Zion Lutheran Church is a servant church. We support a wide variety of mission and ministry outreach programs and projects. Committees, staff and the congregation leadership are actively involved with outreach initiatives. Some of our ministries touch the lives of our neighbors right here in the community of Hummelstown, and many of our ministries extend the Church globally through hunger fighting initiatives such as the Hummelstown Food Pantry, Kids Against Hunger (www.kidsagainsthunger.org) and Hunger J.A.M. (http://www.lss-elca.org/hunger-jam) sponsored by the Lower Susquehanna Synod, community building through Thrivent Builds and Zion Cares, a companion program with Christ Lutheran Church in the heart of the city of Harrisburg. Our projects and ways to serve Christ by serving others is constantly changing. Join us as we open our hearts and minds and bodies to the work of the Holy Spirit, to do “God’s Work” with “Our Hands.”

Christian Education Committee
The Christian Education Committee works diligently and passionately to bring quality, faith-based education programs and materials to the teaching staff and parishioners of Zion. The committee works cooperatively to provide many opportunities to learn and grow spiritually.  Some goals of the committee are to identify evolving education and faith formation needs and to find ways to implement programs that meet these needs; keeping curriculum interesting for the kids as well as the teachers, and to make known to the congregation the resources available.
Meetings are scheduled at 6:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month (no meeting in July).
If you would like more information on this committee, please contact Shannon Bastian and/or Irma Stough, Co-Chairs.
Technology Committee

The Technology Committee is a group of techno enthusiasts that use their interests and skills to support the ministries at Zion. Their responsibilities include, but are not limited to, maintaining and designing the website (zluth.com), recording sermons, monitoring video and audio recording equipment, photographing church events, producing videos for VBS and other ministries. The Committee works toward implementing technology and electronic solutions to better serve the congregation. For more information or suggestions, email the committee at jad@jarthurdavis.com.

Committee Members
Tim Bastian
Bob Rudi
Jim Davis
Reg Dunkinson

Evangelism Committee

 Matthew 28:18-20

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” d (NRS)

 Evangelism, often referred to as “The Great Commission,” is misunderstood by many. Jesus spoke these words, recorded in Matthew, to the disciples, but we must understand that they were also spoken for all generations of Christians. The message is perpetual. Clearly, evangelism is every Christian’s responsibility.

In its most narrow definition, evangelism means to preach and convert to Christianity. Not many of us can evangelize in this way. Thankfully, there are many paths to follow in helping others understand and accept God’s saving Grace. We can all be effective witnesses for God by our unselfish acts of love and service to others.

Here are a few of our Evangelism Committee projects:

  • Assist Pastor in making follow-up calls to visitors who’ve completed visitor cards
  • Greet worshipers and organize ‘name tag’ Sundays
  • Open House during the annual Hummelstown Arts Festival – visitors can spend a few quiet moments in the sanctuary, use the rest rooms, and enjoy free bottles of refreshing water
  • Hand out candy and Zion literature during the annual Hummelstown Halloween parade
  • Phone calls to rostered members who have been absent from worship for some time
  • Messages in bulletins and Znews encouraging all members to reach out to absent members
  • Provide welcome gift and Zion literature to folks moving into the new Verde apartment complex

If you would like more information about possibly joining this committee or learning about our projects and plans please contact any of the following: Deb Weiss – Chair, Rich Weiss, Nancy Markey, Rob McGrorty, Ellen Perry, Cyndi Young, or the church office.

