East Zorra Mennonite Church
Volume 66 Sunday April 30, 2023 No. 18
Worship Service – Sunday April 30, 2023 at 10 a.m.
Prelude: Heidi Wagler Accompanist: Heidi Wagler
Worship Leader: Marlow Gingerich Song Leader: Myron Ruby
Message: Pastor Mike Offering: Maintenance
Audio/Visual: Drystan Bender/Brian Wagler Coffee Hosts: Janet & Marv Yantzi
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Faith Exploration Class
Welcome and opening greetings
Call to Worship and Opening prayer
Songs of Gathering & Praise
VT# 496 “I Owe The Lord A Morning Song”
VT# 57 “Holy Spirit Come With Power”
Offering – Maintenance
Time with the Children: Pastor Mike
Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 18:16-39,
Message: Pastor Mike
Song of Response
VT# 433 “I Believe In God Almighty”
Prayer of the Church: Pastor Ray
VT #812 “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing”
Coffeetime in the basement immediately following worship. Everyone is welcome. We would ask that everyone provides their own mug to help simplify the preparation and clean up time. We will provide mugs for those who forget theirs or who come as guests on a Sunday morning.
Sunday School classes
Nursery to Grade 5 classes are being held downstairs.
Junior Youth class (Grades 6 to 8) meets upstairs in Room #9
Youth class meets upstairs in the MYF room (Room #11)
Adult Sunday School – God’s Story, Our Story: Reading the Bible Together
Following the service and a time of fellowship, you are invited to the basement for a time of discussion as we reflect on the Bible story for the week. Using the questions from the reading schedule to guide us, we will try and figure out what each story means to us today as God’s people. We will plan to keep the Zoom link open and will have a leader to guide discussion for Zoom participants.
This Coming Week
Tuesday May 2nd
9 a.m. Sewing Circle – Everyone is welcome to join us to knot comforters or
quilt. Come for the day or part of the day. Please bring your lunch and
drinks. Masks are available.
Wednesday May 3rd
7 p.m. Church Ministry Council Meeting
Thursday May 4th
9:30 – 11 a.m. E Z Play Group
Friday May 5th
5:30 pm Junior Youth (JWalkers) will be going to Pursuit Climbing in Stratford. Please see the announcement for more information.
MYF – There is no event on this day
Saturday May 6th
- Egg Roll pickup. Time to be announced by email on Friday May 5th. Please watch for details. See announcement for ordering details.
Friday May 6 & Saturday May 7
- Women’s Retreat @ EZMC. See announcement for more details
Next Sunday – May 7, 2023
God’s Story, Our Story: Reading the Bible Together
Prelude: Brandy Williamson Accompanist: Bethany Klein
Worship Leader: Brendan Leis Song Leader: Lindsay Schlegel
Coffee Hosts: Kristen & Daryl Cressman Message: Pastor Ray
Audio/Visual: Todd Bender/Brian Wagler Offering: Mission Partners
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Faith Exploration Class
12 p.m Pack a lunch and plan to stay for an afternoon Advance Care Planning workshop with Dr Kenneth Hook at 1:30 p.m. Please see the announcement for more details
Grace Lao Mennonite Church Egg Roll Sale – Please place your order on the sign-up sheet on the main bulletin board or by emailing Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Price is $20 for a box of 10 egg rolls. Vegetarian rolls are also available. Please indicate on your order if you want meat or vegetarian rolls. Orders are due by Sunday April 30th and will be available for pickup at church on Saturday May 6th.
MYF says a big thank you to everyone who dropped off items at the New Hamburg Thrift Centre and helped generate points during the contest. Our MYF tied with another church and will be having a pizza party! Thank you for also supporting the store with your household donations.
MYF is taking orders for T shirts, Golf shirts and Hoodies, complete with the EZ Logo. Samples are available in the church basement for you to look at and make your selection. Prices are as shown on the order sheets. These shirts are being sold as a fundraiser. Deadline to order is Sunday May 14th so only today and 2 more Sundays to go!
