FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         August 17, 2018

Season:  Ordinary Time                   

                        Rev. Kathi's Message:

Almost as soon as I opened my first email account, I started to receive unsolicited emails from friends and acquaintances that had a religious theme to them. I guess it is because I have always been active in church life, people want to share these messages and, I guess, there is an expectation that I will be in agreement with any statement that has to do with "church stuff."
One of these emails that has been circulating for years always pops up this time of year, probably because a new school year is imminent. It goes along the lines of:
Dear God,
Why do you allow so much violence in schools?
Concerned Student
Dear Concerned Student,
I am not allowed in schools.
It has been a long time since I graduated high school, but I have friends who are teachers and I love the stories I hear coming from classrooms around the world:
  • Three years ago, when the Syrian refugee crisis suddenly became a lead story around the world, schools were among the first groups to respond to our federal government's offer to participate in sponsorships. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised - a looney at a time - and families were brought to safety.
  • After a gunman killed seventeen students and staff members on Valentine's Day this year, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida rose up and marched in protest of gun violence. They battled the gun lobby, internet trolls and even their own government but they have never backed down on their demands for safe schools for every student in the country.
  • Almost every school in Canada now has an anti-bullying program that not only supports the victims but also offers help to the bullies to break their patterns of behaviour.
  • Roots of Empathy is a classroom program which began in Toronto in 1996. In the program infants are taken to visit elementary schools on a regular basis, in order to allow the schoolchildren to observe the infants' development and emotions. It is now used internationally and has shown to have dramatic effect in reducing levels of aggression among schoolchildren by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.
Every day at a school somewhere new friendships are made, patient teachers help struggling students to make a breakthrough, and hungry kids get a nutritious breakfast for free.
Every day love is lived out at schools in our community, in our province, and around the world. It is lived out in compassion, patience, kindness and joy.
This is how I know that God is allowed in our schools. This is how I know that God is there.

Rev. Kathi


                This Week at EMUC

Sunday August 19th       
                     10:00 am:
 Worship - led by Rev. Kathi
                                        Scripture: Ephesians 5:15 - 20
                                        Gospel: Luke 15: 11-32
                                         Message: "The Return of the Prodigal" - Part 2

                     After the service: Women for Women Planning Meeting
Monday August 20th
                     5:00 pm:  Interfaith Meeting
Tuesday August 21st
                      6:00 pm:  Leadership Circle - off-site
Wednesday August 22nd
                     6:45 pm:   Prayers and Communion 

Next Sunday August 26th:   Worship will be led by Rev. Kathi
                               Part 3 of sermon series on the Prodigal Son

Summer Office Hours: Monday 1- 4 pm; Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday 9-12 noon & 1- 4 pm; Friday 9 -1pm

Upcoming Events:

Communique copy deadline: August 17th - Today!
The next newsletter will be published August 26th.  Articles and information about fall events must be sent to Janet Morrison by August 17th to be included in the next publication.

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.
A meet and greet event is being planned for the afternoon of Sunday, September 16. Details to follow.

Deacon's Cupboard
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 as well as 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 this Sunday, Aug. 26, 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.

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.

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.