Friday February 19th Announcement Sheet from EZMC Office
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.
To the comforter makers of East Zorra Mennonite Church. Thank you for creating beautiful gifts of warmth and comfort to those in need. Your generosity and creativity are truly life-giving for so many. Thank you for your support over the last year. From the MCCO Material Resources Team
Over the next few weeks we will be making deliveries to those who receive the Rejoice magazine, Salt & Light Bible Study guide and the Leader Magazine. If you usually receive one and don’t this time, please contact Lisa. Thank you to those who continue to make these deliveries.
Tanya has blessed our congregation over the last 12 years with her ministry, gifts, love and compassion. In light of her upcoming departure, Staff Congregation Relations Committee (SCRC) has been planning for Tanya’s farewell which is 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 planning to go forward with our plans for a drive by farewell on February 28 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM at the Church. This will allow you to drop off your personal notes/creations in person and say your good bye to Tanya and her family from a safe distance.
If you are unable to be at the drive by farewell you may deliver your personal notes/cards 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.
Faith@Home Lockdown will be on our Facebook page.
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
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 email@example.com
· 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!
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.
Fraser Lake Camp (Bancroft) is planning 3 Family Camp sessions this year. Family Camp will provide your family a chance to join others in community in a safe, physically-distanced way, with programming for the whole family, individual cabins, and delicious meals. Spend up to a week surrounded by 260 acres of forest, the gentle lapping of Fraser lake, and friends both old and new! Register at fraserlakecamp.com or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s start to re-connect!
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.
CMU’s Xplore 55+ Enrichment program offers courses exploring dimensions of the Christian faith, our world, and life in it – all without assignments or exams! Eight online courses are offered on Wednesday mornings from March 3 – April 7. Among others, courses include Worship as the People’s Work, Hearing Old Testament Prophets Today, Theological Resistance in Troubled Times: The Compelling Witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Indigenous Spiritualities and Christianities. Go to www.cmu.ca/xplore for information and to register
Wednesday February 24th 7 – 8:30 p.m.(CST) Face2Face | Who Cares? The elderly among us… COVID-19 has exposed cracks in our systems of care, and shed light on our understandings of aging, revealing how we value older adults in our communities. How might we listen anew to the voice and resilience of older adults? What insights do indigenous communities offer about the valuing of elders? Can we learn to care for older adults and ourselves in ways that open fuller, life-giving possibilities? Join a conversation with the director of a personal care home, two Indigenous Elders, and two seniors. ). Go to www.cmu.ca/face2face for more information.
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