The Christian Education Committee oversees the operation and promotion of all educational programs for adults and youth in the congregation at Zion, and thus enables them to grow in Christian faith, life and understanding. This includes continuous programs as well as programming that is either seasonal or limited in duration.
This group organizes the structure to facilitate such ongoing programs as adult bible study, children’s church time, confirmation preparation, learning opportunities for children, and vacation bible school.
Adult Sunday School
Learning Opportunities for Children
In addition, the Christian Education committee interacts with other Ministries to supplement congregational experiences and sharing as the need presents itself. Several recurring seasonal programs include the congregational picnic/worship event, the ELCA Good Gifts drive, the annual Gifts of Warmth drive, and the annual Kookies for Kids campaign..
Annual Congregational Picnic
In late July, each year, the congregation of Zion enjoys the annual picnic at Goodling Park. Starting with a worship service among the tall shade trees (weather permitting) and continuing with a delicious meal provided by the Continuing Education committee and every pie, cake and dessert known to mankind donated by the congregation. Then there are outdoor games and indoor BINGO and lots of great conversation and relaxing, after which everyone lines up for a dish of Carman’s ice cream to round out the day.
Each year, during November, you will find a display in the back of the fellowship hall where you may choose one or more cards with which you may make a monetary donation to the ELCA’s “God’s Global Barnyard”. We collect in support of ELCA World Hunger by giving through God’s Global Barnyard. The money is used to help families in underdeveloped countries by purchasing various barnyard animals.
From the beginning to the end of December, you will find that a Christmas tree in the back of the fellowship hall fills with gloves, mittens, scarves, socks, and hats donated by our congregation. Then we count and bundle these items; and just after the new year, they are taken to the Salvation Army in York from which they are all distributed to those in need.
During February, each year, we assemble boxes of nonperishable snacks like gum, granola bars, cookies (homemade and bought), and more to send to military personnel and college students who are affiliated with Zion. We collect donated snacks from our congregation throughout the month and then get together late in the month to pack the boxes and prepare for shipment. Our congregation also helps by donating funds to offset the cost of shipping. This way, we let those folks know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Christian Education Committee includes: Lois Goodling, Gevene Harden, Pam Hoffman, Jeff Hoffman, Bill Ream, Gloria Ream, Jim Ream, Bev Reindollar, Evelyn Roser, and Pam Spangler.