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News from Mount Zion
March 3, 2023

Join us for worship in person or on- line at 10 am every Sunday
  • Scroll to bottom of page for contact information and links to services and activities

  • Mount Zion remain strongly supportive of continued use of masks for members and rental groups.

  • Deadline for next edition is March 29

A note from your editor
Bill and I are leaving Sunday for three weeks away. the next newsletter will be available March 31. In the mean time Pastor Philip or Margaret will alert you to any updates.  Karen Gastmeier

2023 Lenten Series
Beneath the Surface in Waterloo

As has been our practice for the last several years, Mount Zion will participate in the Waterloo Anglicans/Lutherans 2023 Lenten Series. This year’s theme is Beneath the Surface In Waterloo.

Each evening begins with a Community Meal of Soup, bread and water at 6:00 pm. And worship will start at 7:00 pm with Holden Evening Prayer. Discussion will follow.  Each evening will highlight issues of note in Waterloo today.

If you would like to ride share to any of the events, please see the signup sheets in the narthex or call Mary Thompson.

March 1      Christ Lutheran (445 Anndale Rd)

                    Housing, Tim Blair from Kindred Works

March 8       St Matthew’s, Conestoga (131 Flax Mill Dr)

                     Issues Facing Young Adults, Karly Rath from LSPIRG

March 15     St Columba (250 Lincoln Road)

                     Food Security with Rebecca Jeschke Waterloo Foodbank

March 22     Mount Zion Lutheran (29 Westmount Rd S)

                    Carol Schmidt of Canadian Lewy Body Dementia Information- Lived


March 29     Trillium Lutheran (22 Willow St)

                     Child Care & Needs of Young Families with the Staff of St John’s

                      Nursery  School


Black History Celebrations

It was an exciting day; the sanctuary was filled with colour and many new faces.  The steel band and choir embellished the meaningful and thoughtful nourishment for the soul provided by our guest preacher, Rev. Paulette Brown and Bishop Michael Pryse.

Following the service, we enjoyed a delightful meal prepared by Mrs. Bell, Chef Winston and the kitchen crew. After, and throughout the meal, we heard from a few of the ten civic leaders who were on hand and a presentation from Constable Andre Johnson of the Waterloo Region Police Service and Colleen James of Regional Council. Then there was more music by two women who have been attending Mount Zion recently, Alwyn and Marie who led us in a Cameroonian chant. Ending the afternoon was baritone Dorleon, a well-known and very popular singer from the Caribbean community.

This couldn’t have happened without you

I wish I could thank each and every one of you by name, but the list is long. I estimate that there were nearly 50 members of Mount Zion who were part of making it such a successful day. Thank you to all who participated by reading lessons, singing in the choir, running the live stream, ushering, baking desserts, setting up chairs, tables and decorations and doing the all-important clean-up.

Many of you worked behind the scenes to plan the day, write cheques, sort through the finances, and choose and invite guests. Again, the list is long.

But I want to thank Pastor Philip, Music Director Sarah, Mrs. Bell and Chef Winston, and Margaret for exceeding our expectations.  

A Message from Your Tech Team  - Video Recording to come

Your tech team and W+M Committee are happy to report that we had a part in our more than meaningful Black History Month Service through our Lead Tech, Dave and our Live Stream capability.

The fun bit is that we also arranged to have a video recording made of the dinner and  Black History Month program that followed. It was wonderful as you will see….. Food, Word, Music and Song.

Once our videographer Dave, from Hawkeye Films finishes editing, we will post it on our channel and send you all a link.

This Sunday ranks highly on the list of most important Mount Zion events, so please take the time to peek the livestream of the service which you can connect through our website      Bill Gastmeier.


February Financials

Treasurer Richard Brubacher reports that for the two months of 2023,

the Ministry & Mission (current) account shows a deficit of $25,162. 

It’s a BIG number.

However, our receipts were $292 higher than planned for in our budget,

but was offset as expenses were also higher by $386 than anticipated, resulting in a

deviation of $95.

In the good news department, the refugee fund has grown by $354, now totalling $7,904.  Read Richard’s full report here.

