August Mission Outreach Team Meeting

The Mission Outreach Team met on Thursday August 8, 2019.

Members present: Joann Blew, Katy Grenfell, Nancy Koch, Cheryl Kunkle, Cindy Mengel-Smith, and Beverly Moser.

The MOC financial report was reviewed. The team decided to disperse $300 to the Peaceful Knights organization and $300 to the Turn to Us organization. Due to the decrease in Mission Outreach giving by Zion’s congregation, the team decided it could not to support the Strength in the Church campaign appeal. Ken suggested the MO team conduct a “make a joyful noise” collection to support the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation mission work. Cheryl felt that since she has reached her goal of $1000, an additional monetary collection is not needed, and the team agreed.

Old Business


Shelby Yeakel held a Yoga class on Saturday May 18th in the dining room.   It was well attended and everyone enjoyed the class.


The Chili cook-off was held in the dining room after the 10:15 am church service on June 9th. All the contestants made great chili and everyone enjoyed tasting and voting. David Koch took first place for the best chili. Angelina Fisher and Elizabeth Buffington tied for second. The event raised $266 dollars toward Cheryl’s Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation mission work. It was suggested that MOC make the chili cook off an annual event to support the various MOC fund raisers.


We continue to collect gift cards for the Dylan & Gavin ministry to help children in the hospital. Unfortunately support for this program has not met our expectations. In order to promote this program and educate the congregation, Cheryl will contact Lora Krum for an example of how these gift cards have made a difference in the life of a child.

New Business


Outdoor Service

The outdoor church service and picnic has been scheduled for 10:15 am on Sunday September 8th at the Beaver Rod and Gun Club. There will be no 8:15 am service that Sunday. The rental fee for the club was provided by an anonymous donor. Sharon Berger will donate the hot dogs and buns. The church kitchen will provide the hot dog roller, condiments, plates, napkins, and utensils. The following commitments were made by the MO team:

Nancy – will ask the congregation to bring a covered dish to the service and remind members to bring chairs if they do not want to sit on the picnic benches. She will pick up the hot dog roller and other items provide by the church early on 9/8 and bring them to the club. She will also get the ice for the coolers.

Cheryl – will bring bottles of water and a cooler

Katy – will bring 5 large bottles of soda

Bev – will bring 5 large bottles of soda and 5 white plastic table cloths

Joann – will bring 2 large bottles of iced tea and 7 plastic table cloths

Cindy – will bring 2 large bottles of lemonade and a cooler

The MO team will meet at Beaver Rod & Gun club at 9:15 am on 9/8 to set up.

School Snack Bag Program

The packing and distribution schedules were set up for the 2019-2020 school year.

Packing - Thursday

Distribution - Friday

Sept. 12, 2019

Sept. 13, 2019

Oct. 10, 2019

Oct. 11, 2019

Nov. 7, 2019

Nov. 8, 2019

Dec. 12, 2019

Dec. 13, 2019

Jan. 9, 2020

Jan. 10, 2020

Feb. 6, 2020

Feb.7, 2020

Mar. 12, 2020

Mar. 13, 2020

Apr. 16, 2020

Apr. 17, 2020

May 14, 2020

Mau 15, 2020

Currently there are 32 children scheduled to arrive on the early school bus, and 25 children scheduled to arrive on the late school bus for a total of 57 children. It was decided to prepare 60 snack bags for the month of September. The MOC team will pack the September snack bags. Bev, Romaine and Elaine will handle the early distribution, and Nancy, Cheryl, and Barry will handle the late distribution. The agreed upon procedure for snack inventory was reviewed and is as follows: an inventory list will be made before the first packing session and will include the date snack items expire so that older items are distributed first. The list will be updated by the packing team after each packing session.

Toiletries Care Packages

Nancy will check with Ken and the St. Peter’s Community Center to determine if there is still a need to collect toiletry items. If items are needed, a tote will be placed in the Narthex.

Upcoming events

Neighbors in Need Offering – Sunday Oct. 6th. Bev will prepare a write up for the September bulletins and The Visitor.

Crop Walk – October 13th. The crop walk will again be held in Weissport. Ken has the poster and bulletin insert and will begin promotion of this program in September. Nancy will speak to the Sunday School classes, and be the point of contact for participants and donations.

The Mission Outreach team will meet on Thursday Sept. 12th at 6:30 pm to pack the school snack bags. A meeting will be held at approximately 7 pm, after the bags are packed and inventory updated.

These meetings are open to everyone at Zion. Please feel free to stop in to offer your ideas, help or support!