Restoration is Near
Do Not Be Afraid
East Zorra Mennonite Church
Volume 65 Sunday December 18, 2022 No. 51
Worship Service – Sunday December 18, 2022 at 10 a.m.
Restoration is Near
4th Advent – Do not be afraid
Prelude: Chantelle McNeish Accompanist: Chantelle McNeish
Song Leader: Lindsay Zehr Worship Leader: Tyler Yantzi
Audio/Visual: Dathan Bender/Larry Kropf
Coffeetime: Gwen & Dan Matthews
Junior Sunday School program during the worship service.
No Sunday School classes on this day.
Coffeetime immediately following worship.
12 p.m. Private Party
This Coming Week
1:30 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting at Jean MacDonald’s.
Wednesday December 21st
7:15 p.m. Choir practice
Thursday December 22nd
9:30 a.m. E Z Play Group
Saturday December 24th
7 p.m. Christmas Eve Service
Offering Focus: Tavistock Assistance Program and
Interfaith Community Counselling Centre
Next Sunday – December 25, 2022
Christmas Day Service
Prelude: Heidi Wagler Accompanist: Heidi Wagler
Song Leader: Caleb Leis Worship Leader: Sheryl Leis
Message: Pastor Ray Audio/Visual: Drystan Bender/Brian Wagler
No Coffeetime or Sunday School classes on this day.
Sunday January 1st
3 p.m. New Year’s Day afternoon service.
No Coffee or Sunday School and no Zoom option for this service.
Financial Update as of December 13, 2022
Estimated funds needed to meet 2022 commitments
Mission Partners $ 19,775
MCEC & MC Canada $ 18,537
Leadership $ 33,963
MCC/Relief $ 3,115
Local Ministries $ 11,488
Maintenance $ 15,980
Student Aid -$ 6,254
We are grateful for your generosity and we prayerfully ask for your continued financial support as you are able. We trust that God will provide so we can fully meet our commitments for 2022.
Cheques can be placed in the offering plate (blank offering envelopes available) at church each Sunday, mailed to Dawn Zehr or placed in one of two mailboxes at her house. E-transfers or questions about donating can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Used postage stamps: Interested in trimming used postage stamps? If so, contact Susan Schmitz at email@example.com. The Canadian Bible Society purchases Bibles with the proceeds from selling the trimmed postage stamps.
The Voices Together Hymnal order has arrived. If you ordered one and haven’t received it yet, please contact Lisa. Payment details will be sent by email.
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS OFFERING
This year, EZMC will be collecting “Cash for Kits” to support MCC’s mission to provide relief kits where needed most. There is an increased demand for supplies to send to Ukraine and other countries around the world, and inventory of material resources is getting low.
Children will be collecting coins/cash during children’s time, continuing through our Advent series.
“Thank you East Zorra for hosting Selah’s Song back on December 4th! We at Theatre of the Beat are so grateful for your support. Our tour was a great success and you helped make it so special.
As the end of the year approaches, we are reaching out to ask if you would be willing to help us with our end-of-year fundraiser. Your support would go a long way in helping us continue to create and share impactful, thought-provoking theatre with audiences across the country. To donate please head to Theatreofthebeat.ca/donate. Or you can support by sending Cedric a recipe for the new “Recipes from the Road” cookbook, Cedric@theatreofthebeat.ca. Thank you, and we’ll see you next time around”
Volunteers needed to be Coffee Time Hosts! For the months of December and January we plan to have coffee time every other Sunday. We would welcome a few more volunteers that would make it possible to serve coffee every week. Please contact Lisa if you would be willing to volunteer to be a coffee time host. A coffee host prepares the coffee and cleans up after coffee time. Thanks so much.
A reminder to everyone to reserve any areas of the church building/green space that you need for meetings, rehearsals, events etc. with Lisa to ensure availability. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks so much.
Beyond Our Church Community
Silver Lake Mennonite Camp:
2023 Winter and Spring Retreats now open for registration: Come to Silver Lake in 2023 for some fun camp experiences! Dads & Kids, Snowshoe Hike, Women’s Retreat, Couples Retreat, Winter Camp for Grown-Ups, March Break Family Getaway, Youth Camp and Family Camp – there are options for all ages! Go to SLMC Retreats & Events for more info and to register. These make fantastic Christmas gifts!
Employment Opportunities: Silver Lake is growing and looking to fill three year-round positions: Fundraising Manager, Program Director and Maintenance Coordinator. For more information click here: slmc.ca/about/board-of-directors/ Come make an impact that lasts a lifetime!
Are you looking for a gift that gives impact this Christmas?
The Raw Carrot is a social enterprise that provides meaningful employment to people who live with barriers to traditional employment by making hand-crafted soup. We are offering lovely gift boxes this holiday season that make wonderful gifts for your employees, clients, and friends. Each box contains a selection of our delicious soup along with locally curated charcuterie products. For more information, email Leah Brown at email@example.com or call 226-338-4956.
Give a gift that keeps on giving…and growing!
Help meet people’s basic needs around the world with the purchase of an eco-friendly MCC Thrift Christmas Giving ornament! Proceeds from these gifts will provide fruit trees and chickens as a source of income and nutrition and clean water in homes. Plus, these ornaments are made from seed paper. Plant it, water it and watch it grow into beautiful wildflowers. Available at your local thrift shop while supplies last.