FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         October 6, 2017

Season:  Creation Time               

Easter Service
Rev. Kathi's Message:
This may seem an unusual message for Thanksgiving weekend, but I have heard from some of you that the devastating events last weekend in Edmonton and Las Vegas are really weighing on your hearts. Maybe you hope and pray that tragedies like the ones we witness far too frequently these days would just stop and go away...forever. You wish you could wake up in a world in which children could go to school, friends could go to movies, athletes could run marathons, music lovers could go to concerts and people could go to churches without the fear of violence.

Sadly, that doesn't appear to be ready to happen anytime soon. Hurricanes, fires and earthquakes-devastating as they are-are one thing. But the evil that we inflict on one another, that's a whole other sickness. In an era of randomized terror, it's extremely difficult to protect ourselves from the acts of violence that are infecting and affecting our ordinary, everyday life. Which is exactly what it's designed to do. That is why they call it terror.

So we pray, even when we are not sure what to pray or how to pray and even if we are not sure that it is enough.

Here are a few things that have been circulating through my heart and mind as tragedy after tragedy keeps happening and I look for a way to respond faithfully:
  • This is the time to be the church. Because what our faith offers is a radically different alternative to hatred and violence. The Gospel is a needed ethic in our culture - it moves us to love when all that is left is hate.
  • We need to practice our traditions of humility, confession and grace. The church has made mistakes over the generations and we need to take ownership for that.
  • We live in an age where faith is increasingly seen as divisive and extreme. Our scripture teaches us that there's no 'us' and 'them.' There is only an 'us' and 'us.'
  • The only ethic that will ever work is the ethic of love. Martin Luther King Jr said it very well: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
  • Although good legislation is very important, in order to change the world we need to change the hearts of the people. The most radical thing you can do today is to extend love in the face of hate.
So go be the church...the church Jesus had in mind: Repent. Confess. Humble yourself. Forgive. Love. Hope. Trust. Turn to Christ for the strength you don't have. He has it. And we may already have the things that can change the world.

On this Thanksgiving weekend I want to tell you that I appreciate you so much. We have much to be grateful for. I hope you will be celebrating with family and friends and that you will be able to take a minute to offer thanks for all we have been given.


This Week at EMUC
Sunday at 10:00 am:  Thanksgiving  Service l
ed by Rev. Kathi Phillips
                                     Scripture:  Deuteronomy 8: 7-18
                                     Gospel:  Luke 17: 11-19
   Sermon:  "Gratitude and Grace"
   Thanksgiving Bake Sale after worship
Tuesday at 7:00 pm:  Nominating Committee
Wednesday at   2:00 pm:  Circle of Friends
                          6:45 pm: 
Prayers & Communion

Saturday at 6:30 pm:  Euchre - Social Night

Next Sunday October 15:  Worship led by Rev. Kathi
                   After Service:  Advent Planning
                                            Hiking with the Striders                
Upcoming Events:

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).  The next Friday session will be October 6th.

A bake sale will be held after the Thanksgiving service on October 8th.  Loaves and Dishes will be baking for the sale; however, baking is welcome from anyone wishing to contribute. Please bring your baking to the church early before the service.

Turkey pies are available for sale on Sunday at a cost of $9 for small and $20 for a large.  You can purchase them in the kitchen after 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 p.m. 
              Play starts 7 p.m. sharp.
Cost:      $10.00 per person. 
Why:      For the love of Euchre playing and yummy desserts.
Who:      All euchre players are welcome including singles.  

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

Save  Sunday October 15th for the next hike.  The group will be walking the David Culham trail which follows the Credit River and passes Riverwood Conservancy in Erindale Park.  The group will carpool to the park after a bagged lunch in the Narthex.  Meet in the park at 12:15 pm. Come an enjoy the crisp fall air and fall colours!

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, October 29.   Please see the display board at the back of the church or speak to Joanne Hines if you have any questions about the program.

The number of guests  at the Deacon's Cupboard  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.

St. Peter's Erindale is collecting winter clothing to distribute to guests of the Deacon's Cupboard. Throughout October the volunteers will be collecting the coats, jackets, scarves, gloves and boots that are needed for all ages but especially for children. They then launder or dry clean the items, repair them - replace zippers, buttons etc. and give them out to the Visitors at the Cupboard during the month of November. Items can be dropped off at St. Peter's or at Erin Mills United.

St. Peter's is also looking for volunteers to help with the winter clothing giveaway. Please contact Linda Leeder and she will put you in touch with the organizers.