Resources to help us to stay Rooted in Christ and Growing together in Faith
Register for Sunday morning in-person worship, anytime during the week, by contacting Lisa at email@example.com Please indicate which Sunday you are registering for and who will be attending with you. If Lisa is unable to take your call, leave a message that includes your name and phone number. Your registration will then be confirmed either by email or phone. Deadline to register each week is Saturday by 10 a.m. Please note that registration emails for Sunday August 29th will be confirmed by Lisa on Saturday August 28th when she returns from holidays.
Extending God’s Love
We extend God’s love in the world as we share with each other both our struggles and our joys!
MCEC Prayer Request for Haiti – Please pray for the people of Haiti who experienced a magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Saturday, August 14, 2021 that has resulted in significant loss of life and left tens of thousands of people homeless. Rescue work has been hampered by heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Grace, and of course the country is still wavering from the pandemic and from the assassination of their president last month.
Pray also for MCEC congregations, Famille Assemblée de la Grâce (firstname.lastname@example.org), Anjou, QC and Ma Destineé (email@example.com), Montreal, QC, as they pray for family and friends in Haiti. You may wish to send the congregations notes and prayers of encouragement or respond through MCC Canada who will be working with local partners to provide assistance where needed most.
Mennonite Central Committee Requests Prayer and Donations for Haiti
We welcome your gifts to provide emergency support and supplies to those affected.
Donations to this response can be made online or by calling 519-745-8458 or by mailing a cheque to MCC, 203-50 Kent Ave, Kitchener, ON N2G 3R1. Please indicate Haiti Earthquake Response on the subject line.
Thank you and please join us in prayer for the people of Haiti.
Office Administrator, Lisa Suderman, will be on holidays August 21 – 28. Pray that this will be a time of rest and relaxation for her.
John and I are excited to share that we fly out this Sunday Aug 22 at 6:20pm to Kuwait via Frankfurt. We will arrive in Kuwait at 8 at night where we will be 7 hours ahead of Ontario time. When we have a negative Covid test there, we will be released from our 7 day mandatory quarantine.
We will be teaching physical and health education at the American School of Kuwait (AIS) that has 2200 students from JK -12. 1200 in the primary years(jk-5), 500 in middle school(6-10), 500 in high school. There are 15 PE teachers in total. The school is an IB school which means international bachelorette. John will teach 5 classes while I will be teaching 3 since I am the department head.
We will be living in a fully furnished apartment provided by the school. There are 5 apartment buildings for staff. Our mail address is
Attention: Erma Repei/John Thornton
Hamoud Al Nasser St.
We would love to hear from you!
We don’t know when Jill will be allowed to join us. As soon as the country opens Visitor Visas we will apply for her to join us. Until that time she and Justine are living together in our home.
We appreciate your prayers for our family in this time of transition.
Trusting God will guide us through this new adventure❤
Erma & John
If you have a pastoral care concern you would to share with us, or have us share with the congregation, or would like to talk for some other reason, please feel free to reach out to Pastor Ray (519-501-7831) or Pastor Lloyd (519-569-0228).
Please send any items for the Friday August 27th Letter to Pastor Ray by 9 a.m. that morning as he is sending the letter while Lisa is on holidays.
East Zorra is excited about the season of Sunday worship gatherings this coming fall. A pool of capable ushers is desired to facilitate the flow of people. Ray & Lloyd want to meet with these special people.
They are calling a short meeting on Sept 12 at 9:15 am. Both those who haven’t ushered in the past, and those very experienced are invited. Anyone interested in helping with ushering can contact Pastor Lloyd to confirm their attendance so he can bring your favourite beverage, and inform of expectations for this frontline position.
EZMC Building Use for Committee Meetings.
A designated meeting space that allows for physical distancing will be located in the basement. The boardroom and other small rooms are closed for now. Please contact Lisa and book the meeting space to ensure that it is available for use. You will be sent the health and safety protocols before your meeting.
We will be printing an updated EZMC Church Family Photo and Address Directory in September 2021.