“Participating in God’s work puts us face-to-face with the people we are called to love and serve.” (taken from the ELCA website)

Social Ministry Committee
The Social Ministry Committee coordinates outreach projects for the benefit of those in need and oversees the health and welfare of the congregation. Specific responsibilities include:
  • Coordinate the Annual CROP Walk in October.
  • Plan and coordinate the Annual Blanket Drive, First Sunday in October through the Sunday before Thanksgiving in November.
  • Plan and coordinate the Annual Glove, Hat and Scarf Drive, Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend through the end of February.
  • Plan and coordinate a Mission Project for the Season of Lent.
  • Plan and coordinate two blood drives for the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank.
  • The Committee also coordinates closely with two other Zion committees: Zion Cares and Partners with Christ.
  The meetings are normally scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month (no meeting in July). For more information on this committee, please contact Mike Good.
Stewardship Committee
Everything we have is a gift from God and is to be used for the sake of sharing the Gospel in the world.  The Stewardship committee works to help members understand the responsibility we have to be good stewards of the gifts that God has given us.  Stewardship is a way of living for Christians and involves prayerfully discerning ways to share all that we have – our time, our talent and our treasures.  The committee seeks to promote programs to help Zion’s members develop faith-filled giving that is grounded in the gifts given to us in our Baptism. Our goal is to develop an ongoing stewardship emphasis to strengthen and support congregational members in understanding their role as God’s stewards. The committee meets the first Sunday of the month on Committee Night at 6:00 p.m. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the joy of Stewardship and spread this joy to others. If you would like more information on this committee, please contact Fran Gruber.
The Hummelstown Food Pantry

The Hummelstown Food Pantry Main & Rosanna Streets, Hummelstown, PA For more than eighteen years, congregational, faith, and community-based organizations have provided outreach through the Hummelstown Food Pantry. The Hummelstown Food Pantry is located at Main & Rosanna Streets, Hummelstown, PA and is sponsored and supported by the Hummelstown Ministerium. The Food Pantry is housed at Zion Lutheran Church and is directed, supervised and managed solely by volunteers from the Hummelstown community. The Hummelstown Food Pantry’s Hours of Operation are: Weekly – Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; and Thursdays 6:00-7:30 p.m. The Hummelstown Food Pantry is located right off the Main Street in Hummelstown, very close to the center of town, providing convenient accessibility to those needing to walk. There are external ramps that compensate for the steps and we have a wheelchair/motorized cart lift that takes people down to the lower level for access to the food bank. To Receive Assistance Hummelstown residents can apply for assistance during any of the Pantry’s regular hours of operation. Constituents of the food pantry need to reside in the Borough of Hummelstown, and meet the assistance requirements. Please feel free to stop by during our operation hours to apply. Please note you will need to bring with you a driver’s license, photo i.d., or current piece of mail showing your residency in Hummelstown. Volunteers Make this Food Pantry Happen! The Hummelstown Food Pantry is completely directed and managed with volunteers! There is a program director, assistant program director and many additional volunteers that help with the weekly unloading, stocking, sorting and distribution of food. Currently there are nearly 150 families registered who qualify for food assistance. We serve between 60-65 families weekly. Each week we continue to receive new applications for assistance. Volunteers are always needed! If you are interested in helping the Food Bank, please stop by during any of our regular operating hours, or call Zion Lutheran Church at 717-566-2589 for more information. Additional Resources through the Hummelstown Pantry The Hummelstown Food Pantry also serve as a conduit for access to The Giving Tree of Hummelstown, which seeks to provide basic necessities to women and their families. More information about their services can be found online at: http://givingtreeofhummelstown.org/. The local grocery stores (Weis Markets and Giant, Inc.) provide pastries, breads and bakery items on a weekly basis. In addition, Theo’s Foods is now donating Stromboli’s. We continue to work with Love Inc., who, on a monthly basis, provides personal care packages to our larger families. Such items include diapers, tissues, shampoo, etc.

Worship and Music Committee

Worship and Music Committee

Mission and Responsibility:

The Worship and Music Committee has the responsibility for all components of the worship service which is the central, unifying event of the life of our congregation.  All aspects of the service should facilitate the congregation’s ability to worship God.  Specific aspects include music, the altar (flowers, candles, the communion elements), decorations that set the tone for the various celebrations and any special events that celebrate the life of our church.

The pastor is a member of this committee, setting the tone for the committee and its choices and recommendations.

Music:  The Minister of Music offers any special music choices for review by the committee.

