During the month of October

We Sing Thanksgiving

This October
“We Sing Thanksgiving”

In October we sing with gratitude and celebration. In so many ways throughout our lives, we respond to the grace of God with acts of generosity.

Our generosity is a way to contribute to God’s mission in our world. It is how we make a positive difference as individuals and families, in our own community through the mission of our congregation and across our country and around the globe through the Mission and Service of The United Church of Canada.


The Go Project!

Urgent Fundraiser Campaign

The GO Project
Urgent Fundraiser Campaign
October 2017


After 12 years of amazing ministry, The GO Project requires urgent help. We have never had to ask for help before, but in order to continue offering ministry to children and youth across the United Church of Canada we are in need of your one-time financial donation towards a $25,000.00 goal by October 31st, 2017.  


It is through GO that many have encountered God on a new level, built friendships that are real, authentic and based on a foundation of truth, and where children and youth explore their faith, discover their identity and dive deeper in the community in which they live. This month, GO is launching a campaign to help raise money so our programs can continue to thrive across Canada. Please join us in raising money so that we can continue to inspire children and youth to create change! In our 12 years we have offered programming with over 500 youth, 800 children, and 200 young adult staff. With your support over the years we have grown to offer youth programs in six cities in Canada and twenty-four children’s programs in cities and towns in Ontario and the Maritimes. Thank you for all your prayers, support, and donations along the way.
 
As we look toward next summer and to continued ministry within the United Church of Canada we hope to inspire more children and youth to be active citizens in their communities and around the world.
 
In order to reach that goal, we need your help through our Causevox crowdfunding campaign! You can visit this link,
https://the-go-project-44674.causevox.com to donate. There are several levels of engagement and all will go directly to support the ministry of GO. Some options include; sending a child to camp, sending a youth to camp, hosting a children’s program, and hosting a mission weekend for families.
 
You can also become a GO fundraiser within this campaign, sending the information to your friends, families and colleagues to join you in our effort! 
 
For more information concerning this special fund raising appeal please contact Alana Martin at 416-239-1131 Ext.31 or by email at alana@islingtonunited.org.


Thank you for all of your support over the years,
and for supporting us especially in this time.
 

Stephen Ministry

Consider Serving as a Stephen Minister

Act Now to Be Part of the
Next Stephen Minister Training Class!
Apply by October 20th
 
Time is running out if you want to be part of Islington United’s next class of Stephen Ministers. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to grow in faith, develop stronger relational skills, and bring Christ's love into the lives of hurting people.

To be part of this class, you will need to pick up a copy of the Stephen Minister Application from the church office. Fill it out and return it to the office or Dale Kucharczyk by
October 20th.  We can then schedule a time to meet so that you can learn more about the training and we can learn more about you. There is some flexibility with the training dates and times depending on the needs of those interested.

For more information, please contact Dale Kucharczyk at stephenministry@islingtonunited.org or one of the other Stephen Leaders: Isla Grady, Dorothea Vickers and David Lang.


God has plans for you to grow!
 

Rummage Sale News

Deadline for Donations is October 18 @ Noon

Rummage Sale News


Thank you to everyone who has donated to the rummage sale.  Over the past several months, Joan Beaver and Bev Walton have done an outstanding job collecting and sorting donations.

We will continue to accept donations until 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 18th. At that point, we will stop accepting donations and will ask that you find an alternative charity. This will give room teams the opportunity to complete displays and price merchandise.
 
Don’t forget to come to shop.  Doors open at 4:00 pm on Friday, October 20th. 


Fantastic bargains await!
 

Islington Photo Directory Update

Aug. 23 & 24; Oct. 10-14; Oct. 24-28, 2017

We are Updating Our
Church Photo Directory
and We Need Your Help!

Islington is updating our Church Photo Directory and we would like you and your family to participate. There are several times and dates to choose from including:
 
Tuesday, October 10 to Friday, October 13 from 2 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, October 14 from 10 am to 5 pm
Tuesday, October 24 to Friday, October 27 from 2 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, October 28 from 10 am to 5 pm

For more information see the display during coffee hour.

Please help us with this important initiative by clicking here to register a convenient time for your photo shoot. If you have any questions concerning our Church Photo Directory Update please contact the office at 416-239-1311 or by email at office@islingtonunited.org.
 
Thank for Your Assistance with this Important Initiative!
 

Anniversary Sunday

October 29

Anniversary Sunday
Celebrating of 199th Anniversary!
October 29

 
Anniversary Sunday, October 29th will be a day of celebration from morning to night. We will celebrate our 199th year as a congregation serving the Village of Islington and beyond in two morning worship services; 9:30 and 11:15 am. At 4:00 pm, we will gather in the sanctuary to honour the recipients of this year's Order of Islington, followed by our annual turkey dinner at 5:00 pm. (Tickets will be on sale after each service.) See you there!


Calling All Curlers

First game is Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 10 am

Calling All Curlers!
Begins October 28 @ 10 am

For many years, members of Islington and St. James United Churches have enjoyed the game of curling as part of a friendly and positive league. We play 12 games annually on Saturday mornings approximately every second week from late October to early April at the Weston Golf and Curling Club. Our first game this year is October 28 at 10:00 a.m.

