News from Mount Zion
January 15, 2021
2020 ends on a positive note
Our final results for the year 2020 ended on a very positive note. We ended with a $13,990 surplus in the Ministry & Mission (current) account. This is the first time since 2015 that we have ended the year with a significant surplus. Thank YOU!!!
Your support of Benevolence to the Synod and other designated needs including our Adopt A Causes was $55,987. Of this amount $45,333 was received from members in support of the Synod ($22,814), and Other specific appeals ($22,519). In addition to member support as noted, $7,000 was received from grants in support of Open Sesame and $3,654 in grants from Synod in support of Young Adult Ministries undertaken by Kristina Kuhnert.
Our capital campaign “Faith in Action – Beyond 2020” launched in August to fund a replacement of our roof on the Sanctuary and other capital needs has achieved 102% of our target to raise $75,000. As of December total funds received are $76,301. Thank You! The full reports can be found here
Further details will be provided in our annual report to be presented at the AGM February 14, 2021. Thank you for your continued support in 2020.
Richard Brubacher – Treasurer & Chair Finance
We are making some changes to your inbox
We are making some changes to our communications schedule.
Last March when we first began isolating, we made communications with the congregation one of our top priorities. Since that time, Philip has written a weekly email, we have published this newsletter weekly and have mailed a digest of the info along with the weekly sermons to those without email.
When we started all this, we had no idea that we would still be here nearly a year later. And now with services and partial programming happening, we are finding it difficult to keep it all in motion. So as of next week, we will be start a rotation of this newsletter and Pastor Philip's emails, so you will receive them bi-weekly.
We recognize that communications with the congregation are important and want to assure you that you will receive something from Mount Zion in your inbox every week.
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
2nd Sunday after Epiphany
1 Samuel 3:1-10
Psalm 139 1-6 13-18
1 Corithians 6- 12- 20
3rd Sunday after Epihany
Jonah 3: 1-5 10
Psalm 62 5-12
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 14 - 20
In Our Prayers
Let us pray for Wanda and Dave Murison as they mourn the death of Wanda's
mother Betty Ernst .
Let us continue to remember Margaret, David, Rosalie, Marjorie, Barb, Peter, George, Wilhelmina, Betty and Delphina in our prayers, for wholeness and relief.
Let us pray for the efforts of the province and the federal governments for controlling the pandemeic and distributuion of the vaccine.
2020 Annual Meeting
Good News from Amy
Sometimes, good news needs to spread far and wide!!
On Christmas Eve, we received news that my mother-in-law had been diagnosed positive with COVID at her long-term care facility in Guelph. At 89 years old, and (maybe) 90 pounds soaking wet, this incredible woman took on the virus...and won! She has returned to her facility and her room, taking everything in stride.
On behalf of myself, my husband Domenic, and our families, we thank-you for keeping Delfina in your prayers.
Spring Book Discussion
Spring Book Discussion. Wednesday, April 22, 1-3 pm.
Heath Council will be holding a book discussion on Inside the O’Briens, by Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice. Our book is about a family whose father is recently diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. His adult children find out that they have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the disease. The book describes how the O’Brien’s struggle to live meaningful lives with this devastating disease.
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.
A word about
Christmas and Advent Preludes and Postludes
For those of you detailed-oriented congregational members who tuned into our youtube services throughout Advent and Christmas, you heard numerous organ preludes and postludes that were composed and/or arranged by Mark Himmelman. Even though he is now playing out of Burlington, the name may be familiar to you, as he spent many years working right here in at Trillium, formerly St. John’s Waterloo.
Mark’s approach to arranging allows for the familiar melodies that are associated with the season to be heard with new energy by using driving patterns in the accompaniment and longer, more sustained melodies that seem to soar above. Supporting all of this with a mixture of sparce and intricate pedal ideas creates exciting pieces for both performer and listener!
As a musician with a typically heavy work and touring schedule, Mark normally does not have the time anymore to complete a lot of composing or arranging. COVID has afforded him the time to offer this to organists, and what a pleasure it is to be able to perform these at Mount Zion!
If you haven’t had a chance, please enjoy the postlude from our Christmas Eve service by clicking on the link below. Amy DiNino
Looking for Pandemic Acts of Kindness
I am looking for stories about Positive/Pandemic Acts of kindness!
During these challenging times it can be so inspiring and uplifting to hear about acts of kindness happening around us.
As I deliver soup or speak with congregation members on the phone, I often hear about how your days have been brightened by something someone has done for you recently. Perhaps it was a phone call, a delivered meal, or a card received in the mail. Some have told me that their daily routine now includes calling lonely neighbors to make sure they are okay. Others tell me that when they order groceries on-line, they include a friend's or a relative's order with own, and deliver them on their way home.
These stories really brighten our day - so we'd like to include short stories (a paragraph or two will do) about such acts of kindness in this newsletter. If you have any such stories to share, please do! It might be something someone has been done for you, it might something you have done for another. Either way, just email or call nurse Christine at pnchristine @hotmail.com or 519-588-8006. We can leave names out if you prefer. Parish Nurse Christine
Several Mount Zion members are taking advantage of the free and excellent online exercise classes being offered through Community Care Concepts.
Classes are available Monday through Friday at various times of the day. Those who are taking them, say that they are excellent and that they notice a difference in their strength and balance. There are classes in which you are seated and also a more moderate to advance level of exercise. There is is something for everyone!
The process to get signed up includes an email to one of the two kinesiologist they have on staff. See the two links below.
If you are having challenges connecting with them or require further help, please contact Christine by phone or email.
Keeping fit on line
Annual Meeting Information
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Zoom this year on February 14 at 11:30 am. The link will be posted on the website and in the newsletter a closer to the date.
Although it will be different, it is no less importatn than in other years. We are working to make it an interesting experience. I hope that you will attend.
Also a reminder to those of yu who are writing reports, pls have them to Di by Sunday Jan 17.
ongoing...Zoom Cafe, Wed 10 am
Feb 28 2021 Black History Month Celebrations
Links for Worship and more
Sundays 10 am Click on the logo to join the Live Stream Worship
Sundays 9:40 am Join members for a time of fellowship preceeding the service https://zoom.us/j/96599940521