Happy Hips Yoga Workshop at Mount Zion

Eva Jedlovsky, a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor who teaches public and private classes in the Kitchener/Waterloo area will be holding a class at Mount Zion on March 11.

Come and join her for two hours of self-massage with therapy balls to release any tension, pain and aches in your hips and lower back. Massage therapy balls will be provided if you do not have your own.  

Rate: $50 tax included

Saturday, March 11, 2023

2.30 - 4.30 pm

Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 29 Westmount Rd S, Waterloo

For inquiries, please call 519-503-5611 or email

In Our Prayers

Grant healing and wholeness to all who seek them, Jean Lange, mourning the loss of her sister Cathy, Joy, Sandra, Jim, Julian, George, Betty, Rosalie, James, Bruce, Thelma, Helen, Gladys and Don & Jean and their daughter Tai; and the families and communities of Pastor Paul Bosch and Sister Anne Keffer grieving their deaths.


Spring Book Study

Health Council will hold a book study on The Spoon Stealer by well-known Canadian author Leslie Crew. This is Emmeline’s story, who never quite fit in her rural Nova Scotia family. She flees to England and builds her life there. When she unexpectedly inherits the family farm late in her life, she returns to her family, so broken by loss and secrecy. Full of humour, family secrets, and women’s friendships, this book explores the power of knowing ourselves and speaking the truth. The study will be held in person in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, April 18, 1:30-3:00 pm.

Copies of the book are available If you wish to borrow one. Please contact Betty Behm.

 If you have questions, please ask Mary Slethaug or other members of the Health Council.


Mount Zion Cafe

The Mount Zion Café continues to offer coffee and goodies on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Please join us. Coffee is on at 10 a.m. Taxi rides are available to the café, whose cost is covered by Mount Zion.  If you require a ride, please call the church office and speak to Margaret by 9:45 AM LATEST on the morning of a cafe or the day before if you know.  Margaret will order you a taxi, and the cafe volunteers will see you get a taxi home.

Dates:  March 8 and 22   April 12 and 26   May 10 and 24    June 14


Mount Zion Kitchen

The Mount Zion Kitchen is serving

Mar. 9: BBQ seasoned chicken OR spicy jerk chicken… with Vegetables, Salad and Roll - 

Veg option - Vegetable Stew with Salad and Roll

Mar 16 Ham and Pea Soup and Rolls

Veg option - Tomato Basil Soup and Roll

Mar 23 Spaghetti & Meat Sauce, Salad and Roll

Veg Option - Spaghetti and Marinara Sauce Salad and Roll

Mar 30 Chicken Cacciatore with Noodles, Salad,& Roll

Bean Cacciatore with Noodles, Salad & Roll

Apr 6  Macaroni and Cheese with Salad and Roll

Apr 13 Sausage with braised cabbage, Mashed Potato and Rolls

Veg Option - Vegetable Stew with braised cabbage and mashed potato and Rolls

See the website for future dates


Mindfulness Meditation Practice Continues

Everyone is welcome to attend our Mindful Meditation group every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Meet upstairs. Wear a mask, be fully vaccinated (preferential), and be fragrance-free. Be prepared to maintain a two-meter separation. It is suggested to wear comfortable clothes and bring a pillow, mat, or blanket and water. Open to all—no charge and no previous experience necessary.  Just come.  Call Henriette Stumper  519.885.3434 for more details.


Upcoming Lessons

Sunday Mar 5 – Second Sunday in Lent  

Genesis 12:1-4a

Psalm 121 (1,2)

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

John 3:1-17

Sunday Mar 12 – Third Sunday in Lent

Exodus 17:1-7

Psalm 95 (1)

Romans 5:1-11

 John 4:5-42

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(Recordings of the services are available)


VESPERS    7:00 pm Monday - Thursday evenings

Mount Zion's office tel.: 519 886-5820  office hours: Tues. - Fri. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

How to contact our staff, while our building is closed:  
Pastor Philip Mathai                            cell: 519-781-5602
Music Director Sarah. E. Cardwell
Office Administrator Margaret Waechter           
Nurse Christine Ramseyer            cell: 519-588-8006
Feel free to call our cell phones. If we aren't available we'll return your call!

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