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      FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         June 1, 2018

 
Season:  Ordinary Time                             emuc.ca


                   Rev. Kathi's Message:
  
I came across an article in Sojourners Magazine written by Christian Piatt titled 10 Things Christians Should be Saying More Often. I have condensed it here for you.
 
1. "I'm sorry".
There's plenty of hurt in the world related to Christianity, and even though we may not personally be responsible for it, it's amazing how far an apology will go. 
2. "How can I help?"  
Sometimes we diagnose problems and come up with the solution without actually talking with the folks we're supposedly helping. Yes, it's more vulnerable to ask a question like "How can I help?' since the answer might require much more of us than we planned on. But that's the risk of doing real servant work.
3. "I don't know."
Some of us have been taught to believe that we always have to have an answer to every question having to do with our faith. But better than pat, rehearsed answers is the humility of admitting we have no idea sometimes.
4. "I could be wrong."  
The idolatry of certainty could be one of the most damaging things in any faith tradition - or in any cultural system, for that matter. When we hold too fast to an idea we've created a space where  being right is more important than doing right.
5. "What do you think?" 
Asking people their thoughts on the Christian faith, the Bible or anything else is a healthy practice for all involved. In fact, I learn more about my faith sometimes from non-Christians. It's always a good idea to talk with people from other backgrounds to lend us some necessary perspective from time to time.
6. "I love you."  
It sounds nice to say, "God loves you," but it's a real and important risk to say, "I love you."
7. "Tell me more..."
Showing genuine interest in the lives and stories of others is the foundation of Christ-like community. In the past, Christendom's aim was mainly assimilation, a post-Christendom world requires us to be willing to be changed as much as we seek to affect change. It's no longer about eradicating differences, but rather, it's about cultivating a love that is stronger than those differences.
8. "That just sucks."
Just because we're Christians doesn't mean we have been commissioned with fixing everything. Solutions don't always go as far as empathy.
9. "Let's give it a try."
It's in the nature of institutions to resist change, but we are called to prepare - to make room and clear space in anticipation of something new. Our faith requires a childlike "What's next?" kind of openness, rather than leaning so heavily on the spirit-killing mantra of "But we've always done it this way."
10. Say nothing at all
Filling awkward silences with chatter is common in our culture, but Christians are particularly guilty of falling back on clich├ęs when there's dead air. Sometimes the best gift we can offer is simply to be present, or maybe to listen. We could start by adding intentional silence more often into our own spiritual practices, just to get used to how it feels.

Shalom,
Kathi


                This Week at EMUC


Sunday June 3rd       
                     10:00 am:
 Sunday Worship and Communion
                                        Scripture:  1 Samuel 3: 1-10
                                        Gospel:  Mark 4: 26-34
                                        Message:  "Sowing Seeds"

Monday June 4th
                   7:00 pm:  Congregational Growth Discussion

Wednesday June 6th
                 
6:45 pm: 
Prayers and Communion
         
Thursday June 7th
                       7:00 pm:
 Chancel Choir practice
Friday June 8th
                      7:00 pm:
  Bridge Club - Final Event
                      
Next Sunday June 10th:   Picnic Sunday - worship
                                         led by Rev. Kathi
                                            EMU Club
                        
         
  
                                                                
Upcoming Events:


REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP
Tarek Youzbashi has arrived in Mississauga on Thursday, May 28.
Tarek is fluent in English and has an experience in editing and translation. We anticipate that his transition to life in Canada will be a smooth one.
The Nadaff family, Nadeem and Oula and their children Lelas and Ahmed, will be arriving on June 28.
Preparations are underway to find and furnish appropriate accomodations.
            Tarek and the Nadaff family have both expressed their gratitude for your generosity in supporting their sponsorship.


WOMEN FOR WOMEN RETREAT
On Saturday June 9, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Women for Women is holding its annual retreat.  The day starts at EMUC for a breakfast and a short program.  The group will then carpool to Visual Arts Mississauga.  The program includes:
  • indoor & outdoor activities, including a hike or a walk around the gardens
  • continental breakfast, healthy lunch & snacks
  • desserts offered by participants
  • morning program at EMUC & afternoon art workshop at VAM (make a ceramic mug)
  • carpooling from EMUC to VAM & back


SAVE THE DATE
Your Membership and Development Care Team is planning a Lunch and Learn event on June 24th following worship from 11:45 to 1:15. A light lunch will be provided. The guest speaker, Dr. Bob Sauls a retired leader in Palliative Care from Trillium Health Partners will be guiding us through a discussion on giving support


IAN MacRAE MEMORIAL BURSARY
Students preparing to attend a college or university starting in the fall of 2018 may now apply for the annual bursary awarded in memory of Ian MacRae. Application forms are available from the church office and the brochure explains the details. This bursary is offered to all students and is not restricted to members of the congregation. Applications must be submitted by June 15th, 2018.


BUY A CHAIR CAMPAIGN
Recently 100 chairs were purchased for the Lower Hall to replace those that were in a bad state of repair.  We have had inquiries from individuals  wanting to donate funds to help cover the cost of the chairs.   The cost of each chair was $65.00.  If you wish to make a donation, you are invited to place it on the offering plate, clearly designated for the chairs.   


RENTAL ASSISTANCE REQUIRED - JUNE 2018
June is a busy month for Saturday rentals at EMUC. The acoustics in our worship space attract several music schools for their annual recitals.  
We are looking for volunteers to assist Peter in the supervision of these groups. We need someone to be present to represent us. Peter would be pleased to explain your duties.

Events are scheduled for June 2nd, June 16th and June 23rd.

The music is a real treat to listen to and really the need is to make sure we are keeping our church home guest ready!  Contact Peter if you can help!

 
'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, May 27, 2018.  Please see the display board at the back of the church or speak to Joanne Hines if you have any questions about the program.

WHAT TO DO WITH USED GIFT CARDS?
Erin Mills Town Centre has a box beside the Guest Service desk where you can deposit your depleted, used gift cards. You may also place then in a small box on the Visitors table beside the photocopier room for those who would prefer to leave their old cards at church.  Mary Anna Williams will ensure they are dropped off at the Town Centre.   The program is run by Terracycle.ca.  If you have any questions please speak to Mary Anna.