Weekly Letter and Announcements – No. 100
Resources to help us to stay Rooted in Christ and Growing together in Faith
KIDS join Naomi & Sue on zoom for a devotional, sharing & prayer time! This Sunday February 13th @ 9:30!
Sunday February 13, 2022 Worship Gathering 10 AM – Worship Service and Annual Meeting
We are grateful for your financial giving to the ongoing work and ministry of the church. This week our offering focus is “Leadership”.
Sunday February 13th 2 – 4 p.m. JWalkers Next Event!! Skating/hockey and outdoor games
There is a rink in the green space made by the Waglers. Bring skates, helmet, and a hockey stick if you wish. Dress to be outside the entire time. We will use half the time to have a hockey game going and the other half of the time for just skating for those who do not want to play hockey. We will also play games in the snow in our big green space. Hope to see you there!!
Thursday February 17 – 7:30 pm Surprised by Hope by N.T. WRIGHT
Zoom Bible Study video series – Session 2 The Hope of Heaven
This Bible Study series will be hosted by your pastors and will featured a 16-minute video each week. We will also take time following our Bible study to share prayer requests and pray together. This Bible Study will replace our regular prayer gathering and meeting of the CIA – Christians in Action. Please contact the church office for connection information.
East Zorra Mennonite Church Website – Presently our world is experiencing the greatest shift in information since the printing press. With the invention of the printing press, information became readily available to all who could read, and many cultural nuances emerged. One nuance was the Reformation. There is presently the same monumental shift with the internet and the digital world. There is a flood of information at people’s fingertips. It seems everything happens online.
Even ‘church’ is happening online. East Zorra’s services can be viewed globally! It is great having people in the Philippines, and Kuwait participating at the same time. In a sense, we can lift our gaze from local impact to East Zorra’s global impact. How can we increase our ‘reach’?
It is a present reality that the younger generation will check out a website before ever physically arriving at the physical location. If they like what they see online, they may risk showing up. What people say about East Zorra matters digitally. We have spent time and money in the last year to enhance our EZ website. Please appreciate this effort by writing a review of East Zorra Mennonite Church. Please take some time to visit East Zorra’s web page and rate it, hopefully with 5 stars, and a comment about what you like about East Zorra Mennonite Church. https://ezmennonite.ca/ Please also consider a review of our Facebook page over the next few months. https://www.facebook.com/MennoniteEZ Good reviews help increase East Zorra’ reach into our community.
Save the date for VBS 2022! Our VBS week for this summer will be July 11-15. More details to come.
Please contact Ashley Witzel or Naomi Witzel, this year’s coordinators, if you have any questions.
We can’t wait to see you there!
The 2022 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). Please note that this year no funds will be sent until camps can confirm their programming depending on Covid-19 restrictions in place. Forms are available by contacting Lisa Suderman either by email at email@example.com. Paper copies can be mailed to you if needed. If you have any questions please contact one of the Christian Education Lay Ministers – Bethany Kropf or Jared Yantzi.
Beyond Our Church Community
Silver Lake Mennonite Camp – Summer 2022 (www.slmc.ca)
Summer Camp Registration opens on February 1 @ 7am! Please visit our website for more information about overnight camps, outtrips and day camps. Offsite day camp locations in Leamington, Hanover, Kitchener and Waterloo! Click here for Camp Info and Registration
Tuesday February 15th NHMRS Feature Quilt Reveal at 9 a.m.
Each year, a talented individual or team creates the feature quilt for the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale. Feature quilts have depicted historical churches, the play of colour and light across fabric, a journey through Africa among other innovative designs. On February 15 at 9 AM, the curtain will be removed and the 2022 feature quilt will be revealed on Facebook live. Join us on Facebook for the reveal!
Wednesday February 16th from 6-8 pm. Online – Stitching and Stories
Join our Indigenous Neighbours team for a time of storytelling and stitching as Niska artisan Debbie Proulx-Buffalo teaches us how to bead an Every Child Matters pin. Gather with us online as we learn and listen. The session takes place in two parts on Wed. Feb 9 and Wed. Feb. 16 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Cost is $50. Register by January 31 to receive your sewing kit in the mail. To register, go to mcco.ca/events.
Tuesday February 22nd at 12 pm – The journey of a comforter – Join us for an exclusive online live event as we follow the journey of how MCC comforters are sewn, shipped and shared with people in need around the world. We’ll go behind the scenes to see where comforters are pieced together by volunteers. Alex Azar, MCC Program officer in Jordan, will share about the impact these comforters have on the lives of displaced people in Jordan. To register, go to mcco.ca/webinars.
February 22-24, 2022 – Peace & Justice Student Seminar. Every year, MCC Canada’s Peace & Justice Office holds a seminar for students who are passionate about issues of justice, peace and advocacy. This year’s seminar, Is our climate polarized? Building bridges for our shared future, will be a hybrid event. Local MCC offices across the country will host students for a mix of shared online content and local in-person speakers. Students will engage with parliamentarians, policy experts and others to learn about addressing the impacts of climate change in their communities and around the globe. Learn more about the Peace & Justice Seminar here.
Thursday February 24th @ 6 pm The Power of Partnership
425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener
Join us and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell as we discuss the Power of Partnership and how a legacy of partnership with local, on-the-ground organizations can bring peace, dignity and hope to those who need it most with the unintended consequence of creating more peaceful communities. This event will also be livestreamed. For more info, go to powerofpartnership.ca.
Bingemans Conference Centre and MCC are working closely to provide a safe and healthy experience for all participants and will follow all local and provincial COVID-19 regulations and guidelines.
Registration for Ontario Mennonite Music Camp (OMMC) is now open for summer 2022! OMMC is a vibrant summer camp experience designed to nurture the musical talent of youth who have finished grade 6-12, with a Leader-In-Training program available for students who have finished grades 11 or 12. Campers form friendships, enhance their musical abilities, grow in their faith, and develop leadership skills. This overnight camp is held at Conrad Grebel University College Aug 14 – 26, 2022. Register online at grebel.ca/ommc (before April 15 for the early bird rate.
Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp is Hiring: a full-time Executive Director (application deadline is February 28th); as well as more youth / young adults for various positions on our Summer Camp Staff Team (application deadline is February 14). For more information or to apply, go to www.hiddenacres.ca . If you have any questions contact Chris Pot at 519-625-8602 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Silver Lake Mennonite Camp Summer Update:
- Spots available in most overnight camps, outtrips and day camps. Go to www.slmc.ca to register!
- Volunteers needed at Silver Lake this summer! Go to slmc.ca/camp/volunteers for more info and to apply.
SLMC Online Campfires: Come and connect with friends and Silver Lake staff. Sing some camp songs, hear from staff and have a chance to ask questions! All welcome, whether you have already signed up or are thinking about registering. Visit our homepage for campfire link!
- Feb 27 @ 7pm – Outtripping focus
- Mar 27 @ 7pm – Overnight camp focus
- Apr 24 @ 7pm – Day camp focus
- May 29 @ 7pm – Getting ready for summer camp!