Live Generously

God has blessed our lives in so many ways, and it is a joy that we are able to share those gifts with others.  Zion is proud that much of our giving goes to support the work of Christ beyond our walls.  Below is a partial list of some of the ways your giving helped to make a difference in our community and around the world.

A portion of every gift to Zion goes to support the work of the broader church.  With all of our brothers and sisters in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we are opening doors to new communities of faith, helping people break the cycle of hunger and poverty, identifying and preparing future leaders, responding to disasters and emergencies, and so much more.

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Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children® is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship these meals to our distribution partners. FMSC meals have reached nearly 70 countries around the world in our history.

Each year, Zion hosts over 450 volunteers over two days to pack over 100,000 meals that are delivered to children in need around the world. This translates into providing a meal for nearly 300 children every day for a year!  This is a wonderful ministry and opportunity to serve that you will never forget.

Family Promise

Family Promise is a partnership of local congregations and volunteers helping families who are facing homelessness by meeting their immediate needs for shelter, meals, and support services.  Family Promise is the only shelter in Hunterdon County that keeps families together while helping them regain their housing.  Zion has been an Family Promise partner since 1990.  

Zion hosts Family Promise three times each year.  As a host church, Zion provides lodging and meals for up to fourteen people for a two-week period.  Volunteers are needed to cook meals, have dinner with guests, play with children, socialize with families, and stay overnight at the CEB.  It is an opportunity to live out your faith by offering kindness, respect, and support to families as they regain their independence and their dignity.  Watch for the signup list in the church narthex when it is our turn to host!

Faith Kitchen

Faith Kitchen is a ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church in nearby Dover, NJ that provides over 40,000 nutritious meals annually, free of charge, to anyone who comes though their doors.  Faith Kitchen is more than just a place to get a hot meal – clients are guided to social service agencies that can provide jobs, housing, and mental and physical healthcare.  Zion is one of 22 churches involved in Faith Kitchen.  A portion of every offering made to Zion supports Faith Kitchen.  Along with this monetary support, Zion has a coffee drive every January with a goal of contributing 100 pounds of coffee, and volunteers visit each month to help serve meals.

God's Work. Our Hands.

Each September, congregations across the ELCA join in a day of service we call "God's Work.  Our Hands."  In 2018, Zion packed 100 bags with all the fixin's for Thanksgiving dinner for the Flemington Food Pantry, and 200 health kits for the homeless served by Edna's Haven in Dover.

Your giving makes a difference

Zion supports the work of many agencies that minister to the needs of others. Your giving becomes a blessing!

Areas to Give

At Zion we offer numerous areas where you can share a financial gift.

General Fund Giving

Members can contribute to the general fund of Zion. These gifts will be used to support the ministries of the church as well as the ongoing functioning of the church.  Giving can be done through annual pledge or through weekly offerings.

Endowment Giving

Zion has an endowment that is designed to support the long term needs of the congregation. Gifts to the endowment can be made at any time or can be made as part of estate planning.

Directed Giving

Members are able to give specifically in any way that moves them.  Donations to specific ministries, capital projects, altar flowers or any other activity, ministry or need of the church can be made through directed giving.

Ways to Give

We offer different ways to give, including:

Annual Pledge

Members are always encouraged to pledge their giving to the church each fall. That pledge amount may be weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly. Members are always encouraged to pledge their giving to the church each fall. That pledge amount may be weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly.

Weekly Envelope and Plate Giving

While pledging is certainly encouraged, it is by no means required. Some members are more comfortable providing a weekly gift without making a formal annual pledge, using the envelopes we provide every member.

Simply Giving

Some members enjoy the convenience of electronic giving. You can set up one-time or recurring donations to the general fund, or a number of designated funds. Get started with Simply Giving right now.

Gift of Stock or Other Assets

For tax purposes or other reasons it is sometimes preferable for members to contribute stock, other securities, real estate or other assets.

Planned Gifts

There are a variety of methods for giving as a part of estate planning. These include bequests, life insurance, qualified estate plans, life income agreements, charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts.