News from Mount Zion
March 12, 2021

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Mar 17 & 24 Mid Week Lenten Services Continue

For our mid-week Zoom Lenten services, every Wednesdays during Lent, we will use the Holden Evening Prayers like we did during Advent. We will begin the prayers at 7 pm and will use the Vespers link for the prayers.Our Lenten journey is a time of introspection, repentance and resolve to live into our baptismal call to be faithful to who we are as followers of the loving, just and righteous God.


March 21 Special Guest Pastor Adam Snook 

Adam Snook, Assistant to the Bishop will be our special guest and guest preacher on March 21. Adam has moved to Kitchener from the East Coast where he was pastor of  St. John's in Mahone Bay. He is a graduate of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary now Martin Luther University. As a tireless advocate for community partnerships, he has served on countless boards, committees and grass root foundations. Adam is also the co-editor of Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty from Citizens for Public Justice.

Adam will be telling us about his findings as he lives into his new role at synod and adjusting  to life in Kitchener with his wife, Holly and son of Nathaniel.

Through his eyes we will learn more fully what role congregations play in the life of our synod .

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 February Financials

Funds received from the Government Wage Subsidy program offset a deficit in member giving and rental parking income during the month of February. For full details see Richard’s report.

Our results for the two month period ending February 28 in the Ministry and Mission (current) account reflects a deficit of $6,085.  This compares with a budgeted deficit of $3,692 for an unfavourable deviation of $2,393. Member regular contributions of $25,338 are $662 worse than plan.

Rental Income from parking was not received as planned and is $5,844 worse.

Other income of $17,877 is better than plan by $4,470 due to receipt of Gov’t Wage subsidy which was not planned.  See the full report 


1492 Land Back Lane

Some of us are following the events around the occupation by Six Nations land defenders at 1492 Land Back Lane near Caledonia, Ontario.  People living in the Haldimand Tract, as we do, are encouraged to become informed about the history and the issues.  These are complex, but researching this story with care can help us to understand the reasons for the protest and their implications for relationship.  

A learning resource with links to some source documents and writings from a variety of views and perspectives, put together in the Fall of 2020 by Steve Heinrichs, Indigenous-Settler Relations director for Mennonite Church Canada, can be found here.   See also a recent article from The Walrus. 

February 20 - June 19, 2021:  The Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre is hosting a series entitled Introduction to Indigenous Lands and Issues in Canada. It includes a session about 1492 Land Back Lane on March 20. Information and tickets here.

As a way of providing support, Friday Lunches for 1492 LandBack Lane, organized locally, are continuing into the Spring, and donations of food or funds are accepted. Cash donations can be made through Parkminster United Church. Identify the donation as 1492 LandBack Lane. The next food delivery date is Friday, April 2. Questions about this can be directed to Mary Thompson at

Mary Thompson,Service Committee

Also a related webinar is available from Martin Luthera University College

Webinar hosted by the Circle for Reconciliation and Justice of the Eastern Synod and the Centre for Public Ethics at Martin Luther University College:

What has COVID-19 taught us about the determinants of health for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and how are we called to respond?

ate:  Saturday March 27, 2021

Time:  10:00 – 11:45 am Eastern

 In this event we explore our call to walk with justice, mercy and humility in our relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

Assistance in booking Vaccination Appointments 

For whatever reason, if you hare having difficulty in booking your vaccinations, Nurse Christine is htere to lend a hand. Please give her a call. Dennis Eaton has offered his help.

Upcoming Lessons    

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March 14, Fourth Sunday in Lent

Numbers 21:4-9

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 (19)

Ephesians 2:1-10

John 3:14-21

March 21 Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Psalm 51:1-12 (10) or Psalm 119:9-16 (11) Hebrews 5:5-10

John 12:20-33


Send us a photo of your home Communion

When you prepare your communion for at home services next time, please take a moment and snap a photo and send it to The photo on the left is a quick snap of my communion two weeks ago, a little wine along with rice crackers.  This week it was coffee and the same rice crackers. What does your communion look like? We would love to know.

