FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         August 24, 2018

Season:  Ordinary Time                   

                        Rev. Kathi's Message:

I am incredibly grateful for my vacation time this summer. I came back to church feeling rested and renewed, ready for the ministry we do together. I know that many of you have been on vacation or are planning to take some time in the next little while - it is important, even if we love what we do, even if we stay home, to take a break once in a while.

In the Gospel of Mark there is a story about a time when Jesus and the disciples have been busy. When they gather to report back to him "all that they had done and taught," Jesus must be really impressed. He says to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." Mark says that Jesus proposed this vacation because, "many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat." So, they go away in a boat to a place by themselves.

Unfortunately, when they get there it is anything but deserted and Jesus and the disciples are forced into action. Later, when they cross over to the other side of the lake - perhaps in another attempt to get away from the crowds - the people will recognize him, and they will be called into work again, healing the ones brought out to them.

There is something more to this Bible story than just some spoiled vacation time. Jesus seems to be inviting, maybe even commanding us to take time off. This does not seem like a hard commandment to follow!

But for some of us it is. We act as if it is up to us to do good or good won't be done; it's up to us to set the world right or the world is lost. We have forgotten that our God not only created but is still creating. Our God is not dead, not inactive, or ineffective.

The tradition of Sabbath is as old as the Hebrew scriptures. In the creation story from Genesis, everything God created is called "good," the heavens and earth, the daytime and night, the sky and waters and land, the creatures are all good, but the Sabbath alone is called holy.

Some of us remember when Sundays were legally controlled days of rest - no sports, no movies, definitely no shopping - and even the swings in the playground were chained up on Sundays. The Sabbath was a mandated gift, a gift we were commanded to enjoy.

Jesus said, "The Sabbath is made for us, and not for God." He freed us from Sabbath regulations that took all joy from the day. But did he free us from Sabbath or for Sabbath? Did he mean for us to turn Sabbath into just another day? Or did he mean for us to turn all days into Sabbaths?

In this passage from Mark's gospel, Jesus' disciples report to him all the good things they have done and he invites them, permits them, commands them to get away from the press of the crowd and rest.

We like to emphasize the other commands of Jesus: to love the poor, to feed the hungry, to bind up each other's wounds, and to bear one another's burdens. Why not equally stress this command?

Thank God the world is not in our hands; the future is not ours to determine. We can do God's work as it is entrusted to us. We can work and pray and do our best to be both light and salt to the earth. And then we can take Sabbath, resting secure in the faith that the most important work is God's.

Rev. Kathi

                This Week at EMUC

Sunday August 26th       
                     10:00 am:
 Worship - led by Rev. Kathi
                                        Responsive Reading: Psalm 84
                                        Gospel: Luke 15: 11-32
                                         Message: "The Return of the Prodigal" - Part 3
                     After the service: ' FundScrip' orders can be made
                      2:30 pm:  Service at Erinview Lodge

Monday August 27th
                      2:00 pm:  Refugee Reception Planning Meeting

Tuesday August 28th
                       12:00 pm: Worship Committee Meeting
                         7:00 pm:  Music Committee Meeting

Wednesday August 29th
                     6:45 pm:   Prayers and Communion 

Next Sunday September 2nd:   Worship will be led by Rev. Kathi
                               Labour Day Sunday

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

Take Note!

Earlier this summer, one of our long-time and dedicated members,
Lloyd Freel, moved into Northridge Long Term Care Residence at 496 Postridge Drive, Oakville.  Mary invites EMUC friends to drop by for a visit to help with his transition.

Upcoming Events:

Bridge Club
The EMUC Bridge Club starts a new season with the opening tournament and social on Friday, September 14.  A schedule of monthly match-ups alternating as host and guest keeps the play going until the closing party in June.
Come out and meet the players.  Newcomers and those interested in learning to play are welcome.   Come register on Friday September 14 at 7:15 in the lower hall.  For more details email  

Striders Hiking Group
On September 16th after the service, the Striders will visit Mount Nemo on the Upper Level.   Mount Nemo is a favourite among hikers in Halton Parks. Away from the crowds and the hustle bustle of the city, Mount Nemo is a peaceful sanctuary for nature walks. Watch the Turkey Vultures float on the thermals while you take in the panoramic view of the escarpment. On a clear day you can see the CN Tower in Toronto!   Mount Nemo is a haven for naturalists and birders.  Keep binoculars, a magnifying glass, and a camera on hand! Mount Nemo is teeming with biodiversity.  Details about carpooling and exact time will follow closer to the date,                                  

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.

CafĂ© Sunday:  Munch, Mingle and More
On  September 23,  come to the service, stay for lunch and reconnect with friends after the summer.   Learn what is happening at EMUC.  Details to follow.

Guest Speaker on September 30
On September 30, Lynne Culham, Executive Director of the Open Door will be speaking at the service.  Plan to attend.
On October 25, EMUC will provide food for the Open Door.  More 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 and 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.