News from Mount Zion
May 26, 2023
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Reimagining Mount Zion
The Spirit of Pentecost
Some call Pentecost the ‘birthday of the church.’ What happened in the room at Jerusalem was a consequence of the promise of Jesus to his disciples that he would not leave them alone. To us today, is it just an annual festival, or is it an adjective that describes who we are? It ought to identify us as people that disturb and shake the world out of its smugness and complacency. Pentecost is the powerful entry of the Holy Spirit into our lives to rearrange our world in surprisingly new ways. The Spirit that brought to existence the astonishing creation continues the act of creation. On that day in Jerusalem, 3,000 people joined the church and the community of the followers of Jesus Christ was transformed from being a timid fearful group to a passionate and enthusiastic community that transformed their world.
Welcoming you in the spirit of Pentecost will be a flock of red origami birds floating and flying in the front hall. About 10 of us gathered for an afternoon of folding and creasing sheets of red and orange paper into doves whose colours represent the flames and the firing up of Pentecost.
Preaching this Sunday will be Henriette Thompson from Faith Climate Justice. She is a member of Christ Lutheran. This would be a great opportunity for us to learn more about the link our Justice Through Service Committee is forging with Faith Climate Justice. Henriette mentioned that she would like to “examine the relationships between/among God, people and land” in the light of Pentecost.
Pentecost Sunday is coming up this week. The choir will sing a lovely piece based on the Skye Boat Song. Listen for the rocking rhythm of the boat in the music.
The following Sunday is Trinity Sunday; the choir has a jazzy version of the familiar text, Holy, Holy, Holy.
June 11 will be the last choir Sunday for the season when they will sing a wonderful setting of “Be Thou My Vision” by the English composer Bob Chilcott.
We hope to have an exciting mix of solos, small ensembles and instrumental music for the summer Sundays, and we will begin the services during the summer with a hymn sing. Sarah
Congregational Meeting Next Sunday
Reimagining Mount Zion - Values and Vision
Next Sunday, June 4, a congregational meeting will be held immediately following the service. The purpose of the meeting is to adopt the revised Vision Statement and the Values which supports them. Following the information meeting on April 30, council’s writing group gathered to discuss, debate and improve the Draft Vision Statement and the Core Values incorporating your comments. They also added a preamble which they thought would include many of the suggestions made at the meeting. Council met last week to review the new draft. We expect the meeting to be about 30 minutes. You will have received either a letter or an email containing the latest version, or they can be accessed on our website here We expect the meeting to be about 30 minutes.
Food Card Distribution Reminder
The Justice Through Service Committee sends a reminder that each month we continue to distribute grocery cards to single persons and families in need and who are registered with our program. A warm thank you to the volunteers who carry out the distribution and the congregation for supporting the program with donations. We have sufficient funds for June and hope to continue the program through the summer. Please continue to remember this part of our ministry with regular contributions as you are able.
Mary Thompson, Justice Through Service Committee Co Chair
Ladies' Chinese Food & Daiquiri Night
Due to popular demand, on Monday, June 12, at 5:00, we will have our Ladies' Daiquiri and Chinese food dinner at the home of Anne Woolner, 282 Stoke Dr. Kitchener. As there is only room for 15 at the table, please contact Anne to save your spot at the table (email@example.com 519-743-2277). Please bring $10 to cover the food costs and a joke to share.
For more information, call Anne Woolner (519-743-2277)
Friday Night Dinner and Fun
Tonight, the last Friday in May, we will have our Friday Dinner at 6 pm at church. Although the deadline for registering was yesterday, give me a call if you would like to attend.
You need not bring anything, but if you want to bring a dish, please let us know. This has been a great time of fellowship and an excellent opportunity to get to know one another! Pastor Philip
Mount Zion Cafe - June 14
The Mount Zion Café offers coffee and goodies on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Please join us. Coffee is on at 10 a.m. Taxi rides are available to the café, whose cost is covered by Mount Zion. If you require a ride, please call the church office and speak to Margaret by 9:45 AM LATEST on the morning of a cafe or the day before if you know. Margaret will order a taxi, and the cafe volunteers will see you get a taxi home.
Dates: June 14
Home Care Items for Sale
The family of Gladys Roeder is looking to sell some items that may be of value to other congregation members. They have a hospital bed, electric recliner, walker and a bedside commode. They have suggested a price of $1000 for all four items. Anyone interested can contact the family or me, and I can connect you with them.
Home Care Items Available for Short or Long-term Use
Occasionally, there are requests to borrow walkers or wheelchairs from the small supply that I have at the church. I wondered if everyone knew that some are in storage and available. In addition to the ones at the church, I have received a donation of two more wheeled walkers from an acquaintance in my community who would like to see them put to good use. I will put them in storage unless someone can use them right away, and if that is the case, I would be happy to deliver one or both. They also are donating an upholstered (light brown coloured) electric lift chair in good condition if someone can use it. They are willing to help with delivery. I am happy to help as well. If this is something you may be interested in, please contact me, and we can figure out a plan. I would say that the chair would fit someone of average height or size.
In Our Prayers
We pray for all who are sick Mary Helen (mother of Bob Kelly), Joy, Sandra, Jim, Julian, George, Betty, Rosalie, James, Thelma, Helen, and Don and Jean and their daughter Tai and the Roeder family grieving the death of Gladys.
Crow Shield Lodge Outdoor Experience, Saturday, June 24, 2023, 10 am – 1 pm
Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum
Be a part of this outdoor educational experience and opportunity to work alongside Crow Shield Lodge on a path toward learning healing and friendship.
Recommended for Youth and Adults and a time to extend your knowledge and familiarize yourselves with another local Indigenous organization. Light Lunch included. Tickets are available via Eventbrite for $50.
Sunday May 28 – Day of Pentecost
Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30
Psalm 104:24-34 (30)
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 or Acts 2:1-21
John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39
Sunday June 4 – The Holy Trinity First Sunday After Pentecost
Psalm 8 (1) 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Announcements Worth Repeating
A reminder from Mount Zion Kitchen
If you are done with the Thursday meal reusable containers, soup jars and cloth delivery bags, please return them to the Blue Collection bin outside the office at your convenience.
They’ll be sanitized and packed away until September.
Is there an Oscar in Mount Zion's Future?
Did you notice a videographer roaming about the festivities during Black History Month Celebrations? Dave Delouchery from Hawkeye Films has helped us with our live-streaming setup and has occasionally sat in for David M.
Dave D has done a splendid job of capturing the highlights and the energy of the day and has edited it into a very professional video. I encourage you to grab a coffee, put your feet up and give it a watch. Just click ont the link below. An Oscar may be a bit of a stretch, but it's a masterpiece in my eyes. Editor.
Mask Policy Change
Mask Policy Change Based on a recommendation from the health council, Mount Zion’s mask policy was updated to read “that the wearing of a mask at services and on other occasions within the church be made OPTIONAL starting today until further notice.”
Links for Worship and more
Sundays 10 am Click on the logo to join the Live Stream Worship
(Recordings of the services are available)
VESPERS 7:00 pm Monday - Thursday evenings
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 firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 519-781-5602
Music Director Sarah. E. Cardwell email@example.com
Office Administrator Margaret Waechter firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurse Christine Ramseyer email@example.com cell: 519-588-8006
Feel free to call our cell phones. If we aren't available we'll return your call!