Church in Society 

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The role of the Church in Society Committee is to integrate the congregation's work into the life of the Shawano community, the state, the nation and the world. The Committee keeps the congregation informed of social, political and economic developments and creates useful means of serving the community.Our national church body, the ELCA, provides information about and opportunities for supporting global priorities, currently Malaria and World Hunger. Following are some examples of the Church in Society Committee's local community activities:

 Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner. In 1988
the Committee established a Community Thanksgiving Day dinner at the church, serving anyone who wished to share the day with others. This annual event continues to this day. We invite
all congregation members and others in the community to join our 'family' and share the meal
and fellowship as we celebrate the day. All are welcome.

A good will offering can be made which will benefit World Hunger.


Safe Haven. Every other month Zion provides a meal to the local domestic abuse shelter, Safe Haven, for their Support Group Supper. This allows moms and children to sit down to a relaxing homemade supper that they otherwise might not be able to enjoy.

Operation Diapers. Church in Society has worked with the Shawano County WIC Department to provide diapers for their “Cuddles with Love” program. Funding is raised through bake sales to buy diapers that the WIC office can give to those in need. To see if this program would benefit you, please contact the WIC office. Diapers are distributed there.

Shawano County WIC office: 715-526-2822 or 1-866-526-2128 (Ask for WIC)
Menominee County/Tribal WIC:

 Shawano Area Food Pantry Donations. The Committee encourages Zion members to donate food items to the local food pantry (S.A.F.P.A.R.C.)  A grocery cart, placed in the narthex, is always ready to receive food items which are then delivered to the pantry every month.

Working with the Shawano School District, the Wee Care Food Pack program provides nutritional support to students most in need on the weekend when school breakfast and lunch programs are not available. During the school year, ready-to-eat or easy-to-prepare, non-perishable foods (listed below) are sent
home weekly on Fridays with students to give them the sense of security a full belly brings.

- Instant oatmeal packs -Small boxed cereal

-Breakfast bars -100% fruit juice boxes

-Snack size fruit cups -Applesauce cups

-Pudding cups -Snack size vegetables cups

-Granola or protein bars -Peanut butter cups

-Chicken soup cans -Pork and beans with pull-top

-Single serve pasta meals -Vienna wieners

-Crackers in individual sleeves, such as: Ritz

-Small boxes of raisins -Fruit snack pouches

-Peanut butter cracker packs

Make sure items have a “best used by” date that is
6 months or so from when you donate!