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News from Mount Zion
Aug 21, 2020

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In Person Worship to Resume September 20

It is just a month away, Sept 20…the day that we will return to our sanctuary. It is an exciting time and a time filled with challenges for all, both those of us who are preparing and those who will attend.

Because we are following the Province of Ontario’s guidelines, returning to our church building will be much the same as visiting your doctor, dentist or hairdresser. We are all familiar with those rules now. You must wear a mask, wait outside until someone brings you in, sign in and have your temperature taken, after which you will be ushered to your seat.

And like a theatre or restaurant, you will have to reserve your seat. We are also using guidelines which limit us to 30% occupancy, which in Mount Zion’s case is 50 people plus staff. We are trying to make this as simple as possible and will give you more specific info as we get a little closer to the big day.

For those of you who are not ready to return, Mount Zion services will be broadcast and we will provide you with a link.

There is much scurrying about as the worship and tech teams work to make the services as beautiful and meaningful as you have come to expect albeit in a very different environment, ushers are being redeployed and volunteers gathered. We’ll get there and just as we did when we all learned Zoom, we will learn another new way of being church and delight in the progress.

More to come, lots more…..Karen Gastmeier, for church council

Faith in Action: Beyond 2020 

Thank you to all of you that responded so quickly to the request for donations to fund our new roof.  Richard Brubacher reports that funds of $22,000 and a further $4000 of pledges were received in the first few weeks of the campaign. It was kicked off by the first donation of $8000 from Mount Zion 's Funeral Committee. Thank you ladies!! $8000 represents a lot of sandwiches!!! Your donation and service to the community is appreciated.

For those of you who have not yet made your pledge, we encourage you to do so. If you need further information, please contact Pastor Philip, Richard or Karen.

In our Prayers

In Our Prayers

Let us continue to remember Gwen, Christine, Margaret, Willie, David, Conrad, Zach, Lily and Rose Frim in our prayers, that they would experience wholeness and healing. Let us remember Bishop Pryse, Pastor Adam Snook and the members of the Task Force and our own Mount Zion team who are giving leadership as we transition to in-person worship in the synod, for wisdom and discernment.

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The Season of Pentecost

Readings and Psalm for August 21

First Reading: Exodus 1:8 - 2:10

Psalm: Psalm 124

Second Reading: Romans 12:1-8

Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20


Links and Lessons

It was wonderful to have Bishop Pryse with us last Sunday and be reminded again of how many are looking forward to in-person worship and being continually mindful of systemic injustice that is a reality that we come up against.

Our vesper services/evening prayer has been going on for some time now and there is a core group that attend regularly.  We noted that our numbers have gone down from the early evenings. This has happened earlier with our midweek Lenten and Advent services also and a change in format helped.  Please let me know if moving the discussions to the end rather than having it in the middle would help.  Maybe not all of us look forward to a theological discussion as compared to a worshipful time together. I would look forward to hearing from you!! Pastor Philip

Zoom Links  

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

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)

Meeting ID: 826 4408 7778

MEN'S BREAKFAST   9:00 a.m. Thursday

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

Building new Relationships by laying stones

Yesterday a group of Lutherans who were former members of St Phillips and member of the Circle of Reconciliation and Justice and the Racial Justice Advisory Committees joined Bishop Pryse at the former St Phillips facility which is now the Anishnabeg Outreach Centre for a tour of the facility and to see the progress made in 2 years of them buying the church.  But the primary activity that all of us participated in was to place a paving tile each in building an exterior Two Row Wampum.  The Two Row Wampum points to the relationship between the Indigenous communities and the settlers, journeying side by side. I have attached 2 pictures of Mary Thompson and Joy laying the stones. Pastor Philip

Amy's Band Has A New Album

Amy writes that her band Cootes Paradise has a new album to be released at an online viewing party Aug 21. They  be streaming a video that includes pictures, fun facts, trivia, and more for you to enjoy while listening to the songs from "Downstream", the new CD. You'll be able to participate in the chat and communicate with band members, and each other. 

Links to a sample and the event:

First single video:

Link to the facebook watch party:

Books have arrived

The books, Souls at Risk, that will be used for Nancy Kelly's book discussion on October 22, have now arrived. However, since Di is on vacation until Tuesday, August 25, it will be necessary to wait until she returns before you can pick them up.  She will send you an email on how that can take place or call her if you would like one and have not placed an order.

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You are welcome to the virtual Ordination Service of Brooklynn Lane

Saturday August 22, 2020   6:00 pm EST

Join Zoom meeting id 892 9792 6055  passcode 367761

If you would like to partake in communion, please bring bread or a cracker to the zoom meeting.

Upcoming events

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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