FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         February 9, 2018

Season:  Epiphany/Ordinary Time       
                   Rev. Kathi's Message:
For the first time in my memory, A sh Wednesday and Valentine's Day collide this year.
The service of Ashes, although not a tradition in the United Church, has been marked by many faith communities and has become a well-loved spiritual practice.
St Valentine's day started out as a feast day for an actual Christian Martyr and has evolved to be a secular day of celebrating love.
The juxtaposition of love and death made me think of a book I read to our kids when they were little: "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch. This picture book revolves around a song, which a parent sings to their child:
"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always,
as long as I'm living
my baby you'll be."
The bottom line of the song is this: love may be endless, but life is not. It's a good song for the collision of ashes and valentine's cards. What an appropriate reminder to tell the people we love that our love is endless.  "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always." At the same time, we are reminded to meditate on the fact that everything -including we ourselves -will someday die. Ashes to ashes. "As long as I'm living my baby you'll be."

The two events create a certain tension. What dies and what lasts forever? Love may be endless, but this life is not. Knowing that, what do I hold onto tightly? And what do I hold loosely, knowing it will someday slip from my grasp?
As a pastor, I know that my church does best when I hold it loosely, in an open palm, rather than inside a closed fist.
As a mother, I know that my children do best if I can give them both roots and wings, as the saying goes, an ever-evolving dynamic.
As a wife, I know that a long-term marriage is forever shape-shifting. Our careers wax and wane, independent of each other. The kids grow, fly away, and come back. As the years pass, one cannot escape the realization that saying "yes" to one Great Love means saying a hundred other "no-s".
Do any of these rhythms speak to you? What would you add as Valentine's Day collides with Ash Wednesday?

Rev Kathi

                This Week at EMUC

Saturday at 6:30 pm:  Euchre and Dessert Night

Sunday at 10:00 am:
Worship led by Rev. Kathi Phillips
   Scripture :  2 Kings 2:1-12 
Mark 9:2-9

                                       Sermon:   'There is no Plan'   
After the service, Loaves and Dishes will be selling Turkey Pies, Shepherd's Pies and Tourtieres.

                   11:30 am(approx.): Bunch for Lunch

Tuesday at 6 pm:  
Pancake Supper followed by
                               Service of Ashes
                    7:45 pm:  Leadership Circle

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

Thursday at 7:00 pm:  Chancel Choir practice

Next Sunday: Feb. 18th Black History Month service at 10 am
led by Rev. Kathi
Striders visit the ROM

EMUC sends condolences and prayers to Terry French on the death of his mother, Doris French.

Upcoming Events:

Some of you may have noticed the changes happening to the back pew area of our sanctuary.  On  Sunday (Jan. 28) we launched a new, more inclusive program for the children and families in our congregation.  Children and families are invited to come and explore our new space, enjoy some quiet activities and experiment with some new storytelling technology.  Please come visit and find out more about this exciting new model for children's programming.
EUCHRE & Dessert Night
Where:          Erin Mills United Church in the Lower Hall.
When:           Saturday, Feb. 10.   Arrive to sign in at 6:30 p.m.  Play                                        starts at 7 p.m. sharp.
Cost:             $10.00 per person.
Why:             To enjoy great cards, win prizes and, of course, yummy desserts. 
Who:             Whether you have a partner or are a single player, all are
What to do:   Email Mary Anna Williams to reserve a seat, include the
                      number of attendees. You may pay at the door.

The next "Bunch for Lunch" is Sunday Feb.11, 2018 after service at Symposium restaurant at 3055 Dundas St W, - NW corner of Dundas and Winston Churchill. Separate cheques. Come join us for a time of fellowship.

Come to a festive dinner of pancakes, sausages and much more. Gather at 5:45pm for dinner at 6pm. Tickets at the door are $10/adult; $5/child - family maximum of $25. Shrove Tuesday Pancake dinners are rooted in the tradition of using up sugars and fatty foods prior to Lent so that meals during Lent are simpler fare. This is a great time for all ages - invite your friends and neighbours. If you can help with the meal preparation please sign up on the bulletin board.

EMUC Striders and Black History Month
The Royal Ontario Museum is showing an exhibit called "Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art"  EMUC Striders will take to the ROM for Black History Month, February 18, 2018.   A Sign up sheet is in the Narthex, for those that can attend and offer to car pool from EMUC at 12 noon.
Museum is open until 5:30 if some want to stay later.

and Entertainment Section of Toronto Star, Jan 28

Single Admissions (order online or at door. No group rates)
Adult $20
Senior $17
Child $14
Youth $15.50

On Sunday,  February 25th following the 10 am worship service, plan to attend the annual meeting of the congregation to receive the annual report, to approve the financial statements for 2017 and a budget for 2018 and to elect new church officers.  Everyone is encouraged to attend this important meeting.

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 on Thursday, February 22.   If you have any questions please see Cathy Scattergood.
Garage Sale Coordinator for 2018:  The Garage Sale which occurs the first Saturday in May is an important fundraiser.  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. If coordinators are not found, this important event will not happen.
EMUC is seeking 3 - 4 individuals to assist Peter Kiteley in providing occasional rental supervision of the church building.  This occurs periodically on weekends or evenings mostly in May, June and December.  It requires one person, 2 - 3 hours of time per event, when convenient for the volunteer.  Event instructions will be provided by Peter beforehand.  To volunteer or obtain more information, please contact Peter in the office.

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, February 25, 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.