October 2017

Easter Service

It is Creation Time in the Church year.

  As we approach Thanksgiving, the time of harvest, we are grateful for all that we have!

In This Issue
Why is a good church like a flock of Canada Geese?

We can't miss the signs of fall returning to Southern Ontario. In spite of the warm temperatures, leaves are turning beautiful colours and some are beginning to drop to the ground. Fresh local corn and tomatoes are disappearing from the farmers markets just as the squash and pumpkins are arriving. The most poignant for me are the Canada Geese flying in their distinctive V formations, calling out the coming new season.

"Lessons from the Geese" was originally written in 1972 by Dr. Robert McNeish of Baltimore, Maryland. I see in his essay a wonderful metaphor for church life.

So here are 5 ways that a church is like a flock of Canada Geese:

1.     Cooperation: That V formation is for aerodynamics. A flock of geese is like a team. Flying together creates an uplift, a surge that carries the whole farther than its individual parts could go by themselves. When the members of a church work together, they can achieve greater things than as individuals. Think about the programs and the outreach that are done as a community.

2.     Planning: The geese know their destination and the route that will take them there. A healthy faith community looks ahead to the future; creating a vision of what might be and planning missions to bring it into reality.

3.     Encouragement: The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. Those who volunteer their time, energy and hearts as leaders in the church will stay longer and feel better about the work of the church when they get a thank you and some positive affirmation of their work.

4.     Shared Leadership: When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies at the point position. It is healthy for the church and our volunteers if they can take a break from time to time. It brings fresh ideas and fresh energy

5.     Compassion: When a goose gets sick or wounded or is shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is able to fly again or dies. They then launch out on their own, with another formation or catch up with the flock. With Jesus as our example, the people of the church care for each other; visiting, helping, praying until God's healing is accomplished and the member is able to return or until they leave this earthly home for a new one.

"Lessons from the Geese" is a beautiful analogy for any Christian. Imagine if every church behaved like a flock of geese: flying in perfect formation; cooperating as a team: unified behind strong, healthy leadership; constantly encouraging those around us; and helping our brothers and sisters in the faith. Those who practice these things will reach the flock's destination, the Kingdom of God here on earth!

                                                                             Rev. Kathi Phillips

From the Chair, Leadership Circle

Happy New Year!  No, you have not mistakenly picked up January's copy of the Communique.   I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that September often feels more like a new year than January.  Certainly, as a teacher, September is truly a new year for me, but even here around the church, this fall month often signifies new initiatives, new volunteer opportunities and new faces.  Our newest face is, of course, our new full-time minister, Rev. Kathi Phillips.  Kathi has had an opportunity to lead several worship services and meet many of you throughout the last few weeks.  We have waited excitedly for her arrival and are so grateful to have her finally here with us.

We have also launched our new website, which I encourage you to explore.  Thanks to Barb Jennings and Owen Luo for committing much of their summer to this updating project.

It is always a hope that after a refreshing and renewing summer, folks will return to EMUC feeling rested and ready to become reengaged.  Your offerings of time and talent continue to be imperative and necessary to carry on the work that we do.  Our sincerest gratitude to those of you that offer your assistance in so many ways, both within our church home and out into the wider community.

As we approach the anniversary of 25 years within this building, we hope you continue to enjoy the traditions of Erin Mills United Church as well as the new opportunities and fresh ways to engage in the community.  Try out a new committee or join an interest group.  Be inspired by the message and the music during Sunday worship.  Enjoy the fellowship of familiar friends and new faces.  Stay connected and watch for interesting, new events throughout this busy season.

                                 May you find blessings and peace in this place.
                                        Joanne Hines, Leadership Circle Chair

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Thanks to:
  • Cathy Kiteley for leading the Welcome Program for the past year.
  • Sylvia Arnold for organizing the Farewell and Welcoming receptions for Jackie Burnie and Kathi Phillips, respectively.
  • Ian Thompson for his service on the Leadership Circle as Member-at-Large


EMUC is saying goodbye to Ian and Joanne Thompson who have moved to Guelph. We wish you well in your new home and thanks for all you have contributed to EMUC.  Come back to visit soon.

Condolences to Kathy Andres and her brother Barry Shaw grieving the death of their mother, Molly Shaw.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the extended family.

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Life at EMUC

Welcoming our new Minister

After such a long wait for our new minister, it was with great joy that we welcomed Rev. Kathryn Phillips and her husband, Greg Phillips to EMUC on Sunday September 10th. Kathi has been settling in quickly and getting to know people.  She was greeted by the Circle of Friends on September 13th, has met with the Worship Committee and attended her first Leadership Circle meeting.  Below are some pictures of the reception on her first Sunday.

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Bridge Club

EMUC bridge club had a successful opening party.  After 25 years Bob and Mora Cairns are turning the group over to Tim and Sandy Hayes.  Good wishes go out to the Hayes as well the entire bridge club for a successful year.  
                                                                                 Bob and Mora

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Deacon's Cupboard

After taking a break in July, the Deacon's Cupboard reopened in August.  In August, we greeted 145 Guests who among them made 171 visits to the Cupboard.  They received $4,828.25 worth of supplies at Deacon's Cupboard prices or $9,656.50 at full retail.  
The number of guests 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.

