News from Mount Zion
April 9, 2021

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Bishop Pryce receives his vaccination 

Here we are again 

Some time ago, Nancy Kelly noted that this newsletter coupled with Pastor Philip's emails has become a history of how Mount Zion was impacted by Covid 19. So it is probably important to note that yesterday the Province of Ontario issued another stay at home order. How does this new lock down affect Mount Zion's practices? Not a lot as we ceased in house worship last November.  We will continue live streaming worship services and gathering for meetings and events by Zoom.

A few weeks ago when cases were on the decline, council was discussing the hows and whens of reopening, but those discussions have been set aside for the time being.

On the plus side, many of us have now had our first vaccinations. Pastor Philip will have his today. Bishop Pryse documented his shot on Twitter saying "Lois and I received a very special Easter treat today! So grateful for these gifts of science and for the wonderful team doing the vaccinations! When your turn comes, get it!!!"

Karen Gastmeier

April 22 Book Study

Our Health Council wants to remind you about the upcoming Book Study on Inside the O'Briens that will be held on Thursday, April 22, 1:30-3:00 pm. It is now scheduled to be held on Zoom. We ask that everyone please register and to click here to do so. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Slethaug.

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First Quarter Financial Report

Our results for the first quarter ending March 31 in the Ministry and Mission (current) account reflects a deficit of $7,092.  This compares with a budgeted deficit of $12,817 for a favourable deviation of $5,725. Member regular contributions of $39,482 compared to plan of $39,500.  Excellent! For the full report click here.


Jesus Appears - Ed de Guzman

Upcoming Lessons    

April 11 Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:32-35

Psalm 133 (1)

1 John 1:1—2:2

John 20:19-31

April. 18 — Third Sunday of Easter  Acts 3:12-19
Psalm 4 (3)
1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36b-48


In Our Prayers

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.  Let us also pray for Brazil and Italy and the Province of Ontario as we live though another stay at home order to contain the spread of the virus.

Barb Barnes writes: Just a note to all who may be wondering, I am well on my way down the path of healing.  Lots of exercises and walking the apartment halls plus excellent meals and assistance from my husband Ken.  I am walking now with limited assistance (aids). Thanks for all your prayers and best wishes.

Notes from the Service Committee

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Food Bank

As in past years in April, we encourage Mount Zion members to give to the Food Bank, and this can be done through our offerings.  During the emergency pandemic-related restrictions, the Food Bank continues to operate as part of the Community Food Assistance Network, to ensure continued support and service delivery to those who need food assistance — something that affects as many as 1 in 20 households in Waterloo Region. 

SHOW Adopt-a-Cause

We are pleased to report that the total so far raised toward the $3,000-$5,000 that would be required to renovate a unit at SHOW’s new building at 144 Erb Street West is $1895.00!  Our warmest thanks to those who are leading the way in this opportunity to support a very important local housing initiative.  It is hoped that we might be able to reach the goal by the end of May.

Did you know . . . ?

  • 300+ seniors are currently on a waitlist for affordable or supportive housing in our community?

  • 8 years is the average time a senior has to wait for access to local affordable housing?

  • 25% of seniors in our region live alone and struggle to live on a single income in retirement?

  • $1,096 is the average monthly rent for individuals aged 65+ in Waterloo Region?

Together, we have raised $1,895.00 so far towards helping SHOW renovate housing units for seniors at 144 Erb Street East.

Will you “Adopt-This-Cause” today? Your gift 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 Be sure to designate your gift to SHOW.

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Celebrating Easter in Harmony

What’s in a recording? You just never know what you might find, and for our recent Mount Zion choir recording, I did stop short of adding the kitchen sink, but just barely!

            Our anthem for Easter Sunday morning, ‘Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing!’ is an arrangement that takes familiar words and sets it to an alternate, but also familiar tune, Beverly. For our recording, it begins with me capturing guide tracks for singers, which supply the melody line for each part, as well as a guide accompaniment track. Once recorded, those are sent to singers through the online platform ‘Soundtrap’, which we use to make our music, collaboratively.

            While the singers are busy practicing and perfecting their parts, I continue to work behind the scenes recording all of the accompanying instruments. One aspect of our virtual recordings that may catch the listeners ear is that it is not as musical or sounds perhaps more rigid than live performances. This is indeed correct, and it is on purpose! It’s required to ensure we all stay in time…. the exact same time! The metronome, or click track, becomes the conductor that we all follow and will eventually be the glue that allows for all the parts to be brought together at various times from various locations.

            Three students from a local brass studio were very excited to be offered the opportunity to record trumpet parts for both the anthem and the prelude (Fanfare for Easter for three trumpets and organ). I sent them their parts along with the metronome marking, and they had their parts back to me within a week. I recorded the organ accompaniment and also recorded the snare drum and cymbal parts in the sanctuary, to capitalize on the free reverb! One final part to be recorded took me physically to a friend and colleagues’ garage, where he has his timpani setup…reverb not so great amoungst the tools and tires!

            Back in my home studio, I check back into Soundtrap to retrieve all of the singers’ recordings, and bring them into the main project to begin the mixing process. This entails working through each track, whether vocal or instrumental, and making it sound as good as possible, as well as making it sound similar to the other tracks to have a cohesive final recording. I complete this in stages because ear fatigue is real!  

            Although I am rarely fully satisfied with a recording, particularly virtual projects, one final listen in the early hours of Easter Sunday morning brought a smile to my face, and I hope that it did for you as well. Please enjoy listening again as it is now up on our YouTube channel, or take a moment to give your ears a first listen to this musical treat! A heartfelt thank-you to all of the singers who added their voice to this recording, some adding more than one track.

            Harmony is the pleasing arrangement of different tones, voices and instruments, and what a beautiful and spectacular way for us to create harmony in celebrating Easter!  Amy DiNino

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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

  • YouTube

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

(Recordings of the services are available)


Sundays 9:40 am Join members for a time of fellowship preceeding the service 

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

MEN'S BREAKFAST   9:00 a.m. Thursday

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