News from Mount Zion
October 1, 2021

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for in person worship 

Oct 3

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Congratulations to all who are celebrating some special days in their lives.


Gloria Heimbecker will be celebrating her 92nd birthday on Sept 25. Happy Birthday Gloria!!!

Mount Zion reopens for live worship Oct 3

At long last Mount Zion will open for live worship on Oct 3. Covid numbers are stabilizing in Waterloo Region, people are attending small group gatherings. The time seems right.

Here is what you need to know:

  • In Person Service will begin at 10 am, but attendees are encouraged to come early to sign in.

  • Attendees will be asked if they are fully vaccinated and for those of you who are not, a rapid test will be required. In that case you will need to arrive a half hour before the service.

  • Seating for the In Person Service is limited to approximately 30 people.

  • For the foreseeable future, you will NOT have to reserve seating.             

  • Communion will be offered.

  • You will need to remain masked throughout the service except for communion. For communion you will remain in place.

  • We are not able to offer congregational singing at this time.

  • The service will continue to be broadcast on You Tube.


Open Sesame Begins its 52nd Year!

Open Sesame Headstart Preschool began its' 52nd year on Monday Sept. 13th, 2021.  We have 10 families with children registered for this fall term.  Our Supervising Teacher, Samantha (Sam) Beesley and our Program Co-ordinator and Administrator, Jana Kelly, are in charge and they are very excited about our group of preschoolers.  We are so fortunate to have these two women with us.  Their enthusiasm for their jobs is what has made it possible for us to continue for another year.  We are also grateful that Virginia Slack is available to do the daily cleaning that is required during this pandemic.  The extra paperwork and procedures that are now involved could be overwhelming for many nursery school operators.  We are truly "Blessed" to have staff willing to take on these onerous tasks.  

We continue to look ahead towards expanding our program, which would mean hiring another teacher.  This may occur in the next few months.  In the meantime, another year of helping prepare our preschoolers for Jr. Kindergarten as begun.   

Carol Ziegler



Over the past several years, the property of St Paul’s Bridgeport has been transformed into a brand new 48-unit affordable housing apartment building by Menno Homes in partnership St. Paul’s and Parents for Community Living. 

Mennohomes invites you to join us for our "Virtual" Grand Opening Celebration September 23rd, 2021 at 4:00pm. Bridgeport at Lancaster is so much more than just a building. 

RSVP online at mennohomes.com or call 519 742-5849 x100


Orange Shirt Day

During our service on Sept 26, we will commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The service will be held on Zoom Service   https://zoom.us/j/96599940521 

Orange Shirt Day - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2021

Phyllis Jack Webstad was six years old when she left her community of Stswedcem'c Xgat'tem First Nation to attend St. Joseph Residential School. Like most six year olds, she was excited to attend school for the first time. Her grandmother bought her a new, bright orange shirt for her to wear on her first day. When she arrived at school, far from home, her new orange shirt was taken away from her and never returned. This marked the start of Phyllis's separation from her community, culture, family and friends; a separation mandated by the federal government and supported by the church. 
On September 30th, we wear orange to remember that Every Child Matters and as people of faith, we need to listen to stories like Phyllis's and learn from the wisdom, reflection, trauma, as well as the strength and resiliency of those who were taken from their families and communities and forced to attend residential schools, some of whom never returned home again. As Christians, it is also our responsibility to make reparations for the ways in which we continue to uphold colonialism and benefit from the systemic racism in our institutions and societal structures. For the first time in 2021, September 30th is now a federal statutory holiday - the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, where people are encouraged to engage in learning, as well as listening and reflecting on the ongoing impact of the residential school system. 


As September 30th approaches, here are some opportunities to consider:

mark Orange Shirt Day in worship in your congregation on Sunday, September 26th by wearing orange and encouraging others to wear orange as well. 

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has an entire weeklong series of online events being offered for youth and adults alike. These events run from September 27-October 1st.

Wednesdays, the Woodland Cultural Centre offers a virtual tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School. See their calendar of events for more information.

Medicine Wheel Education offers authentic Indigenous educational tools and resources.

Document how you will mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by taking pictures (with permission) and posting to social media using the hashtags, #OrangeShirtDay; #EveryChildMatters; #IWearOrangeBecause, #EasternSynod, #MyELCIC

May God's wisdom and understanding surround us as we continue to learn to walk in the ways of reconciliation, reparation and peace.
Abundant fall blessings to you,
The Eastern Synod Circle for Reconciliation and Justice  

Upcoming Lessons

Sunday Sep. 19 — Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 11:18-20 or Wisdom 1:16 — 2:1, 12-22

Psalm 54 (4) James 3:13 — 4:3, 7-8a

Mark 9:30-37

Sunday Sept 26 - Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday September 26

Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29

Psalm 19:7-14 (8)

James 5:13-20

Mark 9:38-50

Fall Book Discussion, Thursday, October 28, 1:30-3:00 pm

Please register here for the Fall Book Discussion which will be held on Zoom. 


The Health Council will be.  holding a book discussion on The Boat People by Canadian author, Sharon Bala. Inspired by a real incident, the book is about five hundred refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, who survive a perilous ocean voyage to Vancouver, BC, only to face, in their new land, the threat of deportation and accusations of terrorism. The book is a timely novel in that it may help us reflect on current refugee issues. f you have any questions, please contact Mary Slethaug or Betty Behm.

We had announced the possibility of purchasing Orange Shirts through the Woodland Cultural Centre but they are not taking any orders as they are not able to get further supplies from their source. If any of you have already paid for them, please contact the church office.

Mount Zion will be a polling station for the Federal Election on  September 20

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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