Christian Services of Howard County (Thrift Shop)
Over the years, Mt. Zion and its members have faithfully supported this local mission which serves those in need in Howard County, working with social services and other groups. Your donations of clean clothing and undamaged household articles keep it in operation.
The following Mt. Zion members are regular volunteers: Bill Adams, Carol Cantelo, Francis Colvin, Judy Johnson, Joan Morrill, Jeannette Rhoad, Scott Gebhardtsbauer, Lenore Holt, Connie Kolpack, Margaret and Jerry Rose.
Mt. Zion is requested to provide extra volunteers in December, April and August. The following items are always in need for the pantry: cleaning and laundry supplies, paper towels, toilet tissue, 1 lb. packages of meat for the freezer, peanut butter and jelly, and canned foods and meats. A basket is located in the east narthex for your contributions.
The Thrift Shop is located at 3726 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, just north of Rt. 40 and 1 block west of Centennial Lane.
Meets The Thrift Shop is regularly open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM.
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Open Door Food Pantry
We distribute food & staples to individuals and families in need. This is open to everyone no matter their race, religion, culture or sexual preference.
Rebuilding Together, All Day, Saturday, April 29. Plan to participate in the Rebuilding Together day of service helping a local homeowner with home repairs. All skill levels welcome. Contact Allison email@example.com or Kathy firstname.lastname@example.org
Route 1 Day Shelter Meals
Mt. Zion supplies food to feed 50 to 80 homeless persons at the Route 1 Day Shelter each month. On alternate months we provide the main meal and the desserts. In September we will provide desserts, in October a main meal (meat, vegetables, salads, bread, etc.), etc.
Food is typically brought to the church by noon on Monday and picked up by a member by about 12:30 PM for delivery to the Shelter. On the months when we provide the main meal we need 2 to 3 people at the shelter between 1:30 PM and about 5:30 PM. Typically we serve in two shifts (1:30 to 3:30 and 3:30 to 5:30). Food often has to be heated at the shelter. We establish a menu for main meals which is appropriate to the season – for example, in December we serve turkey and ham and suitable vegetables and side dishes.
We are in need of a new coordinator. The coordinator makes sure that we have adequate food, have someone to take food from the church to the shelter and have enough people to serve food when we do the main meal. The coordinator is not required to provide or serve food at the shelter.
Sandwiches for the Homeless
Once a month we make and deliver approximately 1200 sandwiches to Martha’s Table for distribution to the homeless in DC. Each month 20 to 30 adults and youth participate, but we can always use more help, ESPECIALLY during the summer! This is a great opportunity for fellowship, and a chance to meet members you don’t know, as well as an opportunity to help feed 1000 to 2000 homeless persons, for whom Martha’s Table typically provides their only healthy meal of the day.
One of our oldest and most-beloved care-giving ministries, Mt. Zion's Shepherding Teams are the hands and feet of Christ to members and friends experiencing life challenges. From providing meals to new moms and those recovering from illness, surgery, or hospitalization; to coordinating funeral receptions and transportation to church or medical appointments, these teams are on-call and ready to reach out whenever there is a need!
For one week (Sunday night to following Sunday morning) we operate a cold weather shelter for homeless men from the Laurel area in the Fellowship Hall, and sometimes also homeless women at a second location in the Church. A hot dinner and breakfast are served and each person receives a bag lunch. Transportation between Laurel and Mt. Zion is also provided. We also try to provide Bible study after dinner. We typically have 24 to 32 residents each night. Approximately 120 members are involved in this ministry each year, preparing and serving meals, providing bag lunches, acting as coordinators and overnight monitors.
Meets One week in March
Contact Rod Barr at