News from Mount Zion
May 9, 2021

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India COVID Crisis - CLWR joins forces with leading Canadian charities

CLWR is joining leading Canadian aid agencies — through the Humanitarian Coalition — in an appeal to raise funds to rush emergency assistance to people in need in India during this horrendous COVID-19 crisis.   Through their local ACT Alliance partners in India, CLWR is prepared to respond immediately with the support of Lutherans in Canada. Donation to this emergency appeal will help provide emergency medical support to those forced to be sick at home, ensure access to vaccines and medical supplies for the most vulnerable, and help support critical advocacy and public awareness efforts to keep as many people safe as possible. Donations can be made online at clwr.org/India  or adding it to your offering envelope.  


Let the hammering begin

Yesterday’s weather was perfect for working outside and right on cue, the crew of Premier Roofing arrived and started work on Mount Zion’s new roof.  Let the hammering begin.

Open Sesame plans to expand in fall term
At a meeting on May 4 of Open Sesame Committee members, the decision was made to expand our enrollment in Sept. of 2021 to 16 children.  Therefore we will need to hire another ECE teacher.  Sam will be making this position known to her ECE associates plus posting it on Facebook, Indie, the Conestoga College web site.

Our teacher, Samantha Beesley, (Sam) and Jana Kelly reported that they are very pleased with the progress of the seven children they have been working with this term.  It will soon be time for school transition meetings, with the Junior Kindergarten teachers, for four of our preschoolers. Sam continues to upgrade her skills, as our supervising teacher, with various courses offered by Conestoga College and other support groups.  

Joan Brunger has completed reconciliations requested re the money we have received from the government.  A Big Thank You to Joan, Jana and Sam for their work in making it possible for Open Sesame to continue during this Pandemic.  

Jana reported that she will be applying for a Repair Grant coming from the Region soon.  Our playground slide and hill will be the focus of our application.  We will need to pay for 50% of the cost of the project.

Our school year will be extended to June 18th, as requested by the parents. Our next meeting will take place on June 8th at 12:15 p.m.     Carol Ziegler

Meet Sarah, our new choral scholar
They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. Making this video introduction of Sara Stapleton, our newest choral scholar a great way to meet.



Financial Report…Results much better than planned.

Our results for the four-month period ending April 30 in the Ministry and Mission (current) account are much better than planned as member contributions remain stable, continued government wage support plus an investment gain. It results in an improved deficit of $4,164. This compares with a budgeted deficit of $22,459 for a favourable deviation of $18,295.  Read the full report here.

It is with sadness…

It is with profound sadness that we learned from Amy that her mother, Margaret Wark, died peacefully last Sunday afternoon. Let us uphold Amy, her father, brother and the wider family in our prayers, that they experience God's comfort and peace through this time of grief.
Rest eternal grant her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine on her.      

We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Pastor Dale Finch on May 1. Mount Zion was one of many congregations where he served as interim pastor. Let us uphold Donna and his family in our prayers. A private memorial service was held at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Thursday.,


It is with sadness that I convey the news of the death last weekend of Anne Marie Gray, who was a member here at Mount Zion during our very early days. Pastor Philip presided at the funeral held Tuesday May 4 at Erb and Good Funeral Home. Let us uphold the Gray family in our prayers as they go through this time of grief.

“All Creation Sings”

New liturgy and song supplement focuses on connection

Can you believe that it has been 15 years since our Evangelical Lutheran Book of Worship (ELW) was introduced with great fanfare to congregations. Then Assistant to the Bishop Susan Johnson and Debbie Lou Ludolph held introductory singing workshops across the synod. Many of you attended the one at Mount Zion where we were introduced to a dizzying selection of settings and new hymns. Not to be confused with an earlier hymn book, the book was to be referred to as the “cranberry” book or simply the ELW. On the first Sunday of its use at Mount Zion, Pastor Mark encouraged everyone to wear an item of cranberry clothing. (I had to buy a new sweater!)  Over the last fifteen years, our congregation learned a large percentage of the hymns and has learned and used every one of the settings.

And now fifteen years later, with very little fanfare, the ELCA has introduced a liturgy and song supplement to the ELW called All Creation Sings. The new book was published last November and we purchased ten copies for review. The book includes two liturgies of Holy Communion with new musical settings, a Service of Word and Prayer designed especially for contemplative worship, more than seventy-five new prayers and liturgical forms for diverse occasions and circumstances and approximately 200 hymns and songs, many of them newly created over the last fifteen years, supporting the church year and a wide range of topics.

Some of the hymns and prayer responses are new, but many of them will be familiar. We have a head start in learning the new resources as a number of the pieces are found in the Inshallah Song Book, Sing the Circle Wide.

The planning team of the All Creation Sings recognizes that launching a new supplement during Covid-19 pandemic, when most congregations are not worshiping together in person, is not ideal. However, they point out that “Choirs aren’t singing; we’re not singing in church. But still, creation sings.”

