The collected items will be packaged for distribution on
for distribution at the Open Door during the next week.. Thank you to all who contributed items.
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING - SUNDAY, MARCH 1
EMUC is a vibrant congregation, because of the many groups, and people who give of their time throughout the year, organizing events, running meetings, maintaining our building, fundraising, etc.
Our 2019 Annual Report is available celebrating these many groups. If you picked up a printed copy last week, we ask each family to bring their copy to the AGM
. The “Business” side of church is sometimes neither fun, or uplifting, but it is necessary. I would encourage you to attend this meeting, to vote on our 2020 budget, and to lend your voice to the future.
Click links to read:
WOMEN for WOMEN
The next Women for Women event takes place on
Friday, March 6 (**please note date change).
We will meet at EMUC
at 6:45 p.m.
for coffee and dessert followed by two presentations on self-care. Rachel Scattergood will speak on massage therapy. Ann-Marie Barrett-Tandy will speak on skin care. Wear comfortable clothing.
Cost is $10. Please sign up on the bulletin board or RSVP to Cathy Scattergood.
There are two opportunities to participate in special activities over this Lenten season:
Dinner and a Movie: Lent Film Study
We will meet for 3 consecutive
Monday evenings, March 9, 16 and 23
to watch a film and then discuss it over a potluck meal. This year we will be watching
, written and directed by Lulu Wang.
meet in the sanctuary at 6 p.m., plan to eat around 6:30 and
should be done by 8 p.m.
40 days of Kindness
s a daily generosity challenge that runs through the period of Lent. Those who sign up will receive an email or Facebook notice with the challenge for the day. These will come every day but Sunday of the seven weeks from February 26 to April 11.
For details see the Friday Message. If you would like to participate in either of these activities, please contact Kathi at (905) 820-9466 or by email at
UNITED CHURCH FAMILY SKATE - SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 1–2 p.m.
Where: Cawthra Arena, 1399 Cawthra Rd.
Who is welcome: All Mississauga United Church folk, friends and family.
*See the poster at the back of the sanctuary.
HANDBAGS & HYGIENE -
A DEACON'S CUPBOARD INITIATIVE
Every month, healthy women of childbearing age who are not pregnant, have a menstrual period. Feminine hygiene products are expensive, especially for women who already struggle to pay rent and put food on the table. Many women also come from a background where anything to do with their monthly cycle is taboo or even embarrassing.
In an effort to help our guests who may be challenged with these issues, we are collecting feminine hygiene products (pads and tampons) and non-see-through purses/handbags/cosmetic bags, so that we can discreetly distribute feminine hygiene products to those in need.
contact Cindy Young for more information.
Donations of items can be placed in the Deacon’s Cupboard basket at Erin Mills United Church.
Please note donations are needed by March 31, 2020.
• Feminine hygiene products - pads and/or tampons
• New or gently used purses, handbags
• New or gently used large cosmetics bags
• Financial contributions to help us purchase supplies
EXPLORE GREEN LIVING - SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
EMUC is hosting another environmental day to showcase the many activities regarding environmental action in Mississauga. Come and learn about the ambitious targets to reduce CO2 emissions that have been set by the City of Mississauga. The Region of Peel will be providing updated information on water quality and waste management. Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Eco Source, and other groups will be presenting their most recent projects. There will be AV presentations with Q&A's throughout the day. Set aside the day. It should be fun and give our church a chance to reach out to the community.
Closer to the day we will be asking for volunteers, especially youth to help with any volunteer hours they need. Some baking will be needed.
Organizers : Debby Sturgeon. Mary Anna Williams
LENT and EASTER 2020
March 1 – March 29
During Lent, services will feature Lenten themes and at each service we will light candles
Often, Lent is seen as a time of growing darkness and gloom. This year the scriptures promote growing and expanding light, newness, and hope. We will be bringing in light to each of the five Sundays leading up to Palm Sunday.
Sunday, April 5, 10:00 a.m., Palm Sunday
Experience the joy of the Palm Parade and the passion of entering into Holy week.
Thursday, April 9, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Maundy Thursday
The church will be open from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm for anyone to drop in at their leisure and experience a self-guided “meditative style” service with Communion, remembering The Last Supper with Jesus.
Thursday, April 9,
9:00 p.m. - Saturday April 11, 3:00 p.m., Vigil
The Easter Vigil is a longstanding tradition at Erin Mills United. Please sign up for one or more ‘one hour’ periods to spend time praying, reflecting, reading, meditating, or just being quiet in God’s presence.
You are also invited to sign up for an “overnight” vigil for either the Thursday or Friday night, starting at 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.. Bring your sleeping bag and pillow for comfort.
Friday, April 10, 9 a.m., Good Friday Service
A worship service with readings, reflections, and special music. A hot cross bun breakfast follows the service with breakfast for everyone
Sunday, April 12, 10:00 a.m., Easter Service
Worship and communion with the Easter Dance and special joyous music.
Once again, the Worship Committee is taking orders for Easter flowers. Prices for the flowers are indicated on the envelopes which are located on the back table outside the conference room. Orders will be taken from
Sunday, March 8 to Palm Sunday, April 5.
The flowers will be used to decorate the church for Easter Sunday morning and anyone who wishes can take their flowers home after the service. Please note that we do not purchase lilies out of consideration for those who have scent allergies.
The Easter Vigil is a longstanding tradition at Erin Mills United. Please sign up for one or more ‘one hour’ periods to spend time praying, reflecting, reading, meditating, or just being quiet in God’s presence. Many people have found this to be a meaningful and spiritual experience. The Vigil will commence on
Thursday, April 9 at 9:00 p.m.
to Saturday, April 11, at 3:00 p.m.
The last two years people were invited to sign up for
an “overnight” vigil for either the Thursday or Friday night (starting at 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.).
Since this was a positive experience, you are once again invited to bring your sleeping bag and pillow for comfort.
Vigil schedule will be posted on Sunday, March 8.
Please sign up for time slots on the Vigil sheet located on the bulletin board outside the office door.
Any questions can be directed to Sylvia Arnold.
GOOD FRIDAY HOT CROSS BUN BREAKFAST:
Good Friday Service on April 10, 9:00 a.m.
, the worship committee will host a hot cross bun breakfast. As well hot cross buns, bagels, cheese, fruit and beverages will be served! Free-will donations to help cover the costs are welcome. Please join us!
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE -
SAVE THE DATE
We are embarking on a second collaborative Murder Mystery fundraising evening with our friends at Eden United Church. Rehearsals have begun and we are hoping for two sell out shows. “A Midsummer’s Nightmare” will take place on
April 25 and 26.
More details will follow, but please save the date and plan to come out and support this night of fun and fellowship.