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News from Mount Zion
Aug 28, 2020

More about reopening

In last week’s newsletter, we announced that in person worship will resume at Mount Zion on September 20. It is exciting to think of worshipping together again in just a few short weeks.

You will recall that many of you completed a survey regarding your thoughts on returning to our worship space. From that survey (thank you to those of you who participated), we learned that many of you were undecided about attending with only 44% saying that they would return immediately. We also learned that many of you would appreciate on-line streaming of the service through social media as well as time for socializing before or after the service. See the full survey report

Keeping your comments in mind, it was decided to broadcast the live service on YouTube.

Can a service be designed that is meaningful and beautiful while following provincial health guidelines? It is a challenge for sure.

While the elements of the service will be familiar, some things will be quite different. Soloists, both vocal and instrumental will be engaged often to make up for the health guidelines that stipulate that there can be no congregational singing. Humming apparently is ok.

For the first few weeks, there will be no communion as we learn how to handle safety concerns. But just as we did with Zoom, we will make incremental improvements and additions as we move forward. I want to thank Amy DiNino who along with David Murrison, Bill Gastmeier and Richard Brubacher sorted through the technical aspects of the service, to Ginny Ehrlich, Stephanie von Schilling and Betty Behm for their work of understanding and applying the health guidelines at Mount Zion and to Pastor Philip who along with his guidance is also building plexiglass shields for the pulpit and lectern. We are all learning new things.

If you are ready to come back, we will be ready for you. Karen Gastmeier.

Thank you Ginny & Ladonna

It wasn’t a typical agenda for the Service Committee when they met on Zoom last week. Instead the purpose of the gathering was to honour the work of Ladona Riegert and Ginny Ehrlich with some time for reminiscing about the work that the service committee has accomplished over the years.  The Service Committee, originally known as Social Ministry, has been active in the congregation almost for as long as Mount Zion has existed. From resettling refugee families to providing lunches for Habitat for Humanity builds, the group has assembled an astonishing list of accomplishments.

Ginny said that she found that working on the service committee was more positive and nurturing than other committee work because service committee work always had a positive outcome. Thank you Ginny and Ladona for your many years of service.  KG

In our Prayers

In Our Prayers

On August 20, Rose Frim passed away at Grand River hospital where she had been for a week.  Rose was a member of Mount Zion since she settled in the area after years of service at Thunder Bay.  She endeared herself to everyone with her very friendly demeanor and strong personality. She will be missed. 

Let us uphold her niece Donna, who faithfully brought her to worship when Rose was able to, and the rest of the family and friends at this time of sorrow and loss.

Let us continue to remember Gwen, Christine, Margaret, Willie, David, Conrad, Zach, and Lily in our prayers, that they would experience wholeness and healing. Let us remember our reopening committees as they look into the various aspects of safe in-person worship when we are back in the sanctuary on September 20, for wisdom and discernment.  Pastor Philip

The Season of Pentecost

Readings and Psalm for August 30

Exodus 3:1-15

Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c

Romans 12:9-21

Matthew 16:21-28

Links and Lessons

Pastor Philip would like to hear from you

I am looking for feedback on our vesper services/evening prayer which has been going on for some time now. There is a core group that attend regularly,  but the numbers are declining.

When numbers declined at our midweek Lenten and Advent services 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)

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. 

Making progress at 235 Dawson

The property committee is making progress with the renovation of 235 Dawson Street. They've been busy with tearout, electrical, plumbing, painting and drywwall. We are looking forward to the big reveal.

Pictured left is Ross Schlegel and Art Schelter in the kitchen area of the house.

September is Climate Action Month at KAIROS

Mary Thompson reminds us that September is Climate Action Month at KAIROS. Resiliency and hope are the driving messages of KAIROS' second annual Climate Action Month, beginning September 1. This month-long online event is intended to inspire and motivate collective action for climate justice. Each day in September, KAIROS will focus on an aspect of the climate crisis – sharing resources, events, stories from our members and global partners, and actions for climate justice. The calendar will focus on five weekly themes: Season of Creation, Just Transition, Indigenous Rights, Global Climate Justice, and Water. 

Interested in receiving informative weekly e-blasts during Climate Action Month? Please visit our online sign up form and click Ecological Justice.  

Books available for pick up now.

The books, Souls at Risk, that will be used for Nancy Kelly's book discussion on October 22, have now arrived. The books cost $20. Please come to the office Tues to Firday 9 - 12 to pick up. Di would appreciate if you brought exact change or cheque.

Congratulations

to Ed and Mary Baumgart on the occassion of their 60th Anniversay and to

Ed and Ladona Riegert on the occassion of their 64th Anniversay

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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