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      FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         May 4, 2018

 
Season:  Easter                                              emuc.ca

                   Rev. Kathi's Message:
  
Sometimes a story is so uplifting, I just have to share.
 
Last month, a story came out of Philadelphia (the City of Brotherly Love) about two young men who had arranged to meet a third man at a coffee shop. It is something many of us have done. Coffee shops have become the equivalent of the old town square; places to gather, share a conversation - some people even work out of coffee shops. These men were meeting to discuss a real estate investment.
 
The young men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, are black and the manager of the coffee shop found their presence threatening enough that he called the police on them. Rashon and Donte were accused of trespassing, led away in handcuffs, held at the jail for hours before being let go without being charged.
 
The firestorm over this blatant racial profiling went around the world. And this time the response was immediate.
 
The CEO of Starbucks apologized immediately, the mayor and Police Chief of Philadelphia have also apologized.
 
These young men could have demanded a huge settlement from the city and from Starbucks for the way they were humiliated and mistreated. They could have cashed in on the public sentiment that was overwhelmingly in their favour, but instead they have taken a bad situation and found a way to make something good of it.
 
Starbucks has announced that they will be closing many of their locations for an afternoon later this month in order to train hundreds of thousands of their employees in unconscious bias. They will also be giving the two young men scholarships to attend Arizona State University.
 
Rashon and Donte settled with the City of Philadelphia by asking for a symbolic $1 each. Philadelphia has also committed $200,000 towards a program for training young entrepreneurs.
 
There is hope in this story: hope that we can find ways to make right relations with each other, hope that good can come out a difficult situation, hope that we can find unity even in our diversity.
 
Rev. Kathi



                This Week at EMUC


Sunday May 4th       
                     10:00 am:
 Sunday Worship, Communion & Baptism
                                       Sung Responsive Psalm 1
                                       Gospel:  John 17: 6-21
                                       Message:  'The Other Lord's Prayer'
                     

Wednesday May 9th
                   
                  4 :00 pm: 
Finance Meeting
                  6:45 pm: 
Prayers and Communion
                  7:30 pm:  Members Development

Thursday May 10th
                        7:00 pm:
 Chancel Choir practice
                       
Next Sunday May 6th:  Sunday w orship
                                            led by Rev. Kathi
                                            EMU Club
                        
         
  
                                                                
Upcoming Events:



EMUC GARAGE SALE - Our major fundraiser!
Mark your calendars for  Saturday May 5, 2018, 8:00 am to noon!  If you are cleaning closets etc. consider donating items in good condition to the sale.  Remember  to take home a box to bring in your gently used treasures for our sale. If you have not done so, please sign up to help setup, sort and/or sell.Thank you from your garage sale team (G.S.T.).
There will be a Bake Table at the Garage Sale.  Donations to the bake table are welcome.  Please package cookies, muffins etc. in packages of 6 with a label indicating the kind of baking and if it contains nuts.  Baking may be dropped off at the church anytime on Friday May 4th.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE:  JANET TAIT
On Saturday May 26th, at 2 pm we will be celebrating the life of Janet Tait who died recently.  Janet was a long time member of the church and the Chancel Choir.  A reception will be held after in the lower hall.

MUSIC CONCERT - ONTARIO MALE CHORUS AND "THE "BOYS FROM COMPANY B"- MAY 27TH AT 7:30 PM
EMUC is hosting this concert which features The Ontario Male Chorus and the "Boys from Company B" a boy's choir from Cawthra School of the Arts. Tickets will be available for sale shortly. This is a fundraiser for EMUC and the choirs. Both groups are excellent and this is a concert you won't want to miss! Any questions see Sylvia Arnold.

'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, April 29, 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.

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.