Bulletin Items for Sunday September 24, 2017
Gardner Hall Renovation
The work on Gardner Hall will begin the week of September 25th, with the completion date approximately six weeks later. Thanks to everyone who has been, or will be, impacted by this initiative.Your co-operation is appreciated! It has meant meeting in other places, moving equipment and moving coffee time after church to the narthex. During the renovation period, Gardner Hall, the two classrooms adjacent to the hall, and the stage will not be accessible. However, the kitchen and the two washrooms may be used during the renovations. The walls and ceiling of Gardner Hall will be painted, old floor tiles removed and new ones put down and a new sound system installed. In addition, Tectum Panels will be affixed to the walls to improve the acoustics. The stage floor will be sanded and refinished, as will the storage doors at the front of the stage. There are other small improvements that I won't list here. At another date, provision has been made for the installation of a projector that will eliminate the use of multiple extension cords when we have meetings or concerts in the hall. Thanks for the time, effort and expertise of committee members Carolyn Hendricks, David Drennan and Earl Cochrane. Thanks also for the assistance of Jim Bright, sound system and John Hurst, audio visual.
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Five Oaks Women's Retreat, Oct. 13/14: The deadline for registrations to be received by Retreat Registrar, Amy Hill, 12 Neuchatel Place, Mississauga, was Monday Sept. 18. Information sheets/ registration forms are on the table in the narthex beside the event notice. $20 non-refundable deposit must accompany each registration. Our Presbyterial UCW will be subsidizing part of the remaining amount of $95.
COOKIE TIME! - the 59th Mississauga Guides will be selling Chocolate Mint cookies ($5.00 a box) in the Narthex on Sunday Sept 24th, Sunday Oct 1st and Sunday Oct 8th. Thank you for your support.
Dianne Drennan - Contact Guider
Update: English Conversation Circles at Erindale Presbyterian
Following an interest meeting this past Monday, it was decided to move ahead with planning sessions of the English Conversation Circle program. We are so excited to come alongside our friends at EPC to support this amazing ministry, and to get to know our neighbours from all over the world. Sessions will be held Monday evenings from 7-8:30pm starting on October 16. In order to be a part of this great outreach ministry into the community, we need volunteers to help with:
-Advertising (Putting posters up)
-Greeting at the sessions
-Providing Childcare for children of participants and volunteers
-Leading the conversation circle (resources will be provided)
-Putting out snacks
4-6 volunteers will be needed each time, and we're hoping volunteers will only need to commit to 1 or 2 sessions a month. We could also very much use a volunteer coordinator who can commit some extra time to scheduling the volunteers. Please speak with Rev. Brenna if you're able to sign up for a Monday session. A training session will be held on October 2 at 7pm at Erindale Presbyterian Church.
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Grief Support Group - Hosted by Oakville Churches
This education and support group is designed for those who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Taking a faith-based perspective, we will explore various aspects of grief, how grief affects one’s emotions, behaviours, body, mind and spirit. We will look at tasks one can do and adjustments one can make to move through grief, and help find ways to reinvest in one’s life in meaningful ways. The content of the course will be based on the materials of Dr. Bill Webster, Centre for the Grief Journey.
Location: Maple Grove United Church
346 Maple Grove Dr. Oakville
Dates: 5 Wednesdays, Oct. 11 – Nov. 8, 2017
and 1 month follow-up Dec. 6, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:45 p.m.
Cost: $20 per participant for the course materials
Contact: Maeva Donaldson
905-845-7454 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information or to register
Mississauga Syrian Festival - The Sound, the Taste
and the State of Syria - October 12-14
The Unitarian Congregation of Mississauga is hosting a festival including a film screening, Syrian music, and a round table lunch event. The festival will help those who are in the process of sponsoring refugees some understanding of the culture and current context of those who have already arrived in Canada. Please see the poster on the bulletin board for more information - including details for each event.
Confirmation Class 2017 or 2018 Please talk soon with Rev. Brenna if you have a youth or young adult (grade 9 and above) who is interested in confirmation class. We're trying to determine the best time frame for classes next year (fall, winter, or spring). Email or call the church with any questions. Thanks!
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 anticipate voting on that remit toward the end of this year (November, 2017).
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!
The Deacon's Cupboard has re-opened for Fall! Please support its campaign!
The Women’s Fall Retreat at Five Oaks Centre will be from 4 pm, Friday, Oct 13 - 4 pm, Saturday 14th. The cost is $115 ($20 initial deposit; and partial subsidy for the remaining $95) which includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch, overnight accommodation, and the program led by Sheena Riley-Marini. Sheena is a First Nations Minister, Youth Leader, Reiki Practitioner and pharmacy owner. Reservation deadline is now Sept. 18, so apply early to be sure of a place as space is limited. Info and reg. form available from Pat Jenkins or Ann Edge. All women of the church are welcome to attend.
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 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 by credit card. Go to www.CanadaHelps.org and follow the very user-friendly directions.
As a church, we are called to pray for each other and for our mission in the world. This week, please remember Bethel-Cook’s Mills United Church in Niagara Presbytery in your prayers.