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Outreach

Zion's Open Closet

The Open Closet provides good, used or new clothing free to our neighbors who find it difficult to meet their family's needs. Food Shelf eligibility is the general criterion unless there are emergency circumstances. Closed holidays--other closures posted in advance. Zion volunteers manage and staff the Open Closet. The Open closet is a ministry of Zion's Women of the ELCA.

 

We are open with masks required and distancing strongly recommended! In-person shopping Thursdays from noon to 5:00 p.m. Park in the upper south parking lot and enter on the second level, back door for easiest one-level access.

 

Donations: We are accepting LIMITED donations of the following items ONLY: Men's & women's WINTER clothing sizes XL, 2X, 3X; and blankets, sheets and towels. We accept gently used, clean donations (rummage sale tags must be removed) and new underwear and socks. Donations may be brought to the church during business hours when the church is open. Come to the south main entrance, turn left at the first hallway inside the door and place them on the bench midway down the hall under the Open Closet sign. Thank you so much for helping your neighbors in need!

Love Project Quilting

Make quilts with the Love Project quilting group in the Fellowship Hall at 9:00am the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month, year round. All abilities welcome. We work together to assemble quilts from tops that have been sewn at home. The quilts are distributed in our community to Habitat for Humanity and our Open Closet, and throughout the world through Lutheran World Relief. LWR tracks our quilts so we know exactly what country receives them. Meets with masks and physical distancing. Love Project Quilting is a ministry of Zion's Women of the ELCA.

Other Community Ministries

Zion members also support and volunteer for local nonprofit organizations including those below.

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To engage the community to end hunger.

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Provides safe, temporary shelter for people who are experiencing homelessness. Itasca County’s only homeless shelter.

Community Cafe

Provides children to elderly, low income families, and people with disabilities a FREE and healthy meal with a sense of social connection.

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Building community relationships to provide affordable housing for those in need in.

ELCA Ministries

World Hunger

We are called to respond to eradicate poverty and hunger. Working with and through our congregations in the U.S. and overseas and other partners, we are uniquely positioned to reach communities in need.

LWR

Since 1945, LWR has been at the forefront of effective, transformational global development. We break the cycle of poverty so families and communities can thrive.

ELCA Disaster Response

Brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world.

Lutheran Campus Ministry

A ministry to young adults on college and university campuses across the nation.

LIRS

Standing With and Advocating For Migrants and Refugees.

MIF

Offers a range of investments for both individuals and ELCA congregations and social ministry organizations.