Friday February 12th Announcement Sheet from EZMC Office
Thank You to Pastors Ray, Tanya and the congregation for prayers, cards, phone calls and a special Thank You to the Good Cheer Committee for the fruit basket. It is comforting to belong to such a caring Church Family. I have been truly blessed with my recovery.. Jim Witzel
Our Annual Meeting will be held virtually on February 14. The Annual Report booklet will be sent out by email last Friday. If you would prefer to also have a paper copy please contact Lisa as she printed a few extra. 2020 has been a year like no other. Despite the fact we had to pause some of our church programs, many areas of ministry continued. Thank you to everyone for preparing and submitting their reports.
Great Winter Warm-up: At home Announcement from MCC
For the month of February, we’re celebrating the creativity and generosity of our comforter makers! While we won’t be gathering in person this year for our comforter making bash, we invite you to make comforters from the comfort of your own home. Or, sponsor a comforter in honour of someone for Valentine’s Day
Tanya has blessed our congregation over the last 12 years with her ministry, gifts, love and compassion. In light of her upcoming departure, SCRC has begun planning for Tanya’s farewell which is being planned for Sunday February 28, 2021.
To show our appreciation and love for Tanya and her family, we would invite you, the members of East Zorra, to create or put together a special note, card, piece of art, photographs or a something special that could be shared with Tanya and her family. We are hoping to have a drive by farewell on Tanya’s final Sunday at the Church which would allow you to drop it off in person on her final day and say good bye from a safe distance. Alternatively, you may deliver the item of your choosing directly to Janice Gingerich who will compile and drop them off for Tanya. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to a member of SCRC for more information. SCRC members are Janice Gingerich, Keith Wagler, David Witzel and Bonnie Zehr.
EZ Parents & children, because of the Province-Wide lockdown JCET decided to create a Faith@Home Lockdown Edition for the month of Feb. We didn’t feel it was “essential travel” to put the bags together or for parents to pick them up!
Faith@Home Lockdown will be on our Facebook page. Each week will give a link to a story with the Bible verses, an object lesson, God’s big picture and a FAMILY CHALLENGE! We hope you will post pictures of your family doing the Family Challenge as a way to encourage others, share with others and “be together”! Every Wednesday, there will be a Wednesday Wonder question for your family to reflect on.
JCET is committed to our children & families and to bringing Christian Education into our homes, during the pandemic and even in a lockdown!!! The links and info will be posted on Friday and there will also be an attachment in the EZ announcements.
Sunday morning Faith@Home will continue, starting at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday!!!
Jr. Christian Education Team/JCET (Jessica Y., Holly B., Naomi M., Susan M.)
Raising Funds for Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp
Every February you may remember receiving a friendly shoulder tap, and having a conversation with Merv Ropp, during coffee time inviting you to give to the ministry of Hidden Acres Camp by sponsoring him on his annual Hidden Acres Bowl-a-thon. This February the bowl-a-thon can’t happen but the need for funds remains. Please consider making a donation to Hidden Acres to support the important camp ministry they plan to continue this summer. Hidden Acres (and Merv) thanks you!
You can make a donation by:
· Sending an e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
· Mailing a cheque to: Hidden Acres Camp 1921 Line 37, New Hamburg, ON N3A 4B5
· Dropping off your donation at Merv’s house – 193 Janelle Drive, Tavistock.
Thank you so much for your support!
Shopping that makes a difference!
MCC thrift shops operate throughout southwest Ontario. All proceeds from the sale of items go directly to fund the work of MCC. Get the things you need and want at mcco.ca/shop while supporting MCC.
Mennonite Disaster Service ON in partnership with MennoHomes Inc, Kitchener will be looking for local Waterloo Region area volunteers for a housing renewal project at 24 Mill St, Kitchener. The project primarily involves interior work including insulation, drywall, wood trim, painting and flooring. Expected start is late February, subject to COVID-19 Ministry of Health guidelines.
To volunteer contact Bruce Weber, Project Coordinator at 519-577-8521.
Hidden Acres’ Spring Seniors Retreat is going VIRTUAL! We are excited to have Marian Wiens share with us about the “Transforming Power of Grief” on Wednesday, March 10. Please see the attached poster or visit www.hiddenacres.ca for more details and for information on how to register.
Summer Camp is back at Hidden Acres which means we are looking for fantastic young people to join our staff team. If you are at least 17 years old, enjoy working with children and youth, love being outside and want to serve God and others in a safe, fun and welcoming space, then Hidden Acres is the place! For information and to apply, visit www.hiddenacres.ca. Camper registration begins on February 1st. For details visit https://hiddenacres.ca/programs/summer-camp.
Silver Lake Mennonite Camp – Summer 2021 (www.slmc.ca)
· Silver Lake Adventures Day Camps: This summer, Silver Lake is coming closer to you with local day camps so that kids across the province can enjoy Silver Lake experiences! These camps are generally for campers ages 5-15, as well as some canoe camps for campers ages 9-15 and one week of Teen Camp for ages 12-16 in Waterloo! Check out Information About Offsite Day Camps to see a list of locations across Ontario and to register now!
· Overnight Camps: Mark your calendars for February 1 @ 7am for the opening of registration for overnight camps at Silver Lake.VisitInformation About Overnight Camps for summer schedule and registration link.
** Please note that due to the uncertainty with Covid-19 in the months ahead and the possibility of cancellations, no payments for day camps or overnight camps will be due until April at the earliest.
Please remember the importance of the contact tracing sheets. We ask anyone who enters the church building to, record the relevant information on the sheet located just inside the mailbox lobby door and the office entry door. Please note when and where you were in the building and then use the disinfecting wipes provided to wipe all surfaces that were touched before leaving. Thank you for your help with this.
UNMUTE: The Impact of a Pandemic on Gender Based Violence
UNMUTE is a forum theatre piece that addresses the rise of domestic violence and gender-based assault during COVID-19. Immerse yourself in this important and timely piece that gives audience members the chance to rehearse scenarios for real life. Audiences will learn skills and resources for how they can make a difference. Tickets are coming soon and will be available at theatreofthebeat.ca/unmute