Hope Pregnancy Center of New Jersey (Ocean City)
is a ministry comprised of board members who view the abortion question from a biblical perspective. They see the work as an opportunity to minister to young women and girls involved in crisis pregnancies and to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ through biblical counseling and practical assistance.
Community Food Bank of NJ
Sister Jean's Soup Kitchen
With the help of donors and volunteers, the Community Food Bank of NJ provides food, and hope to those in need, serving Atlantic, Cumberland, Cape May and Burlington Counties. Sister Jean's Soup Kitchen serves breakfast and lunch, Monday thru Friday to between four hundred and six hundred guests at the Victory Presbyterian Church of Atlantic City.
Operation Christmas Child
Girls and boys in more than 150 countries have experienced the joy of Christmas and heard the Good news of Jesus Christ, thanks to caring people like you who have packed over 100 million shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child since 1993. Multitudes of these children have given their hearts to Jesus, have been discipiled, and are now ambassadors for Christ in their communities. Praise God for how He uses these simple gifts to spread the Gospel to the far corners of the earth.
The A21 Campaign
Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. Every thirty seconds someone is forced into modern-day slavery. Over 27 million is the current estimate of slaves worldwide, more than at any point in human history. We believe these statistics are unacceptable. These are lost and stolen human lives which we at The A21 Campaign are relentlessly fighting for. We are investing our lives, devoting our unique skills and resources to bring justice and freedom to those that desperately need it. For more information please visit www.TheA21Campaign.org.
The Walk to Emmaus and its youth event, Chrysalis, are experiences of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begin with a three-day short course in Christianity. They are opportunities to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God's grace and love is revealed through other believers. The objective of Emmaus/Chrysalis is to inspire, challenge, and equip local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, communities and places of work. Many members of our church give of their time and resources to support this ministry.
Lynne Fiore is a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Approximately 209 million people do not have any scripture in their language. Wycliffe's vision is to see the Bible accessible to ALL people in the language they speak. Lynne worked in Africa for 11 years as a linguistic analyst in three different languages. She lived the primitive life in their village to learn the language and break it down to be written so that scripture could then be translated. She is now in Valence with Wycliffe France handling finances for their members and she is involved in local evangelism. She has been with Wycliffe for 43 years. When she comes home she stays locally with her mother in Egg Harbor Township.
Joy Phillips is now ministering in South Sudan and loves her job! She has worked in Africa with the World Gospel Mission for over 20 years. She recently made a transition from her comfortable life at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya to working in Sudan. The political situation, extreme poverty and low level of infrastructure make this a very challenging place to minister. It's her prayer that you will learn more about Sudan; what God is doing in the midst of the challenges and help to pray for transformation. Joy Phillips spent 14 years of her life in the Marmora United Methodist Church.
United Methodist Homes of New Jersey Fellowship Fund - The Fellowship Fund is a financial safety net for residents who are no longer able to cover either part of or the full cost of their care and/or services. This fund ensures that no resident will be asked to leave due to the inability to pay.
Pinelands Center at Mount Misery. - Our camping ministry provides opportunities for people to grow in faith, in relationships and in character as they experience the presence of God in God's creation.
Delanco Camp - The camps primary focus is preaching the word of God and leading young and old into a deeper walk with Christ through the promotion of scriptural Holiness. The funds given to Delanco go directly to help with the cost of repairs and maintenance. www.delanco.org
Habitat for Humanity, Atlantic County, is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses are then sold to those in need at no profit, and with no interest charged to the buyer.
Jack & Karen Helmer partner with Military Ministries, a division of Campus Crusade. Currently they are working with soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas. The intense Core of Cadet program offers a great opportunity to reach out through bible study, fellowship and personal mentorship to help develop strong Christian leaders within the graduating officers.
Billy & Joann Coppedge are excited about the privilege to be working with World Gospel Mission & Africa Gospel Church to train pastors in and beyond the boarders of Northwest Uganda. http://www.coppedgeafrica.blogspot.com/
Famine Relief Effort
International efforts to provide relief for people in East Africa are being overwhelmed. Drought and way have combined to threaten the lives of nearly 12 million people. If you would like to help with the relief efforts you may do so by writing a check to Zion UMC and include on the memo line "Africa Relief, UMCOR Advance #982450" You may also contribute cash in an envelope with the same Advance number written on it.
Our Outreach programs are in addition to our mission programs.
Community Food Bank
Please continue your generous donations to the Food Bank. Place your donations in the container in the hall vestibule.
The Ministry of Carol's Crosses began in 1996. Thousands of handmade wooden crosses are sent all over the world including every state in the United States, Mexico and as far away as China. They have been sent to give comfort to those in Columbine, Sandy Hook, New York (9/11), and New Orleans. Between five hundred and six hundred are given each year to those who visit our Living Nativity.
Thanks to the commitment and hard work of Carol Keates, Dave Clayton, Steve Mercer, Pearl Andrews and Paul D'Acunto, thousands are sent each year providing a reminder of what Christ has done for us. And thanks to your support we are able to send them free of charge. It is truly a labor of love, growing and reaching the world of Christ.
The idea of Brotherly Love can be found right here at home. If you know of someone in need of assistance and you believe the Philadelphia Fund can be of assistance, please contact the church office.
Care Bear Ministry
Stuffed bears (and other animals) can be found throughout Zion Church, sharing in the worship service with the congregation. These bears are then shared with family and friends who are unable to attend worship services due to extended hospital stays, etc.... Feel free to take one of these bears to share with a loved one.