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News from Mount Zion
January 21

Nurse Christine beside the very large note of thanks she discovered on her front lawn this week.

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Honk! An Angel Lives Here

Imagine Nurse Christine’s surprise when found this display of thanks on her front lawn this week. Christine says the letters were about two feet high and stretched across her front lawn. The sender of the message was originally supposed to have remained a secret. But Christine said she knew immediately who it was from. It was sent by a neighbour that she had assisted with a parent’s health issues and eventual relocation to a nursing home.

One thing about the message is that we all know it is a true fact, that an angel lives here. We are all delighted that she was thanked in this most original way.

Black History Month Service

Planning is underway for our 2022 Black History Month Celebration.  The Service will take place on February 27 at 10 am. on Zoom to allow for participation from a variety of people. We hope for another exciting and music-filled service that honours the community’s history and future. 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. Members of the planning group are Arlene Knight, Mrs. Bell, Mrs. Thomas and Pastor Philip, Sue Simpson and Karen Gastmeier.

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.

Annual Meeting and Report

Our Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday Feb 13 at approximately 11:30 am. on Zoom. The link which is the same one as we use for our usual Sunday pre-service gathering is on the website. It is 

The Annual Report is currently being assembled and will be available next week. It will be posted on our website. Distributing hard copies during our current shut down, is a bit tricky.  The plan is to print a limited number of copies which can be picked up at the front door. We will send a special email when they are available. 

Thank you to all of you who submitted reports in such a timely manner this year. 

Reopening at Mount Zion

There is not much in the way of news for reopening yet. We originally intended to close until the end of January or early February and so far, that is not changed. Please watch our home page for updated information as it becomes available.

Food Ministry

Organizers are looking forward to beginning the Food Ministry again by the end of January. 

In Our Prayers

Let us pray for the family of Florence Moser as they mourn her passing, Brian Zinken after hip replacement surgery, George, Betty, Marjorie, Rosalie, James, Willie, Bill Taylor and Don and Jean and their daughter Tai. Bill Taylor is the husband of Carol Taylor who leads the steel band that plays for the Caribbean events. Let us also continue to pray for the health concerns all around the globe and that the spread of the new variant be stopped at the earliest.

Masks are available 

Christine has purchased and received a supply of healthcare grade N95’s masks which are available to purchase.  They are the 3M 8210 style mask which fit most people very well. This is the type of mask being recommended today and Christine reports that they are useful for those with hearing aids as they sit on the back of the head rather than looping around the ear. The N95’s or KN95's provide much better filtration of the virus than the surgical/procedure masks or fabric masks. The key to the good filtration is that the mask forms a seal around your face. If the mask is loose or gaping away from your face, you may need another size/shape of mask.  Christine can help you with this.

At this time, there are 120 N95’s masks available for purchase.  They are $2.50 each which covers the cost.  If you would like some N95 masks, please get in contact with Christine by phone, text or email. (519-588-8006 or

Upcoming Lessons

Sun. Jan. 23 — Third Sunday after Epiphany
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19 (7)
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21

Sun. Jan. 30 — Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6 (6)
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Luke 4:21-30

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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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