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News from Mount Zion
Oct 21, 2022

Join us for worship in person or on- line at 10 am every Sunday
All Saints Remembrance   Sunday November 6

People around the world celebrate All Saints Day in a number of different ways. Some light candles, some lay flowers and others cook feasts for the departed souls. All Saints' Day is a festival observed on November 1 by Christians . At Mount Zion we will be remembering those members who departed last year with the lighting of candles. We will be honouring:

Hilppa Pearson,   Nov. 29 2021  

Kathleen Harrison,  Dec. 26 2021

Florence Moser,  Dec. 28 2021

Willi Nassau,  Feb. 6 2022

Marta Schafer,  April 27 2022

Karin von Schilling, June 11, 2022
Esther Wilson,  July 3, 2022

Theresa Eichholz, July 13, 2022

Caribbean Christmas is Back!   November 19

After a hiatus of a few years, the in-person Caribbean Christmas Party is back on the calendar. Mrs. Bell and her crew will be cooking up a storm creating a feast of a turkey and oxtail dinners with all the fixings. Wonderful food along with fun  and music and singing will be on offer on November 19.  The doors will be open at 5:45. Festivities  will begin at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $45 and will be available in the narthex. 

Pick Up Dinner Also Available 
A pick up dinner will also be available for those of you who are not able to attend. You can choose from  a turkey, oxtail or vegetarian dinner. (Vegetarian dinner will probably be Portobello Mushrooms although that is not firm yet.) Turkey and Portobello dinner will come with mashed potatoes, Oxtail will include rice. All options include cooked vegetables, corn bread salad and dessert. Cost is $40. 

Please Note that Pick up time is between 4:00 and 5:15 pm. 

Choir Notes

We were so pleased to have trumpeter Debra Lacoste with us for an observance of Reformation Sunday.

Now we are looking forward to the 13th of November, when the handbell choir from St. Matthew's will be joining us here at Mount Zion.

This coming Sunday the choir will sing Vaughn Williams' stirring "O How Amiable Are Thy Dwellings" as part of our All Saints service. Don't forget to set your clocks back!

On the first Sunday in Advent, our choir will be part of an Advent Lessons and Carol service at St. Matthew's at 7:00 pm. Members of Mount Zion are encouraged to attend this special service to mark the beginning of the Advent season.

The choir is preparing some lovely Christmas music - something to look forward to!

October Financial Results

Results for the month of October increased our accumulated deficit by $5,029 to reach $43,054 through the ten- month period ending October 31 in our Ministry & Mission (current) account.   

Although a significant deficit was recorded, this compares to a budgeted deficit of $74,241 for the period.  Improved receipts and reduced expenditures were responsible for this improvement as noted below:

Member support of $161,458 is $18,938 better than plan.  Thank you!

Read the full report here

The Mitten Tree

Help Others Stay Warm!
Mount Zion, in arrangement with the Anishnabeg Outreach Centre, is collecting donations of hand-made, purchased or gently used items to decorate our Holiday Mitten Tree.
Warm items, for all ages, such as gloves, mittens, toques, hats, scarves, socks, slippers, are needed.  Even warm winter coats will be accepted.
Donations to decorate The Mitten Tree are now being accepted until December 11th. These items will then be delivered to the Anishnabeg Outreach Centre for distribution, to those in need, throughout the Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge area.
If you have any questions, please contact: Joan Schweitzer, 519-886-5977

Frozen Meals available From Mount Zion Kitchen
Each week, as the food ministry makes meals, 
Christine reminds us that she has set aside a few servings of soup and entrees in the freezer that are available for anyone who needs some assistance in making meals for themselves. Please reach out to her if some meals would be helpful to you.   Parish Nurse Christine
On the Menu 

Mount Zion Cafe - November 9
Join Nurse Christine and members of the Health Council for coffee, treats
and conversation at the bimonthly Cafe. It is a time to visit friends both old
and new. The Cafe is held the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
Next Cafe is on Nov 9. Coffee is on at 10 am. 

ShuffleBoard every Wednesday night
It’s baaaack!  Shuffleboarders meet Wednesday nights, starting at 7pm in the auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend. Experience is not necessary.  If you need more details, please call Vi Rank at 519-584-0011.

