Tidings April 12, 2020

The Life and Work of

Edith Rankin Memorial United Church

Good Friday April 10 2020

Easter Sunday April 12



This Week:

  • Tuesday April 13, 7 pm – Just 4 Men meets by video conference (check email for link)
  • Wednesday April 14, 11 am – Pastoral Care and Friendship Online (check Tidings email)
  • Wednesday April 14, 7 pm – Spirit Sisters meet by video conference (check email for link)
  • Sunday April 19, 10 am – Worship Online (check Tidings email for link)


Virtual Worship Services

will continue with our Good Friday Service at 10 am on Friday April 10 and Easter Sunday on April 12 at 10 am.  CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR THE LINK FOR EACH INTERACTIVE WORSHIP SERVICE. THERE IS A NEW LINK FOR EACH SERVICE. The design of our worship service, using RIngCentral Meetings (Zoom), means that we our worship can be interactive, giving members a chance to visit with each other before (and sometimes during) the worship experience.  Those would rather just watch the worship service without interacting with others are invited to check the web site Monday or Tuesday following and look for the link to the recording. The recorded worship service will contain the prayers, scripture reading, music, and sermon.

Scripture for Easter: Acts 10:34-43 and John 20:1-18

The Anchor

has been sent by regular post and by email. You can also find the anchor on the website here: The Anchor

Balancing Mission and Ministry, Pastoral Care and Stewardship 

Treasurer’s always like things to balance and usually this means the debits should equal the credits.

However, in the unpredictable times of the COVID 19 pandemic, all of us in the faith communities are trying to balance two very different realities. On one side of the scales is the need for pastoral care, for our ministry to respond. On the other side of the scales is the financial realities facing all congregations.

Elizabeth and I are working together to give you a balanced view. She will tell you about the continuing – even expanding – ministries of Edith Rankin. I will provide a little information about our financial situation.

Fortunately, and thanks to you, our financial picture is more positive than you might think. Many of you use PAR and this is providing a healthy amount each month. Others of you are bringing (or mailing) your weekly offering to the church. Some are donating using electronic methods (Canada Helps or Pay Pal). When we add all this up, we have almost enough every month to cover our payroll and to pay the essential bills. The small monthly shortfall can be absorbed by our cash on hand plus our existing line of credit at the bank.

The various government programs seem to change daily. We will apply for the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) loan of $40,000. This is interest free and 25% is forgiven if we pay off by December 2021. We are also eligible to apply for programs to assist with payroll costs and will apply as appropriate. The United Church of Canada is hosting weekly sessions to provide updates that apply to churches. Also, the UCC will have support programs.

All this to say… we are in the fortunate position that our financial resources provide the balance needed for the stories Elizabeth will tell you.

I don’t want to make this sound too rosy! I encourage you to make your weekly offering by one the options open to you. I encourage you to consider an additional gift to help your church carry out our good work. We recognize that some members of our congregation will have lost their income and will not be able to keep up their regular offerings… they need their church more than ever and if you can help, you know it will be appreciated.

Peter Merkley, Treasurer



Loss and Joy

Lent is traditionally the time when we look within ourselves and prepare our hearts for the risen Christ’s return on Easter Sunday.  During Holy Week we experience the crowds both lauding and then accusing Jesus, the sadness and fear of his passion and then the finality of his crucifixion. To me it feels as though we have been in Holy Saturday, the time in between the passion and resurrection, for the past three weeks.  We are feeling the grief of our losses but at the same time, the hope of our own resurrection from COVID-19 isolation is real within us.   I want to leave with you this line from Voices United 161, Welcome Happy Morning; “Show your face in brightness, shine the whole world through, hope returns with day-break, life returns with you.”  (Elizabeth Amirault) 

A Message from the Treasurer

COVID 19 has impacted Edith Rankin just it has many businesses. Just a simple message from the Treasurer – please help us by continuing with your weekly Offering. For people who use PAR, we thank you for using this program. For others, you can drop envelops in the Church mailbox or you can use electronic services featured on our website. Thank you for your continued support!

Pastoral Care and Friendship online gathering Wednesdays at 11 am. 

Join your friends from Edith Rankin Memorial United Church in our virtual welcome centre at the link that was emailed to you. (link changes weekly – check your email for this week’s link). If you are not receiving our weekly email newsletter (Tidings) use the form at the bottom of our contact page to join our mailing list. Visit online with other members and stay in touch with people you care about. You can also use this opportunity to test your computer or iPad to make sure you can join the worship service on Sundays. (You will be prompted to download RIngCentral Meetings App if you haven’t installed it already).

A new “Ring”

Not from the Bell Choir, but our new phone system. Council  has decided to implement a new phone system through a provider recommended by the United Church of Canada,”Ring Central.” We have received new phones for the church office, minister’s offices, welcome centre and kitchen area.  This will bring us into the 21st century with a complete communication system that includes: an auto attendant to direct phone calls to ministers and staff at their desks, cell phones or computers; a video conferencing account for every extension; conference calling; free calling anywhere in North America; voice mail for every extension; and many other call handling features. On top of this, we will save money. Thanks to the Admin Team for their work in preparing the recommendation to Council.


Update from the Search and Selection Committee

This is our fourth monthly communication update … we have also provided an update in the recent Anchor and at a Congregational meeting. With the pandemic, our activities have slowed done, but are still moving forward. The Committee started to meet in December and has met every Monday evening in January and February.  Our last few meetings have been by Zoom as we follow physical distancing. We had first interviews with candidates on February 24 and 25. At this point, no more first interviews are planned. We have identified our “short list” and now have plans in place to start second interviews after Easter. Again, we will use video technology … as one candidate said, this will allow us to keep the conversation moving. We are also thankful to the people in our congregation who keep our website current, as this has also allowed candidates to get to know the programs and the Ministries of Edith Rankin.

Your Search and Selection Committee recognizes the importance of the work in front of us and we look forward to completing this work to the best of our abilities. To successfully represent the whole congregation, we encourage any comments or questions you might have.  Our next update will be on May 9.

Broadview Subscriptions

Because we are not meeting and the church office is closed, if you have not already done so, please make your payment in one of two ways as follows:  1.  email transfer to the church office or 2.  cheque or cash in an envelope left in the mailbox located by the wooden door at the top of the ramp near the front of the sanctuary. Please ensure you identify yourself and that the payment is for the Broadview subscription.

ERMUC CLASSICS please note:

A Catered Birthday Dinner was originally planned for our Classics was planned for SUNDAY MAY 3RD 2020 has been postponed.    


Happy Birthday to our Shining Lights in April Ronin Y, Jordan T, Joanie S, Douglas B, Violet B, Ella M, Kyle M, Clark C, Eva F, Cailee C, Nathan R, Oliver B, Parker S, Kerrigan L, Carter S, Henry R.   


Happy Birthday to our Classics for the Month of April Janet Burrill, Barbara Billings, Eric VanDalen, Isobel Patchett, Anne McRae, Faye Dennison. Prayers for Best Wishes, Health & Happiness! Enjoy Your Day!