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Mount Zion Review

Survey of Congregation
Vision Statement
Core Values
Community Round Table
Mission Statement
 Oct 22
Strategic Directions Oct 22


October 13, 2023

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  • Deadline for next edition October 26

Celebrating, commemorating, and honouring

During the month of October, we will be celebrating Open Sesame and the people who have made it possible over the years.

Next Sunday, Celebrating Open Sesame and Strategic Directions Congregational Meeting 

October 22 is going to be a busy day in the life of Mount Zion. During the service, Open Sesame’s Jana Kelly, will be our guest speaker. Although Open Sesame has been operating for over 50 years, many of our newer members may not be aware of the magic that happens in our downstairs classroom.

Reimagining Mount Zion

After the service, we strongly encourage you to attend our upcoming Reimaging Mount Zion congregational meeting. During the meeting, the council will present a new proposed mission statement and a list of potential strategic directions to explore, as we strive to sustain our ministries and ourselves well into the future.


We are grateful to have Karen Bjerland guide us through the process, which will help us prioritize, allocate resources, and focus on our strengths and passions. Strategic planning is often compared to having a map for the future, and we will be creating ours together. As we move forward, the answers will come into clearer view.

September Financial Report

Results for the eight months of 2023 reflect a deficit of $63,230. 

When compared to our budget for this same time period, we are tracking better than plan with a positive deviation of $18,084 in our Ministry & Mission (current) account.

Total receipts were $12,808 higher than plan and disbursements were lower by $5,276, resulting in a positive deviation of $18,084.


  •   Member regular gifts of $143,909 are $5,677 better than plan for the period. 

  •  Rental Income from parking & facility of $25,866 is $8,010 better than plan.

  •  Disbursements of $233,825 are $5,276 lower than plan.   

  • See the full results here

Mount Zion Kitchen’ announces menu items until December

Planning to have a meal from Mount Zion Kitchen? They have already planned their menu until mid-December, which means you can place your order in advance. You can either pick up your meal and take it home, or you can try something new this year and head to the Glebe Room where you will find cutlery, dishes, and friendly people to share your meal with. Don't forget to order your meal through Margaret early in the week. You can check out the menus for the next few weeks here. 

In Our Prayers

Your faithful look to you for healing and wholeness as we remember Sandra and the rest of the Millar family, Karen and Peter Bjerland, Brian and Melissa, as they grieve the loss of their loved ones. We also pray for Jake, Mary, Helen, Julian, Arlene, George, Betty, Rosalie, James, Thelma, Helen, and Don and Jean and their daughter Tai.

Prayer Station

The Health Council will again be providing a Prayer Station on the last Sunday of the month, beginning September 24th.  It will be held during communion at the back of the church in a private manner.

This is an opportunity for individuals to come with their concerns and requests; prayers will be offered in their behalf by two Health Council members.  All are welcome.  -- Mary Slethaug, Health Council

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

September means the return of activity.

Move over January, it is said that September is really the beginning of the year. It certainly holds true here as most of our programming returns this month.

Monday afternoon  Exercise/Walking Group Come out for a walk with music, stretches and sit-to-stands every Monday afternoon. This replaces the Community Support Connections exercise class until they find a volunteer staff person to lead a full exercise program at Mount Zion. Call Marg Tupling for more details.

Oct 25, 10 am  Mount Zion Cafe Meet your friends and enjoy a coffee and a few activities at the Mount Zion Café meeting every second and fourth Wed of the month. Oct 25, Nov .8 & 22, Dec 6

Oct 24, 1.30 pm. Mindfulness Meditation Practice will meet the second and fourth Tuesday of the month upstairs. Henriette reminds you to bring a pillow, mat, blanket, water or nothing (all optional). Wear comfortable clothes and be fragrance-free. Open to all. No previous experience is necessary.  Just come. (Oct 24, Nov 14 Nov 28 Dec 12 Dec 26)


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(Recordings of the services are available)


VESPERS    7:00 pm Monday - Thursday evenings
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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                            cell: 519-781-5602
Music Director Sarah. E. Cardwell
Office Administrator Margaret Waechter           
Nurse Christine Ramseyer            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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