Zion United Church, New Hamburg

215 Peel St, New Hamburg, ON N3A 1E7

Phone: 519-662-1182

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Minister: Rev. Marg Smith

Marg's 1st career was in education at the high school and then college level. When the youngest of her three children started university, she also began studies in theology towards her Master of Divinity. Marg was ordained by Hamilton Conference of the United Church of Canada in Fort Erie on June 1, 1997.
Since then she has served at Parkview United and St. John's United – both in Stratford - and at the Keswick/Ravenshoe Pastoral Charge in Toronto Conference.


Marg retired in the summer of 2015 back to Stratford and since then has been providing pulpit supply to various churches in the area. She is very happy to be working part-time with the staff and church family at Zion United while they are searching for a new minister.


Marg's Statement of Faith:
Mine is a very simple faith – an inclusive one. I believe that God loves us all unconditionally. Whatever our differences of faith, colour, race, sexual orientation, educational or economic status, there is a great Universal Power that created us and cares for us forever. I don't have the answers as to why bad things happen to good people, i.e., why illness strikes one person and not another. I do not believe that the tragedies in our lives are put on us by God as a punishment or discipline – I believe they are part of being a fragile human being. When tragedies do happen, I believe there is a Being greater than ourselves who holds us up and supports us through difficult times. If death comes, I believe that we pass over to a better place – that the spirit endures. I do not know the details about that place – no one does until they get there – but this belief gives me hope that death is not the end. I do not force my beliefs on to others. I try to discern where they are spiritually and then support them in a way that honours their beliefs, uses their language, and is not intrusive to them. Jesus' words and actions teach us how to live a life of loving and serving others.

Email: moc.sregor@htimsgram 

 

CE & Youth Coordinator: Kathy Poirier

Email: ac.tenlleb@htuoynoiz 

 

Church Administrator: Jennifer Meyer

Email: ac.tenlleb@hcruhcdetinunoiz

Jennifer grew up in Toronto, but always wanted to live in a small town, a hope that was fulfilled when she moved to Baden 15 years ago, where she still resides and raises her young family. She began her time at Zion in April 2011, and is grateful for how quickly she was made to feel part of the Zion family. When not helping her children with their homework, or doing laundry, Jennifer enjoys reading, baking and cottaging, and believes she would be very crafty, if only she had been blessed with the skills! 

 

Minister Emeritus: Rev. Bob Thaler

 

Pianist: Gail Roth

 

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