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      FRIDAY MESSAGE  &  Upcoming Events

                         September 8, 2017

 Season of Pentecost/Ordinary Time                         emuc.ca

Easter Service
Rev. Kathi's Message:

There is a saying (a blessing or a curse?) that seems to come from the early part of the 20 th Century "May you live in interesting times." Well, this past week sure has been interesting!

For many of you this has been a week of change to your summer routine: back to school, back to work, even back to church. Change can be unsettling.

For others, our neighbours around the globe, the week has been more unsettling. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have disrupted the lives of millions of people; destroying homes, schools, whole communities. Monsoons in Southeast Asia have been even more deadly. Wildfires in Canada's western provinces continue to impact tens of thousands but especially our first nations communities. The decision south of our border to rescind the protection program for children of illegal immigration has left these vulnerable young people feeling betrayed and threatened with the loss of their safety and the only home many of them remember. Change can be deadly.

And yet, change can be wonderful, exciting and even welcome.  I am beyond happy this week to begin our ministry together. This is a big change for me and my family, but one I have been looking forward to since that day last spring when I received an email from Sylvia saying that your search team was interested in talking with me. I felt immediately at home at that first interview and that feeling continues each time I walk through the doors. Thank you for the warm welcome. Change can be life-giving.

Throughout all of our changes, all of our "interesting times," there is one constant - God's enduring presence. Our New Creed starts with the beautiful promise: we are not alone. This promise is never broken and it is forever. In the good times, in the unsettling times and especially in the terrible times, God's love is there for us. How can we keep from celebrating?
 
In peace, Kathi


Following the weather events of the week, a colleague of mine shares this prayer:

Hurricane Prayer by Rev. Mary Austin

God who turns the seasons, spinning one into the next and leaving us in awe, we marvel at the coming of fall and spring.
And, even so, we pray today for those threatened by water, made homeless by storms, and weary from cleaning up nature's devastation.
We have been careless with the world you gave us, selfish in using your creation for ourselves.
Forgive us, we pray, and teach us to do better:
Living with care for your gifts, and heed for one another, until we learn to mirror the goodness of your creation.
In hope and trust we pray. Amen.



This Week at EMUC
 
Sunday at 10:00 am:  First worship service led by Rev. Kathi Phillips
                                     Scriptures:   
Isaiah 55:12, 56:1-2
                                                           Matthew 18:18-20 
                                                           1 John 4:7-9  11-12
    Sermon:  God is Love

Wednesday at 2:00 pm:  Circle of Friends
                         6:45 pm:  Prayers & Communion

Thursday at 7:00 pm:  Chancel Choir - new members welcome

Friday at 7:00 pm:  Bridge Club Kick-off event

Next Sunday September 17th:  Worship led by Rev. Kathi
                                                     Hiking Group after the service


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.


EMUC STRIDERS

Sunday, September 17th the Striders hiking group will visit the Silver Creek Conservation Area.  The group will congregate in the narthex after the service for a 'brown-bag' lunch and then car pool to the area.  The Silver Creek Conservation Area includes a large Escarpment valley and many representative features of the area's natural splendour.  Wander past babbling brooks, lush forests, and Escarpment rocks as you explore this little taste of wilderness nearby our urban environment. 


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. 
We plan to have an  information meeting in September (TBD), and if numbers warrant it, simple auditions will be planned and announced at a later date.
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, September 24th.   Please see the display board at the back of the church or speak to Joanne Hines if you have any questions about the program.