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      FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         July 20, 2018

 
Season:  Ordinary Time                             emuc.ca


                   Rev. Kathi's Message:
Kathi is on vacation. Her message will resume on August 10th.



The United Church of Canada will be re-organizing our governing structures at the end of this year. Moving forward we will no longer be receiving our regular oversight visits from Halton Presbytery.
The Presbytery thought it would be helpful for the incoming Regional Council if they could have an updated profile of each faith community in the region.

Our Leadership Circle has been working on answers to six questions the Presbytery has asked about us and they would welcome your input. For the coming weeks, while Kathi is on vacation, we will feature one of the questions  each Friday and give you an opportunity to provide input.

The Leadership Circle would like your input on the following.  After reviewing the question and answer below, please provide any feedback you may have to Barb Jennings, Chair of Communications by responding to this email or sending a separate email to Barb directly at  barbara_jennings@sympatico.ca


Question #3  
  1. How does your congregation express God's love, mercy and justice to your neighbors, the community, and the world?
EMUC is involved in and supports many community outreach initiatives including: The Deacon's Cupboard , an ecumenical food agency; The Open Door, a Christian drop-in centre at Square One; Springfield Gardens Breakfast Club; Erin Mills Youth Centre. Our Benevolent fund provides money and grocery cards to support those in financial need. The Ian MacCrae Bursary assists local students entering post-secondary institutions.

EMUC also rents space to community groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Tai Chi, Yoga classes, Write on Q, and Erin Mills Youth Centre.  The church is available for community weddings and funerals, music recitals and other public events . Sunday services at Erin Mills Lodge, a Seniors Residence, are held monthly.
 
EMUC has generously supported the Northwest Mississauga Constituent Group in sponsoring Syrian refugees. We support Inter-faith events and initiatives and raise awareness for justice issues through Amnesty International. Contributions to the Mission and Service fund remain steady
and school supplies are collected and sent to Haiti annually.
 
Our location and well maintained building are a safe and welcoming place for community groups. As well as ministering to the congregation, the minister and office staff meet community members needing support with courtesy and compassion.



We welcome your input and feedback! Thank you!
 


                This Week at EMUC


Sunday July 22nd       
                     10:00 am:
Worship - led by Barb Finlay
                                       Guest Musician:  Marcus Wells
                                       Responsive Reading:  Psalm 23 - VU 749
                                       Scripture:  Mark 6: 30-44
                                        Message: "Feeding the Flock"

Wednesday 6:45 pm:   Prayer and Communion service is cancelled for                                             July and will  resume August 8th.                                 
                 
                  
Next Sunday July 29th:   Worship will be led by Deb Siertsema


Rev. Kathi is on holidays until August 7th.  
For any pastoral concerns, please contact Peter/Sylvia in the office 905-820-9466 ext 23

Summer Office Hours: Monday 1- 4 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9-12 noon & 1- 4 pm; Friday 9 -1pm

        
             
         
  
                                                                
Upcoming Events:



Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the request for support for Joseph Matumaini's family.  Your generosity is awesome and very much appreciated!



REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP UPDATE
Tarek is settling in well and getting to know the city.  He has been introduced to Nidal with whom we were working when we first started the sponsorship process. Nidal's educational background is similar to Tarek's and he has volunteered to assist him in getting his credentials assessed and exploring the possibilities of employment in the field of translation. Tarek will be moving into a one bedroom apartment in Sheridan Homelands in July.
 
We welcomed the Nadaff family to Canada a week ago. They have moved into the two bedroom apartment on Jaguar Valley. During the summer, volunteers may be needed from time to time to help drive them to appointments.
 

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.   
 
 
'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 this Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018.  There will be no FUNDSCRIP order in July.  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.