Bulletin Items for Sunday, January 21, 2018
Mark your calendars for these Interfaith and Ecumenical Events:
Sunday, January 28 - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - This week is celebrated by churches all around the world, as we celebrate what we have in common as the Body of Christ. For our participation, local Erindale ministers are engaging in a pulpit swap so we might learn a bit more about one another's traditions. As such, The Rev. Canon Jennifer Reid from St. Peter's will be preaching at our church that Sunday, and Rev. Brenna will be headed to Erindale Presbyterian.
Monday, February 5th 7am - World Interfaith Harmony Prayer breakfast - The Interfaith Council of Peel is hosting this annual event once again. This year, it will be at the James Masjid Mosque (5761 Coopers Avenue). Several faith leaders from different traditions will lead prayers for peace and harmony, and a tasty breakfast will be served. This is a great opportunity to meet our neighbours from all over the region and learn a bit more about other faiths. Please let Rev. Brenna know if you would like to attend and she can RSVP for you.
Seek the Welfare of the City (Jer. 29:7): Lent in the Community
As part of getting to know our neighbours, increasing our visibility in the community, and learning what God might be up to in Mississauga, this upcoming season of Lent, we’ll be participating in various educational, spiritual, and service events in the city. Here are two to plan for right away.
The DAM’s Coldest Night Walk – February 24th
The DAM is an agency our United Church Women have been supporting for several years. The DAM (Develop Advocate Mentor) works with at risk youth in the city, including those who are housing insecure to provide assistance with school, employment, and healthy socialization. Their programs are rooted in Christian values and faith believing that all youth are created by God and possess inherent worth. Importantly, they are opening a new location in Cooksville, which may mean opportunities for partnerships in the future.
The DAM is participating in the Coldest Night Walk on the evening of February 24th to raise funds for their initiatives and are inviting local groups and churches to participate. This is a great opportunity for folks of all ages to visibly and physically show our support, and learn more about this important work. There are options to walk 2km, 5km or 10km or you can volunteer in another capacity.
To learn more and register, go to cnoy.org/location/Mississauga and join Erindale United’s team. Donations can be collected on-line and/or turned in with cash and cheque the night of the event.
Rev. Brenna is currently listed as Team Captain, but is happy to pass off this role to others who are interested. Hope to see many of our families and friends at this event!
“Invite Your Neighbour” Service at Solel Congregation – Friday, February 23rd 8pm
This special evening service is a way to welcome the Sabbath and learn a bit about the Jewish worship traditions. A time of coffee and refreshments will follow the service. To RSVP, you can either let Rev. Brenna know or contact Solel directly.
CHILI DINNER, Sat. Feb. 10 at 6 pm. Come along, bring your friends and chase away the winter blahs. Dessert and Entertainment included. Tickets priced $15 on sale Jan 21 until Feb. 4. Children 8 yrs and under free. Net proceeds to the church. Contact person - Dianne Drennan
The Worship Committee is pleased to announce that all of the More Voices hymn books have been dedicated and will soon be in the pews for the entire congregation to enjoy. Thank you!
Syrian refugee update, Wednesday Jan 16, 2018
We received word today that Tarek Youzbashi has been issued a visa by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and his air passage has been booked for a January 29 arrival at Pearson Airport. (Note: Jan 21, 2018 - Tarek's arrival in Toronto has now been delayed by 2 more weeks.) Your Northwest Mississauga Constituent Group is working feverishly with last minute preparations and will be fully prepared for his arrival. Tarek is a 29 year old man born in Latakia, Syria and is currently living in Egypt. He speaks and writes fluent English and Arabic and has recently completed his PhD. We have been in frequent communication with Tarek by email and he seems to be a delightful individual. We look forward to welcoming him to Canada.
Jim Bright, Co- chair
Northwest Mississauga Constituent Group.
Here are some projects we could use help with in the coming months:
-Organizing a new photo directory. We’re looking for a couple of people to take on this task. The directory helps us to get to know one another and stay in touch. It would be great to have an updated one.
-Ideas for the sign on Dundas Street. If you have ideas for messages to put on this sign, please forward them to Rev. Brenna. They might be inviting sayings, announcements of things going on here, or reflections on current events. We try to have these planned several weeks ahead of time.
Children in Worship
We are blessed by the presence of children in worship, and welcome their participation in and curiosity about the service. Ushers can provide children with crayons and something to colour. During the service, children and youth come forward for a chat with Rev. Brenna and sing a song together. Then, they can leave to attend Sunday School. However, if it is more comfortable for your child to stay in worship with you, please do so. Feel free to let Rev. Brenna or one of our ushers know if we can help you with anything or make you more comfortable.
Your 2018 envelopes are available for pick up in the Narthex. Please begin using the new ones starting this Sunday, January 7, 2018.
The Friday morning coffee hour group meets weekly from 10 am - 11:30 am in the McGill Room. Usually 10 - 20 of us enjoy a time of friendship, conversation and laughter over coffee, tea and light refreshments. Everyone is invited to join us any Friday morning. For more information contact the Church Office at 905-277-3656 any weekday from 8 am - 4 pm.
Erindale United Church
Update on Remits (Proposed Changes to the United Church of Canada): At our Council meeting on April 26th, the council members voted unanimously in favour of remits Numbers 1 - 4. As of July 16, these 4 remits have been accepted by United Churches across Canada by an 80% margin. Work can soon begin on implementing them, after final approval by General Council. :For our Council, one remit vote remains - Remit 6: One Order of Ministry. We will vote on that remit at the end of January, 2018.
The Red Box: You will have seen a Red Box at the entrance to our church property. This was placed by the Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline Program Partnership-Religious Organizations. 100% of the net proceeds produced by the Clothesline go directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association. Six hundred dollars per year will be paid to our church. This money will be used by our Outreach Committee to help fund social justice and Outreach programs. Please donate your gently used clothing to help this project. Outreach Committee. Donate frequently - keep it nearly full!
Your Outreach Committee collects pairs of used eyeglasses to support those in need in foreign lands. If you have any old glasses that you no longer need, please drop them off on the Narthex Bookcase so someone else can receive the wonderful gift of good eye sight.
If you are not receiving our “Erindale United Enews”, "Erindale Updates" or “The Grapevine” in your email inbox, and would like to add your name to the email list, please let the office know at email@example.com
Please keep the area in front of the elevator clear of any furniture (chairs, tables, etc) so people can access the elevator without having to move the furniture. The need to use the elevator is increasing so please do your part and ensure you do not leave anything in front of the elevator door. Thank You for your consideration.
Erindale United Church is now set up to receive donations from friends and visitors online by credit card.
To begin, click on the Donate Now button below and follow the instructions on our Erindale United Church donor page. You will find a drop-down menu on our Canada Helps donations page, to tell us how you would like your gift directed. First, enter the amount of your gift in the "other" box, or choose one of the suggested amounts. Next, use the drop-down menu under the heading "APPLY YOUR DONATION TO A SPECIFIC FUND SET UP BY THIS CHARITY" to select where you wish your donation to be applied from a list of options. Be sure to include a short message for our charity (Erindale United Church) describing you and your donation in the text entry box immediately below. If you wish your gift to recognize a special person, click on the highlighted links "in honour" or "in memory" to name that person and fill out an appropriate e-card of direction. Finally, click on the button "Continue with My Donation" to complete your "Giving Basket" an provide information for your Tax Receipt and your Credit Card payment. It's just that easy!
As a church, we are called to pray for each other and for our mission in the world. This week, please remember Harmony United Church in Brantford in your prayers.