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News from Mount Zion
June 26, 2020

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Happy Canada Day

This week we will celebrate Canada Day. Here's a list of where you can celebrate https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/canada-day-activities-kitchener-waterloo-cambridge-townships-1.5187451

In Our Prayers

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Emily Dolbeer, a long standing member of Mount Zion, died peacefully on June 22, at Forest Heights Long Term Care Home, she was 96 years of age. From my very early days here at Mount Zion Emily was home bound and later at Forest Heights.  It was always a delight to visit her. Among many things, she would talk about her connection to India through her husband Martin, who grew up there, and of the Lutheran tradition in the Telugu speaking areas of India.  She will be missed by family and friends.  She will be interred at Parkview Cemetery, and a memorial service will be held at Mount Zion at a later date. Let us uphold Melissa and Bryan and the wider family in our prayers as they go through this time of grief.

Let us continue to pray for Gwen, Christine, Margaret, Willie, David and Conrad, for wholeness and healing, and the family of Emily Dolbeer, grieving her death.  Let us remember all those involved in planning for the transition to in-person worship in our prayers this week.

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The Sacrifice of Issac, Marc Chagall's most famous painting

The Season of Pentecost

Readings and Psalm for June 28


Genesis 22 1-14

Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18

Romans 6:12-23

Matthew 10:40-42

Links and Lessons

We are in the 14th week of our suspension of in-person worship and closure of the church facilities.  Along with the stress and anxiety of Covid19 we have also seen movements for racial justice all over bringing to the forefront what has been held under the surface for so long.  This issue is not something that is distant to us in Waterloo.  The distribution of racist flyers that are now circulating in the region on the negative health consequences of interracial marriage strikes us right here at home. 


Another very disturbing move is the push against wearing masks in public places, showing utter disregard for the well-being of not just oneself but also the well-being of the more vulnerable among us. It is appalling to notice the number of people in public spaces without masks.  One of the arguments for the push back is that it impinges on individual freedom or personal rights. But wearing or not wearing a mask does not just impact oneself but also those around. So, what are we to make of our inalienable rights of freedom, how are we to understand it, in the light of what is happening in the world today, whether it be the pandemic or the heightened awareness of injustice.

Pastor Philip

Vespers Change to Summer Schedule

Our evening vespers has been a welcome time to come together to worship and discuss issues.  Not that we come up with any answers or solutions to the world’s problems, but it is an occasion to struggle together and open ourselves to each other and build community.  

Please join this little community as we begin our summer schedule, Monday to Thursday at 7 pm

Zoom Links  

SUNDAY 10 am (Sign in any time after 9:30 am)


Meeting ID: 741 745 428  Password: 128324

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. 

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Happy Birthday Gladys

Charter member Gladys Roeder turned 95 this week. She is enjoying a week long celebration with each of her children dropping in on different days.

Happy Birthday Gladys and enjoy your special week. 


Update from the Reopening Working Group

Although the Ontario Government has said that churches may reopen with restrictions, Mount Zion will be following the suggestion of the Bishop that the area Lutheran churches do not reopen until after the summer.  The Mount Zion Reopening Working Group (Stephanie von Schilling, Betty Behm and Ginny Ehrlich) will begin work on the arrangements and protocols for reopening after we receive guidelines from the Synod which are expected about July 1.  While we wish with all our hearts that could once again sit together on a Sunday morning, it is important that we plan carefully for a safe, healthy process that will allow us to reopen and stay open.  The Working Group will keep the congregation informed of our progress.  When we reopen, plan for a joyful celebration!

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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 mtzion@mzlc.ca 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. 

 More details

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        August 16   Visit by  Bishop Pryse                 October 22   Fall Reading Event     


                               November 21       Caribbean Christmas Party       


                                         February 28       Black History Celebrations

Last week Grand River Hospital has opened a drive-thru COVID-19 testing centre.

The centre opened Saturday in the parking lot of 137 Glasgow Street, near Belmont Avenue in Kitchener, and runs daily from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., seven days a week. Read the full story here https://www.therecord.com/news/waterloo-region/2020/06/14/grand-river-hospital-opens-drive-thru-covid-19-testing-centre.html 


Also The Westmount Place Walk in Clinic is an assessment centre for COVID-19 which can only be accessed by referral ONLY.
The Referral can be obtained from a family physician, Walk In Clinic, Tele-Walk In (1-855-414-2255), or any other tele-health number.

The clinic is located in Westmount Mall.

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