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Week leading up to
October 17, 2021
Church Hall Gathering | Sanctuary Tech update | Upcoming Worship Themes | Defining Love: Emmanuel's Story
Church Hall Gathering
October 24 at 1:00pm    Online

This will be an important time for our congregation to gather and have conversation.

We’ll hear updates from our mission and resources boards, and our ministers. We’ll be able to share thoughts and ask questions.

Also, we’ll have time in small groups to catch up with each other. And together we will begin musing about what our congregation’s focuses might be over the next year.

You can join using the Zoom sign-in you use for our Sunday online worship. If you need this info, please contact the office ( | 519.846.0122)
Sanctuary Technology Update
We’re working away at installing a broadcasting system in the Elora UC sanctuary. This includes a camera and equipment that does all the magic stuff that makes it ready for viewing. We’ll be able to broadcast worship services (and other events) from our sanctuary onto the internet (YouTube, Zoom, Facebook, etc.)

People will be able to participate in our worship from home and elsewhere, as well as in-person.

Once the equipment is ready, we’ll be training volunteers to make it work. We already have some experienced operators, and are looking for others to add to our team. Might that be you? Please connect with Greg to find out more.
Special Request
The total cost of this broadcasting system will be about $12,000. We already have $7,000 from money given to the church to help with future-oriented initiatives.

We still need to raise $5,000 more. Can you help with this?

If you wish to learn more about this project, please contact the church office.
Upcoming Worship Themes
October 24 Anniversary Sunday
Elora UC is 186! Bethany UC is 178!
So much to celebrate!

October 31 All Souls’ Day
We lovingly commemorate those who have died
this past year and before.

Percolating the Scriptures
Matthew 18.1-5,10-14: Becoming a Child

November 7 Hearing
November 14 Learning
November 21 Responding

November 28 Advent begins
God's Mission Our Gifts
Emmanuel didn’t want to just feed the children—he wanted to make sure they could one day feed themselves.

Have you ever stood in front of the pantry at 6 p.m. looking for dinner inspiration? For some of us, figuring out what to make for dinner is stressful. The truth is that if our family mealtime dilemma is wondering what to make, we are fortunate. We’re fortunate because we aren’t asking, “Will we eat?” 

1 in 9 people around the world go to bed hungry each night.

191,000,000 children under 5 years old are malnourished.

As a young child living in Kenya, Emmanuel Baya went to bed hungry more nights than he can count. Sadly, his parents died when he was a young child, and he worked hard just to survive. That’s why his heart stirred when he saw children under the cashew trees near his property. He knew they were too busy looking for food to go to school.

“Most of the children who did not go to school were orphans. It saddened my heart so much that I decided to help,” he explains.

Emmanuel Baya teaches organic farming techniques to children in his care.(Credit: Emmanuel Baya)

In 2008, Emmanuel opened the Magarini Children Centre. Today, over 287 children receive warm, healthy meals and education there. But Emmanuel decided he didn’t want to just feed the children—he wanted to make sure they could one day feed themselves.

So, he enrolled in the Asian Rural Institute (ARI), which your Mission & Service gifts support. There, he learned organic farming techniques. Long story short, he opened a demonstration farm next to the Children Centre. It’s now a learning hub for seven surrounding communities.

“This is my definition of love,” he says.

Isn’t Emmanuel’s story amazing? And isn’t it amazing that you have a part in it?

Please make a gift through Mission & Service this World Food Day. Your gifts will help feed, educate, and advocate for the most vulnerable at home and around the world.

Your support makes a life-changing difference through extraordinary leaders like Emmanuel, whose lives define love every day. You can give to Mission & Service through our congregation. You'll find information in the "offerings" section below.

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75 Geddes Street
Elora ON  N0B 1S0
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