East Zorra Mennonite Church
Volume 66 Sunday June 25, 2023 No. 26
Prelude: Glorify Accompanist: Chantelle McNeish
Worship Leader: Bevin Witmer Song Leader: Glorify
Message: Pastor Mike Greeters: Larry & Tracey Kropf
Audio/Visual: Drystan Bender/Larry Kropf Offering: Relief/MCC
“Drenched in Love”
“God You’re So Good”
Welcome and opening greetings
Call to Worship and Opening prayer
Songs of Praise
“Raise a Hallelujah”
Offertory: “This is Our God”
Prayer of the Church – Pastor Ray
The mic will not be passed through the congregation today. If you have a prayer concern you would like included in the prayer please speak to Ray prior to the service.
Time with the Children
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 43:1-5a; Mark 1:9-11
Message: Pastor Mike
Song of Response: “Who You Say I Am”
Celebration of Baptism: Madilynn Cressman, Owen Kropf, Alexis Leis, and Julia Zehr
Sharing of Faith Stories
Affirmation of Baptismal Vows
Congregational Prayer for those being Baptized
Song: “The Blessing”
(During this song the youth will move outside. Following the song, we invite
the congregation to join the youth at the Baptism tank.)
Act of Baptism
Prayer of Blessing
Benediction: “Praise God from Whom”
Following the Baptism Service everyone is invited to a Potluck Fellowship Meal that, weather permitting, we are planning to host in our outdoor space. Please bring some extra food for guests that will join us, along with your lawn chairs, plates, cups and cutlery. Drinks will be provided.
This Coming Week
Thursday June 29th
9:30 – 11 a.m. E Z Play Group
7 p.m. Adult Fellowship – Come enjoy our annual strawberry social.
There will be special music and Jan Ropp will share her story of the challenges living life with Lupus. There will be an opportunity to make a donation to Lupus Ontario. Envelopes will be provided. This event will also be available via Zoom. Link shown below.
Adult Fellowship – Strawberry Social
Time: Jun 29, 2023 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Next Sunday – July 2, 2023
Summer Worship Series – Stories of David
Prelude: Chantelle McNeish Accompanist: Chantelle McNeish
Worship Leader: Dylan Yantzi Song Leader: Connie Yantzi
Message: Pastor Ray Greeters: Elaine & Dale Leis
Audio/Visual: Todd Bender/Brian Wagler Offering: Mission Partners
Coffee Hosts: Gwen & Dan Matthews
Summer Combined Worship Service with Tavistock Mennonite &
Cassel Mennonite will be hosted here at EZMC.
The church embroidered shirts and hoodies are now available for payment and pickup. Dylan and Hannah will be available in the basement this Sunday. Please pay cash or make checks out to East Zorra Mennonite Church. Thank you all for your support.
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.
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.
An investment for you, bonus interest for what you believe in!
Kindred Credit Union offers you a unique way to invest through Community Inspiration GICs. You invest in a guaranteed investment certificate (GIC) that earns a competitive interest rate and, in return, Kindred donates an additional quarter percent interest to your congregation or qualifying charity. The offer is for a limited time. If you are interested in investing, please contact Kindred before June 30 and consider naming East Zorra Mennonite church as the bonus interest recipient. For more information, call or visit your local branch or kindredcu.com/CI-GIC.
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.
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.
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.
Ashley and Naomi
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!
Beyond Our Church Community
Crisis in East Africa – Your donation will be matched
In East Africa, extreme hunger is a growing threat. Conflict, climate change and economic shocks are driving hunger to increasingly high levels. MCC is responding in countries like Ethiopia, South Sudan, DR Congo and Kenya. Donate to food projects today and you can double your impact. Donations made by individual Canadians until June 30 are eligible to be matched by the Government of Canada, up to $5 million. To donate, go to donate.mcccanada.ca/cause/crisis-east-africa.
Sunday June 25th 2:30 to 4 p.m. All are invited to the Detweiler Meetinghouse at 3445 Roseville Road to enjoy the music, songs and stories by the Mac Talla Road Duo. Admission is by donation. For information or questions about Detweiler Meetinghouse, see Detweilermeetinghouse.ca, Facebook or Marion Roes at email@example.com .
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 beginning on June 22nd and ending August 31st. A poster and schedule of the different food trucks is on the main bulletin board.
Friday June 30th – Sunday July 2nd Hidden Acres is hosting our annual Family Camping Weekend! Bring your family to enjoy the outdoors, go swimming, canoeing and climbing on our outdoor climbing tower. Contact the camp to reserve a cabin space at firstname.lastname@example.org. First come, first served for camping spots. More information can be found on our website at www.hiddenacres.ca
See you there!
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!
EZMC Summer 2023 Worship Service Schedule
Sunday July 2nd 10 a.m. Summer Combined Worship Service with Tavistock
Mennonite & Cassel Mennonite will be hosted at EZMC.
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 Tavistock
Mennonite & EZMC will be hosted at Cassel Mennonite Church.
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 Cassel
Mennonite & EZMC will be hosted at Tavistock Mennonite
Sunday September 10th Welcome Back Sunday at EZMC