Weekly Letter and Announcements – No. 129
Resources to help us to stay Rooted in Christ and Growing together in Faith
Worship Service – Sunday September 4, 2022 at 10 a.m.
Cassel Mennonite will be hosting an in-person worship service with Tavistock and East Zorra Mennonite churches. All are welcome to meet at Cassel Mennonite Church (696556 17th line). There will be no service in our building.
We are grateful for your financial giving to the ongoing work and ministry of the church. This week our offering focus is “Mission Partners”
Next Sunday – September 11, 2022 – Welcome Back Sunday!
Prelude/Accompanist: Heidi Wagler Song Leader: Myron Ruby
Worship Leader: Dylan & Hannah Yantzi Message: Pastor Mike
Audio/Visual: Drystan Bender/Brian Wagler
On Sunday September 18 Fred Lichti will be sharing in the message time during worship and continue to dialogue with us in the Sunday School time. Fred will tell some stories from our church history. We plan to use this Sunday to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the coming of the Amish Mennonites to Canada and better understand ourselves as standing within the stream of Amish Mennonite history. Fred will lead us in telling stories about persons who are part of the stream of East Zorra’s history, attempting to highlight certain themes and principles which connect with Anabaptist-Mennonite theology and our faith and life today. We also note that 2022 marks East Zorra Mennonite Church’s 185th Anniversary.
As we move into September we are planning for some changes to our weekly newsletter format. We will continue with weekly mailings to provide the announcements and updates you will need.
The Sewing Circle Committee would like to invite you to join us on Tuesday September 6, 2022 for comforter knotting or quilting. All are welcome. You can join us for part of the day or all day starting at 9:00 am. Bring your lunch along if you plan to stay all day.
Masks are available and we will be socially distancing as well.
We are excited to begin our regular Sunday school programs beginning September 18th for Nursery to grade 8.
Please take some time to look over all the different opportunities we have available to volunteer this year. We welcome you to sign up for as many positions/dates as you are able to. We also want to send out a special invitation to all the Men in our church. Your presence and influence in our Sunday school program is so important. We welcome any amount of participation you are able to give us!
**Please note: For grades 1-5, even though you will see 4 spots for volunteers each Sunday, we only need 2 volunteers. Each Sunday 2 members from JCET will make up the other 2 volunteers so there are a total of 4. Please sign your name beside your choice of activity that you want to lead, Devo for grade 1-2, 3-5, craft or game, and JCET will fill in the spots that are left blank.
Blessings & Thank you from JCET
(Holly Barron, Jess Yantzi, Erin Yantzi, Susan Martin)
We will be printing an updated EZMC Church Family Photo and Address Directory in the Fall. Please submit updated photos, addresses, phone numbers by September 9th
Thank you so much for your willingness to submit a photo! It is very much appreciated!
Please note that we encourage every person or family unit to submit a photo. A picture in a directory helps so much, and is so welcoming! Mike, Brandy, Petra and Rebekah have joined us and are getting to know us, an updated photo directory with pictures of everyone will be a wonderful gift. If you are submitting a photo please remember that professional photos are subject to copyright so permission would be needed from the photographer to include.
In the next few weeks your mailbox position may change slightly as additions are made. If you don’t have a mailbox and would like one please contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your mailbox label has gone missing please let Lisa know so she can replace it.
As Phase 2 of the Greenspace begins, projects will be dependent on donations. Accompanied by a note, designated for the Green Space, donations can be given by cash or cheque in the church offering, or mailed, dropped off, as well as e-transferred to church treasurer Dawn Zehr.
Should donations exceed Green Space expenses, the extra will be used for other church projects. Thank you, GS committee
Beyond Our Church Community
Saturday September 10 – Support World Suicide Prevention Day – Walk of Light. Meet at 7 p.m. at the Schmidt Wood Trails entrance in Baden (behind the pool) Please see the attached poster for more information.
Fall Seniors’ Retreat at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp, September 19th. Our theme this fall is “Seeing the Land and History Through an Indigenous Lens”. For more information and to register please visit our website @ www.hiddenacres.ca or contact the camp at 519-625-8602, email@example.com. Space is limited so register early! Brochures are available on the table outside the nursery.
SAVE THE DATE: The much loved-Toronto Mennonite Festival returns to Willowgrove Farm on Saturday September 17. Save the date for delicious traditional (and not so traditional) Mennonite treats, fun activities for kids and families, the famous quilt auction and more. All proceeds support the work of Mennonite Central Committee. More info at torontomennonitefestival.ca.
The Amish Bicentennial 1822-2022
Join us as we REMEMBER and THANK GOD for the coming of our Amish Mennonite ancestors to Canada. There will be Heritage bus tours, Acapella Hymn Sings (one of which will take place at East Zorra Mennonite on Sun Sept 25), The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada (Speaker, Rebecca Seiling will present the “Landed Buggy” at Steinmann Mennonite), Indigenous Awareness Workshop (at Crow Shield Lodge), and the Thanksgiving Worship Service (Sun Oct 2 at Steinmann Mennonite Church). Some of these events require registration in advance. The 4th insert/article is now available on the table outside the nursery and was attached to last week’s email.