Attention Junior Youth (JWalkers)
Next event is at Pursuit Climbing (615 Erie Street, Stratford ON) on Friday May 5 from 6:30 – 8pm (please note earlier time start). We will be climbing for the 1.5 hours. The cost is $18 plus tax per attendee and all attendees must have a Pursuit Climbing waiver signed prior to the event. A reminder to parents that our Safe Church Policy states that an EZMC Child/Youth Participant Registration & Waiver form is required for all participants of activities including those off-site. Please ensure that this form is signed and returned to the church office before the event.
Wear comfortable fitted athletic clothing and indoor running shoes. Once we’re checked in we will have safety orientation followed by a guided climb. Climbers under 13 are to be supervised by an adult at a 3:1 child to adult ratio. Adults supervising only must also sign a Pursuit Climbing waiver prior to the event by creating an account at https://pursuit.portal.approach.app
All adults wishing to supervise at this event must also have a current Vulnerable Sector Check on file in the church office as well as a completed and signed Volunteer Commitment form for the current year. Please contact Lisa at email@example.com for more information on how to get this process completed. Thanks so much.
The Health Ministry Team would like to encourage you to participate in learning more about Advance Care Planning and how to start the conversation with your family, friends, or health care providers on what your wishes are.
We will be hosting a Workshop at East Zorra on Sunday Afternoon May 7, 2023
Guest Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Hook will join us at Noon. (Retired Physician, Tavistock Community Health). Pack a lunch to enjoy fellowship together after church. The 1 Hour Presentation will beginat 1:30 p.m in the Sanctuary. There will be opportunity for discussion and questions after. Feel Free to Invite Family and Friends to attend.
“With spring in the air”, one can’t help but long for the day we can all gather again on the Green Space. Final plans are underway and in a few weeks they can begin with your help. As reported in the annual report – there continues to be a need for funds to complete projects in the amount of 3,670.00. Dawn Zehr can receive your donations by cheque in the offering, dropped at her home or by e-transfer – designated for the Green Space. Thank you for your support.”
Friday May 5, 6:30pm and Saturday May 6, 8:30-3:00 LADIES! LET’S WATCH GOD MOVE!
Join us for our first EZ Women’s IF: Gathering retreat at East Zorra Church
What: IF Gathering is not only a weekend event but a discipleship ministry focused on putting tools and resources in the hands of women in the church. IF is working to empower women to reclaim discipleship as God’s means to change the world.
IF Gathering 2023: We desperately want to stay faithful in these times, but we know we can’t muster up the faith all on our own. Join us for IF: 2023 where we will gather for two days in worship, fellowship with one another, in prayer and with our Bibles, to remind each other that God is who we need and that He WILL provide. EZ Women of ALL ages. Invite your friends and family!
Cost: 25$/person. This includes breakfast Saturday morning and lunch. Friday evening we encourage all those who are able to bring an appetizer to share.
How: Signup by Apr 16th on the sheet posted on the bulletin board at the back of the church or email Ashley Witzel at firstname.lastname@example.org so she can send you the registration form. **Registration Forms have been sent out via Email. If you haven’t received a form, check your Spam folder or email Ashley and she will resend. If you have any questions please speak to, Ashley Witzel, Jess Yantzi, Erin Yantzi or Sheryl Leis.
Plans are under way for the donut tent at the Mennonite Relief Sale on May 27! We are going to be back up to full production this year and we will knead a lot of help.