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Striders' Hike

Sunday September 17th was a beautiful summer day for hiking Silver Creek Conservation area which is north of Mississauga.  Ten hikers led by Tim Hayes left EMUC around noon and hiked for approximately 1 and a half hours.  The fall colors had started but not yet at their peak.  One little chipmunk squawked at us in passing.  Birds were heard but not seen. There were lots of rocks, crevices and roots to look out for and made one feel like a mountain goat; however, everyone enjoyed the afternoon and returned tired and in one piece!


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25th Anniversary of our Church Building

Today, Sunday October 1, we celebrated with joy the 25 years of this building as our church home.  The official opening was held on Sunday October 4, 1992.  The Chancel Choir sang 'Bless This House'.  Everyone was give the opportunity to state what brings them joy in this building. Memories of 25 years were shared over coffee, tea and cake following the service. 

Refugee Update from Northwest Mississauga Constituent Group (Norwest)

TAREK YOUZBASHI one of our refugee applications who is a student residing in Egypt has been approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) pending a medical certification to be submitted Tarek. He is currently making arrangements to receive a medical and indeed may already have submitted it. We do not expect any problem here as he is a young man in good health. It may take an extended period of time for Tarek to arrive on Canada as there are plenty of anecdotes of refugees waiting six months or more after their medicals for their paperwork and a flight booking. However, it is possible that Tarek may be here by year end.

The Nadeem Family residing in UAE
We have no progress to report on the Nadeem family. This family still awaits an interview with CIC. The mother travelled back to Syria with their one child early this year from UAE in order to have their baby. Apparently she is staying with relatives in a "safer" part of Syria as it is too expensive for the whole family to remain in UAE. The father remains employed in UAE. We have been assured by our United Church Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) that this arrangement in no way affects the application as the father remains outside Syria.

Other refugee families we are assisting
In addition to the above refugees, we are assisting two other families in non-financial ways. One is a family of four in Lebanon. They are being sponsored by family members who live in Mississauga. In exchange for our help with their application, their private sponsor has agreed to assist in settling our refugees when they arrive. The other family is a mother and daughter currently living in Mississauga. Norwest has agreed to provide material assistance to this family. Scheduling, appointments, assisting in day to day needs where required as their original sponsor was not able.

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There are two seas in Palestine

One is fresh, and fish are in it.  Splashes of green adorn its banks.  Trees spread their branches over it and stretch out their thirsty roots to sip of its healing waters.
Along its shores the children play, as children played when He was there.  He loved it.  He could look across its silver surface when He spoke His parables.  And on a rolling plain not far away He fed five thousand people.
The river Jordan makes this sea with sparkling water from the hills.  So it laughs in the sunshine.  And men build their houses near to it, and birds their nests: and every kind of life is happier because it is there.
The river Jordan flows on south into another sea.
Here is no splash of fish, no fluttering leaf, no song of birds, no children's laughter.  Travellers choose another route, unless on urgent business.  The air hangs heavy above its waters, and neither man nor beast nor fowl will drink.
What makes this mighty difference in these neighbour seas?  Not the river Jordan.  It empties the same good water into both.
This is the difference.  The Sea of Galilee receives but does not keep the Jordan.  For every drop that flows into it another drop flows out.  The giving and receiving go on in equal measure.  The other sea is shrewder, hoarding its income jealously.  It will not be tempted into any generous impulse.  Every drop it gets, it keeps.
The Sea of Galilee gives and lives.  This other sea gives nothing.  It is named The Dead.
There are two kinds of people in the world.
There are two seas in Palestine.
                                                                            By Bruce Barton

                                                                    Submitted by Mora Cairns

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                                 Upcoming Events

Loaves & Dishes Thanksgiving Bake Sale October 8th
After the service on October 8th, there will be a bake sale for Thanksgiving.  Donations of baking are welcome.  Items should be packaged for sale and brought to the church early before the service.

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 pm.  Play starts 7 pm.
Cost:      $10.00 per person. 
Why:      For the love of Euchre playing and yummy desserts.
Who:      All euchre players are welcome including singles.  
To reserve seating contact Mary Anna Williams by email.  State your name, and number of attendees.   Payment will be made at the door. 

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EMUC Striders
The David Culham trail starts in Erindale Park and follows the Credit River passing Riverwood Conservancy.  On Sunday October 15th come enjoy the crisp fall air while we walk the pathway in the valley.  The park entrance is 4.5 km from EMUC just east of Mississauga Rd along Dundas St W.  We'll carpool from EMUC and meet in the park at 12:15pm after a bagged lunch in the Narthex. For more information, contact  Tim Hayes    c 647 409 0693

Women for Women
Women for Women is kicking off the year with a "meet and greet" with Rev. Kathi Phillips on Wednesday, October 25 after the evening service. Come for coffee and dessert and a time to get to know Kathi as well as share some of our interests with her.  Further dates and activities for Women for Women will be available in the near future.  Plan to come to this informal evening.      Cathy Scattergood

Lost Landline?
One responsibility of the Membership and Pastoral Care committee is to keep the EMUC congregational list current.  If your family has discontinued the home telephone landline, kindly email (or telephone) a contact cell number to Peter at:   Thanks.

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).  

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Communique Dates for 2017


Editor: Janet Morrison   
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