It has been 11 long months since we celebrated Holy Communion together and many of you missed celebrating the sacrament and are happy htat it has ibeen included lately.  Pastor Philip reminds us to have ready a piece of bread and some wine or fruit juice ready at hand so that we can participate in communion at our own places.

In Our Prayers

Let us pray for all who are sick and have requested prayers, Margaret, David, Rosalie, Marjorie, Barb, Betty, Delfina, Jake and Bill Taylor, that God would sustain and comfort those who suffer. On this the first anniversary of WHO declaring the pandemic let us pray for the roll out of vaccines and for all those suffering directly or indirectly the consequences of the pandemic.

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Palm Branches for Palm Sunday on Zoom

Palm Sunday approaches (March 28) and waving palm branches is part of our tradition at Mount Zion and plans have been made to make it a part of the service again this year. In order that everyone can take part in the celebration, palm branches have been ordered and you can pick up your branches anytime after Tuesday February 23 at 10 am in the front entry way of the church.

In order that you can experience the waving of branches more fully, the service will be held on Zoom instead of our usual live stream.

Be sure to pick your branches up when the time comes. 


SHOW (Supportive Housing of Waterloo)

Did You Know?

Even in 2020, a tough pandemic year . . .SHOW provided 24/7 housing and medical, social, and mental health supports to 30 tenants at its original 362 Erb Street West location?

SHOW purchased 144 Erb Street East (the former Civitan building) to provide affordable housing for 26 seniors in our community?

SHOW reduced the impact of pandemic-related social isolation by providing the technology for tenants to connect with staff, family, and friends safely?

Did you know that in 2021 . . .

With help from our community, SHOW plans to renovate all the existing units at 144 Erb Street East and add two more?

A donation of at least $3,000-$5,000 from Mount Zion would make it possible to renovate one of the units at 144 Erb East?

SUPPORT SHOW by donating generously to our Spring Adopt-a-Cause. Make your donation to ‘Mount Zion Lutheran Church’ indicating on your envelope that this is for ‘SHOW’. Donations can also be made through Electronic Funds Transfer, dropping an envelope in the church mailbox, or mail, or by clicking the Donate Now button on the top right corner of our website at Be sure to designate your gift to SHOW.

Tuesday, March 30th 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Whether you belong to a faith community or are simply interested in building resilience through urban food forests, this session offers an opportunity to learn about an exciting new initiative in Waterloo Region. Divest Waterloo is launching a project to support the creation of food forests in partnership with faith communities across our region. 
This project is powerful not only because it naturalizes landscapes, creates habitat and attracts native pollinators with low-maintenance, drought-tolerant native species but also because it builds community. By supporting ongoing engagement with the land that sustains us, it has the potential to change the relationships that citizens across the region have with our ecosystem. These are all critical elements of resilience in the face of the climate crisis.

Join us to hear Dr. Andrew Judge (Mko'Mosé Indizhnikaz), an Anishinaabe scholar and teacher, kick off our project by sharing his knowledge of the Indigenous land-based sustainability practices that allowed the original peoples in this region to thrive.

Nicola Thomas, a Food Forest consultant and founder of Grand River Food Forestry, will share examples of her good work and describe how she will support project participants.

We are grateful to Faith & the Common Good for their sponsorship and to the Region of Waterloo for their financial support through the Community Environmental Fund.

Register here for this free event.

March 30 Creating Food Forests in Waterloo Region

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Upcoming events

ongoing...Zoom Cafe, Wed 10 am

March 21 Special guest Pastor Adam Snook

April 22, 1:30 - 3 pm  Spring Book Discussion - Inside the O'Briens

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Links for Worship and more

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  • 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)

MEN'S BREAKFAST   9:00 a.m. Thursday

MOUNT ZION ZOOM CAFE  10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays