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News from Mount Zion
April 14, 2023

Join us for worship in person or on- line at 10 am every Sunday
  • Scroll to bottom of page for contact information and links to services and activities

  • Mount Zion remain strongly supportive of continued use of masks for members and rental groups.

  • Deadline for next edition is April 12


Reimagining Mount Zion

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A Spring Benefit Concert
Banding Together for Refugee Support. – Tomorrow
April 15, 2:00 pm


The Waterloo Concert Band will be featured in a concert in the Lange Auditorium tomorrow afternoon. Planned by our Justice through Service Committee, the show is in support of an initiative of a coalition of churches formed to raise funds to sponsor two large refugee families with Lutheran ties from Africa.

Jennifer Ardon, the Refugee Resettlement Manager for Canadian Lutheran World Relief, will also give a presentation; light refreshments will be available throughout.


Spring Book Study, Next Tuesday April 18 1:30 pm

There is still time to power-read The Spoon Stealer by well-known Canadian author Leslie Crewe before Health Council’s Book Study next Tuesday.

Full of humour, family secrets, and women’s friendships, this book explores the power of knowing ourselves and speaking the truth.

The study will be held in person in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, April 18, 1:30-3:00 pm.

Copies of the book are available If you wish to borrow one. Please contact Betty Behm.

 If you have questions, please ask Mary Slethaug or other members of the Health Council.

Reimagining Mount Zion Initiative Update

Now that you have finished filling out the Reimagining Mount Zion Visioning survey distributed two weeks ago, I am sure that you are interested in hearing the results. You will have an opportunity to hear all about it at a congregational meeting on Sunday, April 30 following the service.

To those of you who took the time and care to fill out the survey, we thank you! The information gleaned from the results will provide a framework for moving forward. If you didn’t fill it out, the survey is due tonight…you will have time.

This process has been planned to move ahead quickly in order that we have the legwork done before summer.

Thank you for the Easter Flowers 

Thank you to all of those of you who purchased and dedicated the stunning hydrangeas that graced our altar on Easter Sunday.

Richard & Susan Brubacher      Loved Ones

Anne Woolner                         Parents

Dianne Frombach                    Loved Ones

Preethi & Samson Yedidi          Uncle

Mary Jean Lange                     Husband – Norman

Joan & Jacquelyn Schweitzer    Family:  parents, sister, Grandpa

Ross & Jane Schlegel               Family Members

Carol & Lloyd Ziegler                Parents

Margaret Waechter                  Family Members

Hermine Nassau                      Husband – Willi

Marg Tupling                           Family & Friends

Mary Slethaug                         Family & Friends

Ann Crossman                         Family

Joan Brunger                           Family

Jake & Henriette Stumper         Our families

Stephanie von Schilling             Family

Helga Juergensen                     Husband & Family

Judy Penteker                          Loved Ones

Carolyn Doubleday                    Husband & Son

Margrit Notter                           Family

Karen and Bill Gastmeier            Family


Financial Report

The good news is that rental income increased in the last quarter, however we continue to have a significant deficit in the Ministry & Mission account.

The congregation’s support of Benevolence remains strong. The Refugee support fund now totals $9,524.

See the full report here

Earth Day Celebrations

Earth Day will be featured in our worship service on Sunday April 23. 

The Circle for Reconciliation and Justice Committee of the Synod has resources and materials on the synod website on how we could be an Ally of Indigenous-led Conservation.  

Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. In the words of Kathleen Rogers, President of EARTHDAY.ORG, “In 2023 we must come together again in partnership for the planet. Businesses, governments, and civil society are equally responsible for taking action against the climate crisis and lighting the spark to accelerate change towards a green, prosperous, and equitable future. We must join together in our fight for the green revolution, and for the health of future generations. The time is now to Invest In Our Planet.” The wider theme for the year 2023 is, "Invest in Our Planet."

The Kiwanis Music Festival is Coming

The Kiwanis Music Festival is back. They will be using the sanctuary for piano concerts all day Monday April 24 to Friday April 28. There are also evening concerts on Tuesday and Thursday necessitating some changes to our schedule.

Mount Zion Women's Retreat Up-date

Twenty four women from area churches will be gathering on the weekend of April 21st - 23rd, for Mount Zion's Women's Retreat. Pastor Claudine Carlson will be leading the retreat themed - The Tree of Life. We are all looking forward to the retreat after three years of being unable to meet at Hidden Acres Camp and Retreat Centre.  Carol Ziegler


Mount Zion Cafe

The Mount Zion Café continues to offer coffee and goodies on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Please join us. Coffee is on at 10 a.m. Taxi rides are available to the café, whose cost is covered by Mount Zion.  If you require a ride, please call the church office and speak to Margaret by 9:45 AM LATEST on the morning of a cafe or the day before if you know.  Margaret will order you a taxi, and the cafe volunteers will see you get a taxi home.

Dates:   April  26   May 10 and 24    June 14


Mount Zion Kitchen is Serving:

Apr 13 Sausage with braised cabbage, Mashed Potato and Rolls, Veg Option - Vegetable               Stew with braised cabbage and mashed potato and Rolls

Apr 20  Curried chicken breast, steamed rice and a salad.

The regular schedule for the kitchen ends but stay tuned for other summer possibilities. 

Mindfulness Meditation Practice Continues

Everyone is welcome to attend our Mindful Meditation group every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Meet upstairs. Wear a mask, be fully vaccinated (preferential), and be fragrance-free. Open to all—no charge and no previous experience necessary.  Just come.  Call Henriette Stumper  519.885.3434 for more details.

In Our Prayers

Grant healing and wholeness to all who seek them, Helga, Lars and Dirk and their families grieve the loss of Martin Juergensen, the Nanson family upon the passing of Shirley Nanson, Helen, Joy, Sandra, Jim, Julian, George, Betty, Rosalie, James, Thelma, Helen, Gladys and Don & Jean and their daughter Tai;

Upcoming Lessons

Sunday Apr 16 - Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14a, 22-32

Psalm 16 (11)

1 Peter 1:3-9

John 20:19-31 

Sunday Apr 23 - Third Sunday of Easter 

Acts 2:14a, 36-41

Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 (13)

1 Peter 1:17-23

Luke 24:13-35 


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Links for Worship and more

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Sundays 10 am Click on the logo to join the Live Stream Worship

(Recordings of the services are available)


VESPERS    7:00 pm Monday - Thursday evenings

Mount Zion's office tel.: 519 886-5820  office hours: Tues. - Fri. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

How to contact our staff, while our building is closed:  
Pastor Philip Mathai                            cell: 519-781-5602
Music Director Sarah. E. Cardwell
Office Administrator Margaret Waechter           
Nurse Christine Ramseyer            cell: 519-588-8006
Feel free to call our cell phones. If we aren't available we'll return your call!

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