Warming Station closed at Zion

April 1, 2018

Starting February 1st, Zion’s Fellowship Hall was used as a Warming Station from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am. Neighbors Together stepped forward to be the sponsoring organization. The Warming Station Planning Committee organized all the details and volunteers. Each night throughout February and March there will was three shifts of two trained volunteers each hosting guests and overseeing operations. The Zion Church Council authorized this use of the building for a trial period of two months so the Warming Shelter Planning Committee could explore the need in Union County and do a trial run. 

There was no other use of the Fellowship Hall after 7:00 pm and before 7:00 am during this time. Our partner churches volunteered space for any groups currently using Zion in the evenings. 

Pastor Colleen Nelson

Zion Worshiped at St. Peter’s on February 11

Zion and St. Peter members worshiped together at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church February 11, 2018 at 9:00 am. Pastors and lay leaders from both congregations led the worship service. 

Coffee hour after worship was fun and inspiring as we discussed opportunities, challenges and feelings related to officially voting to call a pastor together.

A team of people from both congregations have been meeting together since last May to explore the possibility of forming a partnership to call a full-time pastor to serve both congregations. 

Zion Library Books Available!

The Library selections cover a variety of topics, and some are in large print format.  If you want to check out a book use the orange notebook and then cross out your name when you return the book.  Thanks to Suzanne Nelson for keeping the library reorganized!

Our Communities…

THANKS to Union County LGBTQ Community Group for hosting the Spring Computer Workshop for members and staff of ZION Lutheran Church.  For more information about regular Union County LGBTQ Community Group monthly meetings contact the Zion office

Zion Contributes Prayers and Funds

Members of Zion were saddened to hear that our newest ELCA Oregon Synod congregation, St Mary's Episcopal/Centro Montesinos in Woodburn, Oregon was broken into and vandalized recently. In response a special offering was taken and contribution made from the endowment fund totaling $1,525.






Sharing Our Faith through Local Service & Witness

SHYGA - ShareYourGArden Table available in the Fellowship Hall for donations of items from your garden to share with Zion members 


$$ donations will be given to Neighbors-in-Need or ELCA World Hunger as you designate

  • K-House: Every five weeks, we prepare, serve and share a home cooked meal with university students at the K-House
  • J-House: Funds and food are donated for the High School Students served by the J-House
  • Friday Backpack Program: Zion is a food drop site for the Friday Backpack Program. Congregation members donate food and raise funds to send children home with a balanced weekend meal
  • Mitten Tree: We gather and donate mittens and hats during the Christmas season for the Salvation Army
  • Bazaar: Each winter and spring the Zion Women sponsor a bazaar featuring local arts, crafts and food. Proceeds are distributed to local agencies as needed
  • Additional Benevolence: Seminarians, Oregon Synod (ELCA), Blue Mountain Cluster (ELCA), and Shelter from the Storm

Neighbors Together: Zion supports this important local ministry by gifting money, food and other items donated by the congregation. The economic crisis in the United States, especially in rural America, makes it even more important for us all to become actively involved in assisting those in need. Union County's unemployment rate is 6-7 percent -- food, shelter and other basic provisions are greatly needed. Neighbor’s Together is a non-profit organization in La Grande that helps meet that need.

  • Food Box distribution is the last Saturday of every month from 7:30 am to 10:00 am except when Saturday falls on a holiday, then it is the Saturday prior.
  • Fresh Alliance (local stores - produce, bread, and other products) items are distributed every Tuesday from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.      

Neighbors Together is located at the back of Valley Fellowship at 507 Palmer, La Grande. Valley Fellowship is a participating member of Neighbors Together.

Thanks to Valley Fellowship for providing space for Neighbors Together. They are the source of the foodbox photo in the slideshow below.


Another great week of Christian Day Camp was provided for K-6th graders in  La Grande, Oregon - 2017

Five congregations and a leadership team from Camp Lutherhaven hosted Day Camp 2017 at Zion.  Past Day Camps have been a roaring success and Day Camp 2017 was great, too!

Volunteers provided snacks and lunch every day plus one person per day (5 total) helped with the program for the campers.  Middle and high school students were junior leaders. This multi-church collaboration is one of the high points of the year.  It won't be long until we are making plans for 2018!  If you want to be part of the fun - give our office a call and volunteer.

Our World…
Sharing Our Faith through Global Service & Witness

  • Sell Fair Trade coffee, chocolate, and tea so the farmers earn a fair wage
  • Provide scholarships for The Image Project: Maasai Girls School in Tanzania
  • Fair Trade crafts are sold throughout the year to support farmers and artisans around the world
  • Support Lutheran World Relief with layettes, school kits, health kits, sewing kits, and quilts made by the ZLC Quilters
  • Raise funds for World Hunger
  • Donate money to ELCA Good Gifts, to give a gift that makes a difference
  • Donate funds to ELCA Global Mission and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)