Weekly Letter and Announcements – No. 117
Resources to help us to stay Rooted in Christ and Growing together in Faith
Sunday June 12, 2022 Worship Gathering 10 AM
We continue with our worship series on the book of James. James 4:13 – 5:6 – Your money and your life! The service will also include a presentation from our Green Space Committee.
We are grateful for your financial giving to the ongoing work and ministry of the church. This week our offering focus is “Mennonite Church Eastern Canada and Mennonite Church Canada”. Janet and Marv Yantzi will be hosting Coffee Time this Sunday. We would ask that everyone provide their own coffee mug to help simplify the preparation and clean up time. We will also provide paper cups for those who forget their mugs or come as guests on a Sunday morning.
We can continue to have Coffee Time when we have the volunteers we need. We are still in need of more volunteers. Please contact Lisa if you would be willing to volunteer to be a coffee maker.
Worship Services in June, July & August
June 19 – Commissioning for Heidi Wagler (Parish Nurse); Mug Presentation to Grade 12 Youth
June 26 – Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for Jean McDonald’s Parish Nurse ministry
July 10 – Dedication for VBS 2022
July 17 – Farewell for Lloyd & Margaret Oakey – Part 1
July 24 – Outdoor Service in Queen’s Park, Tavistock – Farewell for Lloyd & Margaret – Part 2
July 31 – Combined worship service with Cassel, Tavistock and East Zorra Mennonite Churches – Tavistock Mennonite to host
August 7 – Welcome Service for Mike, Brandy, Petra and Rebeka Williamson
August 14 – Ecumenical Outdoor Service in Queen’s Park, Tavistock
August 21 & 28 – Our regular summer worship time!
September 4 – Combined worship service with Cassel, Tavistock and East Zorra Mennonite Churches – Cassel Mennonite to host
Subscriptions changes to Rejoice Magazine and Salt & Light are due this week.
If you are not on the subscription lists for either or both and would like to be OR if you no longer want to receive these, please email email@example.com by June 16th. Please note that there is no cost to you for either of these publications.
JWalkers Year-end event – Friday June 17th 2022 from 7 to 9 pm at Trevor and Bethany Kropf’s house. All the outdoor games everyone loves and a campfire. Everyone bring a snack to share and a lawn chair.
EZ Family Night
Mark your calendars for our next Family Night, scheduled for Saturday June 25th at 6:30pm at church! We plan to spend time in worship, followed by road hockey, a campfire and s’mores, and other sports in the Green Space. Bring your sticks! We can’t wait to see you!
The Green Space (G.S.) committee is pleased to announce they are moving into Phase 2 which will be developed to include additional age groups being able to access and connect with our G.S. To move ahead we require further funding and are asking for your help by donating to make these projects happen. You can contribute through giving to EZ Mennonite Church and flagging it to the G.S. Further information to follow during the worship service this Sunday.”
A Reminder to Volunteers
If you volunteered with Sunday School or are planning to help with VBS this summer our Safe Church Policy requires that we have a signed Volunteer Commitment Form once every program year. If you have not completed one for the Sept 2021 to Aug 2022 time period, you will either find one that was emailed to you or a paper copy in your church mailbox. Please return to the office as soon as you can. If you do not have a Vulnerable Sector Check on file you will receive a packet of information for that process. Thanks so much.
We can continue to have Coffee Time when we have the volunteers we need. We are still in need of more volunteers. Please contact Lisa if you would be willing to volunteer to be a coffee maker. We would ask that everyone provide their own coffee mug to help simplify the preparation and clean up time. We will also provide paper cups for those who forget their mugs or come as guests on a Sunday morning.
Student Aid Applications:
Students, are you considering a Christian school for your education for the next school year? (e.g. Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, Canadian Mennonite University, Conrad Grebel University College, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary). East Zorra is committed to supporting individuals who consider Christian nurture and leadership development to be part of their education. Student aid applications are due June 30 for the 2022/2023 school year (Sept 2022 – Aug 2023). If you are interested in applying or would like to know more, please contact Tracey Kropf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jerusalem Marketplace VBS
Thank you to everyone that responded to our volunteer needs! The only position we need to fill now is someone for AV and Sound, Wed-Fri.