· If you moved or have a new phone number since the printing of the Church Directory update page (early 2021) and have not given your updated information to the church office, please do so.
· If you were not in the last directory (printed January 2020) but would now like to be included please contact the church office. We would love to see updated photos! Please send to Lisa, preferably in digital form (jpeg) by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a photo you would like her to scan, make arrangements to drop off and she will return to you. These photos can be casual. If you are submitting a photo please remember that professional photos are subject to copyright so permission would be needed from the photographer to include.
· Deadline to submit is September 8, 2021.
· Please note that we encourage every person or family unit to submit a photo. The gathering restrictions of the last year have reminded us how difficult it is for newer persons to our congregation to get to know people. A picture in a directory helps so much, and is so welcoming! As Lloyd continues to get to know us, and as we anticipate welcoming a new pastor in the Fall, an updated photo directory with pictures of everyone will be a wonderful gift. Thank you so much for your willingness to submit a photo! It is very much appreciated!
Beyond Our Church Community
Love Your Neighbour: Vaccination Response
Mennonite World Conference is calling on its members around the world to love their neighbour by donating to UNICEF’s campaign to share coronavirus vaccinations around the world. The Government of Canada will match, dollar for dollar, every donation made by individual Canadians to UNICEF Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination fundraising campaign, up to a maximum of $10 million, until September 6, 2021. Find a weblink to donate to UNICEF in your country. *Where available, select MWC as your affiliated organization. Read more about this in the attached document.
The August edition of On the Level is now available from Mennonite Disaster Service. In our current issue: MDS volunteers help to renovate and upgrade a 100-year-old office building recently purchased by MCC in Timmins, bridges are constructed in collaboration with Engineers in Action and MDS, and MDS actively monitors the wildfire situation in the western and central U.S. and British Columbia. Click on this link to read more: https://conta.cc/3ggsJhU
Gospel Echoes Living Hope Team invites you to join them for an Outdoor Sing. Come hear how God is moving and saving lives inside prison in spite of volunteer visitor restrictions. This event is planned for Friday August 20th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday August 22nd at 2:30 p.m. at Countryside Mennonite Fellowship. Due to Covid19 guidelines, we recommend you wear a mask whenever you are not seated, and unable to social distance.
For more information call 519-595-7000 or email: email@example.com
Saturday August 21st MEDA Event – Women Empowering Women | Waterloo, ON:
Join us outdoors for an afternoon of dessert, connection, and learning. Please see MEDA’s website for more information and to RSVP. Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged!
Thursday September 16, 2021 MEDA Breakfast 7:30 – 9 a.m. at Stone Crock Restaurant/Tent behind the building. We’ve missed getting together and look forward to seeing familiar and new faces at our September event! All are welcome to join us for a Thursday morning breakfast, which will feature time to connect and reconnect with each other, and with MEDA. Mark your calendars! Cost is $20 payable online or at the door.
Please note: Waterloo Region’s face covering by-law makes it mandatory for attendees to wear a face covering, except when eating and drinking in their seats. Table capacity will be limited and collection of contact information for contract is also required to attend.
Monday September 20th MCC Ontario Annual General Meeting 7 – 8 p.m.
We deeply appreciate your support, and how you are impacting so many lives in Ontario and around the world. Join us on September 20 for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) as we share MCC Ontario’s financial outcomes and a snapshot of our strategic plan progress. Official Congregational Representatives and Delegates who register as such are entitled to vote. Visit mcco.ca/AGM for details.
September 30th – October 2nd, 2021 MCC@100 – Mennonites, Service and the Humanitarian Impulse A Virtual Mennonite Studies Conference at The University of Winnipeg. In 1920, Mennonites in Canada and the U.S. formed Mennonite Central Committee to aid famine-ravaged Mennonite communities in southern Russia (present-day Ukraine). Over the ensuing century, MCC has grown to embrace service in more than 60 countries. This centennial conference presents papers that examine the past, present, and future of MCC. Visit mcco.ca/events to learn more.