. A HUGE thank you to all the generous volunteers that have accomplished so much to help people in our local community. As we go forward and continue to see the changes ...
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  • New Blessing Closet Donation Guidelines

    New Blessing Closet Donation Guidelines
    Now that Zion is accepting clothing donations, our goal is to handle the clothes efficiently and safely before we start the sorting process by providing a no touch process and allowing all donated clothes to sit for a period of time to make sure they are not carrying any virus droplets according to the CDC instructions (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html). Currently, all donations will be done by appointment only. Call 763.317.6052 and leave a message. You will be called back to set up a day and time to drop off your donation. No ...
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Partners and Projects

Buffalo Food Shelf

The Buffalo Food Shelf is a Christian, non-profit, community-based organization serving people and families in Buffalo that receive limited financial assistance or are going through a crisis and need help feeding their family. Zion Supports the Food Shelf by collecting food items year-round in a food cart (usually located in the hallway nearest the Sanctuary), supplying Easter Baskets (a complete meal) to Food Shelf clients, providing volunteers at the Food Shelf, and providing facilities and volunteers to assemble and distribute special Food Shelf programs.

Love Inc Big Woods

Love INC Big Woods is a non-profit organization established to improve the overall health and wellness of people and families in the Wright County communities of Buffalo, Maple Lake, Annandale, and Hanover. Love INC connects clients with volunteers, gives referral phone numbers to other agencies and ministries in our area, and prays with each client. Zion Supports Love INC by hosting the Blessing Closet gap ministry, collecting and assembling school supplies, providing families with Christmas gifts, collecting goods and providing space for Coats for Kids and Adopt A Family, and providing financial assistance to individuals referred through the Love INC Clearinghouse.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels provides volunteers to deliver nutritious meals to people in the community to help them live independently. Zion supports Meals on Wheels by providing 3 drivers each day of June and November to deliver meals.

Veterans and Active Military

Zion supports veterans and active military by providing cards to help members show support and prayer to active military members, and collecting supplies for Christmas stockings to go to service personnel overseas.

American Red Cross Bloodmobile

The American Red Cross is the largest single supplier of life-saving blood and blood products to patients in times of emergency and disasters. Zion supports the American Red Cross by hosting blood drives.

Local Nursing Homes

Zion Supports Local Nursing Homes by recruiting volunteers to visit and spend time with residents, and providing regular devotions at nearby facilities.

Read to Feed the Mind

Read to Feed the Mind distributes children’s books to families through local food shelves. Zion supports Read to Feed the Mind by collecting books for distribution.

Timber Bay

Timber Bay is a Christian non-profit working to change attitudes and behavior in youth through a growing faith in Christ, and creating a sense of purpose in their lives. Zion supports Timber Bay by providing financial assistance and serving a meal to program participants.

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