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.

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.

Recent Updates

  • Food Shelf Volunteer

    DiannaDianna grew up in a small farming community in central Illinois, where she was a member of the local Methodist Church in Illinois, attending weekly worship, Sunday school, church, vacation Bible school, church camp, and Sunday night youth group. Because the church was in a very small town, we knew all of the attendees, and the kids were those we went to school with and saw daily. This provided a very warm, comforting environment for building a strong faith-based life. Dianna’s favorite hymn is “On Eagle’s Wings” with lyrics from Psalm 91. My refuge and ... more
  • 10,000 Reasons

    Meals on tractor wheelsLess than 100 Visits There’s a song that’s worked its way into my heart: Bless the Lord O my soul, O my soul; worship His holy name. Sing like never before, O my soul. I’ll worship Your holy name. You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger. Your name is great and Your heart is kind. For all Your goodness I will keep on singing. Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find. We have 10,000 reasons and many, many more to give thanks to God. In November, Zion has a few less than 100 ways to ... more
  • Babysitters on Wheels

    JenMy husband, Ryan, and I joined Zion in 2012, as we were looking for a church where we could raise a family.  We loved the traditional sermons and the positive presence Zion  has in the community.  I enjoy seeing all the volunteer opportunities in the Sunday bulletin and, pregnant at the time, was super excited to finally have the time to give back. That was the first year I did Meals on Wheels.  I signed up to do a delivery every weekday that November.  It was so easy, just smile and hand people their meals!  They would see my big belly, we ... more