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      FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         October 13, 2017

 
Season:  Creation Time                         emuc.ca

Easter Service
Rev. Kathi's Message:
 
Have you ever been part of something that has the potential to make a big difference?

I am still buzzing about a meeting I was invited to attend on Wednesday morning. Hosted by the Members of Parliament for Mississauga, I was one of 30 faith leaders who responded to a call to gather at a local community centre.

The group was diverse, friendly, respectful and open. Acknowledging first nations traditions, we sat in a circle so all were included. We heard from an Orthodox rabbi about the Jewish autumn celebration of Sukkot and the importance to faith of both study of scripture and acts of compassion and kindness.

We were given a chance to share our concerns about the multi-faith experience in Mississauga and the rest of Canada. The general feeling around the room was one of cooperation, naming and lifting up our shared values.

Some learnings for me:
  • Our ecumenical partners feel misunderstood by the general public, often due to the messages in the media. For example, the Muslim word "Jihad" is almost always translated as "Holy War." It actually means "struggle" and usually refers to the internal struggles we all have - struggles which lead to personal growth.
  • The greatest number of hate crimes against places of faith are directed toward Jewish Synagogues and learning centres. Almost every Synagogue in Canada pays for police protection during the High Holy Days. (Can you imagine having to hire protection for our people and our building every Christmas and Easter?) Muslim communities are most likely to be the first to respond in support when hate is directed at a Jewish congregation.
  • Muslim children live constantly with the fear of being labelled as terrorists just because of their faith. Sikh and Hindu children are often mis-identified as Muslim, simply because of their appearance. This stress has a very negative effect on their self-esteem and ability to learn at school.
One of the politicians described the first 150 years of Confederation as "Canada 1.0", a time when people came from all over to build our country. He sees us now moving into Canada 2.0, the next 150 years of helping everyone find belonging in this place we call home.

One of the points we all could support was that education and dialogue are the keys to overcoming misunderstandings. We have to learn about other faiths, but just as important, we have to learn about our own faith first. This will make it easier to find common ground.

We will meet again, and I am very excited to be a part of this inter-faith journey on your behalf.

Kathi


This Week at EMUC
 
Sunday at 10:00 am:   Service led by Rev. Kathi Phillips
                                     Scripture:  Exodus 32: 1-14
                                     Gospel:  Matthew 22: 1-14
   Sermon:  "Wedding Clothes"
   After service:  Advent Planning
                            Hiking with the Striders
          
Tuesday at 7:00 pm:  Leadership Circle Dinner & Meeting
                 
Wednesday at  
6:45 pm: 
Prayers & Communion

Thursday at 10:00 am:  Daytime Men's Group
                       7:00 pm:  Chancel Choir

Next Sunday at 10:00 am:  Worship led by Rev. Kathi
 
             
                                                                
Upcoming Events:

LOAVES & DISHES  
The group will be cooking on Friday of each week during the fall.  Those involved enjoy the community of working together.  If you can help on some Fridays or even do some preparation at home for the Friday work session e.g. cooking a turkey or preparing the vegetables, we invite you to be part of Loaves & Dishes.  Please contact either Sue Ogilvie (905-820-2387) or Barb Jennings (905-607-1626).  The next Friday session will be October 13th.

CALLING ALL EUCHRE PLAYERS!
This is an invitation to all euchre players to join us for an evening of card playing.  
Where:   Erin Mills United Church, Lower Hall.
When:     Saturday, October 14th.  Arrive 6:30 p.m. 
              Play starts 7 p.m. sharp.
Cost:      $10.00 per person. 
Why:      For the love of Euchre playing and yummy desserts.
Who:      All euchre players are welcome including singles.  

WOMEN FOR WOMEN
Women for Women is kicking off the year with a "meet and greet" with Rev. Kathi Phillips on Wednesday, October 25 after the evening service. Come for coffee and dessert and a time to get to know Kathi as well as share some of our interests with her.  Further dates and activities for Women for Women will be available in the near future.  Plan to come to this informal evening. 
Cathy Scattergood

STRIDERS' HIKING GROUP
This Sunday's the day.  The group will be walking the David Culham trail which follows the Credit River and passes Riverwood Conservancy in Erindale Park.  The group will carpool to the park after a bagged lunch in the Narthex.  Meet in the park at 12:15 pm. Come an enjoy the crisp fall air and fall colours!

'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, October 29.   Please see the display board at the back of the church or speak to Joanne Hines if you have any questions about the program.

DEACON'S CUPBOARD
The Cupboard had 174 guest visits this August, a record number of people seeking assistance. If this continues we will be forced to lower the amount of assistance we can provide to the needy in our community. Please help us by donating food and personal care items (the box is at the back beside the elevator) or making a financial contribution to Erin Mills United - Deacon's Cupboard. Please remember that we have no overhead. Every worker at the Cupboard is a volunteer. Currently there is a need for pure apple and orange juice in large boxes or juice boxes, peanut butter, and fava beans.

CLOTHING DRIVE FOR THE DEACON'S CUPBOARD
St. Peter's Erindale is collecting winter clothing to distribute to guests of the Deacon's Cupboard. Throughout October the volunteers will be collecting the coats, jackets, scarves, gloves and boots that are needed for all ages but especially for children. They then launder or dry clean the items, repair them - replace zippers, buttons etc. and give them out to the Visitors at the Cupboard during the month of November. Items can be dropped off at St. Peter's or at Erin Mills United.

St. Peter's is also looking for volunteers to help with the winter clothing giveaway. Please contact Linda Leeder and she will put you in touch with the organizers.