We're welcoming new members to our club - both women and men. Whether you're an experienced curler or a beginner, we certainly have a place for you on the curling ice. Beginning curlers will be placed on a team with an experienced curler to help you get comfortable with the game! All games run from 10:00 am to noon, with coffee and doughnuts as part of a social time before and after the game.

Please contact Jim Corbett by email to jim@jcorbett.ca or by telephone at (416) 949-4517. Again this year, we're even prepared to broaden your musical experience at the last game prior to Christmas by marching on to the ice led by a bagpiper followed by a Gaelic blessing! Good curling!


Calling All Children!

Junior Choir Christmas Production

Calling All Children!
Come and Be Part of Our
Christmas Musical Theatre Production

Our Junior Choir will be run a little differently this year. This year we will be working towards an enormously fun Christmas Musical Theatre Production titled:

Dude, You hear What I Hear?

All children are welcome to participate! No experience required, just a willingness to participate and have fun.

There are possible solo and acting opportunities for all interested children and nobody will be asked to do anything out of their comfort zone!

Rehearsals will be held Thursday evenings @ 6:00 to 7:00 pm beginning Sept. 21st. Our dress rehearsal will be Thursday December 14th @ 6:00 pm with our performance on Sunday December 17th @ 3:00 pm


Come and join the fun!
 

Faith Family Friday

October 27, 2016 Beginning at 6 pm

Faith Family Friday

October 27, Beginning at 6:00 pm

 
Our next event is Friday, October 27th.  Dinner at 6:00 pm followed by a fun activity!  For more information and to RSVP please contact karen@islingtonunited.org. Hope to see you there!

Rise Retreat

October 27 - 28

RISE Retreat
Friday Oct 27 at 8:00 pm
to Saturday October 27 11:00 am

If you are Grades 5 to 8, join us on October 27 for our overnight Rise Retreat. For information about this fun-filled retreat and to RSVP please contact karen@islingtonunited.org.

Running For Refugees

Sunday October 22, 2017

Running For Refugees 2017
5 km Walk/Run

 

On Sunday, October 22, a team of Refugee Support Ministry committee members and friends will participate in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 5 km walk/run. Our fund raising goal this year with be $10,000.

Your donations are gratefully appreciated and charitable receipts will be issued.
For further information contact the Leslee at the Church Office at 416-239-1131 Ext.21

 

Kairos Blanket Exercise

Wednesday, November 1st @ 7:30pm

Take steps towards reconciliation
Come to the

KAIROS Blanket Exercise

The Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Join us on Wednesday, November 1st @ 7:30 pm in Stewart East Hall for an enlightening walk through history from the Indigenous perspective with Elder Bob Phillips.

Everyone is Welcome

Monday Meditation

Mondays at 7:00 pm

Mediation with James
Monday @ 7pm in the Chapel


We are pleased to be resuming our weekly meditations and wish to extend the invitation to anyone who is curious. Come join us for quiet breath-centred meditation, guided by gentle reminders. Let yourself relax and release what you no longer need, all the while anchoring yourself more deeply in your heart. Feel free to come and check it out.  No experience is required.
 

All are welcome!
 

Tri-City Gospel Chorus &

4Heaven Sake Gospel Quartet


The Tri-City Gospel Chorus &
4Heavens Sake Gospel Quartet
Sunday, November 19

 
The Tri-City Gospel Chorus & the 4Heavens Sake Gospel Quartet present a ‘singspiration’ service at Islington United from 7 – 8:30 pm on Sunday, November 19. This chorus is an 80-male voice ‘a cappella’ chorus singing gospel favourites in the barbershop style, and led by Duncan Macgregor of our church organization.
 
Proceeds from this evening’s free-will offering will support the work of Islington United in our community and the Refugee Support Ministry. This is a special evening with laughter, joy, hymn singing and heartwarming stories! Please mark your calendar now and come and enjoy this wonderful presentation.


In October...

Support Islington’s Food Programs

Support Islington’s Food Programs


In October please donate canned tuna for our Mabelle Food Program and Emergency Food Pantry, to help supplement the food provided by the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Place your donations in the Food Bank Box in the Narthex or outside the church office.
 

Thank you for your generous and ongoing support to this program!
 

The Go Project!

Corrymeela Pilgrimage: May 4-12, 2018

The GO Project
Corrymeela Pilgrimage
May 4 – May 12, 2018


Join Alana Martin and her mother Martha Martin, as they lead a trip to the Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Northern Ireland from Saturday, May 4 to Saturday May 12, 2018.
 
For more information contact alana@islingtonunited.org. Flyers available in the office.


Calling All Photographers

We Want Your Pictures

We want your pictures!


The Church is active on Facebook and Twitter. In order to post fresh content we need your pictures! 

Please bring your camera to Church events and snap away! Send us your pictures to post on the website, Facebook and Twitter by emailing them to
office@islingtonunited.org.