I am pleased to announce that at our Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 4th, 2017, we voted to enter into the East End Regional Ministry. Cosburn and Glen Rhodes United Churches also voted in favour. Hope United Church opted not to enter into the Regional Ministry at this time. Since three churches opted in, we will move forward!
Many thanks to all those who have worked on this project by representing Eastminster at meetings, sharing our stories, hopes and concerns, and those who helped to tell the story back to our own community. Thanks to those who attended Information Sessions, those who raised important questions and to the whole congregation for your prayers of discernment during this process.
The three congregations moving forward together will continue to look for where God is calling us in the East End of Toronto.
Rev. Sarah Miller
June 25th: You’re invited to the Church School End of Year Bowling Party!
We’ll be having fun with snacks, crafts, games, and bowling in the gym here at Eastminster during the June 25th church service (and maybe for a few minutes after)!
June 27th, June 28th, & June 29th at 7pm: The Lady in the Van
‘The hilarious and challenging story of a playwright and the homeless woman who parked her beat-up van in his driveway in a genteel London neighbourhood and stayed for 15 years.’ Theatre@tEasminster presents its 2nd annual production, The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett. Directed by Jennifer Thomson & Christine Berg, featuring members of the Eastminster congregation, including: Chris Bennett, Cathy Forrest, Dennis Kehler, Sam Magnan, Ron McKay, Kate Stewart, Cameron Thomson, and Susan Wakefield.
August 11th – Sunday, August 13th: Eastminster Camps!
A group campsite has once again been reserved at Sibbald Point Provincial Park for our annual camping event. The park is on the south shore of Lake Simcoe and has a nice sandy beach and lots of space to wander in nature, play games, or put up the chairs & relax. If you’re planning on attending this amazing weekend, please indicate on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex or email Kendra, email@example.com.
Late September 2017 – Lay Education
Next Steps on the Journey is for those currently involved with the three East End United congregations (Cosburn, Eastminster, Glen Rhodes) and other faith communities. It offers the chance to grow in faith, leadership and loving service—to take next steps on one’s faith journey. We invite anyone, from any United Church congregation to join this program.
East End Newsletter Issue 1 FINAL
East End United Regional Ministry: A ProposalEEU Report FINAL
The welcome dinners entail matching local residents in the GTA with a new Syrian individual, couple, or family over for dinner into their home. The dinners are not only about sharing a meal together and tasting local foods, but are designed to welcome newcomers to the city, and to learn about Canadian customs and culture in hopes that a long lasting relationship will develop and a sense of warmth and community is formed.
Sign up to host a dinner at www.welcomedinners.ca
East Enders Against Racism has created lawn signs to allow people to proclaim their commitment to being a welcoming community and standing against racism. The signs say “United Against Hate” and “Everyone Belongs” in several languages and cost $10.