The addition of the hymns and resources, allows our worship to more accurately reflect the needs and concerns of our times as also the intentionality in being open to the diversity of cultures and theologies that are part of our reality today. To learn more about All Creation Sings, visit www.augsburgfortress.org/AllCreationSings

Karen Gastmeier

Upcoming Lessons
Sun. May 9 — Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98 (4)
1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17

Sun. May 23 — Day of Pentecost 
Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b (30)
Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Congratulations to:

  • Nancy Vernon Kelly won this year’s A.C. Forrest Memorial Award presented for excellence in socially conscious religious journalism for Our drug problem published in the Canada Lutheran.

  • Dr. Kristine Lund has accepted the full-time role of principal dean of Martin Luther University College. Her five-year term began May 1.

  • Shhhh! There is a rumour that someone in this congregation will receive a synod leadership award at the Synod Assembly. The Anniversaries and Leadership Awards will be presented on Friday June 25 at 3:30-5:00 pm. Because the assembly will be held virtually anyone can view the live stream for no charge but you must register by June 1. To register. https://form.jotform.com/210414937648258

New Member Sunday
It is just over a year and four months since we last welcomed new members, Sherryanne Kennedy-Pink, Dwayne Pink, and Deaveon Kennedy, to our midst.  Along with three members who could not be present last year we have 4 others who have since joined the congregation.  In spite of the restrictions in place and not being able to come together in person as a community, it would only be right for us to welcome our new members as a community. 

So, on May 23, 2021, which is Pentecost Sunday, we will welcome our new members

Karen and Peter Bjerland, from  Christ Lutheran

Margaret (Peggy) Nickels and Patrick Seliske,  from  St Stephens

Darrol Bryant,

Kristian Kangur,    

and Angela Young, from Maranatha to our midst.

We will worship on Zoom that Sunday and hope that all of us, especially those that are being welcomed, could be present. 

Mount Zion's Food Card Program

The need has never been greater nor more appreciated for the food gift cards distriubted by Mount Zion. Once again the supply is running low. Please consider a gift to this most important ministry.

Book Study

Health Council’s sponsored zoom Book Study, Inside the O’Briens, on April 22, was an enjoyable learning experience for the 13 participants.

The book is about Joe O’Brien, a 43-year-old police officer who is diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, and how he, his wife, and four adult children respond to his diagnosis. The O’Briens learn that this is a neurological disease with rapid deterioration of physical and mental abilities; that each child has a 50-50 chance of acquiring the disease; and that there is no treatment that affects the progression and no cure.

Discussion in the Book Study included such topics as: the varied responses of each family member when dealing with illness; how illness might affect one’s religious faith; the necessity of support from family and friends; and how a spirit of hope can still play a vital role even when dealing with a tragedy such as this.

Health Council is planning to host another Book Study that will take place in the fall, possibly by both in-person and zoom.       Mary Slethaug


SHOW The Way Home--Supportive Housing of Waterloo (SHOW)

Service Committee Update May 6, 2021 On April 22, some of us from Mount Zion had a chance to attend a Virtual Open House at 144 Erb Street East, the location of the affordable housing project for seniors we’re supporting. This Adopt-a-Cause runs through the end of May. If you’d like to watch, here’s the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FXZGqBYSe8GyQpxL3vd0ztd3r6M_pBYP/view?usp=sharing  Please feel free to share with anyone that you feel may be interested in viewing it.

So far, with three weeks to go, we’ve already donated $5,510 towards the renovations at 144 Erb East. Our gift will go towards renovating one small apartment unit. Additional funds we donate will help with needs like paying for soil and other supplies for the start-up of a community garden on the property.

Marillac Place was an Adopt-a-Cause feature last fall, and is of continuing interest to many of our members.  Mount Zion members have participated in their annual Baby Bottle Campaign which happens between Mother's Day and Father's Day, and they would welcome your support again this year. To donate on-line https://marillacplace.ca/donate/

We will also be including Marillac Place as part of our emphasis on housing and shelter in a lead-up to National Housing Day on November 22. 


Thirdspace of Martin Luther University College, is calling on our community to donate items, to their Weekly Free Distro program at Laurier. They continue to distribute throughout lockdown and the summer, supplying students with essentials. We are proud to provide lots of choice, fresh food, anonymity and no limits - we encourage students to just take what they need. We would love to accept the following: non-perishable food, menstrual products, shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. Drop off your donations in the red bin by the Bell Tower entrance at Luther (Albert St. & Seagram Dr.) at Laurier Waterloo, Thursdays from 1:30 to 5:30pm or please email karly@lspirg.org to arrange contactless pickups in KW.               

Shalom Counselling Services is a not-for-profit community counselling agency that has been providing counselling services in Waterloo Region since 1983. Shalom invites applications for the position of:  COUNSELLOR (Salaried) (.8 FTE/4 days per week) Position begins: August 2021 For more info

46th annual Waterloo Region


Interfaith Grand River presents STORIES FOR A NEW DAY: HOPE IN A TIME OF COVID,

a digital collection of stories, prayers and music from the diverse faith communities of Waterloo Region.

While we cannot gather around a table with delicious food and great company this year, we encourage everyone to “buy breakfast” for others: Donate what you can to the Food Bank Waterloo Region and/or Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank by following the link in your registration email.

“BYOBreakfast” to the premiere on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 7 am a.m. on YouTube or Facebook

Please register early through Eventbrite. For more information, email ICBreakfastTickets@gmail.com.

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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