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August 18, 2017 - In This Issue:
           
     Season of Pentecost /Ordinary Time                                     www.emuc.ca
        
Friday Message               

This Sunday we look at the conclusion of the Joseph drama (Genesis 45: 1-15).
Joseph is now in charge of many important things in Egypt, the land of his slavery. His brothers find themselves at his disposal, with the tables 'turned on them'.  They are facing famine and poverty and come to Egypt, the land of "the American Dream" in that time.  What they do not know is that it is the brother they sold into slavery who is going to meet them, and decide their fate.

Sometimes justice does win!

This is the point where we see the real value of this servant of God.  Joseph had every reason to turn them away, or at least make them pay for selling him into slavery as a younger and dependent brother, but he does the exact opposite.

He shows mercy.

Mercy is more important to him than wealth or position or power - and definitely more important than revenge.  He leaves all the eternal decisions about consequences up to God, as he leaves all things up to God.   In this day and age, this cynical and sometimes bitter time, we still argue, and even kill, over property and wealth.  How much we can learn from Joseph.   God leaves us saints, such as this Joseph of the Older Testament, to teach us the way of humility and grace.

The other night I was out with a few of you for a time of late summer celebration by the lake.  You thanked me at that time for my time with you, but I am the one feeling so richly blessed.

You have restored my faith in congregational ministry.  I partly went into chaplaincy because I felt congregations were too politically interested in their own survival and too concerned, at the end of the day, about money.

I wanted to go back to the basics in ministry, which for me was with people who had nothing - those living on the streets and backwaters of our affluent society.
But God showed me that it is not about the presence, or the absence, of wealth, but about the wealth of the hearts of those serving Him.  

As I wind up one of my last Friday messages, I leave you all with the faithful witness of God's servant Joseph, who not only did not make wealth and prestige his first priority, but did not exclude anyone because of either its absence or presence.  

God love you deeply as you move into your next journey with Him.  May God's love secure you and may you continue to be that place where weary souls walk in freely, and even at some risk to you, through the doors of this church to find a cup of cold water in His name, and in the name of compassionate love.  This outreach you have of being there for the forgotten and lost in your neighborhood, this is one of the most vital ministries you have.  I thank God especially for Peter who, I am sure, has a bed hidden in this building somewhere.  Your open heart to these forgotten children of God is what makes your Ministry so real.

Rev Jackie, Supply Minister




This Week at EMUC

Sunday at 10:00 am:  Worship led by Rev. Jackie  
                                    Scripture reading: Genesis 45: 1-15
                                    Gospel reading:  
Matthew 15: 21-28
                                    Sermon: 'All the Light we do see'

Wednesday at  6:45 pm:  Prayers & Communion

Sunday August 27 at 10:00 am: Worship led by Rev. Jackie

Upcoming Events

CELEBRATION FOR REV. JACKIE
Please join us for Jackie's farewell service on Sunday, August 27. We would like to acknowledge Jackie's time with us by making a presentation and enjoying some sweet treats after the service. Anyone wishing to contribute to a gift, please speak to Peter in the office. Come and help us show our gratitude for all that Jackie has done for us through her time at EMUC.


SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR HAITI. 
Again this year there is a request for school supplies to be delivered to three schools in Haiti through Children of Hope Haiti.  A revised list has been made as there is a new school being supported.   A box has been placed at the back of the church where the lists can be found.  Please place your donations in the box.


NEW MINISTER UPDATE
2 weeks + 4 days until we welcome Rev. Kathi Phillips to our midst!  Rev. Kathi has already met with several of the staff and leaders.  She is anticipating a wonderful beginning to our ministry together at EMUC.


MURDER MYSTERY DINNER FUNDRAISER
As some of you know, we will be sharing in a Murder Mystery fundraising opportunity with Eden United Church, in April. Two performances will take place and we will be team up with Eden to share the workload - and to share the stage.   We hope to have actors from both congregations take part, so if you are interested in taking to the stage, please send contact information to Jon Dobbin (director) at  jmacdobbin@aol.com . We are looking for a variety of actors whether you are experienced or have never acted before. If you can memorize lines and are able to move around the stage easily including up and down steps then we would like to hear from you. 
We plan to have an information meeting in September (TBD), and if numbers warrant it, simple auditions will be planned and announced at a later date.
Please direct any inquiries to Joanne Hines.


'FUNDSCRIP' PROGRAM
We are continuing with FUNDSCRIP, an innovative fundraising program that asks you to purchase gift cards in order to pay for regular items you buy every month.  A percentage of the cards we purchase through FUNDSCRIP is donated back to our church.   Order forms for gift cards will be available the last Sunday of every month. The next order date is Sunday, August 27th.   Please see the display board at the back of the church or speak to Joanne Hines if you have any questions about the program.


EMUC STRIDERS
Sunday, September 17th the Striders hiking group will visit the Silver Creek Conservation Area.  The group will congregate in the narthex after the service for a 'brown-bag' lunch and then car pool to the area.  The Silver Creek Conservation Area includes a large Escarpment valley and many representative features of the area's natural splendour.  Wander past babbling brooks, lush forests, and Escarpment rocks as you explore this little taste of wilderness nearby our urban environment. 

About EMUC

Vision:

EMUC is a thriving Spirit-filled congregation: Diverse, inclusive,and engaged with the community and creation

Mission:

The mission of Erin Mills United Church is to offer opportunities for all persons to experience the love of God through Jesus Christ.