East Zorra Mennonite Church
Volume 66 Sunday July 2, 2023 No. 27
Worship Service – Sunday July 2, 2023 at 10 a.m.
Prelude: Chantelle McNeish Accompanist: Chantelle McNeish
Worship Leader: Dylan Yantzi Song Leader: Connie Yantzi
Audio/Visual: Todd Bender/Brian Wagler Greeters: Elaine & Dale Leis
Coffee Hosts: Gwen & Dan Matthews
Welcome and opening greetings
Call to Worship and Opening prayer
Songs of Gathering & Praise
VT #495 – Morning has Broken
VT#594 – Over my Head
Offering: Mission Partners
Time with the Children
Scripture Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Message: David – seen, anointed and named Pastor Ray
Songs of Response: VT#540 – Will you come and follow me
Prayer of the Church Pastor Mike
Sending Song: VT#606 – Guide me O Thou Great Jehovah
Today, we welcome Cassel and Tavistock Mennonite churches, as part of our Combined Summer Worship services.
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.
Next Sunday – July 9, 2023
Summer Worship Series – Stories of David
Prelude: Bethany Klein Accompanist: Bethany Klein
Worship Leader: Tyler Yantzi Song Leader: Lindsay Zehr
Message: Pastor Ray Greeters: Jean MacDonald
Audio/Visual: Dathan Bender/Larry Kropf Offering: MCEC & MC Canada
Coffee Hosts: Shirley & Phil Ruby
Our Worship Service will take place outside in the green space, weather permitting.
A lawn chair was left at the Men’s BBQ at Trevor Kropf’s and another chair was left at the potluck last Sunday. Both of these items can be found in the office entryway. If your child lost a pair of sandals you will find them in the lost and found in the basement.
Do you have a love for plants and flowers? If so, the trustees would like to hear from you. We are looking for some people to envision our new landscaping at the front of the church.
Adult Fellowship – A reminder to those who have signed up to go to the play at St Jacobs on August 5th to have your payment in by Sunday June 25th. $70 per person. Cash or if paying by Cheque – made payable to Ray or Laurel Zehr. Give payment to any committee member. If anyone is wanting to go who hasn’t signed up, please let the committee know (Jim & Carol, Ray & Laurel or Philip & Shirley) and they will look into getting more tickets.
Have you noticed……things are popping up in the Green Space. A – pollinator garden, play kitchen, sand box, bridge, seating in the campfire area, a wheelchair accessible
picnic table and with your help …. Coming soon …. a Ga Ga Ball Pit.
Thank you for your continuing donations helping to build a beautiful space where we can all enjoy God’s Creation.
Babylon VBS Update – July 10 -14
Registration for VBS this summer is now closed. We are looking forward to the week with about 115 kids from our church and the community! Thank you to all those who have volunteered to help make this week possible.
We invite you to stand with us in praying for our week of VBS, our children and volunteers. Covering this week in prayer is one of the most important tasks we can do; we know that prayer holds so much power.
Please pray for the following, and anything else that Holy Spirit presses on your heart
– That we would be drawn closer to the One True God, to His Heart, and understand His deep and sacrificial love for us by sending His Son Jesus
– That the Lord would stir, in each of our hearts, the joy that comes from walking with Him each and every day.
– That the curriculum, conversations and activities would be in line with God’s Will
– For safety
– For good weather so we can continue with our outdoor set up and events
“Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer”
Matthew 21: 21-22
Please let us know by calling, texting or emailing us, if you feel called to intercede for VBS in this way. We would love to share with all those involved in VBS, the network of support that is covering this week in prayer.
Also, YOU ARE INVITED to join us for our Celebration Times in the church Sanctuary – each day from 9:00-9:20am, and 11:15-11:30am (July 10-14th). Here you can hear the bible story, join in our songs as we worship God, and watch as the kids engage in their memory verse and bible point for each day. We loved having members from the congregation and our families join us last year during these times!
We have started scheduling greeters for Sunday morning worship time, but it is not too late to add your name. As a greeter (individual, couple, or family) you would stand at the top of the stairs outside the parent’s room and greet people as they arrive Sunday morning. We would encourage you to be here by 9:30 or shortly after when you serve in this role. Would you or your family be willing to serve as a greeter and be scheduled in for a few Sunday mornings through the year? The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board, or email or call Lisa Suderman, our office administrator, if you are willing to help with this ministry.
