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News from Mount Zion
February 12, 2021


Join us Sunday for our Annual General Meeting

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting following the service this Sunday. The meeting will be held on Zoom. Sign in immediately after the service and we hope to get started within 10 minutes or so. . Your attendance is important as with any AGM, we will need a quorum present in order to hold the meeting. A quorum is 34 people.

The agenda has been trimmed as much as possible. After opening and a few short housekeeping items we will move directly to the financial report and next year’s budget followed by the election of officers and the adoption of two policies. Zoom does give us the ability to vote and you will be asked to vote by show of hands. There will be time for further questions at the end of the meeting.

The Zoom Link for the meeting is the same one we use for fellowship before the service 

The 2020 Annual Report and the policies are available at

Ash Wednesday February 17 at 6:30 pm

We will begin our Lenten Journey by participating in a unique synod-wide live-stream worship service which begins at 6:30 pm. Feb. 17. The service organized by the synod will include a sermon by Bishop Michael. Those gathered will be invited to impose their own ashes using water or by using a temporary Ash Wednesday tattoo which we received from the synod recently. They are available for pick up in the front hall of the church. Bishop Michael and Pastors Christie, Doug and Adam look forward to gathering with you as we begin the season of Lent. A recording of the service will be available.  

Download the Worship Guide and the Bishop's sermon Ash Wednesday Worship Guide & SermonDownload Click on this link for the service on  Facebook.

Upcoming Lessons    

February 14, Transfiguration 

2 Kings 2:1-12
Psalm 50:1-6 (2)

2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9

February 21 First Sunday in Lent

Genesis 9:8-17

Psalm 25:1-10 (10)

1 Peter 3:18-22

Mark 1:9-15

In Our Prayers

Let us pray for all who are sick, distressed, or grieving, especially for Margaret, David, Rosalie, Marjorie, Barb, George, Wilhelmina, Betty, Delfina, Jake  and Bill Taylor, that God would sustain and comfort those who suffer. Let us also pray for Cyndi Publuske, our Open Sesame teacher, and her family mourning the death of her daughter Ceara.  Let us pray for our congregational leadership as they plan for the coming year and prepare for our annual meeting.

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January Financials

Thank you to our members who continue to support Mount Zion and its ministries. Our results for January in the Ministry and Mission (current) account reflect a deficit of $12,201.  This compares with a budgeted deficit of $10,430 for an unfavourable deviation of $1,771 for the month.  Our member regular contributions of $11,047 are $1,454 worse than plan. 

Your support of Benevolence to the Synod and other designated needs including our Adopt A Causes was $9,890. Of this amount $1,485 was received from members in support of the Synod ($1,360), and other specific appeals ($125). $7,000 was received from grants to Open Sesame and $1,405 in a grant from Synod in support of Young Adult Ministries undertaken by Kristina Kuhnert. See the full report

Black History Celebration Service

11:00 am on Zoom Feb 28

February is that month that Canadians observe Black History and celebrate the contributions of our sisters and brothers of African origin have made to this country we are all part of. 

At Mount Zion we will take the opportunity to celebrate our diversity and recognize and lift up the culture and lives of our Black communities during a service on Sunday February 28. We will begin the service at 11 am, instead of 10 to allow friends that would like to attend their own services before joining us to do so.  Bishop Pryse will preach and Laura Mae Lindo MPP for Kitchener Centre will be our guest speaker.

See the article below on special music for the month.

Pastor Philip, a member of the synod’s Racial Justice Advisory Committee encourages us to delve deeper into the issue of racism. That committee is calling on us to explore the incredible collection of resources that they have compiled: podcasts, videos, books, articles, and academic chapters from members of the RJAC...and then to share our learnings, and the experience with others thoughout the month of February.Visit to start learning!

Di will be out of the office

Di is going to take a week off starting next Wednesday, Feb. 17th. She will be back in the office on Wednesday, Feb. 24th. The office will be closed in her absence. In the case of an emergency, call Pastor Philip at 519 781 5602.

Food Voucher Program more important than ever

Mount Zion’s food voucher ministry to the community has never been more important through these cold winter months. The need is high and the supply is low. We hope you will consider a special donation in support of the neighbourhood. Those who receive our vouchers are extremely grateful.

