The Church Council has general oversight of the life and activities of the congregation, and in particular its worship life, to the end that everything be done in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The council is also responsible for the financial and property matters of the congregation.
The Christian Education committee has oversight of the Christian Education program and offers opportunities for, and encourages, people to serve as teachers and support assistants working with several different groups. For example, Zion currently has a preschool group that meets once a month for dinner, a story, playtime, and a craft, a K-6th grade class that learns about the life of Jesus through a program called "Dig In", and a teenage group that studies life applications of the Bible. There is also a weekly Wednesday Bible Study.
Zion's Hospitality Committee is responsible for making sure hospitality is provided at all events for which it is appropriate, such as receptions following baptisms, First Communion, and other special worship services; Christmas holiday decorating, Zion's summer Music Festival, the monthly Young Families dinners, Coffee Houses, Palm Sunday Brunch, Retirement Teas, special community musical concerts, and Movie Nights.
Zion's Property Committee handles all things having to do with the physical building, ranging from windows that need to be fixed, gas lines that need updating, lighting for the outside premises, roof repairs, and renovations to restrooms.
Zion's Stewardship program provides "temple talks" that cover a wide range of topics. Some of these include overviews of how people's contributions are distributed with respect to the national ELCA, the Upstate NY Synod and Zion. They may also touch on the many ministries Zion is involved in and the lives of Utica/Rome residents Zion touches.
Worship and Music Committee
This committee has oversight of the different worship services at Zion. It includes, but is not limited to: organizing the ushers, greeters, worship leaders, communion assistants, choir, special music, and special worship services.
The Zion Youth Group provides our 6th through 12th graders an opportunity to make friendships, participate in service activities, and have fun in a caring Christian atmosphere. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend our meetings and any or all of our activities.