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News from Mount Zion
February 26, 2021

This Sunday Black History Celebration Service

11:00 am on Zoom 

Sunday, February 28 will be our Black History Month service and celebrations. Please note that service that day would begin only at 11 am and not at 10 am so that friends from other congregations would also be able to join us. This is a time to celebrate and give thanks for the lives and contributions of our sisters and brothers of African origin. The worship this Sunday will be on Zoom and we will use the same link that we use on Sundays for our Zoom sessions before and after worship. Please invite friends and family for the event and pass the link on to them also.

New Vaccine Information from Christine

COVID vaccines are on their way to Waterloo Region. Wednesday’s announcement indicated that those 80 years of age and older will be included in the current vaccine roll out, as well as some other at risk groups.This is great news for many of our Mount Zion members! (See link below to see if you are included in those eligible to get their vaccine with this current roll out).  However there has been confusion on how, where and when you can get your immunization. Those details and how to preregister are now available at 

It is very important to me that those who intend to get vaccinated get it as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to give me a call if I can assist you to understand the process or help you to set up your appointment for your vaccine. I am happy to help with any other questions or concerns you may have.
Call Christine 

March 4 Demystifying Dying and Death  A webinar

There is still time to register for the webinar Demystifying Dying and Death. It is an oportunity to discuss  fears, curiosity or practical "what do I do now" questions. With three featured professionals, John Lougheed, Jamie Foley and Christine Ramseyer, you will have ample opportunity in our Q&A, to explore these issues on March 4th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

Interested? Register for this free event here:

Sponsored by Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Waterloo

More information: mtzion@mzlc.ca

Mar 7 Announcing Mount Zion’s Adopt-a-Cause for March through May

SHOW The Way Home--Supportive Housing of Waterloo (SHOW)

SHOW, well-known to many at Mount Zion, has a pressing need to finance renovations to their newest site: 144 Erb East (the former Civitan building). The building is sixty years old and its 24 units need extensive renovation costing $3,000 to $5,000 per unit. After adding two more units, SHOW will be able to provide 26 affordable apartments to marginalized seniors in our region.

From March to May, Mount Zion’s Service Committee invites us to adopt this cause, “SHOW the Way Home”, to help make the needed renovations a reality. By pooling our gifts, let’s see how much we can raise towards the transformation of 144 Erb East.
On Sunday, March 7, Gael Gilbert, SHOW’s Director, will be with us in worship to help us understand the need for supportive housing. You can also learn more about SHOW on their website at https://www.showaterloo.org/

Housing is a basic human right that makes a big difference in people’s health and wellbeing.  

Make your donation to ‘Mount Zion Lutheran Church’ indicating on your envelope that this is for ‘SHOW’. Donations can also be made through Electronic Funds Transfer, dropping an envelope in the church mailbox, or mail, or by clicking the Donate Now button on the top right corner of our website at https://www.mzlc.ca. Be sure to designate your gift to SHOW.

Upcoming Lessons    

February  28, Black History 

Habakkuk 1:2–4; 2:1–3 

Lamentations 3:19-26

March 7 Third Sunday in Lent

Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm 19 (8)

I Corinthians 1:18-25

John 2:13-22

Communion Returns

After 11 long months, Holy Communion is again included in our service. Virtual communion is a new experience to most of us, but this is another way that technology allows us to participate in worship more meaningfully. Many of us expressed how you missed partaking in this sacrament. Pastor Philip reminds us to have ready a piece of bread and some wine or fruit juice ready at hand so that we can participate in communion at our own places.

Mid Week Lenten Services

For our mid-week Lenten services, every Wednesdays during Lent, we will use the Holden Evening Prayers like we did during Advent. We will begin the prayers at 7 pm and will use the Vespers link for the prayers.Our Lenten journey is a time of introspection, repentance and resolve to live into our baptismal call to be faithful to who we are as followers of the loving, just and righteous God.

In Our Prayers

Let us uphold the Zilles family George, Rob and Loa and the larger family in our prayers as they mourn the loss of Rob’s mother Wilhelmina. May God's peace and comfort be real.Let us pray for all who are sick, distressed, or grieving, especially for Margaret, David, Rosalie, Marjorie, Barb, Betty, Delfina, Jake and Bill Taylor, that God would sustain and comfort those who suffer. Let us pray for courage, strength and perseverance needed to challenge systems of injustice and privilege, so that justice, peace and equity would prevail.

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Open Sesame Update

It is time that we gave you an up-date on Open Sesame Headstart Preschool, following the tragic accidental death of Ceara Publuske, the daughter of our senior teacher Cyndi Publuske.  Cyndi had told us at our September meeting that this would be her last year with us.  She was planning to move to Owen Sound to assist her aging parents who have health issues.  With this in mind, Samantha  Beesley, our second teacher, was preparing to take on the position of supervisor in the Fall.  Cyndi has understandably made the decision not to return to Open Sesame.  Fortunately we only have seven children enrolled at this time.  Jana Kelly, our Administrator and Program Co-ordinator will work with Samantha (Sam) to finish off the year.  We are so Blessed to have these two woman who have willingly taken on additional responsibilities.  We miss Cyndi and our hearts go out to her at this very sad time of her life.     


House of Friendship Potato Blitz

It has been a Mount Zion tradition for many years to invite congregation members to contribute to the annual Potato Blitz of the House of Friendship, in the month of February. As we are not coming together in person this month, we are encouraged to support the Potato Blitz through cash donations, which can be made as part of our offerings.”To learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.houseoffriendship.org/potatoblitz


Links to other local Black History Month events  

Martin Luther University College has announced a program titled The View From Here on February 26 when Multidisciplinary artist Andrew Craig presents a program of music and stories chronicling the past, present and future of the Black experience in Canada. Followed by Q&A. Please click here to register for the event.

Kristina Kuhnert has been a part of the production of the congress of Black Women’s Black History Month Video, which you can find here: Congress of Black Women WR MZLC BHM Video.mov 

Four FriendsTalking in 2021 Black History Month



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Upcoming events

ongoing...Zoom Cafe, Wed 10 am

Feb 14 Annual Mtg 11:30 am  Zoom

Feb 17 Ash Wednesday

Feb 28 Black History Month  Celebrations 11 am  Zoom

Mar 4  Demystifying Dying and Death a Webinar

Mar 7  Guest from SHOW

April 22, 1 - 3 pm  Spring Book Discussion - Inside the O'Briens

                                       location tbd

Links for Worship and more

 Black History Celebration Service Feb 28 11:00 am Zoom Link


  • YouTube

Sundays 10 am Click on the logo to join the Live Stream Worship 


(Recordings of the services are available)


Sundays 9:40 am Join members for a time of fellowship preceeding the service  https://zoom.us/j/96599940521 

VESPERS    7:00 pm Monday - Thursday evenings
(Sign in any time after 6:30, Service starts at 7:00 pm)


MEN'S BREAKFAST   9:00 a.m. Thursday

MOUNT ZION ZOOM CAFE  10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays