FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         June 8, 2018

Season:  Ordinary Time                   

                   Rev. Kathi's Message:
I am not really into labels, I have never bought a Kate Spade bag, wallet or even a keychain. But even I have heard her story, I have seen her lovely designs. I know that she was celebrated for her whimsical touches and accessible style. I didn't know that she was living with depression.
I have heard of pop singer Selena Gomez. I know that she is living with lupus and recently had a kidney transplant. But I didn't know that Kate Spade was living with depression.
Movie actor Angelina Jolie was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and we all heard about her decision to have pre-emptive surgery a few years ago. But we didn't hear that Kate Spade had depression.
Michael J. Fox has been very public about living with Parkinson's Disease. He is a brilliant advocate for research and treatment. But, apparently, Kate Spade kept her illness from almost everyone - even her own family.
Tom Hanks revealed on a talk show that he has diabetes. He went public to share his experience and to encourage others to be tested. Kate Spade kept her depression a secret. Robin Williams also kept his depression a secret.
Kate and Robin both died because of their illness - they took their own lives.
As long as society continues to treat mental health issues as something to be ashamed of, as something to hide, people will continue to die of illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses.
We have huge fundraisers for cancer research and heart disease, and we have helped move closer to a cure. There are awareness campaigns for almost any illness you can think of, and many more people are getting earlier treatment, but until the Bell "Let's Talk" event started a few years ago, no one promoted mental health issues.
We have to bring mental health issues out from the shadows. We have to take the stigma away. We can be more supportive when friends and family share a diagnosis with us. Their lives are worth it.
Rev Kathi

                This Week at EMUC

Sunday June 10th       
                     10:00 am:
 Sunday Worship
                                        Scripture:  Acts 17: 24-25
                                        Gospel:  Luke 6: 47-48
                                        Scripture: Revelation 22:1-2
                      After Service:  Off the Cuff practice
                                               Congregational Picnic
Tuesday June 12th
                   4:30 pm:  Nominating Meeting
                  6:00 pm:  Leadership Circle

Wednesday June 6th
4:00 pm:  Finance Meeting
6:45 pm: 
Prayers and Communion
                  7:30 pm:  Membership Development & Pastoral Care
Next Sunday June 17th:   National Indigenous Peoples Day
                                         led by Rev. Kathi with Guest                                             Musicians and Off the Cuff
Upcoming Events:

This Sunday is our annual picnic following the church service.  Sandwiches and desserts are being provided.  Please bring a salad, veggie/fruit tray, cheese and cracker tray, etc. to share.

Join us as we acknowledge National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21st) at our service on June 17!
Our guest speaker is Dawn Maracle. Dawn is an indigenous woman, an "educator, emcee, writer, advisor, consultant, teacher, curriculum writer, KAIROS Blanket Exercise Facilitator and master/corporate trainer". She has twenty-five years experience working with and for Indigenous communities, organizations, initiatives and campaigns.
This is an initiative of the Interfaith, Justice and Peace group. We welcome new members! Speak to Deb Sturgeon, Muriel Hamdani, Larry Van Goozen, Hilton Jeffers or Dianne Hope.
Tarek Youzbashi has arrived in Mississauga on Thursday, May 24.
Tarek is fluent in English and has an experience in editing and translation. We anticipate that his transition to life in Canada will be a smooth one.
The Nadaff family, Nadeem and Oula and their children Lelas and Ahmed, will be arriving on June 28.
Preparations are underway to find and furnish appropriate accomodations.
            Tarek and the Nadaff family have both expressed their gratitude for your generosity in supporting their sponsorship.

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

Your Membership and Development Care Team is planning a Lunch and Learn event on June 24th following worship from 11:45 to 1:15. A light lunch will be provided. The guest speaker, Dr. Bob Sauls a retired leader in Palliative Care from Trillium Health Partners will be guiding us through a discussion on giving support

Students preparing to attend a college or university starting in the fall of 2018 may now apply for the annual bursary awarded in memory of Ian MacRae. Application forms are available from the church office and the brochure explains the details. This bursary is offered to all students and is not restricted to members of the congregation. Applications must be submitted by June 15th, 2018.

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.   

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, June 24, 2018.  There will be no FUNDSCRIP order in July.  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.