Weekly news from Cosburn, Glen Rhodes & Eastminster
SHARING OUR STORIES- ANCIENT AND NEW
Harvesting Community, Gratitude, and Justice at East End United
The breaking of bread is part of our ancient story, uniting us through time and across the global Christian community. Through communion, we understand how the ordinary and sacred are interconnected and that our call as people of faith is to ensure our bodies and souls are nourished.Over the next three weeks, East End United will be exploring what food can teach us about community, gratitude, and justice through a series of joint worship services.
October 6: World Communion Sunday
October 13: All-Ages Thanksgiving
October 20: Celebrating our Food Justice Ministries & Chew On This: Anti-Poverty Multi-faith Walk.
WORSHIP WITH US THIS WEEK GLEN RHODES UNITED CHURCH
1470 Gerrard St. East
Michiko Bown-Kai, Jordana Wright, and Rev. Peter McNaughton
FALL WORSHIP SCHEDULE
MEET COSBURN'S NEW OWNERS
“God really blessed us and we are so grateful. We feel at home (here).”
We are happy to share the story of the new owners of the former Cosburn United Church building. The church is now home to an Eritrean congregation, Berhan Semay (Heavenly Light) Church of Toronto. Read about them HERE.
ANSWERING THE CALL- ALL AGES WORSHIP SERVICE
Looking for submissions for a Spiritual Show and Tell
October 13 10:30am
Eastminster United Church
During our October 13th All Ages Service there will be a portion of the worship devoted to a sharing of our talents. In celebration of the gifts God gives us and in the spirit of being brave and generous with one another, we invite members of the congregation to share their gifts in a sort of Godly Show and Tell; a prayer filled talent show. You could bring in something that represents who you are. It could be a piece of artwork or writing to display. Or you could sign up to perform a talent. Singing? Clarinet? Dance? Poetry? What is it that you feel called to do? All ages are encouraged to sign up. Please ensure that performances are no longer then 2 minutes.
To submit please email email@example.com with the following details:
*Talent/what you will be offering
A sign up sheet will also be circulating on Sunday October 6th at Glen Rhodes.
Bring your furry or scaly family member to church for a special worship service of celebration.
Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things. Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a word of God. If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature— even a caterpillar— I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature.
-Meister Eckhart, (1260-1328), Mystic and Theologian
EAST END ANNOUNCEMENTS
CONNECT WITH COUNCIL!
Featuring Jordana Wright and The #WelcomeProject
Sunday October 6 after church
Glen Rhodes Campus
In addition to the eblast and congregational meetings, the Council is looking for more interactive and informal ways to keep congregants informed regularly about what's happening at East End United. So starting this fall, we're introducing "Connect with Council." Every couple of months, you're invited to grab your coffee after the Sunday church service and join a few members of Council and staff for updates and input on current initiatives. Our first connection will be on October 6th after church at Glen Rhodes. We'll highlight the work our Community Animator, Jordana has been doing with The Welcome Project.
Check out Jordana's recap of the All Neighbourhoods Dinner in the Beach-East York Neighbourhood Voice Newspaper HERE.
REIMAGINING SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Life and Work of the Congregation
We live out our faith in our community and justice initiatives and sharing them effectively on Sunday is important. We'd like to make announcements on Sundays more efficient and more meaningful. So, we're trying out something new.
We're happy to share events or initiatives twice- once when the event is first announced, and again the Sunday before the event.
*Please rehearse and keep your announcements to one minute.
*If you need a longer time, we invite you to stay after for coffee and meet those who are interested to chat further.
In addition, we'd love to share follow-up on events in the eblast and on Sunday morning so, if you organized an event, please share with Jane details (including photos if you have them) about how it went.
VOLUNTEERS FOR A NEW SEASON OF OUT OF THE COLD
We are looking for 8-10 early risers to volunteer one Saturday morning a month to be part of our second East End Out of the Cold breakfast team. From 6:00- 8:30am, members of this team help prepare, serve and clean-up after what is "the best breakfast in town" according to our guests, while others help clean up the sleeping area (and can come in a bit later). John Hood will be leading the team. Email Gloria at firstname.lastname@example.org to be part of this new exciting team.
Sign-ups for the dinner shift and clothing room will be open online by the second week of October.
THANK YOU- COOKING WITH ROCCHINA
The sold out Cooking with Rocchina event held Sunday September 22nd in the fabulous Eastminster kitchen was an incredible success! 20 participants had a great time cooking a 3 course meal for lunch. Most importantly, we raised $500 raised Out of the Cold program. A huge thank you to Enrico for organizing the event!
SPONSOR THE DANFORTH GROW HOPE PROJECT 2019
In 2018, we managed to sponsor 10 acres of land at $500 per acre on a farm in Stouffville. The harvest generated $6,350, which was sent to Canadian Foodgrains Bank and deposited into the United Church account. This was not designated for any particular project but once programmed in food assistance it would be matched 4:1 with government of Canada funds (or 3:1 in agriculture and livelihoods programs) for a maximum total value of $31,750. If you consider that is costs $50 to feed a family displaced in South Sudan, that would be the equivalent of feeding 106 families for six months.
In 2019, we have taken up this challenge again and are hoping to sponsor at least 10 acres on the same farm. We have new participants in the venture as two Presbyterian congregations (Riverdale and Westminster) have decided to join as well as an Anglican church (Church of the Resurrection). We are still in discussions with other denominations in the area to make this a truly ecumenical initiative.
We are hoping for your generosity again this year. You can decide to sponsor an acre at $500 but any amount donated is welcome. Your donation can be made in the church offering plate - just make sure it is labelled "Danforth Grow Hope."
GROW HOPE FARM VISIT Saturday October 19- 3:30-6:30pm Stouffville, Ontario
Once again we are planning a field visit to the farm in Stouffville. We will visit the field and engage in a discussion about the work of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and how it contributes to end hunger in the world. We will do this jointly with the local Mennonite church, who is doing a similar project to our's. We will share a potluck meal with them in their church after the field visit.
CHEW ON THIS MARCH For World Food Day
Sunday October 20 2:00pm
To mark World Food Day and The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty please join The Danforth Multi Faith Community on Sunday October 20 for our annual “Chew on This” march.
We will first gather at the Madinah Masjid at 1015 Danforth Ave. to listen to spiritual leaders from different faiths speak about hunger and poverty. After, we will walk together to the Danforth Jewish Circle’s Sukkah tent, which is close to Eastminster, to share bread, water, and time together.
Volunteers to help with packing the information bags or distributing them along the Danforth at various stations would be very much appreciated. This staging of the event will be at the Eastminster Campus.
Contact Enrico de Dominicis at 1-905-616-2038 email@example.com or Sue McNay at 416-691-6680 if you would like any additional information about this important action or would like to volunteer.
EXPLORING OUR FAITH
DVD Series featuring Fr. Richard Rohr
Tuesday October 22 7:00-9:00pm
The first topic in the Richard Rohr series is: The Change That Changes Everything.
We will watch the DVD followed by a discussion exploring:
1. In lecture 1, Richard introduces the concept, “The Dualistic Mind.” He says, “The dualistic mind sees everything in an argumentative way.”
2. He says that the dualistic mind is driven by our egos, our egos that want to always be in control of everything. Our egos are always judging what threatens us, and what secures us.
3. Rohr claims that the thing our egos really hate is change; change, for the ego always announces threat.
READS Book Club
Friday October 25 Book Chat 7:00pm, Social 9:00pm
Book this month: Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
Moderator: Patti Habib
This historical fiction is a sweeping love story that runs parallel threads. A contemporary New Yorker female novelist’s quest to uncover the mystery of her family’s heritage leads her back a century earlier to WW1. She discovers that her American ancestor, while travelling in Armenia, fell in love with an Armenian soldier. This unfolds during the 1915 Armenian Genocide (during which the Ottoman Empire killed 1.5 million Armenians). Beautiful and unforgettable- it’s a powerful and moving story that deftly weaves in the tragedy about, “the slaughter we know next to nothing about”.