– we are collecting 500 ml plastic tubs and lids – we will reuse then recycle – put in marked box in mailbox entry
– large bowls to borrow for mixing are needed for May 25-27; can be left in kitchen at church
Volunteers needed: see sign up sheets on the bulletin board
– volunteers to make mashed potatoes by May 26 afternoon (70 2-cup portions needed)
– volunteers are needed for kneading on May 27 (2 hour shifts; 1-3 am, 3-5 am, 5-7 am, 7-9 am; 4 people per shift)
– volunteers are needed for mixing on May 27 (4 hour shifts; 1-5 am; 5-9 am; 2 people per shift)
– volunteers (3 or 4) for clean up at church Saturday afternoon
Anyone interested in helping please contact Greg and Dawn at email@example.com, 519-655-3727(home) or 226-747-6229(Greg’s cell)
Donut Project Set Up
Volunteers are needed for loading supplies on Thursday evening (about 2 hours), May 25 and setting up on Friday morning (a few hours), May 26. Anyone interested should contact Bill Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date – On Sunday June 25th East Zorra is planning to hold a special service of Baptism followed by a celebration of the good things that God has done for us this year. More details will follow in the weeks to come.
If you are interested in Baptism, please speak with Pastor Ray or Pastor Mike.
Adult Fellowship, Save The Date to see the Musical “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. Saturday, August 5th, at 2:00 pm at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. More details will follow. There is a signup sheet on the main bulletin board in the lobby
Babylon VBS Update – July 10 -14
We are working on our pre-registration list for kids that want to attend VBS this summer and explore Babylon with us! It’s not too early to let us know you are planning on joining us. Adults of the church, we need your help! We already have over 70 children wanting to come to VBS this summer, so we need leaders to make this happen. This curriculum is relevant and meaningful and we as adults have lots to learn from it too. Each role that needs to be filled for the week comes with a very well laid out manual, so you don’t need to plan out lessons, just read ahead to be prepared to share what you have read with the children. Please check out our bulletin board for “job descriptions” or speak with Naomi or Ashley if you want to help out but don’t know where you might fit in best. Help for the full week or just a few days is welcomed. Thank you for considering this important ministry opportunity.
Naomi Witzel email@example.com
Ashley Witzel firstname.lastname@example.org
Beyond Our Church Community
Living below the line is a stereotype-busting work about struggle, resilience and hope. In collaboration with Watercourse Theatre, 14 people living in poverty offer perspectives on mental health, disabilities and homelessness. There is no charge to attend, but donations are accepted on-site. For more info, go to mcco.ca/events.
- Sunday April 30th 2:30 p.m. at Stirling Ave Mennonite Church, in Kitchener
Saturday May 13th 2 p.m. at Wellesley Mennonite Church.
“These stories are important truths, shared from the heart. I am honoured to help bring them to the stage,” says Catherine Frid, Artistic Director of Watercourse Theatre. There is no charge to attend, a free will offering will be held. There will be fellowship time after the performance, a chance to sample and learn more about Raw Carrot Soup Program, and a Silent Auction with proceeds going to MCCO people in poverty programs.
Monday May 1st Hidden Acres Spring Seniors Retreat 2023 – Unlearning Loneliness: Relearning Community. Join us for a day or fellowship, learning and music with friends new and old! We will be hearing from Chip Bender and Cathi Watson as we reconnect and relearn how to live more fully as relational human beings created in God’s image. For more information and to register visit our website at www.hiddenacres.ca or contact the office at email@example.com or 519-625-8602.
Saturday May 6th 7:30 p.m. Menno Singers and artistic director Brandon Leis present our Spring Concert – ‘a light exists in spring…In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.’ at St Jacobs Mennonite Church. $25 Adults. $5 Children/Students.Tickets available on-line or at the door (cash or credit) www.mennosingers.com
Thursday May 11th High Noon Lunch at Grace United Church. “A Starwatcher’s Journey” Come for a hot lunch and stay to listen to Dr. Paul Barlett and see his beautiful photography of the skies.
Calling all Hidden Acres Alumni! HAC Alumni Weekend is happening this May 19th-21st! Join us for the whole weekend overnight or just the day, to connect, be encouraged and get involved! For more details visit our website at www.hiddenacres.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How many school kits can you build in just four weeks?
Looking for a fun activity to do in August? Gather your kids, grandkids or students and take The School Kit Challenge to help children around the world attend school. More information coming soon! Want to learn more about what goes into a school kit? Visit MCC’s school kit information page.