Parents of VBS kids- you should have received an email with a registration form on Monday. Please complete these at your earliest convenience. According to our pre-registration numbers we are FULL! For families that have told us they were “maybes” please let us know your decision sooner rather than later, because we are starting a wait list. Thank you!
A reminder about the “Work Bee” on the evening of Wednesday June 22nd at 7pm to prep materials, create decorations and get ready for VBS! We welcome anyone who wants to help! Drinks and snacks provided 🙂
The Decorating Committee needs your help gathering supplies for VBS! If you have wicker baskets, pottery/urns, woven mats, old bed sheets in stripes or bright solid colours, wood crates, silk decorative trees or blankets that you would be willing to share for the week please contact Marianne Witzel, Judy Mogk or Kristi Marriott to arrange dropping these off at the church and to check what items are still needed. Please label your items so they can be returned after VBS. Thank you in advance!
The 2022 Camp Subsidy Form is now available and you can complete and return to Dawn Zehr either by email (email@example.com) 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 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Interfaith Counselling Centre’s Annual Silent Auction is live and will be open online until Sunday June 12th. Proceeds from this fundraiser go directly to supporting families in our community. https://www.32auctions.com/ICCSilentAuction
Tuesday June 14th Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp’s 55th Chicken BBQ and Pie Auction.
Both eat in and take out options are available this year. Visit www.hiddenacres.ca for more details and to purchase your tickets (or call 519-625-8602).
The Amish Bicentennial 1822-2022
Join us as we REMEMBER and THANK GOD for the coming of our Amish Mennonite ancestors to Canada. There will be Heritage bus tours, Acapella Hymn Sings (one of which will take place at East Zorra Mennonite on Sun Sept 25), The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada (Speaker, Rebecca Seiling will present the “Landed Buggy” at Steinmann Mennonite), Indigenous Awareness Workshop (at Crow Shield Lodge), and the Thanksgiving Worship Service (Sun Oct 2 at Steinmann Mennonite Church). Some of these events require registration in advance. Please see the insert attached to this email for dates and more information. This insert is the first of five which will share some stories of the settlement as a way of learning and remembering.
Mennonite Central Committee is resuming shipments of emergency supplies to Ukraine.
Five containers are scheduled to go to Ukraine in the next couple of months, with more planned later this year. The containers will travel by ship to Rotterdam and then by truck through Germany, Poland and into Ukraine.
Ukraine has a massive need, and we need your help filling these containers. We have many comforters (thank you to our comforter knotting groups and individuals who have been sending us thousands of comforters). But, we need relief kits, hygiene kits and especially soap. Please go to mcco.ca/kits for details of kit contents. Material aid donations can be dropped off at our offices or thrift shops or funds can be donated and we will purchase the necessary items. You can donate online, call the office (519-745-8458) or send a cheque to MCC, 203-50 Kent Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2G 3R1. Please include “material aid” in the subject line.
The 17th world assembly of Mennonite World Conference will be held in Indonesia July 5-10. Since covid restrictions limit personal attendance, there is an online option (see mwc-cmm.org). Further, “global watch parties” of the assembly’s plenary worship services are scheduled for:
Tuesday July 5 – 7 pm at First Mennonite Church, 880 King St E, Kitchener
Wed through Fri – 3 pm & 7:00pm, First Mennonite Church, Kitchener
Saturday July 9 – 7 pm, First Mennonite Church, Kitchener
Sunday July 10 – 7 pm, Meheret Evangelical Church, 46 Krug St., Kitchener
Come and enjoy local intercultural gatherings while connecting with the global community of Anabaptist related churches. Bring your own water bottle. Masks may be requested. Offerings will be held for the ministry of Mennonite World Conference.
Scholarships for post-secondary education
At this time of year, many are thinking of applying for post-secondary and then subsequently, how that will get paid. Tavistock Assistance Program and Raymer Financial offer scholarships to hard-working and deserving students. The application process is quick and easy. The applicants are considered and offers are made expeditiously. We would love to see our young people bettering themselves through further education. For further information and an application form check out: https://tapisforyou.com/community-scholarship-fund/