Zion Music Ministry

Altar flowers:  Following the final service of the day, the fresh altar flowers are delivered to members of the congregation who are homebound or hospitalized.  The coordination of this delivery is overseen by a committee member.

Altar candles and other celebratory candles: The candles used regularly in the sanctuary are oil filled.  A committee member oversees that the candles are always filled.

Altar preparation:  The placement of the communion elements at each service is handled by volunteers coordinated by members of this committee.

Decorations and special events:  Seasonal decorations especially for Christmas and Easter are coordinated by this committee.  Recommendations for special events celebrated within the worship service are also reviewed by this committee.


This committee meets the first Monday of the month, starting at 6:30 pm.

Zion Cares Commitee

The Zion Cares Commitee is a sub-committee of the Social Ministry Committee. Presently, we meet during Commitee Night, the first Sunday of the month. Our responsibility is to be a partner in Zion’s caring for our members and the community. We carry out this responsibility in the following ways:

  1. Visitation of members who are unable to attend and participate in the life of Zion because of illness or disablility.
  2. Support of members with meal delivery, transportation, etc., when illness, hospitalization, etc has occurred.
  3. Provide training with seminars or other resources for visitation and other Christian care giving, including health and wholeness.
  4. Serve as a liaison for our ministry with Christ Church in Harrisburg.

If you would like more information on this committee, please contact Mike Good.

Property Committee

Committee Members
Jim Davis – Chairman
Brian Norris
John Keissling
Bob Kautz
Fran Gruber

February Property Report

  • February has been quiet around the old lady. She has not given us any real headaches. Outside there has been a few issues….. Jim needed a new salt spreader since the old one broke. He purchased a nice large spreader only to have it break down after using it two times. He returned it and got a new one at a lower cost, only to find out that it will not work with the lower cost rock salt. We are in the process of determining if the extra cost for salt will be worth keeping it or will we have to purchase a commercial spreader. There was also a question about the snow removal contact. It seems that Connley does not come to do any removal for less than 2 inches of snow. We had less than 2 officially the other Saturday night and Jim ended up cleaning the sidewalks. I will have to work on getting him some help when this happens again.
  • We changed out two of the overhead lights in the parlor with LED’s and will change out the other two as soon as we get a chance to get lamps.
  • A new bulletin board has been purchased and donated to the church. Jim has installed it on the wall next to the stairway by the office.
  • Two step stools have been purchased and donated to the second floor bathrooms. Now the little ones can reach the sinks to wash their hands.
  • It has been brought to my attention that the ghosts from out back have been coming in at night and turning on the lights both upstairs and in Leatherman Hall. Jim and I are in the process of pricing motion sensing light switches for both locations. It looks like a switch will cost around $20.00. LED lights would pay for themselves quicker, but we have not found any LED florescent lights yet.
  • John Keissling is arranging a meeting with our property management company to go through the three rentals to see what repairs have been put off but now needs to be done. That meeting will take place within the next two weeks. We also have decided to clean out the second floor of our corner property and use it as storage.
  • We are still working on the security issues. The front entrance magnetic lock is now working properly. We also replaced the lock on the sliding window as you enter the front.
  • I have a follow up call into Kint fire products. They suggested we get a Class K fire extinguisher, to meet code, for the kitchen. I called them several weeks ago to have it installed, but it seems it was never done, according to the kitchen crew.

That is all for this month. Jim Davis

September Property Report

Well here we go….. We are now in the last month of the third quarter of the year. For many vacations are over, the kids are back in school, the pool will be closed shortly, and all you football fans will be heading to the games.

So what does all this have to do with the property of Zion…… absolutely nothing, except as we get back in the swing of things there is a lot to be done around here. This Saturday we will be sprucing up the court yard. If you need something to do bring your wheelbarrow and a garden rake at 9:00 AM and we will wheel mulch into the court yard and make it all pretty for the fall season. If you have any perennials that you want to get rid of we will plant them so we have a nice showing of color next year.

