Community Outreach Opportunities

​​Camp Hope
This is extremely popular for the youth! Camp Hope participants go out each day into the surrounding Appalachia area to perform home repair and renovation projects for those in need of financial or physical assistance. Campers are housed at Frostburg State University, along with youth and adults from many churches throughout the Baltimore Conference. The youth experience mission work first hand during the day and participate in worship and fellowship in the evening. Youth sign-ups are posted in the spring. Eligible youth must be age 14 by June 25th. Contact Debby Klopp for more information at ​​

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.  Contact  for more information.

Open Door Food Pantry
We distribute food & staples to individuals and families in need.  This is open to everyone. Meets 3rd Saturday of each month contact Carol Hill at 

Rebuilding Together 
Mt Zion UMC participates each year in Rebuilding Together helping a local homeowner with home repairs.  For more information visit

Shepherding Teams
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! Meets weekly on-call schedule.  Contact Betty Cashmark at
Winter Shelter
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.  The 2019 Winter Shelter was held March 3-10.