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Richard and Gloria Heimbecker and Gladys Roeder

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Mrs. Bell while reading her acceptance and with boquet from the congregation.

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News from Mount Zion
July 2, 2021

Special Birthdays

Gloria Heimbecker writes, “On July 17th Richard will be 90 years old.  On that same day, we shall be celebrating our 67th anniversary.  Yes, we were married on Rich's birthday.” Happy Birthday Richard, Happy Anniversary Richard and Gloria!


Gerry Roeder writes on Facebook that the family was celebrated Gladys Roeder’s 96th birthday on June 23. Happy birthday Gladys.


Behold I Am Doing a New Thing

Pastor Philip, Kristina Kuhnert and Karen Gastmeier were your delegates at the Eastern Synod’s assembly held virtually on June 25 and 26.  The speakers Diana Butler Bass' and Jeff Chu's presentations were both moving and meaningful for the times we are in and given the theme of the assembly - Behold, I Am Doing a New Thing. 
It was an enriching experience and in spite of many uncertainties gives us that confidence to step into the future as a church.

Despite the sometimes glitchy software, inspiration was everywhere, from the speakers, the music both new and the old and even in some of the motions. Kristina Kuhnert artfully made and spoke to a motion to be mindful of including youth participation at all levels of leadership and committees.

But the big news for Mount Zion was that Mrs. Esselyn Bell received the Eastern Synod Leadership award for Exemplary Service to the Wider Community. In other years this award would have been awarded at a banquet, but Pastor Philip tried to make it just a little bit special by having her and Bill and Joyce Brown participate in the church office. The congregation gave Mrs. Bell a bouquet of Caribbean flowers.

Five other members of our congregation were honoured as they celebrated significant anniversaries of ordination.

Rev. Nancy Kelly – 25 years

Rev. Mark Harris – 40 years

Rev. Bill Brown – 50 years

Rev. Melvin Janke – 50 years

Rev. Dick Crossman – 50 years

Summer Notes

Just a reminder that Vespers and the Café will continue throughout the summer. There may be some interruptions to allow for yet to be scheduled staff holidays.

Pastor Philip and Amy will be attending the National Worship Conference on July 6 and 7.


Girl’s Rock Camp

The upstairs of our building will soon be alive with the voices of young girls as summer day camp, Girls Rock returns.  Following Covid protocols, the class size has been reduced and much of the activity will take place outside. Camp starts on July 5 and continues to August 27 except for the week of August 2.



Sun. July 4 — Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 

Ezekiel 2:1-5
Psalm 123 (2)
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13

Suinday July 11 - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Amos 7:7-15

Psalm 85:8-13

Ephesians 1:3-14

Mark 6:14-29

In Our PrayersLet us remember in our prayers Marjorie, Barb, George, Betty, Delfina, Jake, Julian, Rosalie, Kristen, James and Aaron Behm for healing and wholeness.  For the families and communities of the 215 children whose graves were discovered in Kamloops. For the family of those killed in London because of their faith and the healing of the young boy in hospital. For Indigenous and Muslim communities in Canada. 


Worship Notes
Walking with Our Indigenous Neighbours

During the service on Sunday June 20, Mary Thompson outlined Mount Zion’s journey with our indigenous neighbours and the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She reminded us the pain of our shared history is deep, and reconciliation work is slow.   We need to be patient, be prepared for disappointments, and to move with the times, but in this we are also called to watch for what God will have prepared for us to do. Read her full comments here.

Living Through COVID: A Perspective from India

On Sunday June 27, Dr. Samuel George joined us on Zoom to discuss "Living Through COVID: A Perspective from India."    Dr. Samuel George, a seminary professor from India preached and told us the impact of Covid 19 on the country and himself. Unfortunately a recording is not available, but you can read his sermon notes here.

Two Down, ten to go

Thank you to Pauline Finch who says she comes with lots of IKEA assembly experience for assembling two of the twelve chairs that are currently in boxes in the front hall.The chairs were purchased with a grant for the Café but because they have arms we suspect that they will be popular throughout the building. If you have a little time and and a screwdriver, we could use some more help. 

Orange Shirts

The team at Woodland Cultural Centre has been working in a sea of orange, counting, folding, and getting orange shirts ready for everyone. Orange Shirts are available at the front desk from 10-3pm.

Also the Two River Ministry Leadership team is organizing the pre-ordering of Orange Shirt Day t-shirts and hoodies to wear for Orange Shirt Day on September 30th or at anytime to show your support of the residential school survivors. More information to follow.  

All proceeds from the sale of these t-shirts and hoodies will support the Save the Evidence campaign, which aims to repair and restore the former Mohawk Institute Residential School for use as a cultural interpretive historic site.

Fall Book Discussion, Thursday, October 28, 1:30-3:00 pm

Health Council will be holding a book discussion on The Boat People by Canadian author, Sharon Bala. Inspired by a real incident, the book is about five hundred refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, who survive a perilous ocean voyage to Vancouver, BC, only to face, in their new land, the threat of deportation and accusations of terrorism. The book is a timely novel in that it may help us reflect on current refugee issues. 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 or Betty Behm.

"Bee Kind!" at Bridges VBS 2021

Great news!   We are bringing VBS to you again this year with Bridges VBS @ Home.  Join us as Bridges VBS moves online with daily videos including Bible Stories, music, games, crafts and more!
Follow us at facebook.com/bridgesvbs or watch for updates on this website for daily videos and activities July 5 to 9.
Families in Waterloo Region can register with us before May 31st to receive email updates and a FREE at home activity kit! 

Upcoming  Lessons

Links for Worship and more

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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  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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