FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         February 23, 2018

Season:  Lent                                          
                   Rev. Kathi's Message:
Billy Graham was one of the most influential spiritual voices across the globe for decades. I didn't often agree with his theology, but I never doubted the love in his heart. He preached to hundreds of millions of people, met with every U.S. president since Harry Truman, and spoke out for civil rights. He absolutely made a difference in the world.
This week, the evangelist died at the age of 99. Here are a few of his most memorable quotes:
On Sanctification
"Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion-it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ."
On Money
"There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess men."
On Courage
"Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened."
On Hardship
"Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys."
On Community
"Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out."
On Judging Others
"It is the Holy Spirit's job to convict, God's job to judge and my job to love."
On Honesty
"Don't ever hesitate to take to [God] whatever is on your heart. He already knows it anyway, but He doesn't want you to bear its pain or celebrate its joy alone."
On Jesus
"Many people are willing to have Jesus as part of their lives-as long as it doesn't cost them anything. They may even profess faith in Jesus and join a church. But Jesus to them is almost like an insurance policy-something they obtain and then forget about until they die. What keeps you from being His disciple?"
On God's Love
"Sin is the second most powerful force in the universe, for it sent Jesus to the cross. Only one force is greater-the love of God."
On Salvation
"Salvation is an act of God. It is initiated by God, wrought by God, and sustained by God
May you rest in peace, Dr. Graham.

Rev Kathi

                This Week at EMUC

Sunday at 10:00 am:
   Black History Month service
   Scripture Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16
                                       Gospel:  Mark 8: 31-38
                                       Guest Soloist:  Rufus John
After the service: Annual Congregational Meeting
Tuesday at noon:  Worship Committee

Tuesday at 6:00 pm:  Lenten Movie (The Shack) and Dinner

Wednesday at 2:00 pm:  Circle of Friends
                        6:45 pm: 
Prayers and Communion

Thursday at 7:00 pm:  Chancel Choir practice

Friday at 7:00 pm:  Women for Women
Next Sunday: Service led by Rev. Kathi

Upcoming Events:

Some of you may have noticed the changes happening to the back pew area of our sanctuary.  On Sunday (Jan. 28) we launched a new, more inclusive program for the children and families in our congregation.  Children and families are invited to come and explore our new space, enjoy some quiet activities and experiment with some new storytelling technology.  Please come visit and find out more about this exciting new model for children's programming.

On Sunday,  February 25th following the 10 am worship service, plan to attend the annual meeting of the congregation to receive the annual report, to approve the financial statements for 2017 and a budget for 2018 and to elect new church officers.  Everyone is encouraged to attend this important meeting.

Come and join us over 3 Tuesday evenings as we watch a film together and share discussion over a meal.   We will gather in the sanctuary at 6 pm on Feb 27, March 6 and March 13 to watch part of the film The Shack, and then share dinner.  Susan Ogilvie has very kindly offered to prepare the meal at a cost of $7 per person.
Please let Rev Kathi know if you are planning to join us -

The next gathering of Women for Women is March 2nd.  We will gather at 7:00 pm in the Narthex for coffee and dessert.  The cost for the evening is a $5.00 donation.  All women and men of EMUC as well as friends and family are welcome.  
Join us for a special presentation on Walking the Camino de Santiago by Gary Hines. 
The Camino de Santiago... known in English as The Way of Saint James among other names, is a network of pilgrims' ways serving pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth [Wikipedia].
Sign up on the bulletin board or contact Cathy Scattergood to register.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre - "Frownton Abbey"  Tickets Have Arrived!
Our much anticipated fundraising evening is approaching!  The cast from Eden United and our own Erin Mills United are rehearsing for this highly entertaining dinner theatre show that will take place at Eden United Church on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m..  Come and enjoy a 4-course meal and a cash bar, while watching the mystery unfold.  Tickets will go on sale on Sunday March 4 and we are expecting to sell out for both evenings, so get your tickets early.  Tickets are priced at $30.00 each.  Come with friends and family and you will be assigned a table together as a group.  Just be sure to let us know who you'll be sitting with when you buy your tickets.  **Please make all cheques out to Eden United Church Women**  This is a joint fundraiser for each church and we will be sharing the revenue with Eden United, so we encourage you to come out and support the hard work of the volunteers who are putting it together.  Enjoy the show!  

The Garage Sale which occurs the first Saturday in May is an important fundraiser.  One or two people are required to oversee this fundraising event.  Many people help and know what is required of them.  The role involves overseeing the event, ensuring all areas are covered, advertising etc.  If you are interested in doing this or sharing the job with someone else, speak with anyone on the Nominating Committee or David Leeder, FCL Finance. If coordinators are not found, this important event will not happen.

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 this Sunday, February 25, 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.