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Week leading up to
October 31, 2021
Caring for Students | Elora UC's Many Places | United Church's Vision & Mission | Your Worldwide Impact: Mambud’s Story
Cheer Project for College & University Students
We are sending a cheer package to 15 students this year. Each will receive a gift card and messages from the church family to let students know we are thinking about them.

You can be a part of this project. You can donate an encouraging short message, scripture, lyrics of a song, poem, quote, etc that you think would be meaningful for these students. You only have to write the message once and I will copy and distribute it to each package. You can also donate money to help us cover the cost of the gift cards and postage.

You can email me your message at, drop it off at my house on 22 York Street West, or someone can come and pick it up from your home. We are asking for donations of messages and money to be in by Sunday, November 7th. For monetary donations, the church website lists a variety of ways you can give. Please put ‘Cheer Project’ in the note line where available.

Thank you for helping us support our young adults in this way and letting them know that we are thinking about them at this time of year! 
Melanie Anderson
Our Congregations' Many Places
Last Sunday we celebrated Elora UC's 186th anniversary and Bethany's 178th!

Greg put together a video that takes us to the different places where our people have met through the years. Most of those buildings are long-gone. Still, we can see where they once stood, and imagine what it was like for our spiritual ancestors in the early days.

He'd planned to share that video during our services. But it didn't work right. Now worries though! It's all fixed now, and you can watch it here.
Watch Greg's reflection from Sunday. It includes the video of the many places our congregations have met over the years? Greg wonders what lies ahead for us? Hint: we don't know. Still, what have we always known in every place?
What's The United Church of Canada About?
The General Council, our senior national leadership group, has adopted both a new VISION and a new MISSION for the United Church. These will guide the work of the whole denomination as we move into the future.

What do you think of it? How might is guide us in our congregation?
The United Church's VISION
The United Church's MISSION
God's Mission Our Gifts
Skills learned at the Asian Rural Institute in Japan create a teaching farm in Sierra Leone.

We don’t always know the extent of the good we do even when we are giving generously. When we make a gift, we hope to have an impact but often can’t foresee how many lives we touch or how far our care extends. Mambud Samai’s story is a tangible example of how your gifts through Mission & Service send ripples of compassion across continents.

Mambud, a pastor, lives in Sierra Leone, where an estimated 27,000 citizens became amputees during the civil war that raged between 1991 and 2002.

To support amputees he visited in rehabilitation camps after the war, Mambud turned to soccer, his country’s favourite sport. He founded a soccer league for amputees called the Single Leg Amputee Sports Club of Sierra Leone to help restore hope. Now 350 members strong, the league isn’t just about helping amputees overcome discrimination, restoring their pride, and providing therapeutic support. As if these alone aren’t amazing.

(Credit: The United Church of Canada)

fter graduating from the nine-month program at ARI, Mambud returned to the soccer fields of Sierra Leone with a new goal: to develop teaching farms where people can learn to grow food sustainably and support themselves financially by selling that food at market.

Mambud and members of the Single Leg Amputee Sports Club of Sierra Leone now run an educational farm, and there are plans to convert more of Sierra Leone’s fertile land into gardens and teaching centres. In a country where the average person lives just 43 years, Mambud’s extraordinary leadership and the skills he learned in Japan save lives.

From Canada to Japan to Sierra Leone―Mambud’s story is just one example of how your gifts do a world of good.

If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! By supporting leaders like Mambud with education and training, your generosity helps change lives around the world. Thank you! 

You can give to Mission & Service through our congregation. You'll find information in the "offerings" section below.

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Your Offerings Matter
Your offerings are an important way you share in our life and mission together. Here is information about how you can give.

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Pre-Authorized Giving
Monthly offerings automatically deducted from your account. It’s easy! Please contact Beverly Bond to set this up. (519.846.5597 |

Made out to “Elora United Church.” Please indicate if you want your gift directed to particular funds. You can send your donation here:
Elora United Church
75 Geddes Street
Elora ON  N0B 1S0
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Canada Helps
This online service lets you donate using your credit card. Just go to our Canada Helps page here.
Mailing: 75 Geddes Street, Elora ON, N0B 1S0

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Elora United Church
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