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Membership is like changing your mindset from that of a guest to that of a host.

Membership is not necessary to participate in the life of the congregation, including worship, communion, children’s ministry, and other activities.

However … Membership is what moves many people toward feeling like Zion is their church.

Becoming a Member of Zion

Most often, individuals become official members of Zion by attending a new member orientation and affirming membership at Zion, after being baptized at another church. A New Member Orientation is held about twice each year, focused on getting to know the staff, and other members. There will also be a brief overview of Lutheran Christian beliefs and practices, the ministries of Zion, and the expectations of members.

Others become members of Zion by:

  • Being baptized at Zion
  • Being confirmed at Zion, after being baptized at another church
  • Transferring membership from another church

Individuals do not become members by

  • Marrying a member of the congregation
  • Having a child baptized or confirmed at Zion (although the child will become a member)
  • Worshiping or other participation at Zion

Membership Records

Zion maintains a database of members and friends of the congregation.

Voting Members

According to Zion’s constitution, voting members are confirmed members who have both communed (and submitted a communion card) at Zion and made a financial contribution of record at Zion in the current or preceding calendar year.

  • Please use a connect card when you commune and a pew envelope when you make a cash donation (electronic and check contributions are automatically attributed).
  • Please let us know if your contact information or family situation changes.
  • If you are unsure of your voting member status, please contact Angela in the church office.

Engaged Members

An engaged member is one who has in the current or previous calendar year, communed, AND given financially, AND been involved or volunteered at Zion.

Active Members

An active member is someone who has contributed OR communed OR connected to a small group or ministry team in the current or previous year.

Zion’s Bylaws (BL5.01.) describes circumstances where an inactive member may be removed from the church membership rolls.

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January 22, 2023 11:30 am

New Member Orientation


Contact
Kim Haggen
Kim@zionbuffalo.org

This orientation to membership provides an introduction to Zion ministries and staff, an opportunity to meet others at Zion, and a little about what it means to be Lutheran and to be a member of Zion. Those that decide to become members will be formally received into our congregation on a following Sunday. Orientations are held about twice a year.

The orientation will include:
  • The staff and Outreach Committee will join you for lunch after the last worship service (11:45am).
  • Program begins around 12:25pm and will end around 1:45pm.
  • Activities for young children will be available after the meal
  • Plenty of informal conversation with staff and other prospective new members.
  • An overview of a wide variety of Zion programs and ministries.
  • Your photo will be taken for the bulletin insert on New Member Sunday (or you may email your own photo to Angela in advance).
  • Information for church records will be verified.

Angela Bengtson

Communications & Membership

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