Tidings May 17, 2020

The Life and Work of

Edith Rankin Memorial United Church

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sunday May 17


This Week:

  • Sunday May 17, 10:00 am – Worship Online  (check Tidings email for link)
  • Tuesday May 19, 7 pm – Just For Men (JM4) (link sent by email)
  • Wednesday May 20, 11:00 am – Pastoral Care and Friendship Online (check Tidings email for link)
  • Wednesday May 20, 3:30 – Spirit Sisters worship rehearsal for May 24 (link sent by email)
  • Thursday May 21, 7:00 pm – Choir Gathers online (check email for link)
  • Sunday May 24, 10:00 am – Worship Online led by Spirit Sisters (check Tidings email for link)
  • Sunday May 24, 11:10 – Congregational Meeting (online) to receive Search Committee Recommendation

Contact ministers and staff through the church office: 613‑389‑2530

Rhonda Kerr x101 — Joe Ramsay x102 — Bill Smith x103

Elizabeth Amirault x106 — Kim Barney x107

Virtual Worship Services

This Week’s Scripture: Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66, John 14:15-21

Online worship will continue with the Sixth Sunday of Easter Sunday on May 17 at 10 am.  CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR THE LINK FOR EACH INTERACTIVE WORSHIP SERVICE. THERE IS A NEW LINK FOR EACH SERVICE.  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.

Next Sunday

Sprit Sisters will lead our worship service with several participants including original music compositions by Margaret Moncrieff. The theme for worship is Colour!  What adds colour to our lives? What drains colour from our lives? How does faith breathe colour into our lives? 


NOTICE – Congregational Meeting May 24

A congregational meeting of Edith Rankin Memorial United Church will be held immediately after the worship service on Sunday,  May 24, 2020 (approximately 11:10 am).  The purpose of the meeting is to consider the report and recommendations of the Search Committee. The meeting will be held using RingCentral Meetings, the video conferencing application we have been using for worship services. 

The Search Committee Report will not be circulated beforehand but briefed at the meeting.  This will be an important occasion and I encourage you all to take part.

– Christopher Sproule, Chair of the Congregation



There are several ways of continuing to support the ministries of our congregation for the next few weeks when we are not “passing the plate.” Some of you already give through Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR). If you would like to join the PAR programme, contact the Church Treasurer using this form. You can also give through Canada Helps, using PayPal, or by sending and e-transfer through your bank to the church email address churchoffice@ermuc.ca (make sure you specify to which fund you are directing your donation).  The first Sunday of each month we ask for donations to the Benevolent Fund to respond to local requests for urgent needs. Please indicate if you would like a donation to be directed to the Benevolent Fund.


Update from the Search and Selection Committee

This is our fifth monthly communication update… and you will have seen the Notice of the Congregational meeting for Sunday May 24. From this Notice, you know that the Search and Selection Committee is bringing a report and recommendation to the Congregation.

This monthly communication is not the place to pre-empt the information you will hear on May 24. However, it is fair to let you know the Search and Selection Committee is making a unanimous recommendation and we feel very blessed that our candidate answered our call to ministry. We encourage you to prayerfully consider your upcoming decision.

We have worked very hard to ensure the best interests of the congregation have been foremost in our thoughts during this process. We are excited to share our recommendation with you!

– Peter Merkley, Chair, Search and Selection Committee

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).  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). 


To The ERMUC Ministerial Staff

The congregation would first like to extend our immense gratitude and appreciation for the support and commitment that you have demonstrated over the past weeks during this difficult and transformative period.

It has become quite apparent that due to the COVID-19 pandemic that many facets of our church life and activities would need to be redefined and change to help our faith community stay connected and to provide support for those in need. Your quick response to this life challenge and the innovative manner in which you have enabled us to connect is very much appreciated.

Along with all the changes undertaken and your tireless patience with some of the technically challenged it has translated into an unprecedented increase of hours by ministerial staff to help maintain the discipline of our church services, visitations and many other support efforts that have arisen during this period. Our church community is extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated staff and we want to acknowledge your commitments and escalated support of the ERMUC church community.

It is with this backdrop that we want to recognize these commitments and extend our hands of appreciation for what you do and how you have demonstrated to all of us that having strong faith and a community in which to call upon can always get us through the tough times.

Well done and thank you for caring.

A gift of appreciation was given to the Ministry Team on your behalf. 

We are all in this together

What do you need? 

It’s hard for us to know how we are doing and what we might need when we are isolated from each other. Do you need some help? Do you need a phone call? Do you need someone to  pick up some supplies for you? Do you need someone to help with a household project (as a safe distance). Pick up the phone or use that contact form on the website to reach out. 

What can you offer?

The current situation of physical distancing to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus challenges us to do mission and ministry as a congregation differently. We are also adapting to having our regular office administrator Tanya off on leave. Are you wondering how you could offer your gifts and skills to these new challenges?
Call the church office at 613-389-2530 or use the email contact form on the website to reach out. 


Birthdays for May

Happy Birthday to our Shining Lights in May

Mallory W May 4 (16)   ♥  Elise Cook –  May 6 (12)   Jacob S May 7 (5),

 Nadia R May 7 (16)  ♥  Sawyer B May 9 (11)    Matthew S May 10 (4),

Kenzie M May 11 (8)   Kaidence L May 12 (10)   William H May 13 (14),

 Oliver C May 26 (4)   Chase H May 30 (16)   Johnny S May 30 (17)

Happy Birthday to our Classics for the Month of May

Barbara McMahon – May 3   Donna Bull – May 6  Sheila Billings – May 8 

Eldon Peters – May 11   Bob Martin – May 17   Ruby Goold  – May 19   

Ena Decker – May 21  ♦  Tysie Mitchell – May 21   Bill Hartling – May 24

Katherine Knight – May 26   Eleanor Sinclair –  May 29

Prayers for Best Wishes, Health & Happiness! Enjoy Your Day!

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