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News from Mount Zion
April 23, 2021

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It is incrasingly difficult to stay in touch these days. Let others know of your special occassions and news by sending a note to

karen@gastmeier.ca

We would love to hear from you.

Around Mount Zion, the office, the roof and
Open Sesame

Last Saturday, the council executive met to sort through how we will respond to the new Covid regulations announced on Friday. As far as our worship services are concerned, services will continue as usual. Any scheduled activities on Zoom will proceed as usual.
However reports of the increased infection rates of the new variants coupled with Friday’s announcement led us to make the decision to close the office just as we did last March. Staff will be encouraged to do as much work as possible from home. They will be in periodically to check the building, the mailbox, and phone messages will be answered regularly.  It is our plan that not more than one person be in the office area at one time. We will follow this model until at least May 20 at which point we hope that we will be able to return to usual access and hours.  In case of emergency

please call Philip's cell (see contact info below) or any member of the council executive.

Mount Zion's green and patched roof is soon to be a thing of the past. While, we don’t have an exact date, we are expecting to see the roofers very soon.


We were delighted to hear the announcement that childcare workers were able to register for their vaccinations. Since the announcement Jana tells us that all staff members of Open Sesame have an appointment.  Karen Gastmeier

We were saddened to learn

It was with sadness that we learned of the death of Lorne Weppler at Barnswallow Place Care Community in Elmira on April 15, 2021. Lorne and his late wife Dorothy were charter members of Mount Zion.  His sister Doris Berg and niece Sheila Grant are members of Mount Zion. Pastor Philip officiated at a private funeral service  held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021  
Rest eternal grant him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine on him.

Signs of Spring in the Community Garden

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back in the slow circles of nature, is a help.  Gardening is an instrument of grace”, so says poet May Sarton. 
Our community garden is an instrument of grace and I would go so far as to say peace as well. So many individuals in the area have reached out and are looking to plant a garden. There is a waiting list at this time but there are many gardens in the region so hopefully the demands will be eventually met.

How fortuitous it was that Church Council requested an addition of plots and then approved and submitted an application for a Neighbourhood Matching Fund Project to increase our number of  garden plots to 21 in 2019.  The front page of the Record front page read “daffodils, kale and Swiss chard are already growing at the Alfred Brunger community garden” and “Region sowing seeds of caution as community gardens reopen” in April 2020. Amidst signage, guidelines and a spirit of cooperation the garden was a great success last year.

2021 will see the use of similar safety guidelines regarding physical distancing and cleaning of tools and hands. We have a multi cultural, age and gender diverse group of caring and enthusiastic gardeners. Our ability to compost and use rainwater from the church roof make our efforts sustainable and more environmentally friendly. Community gardens help to make neighbourhoods more inclusive, provide more affordable food for a healthier diet while sharing food skills from various cultures while raising environmental awareness.  What a gift!

Joan Brunger, Garden Coordinator

Upcoming Lessons    

Sun. Apr. 25 — Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:5-12

Psalm 23 (1)

1 John 3:16-24

John 10:11-18

Sun. May. 2 — Fifth Sunday of Easter 

Acts 8:26-40

Psalm 22:25-31 (27)

1 John 4:7-21

John 15:1-8

Stained glass: Alfred Handel, at St John the Baptist's Anglican Church [1]AshfieldNew South Wales

 

In Our Prayers

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Let us pray for all who are sick, distressed, or grieving, especially for Margaret, David, Marjorie, Barb, George, Betty, Delfina, Jake, Bill Taylor, Julian, and Rosalie recuperating after surgery and the family of Lorne Weppler mourning his death.  Let us also pray for Brazil, India and Italy and the Province of Ontario as we live though another stay at home order to contain the spread of the virus.

SHOW - Supportive Housing of Waterloo

Good News Update from Our Service Committee

Service Committee says thank you to all who have donated to our Adopt-a-Cause appeal for SHOW so far.

As of this week, our gifts add up to $3,950. Our response is a sign of hope that we will reach and even exceed our goal of $5,000 to help renovate SHOW’s new affordable housing units at 144 Erb Street East for seniors. Thanks be to God!

There’s still time to “Adopt-This-Cause” today. Finding a stable home is the first step to positive life changes. Our gifts of any amount will help change lives

Make donations to ‘Mount Zion Lutheran Church’ indicating on your envelope that your gift is for ‘SHOW’. Donations can also be made through Electronic Funds Transfer, dropping an envelope in the church mailbox, or mail, or by clicking the Donate Now button on the top right corner of our website at https://www.mzlc.ca. Be sure to designate your gift to SHOW.

46th annual Waterloo Region

INTERFAITH COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

Interfaith Grand River presents STORIES FOR A NEW DAY: HOPE IN A TIME OF COVID,

a digital collection of stories, prayers and music from the diverse faith communities of Waterloo Region.

While we cannot gather around a table with delicious food and great company this year, we encourage everyone to “buy breakfast” for others: Donate what you can to the Food Bank Waterloo Region and/or Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank by following the link in your registration email.

“BYOBreakfast” to the premiere on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 7 am a.m. on YouTube or Facebook

Please register early through Eventbrite. For more information, email ICBreakfastTickets@gmail.com.

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Music at St. Matthews

A radio concert series in partnership with CKWR-FM 98.5 
This 2021 initiative allows Waterloo Region listeners to hear local performing musicians during this time of pandemic. ON Friday 

April 23 hear Glen Soulis, multi-instrumentalist and composer,Bill Gastmeier, guitar and bass, Peter Winkler, percussion, Scott Knarr, keyboard. To see the program click here
You can also tune in to our CKWR broadcasts on your TV if you are a Rogers subscriber. Just select Rogers channel 945.

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Upcoming events

ongoing...Zoom Cafe, Wed 10 am

April 25 Special Earth Day Service

April 22, 1:30 - 3 pm  Spring Book Discussion - Inside the O'Briens

                                      on Zoom

Links for Worship and more

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ways to

donate 

click here

  • YouTube

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

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWXECBJ1qAjDtjkimg2Q2GA/videos

(Recordings of the services are available)

 

Sundays 9:40 am Join members for a time of fellowship preceeding the service  https://zoom.us/j/96599940521 

VESPERS    7:00 pm Monday - Thursday evenings
(Sign in any time after 6:30, Service starts at 7:00 pm)

https://zoom.us/j/94951669774

MEN'S BREAKFAST   9:00 a.m. Thursday
https://zoom.us/j/91434612188

MOUNT ZION ZOOM CAFE  10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays

https://zoom.us/j/99145666538

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               pmathai@mzlc.ca                       cell: 519-781-5602
Music Director Amy Di Nino   amy@connectinginrhythm.com   cell: 905-466-3774
Office Administrator Margaret Waechter mtzion@mzlc.ca           
Nurse Christine Ramseyer     pnchristine@hotmail.com            cell: 519-588-8006
Feel free to call our cell phones. If we aren't available we'll return your call!