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News from Mount Zion
July 16, 2021

Council reviews Reopening Plans

A few weeks ago, I wrote of council’s vison of our reopening. At that time we thought that the best possible scenario for Mount Zion was to have our official reopening and celebratory service on Thanksgiving Sunday with a possible soft opening no earlier than mid August. Last Thursday, when the region was in Stage 1, council met again and reviewed our decision. We decided not to make any changes to our plan. (Interestingly, nine short days later the region has moved through Stage 2 and will enter Stage 3 along with the rest of the province today.)
Part of our decision was based on information received from the Bishop Pryse.
He and staff joined Anglican Bishops in a conversation with an epidemiological consultant who has been advising the Anglican leadership throughout COVID-19 pandemic. 

Bishop Pryse writes, “His recommendation to us, and one that I would echo to each of you, is the need to exercise patience and caution as we make plans to resume in-person worship; even if permitted by our provincial governments to move things along more quickly. This is especially important as we see the Delta variant become dominant in many parts of the Eastern Synod. 

I know that we are tired of masks and distancing. I ache with you to sing our favourite hymns in a building filled to overflowing! That time is coming – but it’s not here yet. 

To that end, I must ask for your continued adherence to the safety protocols which have helped us navigate these turbulent waters thus far. Please continue to follow increased sanitization protocols, maintain physical distance, wear a three-layer mask when indoors or when physical distancing is not possible outdoors, refrain from singing, and continue to limit social events such as coffee hours or potlucks where food is shared. When possible, outdoor visits on patios or front lawns are preferable." Coucil continues  to monitor and discuss our plans.

Karen Gastmeier, President, Church Council


Barb Barnes writes that she and her husband Ken will be celebrating their 50th Wedding anniversary on July 17 and are grateful that they have each other especially this year as Barb continues to recover. Happy Anniversary Barb and Ken!

It bears repeating that Richard Heimbecker will be 90 years old on July 17.  On that same day, he and Gloria will celebrate our 67th anniversary.  Yes, they were married on Rich's birthday.” Happy Birthday Richard, Happy Anniversary Richard and Gloria!

Financial Report

Our results for the six-month period ending June 30 in the Ministry and Mission (current) account are much better than planned aided by continued Government wage support & an investment gain resulting in a minor deficit of $199. This compares with a budgeted deficit of $28,604. Member support remains strong as regular contributions of $88,103 compared to plan of $87,250. Thank you for your support!

Read the full Report

On Vacation

Pastor Philip will be on holidays starting this Sunday afternoon until Wednesday. Margaret will be away July 20. In case of emergency pls call Pastor Bill Brown 519 744-6620. or Nurse Christine. (contact info is at the bottom of this newsletter)The office is closed as always on July 19.

Participate in this year’s ORANGE SHIRT Day September 30

Show your support by participating in Orange Shirt Day this September. Mount Zion is collecting orders for both t-shirts and sweatshirts until July 30. Emblazoned with “Every Child Matters” on the front, the shirts are available in a variety of Youth and Adult sizes. T-shirts are $20 each and Sweatshirts are $40.

Mount Zion will be acknowledging the day on Sunday September 26. See the attached order form and either fill it in or give Margaret a call with your information. You may drop off your payment with your order, use electronic transfer or pay when you pick up your shirts.

These comfortable cotton t-shirts are the perfect way to raise awareness for the importance of Orange Shirt Day. Show your support for Residential School Survivors and Reconciliation with the knowledge that the proceeds from your purchase will benefit the Save the Evidence Campaign, helping Woodland Cultural Centre restore and open the former Mohawk Institute as a space of Cultural Interpretation and Indigenous Resilience.   Order Form and Size Sheet

Thank You!

A big virtual group hug to Pauline Finch who offered her help and experience with an allen key to assemble twelve new chairs for the Mount Zion Café. Pastor Philip snapped this photo as she posed here with the completed chairs and the bundles of cardboard they came it. Pauline completed the task in 3 visits over the course of two weeks.

Upcoming Readings

Readings for July 18
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 23 (1)
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Readings for July 25   on Zoom
2 Kings 4:42-44
Psalm 145:10-18 (16)
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-21

Worship Notes

Special guest preacher will be Rev. Prema Samuel, Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Life for the Synod of Alberta and the Territories. For the second summer in a row, ELCIC Bishops and Assistants to the Bishops are coming together to provide a series of sermons available for congregations to throughout the summer.

Our next Zoom service will be on July 25

Update on St. Paul’s, Bridgeport Property

MennoHomes announced that moving is now complete at 544 Bridgeport Rd E., the former site of St. Paul’s Lutheran. Construction began in May 2020 and now 48 families call it home.

For this project, MennoHomes partnered with St. Paul's and Parents for Community Living, a non-profit charity that works with people who have developmental disabilities. The help of all levels of government and donations from the community is what made this project happen. Read the full article


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  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


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               pmathai@mzlc.ca                       cell: 519-781-5602
Music Director Amy Di Nino   amy@connectinginrhythm.com   cell: 905-466-3774
Office Administrator Margaret Waechter mtzion@mzlc.ca           
Nurse Christine Ramseyer     pnchristine@hotmail.com            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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