News from Mount Zion
April 14, 2023
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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
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
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.
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;
Sunday Apr 16 - Second Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16 (11)
1 Peter 1:3-9
Sunday Apr 23 - Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 (13)
1 Peter 1:17-23
Links for Worship and more
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 email@example.com cell: 519-781-5602
Music Director Sarah. E. Cardwell firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Administrator Margaret Waechter email@example.com
Nurse Christine Ramseyer firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 519-588-8006
Feel free to call our cell phones. If we aren't available we'll return your call!