Resources to help us to stay Rooted in Christ and Growing together in Faith
Sunday January 16, 2022 Worship Gathering 10 AM
Message theme: Celebrations and Prayer
Join EZMC Zoom Worship Gathering – 10 AM
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.
** Our children will gather with their parents in the sanctuary for the first part of the worship service. Following a children’s time, they will be invited to move outside for play based activities, lead by their leaders, for the remainder of the worship service time. (see full update below)
We are grateful for your financial giving to the ongoing work and ministry of the church. This week our offering focus is “Leadership”. For people gathering in-person for worship an offering plate will now be available in the lobby to leave your offering on the way into the sanctuary.
Day of Prayer January 20, 2022! For 13.5 hours between 6:00 AM and 7:30 PM we invite our congregation to be in an attitude of prayer. See attached resources to guide you as you pray for each other, and for the needs of our church, community, and world. We also invite us during our day of prayer to listen for God’s word to us about the ministry we are being called to as a congregation in 2022.
We will plan to gather at 7:30 PM over Zoom for a time of sharing and prayer as we reflect on our day. Please use this same link to join this last hour of corporate prayer together.
Surprised by Hope by N.T. WRIGHT – A 6-session Bible Study video series
To be held over Zoom. 7:30 PM.
Beginning Thursday February 3 for 6 consecutive weeks through Thursday March 10.
In this series Bible scholar N. T. Wright opens the Scriptures to help us grasp the full, breathtaking hope Jesus offers the world, and its impact on our lives today.
Jesus called his followers the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Your life here and now is of tremendous consequence, and what you believe about the future has a direct impact on how you live in the present.
We will explore questions like: What is heaven really like? Is our main duty as Christians simply to help non-Christians get there? What hope does the gospel hold for this present life? In what ways does God intend for us to experience that hope personally and spread its healing power to the world around us?
Surprised by Hope provides a clearer vision both of the future and of God’s kingdom at hand today. We will be helped to see the amazing full scope of what God’s Word has to say about the world to come and the world that is.
- Hope for the World; 2. The Hope of the Resurrection; 3. The Hope of Heaven;
4. The Hope of Jesus’ Second Coming; 5. The Hope of Salvation; 6. The Hope of the Church
Please join us!
**If you are interested in digging deeper and doing further study on your own N.T. Wright has also written a book, “Surprised by Hope” and a Participants guide for the video series by the same name. Both can be order through Amazon. If you would like help with a purchase, please contact Ray. Neither of these books are needed to participate in the Video series.
Pastoral Search Committee Update
We invite your prayers for our Pastoral Search Committee as we prepare to interview another pastoral candidate for our Faith Formation Pastor Position. Pray that God would give us wisdom as we discern together.
Update on In-Person Worship and Children and Youth Activities
The Church Ministry Council, after prayerful discernment, is suggesting that we proceed with In-person hybrid worship as we have been doing. We will work to ensure that no one helping to facilitate worship feels pressured to be involved. If on any given week we do not have the support people we need to run hybrid worship, and do it safely, we will move to Zoom only that week. We will also ask that people gathered for in-person worship only hum to the music and not sing.
Our children will gather with their parents in the sanctuary for the first part of the worship service. Following a children’s time, they will be invited to move outside for play based activities, lead by their leaders, for the remainder of the worship service time. Masks outdoors will be encouraged. If weather does not permit outdoor activities the children will remain with their parents. We will provide time in the worship service for children to get dressed in their pew before going outside.
Given the prevalence of COVID in our community, we acknowledge there is increased risk involved in meeting in person. If you are not comfortable accepting the risk, please remain at home and join us over zoom.
Youth and Jr. Youth will be encouraged to plan outdoor events for January and February. At this point, given junior youth is a larger group, we expect they will not gather until the children are back to in-person learning. Because our current high school youth group is smaller, they can more easily gather outdoors, and will be able to move inside for conversation-based activities while keeping safe physical distancing in place.
All committee meetings are to be held virtually until further notice.
Annual Reports are now being welcomed by the church office. Annual Meeting Date will be confirmed soon. Please submit your 2021 Annual Reports to Lisa (report deadline TBD once meeting date is confirmed). Some of our church programs were paused but many areas of ministry continued. Please report as it makes sense for your specific area. If you have questions, reach out to your Lay Minister for guidance. Please send reports to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks so much!
A Church Directory Update Page will be sent in January 2022. Please send any changes that are needed for your household listing by Tuesday January 18th to office@ezmennonite
Beyond Our Church Community
Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp is Hiring for Summer Camp 2022!
Located just outside of Shakespeare, ON, Hidden Acres provides opportunities for you to impact the lives of young people, serve God and others in a safe and fun environment, grow in your ability to be a great leader and have fun through it all! We are accepting applications until February 14 for all of our summer staff roles. For more information or to apply, go to www.hiddenacres.ca or contact Chris Pot at 519-625-8602 or email@example.com
Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp is Hiring: a full-time Assistant Director (seven month position possibly becoming permanent in the fall of 2022; application deadline is January 25) as well as for our Summer Camp Staff Team (application deadline: February 14). For more information or to apply, go to www.hiddenacres.ca or contact Chris Pot at 519-625-8602 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
New Hamburg Thrift is in need of Volunteers!! We are looking for people available through the week in numerous different positions! We have housewares, and fabric, Receiving and delivery drivers! Now that we are open late Thursday and Fridays we are also looking for help in our store front Thursday evening as well as Saturdays. Please reach out to Jennifer Woolner at email@example.com or 519-662-2867. You can also go to newhamburgthrift.com and fill out a Volunteer application. Thank-You
Theatre of the Beat invites you to Forgiven/Forgotten. This emotionally driven piece addresses issues of crime, reintegration and our responses to those affected by these themes most. You can bring this production to your community for free thanks to the generous support of MCC! Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To learn more about this production, go to www.theatreofthebeat.ca/forgivenforgotten.