Online Giving Now Available!

Zoar is excited to announce that you can now give online

Giving online is easy, and allows you to:

• Set up and manage recurring donations  • Make one-time contributions

• View your online giving history

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Auto Giving available with Simply Giving

  Zoar uses Simply Giving, to allow giving directly from your checking or savings account, endorsed by Thrivent. You can have your offering deposited into Zoar's General Fund or Building Fund (see form below) by automatic withdrawal from your account every week, every other week, or monthly. Please make sure to include your current offering envelope number on the form to receive proper tax credit. Zoar's treasurer, Lisa Welle, can also enroll you online. Contact her or the office for more information.

Download withdrawal authorization form - 



Zoar's Building Fund

  We are currently raising funds for Phase II of our building plan

  If you are not able to help financially, please pray for the project and Zoar's continued ministry here in Canby and beyond. All types of support, whether time, talent, treasure, or prayer, are most gratefully appreciated.



Zoar has a long history in this location; the original building at this address was dedicated in 1928. It served us well but required more and more attention as time went on. Our needs outgrew it and the design was not accessible to everyone. Most importantly, our ministry was hampered by the limitations of the facility. These factors made the decision to build a new structure imperative, so we began a three-phase building construction plan.

Phase I:

Groundbreaking for the new Phase I structure was in October 2003, and it was dedicated on Rally Sunday in September, 2005. The last payment was made in April of 2010. Then began the process of raising funds for Phase II.

Phase II:

Groundbreaking for Phase II was in June 2012.

Dedication of this phase was on May 5, 2013. Photos of the construction process are posted to our Facebook page here


Other Local & Global Support


Whether by time, talent or treasure, 
these are local and 
global groups that 
Zoar values greatly and supports regularly:


Please take some time to get to know them 
and consider how you can get involved!


Life Pax

Takes its name from the products it produces- inexpensive, nutritionally sound, packed meals that are easily stored and readily consumed anytime, anywhere.  Life Pax’ greater value reaches far beyond the packaging. It touches countless individuals; the hungry-needy, the giver (including every person who distributes meals), and groups in our community who gather to assemble Life Pax: churches, neighborhood associations, police departments, social agencies, and other charitable organizations.

The Canby Center


We exist to demonstrate God’s love by offering assistance in life skills, health, faith, education and recreation. We provide relief and establish relationships in order to bring real life changes for youth and their families in the Canby School District.

The Canby Center Vision
1- A community where each individual has a sense of dignity, has achieved self reliance, and is a contributing member of society.
2- A community of families, healthy and whole, living stable lives.
3- A community that provides a safe and secure environment for youth.
4- A community surrendered to God selflessly serving others.

Love INC of Clackamas County


"To help churches help people by mobilizing local churches to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ" by:

-Helping churches inventory their “people potential” and other assets.

-Match willing volunteers and resources to corresponding people with needs.

-Maintain a high level of success by creating a central clearinghouse to screen requests, eliminate duplicate services between community agencies and churches, and facilitate collaboration and shared resources among those in the Love INC network.

As churches show Christ's love to their neighbors, communities see exciting results:

-Families in need receive immediate and long-term help.

-Church members use their gifts and talents in hands-on ministry.
-Local churches come together, modeling the unity of the Body of Christ.
-Communities are transformed.


Lutheran Community Services Northwest is a non-profit human services agency serving communities throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Our caring staff provides a wide variety of services to adults, adolescents, children, families, schools, businesses, congregations, neighborhoods and communities. We are privileged to touch the lives of people of all ages, cultures and faiths.


Lutheran Community Services Northwest partners with individuals, families and communities for health, justice and hope.

ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America)

Every day, in a million ways, members of the ELCA are making the world a better place. In far reaches of the globe, and right here in our neighborhood, you’ll see that Lutherans aren’t folks who simply talk about their beliefs. We put them into action.

So make a meal to share. Have your opinion on government policy heard. Help a friend through their time of need. Here you’ll find stories that inspire and opportunities to get involved. Find out just how rewarding God’s work can be.


Community Dinner


ALL Are Welcome!


Tuesdays, 5-6:30 pm


@ Zoar Lutheran Church

Gwen, today's dessert lady


As you know, hunger continues to be a problem
in our community.

  In a country as wealthy as ours, this seems unconscionable. After much soul searching and prayer, Bob and Sally Boonstra decided to confront this situation head on. They secured initial funding, plan the menus, shop for supplies, and train and direct the volunteers who prepare and serve.

  Every Tuesday, from 5-6:30 pm, Zoar hosts a free community dinner for anyone who wants to attend. Those who can give an offering, but there is no charge for the dinners. Each dinner includes a main dish, bread, vegetables, fruits, dessert, and coffee, juice or water. Often there is produce or other food items available to take home.

  This ministry began in July 14, 2011 and has grown to serving, on average, 80 meals to men, women, and children each week. As the number served grows, so does the need for volunteers and donations of food and/or financial support.


If you are interested in volunteering, or have donations:

Contact Bob & Sally Boonstra - 503.651.3723

  We can always use people to help set up, cook, serve, or clean up.
We also appreciate any financial help or produce you might be able to donate.

Thank YOU to our volunteers!!!

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Poland Partners

Our Poland Partner Church


Worship in Poland, 2013 

Dzięgielów Lutheran Church in Poland, and Zoar Lutheran Church,
are partner churches!


  Parafia Ewangelicko is a moderately-sized church located in the south-central part of the country of Poland, in a community called Dzięgielów (pronounced something like jen-gyay-loof).


See Parafia Ewangelicko's Church Life


 Groups from Zoar with other Oregon Synod churches traveled to Poland in 2004, 2006, and 2007. In addition to getting to know their congregation and its pastor, they traveled to the south-eastern corner of the country. It is a remote and scenic area, but the people are very poor and live at a subsistence level, just getting by. The area is not served effectively by any churches. Parafia Ewangelicko is developing a mission to those people. This involves such things as providing emergency help with food, clothing, school supplies, etc., creating opportunities for the children to attend Christian camps, and even advocating for the people at various levels of government. 

  In 2005, and 2012, groups visited Oregon from Poland.

  July 2013, we made our way to Poland for Bible Day Camp and to connect with our partner church again. We look forward to future trips!


The link below was a letter written to Zoar as an initial introduction to Dzięgielów. 


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Bible Day Camp in Poland, 2013








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Canby, OR 97013