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Linda & Gerry Roeder

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Jacquelyn Schweitzer

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Thomas Anderson works with wood taken from one of the pews of St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Ohsweken. The paddle patterns were cut by Rob Zilles and his father George.  Thomas and helpers are now laminating together some sections for the paddle design and will follow with carving and wood burning.  August 2021

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News from Mount Zion
September 2, 2021

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

Gerry and Linda Roeder will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary on Sept 10. Happy Anniversary

Jacquelyn Schweitzer is celebrating her 60th birthday on Saturday, September 11th, 2021. Sister Joan writes that she is well and continues working her shifts at Food Basics.


Grand River Connections:  Journey to Reconciliation

Mary Thompson

This is the third part of a three-part series. 

The first two parts in the series described a developing relationship of the Eastern Synod with partners at Six Nations of the Grand River, in particular the Music for the Spirit program.  In this third part, the Grand River and Lake Erie come back into the spotlight, with the participation of the Music for the Spirit & Indigenous Visual Arts (MftSIVA) after-school program in two water justice initiatives. 

There are serious concerns for the health of both river and lake. About a million people live on the watershed of the Grand River, which receives the output of water treatment plants, and has suffered from littering, pollution and the pressures of agriculture along its banks.  The relatively shallow Lake Erie is encumbered with large quantities of toxic algae, fueled by an influx of phosphorus in field runoff from the Grand and other sources.  The health of every creature in the watershed depends on the health of these waters. All of us, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, have responsibilities towards one another and all of creation. When one of us is not healthy, we all suffer. 

The Dish with One Spoon is a treaty, originating long ago with the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee, that commits the inhabitants of present day Southern Ontario (the “Dish”) to share and protect the territory and its resources (the “Spoon”), and work together to maintain the health of lands, waters and animals.   It will take our wholehearted collaboration to achieve this.  The two 2020 initiatives involving MftSIVA were conceived as ways of fostering this collaboration. 

The first initiative was Grand Expressions: Indigenous youth perspectives, an integral part of a project called the Grand-Erie Study, which focused on improving water monitoring and management in the area where the lower Grand River and Lake Erie meet.  The Grand-Erie study as a whole was conducted by Dr. Elaine Ho-Tassone for her doctoral work in the Social and Ecological Sustainability program at the University of Waterloo.  The goal of the Grand Expressions part was to bring youth stories and art to local water managers, scientists and Canadian communities.  Coordinator Richelle Miller and youth affiliated with MftSIVA  put together a travelling exhibition to share their relationships with water through art and storytelling.   For the youth it was an experience of learning and growth, in a variety of visual arts, writing, community, and spirituality.  Before the COVID-19 pandemic forced closure of venues, the organizers were able to launch the exhibition at its first stop in Cayuga, Ontario.  A self-guided tour of this very powerful exhibition is available online.  Visit granderiestudy.ca and click on Indigenous Arts.

The second initiative was Paddle Project, which because of the pandemic became a series of online live workshops commissioned by Great Art for Great Lakes  (GAGL) and arranged and hosted by Richelle Miller and artist Thomas Anderson. Great Art for Great Lakes is sponsored by the NGO Waterlution, which annually commissions community participation and knowledge sharing projects focusing on celebrating the grandeur of the Great Lakes and the connections of their peoples and history.  The workshops were made available in June (hand drums), July (horn rattles and wampum) and August (paddle art) to MftSIVA participants and others at Six Nations of the Grand River, interested residents of the nearby Oneida Nation of the Thames and Walpole Island First Nation communities, and friends.  In early October, the program ended with a drive-in Music for the Spirit concert at Chiefswood Park, at which was unveiled a first version of an eagle sculpture design by Thomas Anderson, with feathers made in the paddle art workshop.

Now in the late summer of 2021, work on the eagle sculpture continues.  The wood is taken from one of the pews of St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Ohsweken, and the paddle patterns were cut by Rob Zilles and his father George.  Thomas and helpers are now laminating together some sections for the paddle design and will follow with carving and wood burning.    The project expresses the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of water, as seen in the connection between paddling and the human spirit. It is further meant to symbolize Indigenous knowledge sharing in the context of the TRC and current events. 

Eastern Synod congregations and individuals have been inspired to learn more from our Indigenous neighbours about how we are all connected to the land we share. Through our friendships with people of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory we are deepening our care and respect for water which gives us all life.

Financial Report

Results for the eight month period ending August 31st reflect a deficit of $7,403 in the Ministry & Mission account  compared with a budgeted deficit of $32,586 for a favourable deviation of $25,183.  The improvement is due to reduced spending accounting for $13,231 and higher receipts accounting for $11,952.  The improvement in receipts is primarily due to  unbudgeted items including Government funding (CEWS), an investment gain,  partially offset by lower Rental Income.

Note that we are highly dependent on income sources other than members to support the Ministry.  In the first eight months this represented 32%.  Read the full report

September at a Glance

After we enjoy our last long weekend of the summer, Mount Zion will host Elections Canada on Sept 10, 11, 12 & 13 for Advance Polls and the Sept 20 election. On Sept 26 we will celebrate Orange Shirt Day. 

We are still looking for a Sunday Morning Zoom Host

Thank you to Dennis Eaton for acting as Sunday morning Zoom host for the last year and trust and he and Hope are enjoying life on the East Coast for the summer.

Dennis’ departure to the East Coast means we are now looking for a person or persons who can act as Zoom hosts for our pre and post service gatherings. The gatherings offer the opportunity for members to interact with each other for a little Narthex talk. The job is not onerous and will take about 30 minutes in total. The host opens the Zoom meeting at 9:40 am and admits people to the meeting. Following the service the hosts reopens the meeting to those who wish to participate.

The Zoom host is a volunteer opportunity to someone who is not currently committed to volunteer activities on Sunday morning. If you like to visit with your friends and are familiar with Zoom, this important volunteer position may be for you!

Upcoming Lessons

Sun. Sep. 5 — Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 35:4-7a

Psalm 146 (2)

James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17

Mark 7:24-37

Sun. Sep. 12 — Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 116:1-9 (9)
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

Ride for Refuge 

SHOW is holding its annual Ride for Refuge fundraising event on October 2, 2021.  This is part of a nation-wide event in support of the displaced, vulnerable and exploited. 

This year’s “free-style” event allows participants to walk, cycle or just move their body doing any activity they choose.  Participants can also choose to perform their activity alone, with a group, or join SHOW staff as they walk from the 402 Erb St. West location to the 144 Erb St. East locations. 

We are encouraged to participate as individuals or to form a team.  SHOW tells us that if we are interested in the latter, “all you need is a Team Captain who is willing to register the team,  some awesome teammates to join your team, and some even more awesome friends, family  and co-workers to sponsor you as you move your body in support of our community!”

Please see https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/supportivehousingofwaterlooshow for more information. "If you would like to join a team as an individual rather than registering your own team you can follow this link to join Team SHOW The Way Home: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=959836.

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

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. The place and format of the discussion will be decided as we get closer to the date. If 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.

Links for Worship and more

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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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