Serving Our Community

Please call the church office if you would like to help out in any of our community outreach ministries. It takes many hands to do God's work!

Goosetown Operation Backpack Program

Zion Lutheran Church has partnered with the Goosetown Neighborhood and Horace Mann Elementary to provide weekend food backpacks for the children at Horace Mann who are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program. To bring this program to Horace Mann, Zion Lutheran is working with HACAP Food Reservoir in Hiawatha, and starting in July we will be providing backpacks to children who are need of healthy meals on the weekend

Free Lunch

We prepare and serve meals for the Free Lunch Program to people in need on the second Monday of each month.  We're famous for our spaghetti and homemade desserts. The lunch is served in downtown Iowa City at the Wesley House, through a collaborative effort of religious and community groups. Call the church office to volunteer!

Crisis Center
Food Bank

Zion supports the Iowa City Crisis Center Food Bank by collecting food and other items, such as baby diapers and formula in a designated shopping cart near the church entrance. We encourage our members to bring donations whenever they come to participate in church activities, and we hold additional food drives every year. 



The annual Johnson County CROP Hunger Walk is a popular fundraising and fresh air activity for Zion members of all ages.  Held every April, the 3-mile CROP Walk raises monetary contributions to help alleviate hunger in our own community, and throughout the world. Bring your friends and join us. We always have a good time, even when it rains!



Zion members team up with other community and faith organizations to help build affordable housing, working with Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity.  We welcome others to help raise funds and raise the walls of a new home! To add your muscle or financial support, call the church office.


Zion is a supporter of Shelter House, which provides safe shelter, job training and meals to men, women, and children.  Shelter House, which is staffed 7 days a week, offers temporary housing and supportive services that help individuals and families make the transition to more stable, productive lives. Zion members helped facilitate the opening of the original Shelter House in 1983, and our members continue to be actively involved as board members and volunteers.