STEWARDSHIP 2018 - Update
After four weeks
of our 2018 Stewardship Program,
we have received 53 responses compared to 59 at this stage last year.
The good news continues to be that these
commitments are in total $3132 above those made
by these individuals or families
If you have not returned your form, please do so by placing it in the box in the church foyer, leaving it in the church office or mailing it using the self- addressed envelope enclosed with your package. Our Envelope Secretary, Mike Ogilvie, will deal with your estimate in confidence.
In December we start to develop our 2019 budget and the more returns we have the more reliable our revenue projection will be.
ADVENT STUDY GROUP
For those who want an opportunity to go a little deeper into Christmas, I am offering a
3-week small group seminar called Living Nativity,
to start on December 4th. Focusing on the traditional creches that we bring out to decorate our homes and churches, we will take a closer look at the figures and how their presence in the story connects with our own spiritual journey. We will explore incarnation in the bigger picture of love and as a practice of cooperation. We will see how each figure can infuse the ordinary, and we will ask who is always in the story and never in the creche.
Our beloved figures take us deeply into the mystery of incarnation and the divine longing at the heart of “the hopes and fears of all the years.”
Each week there will be 2 opportunities to participate – a
Tuesday afternoon session at 2pm and a Wednesday evening session at 7:30pm.
Please sign up on the sheet on the back bulletin board or contact Kathi or leave a message at (905)820-9466.
OUT OF THE COLD - Winter Coats, Jackets
As in previous years, we are collecting warm outer wear for the Open Door at Square One. There is a special need for kids’ snow pants.
Please drop off your clean, in good repair items at the church. Thank you.
POINSETTIA FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
Erin Mills Youth Centre is once again selling poinsettias to raise funds for United Way of Peel Region.
Plants will be available for pick-up at EMUC by December 2nd.
You may dedicate a poinsettia in memory of a loved one and donate it to decorate the sanctuary during the Advent and Christmas season. All poinsettias may be taken home following the Christmas Eve services.
For further information please contact Lorraine Brignall or Debby Sturgeon
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL'WRITE FOR RIGHTS' EVENT
The Interfaith Peace and Justice Committee will mark
International Human Rights Day on Sunday, December 9 with a “Write for Rights” event
in support of prisoners of conscience and victims of harassment and human rights abuses around the world. Join us immediately following the service to write letters to government officials, send a card or note of support to prisoners of conscience to remind them that they are not alone, or sign a petition. This year’s cases focus on women’s rights activists who are being persecuted for standing up for human rights. Copies of this year’s cases are available in the narthex if you wish to prepare your letters ahead of time. Donations to cover the cost of postage will be gratefully received.
For further information on this event speak to any member of the committee: Dianne Hope, Muriel Hamdani, Hilton Jeffers, Debby Sturgeon, Larry Van Goozen.
LOAVES AND DISHES
Toutieres and shepherd's pies are ready for pickup in the EMUC kitchen after the service on Sunday.
Turkey pot pies will be available in January 2019. An order sheet is on the sign-up bulletin board at the back of the church. Please place your orders there.
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 are available the last Sunday of every month.
next order date is this Sunday, December 16th.
Speak to Joanne Hines if you have any questions about the program.
is the last time to order for Christmas!