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In our Prayers


The Season of Pentecost

The readings for Sunday are

First Lesson: Exodus 14:19-31

Psalm: 103:1-13

Second Reading: Romans 14:1-12

Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35

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News from Mount Zion
Sept 11, 2020

We are nearly there!

A letter went out earlier this week to the Mount Zion family including what you need to know about attending our new worship service either in person or virtually. Council did believe that the letter would be useful tool in easing the transition.

The lists included in the letter looks daunting. I am sorry about that! But once you have walked through the screening at the front door of the building or logged on for the first time, I know that we will all become comfortable with the new rules of gathering in no time. We did manage to learn to Zoom together.

There are many aspects of returning to in person worship and the recording of the service that we have been working on for the last few weeks. But I have to say that the most troublesome thing was figuring out how many people we could fit in our irregularly shaped sanctuary using social distancing guidelines. The final number is dependent on how many people are in a group, so we don’t have a hard number, but a range of 40 – 50. But even more troublesome was figuring out how we could make the registration process work. We were aware that an additional 50 phone calls to the office would be a problem for Di who already has a full work schedule. For that reason that we are asking people to email their requests to Di at mtzion@mzlc.ca or phone Tuesday and Wednesday mornings when Stephanie von Schilling will be available for the first few weeks to take your requests. I want to say thank you to those who spent hours trying to figure out the solution, Stephanie von Schilling, Ginny Ehrlich, Betty Behm and Di Groffen. You did an awesome job!!

Returning to in-person worship regardless of all the new guidelines we must follow, is an exciting new chapter in the life of our congregation.  We hope to see you there, in person or virutally. Karen Gastmeier  

We are looking for Volunteers

Sunday Church Services are beginning again at Mount Zion.  We need volunteers to assist in ensuring the service time flows smoothly.  We have an usher team ready – Thanks Gerry Roeder and the Ushers.


We need some volunteers to help us make the entry and exit from the church go smoothly.  We provide:

  • Written instructions and a personal demonstration if you wish

  • Face shields – you wear your own mask.

  • Time needed is 30-45 minutes before the service.

  • You will NOT need to register if you are listed to volunteer.  All volunteers have a seat.

Interested?  Please email stephanie@vonschilling.ca or phone 519-884-5429.

We appreciate your volunteering efforts!    Stephanie Von Schilling

To see the list of volunteer responsibilities, click here

In Our Prayers

Lilly Intschert, a Charter Member of Mount Zion, passed away on September 5, 2020 at the Grand River Hospital - Freeport campus, she was 96 years of age. Lilly was a delight to visit and she was always proud to be a member of the Mount Zion community.

Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9:30 – 10:30 am followed by a memorial service  at 10:30 am. The funeral home requests that those attending Lilly’s visitation and/or service, to have personal face coverings. All are also requested to register (RSVP) at www.erbgood.com or by calling the funeral home at 519-745-8445. For those not able to attend, the funeral service will be livestreamed at www.erbgood.com. Let us uphold Michael and Angela and their families during their time of grief.

Let us continue to remember Gwen, Christine, Margaret, Willie, David, Conrad, and Zach in our prayers, that they would experience wholeness and healing. Let us continue to remember Joyce and Bill Brown and family as they mourn the death of Joyce’s brother Jim.  Let us remember all those involved in the reopening of schools and worship centres, that they would have wisdom and discernment in making these places safe for all concerned.   Pastor Philip

Links and Lessons

Join us for our revamped Vespers

We have changed the format of the vespers, as was the consensus.  The prayer are held at the beginning before we go into the time of study.  If there are any that would like to attend just the prayer, please feel to attend and leave as we begin the study.  Pastor Philip

Zoom Links  

SUNDAY 10 am (Sign in any time after 9:30 am)


Meeting ID: 741 745 428  Password: 128324

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


Meeting ID: 826 4408 7778

MEN'S BREAKFAST   9:00 a.m. Thursday

Postludes and Preludes from previous services can be accessed by clicking on the YouTube icon at the  top of the page. 

Thank you for your continued support

Our results for the eight month period ending August 31, 2020 in the Ministry & Mission (Current) account reflect a surplus of $13,533 which is $25,747 better than Plan.  This is an excellent achievement considering the shutdown of our facilities resulting in an inability to realize rental revenue. Thank You to our faithful members who continued to support the ministry during this unusual time.  In addition, Thank You 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, Treasurer  Read the full Report

Amy's quick study in how to visit in Zoom and Join the Service Starting Sept 20

We know how important the weekly Zoom gatherings before and after worship are to some of you and for that reason, we are planning to continue with them prior to the service. If you are worshiping from home, be sure to log onto zoom about 9:45 am and say hello to your friends before the service.

Click here for a short tutorial that Amy prepared for us on how to log on.                      



OR.....Simply click on the red YouTube Logo              at the top of this newsletter and on the homepage of our website www.mzlc.ca directly to the service. 

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Can You Help?

Of late there has been a surge in demand for food vouchers.  I would request that you please keep this need in mind and contribute to help the ministry of Mount Zion to the needy ones in our neighbourhood. Thanks to all who made donations of diapers and wipes for Sunnydale, it has been a real help to those that needed them.

Drive thru Back to School blessing

A reminder that Two Rivers Ministry Area is proposing having a “Drive thru Back to School blessing- for parents and kids and teachers and staff and whoever else might need it. . . . . families and individuals are invited to drive up – have a short prayer and blessing and receive a bag of resources and treats for back to school.”  The event for our area will be held at Trillium Lutheran Church, 22 Willow St. Waterloo, on Sunday September 13, between 1-2 pm.  Please let me know if you plan to attend. Pastor Philip

Upcoming events

Oct 22  1 - 3 pm  Fall Book Discussion

Nov 21 5:30 pm Caribbean Christmas Party

Feb 28 2021  Black History Month  Celebrations

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