News from Mount Zion
Nov 6, 2020


Remembrance Day

2020 continues to bring changes to our lives. This year even Remembrance Day activities will be different. In an article in the Waterloo Region Record this week, people were asked not to attend Remembrance Day services at local citadels. Instead of the usual service and parades, wreathes are to be quietly laid by a small number of people or cancelled. But even with no service to focus our attention to Remembrance Day, it is still time to honour those who served by retelling of their stories and wearing a poppy.

In planning our newsletter this week, Pastor Philip retold a story, told to him by Neil Moore. We all laughed and smiled as those of us who knew Neil took a moment to remember him. It is just one of many stories that can be shared.

When the minute of silence occurs at 11:00 am, it seems like a good time to take that time to pray for peace.   

In a related note, last Sunday Amy created a muscial tribute to honour  those in our congregation who passed this year. You can see it here. 

           Karen Gastmeier


This Week's Lessons

The Season of Pentecost

The readings for Sunday are

Amos 5:18-24

Psalm 70

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Matthew 25:1-13

The Ten Virgins

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In our Prayers

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Plan for Turkey Dinner Nov 21

October Financial Results

Our results for the ten month period ending October 31, 2020 in the Ministry & Mission (Current) account reflect a surplus of $11,848 which is $30,096 better than plan. 

This is an excellent achievement considering the shutdown of our facilities resulting in an inability to realize rental revenue.

Thank you for your faithful financial support for the ministry during this unusual time.  Additional thanks to our Federal Government who contributed $20,747 in Emergency Wage Subsidy which has enabled us to support the full complement of staff during this Covid-19 pandemic.  Richard Brubacher   See the full report.

In Our Prayers

Let us continue to remember Margaret, David, Rosalie and Marjorie, in our prayers that they would experience wholeness and relief. . Let us continue to remember the people of the United States as they wait for the result of the elections earlier this week. Pray that those elected would be just, compassionate and work towards peace..

Caribbean Christmas Party 2020 style 

There may not be crowds singing the 12 Days of Christmas this year, but the same great food will be available for pickup. Mrs. Bell and her crew will be cooking up a storm in our kitchen preparing a traditional turkey dinner available for pick up at the Dawson Street entrance. The dinner which includes turkey and all the fixings plus a dessert will cost $35 per person.

The date for this turkey extravaganza is Saturday November 21. You can pick up your preordered dinner between 5:30 and 6:30 pm.

Order your dinners before Nov 17 by either emailing or phoning Di at 519 886 5820 or mtzion@mzlc.ca. You can drop off a cheque or pay for them by direct deposit noting that is payment for your dinner.  (instructions are above in 5 ways to Give to Mount Zion)

Mrs. Bell is also looking for a few volunteers to help peeling vegetables and deliver food to cars on the day of the event.

Don’t miss out, order today. It is coming up soon!

Note from the Service Committee regarding the Food Bank

At Mount Zion we did not mount a drive for the Food Bank this year,  but it is still important for us to support the Food Bank, especially in these difficult times.  You may do this by so designating part of your offerings.  A big thank you to those who have been contributing so far.  In the period August to October, you have donated $285 to this important cause.



Lecture Series


Henry Janzen

Death and Dying Series 

Dennis Eaton is looking for input regarding the Death and Dying series. He is considering continuing the series with a virtual session in the New Year with John Lougheed as speaker.

He is asking if you are interested in attending and what questons you would like to see covered in the presentation.

Contact Dennis  d_eaton@sympatico.ca   to learn more.

Special Guest Musician this Sunday

We are delighted to welcome Henry Janzen as our special musical guest Sunday. He will be leading the hymns as well as performing on the violin and viola. As Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Hart House Orchestra Henry Janzen celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the orchestra with a performance at Carnegie Hall.  In 2019 they toured Germany giving performances in Tubingen, Dusseldorf and Gottingen.

He has been a part of many notable performances including a televised Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II for 100,000 congregants at the Pontiac Silverdome;

Aside from his performance activities Professor Janzen teaches Applied and Chamber Music at the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art and Music. 

Mount Zion worship returns to the sanctuary.

Service begins at 10   You are invited to:

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  • YouTube

Attend in Person. Registration is required....learn more


Click this YouTube logo to be a part of the service from home.


Click on this  Zoom logo to be a part of a 15 minute chat prior to the service. You will be directed to the service

https://zoom.us/j/96599940521  Meeting ID: 965 9994 0521


Links to Other Opportunities to worship, study or socialize

VESPERS    7:00 pm Monday - Thursday evenings
(Sign in any time after 6:30, Service starts at 7:00 pm)


Meeting ID: 949 5166 9774

MEN'S BREAKFAST   9:00 a.m. Thursday

Meeting ID: 914 3461 2188

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


Meeting ID: 991 4566 6538

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Upcoming events

ongoing...Zoom Cafe, Wed 10 am

Nov 21 5:30 pm Caribbean Christmas Party

Tues. Nov. 3, 2020 1.30 pm Mindful Meditations

Tues. Nov 17, 2020 1.30 pm Mindful Meditations

Tues.  Dec 1, 2020 1.30 pm  Mindful Meditations

Tues.  Dec 15, 2020 1.30 pm Mindful Meditations

Feb 28 2021  Black History Month  Celebrations

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