Zion UMC has a long history of being involved in missions. Here are some of the missions we are currently involved in.
Union County Community Shelter
Every other month a group from the church takes a meal over to the shelter and serves it to the residents. Union County Community Shelter’s mission and purpose is to provide food and shelter to the hungry and homeless of Union County, North Carolina, and to provide programs to help the homeless achieve self-sufficiency. Check out http://www.unionshelter.org/ for more info on this organization.
Carolina Cross Connection
Each summer our youth and some adults participate in Carolina Cross Connection. CCC is a Christian youth mission in western North Carolina helping students and adults make a difference with folks in need while allowing Jesus Christ to transform their own lives to look more like Him. CCC is a Christian organization dedicated to Bringing youth and adults together to form a Christian community for the purpose of serving God and better knowing our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Spreading the love of Christ in the larger community through service to people in need. Providing opportunities for youth to practice leadership skills, witness to their faith, and grow in spiritual maturity. To find out more go to http://www.carolinacrossconnection.org/
Loaves and Fishes of Union County
Ever month the church collects a diferent item for the Loaves and Fishes of Union County food pantry. Loaves and Fishes of Union County is a 501(c)(3) corporation that exists to support neighbors in crisis and distribute food, free of charge, to the many certified needy people of Union County, North Carolina. Check on our NEWS page to see what the item of the month is. To learn more about Loaves and Fishes go to: http://www.loavesandfishesofunioncounty.org/
Stop Hunger Now
Once a year Zion raises money and host a meal-packaging event for Stop Hunger Now. Stop Hunger Now coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid to crisis-burdened areas around the world. This is accomplished through popular community-supported meal packaging programs that often are part of volunteer service projects. This is a hands on mission that the whole family can take part in. Check the NEWS page for the date of the event. For more info on Stop Hunger Now go to: http://www.stophungernow.org/
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. In the fall everyone in the congregation is encouraged to participate in this church wide mission by providing a gift to share God’s love to children around the world through a gift-filled shoebox. Shoeboxes and brochures will be available at the front of the sanctuary. Collection date is November 15. During December, Zion volunteers will go the Charlotte Processing Centers. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old. To learn more about Operation Christmas Child click here: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
Heifer International Project
Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Their animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. Each month a new animal is introduced to the church during children’s time. The offering the children give at children’s time goes to the animal of the month and on the last Sunday of each month the church is asked to give to the heifer project. To learn more about Heifer go to: http://www.heifer.org/