News from Mount Zion
Sept 18, 2020

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Yes, We are Here!!!

Yes, after 27 weeks we will again meet at church for in-person worship this Sunday.  While technology came to our aid and we were able to experience community in a very different way through virtual communities all of us missed being together and physically being present as community. All of us had been looking forward to coming back together and wanted to do it in a safe and meaningful way for all. So, while this is welcome we also need to be aware that it is not a going back to how thing were before the lockdown. We have been told about this and, hopefully, none of us expect that.  Also not everyone will be able to attend, whether it be the restrictions on the number of folks we could have in the sanctuary or whether it be one’s own health conditions that may not allow for one to risk being exposed to the virus or whether it be one’s own apprehensions about going out and affecting loved ones in our own bubbles or even if it be whether one just wants to wait a bit longer and see how things turn out; there could be other reasons too!

The worship experience itself will be very different with the major spoken parts being done by an assisting minister and me,  Amy will play the hymns but we can only hum along and not sing along for a while, till it is safe to sing.  As Karen pointed out in last week’s newsletter, social distancing will be maintained between bubbles and there will be volunteers to direct you about things once you reach church.  Just a request, please listen to the directions so that all of us are safe and healthy!!

When we switched to using the Zoom platform for worship we had a steep learning curve, before all of us were comfortable and had a meaningful experience.  That will be true also as we move along to in-person worship and use YouTube livestreaming to stream the services for those that will not be at church.  We did some fine tuning in order that we could combine Zoom and YouTube so the virtual experience would continue to be meaningful and fulfilling.  This would be a new experience both for those at church and for those at home, yes, and another learning curve to explore how we could continue to build and maintain community, combining also, both the physical and the virtual!!

There has been a number of teams working tirelessly behind the scenes making sure that the switch goes along as smooth as we could possibly do it, thanks to them all.  I have always appreciated the leadership at Mount Zion, as to how they step up to the task at hand and come together. It has been a touching experience of community and keeps me going through all this confusion and at times seeming chaos!

Yes even through this let us not lose sight of who we are and what we area called to be as the body of Jesus Christ.  Let us seek God’s grace as we once again step into the unfamiliar and reorient ourselves to the newness that is our portion as a community, a community that is there for each other and the wider world that we are part of.  Pastor Philip

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The only one of Van Gogh’s artworks purchased during his lifetime (1853-1890) was The Red Vineyard. It was purchased in 1890 shortly before his death, having been shown in an exhibition in Brussels. The rtwork eventually passed to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.

The Season of Pentecost

The readings for Sunday are

Exodus 16:2-15

Psalm 145:1-8

Philippians 1:21-30

Matthew 20:1-16

Links and Lessons

Mount Zion worship returns to the sanctuary.

Service begins at 10

You are invited to:

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  • YouTube

Attend in Person. Registration is required....learn more


Click this YouTube logo to be a part of the service from home.


Click on this  Zoom logo to be a part of a 15 minute chat prior to the service. You will be directed to the service

Meeting ID: 741 745 428   Password: 128324


Other Opportunities to worship, study or socialize

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. 


In our Prayers

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In Our Prayers

A private committal of Agnes Jones, one of our members who passed away on February 5, 2020, will be held this Saturday.  Let us remember her family during this time of grief and loss. 

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 pray for the resumption of in-person worship at Mount Zion, for all the things that need to be in place for a safe, healthy and meaningful worship experience. 

Let us also remember children and youth who have resumed their schooling, for parents and teachers and other staff at the schools, for lowering of anxiety levels and safety and health of all concerned.   

Open Sesame begins its 51st year

Open Sesame Headstart Preschool began its' 51st year on Monday, Sept. 14th. A BIG THANK YOU goes out to Jana Kelly, our Program Co-ordinator, for her work in compiling the 22 page Covid-19 Pandemic Plan required by the Ministry of Education, before re-opening.  In Phase 1 a maximum of 10 children will be enrolled, however, we are beginning with only 6.  During this Pandemic no volunteers are allowed to assist in the classroom and our two teachers will wear masks at all times.  Parents and children are screened each morning before entering the school.  Daily cleaning of our classroom, toys and equipment are also required.  

Life is different for all of us during this Pandemic, but Open Sesame continues to be very important for the children referred to us by various community agencies.  

Music for the Spirit Updates

Here are three news items from Music for the Spirit, a program for children and youth at Six Nations of the Grand River that many of us have supported in the past few years.

Grand Expressions

A Mountaineer article last March described a collaboration of Music for the Spirit with the Grand-Erie Study of PhD candidate Elaine Ho of the University of Waterloo.  Now an exhibition called Grand Expressions, featuring art with a water theme produced by the youth, is at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener through January 2021.  You can also follow the self-guided tour on the Grand-Erie Study website.   


Ukuleles and half-size guitars for Wahta Mohawk reserve

Music for the Spirit is planning to extend its online after-school sessions to children and youth on the Wahta Mohawk reserve near Bala/Bracebridge.  Ukuleles and half-size guitars will be taken to them near the end of September, and a few more are needed.  If you have such an instrument you would like to donate, please contact Mary Thompson at melinoret@gmail.com

Paddle Connection art unveiling and music event October 7, 2020


Over the summer, Music for the Spirit and Indigenous Visual Arts also collaborated with Great Art for Great Lakes (GAGL TV) on a series of craft workshops. A commissioned art installation is expected to be unveiled at a concert in Chiefswood Park, on October 7 starting at 6 pm.  Guests and performers will include Buffy Sainte-Marie and Derek Miller, as well as Music for the Spirit instructors and participants.  It will be possible for us to attend through Zoom. 

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We are looking for Volunteers

Sunday Church Services are beginning again at Mount Zion.  We need volunteers to assist in ensuring the service time flows smoothly.  We have an usher team ready – Thanks Gerry Roeder and the Ushers.


We need some volunteers to help us make the entry and exit from the church go smoothly.  We provide:

  • Written instructions and a personal demonstration if you wish

  • Face shields – you wear your own mask.

  • Time needed is 30-45 minutes before the service.

  • You will NOT need to register if you are listed to volunteer.  All volunteers have a seat.

Interested?  Please email stephanie@vonschilling.ca or phone 519-884-5429.

We appreciate your volunteering efforts!    Stephanie Von Schilling

To see the list of volunteer responsibilities, click here

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How to connect to the service through Zoom 

We know how important the weekly Zoom gatherings before and after worship are to some of you and for that reason, we are planning to continue with them prior to the service. If you are worshiping from home, be sure to log onto zoom about 9:45 am and say hello to your friends before the service.

Click here for a short tutorial that Amy prepared for us on how to log on.                      


Can You Help?

Of late there has been a surge in demand for food vouchers.  I would request that you please keep this need in mind and contribute to help the ministry of Mount Zion to the needy ones in our neighbourhood. Thanks to all who made donations of diapers and wipes for Sunnydale, it has been a real help to those that needed them.

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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

ways to


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