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      FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         September 29, 2017

 
Season:  Creation Time                         emuc.ca

Easter Service
Rev. Kathi's Message:


My youngest sister and her family are Jewish. It is a long and complicated story, but we get a lot of laughs at the fact that I am a minister and my former brother-in-law is a Rabbi.
 
They celebrated Rosh Hashanah last week. The Jewish New Year is not much like the secular New Year celebration of champagne, countdowns and football games.
 
They do eat special food: apples dipped in honey, a symbol of the wish for a sweet new year. At the synagogue, they sound the shofar, a trumpet-like instrument made from a ram's horn. One hundred notes in a special pattern signify a call to repentance. Another popular practice of the holiday is Tashlikh ("casting off"). They go to a place where there is flowing water and empty their pockets into the river or stream, symbolically casting off sins. Small pieces of bread are commonly put in the pocket to cast off.
 
There is, however, one important similarity between the Jewish New Year and the secular one: Many of us use the January 1 New Year as a time to plan a better life, making "resolutions." Likewise, the Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year.
 
September is also a time of new beginnings for many of us as the school year begins, many return to church after time away for the summer, and other activities start up for the fall session. It is a time when our calendars fill up and the days get shorter.
 
Here is a prayer suitable for a new season, a new ministry and a New Year:
God, Give new shape to our vision.
Help us to see new possibilities, new places, new spaces.
Give us the courage to reach for that newness.
Go before us, and with us, and after us.
We trust that you will. Remind us of that, too.
Amen.
 
 L'Shana Tova (Happy new year!),
Kathi

Celebration of Life

On Tuesday, Kathy Andres' mother, Molly Shaw passed away.  A memorial service will be held at EMUC at 2 pm on Saturday September 30th.  Visitation begins at 1 pm.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy, her brother Barry and the extended family.



This Week at EMUC
 
Sunday at 10:00 am:   Communion service and celebration of 25th       
                  anniversary of the Church Building led by Rev. Kathi Phillips
                                     Scripture:  Exodus 17: 1-17
                                     Gospel:  Matthew 21: 23-32
   Sermon:  "Who do You Think You Are"
      
Tuesday at 1:00 pm:  Transition Team
                 
Wednesday at 
6:45 pm:  
Prayers & Communion

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

Next Sunday October 8:  Thanksgiving Worship led by Rev. Kathi
 
                                           Thanksgiving Bake Sale after worship                 
                                                                
Upcoming Events:

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.


25th ANNIVERSARY OF OUR CHURCH BUILDING
On Sunday October 1, we will be acknowledging 25 years of this building as our church home.  The official opening was held on Sunday October 4, 1992.  You will be given the opportunity to share what has brought or brings you joy in this, your church home. You can also share your memories of 25 years over coffee, tea and cake following the service.  Please join us! 


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 6th.

Thanksgiving Bake Sale October 8th
A bake sale will be held after the Thanksgiving service on October 8th.  Loaves and Dishes will be baking for the sale; however, baking is welcome from anyone wishing to contribute. Please bring your baking to the church early before the service.

Turkey pies are available for sale on Sunday at a cost of $9 for small and $20 for a large.  You can purchase them in the kitchen after the service.


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.  


STRIDERS' HIKING GROUP
Save  Sunday October 15th for the next hike.  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!


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. 
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, 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 number of guests at the Deacon's Cupboard is constantly increasing.
Your donations to the Cupboard are very much appreciated.  Currently there is a need for pure apple and orange juice in either large boxes or juice boxes, peanut butter, and fava beans.  Financial donations are also welcomed so that inventory may be purchased.  Donations may be left at the back of the church.