September Mission Outreach Team Meeting Minutes

The Mission Outreach packing team met on Thursday Sept. 14, 2023 at 6:30 pm. They packed 55 snack bags for distribution to the school children on Friday.  The snack inventory was updated. The entire team met after the packing was complete.

Members present: Joanne Blew, Linda Clay, Katy Grenfell, Cheryl Kunkle, Nancy Koch, Cindy Mengel-Smith, Beverly Moser, and Jen Lopata.


A thank you letter was received from St. Luke’s University Health Network for our donation toward the Healthy Smiles program.

Old Business

Nancy reported that the Family Promise fund raiser at the Penn Forest Recreation Center held on Saturday September 9th was a success.

The Church Outdoor Service, which was held September 10th was moved to the church dining room due to the pending storms. Although it was not as well attended as when held at the Beaver Run Rod & Gun Club, those present seemed to enjoy the gathering and as always there was plenty to eat!        

The campaign to support the Family Village Farm in India is under way.  The campaign will continue through October.  The proceeds from the chili cook-off will also go toward the Family Village Farm campaign. The team reviewed their commitments for the chili cook off on Sunday Oct.15th:

Joanne  - soda

Cindy-  hot dogs & chili

Tracy – water

Linda – hot dog buns

Jen- snacks

Nancy – iced tea & lemonade, pint containers

Bev, Jen, Joanne, Nancy, Cindy – bake goods

 Bev will get the cans to hold the voting tickets, and the donation can. Cindy will make the voting tickets and signs.

New Business

The Crop Walk will be held on Oct. 8th at noon at the East Penn Township Riverview park.  Proceeds from this event will go to support the Trinity food pantry.  We hope to receive sponsorship forms so the congregation can sponsor Zion’s Sunday school children who may want to participate.

Cheryl suggested that we support Earth Breeze which makes environmental friendly products.  This may be next year’s chili cook off campaign.

Consistory is asking for our 2024 goals. It was decided to keep the goals the same as this year.  Cindy will send Ken a 2024 goals list.

It was also decided to use any left-over funds that we may have this year to support The Sword Tag Society and Earth Breeze.

It was suggested to purchase a thank-you gift for Dottie, the crossing guard, who helps with the snack bag distribution.

Distribution of Funds

The team requests the following funds be distributed:

St. Peter’s Community Center - $400

The packing team will meet on Thursday October 12th at 6:30 pm to pack the snack bags. The outreach meeting will begin at 6:45pm.

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