East Zorra Mennonite Church
Volume 66 Sunday May 7, 2023 No. 19
Worship Service – Sunday May 7, 2023 at 10 a.m.
The Lepers and Deliverance of Samaria
Prelude/Offertory: 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
Welcome and opening greetings
Call to Worship and Opening prayer
Songs of Gathering & Praise
VT# 4 “Christ Is Our Cornerstone”
VT# 98 “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”
Offering: Mission Partners
Time with the Children
Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 7:1-16
Message: Pastor Ray
Song of Response
VT# 297 “You Are Salt for the Earth”
Prayer of the Church: Pastor Mike
VT# 827 “Move in Our Midst”
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.
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 today, Sunday May 7th, with guest speaker: Dr. Kenneth Hook, who will join us at Noon. (Retired Physician, Tavistock Community Health). Pack a lunch to enjoy fellowship together after church. The 1 Hour Presentation will begin at 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.
Here is the Zoom link if you would like to watch the presentation from home.
Advance Care Planning Workshop
May 7, 2023 01:30 PM
This Coming Week
Thursday May 11th
9:30 – 11 a.m. E Z Play Group
12 p.m. 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.
Friday May 12th
MYF is going to see Newsies Jr in Woodstock put on by K2K Productions. As you may know we have a few MYF youth in this production! Tickets are needed in advance. If you have not yet purchased a ticket please reach out to Hannah, as she is coordinating this. Tickets are $20. Show time is 7, doors open at 630. Please meet at the church at 6pm
Next Sunday – May 14, 2023
God’s Story, Our Story: Reading the Bible Together
Prelude: Mary Jane Yantzi Accompanist: Chantelle McNeish
Worship Leader: Dylan/Hannah Yantzi Song Leader: Myron Ruby
Coffee Hosts: Gloria & Merv Ropp Message: Pastor Mike
Audio/Visual: Dathan Bender/Larry Kropf Offering: MCEC & MC Canada
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Faith Exploration Class
April 2023 Donations Received Summary
Offering Schedule Designations – $42,419
Green Space – $80
Teen Challenge – $655 (in addition to cash and cheques payable to Teen Challenge received on April 16)
Reminder of available donation methods:
– cash or cheque in offering collection each Sunday (envelopes available from ushers)
– e-transfer to email@example.com
– monthly PAD (request for info to firstname.lastname@example.org)
– weekly automatic transfer from a Kindred account (request for info to email@example.com)
– cheques dropped off/mailed to Dawn or to church
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 1 more Sunday to go!
We are hoping to begin scheduling greeters for Sunday morning worship time. As a greeter (individual, couple or family) you would stand at the top of the stairs outside the parents 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? Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board, or email or call Lisa Suderman, our office administrator, if you are willing to help with this ministry.
“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.”
Consider helping in the donut tent at the Mennonite Relief Sale on May 27!
We are back up to full production this year and we 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; please label
Volunteers needed – please sign up on the bulletin board or contact Greg and Dawn
– 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 (filled); 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 (filled); 5-9 am; 2 people per shift)
– volunteers (3 or 4) for clean up at church Saturday afternoon
If you have questions please contact Greg and Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Help needed to help with cash in the donut tent from 11 am – 2 pm. Please contact Diane Gerber at if you are willing to help with this.
Thank you gift for Donut Project volunteers – Dominos Pizza in New Hamburg is providing a coupon for a large 3-topping pizza for each Relief Sale volunteer. We need to provide names and emails (with your permission) by May 10. Sign up soon!
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
All adults wishing to volunteer at VBS must a Vulnerable Sector Check on file in the church office as well as a completed Volunteer Commitment form for the current year. Please contact Lisa in the church office at email@example.com for more information on how to get this process completed.
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.
- 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.
May 19th – 21st Calling all Hidden Acres Alumni! HAC Alumni Weekend. 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
Hidden Acres is hosting their 56th Annual Chicken BBQ & 15th Annual Pie Auction Fundraiser on Tuesday, June 13 from 5 – 7 pm. Come and enjoy our delicious chicken dinner that thousands of people have come to know and love. Along with the chicken, your meal includes potato salad, coleslaw, veggies, pickles, a fresh roll, chips and an apple or fresh baked donut.
$18 Small meal (1 piece of chicken) / $22 Regular meal (2 pieces of chicken). Please visit hiddenacres.ca for more details and to order your tickets. Tickets need to be purchased in advance.
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.