East Zorra Mennonite Church
Volume 67 Sunday February 11, 2024 No. 6
Sunday Morning Worship – 10 a.m.
Stories from the Life of Jesus – Blind Bartimaeus
Prelude: Heidi Wagler Accompanist: Heidi Wagler
Worship Leader: Kim Leis Song Leader: Myron Ruby
Greeters: Tracey & Larry Kropf Offering: Leadership
Audio/Visual: Todd Bender/Brian Wagler Message: Pastor Mike
Coffee Hosts: Michelle & Brad Brenneman
Welcome & Announcements
Call to Worship & Prayer
Songs of Gathering & Praise
VT #28 “Come, Christians, Join to Sing”
VT #428 “Praise with Joy the World’s Creator”
Offering – Leadership
Time with the Children Pastor Mike
Scripture Reading: Mark 10:46-52
Welcoming into Membership
Response by Congregation #961 Voices Together
Leader: Larry & Karen, we have witnessed your commitment to Christ,
and we recognize you as members in this congregation.
People: We welcome you with joy as companions on the journey of faith.
We commit ourselves to fellowship and worship,
service and witness,
as partners in God’s mission.
We receive you as Christ has received us.
Song of Response VT# 722 “Help Us to Help Each Other”
Prayer of the Church Pastor Ray
Sending Song VT #575 “Faith of the Martyrs”
Blood Pressure Clinic, before church, outside the library or during coffee time downstairs.
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.
11 a.m. Sunday School classes for all ages
This Coming Week
Tuesday February 13th
- 5:30 – 7 p.m. Care Team along with members of the Congregational Life committee are planning to host a Pancake supper at the church. Please see the announcement for further information.
Wednesday February 14th
- 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Coffee and Bible Study
- 7 p.m. Play Group set up
Thursday February 15th
- 9:30 – 11 a.m. E Z Play Group
Friday February 16th
- 7 p.m. Health Ministry Team Coffee House “Healthy Heart & Stroke Prevention”. Please see the announcement for further information.
Next Sunday – February 18, 2024
Stories from the Life of Jesus – Jesus Feeds the Crowd
Prelude: Katie Wagler Accompanist: Katie Wagler
Worship Leader: Jared Yantzi Song Leader: Caleb Leis
Greeter: Jean MacDonald Offering: Relief/MCC
Audio/Visual: Greg Pye/Larry Kropf Message: Pastor Ray
Coffee Hosts: Janet & Marv Yantzi
The 2023 EZMC Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday February 25, 2024.
- The meeting will be held in person and available virtually on Zoom.
- Those who requested a paper copy will find them in their church mailboxes.
- Extra copies of the annual report booklet can be found in the bottom row of the church mailboxes.
- Please note that paper copies of the report will be delivered to those who receive a printed copy of our Sunday bulletin each Friday.
Tuesday February 13
5:30 – 7 p.m. Care Team along with members of the Congregational Life committee are planning to host a Pancake supper at the church. Please join us for this intergenerational evening of food and fellowship. Everyone is welcome. Gluten free and dairy free pancakes will be available. Please sign up on the sign up sheet on the bulletin board or email your intent to email@example.com.
CNOY – You are invited to walk as part of a team or individually in support of the CNOY (Coldest Night of the Year) in a local community of your choice. It is one way to support people experiencing hurt, hunger and homelessness everyday. Click here to register to walk and fundraise for the February 24, 2024 event. – Missions.
The 2024 Camp Subsidy Form is now available and you can complete and return to Dawn Zehr either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail (657173 15th line, R.R.#1 Tavistock, ON N0B 2R0). Forms are available in the literature rack beside the main bulletin board or by contacting Lisa Suderman at email@example.com
If you have any questions please contact one of the Christian Education Lay Ministers – Bethany Kropf or Jared Yantzi.
Thanks to all those who have signed up for the Health Ministry Team “Healthy Heart and Stroke Prevention- Coffee House event Friday Feb 16, at 7 pm.”
Help build a future of peace in Mindanao: Malipayon Peace Hub
On Friday November 24 our weekly email included an attachment of the monthly newsletter from Dann and Joji Pantoja, witness workers in the Philippines who we support. This newsletter highlights the Malipayon Peace Hub Project which we heard about last month when our guests from the Philippians were here. Mennonite Church Canada is supporting this project and has a fundraising goal of $230,000. They hope to reach this goal March 2024. If you would like to donate to this project please use the link provided below or send a cheque to Mennonite Church Canada 600 Shaftesbury Blvd. Winnipeg, Man. R3P 0M4.Your support for this project will be a blessing.
Donation Link: https://www.mennonitechurch.ca/philippines-transition
Mark your calendars for this year’s EZ Women’s IF Gathering here at the church, April 12th and 13th.
What is an IF Gathering?
“If Gathering exists to equip women with gospel-centered resources, events and community so they may learn more about who God is and disciple other women.”
The theme this year is- A Reason to Celebrate, A Moment to Risk Again.
Come join us as we thank God for all he has done in our past and discuss how are we going to live differently for Him going forward.
The cost for registration is $30 and this includes lunch on Saturday from Raja Thai and Indian Cuisine. Please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board in the front lobby. Spread the word and invite your friends to join us! If you have any questions you can ask one of the planning team members, Erin Yantzi, Ashley Witzel, Sheryl Leis, Heidi Wagler or Jess Yantzi.
Stay tuned for more details to come!
Beyond our Church Community
Material Resources shipments to Ukraine
Material Resources is organizing two shipments to Ukraine, one at the end of January and one in March. Our partners in Ukraine are in need of various items such as comforters, assorted kits and bars of laundry and bath soap. We are blessed to have received everything needed for January, but we still need more items for March. Your contribution can make a significant difference in the lives of those in need. Learn more at mcc.org/get-involved/kits.
Tuesday February 13th & Thursday February 15th Livestock Sale at the Ontario Livestock Exchange, St. Jacobs. Since 1981, the Livestock Sale (formerly Heifer Sale) has raised over $5.1 million to support the work of Mennonite Central Committee through the auctioning of heifers and other donated items. For more information, to sponsor or donate to the sale, visit mcc.org/events.
Monday February 19th 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Free Family Day Open House at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp — Come for a fun and relaxing day with your family! Pretzel-making, roasting bannock around the fire, sledding, skating, games, puzzles, crafts, ping-pong and more! Choose a hot lunch for $5/person (RSVP required) or bring a bagged lunch (peanut free). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-625-8602. Check out www.hiddenacres.ca for more details.
Thursday February 29th 7:30 p.m. Is Reconciliation Possible? Rev. Dr. Ray Aldred, Director of the Indigenous Studies program at Vancouver School of Theology is Grebel’s 2024 Sawatsky Visiting Scholar. His free public lecture asks the question, “Is Reconciliation Possible?” and he will address sustaining efforts towards reconciliation when justice is so far away. More details at Conrad Grebel University College. grebel.ca/sawatsky.
Saturday March 9th 7:30 p.m. Menno Singers with Artistic Director Brandon Leis present‘At the Foot of the Cross,’ with cellist Ben Bolt-Martin and Menno Youth Ensemble. The concerts includes Bach’s Jesu Meine Freude and works by Morlock, Tavener, Casarrubbios and Carol Ann Weaver. Trillium Lutheran Church (22 Willow St., Waterloo). Tickets $25, Child/Student $5 at www.mennosingers.com or at the door.