A reminder that our worship service on Sunday July 9th will be in the green space (weather permitting)
East Zorra Mennonite Church
Volume 66 Sunday July 9, 2023 No. 28
Worship Service – Sunday July 9, 2023 at 10 a.m.
Please join us in the green space for our worship service this morning (weather permitting). Bring your lawn chairs.
Prelude: Bethany Klein Accompanist: Bethany Klein
Worship Leader: Tyler Yantzi Song Leader: Lindsay Zehr
Message: Pastor Ray Greeter: Jean MacDonald
Audio/Visual: Dathan Bender/Larry Kropf Offering: MCEC & MC Canada
Coffee Hosts: Shirley & Phil Ruby
Welcome and opening greetings
Call to Worship and Opening prayer
Song of Gathering & Praise VT 419 Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Offering: Mennonite Church Eastern Canada & Mennonite Church Canada
Time with the Children
Song – Only a Boy Named David (please see the bulletin insert)
Scripture Readings: 1 Samuel 17:32-49
Message: Pastor Ray
Psalm 124 (please see bulletin insert)
Song of Response: VT 588 We Walk by Faith
Prayer of the Church Pastor Mike
Sending Song: VT 847 You Shall Go Out with Joy
Coffeetime will be served outside, immediately following our worship service in the green space. 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 16, 2023
Summer Worship Series – Stories of David
Prelude: Heidi Wagler Accompanist: Heidi Wagler
Worship Leader: Marlow Gingerich Song Leader: Lindsay Zehr
Greeter: Gwen & Dan Matthews Offering: Leadership
Audio/Visual: Greg Pye/Brian Wagler
Coffee Hosts: Janet & Marv Yantzi
12 p.m. Picnic Lunch in the green space. Bring your own lunch. Drinks will be provided.
This Coming Week
Monday July 10th – Friday July 14th
9 – 11:30 a.m. Vacation Bible School. Please see announcement for more information.
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. 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!
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.
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
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? Contact Lisa Suderman, our office administrator, if you are willing to help with this ministry.
Coffee Time Hosts – If you would like to add your name to the list of coffee volunteers, 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
The Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp Staff and Board of Directors want to thank everyone who came out and made our 56th Annual Chicken BBQ and 15th Annual Pie Auction fundraiser a success! The rain didn’t slow us down from serving over 800 meals raising over $14,000 (before expenses) and the pie auction smashed the record for the amount raised. This year, 67 pies sold for a total of $7280! Thank you!
We are also grateful for everyone who helped to make the event happen. Thank you to the 65 volunteers who came to help set up, serve, BBQ the chicken, clean up and more. Thank you to those who made and donated pies. And, thank you to the Chicken BBQ Committee for helping to pull all the details together and organize another great event for camp. Mark your calendars for next year’s BBQ happening on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.
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 p.m., 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.
The Abner Martin Music Scholarship ($4,000 value last year) is awarded annually by Menno Singers to a student who: 1) will be enrolled in a full-time music major or minor program at the undergraduate or graduate level in 2023-2024); 2) is affiliated with an MCEC congregation; and 3) has demonstrated involvement and proficiency in musical activities in church and community. Application deadline is September 15, 2023. For more information and/or an application form contact Lewis Brubacher, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Interfaith Counseling Centre (ICC) Board of Directors, New Hamburg, is searching to fill two Board of Director positions:
- Secretary is responsible for a timely and accurate record of the Board’s activities, particularly in terms of publishing agendas and minutes. Other clerical tasks include periodic review of various documentation for ICC. The Secretary is a full, voting member of the Board and participates in regular monthly meetings.
- Treasurer is responsible for oversight of the financial matters of ICC, is a full voting member of the Board and participates in regular monthly meetings.
- Member at large is a full voting member of the Board and participates in regular monthly meetings.
The mission of Interfaith Counseling Centre is to ‘strengthen the fabric of our community by empowering individuals, couples, and families to realize their emotional wellness and triumph over life’s challenges.’ We invite you to join our strong, forty year history of providing such service and care in support of the citizens of Wilmot Township.
Find more information about these volunteer opportunities at https://interfaithcounselling.ca/profiles.php Also, if you are interested in volunteering or might nominate someone who is, email Valerie Troy, Board HR, for more information: email@example.com
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 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