News from Mount Zion
May 21, 2021

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Opening Mount Zion's Door Again...plans in the works

With the number of new COVID-19 cases, outbreaks and hospitalizations on the decline, the topic of reopening is being discussed everywhere.  The province has designed a cautious and staged roadmap to reopening. Using these guidelines and information gleaned from our discussions around our current situation, we developed our own cautious plan for reopening the doors of Mount Zion. While we spent a considerable amount of time about how we might reinstate in person worship, we also discussed how and when we will reopen the office and return to renting out the building.

Most of all we plan on using this time to plan, review and make change to the way we operate. Four working groups were tasked with reviewing and making plans in the following areas. (There may be more working groups in the future.) For now we have settled on a technical concerns, rental concerns, in person worship and a Service of Thanksgiving.

Understanding that the province’s roadmap is not simply based on dates, but also percentages of the population vaccinated, we are aware that any dates we choose might change. But we did choose a few dates to work towards. We may be allowed to have limited in person worship starting about mid August.

We are making plans for a celebratory and official opening on Thanksgiving.  Like you, we are all looking forward to this day with anticipation.
Karen Gastmeier on hehalf of church council


More about our new roof

After much conversation and consideration, our new church roof has finally become a reality. It was apparent for quite a few years that the old green roof was losing its ability to keep out the elements. Indeed, the number of patches installed in the last few years was quite visible as they were only available in white. The crew from Premium Roofing in Petersburg was chosen to complete the task of installing a new roof. Their helpful advice in deciding the best course of action for replacement resulted in the choice of shingles to go over the green membrane roof.     -----Bundles of shingles, new steel and aluminum flashing and lots of ice and water shield were applied. The result is a roof which is water tight.


There were areas discovered on the roof where issues from the original construction were improved. There was even a coat of a paint applied to the structure above the skylight. It is worth noting the efforts of Dennis Kuepfer in keeping an eye on things as they progressed. He has a keen eye for seeing potential issues and describing solutions. The new colour - you can decide if it’s grey or brown - looks wonderful. I guess we can no longer tell people to “look for the church with the green roof”. Some people have noted though that in the right light there is still a green hue that comes from the shingles. Maybe wishful thinking, but we can be proud as a congregation we pulled together to make our church building secure. 
 Kirk Swanson

A Prayer for Kamloops Residential School Victims

In the past few days we have learned the heartbreaking news of the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of the former residential school on Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.These children were students of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. This prayer was prepared by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syRKJAZ-Hxo&t=9s

Locally individuals in our area, have been responding in a variety of ways.

 — The Healing of the Seven Generations at 300 Frederick Street in Kitchener invites children’s shoes or teddy bears to be placed in their front yard memorial, which is expected to be up until the end of this week. 

 — Last night a vigil Honouring Every Child was held  Victoria Park Clock Tower, hosted by Idle No More.

 — We can all wear or display publicly an orange shirt in support.

 — Here are some nearby places where you can make a donation to support residential school survivors and their families:  The Healing of the Seven Generations https://healingofthesevengenerations.ca/ ; Anishnabeg Outreach — Centre for indigenous Healing https://aocan.org/ ;  White Owl Native Ancestry Association. https://www.wonaa.ca/

In Our Prayers

Let us remember in our prayers Marjorie, Barb, George, Betty, Delfina, Jake, Julian, Rosalie, Kristen, James and Aaron Behm for healing and wholeness. For relief and assistance to the people of St. Vincent that have been affected by the eruption of a volcano. For an end to the pandemic and restoring those who have contracted the virus, especially the people of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Maldives and Trinidad and Tobago. For healthcare workers, and supply vaccines to all countries and peoples. For peace in Israel and Palestine. For our synod and the synod assembly on June 25 and 26 and for the families of the recently discovered remains found at former residential school on Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. 

Upcoming Lessons

Sunday June 6 — Second Sunday after Pentecost 

Genesis 3:8-15

Psalm 13 2

Corinthians 4:13—5:1

Mark 3:20-35

Sunday, June 13 - Third Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 (12)
2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17
Mark 4:26-34

Worship Notes:

Hymns from the new hymn book, All Creation Sings will be introduced into up-coming services. Last Sunday Cherub introduced two new selections We Will Go With God and Every Time I Feel the Spirit.

We will worship on Zoom on June 27

 "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!  (We are sorry that we are unable to deliver activity kids to families outside Waterloo Region.)  Register by emailing Heidi at bridgesvbs@gmail.com.
If your congregation is interested in helping or supporting Bridges VBS @ Home please email Heidi at bridgesvbs@gmail.com. 
They are looking for donations of

- 2 large boxes Honey Comb cereal

- 1 box sandwich size clear zip lock bags (can be store brand) - about 40 bags

- 1 squeeze bottle of honey (not a glass jar)

- Snack size microwave popcorn (not full size) - about 20 bags or 3 boxes of 8 snack size bags

- zip lock freezer bags (large) - can be store brand - 100 bags

- bag of wood clothes pins (40 pins)

- sidewalk chalk


Please drop off at the church by Wed. June 23 (place items in marked box inside front door) on Tues. & Wed. mornings from 9:00 – 12 noon

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  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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