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Week leading up to
October 10, 2021
CW Meals to God | Church Hall Gathering | Celebrate the Harvest | Dignity is on the Menu
CW Meals to Go
CW Meals to Go serves meals to about 45 people in our community. Our neighbours need help due to financial concerns, social isolation or medical restrictions. The meals are prepared and delivered by volunteers in the community.
Elora & Bethany UCs are looking after the
October 22 meals

Bonnie Norris & Lois Amos are preparing the meal. Thanks Lois & Bonnie!
How can you help?
Please pray for Lois and Bonnie, that their work will go well. And for those receiving these meals, that they will experience God's bounty in their lives. (For this meal we have all the supplies we need, including funding. We'll be asking for your support for future meals.)
Elora UC Church Hall Gathering
Sunday, October 24 at 1:00pm    Online
This will be an important time for our congregation to gather and have conversation. (It's also be the Sunday we celebrate our 186th anniversary!)
Celebrate the Harvest
Inverhaugh Community Foodgrains Bank

Next Saturday (Oct 16) at 2pm
A partnership of Bethany UC, Gale Presbyterian Church, and Bethel
Mennonite Church, the Inverhaugh Foodgrains Project is
celebrating this year’s harvest. Join us on October 16 at 2pm. Ken
and Elizabeth Musselman are hosting us. We’ll gather in their
garage where there is space to keep a distance from one another
and the doors can be open to have an 'outside' setting. Coffee and
a light snack will be provided.

Those interested in attending are asked to email Ken and Elizabeth
directly at for an idea of numbers and
to share contact information.
God's Mission Our Gifts
“We saw such a change in how people felt about themselves after experiencing this kind of a meal”

Most of us appreciate a well-dressed table and can afford to go out for dinner from time to time. Many of us will be sitting down to elaborate Thanksgiving dinners. Our daily experience doesn’t involve standing in line for every single meal with a tray in hand.

That’s why special dinners like Café Cinq-Zéro-Sept that Ottawa-based Mission & Service partner Centre 507 hosts are so important. Several times a year, the adult drop-in centre sets up a small room for a special fine-dining meal with gourmet food, decorations, and candlelight. For just two dollars, participants have their choice of meal accompanied by full service and great company.

Rose enjoys a warm meal at Centre 507. (Credit: Centre 507)

“We realized that people in our community struggling with poverty had to wait in line a long time for a meal. When they were served, they weren’t given any choice and felt pressured to leave so that the next person could be served. That’s why we started Café Cinq-Zéro-Sept,” says Richard LeBlanc, Centre 507’s Executive Director. “We saw such a change in how people felt about themselves after experiencing this kind of a meal that our ultimate goal is that this dining experience becomes the norm rather than the exception.”

While COVID-19 has been challenging, it has also helped the drop-in take an important step toward achieving their goal. “One of the great things that happened is that when COVID hit, we had to start a system where everyone sat down and was served,” says LeBlanc.

Centre 507 now serves 25 people at sit-down meals and provides 150 people with meals to go each day. The café has incorporated a training program where participants learn to be servers, too. “We are taking the next step toward achieving our goal. We aren’t going back to line-ups after the pandemic,” vows LeBlanc.

Thank you for giving generously through Mission & Service. Your support helps create a world where everyone has enough food AND it’s served with dignity. You can give to Mission & Service through our congregation. You'll find information in the "offerings" section below.

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