From helping Atlanta’s homeless, through support of Community Concerns’ Odyssey III Program, to women and children seeking refuge in the shelters provided by Sister’s Against Domestic Violence and the Atlanta Union Mission’s My Sister’s House, Zion Hill Baptist Church leaders and members are serving and making a difference, says the Rev. Aaron L. Parker, Ph.D., who is the pastor.
“Over the past 18 years, the church has established more than 35 multi-generational outreach ministries; each attached to one or more of the auxiliaries and/or programs of the church and connected to local, national and international service projects,” he said.
The annual Outreach Ministry Sunday Observance at Zion Hill Baptist Church planned for March10 will celebrate the outreach program.
Preachers for the two worship services will be the Rev. Dr. J. Allen Milner, pastor, Chapel of Christian Love Baptist Church Atlanta at 8:30 a.m. and the Rev. Ernest Andrew Brooks III, associate campus minister, at Atlanta’s Morehouse College during the 10:30 a.m. service.
Both speakers are proponents of community outreach and actively engaged in outreach advocacy in their professions as well as volunteers in service and educational organizations and programs.
The public is invited to attend, be informed and inspired by messages on the theme “Changing Hearts, Changing Lives Through Outreach.” Zion Hill is located at 6175 Campbellton Road, S.W. in Atlanta.
“True to its motto of ‘Living to Love and Loving to Serve’, our members are actively addressing the needs for essential goods and services to citizens throughout the metro Atlanta community, the nation, and other parts of the world,” says Pastor Parker.
Some additional examples include helping those displaced by Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy. The Katrina victims were housed in Zion Hill or in properties provided by Zion Hill and nurtured through several years of reclaiming their livelihoods. Those recovering from Hurricane Sandy on the northeast coast received financial gifts from the church.
Zion Hill extends its outreach even farther to foreign missions, giving assistance to hurricane victims in Jamaica and Haiti; and in 2009, creating the African Initiative to provide support to families in Sub-Saharan Africa and Ethiopia.
Milner, executive director of Community Concerns Inc., the non-profit organization in downtown Atlanta geared to the needs of the homeless, spoke on behalf of the church.
“Zion Hill has been one of our most valuable allies in the fight against poverty. We appreciate their efforts by sending volunteers and financial support to our programs that serve the homeless,” he said. “Members of Zion Hill participate in the Sunday morning breakfast services that we offer — actually preparing and serving meals. We are also grateful to have their members do outreach to Odyssey Villas, our apartment complex for formerly homeless families. Without the support of churches like Zion Hill and concerned citizens, we would not be able to operate and carry out our mission to the extent that we have.”
For more information about Outreach Ministry Sunday, weekly worship experiences, ongoing learning and service opportunities at Zion Hill Baptist Church call 404-691-8025, go to www.zionhill.org or see the community bulletin at www.11alive.com.