Available at the library in most formats - only 320 pages!
Enjoy a lively discussion; followed by a 9:00pm Social Wine and Cheese. Held at the home of Neil Riach and Carolyn Curren, a block from the Chester Subway. For address, queries: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-465-6174
GLEN RHODES OUTREACH MINISTRY
Drop-in Food Bank Wednesdays 9:00-11:30am & 2:00-4:00pm
Glen Rhodes United Church
October 28 5:00-6:00pm
Glen Rhodes United Church
ON THIS EPISODE OF THE PODCAST: BEHIND THE SCENES AT OUT OF THE COLD! Have you ever wondered how our amazing Out of the Cold Coordinator, Gloria, makes it all work? Or how you can get involved in the upcoming season?
The #WelcomeProject Podcast invites diverse stakeholders to come together to discuss and lend their skill sets to efforts to expand the use of century-old churches as locally responsive community hubs. This includes churches across Canada, prospective partners in the social service and cultural sectors, and engaged local champions. Episode 103 focuses on sharing learnings from the partnership between East End United Regional Ministry and the Out of the Cold Program uniting a community to step up as a city's homelessness crisis worsens.
If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more about issues of homelessness in the city: You are welcome to join our community animator, Jordana Wright, at the reading of names at the Holy Trinity Homeless Memorial on October 8th (12 pm, 10 Trinity Square)- event info HERE. This invitation was extended by our friend Cathy Crowe, the noted 'Street Nurse', who recently held her book launch at Eastminster. Read more about Cathy's work HERE.
Fall has arrived. We know it's late, but we hope it's not too late to share a little bit about how our "Love Your Neighbour" theme came to life this summer!
FEAST OF CREATION
An Ecumenical Celebration of Beauty and Diversity
Friday October 4 6:30-8:00PM
St. Basil’s Parish- 50 St. Joseph Street, Toronto
As we mark the end of the Season of Creation 2019, all are welcome to An Ecumenical Celebration of Beauty and Diversity celebrating our diverse faiths that are united in our care for our common home. More info HERE.
TORONTO EAST TOWN HALL ON MENTAL HEALTH
Presented by Toronto East Rotary Club
Thursday October 10 7:00pm
Bethany Baptist Church Sanctuary- located at Pape and Cosburn
Come and learn about what mental health services are available in the Toronto East community. In addition to our speakers, other local organizations will also be present to provide information about their services.
• Rod Cohen, Executive Director, Blake-Boultbee Youth Outreach Service
• Kim Johnston, Clinical Director of Complex Care, CAMH
• Jamie Lemen, Supervisor, Walk-In Counselling, WoodGreen Community Services
• Sam Wong, Supervisor for Youth Mental Health and Adult Outpatient Services, Michael Garron Hospital
TORONTO UNITED CHURCH COUNCIL’S 11TH ANNUAL HEART AND VISION CELEBRATION
Monday October 28 6:00pm
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
Support United Church camping programs and enjoy a rousing Gospel Music Review.The 2019 Heart & Vision concert celebrates the outstanding contribution to social justice made by the Honourable Margaret McCain. Ms. McCain’s authoring of the Early Years Report and her tireless advocacy on behalf of child health has had a profound and positive impact on our society’s preschool and primary education systems. Please join us to hear her perspective on the challenges we face today. Award winning musician and humourist, Mary Lou Fallis will host the event, which will also feature a Gospel Music Review with Jackie Richardson, Alana Bridgewater and Billy Newton Davis.
The event will enjoy a new format– dinner and concert will be held at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse on Trinity St. with a reception starting at 6:00pm. Dinner and concert event begin at 6:45pm. Tickets include dinner and are $150. They can be purchased HERE by phone at 905-771-5124. Proceeds support United Church camps in south central Ontario.
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for the East End Weekly Newsletter & Sunday Bulletin: Wednesday at noon.
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