Demystifying Dying and Death  A webinar

What do I want to know? Demystifying Dying and Death conversations begin here. Rarely do we have the opportunity to discuss what is important to us, whether they may be fears, curiosity or practical what do I do now questions. With three featured professionals, John Lougheed, Jamie Foley and Christine Ramseyer, and with ample opportunity in our Q&A, we will 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

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 Markeeta Thompson is our special guest musician for the month of February.

Special Music highlights Black History Month 

Music throughout the month of February at Mount Zion not only features our special guest Markeeta Thompson in celebration of Black History month, but the preludes and postludes are also carefully chosen to highlight both African-American composers and music.

On Sunday, February 7th, the prelude, ‘Adoration’, was composed by Florence Beatrice Price (née Smith; April 9, 1887 – June 3, 1953), the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra. The postlude featured an arrangement of ‘Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho’, a traditional Spiritual, who’s words may also be alluding to eventual escape from slavery with the closing portion of the tune being the most memorable portion: the notes plunge emphatically and impart a glorious sense of collapse, of triumph.

Upcoming this Sunday, February 14th, the prelude goes to the heart of one of the most intrinsic Christian practices: prayer – ‘Sweet Hour of Prayer’, composed by William B. Bradbury. ‘Toccata on Lift Every Voice’ by African-American composer and organist Mark Miller is featured as the organ postlude. Mark is lecturer and Assistant Professor of Church Music at Yale University. His dream is that the music he composes, performs, teaches and leads will inspire and empower people to create the beloved community.

On Sunday, February 21st, also the first Sunday in Lent, the prelude – ‘Meditation on Steal Away’, composed by William B. Cooper (1920-1993). His musical output, which is considerable, includes works for organ, chorus, solo instruments, orchestra and ballet. He is revered for his thematic diversity in his compositions and arrangements. The postlude, ‘I Want Jesus to Walk with Me’, is an African-American spiritual part of a group of folk songs known as “journey songs”. I Want Jesus to Walk with Me is simultaneously several different things: it is a song for lament, a song of personal invitation and a statement of assurance that Jesus walks alongside those who suffer.

Please stay tuned for a separate newsletter entry to highlight the music for our Black

History month celebration on February 28th!  Amy Di Nino

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Mask Update from Nurse Christine

There has been some very recent information available online that suggests people should consider doubling up their masks in protection against COVID.

This recommendation has been given in light of the new variant strains of the virus that have started to spread in Ontario. One in particular, the UK variant is considered much more contagious, and with that in mind there have been some recommendations made by experts. One of the most important factors in determining which choice to make, is to now consider using a mask that fits firmly to your face.

Based on what I have read, I would like to offer a few suggestions for mask wearing.

1.    Doubling up masks. The latest recommendation is to wear a surgical mask under a good quality multilayer fabric mask.  The surgical mask should be worn closest to your face so that the fabric mask can pull it closer to the skin.

2.     Doubling up masks (one surgical plus one fabric mask) and using a filter. A filter could be slipped in between the two masks or into the fabric mask if there is an opening. With this option I would still choose to have the surgical mask closest to your face.

3.     Use of a two or three layer good quality fabric mask with a filter. A tight fit to the face is important. (The masks made by our church members that were distributed, would be considered a good quality two or three layer mask.)

4.     Use of a N95 mask if you can access some.  This type of mask filters 95% of what is inhaled. This 95% efficacy rate only happens if the N 95 mask has a snug fit to the face all around the entire mask. A loose fit greatly decreases the filtration rate of this mask. Those with facial hair where the mask contacts the face, will have a lower efficacy rate.  Some will choose to shave the facial hair in that area to ensure a better mask fit.

In addition to wearing masks inside buildings, it has been suggested that use of the masks when outside is strongly warranted if you will be within 6’ of others. I will help you if you have challenges finding good quality masks or obtaining a good fit. Please don’t hesitate to call.   Christine Ramseyer, Parish Nurse

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

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

                                       location tbd

Links for Worship and more

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Annual General Meeting Feb 14 11:00 Zoom Link

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

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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)

MEN'S BREAKFAST   9:00 a.m. Thursday

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