FRIDAY MESSAGE  Upcoming Events

                         May 25, 2018

Season:  Ordinary Time                   

                   Rev. Kathi's Message:
It has been documented that the events of our early years can mark us more than we realize. People who grew up in times of financial difficulty may spend the rest of their lives stock piling canned goods and finding ways to make things last, repurpose them. Or children of war might grow up to be untrusting, unable to feel settled, never really feeling at peace.
As a child of the 1960's, much of my worldview was shaped by protest. The Viet Nam War, the Civil Rights Marches, the fight for Women's Rights - I watched them all. I watched them, but never once did I go out and march for something I believed in. I think that I really wanted to protest - especially when I watched the people in Selma crossing the bridge - but I was too young to travel to the South, too privileged to even understand what I was meant to be protesting.
As I write this on Thursday evening, I am following a live broadcast on the internet from Washington DC. Thousands of my colleagues from around the globe have gathered there for the Festival of Homiletics - an annual event that brings the best preachers in the world together for five days to worship and share and teach and inspire. Earlier this evening they held a vigil led by Bishop Michael Curry (yes, the one from the wedding last Saturday!) and then they joined with other Christian leaders from across the US to march to the White House to deliver a message: "The Holy Spirit is at work even in the darkness of this political moment. We feel it calling us to reclaim Jesus from those who have appropriated, co-opted, and hijacked his name for worldly power."
If you are interested in seeing the complete statement you can find the video at
I wish I were there.



It is with great sadness that we announce the  passing of George Newman on Wednesday May 23rd.  The funeral will be held on Monday May 28th at 1:30 pm at Erin Mills United Church.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Lorraine, Kevin, Cathy and the entire family.

                This Week at EMUC

Saturday May 26th: 
                       2:00 pm  Celebration of Life - Janet Tait

Sunday May 27th       
                     10:00 am:
 Sunday Worship
                                        Epistle:  Romans 8: 12-17  
                                        Gospel:  John 3: 1-17
                                        Message: "Who is God?"
               After Service:  FundScript
                                         EMUC Striders
                       7:30 pm:  Ontario Male Chorus and Boys in B Concert
Monday May 28th
                      Noon:  Funeral Visitation for George Newman
                      1:30 pm:  Service  

Tuesday May 29th
                       6:00 pm:  EMYC Annual Meeting                 

Wednesday May 30th
      6:45 pm: 
Prayers and Communion
Thursday May 31st
                        7:00 pm:
 Chancel Choir practice
Next Sunday June 3rd:   Sunday worship
                                         led by Rev. Kathi
                                            EMU Club
Upcoming Events:

On Saturday May 26th, at 2 pm we will be celebrating the life of Janet Tait who died recently.  Janet was a long time member of the church and the Chancel Choir.  A reception will be held after in the lower hall.

Baking for Funeral Receptions:
If you would like to donate some baking for the receptions following the Celebration of Life or George Newman's funeral, please drop it off at the church on Saturday by 1 pm or by noon on Monday.

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.   

The EMUC Striders will descend on City Centre on Sunday May 27th to explore the various installations: Urban Parks, Legends Row, the Spirit Garden, Celebration Square, The Fountain, Living Arts Centre and Sheridan College.
Car-pooling will be available, leaving the church parking lot at 12:00 for arrival at Civic Centre after 12:15 and parking underground from Duke of York Blvd.

EMUC is hosting this concert which features The Ontario Male Chorus and the "Boys in B", a boy's choir from Cawthra School of the Arts. Tickets will be available this Sunday at the cost of $20 per adult and $10 for students and children. 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.

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
Please register by May 24th  either by email to Debby Sturgeon or by signing up on the bulletin board at the church.  Space is limited to 40 women.  The cost is $40 per person (bursary assistance is available - speak to Kathi Phillips).  See the bulletin board for more information.

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.

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, May 27, 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.

Tarek Youzbashi has arrived in Mississauga on Thursday, May 28. 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.
            We got word this week that 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.