Rev. Kathi's Message:
One more weekend of summer vacation until school starts. For those about to start a new school year there is the sense of squeezing fun out of every moment left and also of getting back up to speed, of fitting back into a routine. For those of us not going back, the heart still tugs. Sometimes it seems that no matter how long ago it was that you left school, the last week of summer vacation is quite bittersweet.
I am thinking today of all of you and send this prayer for a new school year:
Wonderful God, you are the source of all wisdom and knowledge. You have given us the desire to learn and grow, and hearts to share our learning.
- Bless our children as they begin yet another year of school. Give them peace when they feel nervous, focus when they feel distracted, energy when they feel tired. Open their minds to the lessons they will learn both in and outside the classroom. Help them to make friends that build one another up and be friends to those who need them. Be ever-present with them in the classroom, on the school bus, on the playground, and at home, and may they feel your loving care in all they do.
- Walk with our teens as they navigate their middle and high school years. Guide them in making good choices as they grow in wisdom and maturity. May they be assured of your unconditional love for each one.
- For those taking on the burden and privilege of higher education, whether as young adults or as mature students, please send balance. That these learners will focus on their classwork, projects, labs and tutorials and will also take time to build relationships and embrace opportunities to become the unique human beings you have created them to be.
- Bless those in the ministry of teaching future generations. As they embark on a new school year, grant them energy, passion, discipline, and endurance for their daily tasks. Infuse their classrooms and lecture halls with an atmosphere of care and mutual respect, that all interactions there will be bathed in patience and understanding. Help their lessons to grow pupils in both knowledge and character and help us all to support the work these teachers do building up our community and our future.
- There are many others who are involved in education, and we ask a blessing on the school administrators, librarians, education assistants, custodians, lunch supervisors and bus drivers. May all their interactions with the students and each other be kind and compassionate. May they experience the joy and honour of helping to shape lives.
Help us to look upon every child in our community as one of our own, helping them to grow in character and knowledge. Amen.
This Week at EMUC
Worship - led by Rev. Kathi
Scripture: Song of Solomon 2: 8-13
Epistle: James 1: 17-27
Message: "A Love Song"
After the service:'
FundScript' order pickups
Tuesday September 4th
7:00 pm: Music Committee
Wednesday September 5th
Prayers and Communion
7:00 pm: Congregational Growth
7:00 pm: Chancel Choir practice
Next Sunday September 9th:
Worship will be led by Rev. Kathi
Labour Day Sunday
The EMUC Bridge Club starts a new season with the opening tournament and social on
Friday, September 14. A schedule of monthly match-ups alternating as host and guest keeps the play going until the closing party in June.
Come out and meet the players. Newcomers and those interested in learning to play are welcome.
Come register on Friday September 14 at 7:15 in the lower hall. For more details email email@example.com
September 16th after the service, the Striders will visit Mount Nemo on the Upper Level. Mount Nemo is a favourite among hikers in Halton Parks. Away from the crowds and the hustle bustle of the city, Mount Nemo is a peaceful sanctuary for nature walks. Watch the Turkey Vultures float on the thermals while you take in the panoramic view of the escarpment. On a clear day you can see the CN Tower in Toronto! Mount Nemo is a haven for naturalists and birders. Keep binoculars, a magnifying glass, and a camera on hand! Mount Nemo is teeming with biodiversity. Details about carpooling and exact time will follow closer to the date.
Northwest Mississauga Constituent Group Refugee Status Update
Both Tarek and the Nadaff family are gradually settling into their new homes in Mississauga. Through a Syrian community organization, Tarek has enrolled in a Social Integration course at the downtown campus of the University of Toronto. Both he and Nadeem have had their credentials assessed and are attending workshops to help them with their job searches. Nadeem will take part in a coop program that will help him to gain Canadian work experience. Both are anxious to start work and use their skills. Oulla is enrolled in English classes and is becoming much more confident speaking. Five year old Lelas is looking forward to starting kindergarten in September. In spite of the hot weather we have been experiencing, they are all anxious about the approach of winter.
Tarek and the Nadaffs have been grateful for all of the generous support and donations and are not in need of anything in particular at this time. If you would like to help in any way, please speak to a member of the sponsorship group:
Hermine Bingham, Muriel Hamdani, Debby Sturgeon, Janet Morrison
Meet and Greet: Sunday September 16 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the lower Hall at Erin Mills United Church. Please join the Northwest Missisauga Constituent group to meet the Nadaff family and Tarek Youzbashi and welcome them to Canada. They are looking forward to meeting more members of the community. Light refreshments will be served.
Café Sunday: Munch, Mingle and More
Guest Speaker on September 30
September 30, Lynne Culham, Executive Director of the Open Door will be speaking at the service. Plan to attend.
EMUC will provide food for the Open Door. More details to follow.
The Deacon's Cupboard has reopened after being closed for the month of July. If you are planning on making a donation, the Cupboard is in need of powdered or canned milk and tuna. Donations may be left at the church.
FUNDSCRIP is 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 purchased 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 30, 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?
Your used gift cards may be placed in a small box on the Visitors table beside the photocopier room. Mary Anna Williams will ensure they are dropped off at the Town Centre for recycling.
HAITI SCHOOL PROJECT
Again school supplies for the schools in Haiti are being requested. Refer to the poster at the back of the church and the box where you can place any supplies you wish to donate. The list of items needed can be found inside the box.
The congregation of EMUC has been extremely generous in the past. Children of Hope Haiti is truly grateful to receive all the supplies. They are delivered directly to the teachers who distribute evenly according to each student's needs. With gratitude on behalf of COHH,Mary Anna Williams.