FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         January 12, 2018

Season:  Epiphany/Ordinary Time       
                   Rev. Kathi's Message:

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. (Matthew 2:11)

Last August, many of us witnessed the total eclipse of the sun - for most of us, thanks to amazing photographs made possible by patient photographers.  Millions of pairs of eyes followed its path as it swept across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. Many gatherings were held to celebrate this cosmic event.

For the next few weeks, we are in the season of Epiphany. The text from Matthew 2 was read in our worship service this past Sunday.  We don't know much about the wise ones who traveled from the East asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?" They saw his star at its rising, packed some gifts and supplies, and off they went on their trek. That was enough for them to follow, until the star stopped. Then they took to their knees, and worshipped, overwhelmed with joy at their encounter with God incarnate in the person of the infant Jesus.

When you lift your eyes to the skies tonight, imagine your own cosmic event. Pick out a star, and imagine it leading you to see Jesus. 


                This Week at EMUC

Sunday at 10:00 am:
                                      Worship led by Rev. Kathi Phillips
  Scripture:  1 Samuel 3: 1-10
                                      John 1: 43-51
                                      Sermon:  Come and See

                   2:00 pm:  Covenanting Service - Rev. Kathi Phillips 
Tuesday at 12:00 noon:  Worship Committee
                      6:00 pm:  Leadership Circle and Dinner Meeting

Wednesday at 
6:45 pm:  
Prayers and Communion
Thursday at 7:00 pm:  Chancel Choir practice
Next Sunday:               Regular service at 10 am
led by Rev. Kathi
Upcoming Events:

Rev. Kathi Phillip's Covenanting Service will be held this Sunday,  January 14, 2018 at 2 pm.   EMUC and Rev. Kathi Phillips will celebrate the beginnings of a new ministry together.  The service will be led by Rev. Orville James, Halton Presbytery Chair.  The guest speaker is Rev. Debra Schneider.  A reception follows the service.  All are welcome to attend.

The Out of the Cold program is starting up again.  Donations of gently used, clean winter outerwear as well as blankets would be appreciated.  Please bring your donations to EMUC & leave them in the coat room.  They are brought to the Open Door at Square One for distribution to their guests.  Thank you.

It's time to start bringing in all those travel-sized hygiene products, tissues, pens/pencils/small notepads, socks, etc. for our annual Comfort Kits campaign.  As well, we are asking for small, generic (non-holiday) gift bags to fill with the items.  We will be making the Comfort Kits in mid February, exact date to be announced.   If you have any questions please see Cathy Scattergood.

Do you like to play games?  Join us at the next Women for Women event at EMUC on Friday, Jan. 26.  Meet at 6:15 pm for dinner at 6:30 (turkey pot pies, salads, veg./gluten-free options, desserts & hot chocolate). Then we play!!  Several different board games & a euchre table will be available.  Play 1 game or try a couple.  Cost is $10.  This is a bring-your-own plate/cutlery/mug event.  Dessert donations would be appreciated. Sign up sheet on the bulletin board or email  Please sign up by Tuesday, Jan. 23.  Also, please remember that we are still collecting donations of feminine hygiene products to be given to the Deacon's Cupboard.  Invite your friends.  All are welcome.

Can you Help?
Projectionist needed:  Each Sunday the hymns and various service items are projected on the screen for everyone to follow.  A person is needed who can help with this task.  Currently there are 2 projectionists who cover the Sundays; however, adding more people to share the load would be nice.  You will be trained in what is required.  If you are interested, speak to Sylvia Arnold, Focus Circle Leader for Worship and Music or any member of the Nominating Committee ( Paul Marot, Sandy Hayes or Barb Jennings)
Garage Sale Coordinator for 2018:  It seems early to be thinking about the Garage Sale which occurs in May; however, time passes quickly.  One or two people are required to oversee this fundraising event.  Many people help and know what is required of them.  The role involves overseeing the event, ensuring all areas are covered, advertising etc.  If you are interested in doing this or sharing the job with someone else, speak with anyone on the Nominating Committee or David Leeder, FCL Finance.

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, January 28, 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.