Zion's Outreach Ministries
Zion reaches out with the love of Christ to our neighbors near and far, ministering directly to others' needs or sharing our resources with those who do so on our behalf. Here are several of the ways we do this:
Zion's Senior Citizens' Activity Center, which opened in 1971, meets most Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm throughout the year. We invite you to join us for this fellowship.
Occasionally during the year lunch is a pot-luck meal or a holiday party. The rest of the time, we invite you to bring your own sack lunch.
Zion's Parish Nurse, Elizabeth Biegler, RN, and her assistants offer blood pressure checks the 1st Sunday of each month following the 9:00 worship service. She is also at the church most Wednesday mornings to assist you with any health-related matter. You can contact her at any time through the Parish Office at (309) 637-9150 or e-mail her at Zion.
Zion is one of twenty-four Covenant Congregations of Lutheran Hillside Village, a continuing care retirement community on Peoria's northeast side. First established by Peoria area Lutheran congregations in 1963 as a retirement home called The Lutheran Home of Greater Peoria, the Village now offers a complete range of senior living options — independent living (homes and apartments), assisted living apartments, memory care assisted living, full-service skilled nursing, and REACH Short Stay rehabilitation — all on one beautifully maintained campus.
Through offerings and volunteer activities, Zionites support the work of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois in bringing healing and wholeness to people through an array of services in Peoria and across Illinois. LSSI's services include Behavioral Health Services (counseling, mental health, substance abuse treatment and developmental disabilities services), Foster Care and Adoption, and Senior Services (Community, Housing Management and Nursing Care Services) and Prisoner and Family Ministry.Zionites have particularly supported LSSI's Prisoner and Family Ministry, which among other minstries co-ordinates LSSI's Storybook Project for incarcerated parents and their children.
Zionites also volunteer in other LSSI ministries, including the annual Foster Child Christmas Gift collection and The Church Mouse Thrift Shop in Peoria run by the Lutheran Women of the Greater Peoria Area for the benefit of LSSI and Lutheran Hillside Village.
Zion is also a long-time supporter of the ELCA World Hunger Appeal which has been responding to hunger around the world and at home since 1974.
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On the first Sunday of each month, Zionites bring items for the Food Pantry of the South Side Mission. During Advent our Mitten Tree is set up to collect mittens and other winter gear for children served by the Mission.
Zion's Quiet Heroes regularly make whole blood and apheresis donations for the American Red Cross.
For Lent 2017 Zion walked with people around the world afflicted by war, displacement, and poverty by participating in the Baskets of Promise project of Lutheran World Relief. Each week we collected a different item and during Holy Communion on May 14 we prayed God's blessing upon 37 personal care kits — a towel with soap, toothbrush, nail clippers, and comb. In the summer the kits were shipped by Lutheran World Relief to Ukraine, where they will give refugees of human or natural disasters the opportunity to stay healthy and build better futures.
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The Rev. Steven Paul Tibbetts, STS
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
1534 S. Easton Avenue
Peoria, IL 61605-3407
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