From Justice through Service Committee
Mohawk Institute Virtual Tour
The Mohawk Institute  Residential School in Brantford, Ontario, adjacent to Six Nations of the Grand River, operated from 1828 to 1970. The building that housed it for many years is being restored as a museum, to preserve the record of its dark history.   A generous donation has made it possible for the Synod’s Circle for Reconciliation and Justice to offer a group online tour. The guided tour  begins with a video created by local production company Thru the RedDoor, showing the rooms of the school and featuring interviews with five Survivors.  This will be followed by a debriefing led by someone from the Woodland Cultural Centre, and  our own time for reflection.    
Date:  Tuesday November 8              Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm EST
If you would like to attend, please register as soon as you can,  as spaces are limited.  You may register using the jot form  here. For more information, please visit the Eastern Synod website.Mary Thompson


Update on Coalition of the Willing for Two Liberian Refugee Families

Our Coalition continues to grow and advance plans for bringing to Canada two connected families from Liberia.  All four of the southern Ontario Lutheran Churches involved are, to a greater or lesser degree,  in similar positions to Mount Zion:  the spirit is strong while the current resources are limited, so collaboration and growing our reach is clearly the best way to move forward.  Nevertheless, as mentioned in the previous newsletter, a little more than half of the needed $126,000 has already been pledged.   At our October meeting, we learned that since designated refugee spaces for CLWR for 2022 are already filled, new applications can’t be processed until they have their allocation for 2023, so we have time until then to gather the needed support.  To do this, we discussed inviting others to join our Coalition, reaching out to a specific congregation in the United States with known relationships with Liberia, connecting with established Liberian businesses here in Ontario who might have an interest in this work, and at our next meeting, brainstorming possible fundraising initiatives.  If you are in a position to contribute to this new cause, we would be grateful for donations, small or large. We are pleased to report that, since this project was first announced, over $3,000 has been contributed by Mount Zion members. 

 Peggy Nickels, Justice Through Service Committee 

In Our Prayers
In our prayers let us remember Richard, Dianne, Ed, Sandra, Jim, Julian, George, Betty, Marjorie, Rosalie, James, Thelma, Helen, Gladys and Don and Jean and their daughter Tai.

Upcoming Lessons
Sunday October 23
Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22 
Psalm 84:1-7 (5)
2 Timothy 4:6-8,
16-18 Luke 18:9-14 
Sunday October 30
Isaiah 1:10-18
Psalm 32:1-7 (6)
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Luke 19:1-10 

Handbell music to ring in the season at Trillium Lutheran
The Christmas and pre-Christmas seasons have long been accompanied by the mellow peal of bells, a sound sorely missed in many community spaces over the past two years when Covid-19 made singing and playing together difficult.
But as we slowly and carefully transition back into live music, bell choirs are making a welcome return. Unlike brass and wind instruments, massed bells can fill large spaces with rich sound, minus the risk of dispersing viral moisture into the air. 
Early in December, Trillium Lutheran Church in Waterloo, along with guest musicians from several other local Lutheran churches, will present a special Advent Lessons and Carols afternoon built around the mellow resonance of handbell harmony.
While based on the Christian tradition of interspersing seasonal Bible readings with special music and hymns, the service will be non-denominational; Trillium welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds and faiths to this free event.
What: Hand Bell Advent Lessons and Carols Service
When: December 4, 2022 at 3:30 pm
Where: Trillium Lutheran Church, 22 Willow Street Waterloo
Who: Trillium Lutheran Church Hand Bell Choir, with guests from St. Luke’s Lutheran, Kitchener; St. Matthews Lutheran, Kitchener; and Trinity Lutheran, New Hamburg.

Cookie & Craft Sale
St. Stephen Lutheran Church
248 Highland Road East, Kitchener, 519-744-2521
Saturday November 12, 2022, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Craft Vendors, Ken’s Lunch Soup Combo $6, Door Prizes, Bake Sale Shoppe, Jigsaw Puzzle Shoppe
Free Parking & Admission        Donations for the Food Bank are appreciated  

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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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