If you volunteered with children or vulnerable persons this program year (9/1/22 – 8/31/23) and do not have a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) on file, please contact Lisa in the church office for more information. This process is now done online and is usually quick and easy. Please submit your VSC to the church office as soon as possible. You will also need to complete a Volunteer Commitment Form if you haven’t already done so. See your Volunteer packet for instructions and more info. Thanks so much.
Coffee Time Hosts – If you would like to add your name to the list of coffee volunteer, please contact Lisa in the office. The schedule will be updated before September and we would welcome more volunteers. A coffee host prepares the coffee and cleans up after. Thanks so much.
Beyond Our Church Community
Saturday July 8th Tractor Breakfast at Cassel Mennonite Church. 8:30 – 10 a.m. Donations will be accepted for the Canadian Food Grains Bank.
Tractor not required, everyone welcome.
Food Truck Thursdays at the New Hamburg Thrift Centre
Every Thursday from 4-8 pm, food trucks will be at the New Hamburg Thrift Centre until August 31st. A poster and schedule of the different food trucks is on the main bulletin board.
See you there!
Tuesday August 15th 7 – 8 .pm., Online – Resettlement info session: Welcoming the stranger. Our Blended Visa Office-Referred (BVOR) program allows friends, family, churches and community groups the opportunity to resettle refugees into their communities with financial assistance from the government. You’re invited to learn more about the BVOR program and the profound impact you could have in welcoming the stranger in the upcoming information session. To register, visit mcco.ca/events for details.
Cans, Kits and Comforters Tour: Explore the MR Centre
Material Resources Centre, 65 Heritage Dr, New Hamburg
Come along on a guided tour to explore the Material Resources Centre at 10 am on the third Thursday of every month. Drop in to learn more about the work of Material Resources. No registration required.
Join our team! Do you want to make a difference in your community and around the world? At MCC we are committed to making a difference by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. We have three new openings. Check them out at mcco.ca/serve and apply today.
The New Hamburg Thrift Centre is hiring! New Hamburg Thrift Centre is looking for a new Associate Logistics, supporting the logistical operation of the thrift centre. Go to mcco.ca/serve to see the job posting and to apply today!
Ontario Mennonite Music Camp is a faith-based music camp, welcoming campers aged 12-18 from Ontario and beyond. It runs from August 13-25, 2023. OMMC is supported by the Mennonite Church of Eastern Canada (MCEC) and Conrad Grebel University College, but students of all backgrounds and traditions are welcome to register for two weeks of developing their musical and leadership skills. OMMC is also open to students of all musical abilities. It costs $1400 to attend camp for two weeks, but there are bursaries available based on need. Emily Rempel and Mykayla Turner are co-directing this camp alongside a full team of musicians.
Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2023 (as space is available). Opportunities are also available for students in Grade 11 or 12 who are interested in acting as a Leader-in-Training for the 2023 season. To register for OMMC and find further details for parents, campers, and staff, visit these links:
Meet the Staff: https://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/ontario-mennonite-music-camp/staff
Information for Campers: https://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/ontario-mennonite-music-camp/campers
Information for Parents: https://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/ontario-mennonite-music-camp/parents
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
EZMC Summer 2023 Worship Service Schedule
Sunday July 9th 10 a.m. Worship Service at EZMC in the green space,
Sunday July 16th 10 a.m. Worship Service at EZMC.
12 p.m. Picnic Lunch in the green space. Bring your own lunch.
Drinks will be provided.
Sunday July 23rd 10 a.m. Worship Service at EZMC.
Sunday July 30th 10:30 a.m. EZMC Worship service at Queen’s Park in Tavistock
Potluck lunch to follow.
Sunday August 6th 10 a.m. Summer Combined Worship Service with Cassel
Mennonite & EZMC will be hosted at Tavistock Mennonite
Sunday August 13th Tavistock and Area Ministerial Ecumenical Service at Queen’s
Park in Tavistock.
Sunday August 20th 10 a.m. Worship Service at EZMC.
Sunday August 27th 10 a.m. Worship Service at EZMC.
Sunday September 3rd 10 a.m. Summer Combined Worship Service with Tavistock
Mennonite & EZMC will be hosted at Cassel Mennonite Church.
Sunday September 10th Welcome Back Sunday at EZMC