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News from Mount Zion
Aug 14, 2020

Bishop Pryse to Visit Mount Zion

Be sure to sign into this Sunday's Zoom Service when Bishop Michael Pryse will be Guest Preacher. A visit from Bishop Mike is is a not-to- be missed occasion and we are delighted to have him with us. .  His leadership during these very difficult times has been a source of encouragement and inspiration.  We are grateful that he will be with us.

Your gift to Lebanon matched until August 24

Canadian Lutheran World Relief, as a member of the Humanitarian Coalition, welcomes the Canadian government's plan to match donations to provide assistance to the people of Lebanon after the disaster that devastated the city of Beirut this week.

The Ministry of International Development, announced  that donations from individual Canadians made to the Humanitarian Coalition or one of its 12 members before August 24 would be matched by the government, up to a maximum of $2 million.

"We’re so grateful for the Canadian government’s rapid response to this unimaginable crisis," said Karin Achtelstetter, Executive Director of Canadian Lutheran World Relief. "We’re deeply concerned about this situation, where 300,000 people have suddenly become homeless in a country already dealing with an economic crisis and a pandemic. We urge Canadians to follow the Government’s lead in responding generously, and especially in taking advantage of this matching fund to make their gifts provide as much life-saving relief as possible.”

CLWR will be responding to the devastation through its local partners in ACT Alliance who are on the ground in Lebanon, who are focused on life-saving immediate needs including shelter, food, clean water and trauma care.

CLWR is accepting donations now on its website at clwr.org/lebanoncrisis. or you can also add a donation to your weekly offering and mark it for CLWR.

In our Prayers

In Our Prayers

Let us continue to remember Gwen, Christine, Margaret, Willie, David, Conrad, Zach and Lily in our prayers, that they would experience wholeness and healing. Lily has been moved to Freeport hospital last week.  Let us pray for school reopenings and also all the preparations for in-person worship at Mount Zion and other faith communities, that everyone involved would have the wisdom and the courage to make the right decisions.

Returning to in person worship

On Friday of this week, a group is meeting to rehearse and discover what an in-person worship service will look like in our new circumstances. The group, made up of Pastor Philip, Amy and members of worship and music and council, are seeking answers from the location of readers to what technology will be necessary.

As Pastor Philip said in his email, they are seeking ways of balancing the needs of those who are reluctant or unable to attend in person services and those who are eager to return. The challenge is to learn how to move forward combining the two.

Another group of Betty Behm, Stephanie von Schilling and Ginny Ehrlich have made a progress in learning and understanding what safety protocols will have to be put in place in order to keep everyone in attendance safe. The Synod has also supplied us with information and are acting as support.

We hope to announce the date of the first service very soon. Karen Gastmeier

The Season of Pentecost

Readings and Psalm for August 16

Genesis 45:1-15;

Psalm 133;

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

Matthew 15:10-28

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Links and Lessons

We are almost into September and Labour Day weekend which is followed by the reopening of schools.  With the pandemic still being a threat, it is with some sense of trepidation that parents are looking to the future. Not knowing of how this is going to be implemented, what are the protocols will be in place, what the staffing will look like, these and many other questions are up in the air.  It is not easy, it is a time of anxiety and concern, and how the containment of the virus would be affected by this is a real fear.

We too have our own concerns and fears as we look forward to returning to our woship space. We do not want to risk the well-being of our members but at the same time would want to make space for the resumption of that sense of community, which to many, the virtual is not the same as the physical!  But one has to recognize that our virtual worship and community building has made it possible for many, who otherwise would not have been able to attend, to be present from their homes. The challenge is also to see as to how we can move forward combining the two!!  Pastor Philip

Zoom Links  

SUNDAY 10 am (Sign in any time after 9:30 am)

https://zoom.us/j/741745428?wd=N2QvYUZoS0NRZGIwc2xnc3ZGSmRmUT09

Meeting ID: 741 745 428  Password: 128324

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82644087778

Meeting ID: 826 4408 7778

MEN'S BREAKFAST   9:00 a.m. Thursday
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84760781137

Postludes and Preludes from previous services can be accessed by clicking on the YouTube icon at the  top of the page. 

Image: The Canaanite Woman asks for healing for her daughter
Naskh is the caligraphic style for writing in the Arabic alphabet that the biblical text is written in for this manuscript. The artist, Ilyas Basim Khuri Bazzi Rahib, was most likely a Coptic monk in the late 17th century in Egypt. 1684 from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN

Can You Help?

Sunnydale Center near McCormick Arena and Mount Zion is in need of diapers (age 1-2) and some age 3, and Wipes.  Sunnydale is one of seven Community Centers operated and supported by The House of Friendship and focused on support for individuals and families living on low incomes.  Whatever you purchase, just let me know where and when and I will pick up and deliver to Sunnydale.  Dennis Eaton (519)  884-2745 or d_eaton@sympatico.ca

And , if you have a used working computer of any type for a Vietnamese young man going to school in September, please let me know.  Dennis Eaton

Open Sesame Grocery Cards and Food Vouchers

A reminder that Open Sesame Grocery Cards are still available by giving Ann Crossman a call, who will arrange for delivery. 

We are also looking for donations to support our Food Voucher Ministry which has been heavily used during the pandemic. Thanks to everyone who has supportued these two ministries in our community.

Upcoming events

Aug 16 - Bishop Michael Pryse visit (Zoom)

Oct 22  1 - 3 pm  Fall Book Discussion

Nov 21 5:30 pm Caribbean Christmas Party

Feb 28 2021  Black History Month  Celebrations

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