If you know what churches are about, we offer all the usual things. If you don’t know much about church,…More worship is the center of our life together at Mt. Zion. We worship every Sunday morning at 10:30am. Anyone can come and take part. If you’ve been baptized in any church, you can receive the bread and wine during communion. If you’d like to find about more about what it means to be baptized, you can talk to the pastor. If you have children, there’s a quiet room for babies, where you can see and hear what’s going on. There’s also a nursery during worship, and Sunday School for kids fifth grade and under. We serve coffee and snacks after church, so that people can talk before they leave.
Our church is part of the national Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, so we welcome LGBT members. Our building is handicap-accessible, because we have several members who need this. Our congregation is very small, but we are broad in wide in who we are and what we do. Here are a few things that might be interesting to you:
+ The Mt. Zion Book Club is open to anyone who would like to come and discuss the next book we’re reading. Recent books include Brigid Pasulka’s “A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True,” Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and Jodi Picault’s “Nineteen Minutes.”
+ We cook and serve dinners for a local PADS shelter once a month, October through April, and periodically collect things requested by the program, like hats and socks, or personal care items. We collect items for the community food pantry at Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ year-round.
+ In the summer, our garden is open to anyone who would like to raise fresh produce for distribution to feeding programs through Share the Harvest. This program also provides a lot of valuable help for beginning gardeners. We practice composting in our gardens, and anyone can add to our bins. If you would like to reserve a garden space this summer, contact the church office.
+ During Lent, we prepare to bring an Easter party and baskets to the residents of one of Lutheran Social Service of Illinois’ group homes for men living with mental illness.
+ A favorite Sunday School project is raising money in various ways to buy farm animals for families in developing countries through the ELCA Good Gifts program.
+ In December our Live Outdoor Nativity is open to anyone who would like to be part of the retelling of the Christmas story in our large outdoor stable with animals from The Children’s Farm.