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► Special Announcement, March 24, 2020
Dear Friends and Family of Erin Mills United Church,
The continuing struggle with containing the COVID-19 virus has required changes that none of us have ever experienced. The information seems to change hourly and it can be overwhelming. Although we have had to cancel our worship services and programs, Tina, our office administrator, and I have tried to keep the church going by maintaining regular office hours for our members to use the sanctuary and to support those in the wider community in need of assistance. We hoped to provide a central place for you to call in for prayer, reassurance, to share news or just for a chat if you needed.
On Monday, Premiere Ford announced the mandatory closing of all but the essential services. Tuesday afternoon, we received a directive from the Executive Secretary for the Horseshoe Falls Regional Council clarifying that we will have to completely close our building until further notice.
It may take us a day or two to get the office properly shut down. then Tina and I will be working from home. We will be regularly monitoring emails and any phone messages left on the church answering machine. Tina will be in the building occasionally to check on things and do some administrative tasks. Our benevolent activities will continue so, if you are aware of a need in the community, please leave a message and we will respond to the best of our ability.
We are going to be offering some new ways of being in touch and we are still hoping to bring you Sunday worship electronically as soon as we can get everything in place. Please watch for details in the Friday Message and other email communications from the church.
We have a journey ahead of us. Through it all, remember that God is with us, closer than ever, and we will get through this together.
► Special Announcement, March 18, 2020
As directed by Federal and provincial health authorities with regard to COVID-19, the Leadership Circle has suspended all EMUC services and programs and all our renters’ programs in our building until further notice.
Specifically, the following EMUC meetings/programs are cancelled:
• Wednesday Prayers and Communion
• Chancel Choir practice
• Congregational Growth Committee meeting
• Affirming Congregation initial meeting
• Explore Green Living event
• Lent Film Study
• Sunday Worship
• Prayer Shawl Ministry
• Murder Mystery Dinner at Eden UC
The church office is open. If you need help with shopping for groceries or pharmacy items, please call Tina in the office (905-820-9466).
The sanctuary is open for individual prayer and meditation. Please use social distancing and hand washing, if you enter the church.
There will be an alternate form of Sunday worship sent online for the next few weeks. A link to the UCC Moderator’s online service will be sent in the Friday Message. We also hope to streamline Rev. Kathi’s service in the near future.
Communication is very important in these times. Check on your family, friends and neighbours by phone, text or email. Keep in touch with the church by reading the Friday Message or checking the website. You will be updated as things change.
Paul Marot, Leadership Circle Chair
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