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News from Mount Zion
February 18 2022

Reopening at Mount Zion

We received word from the provincial government this week that Covid restrictions are being eased. What that means for us is that there will be no capacity limits for worship services when we reopen March 6.  However, we will continue to wear masks and continuing distancing as much as possible.

We recognize that all of you may not be ready to return to big gatherings, but we look forward to seeing you when the time is right for you. We will continue to stream our services, which was the plan even before Covid began.

We are looking forward to a wonderful Easter Service this year.

Black History at 11 am on Zoom Feb 27

Please Note the time change. The service will begin 11 am.

Sunday February 27 is all about Black History when a selection of special musicians and speakers will join us for a Zoom service. Father Steven Greene, an Anglican minister who serves at St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church in Cambridge will be our guest speaker. Bishop Pryse will also participate in this inspiring service.

Black History Month is about honouring the enormous contributions that Black people have made, and continue to make, in all sectors of society. It is about celebrating resilience, innovation, and determination to work towards a more inclusive and diverse Canada—a Canada in which everyone has every opportunity to flourish. 

February 27, 11 am on Zoom. The link is   or see Mount Zion’s homepage to join in this remarkable experience.

Join the Black History Challenge with the synod’s Racial Justice Committee

Join the Challenge with the synod’s Racial Justice Committee, of which Pastor Philip is a member. They have been offering an ongoing challenge throughout the month of February – Black History Month. Every week, resources are included in their weekly Synod Newsletter, that will help you. However, you might choose to read a book by a Black author, watch a documentary or video, listen to a podcast, etc.... then, discuss it with someone - tell your pastor what you learned! Send an email to our Racial Justice Committee about your thoughts or whatever comments you may have. Whatever you do, just do something! They would love to hear from you! 
For more information and  links to all the weekly resources, please visit the Black History Month page on the Eastern Synod website.


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Lent Begins with Ash Wednesday Service March 2

The Ash Wednesday Service will be held at Mount Zion at 7:00 pm. We are waiting for confirmation on whether that will be live and live streamed or held on Zoom. Watch for Pastor email for more information as it becomes available.


Please join us for our Lenten Study in partnership with the Waterloo Lutherans and Anglicans who are reviving the former practice of sharing resources for Wednesday night Lenten Services. Rather than visiting area churches, the following events will be held on Zoom with each of the congregations hosting for an evening.

2022 Lenten Series  
Lament to Hope

7:30 pm Wednesdays nights throughout Lent

The Zoom Link is the same for every service

Zoom Meeting ID: 836 4183 0711 Passcode: Lamenting

March 9: Viewing party hosted and led by St. Columba – Anglican

Why Lament is important

with The Rev. Dr. Kristine Lund

March 16: Viewing party hosted and led by All Saints’ – Anglican

Race Relations

with The Honourable Bardish Chagger

March 23: Viewing party hosted and led by Mount Zion Lutheran

Mental Health and the Pandemic

with Carizon

March 30: Viewing party hosted and led by at Trillium Lutheran

Environment and the Pandemic

with Katarina Kuhnert

April 6: Viewing party hosted and led by Christ Lutheran Church

Poverty and Precarious Work

with The Rev. Ann Anderson


From the Justice through Service Committee
Carbon Fast for Lent

In keeping with our membership in Faith Climate Justice, the  Justice through Service Committee invites everyone to consider a Carbon Fast in Lent, March 2 to April 16, where we reflect on climate and try to implement some ways in which our households can reduce  carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.    In 2010 Kairos issued a calendar for the period, and they have kindly given us permission to make an updated version  available to those who would be interested.  

January Financial Update

The results for the first month of 2022 reflect a $7,933 deficit in our Ministry and Mission (current) account. Member regular contributions of $12,173 are $1,073 better than plan. Thankyou!! Read the full report

The Bishop’s Spiritual Retreat for Lay People

The Bishop's Spiritual Retreat for Lay People at Mt. Carmel, Niagara Falls, ON will be convened as previously scheduled, from April 1-3, 2022.  

In Our Prayers

Let us pray for George, Betty, Marjorie, Rosalie, James, Brian and Don and Jean and their daughter Tai. Let us also remember Hermine and the wider family mourning the death of Willi.  Let us pray for our congregation as we journey into the future; for our leadership and all our ministries.

Upcoming Readings

Sun. Feb. 20 — Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Genesis 43:3-11,

15 Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40 (11)

1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50

Luke 6:27-38


Sun. Feb 27 — Transfiguration of Our Lord

Exodus 34:29-35

Psalm 99 (9)

2 Corinthians 3:12 — 4:2

Luke 9:28-36[37-43a]

Live Spring Book Discussion, Tuesday, May 3, 1:30-3:00 pm

Health Council will be holding a book discussion on Made for Goodness and Why This Makes All the Difference by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu, also an Anglican priest. Tutu tells touching stories from his own life, as well as horrific memories of his work in dark places of the world. From there he invites us to take on the disciplines of goodness, the practices that are key to finding fulfillment, meaning and happiness for our lives. We think this book is a fitting selection as a way of honouring a great man who most recently died.

The place and format of the discussion will be decided as we get closer to the date. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Slethaug. If interested, Betty Behm will order and deliver a book for you. Please contact her at 519-896-2245.

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Links for Worship and more

  • 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 

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

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

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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