What does “membership” mean?
Good question. Becoming a member means you’re staking a claim on the future we share by getting involved, giving joyfully, and using your gifts well. Each person’s investment is unique and Pastor Meta enjoys taking the time for these life-giving conversations.
When you join Zion, we hand you an ivy plant to keep and nurture as a symbol of our growth together in Christ. We match you up with a not-so-new member who prays for you and helps you find meaningful ways to participate in the life of Zion. And then we welcome you with prayer and thanksgiving during a Sunday worship service.
Want to learn more about membership? Check out this story sheet and contact Pastor Meta.
And what’s a “Friend of Zion”?
We have a lot of friends, neighbors, and partners who care deeply about the mission and ministry of this church. There are lots of reasons they’re not members here – some are discerning membership, commitment phobic, skeptical of organized religion, active in multiple congregations, or long-distance these days.
Friends of Zion promise to receive the Messenger Newsletter, to pray for Zion’s mission, and to tell other people about what happens around here. Some Friends come to worship or dinner. Others volunteer and give financial gifts. They all express their friendship in different ways, but are united by their awareness of Zion’s ministry, prayer for the mission, and telling the story to others. Friends of Zion receive a candle to remind them that we are a wide community shining brightly. Many appreciate this new way to recognize the many ways we work together as people of Zion and the body of Christ.
Want to be a “Friend of Zion”? Fill out this story sheet and send it to the church office!
Sharing Your Gifts at Zion
Sunday Servant Teams are each responsible for leading worship one Sunday a month. People interested in setting up or serving communion, reading scripture or prayers, ushering and greeting are added to a team. As a team member, you can do what you love consistently or learn something new along the way – each team is equipped with people who have a variety of interests and skills, so learning the ropes is easy. Members, friends, and regular visitors are all welcome to join a team. It’s a great way to participate in worship and get to know others in the Zion community! Contact the church office for more information.
Sing in the choir. Help with childcare for ZOOM House residents. Plant and water flowers. Be a server at the Lyndale Community Dinner. Join the friendly team of Wednesday office volunteers. Tell the Property Committee about your Handy(wo)man skills. Suggest a forum topic or Bible study theme to the Learning Committee. If you have specific gifts or talents to share, don’t be shy. We will help your gifts intersect with Zion’s needs in life-giving and fun ways.
A Special Volunteer Opportunity
Love reading? Like kids? Try tutoring!
Literacy skills are crucial to success in school and in life. You can help students in Minneapolis develop these skills and cultivate a love of reading! Volunteer MPS is recruiting volunteers to help in kindergarten through third grade classrooms across the district in reading and writing. Volunteers will be provided training and ongoing support as needed during their service.
For more information, please contact Kara Bennett at 612-290-8440 or email@example.com