The roof is finished and paid for. Now we don’t have to worry about the water leaks anymore. Now we need to come up with a solution for the peeling paint in the Sanctuary. Does anyone remember when it was painted and who did the work? My best guess was back when we did the major remodel about 25 years ago.  I still have photos of the construction but no date.

The concrete pad has been replaced and we are asking all vehicles to stay off of it for 28 days. This has caused some problem because house cleaning has started and the dumpster is filled to the top and we have no way to get it out. Please hold off on adding anything else until we can figure out how to get it out of the pen so it can be dumped.

The middle service: We need to make a decision on where we are going to put the Middle Service on a Sunday Morning. It is costing us well over $4,000.00 per year to open the current building across the street for one hour of use per week. That just is not practical. We had an offer from the Historical Society to use one of their rooms, but now that may have gone away since we could not make up our minds in a timely manner. It has also been suggested that we move it back down to the Bair Room where it was before moving across the street. I really don’t care where we go as long as we make up our minds and get it done. Staying where we are just does not work.

I talked to Jim about cleaning the vents in the Sanctuary. He is going to try and clean them with his long handled Swiffer. He thinks he can reach them without a ladder. If you look up some morning you can see that they are really black from the collection of dirt over the years.

I also had a company come in and look at our lift to see if there was anything that could be done to make it less loud when it is being used. The news is no, what you have is what you will have to live with. The tech. said he would work up a price for a new lift, but thought it would come in around $20,000.00. At this point that is one project that will go to the bottom of the list.

I gave Reg. a new router for our IT network. He is going to install it to see if it will reach all the rooms in the church. I have had multiple requests for internet service in all the rooms. A wireless router is the only way to do this. To hardwire the system would be too costly and most likely could not be done due to trying to get wire through the walls.

Outside painting and stonework. These two projects need to be tackled, but at this point with the funding freeze they will have to wait until next year.

I saw this past weekend that our first property is empty and is up for rent. Do we need to do anything, painting, etc. to make it rentable? I know we have a property manager, but I am not sure he is keeping up with things. He promised that he would get the missing shutters installed. That was this past spring. They are still missing.

It has been requested that the lock to the room where we keep all of our records be replaced. I checked it and it is working ok. You just need to slam it a bit harder and make sure it is locked.

Well, I probably missed something, but that is all I have for September. If anyone has anything else let me know.

Jim Davis

Kitchen Committee

Tangy Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Pickled Onions, Apple, and Smoked Cheese

Tangy Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Pickled Onions [1146947] (Protected View) (Last saved by user) - Word 2015-09-29 23.50.45

Serves 4
by Tony Rosenfeld from Fine Cooking
Issue 132
Inspired by Carolina-style barbecue, this sandwich gets plenty of zing from a spicy, vinegary sauce and quick-pickled red onions. Any leftover onions can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

  • 1 small red onion, cut into thin rings (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbs. cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Tabasco sauce; more to taste
  • 3 cups pulled chicken (preferably dark meat), plus 1/4 cup reserved chicken broth or lower-salt chicken broth
  • 4 large sandwich rolls, such as pretzel rolls, split
  • 4 thick slices (about 4 oz.) smoked Cheddar or smoked Gouda
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced

In a large bowl, toss the onion with the sugar, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper, and let sit for 10 minutes. Add the red wine vinegar and 1/2 cup cold water, press down with a plate to submerge the onion, and let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature.

In a 3-quart saucepan, heat the honey, cider vinegar, Tabasco, and 1/2 tsp. pepper over medium heat until the honey melts, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken and broth, reduce the heat to medium low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken heats through and absorbs most of the sauce, about 5 minutes. Add more Tabasco to taste.

Position a rack 6 inches from the broiler and heat the broiler on high. Put the rolls on a baking sheet cut side up and broil until lightly toasted. Remove the tops of the rolls from the baking sheet, top the bottoms with the cheese, and broil until the cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes. Top with chicken, onion, apple, and the roll tops. Cut in half, and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 560; Fat (g): fat g 38; Fat Calories (kcal): 340; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 7; Protein (g): protein g 41; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 17; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 19; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 11; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 800;

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