Noon Hour Rest - Vincent Van Gough
The Season of Pentecost
Readings and Psalm for July 5
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 145: 8-14
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
News from Mount Zion
July 3, 2020
In Our Prayers
Emily Dolbeer’s interment was held at Parkview Cemetery on Tuesday, June 30, with close family in attendance.
Richard Crossman’s mother, Vern Storer, died on Sunday, May 10, in Florida, she was 98 years of age. Let us uphold Richard and Ann and the family in our prayers.
Let us continue to pray for Gwen, Christine, Margaret, Willie, David, Conrad and Zach, for wholeness and healing, and Melissa & Bryan and Richard & Ann as they go through this time of grief.
Let us uphold our church this week, especially our bishops Susan and Michael, pastors, diaconal ministers and lay leaders as they lead during these trying times, pray for wisdom and courage.
Putting your $300 gift to good use
I am sure that it is not news to any of you that starting next week the Federal Government will start mailing out or transferring $300 to eligible seniors. I’m also sure that this $300 will be a needed windfall to many, but for many of us our personal expenses have been lower throughout these strange times and we are comfortable in our retirement.
Many charities are suggesting that you make this government money work for the greater good by donating to a charity of your choice. Of added benefit is that it is tax free and you will receive a receipt for your donation.
We hope that you will consider Mount Zion as you prayerfully consider how best to make the best use of your gift.
Whether you decide to donate your $300 to Ministry and Mission, Capital or food vouchers, your gift will make a difference. Karen Gastmeier, President, Church Council
Links and Lessons
We are moving closer to the relaxation of restrictions and entering Stage 3 of the province’s reopening schedule. It has been reported that Waterloo Region was among the first to advance to Stage 2, given how we were able to control the spread of Covid19 here.
More than anything else what I hear that folks are thrilled about is getting that long due hair cutting or dressing done!! That desire to look good and be comfortable in that seems to be an innate desire in us all!! Yes, it is indeed good to be free of some of the restrictions, but we should not let our guard down, we need to continue to be vigilant and keep up the practices of hand washing, wearing masks and social distancing so that the next wave does not become unmanageable.
We may not like doing some of these but as Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the ELCA put it, “If you don't like it, do it anyway. As with all ritual, your practise will shape you --and your world-- and may even save someone's life!”
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VESPERS 7:00 pm Monday - Thursday evenings(Sign in any time after 6:30, Service starts at 7:00 pm)
Meeting ID: 826 4408 7778
MEN'S BREAKFAST 9:00 a.m. Thursday
Postludes and Preludes from previous services can be accessed by clicking on the YouTube icon at the top of the page.
Vespers Change to Summer Schedule
Our evening vespers has been a welcome time to come together to worship and discuss issues.It is an occasion to struggle together and open ourselves to each other and build community. Please join our little community as we begin our summer schedule, Monday to Thursday at 7 pm
Update from Mount Zion Cafe
from the Health Council
The Mount Zion Cafe was halted abruptly in March with the onset of Covid 19. It was a sad day for us all. As the pandemic wears on, we are missing all our friends from the cafe and the amazing social connection we all received from our attendance there. The Health Council is monitoring the community situation closely and, while we do not have any information at present on when the Cafe might reopen, it is likely to be closely tied to the church reopening. Later in the summer, watch the newsletter for further updates.
City of Waterloo announces openings
The City of Waterloo announced that they are gradually reinstating recreation programs over the summer months. Recreation facilities will reopen in a controlled, gradual manner to provide recreation services and programs to support city-affiliated organizations and summer camps only. Daily access to their facilities in the short term will be for program participants only.
Moses Springer outdoor pool – target date to open July 1
The Swimplex – target date for partial opening is July 6
Summer day camps – target date to start July 6
Indoor sports facilities – target date for partial opening is July 6
Outdoor sports fields – scheduled to open July 2 and July 4 for training only
Waterloo Park West splash pad – scheduled to open late July
Senior services – target date for soft opening with restricted use and reduced capacity - July 13
Community Adult Recreation Leagues (CARL) - cancelled for the summer
Reserve Your Copy NOW!
Be sure to order your book now for the fall book reading event to take advantage of the author's discounted pricing. Simply call or email Di (519) 886-5820 or to reserve your copy.
The Health Council is excited to have chosen Souls at Risk by author and member Nancy Kelly.
The popular fall reading event is scheduled for October 22, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
Aug 16 - Bishop Michael Pryse visit
Oct 22 1 - 3 pm Fall Book Discussion
Nov 21 5:30 pm Caribbean Christmas Party
Feb 28 2021 Black History Month Celebrations