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Black History Month
Special music by The Tonettes.
Prayer and Communion
Prayer and Communion
Rental Assist Team - Mary Anna Williams
||Minister Lectionary Study Group
||Multi-faith service at Solel Synagogue
Black History Month
Join us as we celebrate during the month of February. The following services are drawn from contributions of our multi-cultural congregation.
February 16 Our featured guests – Rev. B. Maya Douglas and musical performers – The Tonettes.
February 23 After service at 1 p.m. we are visiting Erchless Museum, Oakville, to visit their Black History exhibition.
Coffee and fellowship follows every service.
CONGREGATIONAL GROWTH UPDATE
First of all, a huge thank you to all those who participated in the Table Talks on February 2, 2020. Many ideas and thoughts about how to invite people to EMUC came out of the conversations. The Congregational Growth Committee reviewed your input and identified 9 different groups of people who could benefit from what EMUC has to offer. Any one of us might meet these people in our daily lives and could invite them to the church. Over the next 9 weeks, the groups will be presented with talking points to help you interact with these folks when opportunities arise.
TURKEY PIES and TOURTIERES: READY FOR PICKUP
For those who pre-ordered, your pies are ready. You can pick them up on Sunday after service, or during the week in regular office hours.
Once again this year we will be collecting small travel size toiletry items - shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, creams, lotions, etc. Please bring your items to the church and deposit in the labelled box.
We will be collecting over the next several weeks for distribution at the Open Door at the end of February. Thank you.
SOLEL CONGREGATION-"INVITE YOUR NEIGHBOUR SERVICE"
On Friday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m., everyone is invited to attend a multi-faith service at Solel synagogue. The service will focus on the traditions and philosophy of Shabbat. Please see the sign up sheet at the back of the sanctuary, if you wish to attend. We need to RSVP by February 1.
IT'S COLD OUT THERE
The Dam Youth Drop In is hosting The Coldest Night of the Year on Saturday, February 22.
The Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly, national event. On this date, walkers across Canada raise money for charities serving hungry, homeless, and hurting people in our community.
Here in Mississauga, it will begin at the Meadowvale Community Centre where walkers take a journey to the Dam location at the Meadowvale Town Centre, experiencing what it might be like to truly feel the cold of a dark, February night without shelter, in contrast with the warm welcome you will receive at the end of the walk.
Walkers raise money through an online portal - www.cnoy.org/mississaugameadowvale , that will benefit the Dam's youth programming.
If interested in participating, information can be found in the church narthex or by viewing the Dam website above. You can also contact: Katie Cleland
Community Engagement and Youth Mentor, The Dam email@example.com
Annual Pancake Supper
On Tuesday February 25, 2020 , come to a festive dinner of pancakes, sausages, ham and fresh fruit. It is a great opportunity to relax in the middle of the week and not have to worry about preparing dinner. Again this year a team of men have volunteered to host the event. Gather at 5:45 p.m. for dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets at the door are $10/adult; $5/child - family maximum of $25. Shrove Tuesday Pancake dinners are rooted in the tradition of using up sugars and fatty foods prior to Lent so that meals during Lent are simpler fare. This is a great time for all ages - invite your friends and neighbours. Please bring your own plate and cutlery to save on cleanup. The Service of Ashes follows the dinner at 7:00 p.m. to begin Lent.
This year, Lent starts on Wednesday, February 26. This is the period of seven weeks traditionally set aside by the church for reflection and repentance before Easter. If you are looking for a way to become more intentional about some learning or making a change this Lent, you might be interested in joining one or both of these groups at EMUC:
Dinner and a Movie: Lent Film Study - We will meet for 3 consecutive Monday evenings, March 9, 16 & 23 to watch a film and then discuss it over a potluck meal. This year we will be watching The Farewell, written and directed by Lulu Wang. The film debuted at the Sundance Festival in 2019 and was a hit at TIFF last year. It has earned nominations and awards around the word. The story is about a Chinese-American family who return to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch -- the only person that doesn't know she only has a few weeks to live. We will meet in the sanctuary at 6:00 p.m., plan to eat around 6:30 and should be done by 8:00.
40 days of Kindness
This is a daily generosity challenge that runs through the period of Lent. The challenge encourages people to make generosity and kindness a habit. And it's not only about money, but also being generous with your time, words and hugs! 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.
If you would like to participate in either of these activities, please contact Kathi at (905)820-9466 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. The next order date is Sunday, January 26. Speak to Joanne Hines if you have any questions about the program.