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News from Mount Zion
July 17, 2020

Opening Update

As the province moves into Stage 3 reopening, we thought it was time for an update about Mount Zion's reopening.

Currently two working committees are working through the details of what future services are going to look like. Richard Brubacher, Bill Gastmeier, Cherub Philip, David Murison join Amy and Pastor Philip exploring and rehearsing technical issues relating to presenting the service both live and virtually.

Another working group of Stephanie von Schilling, Betty Behm and Giny Ehrlich are tasked with understanding and implementing the arrangements and protocols for reopening using both the provincial and synododical guidelines.

We will continue to update you on their ongoing work.

Tell us what you think! The working group is interested in how you see the return to our building and has prepared a survey which you will receive in a separate email. Your input is very important to the process.

Karen Gastmeier on behalf of Church Council

Charlie, surrounded by his family

In Our Prayers

Last Sunday morning, as I was getting ready to begin service, I got an email from Anne Woolner that her father Charlie Ernst died peacefully at the hospital.  Charlie and his late wife Rhoda were charter members of Mount Zion and were actively involved in the congregation till their later years.  I remember the many times I spent with Charlie and Rhoda, when I was still new here, and listening to the stories of the very beginnings of Mount Zion. Sometimes I dropped him off at home after the Men’s Breakfast and the stories of his experiences when in the military and about Mount Zion were special. I was informed that there will be no funeral but the family will have a zoom memorial to remember ‘the many wonderful stories’ they have of Charlie. Let us uphold Anne and the rest of the family in our prayers during this time of grief and sorrow. Read the full obituary  

Let us continue to remember Gwen, Christine, Margaret, Willie, David, Conrad and Zach in our prayers, that they would experience wholeness and healing.  Let us continue to uphold Bill and Joyce Brown and the larger family in our prayers, for peace and comfort as they go through this very difficult time of the deaths of Bill’s siblings, Jack, Betty and Carol.    Pastor Philip

The Sower by Vincent van Gogh

The Season of Pentecost

Readings and Psalm for July 19

Genesis 28:10-19a, 

Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24  

Romans 8:1-11 and 

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.

Links and Lessons

This morning the Interfaith Grand River group met and the focus was on - ‘Uncomfortable Conversations,’ given the climate we are in in terms of interfaith or inter-race issues, or even the pandemic.  The presenter told us about two fathers from Israel and Palestine, one a Jew and the other a Muslim.  Both of them had lost their daughters to the ethnic violence there and were resolved to be part of the conversations to overcome barriers and enter into genuine dialogue. What was telling was how the Muslim father prepared himself for this. To understand his conversation partners better he enrolled in and earned an MA in Holocaust Studies!  This was mentioned in the context of how we should enlarge our circles and include even those that are outside our circles so that there could be genuine and meaningful conversations.

Justice and race issues have been part of our conversations in a very real way for some weeks now.  Rather than this just be an exercise in pointing fingers or going on guilt trips or blaming the other, how we could enter into genuine conversations and look to the future together is a common struggle. As the presenter pointed out, ‘Has the culture of ‘safetyism’ made us reject the uncomfortable?’ This is an ‘uncomfortable’ struggle but one also needs to be safe and with God’s grace we will, as communities, make progress in this long journey towards a just coexistence.

 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. 

Congratulations to:

Pastor Mark

The Luther community extended its gratitude and blessings to Rev. Dr. Mark Harris who retired this week after serving a five-year term as Luther's principal-dean.

In that time, Mark led the institution through a historic name-change and complex building renewal...all with skill and aplomb. 

Rev. Dr. Kristine Lund replaces him as Luther's interim principal-dean. She has been serving as Luther's assistant principal since 2008.

Robb Wilson

It was announced recently that Robb Wilson received the Lutheran 2020 Companions Of The Worship Arts. 

The award  is presented biennially as a way to highlight significant contributions and immense gifts in the worship life of the church at both the local and national levels. The ACC and ELCIC have presented the award jointly since 2014, with one recipient from each denomination recognized for their commitment and service to God, through worship, spirituality and the arts.

“Robb’s liturgical leadership within the life of our church has been both profound and significant,” says Eastern Synod Bishop Michael Pryse. “He exercises the gifts of that craft to exceptional effect within the life of the church and expresses a keen sensitivity to integrating the particular liturgical context, the needs of the worshipping community and the broader needs of the world.”  Read the full article

Warren & Martha Stauch

Warren and Martha Stauch who celebrated their 50th Anniversary recently. Congratulations! According to Martha's facebook page, the couple renewed their vows in the church where they were married in Windsor. 

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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