FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         May 11, 2018

Season:  Easter                                    

                   Rev. Kathi's Message:
A few weeks ago, I used this space to tell you about my plans to incorporate some intentional time for myself my day. I said that I would keep you informed with my progress and... I haven't been so successful. The cello is still in the repair shop and I can't practice, my knee injury is taking longer to heal than I had hoped so stretching is just too uncomfortable for now. But I am spending time in prayer every morning - just sitting with Jesus! - and I find that this alone is a wonderful way to start my day.
At an evening meeting this week, we were asked what we were actively doing each day to take care of ourselves. As it turns out, we could all do a little better. Busy people, involved people often do not take the time for self-care - even if we need it the most.
Self-care isn't just a buzzword - it's also a spiritual practice, including in the Bible. Jesus did it frequently, retreating to quiet places for prayer and reflection, and calling for his followers to seek the relief they needed in a relationship with him. Practically, however, having the time and space to address our own needs often requires help and resources that aren't always available.
Life in the 21st Century brings pressures from outside judgment and inner expectations but it also brings those small moments of beauty and victory when everything works, and we're buoyed by the kindness and care of others. It also shows what happens in the absence of that care, or our unwillingness to recognize how much we need it. From time to time we could all use a reminder of the reassurance we all need - from others, and from ourselves.
Jesus often reminds his followers how much he loves them and how much God loves them. That message is for us, too. Because we are loved, we can give love and that includes giving some love to ourselves.

                This Week at EMUC

Sunday May 13th       
                     10:00 am:
 Sunday Worship
                                       Scripture:  Acts 10: 44-48
                                       Gospel:  John 15: 9-17
                                       Message:  'Love, love, love'
                       After service:  Impromptu Practice

Wednesday May 16th
                  6:45 pm: 
Prayers and Communion
Thursday May 17th
                        7:00 pm:
 Chancel Choir practice
Next Sunday May 20th:  Sunday w orship
                                            led by Rev. Kathi
                                            EMU Club
Upcoming Events:

On Saturday May 26th, at 2 pm we will be celebrating the life of Janet Tait who died recently.  Janet was a long time member of the church and the Chancel Choir.  A reception will be held after in the lower hall.

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.   

EMUC is hosting this concert which features The Ontario Male Chorus and the "Boys from Company B" a boy's choir from Cawthra School of the Arts. Tickets will be available this Sunday at the cost of $20 per adult and $10 for students and children. This is a fundraiser for EMUC and the choirs. Both groups are excellent and this is a concert you won't want to miss! Any questions see Sylvia Arnold.

Women for Women Retreat
On Saturday June 9, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Women for Women is holding its annual retreat.  The day starts at EMUC for a breakfast and a short program.  The group will then carpool to Visual Arts Mississauga.  The program includes:
  • indoor & outdoor activities, including a hike or a walk around the gardens
  • continental breakfast, healthy lunch & snacks
  • desserts offered by participants
  • morning program at EMUC & afternoon art workshop at VAM (make a ceramic mug)
  • carpooling from EMUC to VAM & back
Please register by May 24th  either by email to Debby Sturgeon or by signing up on the bulletin board at the church.  Space is limited to 40 women.  The cost is $40 per person (bursary assistance is available- speak to Kathi Phillips).  See the bulletin board for more information.

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, May 27, 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.

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  If you have any questions please speak to Mary Anna.