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, contact the church office.

Committee Members
Tim Bastian
Bob Rudi

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.

The committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm.

“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 Monday 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 second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 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 twenty 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 9:00 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. 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

Peggy Wilson – Chair
Jim Davis
Brian Norris
David Ranck
Susan Zacher
Fran Gruber

The committee meets on the first Tuesday of the month, 6:00 pm. The Committee manages all property concerns, sees that maintenance is completed by volunteers or contractors, and plans major projects to address extensive property maintenance and improvement.

Kitchen Committee
The Kitchen Committee coordinates all meals for special meetings such as the Annual Meeting, for the Lent-Easter cycle including mid-week Lent dinners, the Seder meal on Maundy Thursday, and the Easter breakfast. The committee provides hospitality to bereaved families by providing luncheons following funeral services.

Pat Logan and Edie Wiestling co-chair the committee.

Mutual Ministry
The Partners with Christ Lutheran Group

This group is a sub-group of the Social Ministry Committee.

Prayer Shawl Group
The Prayer Shawl group gathers on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm to knit/crochet shawls for homebound members, those suffering from illness and grief, and baptism blankets which are given to the newly baptized.
Prayer Group
Wonderful Women of God
The group gathers on Wednesday at 11:00 am from September – May to study the Word of God through media such as books about characters of the Bible, through video, through Bible study. The group joins in fellowship with lunch at a local restaurant following the study time.
Garden Committee
Grateful Ladies of Zion
The group gathers on the second Monday evening of the month, September – May for learning and fellowship. Each month is a different event. Check the weekly announcements and the monthly newsletter for up-to-date events.
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