FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         April 27, 2018

Season:  Easter                                    

                   Rev. Kathi's Message:
There is a lot to be proud of in our response as individuals and as a country in the aftermath of the tragedy on Yonge Street this week. From the police who didn't shoot; to the politicians who didn't fan the flames of division for political gain; and the media who showed restraint and allowed the facts to unfold without speculating beyond repair; and all the people who stepped in to help in any way they could, sharing love not hate in the face of tragedy. Some have said it has been a very "Canadian" response.
The following was posted by Rev. David Giffen, of the Church of the Transfiguration, on Monday evening:
"He wasn't born this way. He can't have been. It keeps seeping into my mind as I watch my news feed scroll carnage and chaos in my city today. The name and the photo of the perpetrator stands still, and all I can think is, he wasn't born this way. He can't have been.
You aren't born wanting to sow anarchy and fear. You aren't born wanting to take life and limb and leave the rest to suffer. You aren't born filled with hate or violence or terror in your heart. He just can't have been.
He was made in the image and likeness and love of God. Just like me. He was born with potential and possibility and promise. Just like you. He was known in his mother's womb and cherished by our creator. No different than any of us is.
He wasn't born this way. He can't have been.
But, like us all, he was born into a broken and fractured world, just like every victim and every perpetrator. He was born with the prospect and possibility of both acts of goodness and the treachery of deceit. He was born into a corrupt and corruptible world where degraded love and systemic hate can shatter the life into which we first began.
He wasn't born this way. But this is who he became.
It pains me, perpetrator, but I pray for you on this day when you rained down terror and trepidation upon my beloved home. I pray for you because I believe it is the only way I won't become what you have today. I pray for you because so much of me wants to succumb to all the hate you make me feel inside. I pray for you because Christ says it is the only way.
May the violence end with yours. May the hate end with the blood of your victims. And may the fire that burns in our hearts be a fire desperate for the world that Jesus promised us - a world where there is no more tears, no more crying, and no more pain.
He wasn't born this way."
We love. We will heal. We are not alone.

Rev. Kathi

                This Week at EMUC

Sunday April 29th       
                     10:00 am:
 Sunday Worship
                                       Scripture:  Acts 8: 26-40
                                       Gospel:  John 15: 1-8
                                       Message:  'On Being Pruned'
                      After Service:  Fundscript sales

Wednesday May 2nd
                  6:45 pm: 
Prayers and Communion
                  7:45 pm:  Moving Furniture for Garage Sale

Thursday May 3rd
                       6:00 pm:  Refugee Group Meeting
                       7:00 pm:
 Chancel Choir practice
                        8:00 am - 8:00 pm:  Garage Sale Drop Off

Friday May 4th
                       9:00 am to 8:00 pm:  Garage Sale Drop Off

Saturday, May 5th:  
                       8:00 am to noon:  Garage Sale
Next Sunday May 6th:  Sunday w orship
                                            led by Rev. Kathi
                                            EMU Club
Upcoming Events:

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.. 
Saturday, April 28 - SOLD OUT
Sunday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m..  - very limited tickets available
Come and enjoy a 4-course meal and a cash bar, while watching the mystery unfold. 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!

If you can help, leave your donation in the basket in the narthex at the church.
  • Here are some different ways to contribute:
    • make a financial donation through your regular offering.Cheques should be made out to EMUC and clearly marked for the Deacon's Cupboard.
    • buying Fundscript cards and giving these to Mike Ogilvie to take to the Cupboard. In both cases charitable receipts will be issued.
    • if you are getting a $25 card from Loblaws as part of the bread price fixing agreement why not donate it to the Deacon's Cupboard to help support the needy in our community. Mike Ogilvie would be pleased to take your card and make sure it gets to the Cupboard. l.
EMUC GARAGE SALE - Our major fundraiser!
Mark your calendars for  Saturday May 5, 2018, 8:00 am to noon!  If you are cleaning closets etc. consider donating items in good condition to the sale.  Remember  to take home a box to bring in your gently used treasures for our sale. If you have not done so, please sign up to help setup, sort and/or sell.Thank you from your garage sale team (G.S.T.).
There will be a Bake Table at the Garage Sale.  Donations to the bake table are welcome.  Please package cookies, muffins etc. in packages of 6 with a label indicating the kind of baking and if it contains nuts.  Baking may be dropped off at the church anytime on Friday May 4th.

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 for sale shortly. 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.

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, April 29, 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.

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.