East Plains United Church
Wider Work at East Plains United Church

CHURCH NEWS

Sunday Bulletin for November 17, 2019
Celebrating Young People is our theme for today. Ben Pickles, a  young climate activist, will be our speaker. PDF

Ben Pickles, young activist and geek with a brilliant sense of humour.
 Ben will be our guest speaker at our November 17 worship service. Ben is in grade 7 in a gifted program at Centennial-Grand Woodlands School in Brantford, ON. Click the PDF to read his bio. We have also posted a photo of Ben on our home page. PDF

Metamorphosis, November 20, 2019
 BurlingtonGreen is showing the film "Metamorphosis," at the Burlington Central Library on November 20, 6:00pm. It's a film about climate change and should be of interest to everyone. BurlingtonGreen

Messy Christmas Fun Night
 Friday November 29, 5:00-7:00pm. All ages welcome; see the flyer. PDF

Community Christmas Day Dinner
 This is the 14th year East Plains has hosted this event as part of our Wider Work program. PDF

Joseph
 Joseph has been promoted to P5. PDF

Vista Orders.
Vista order dates: December 8. PDF

Letter from Joseph in Uganda
 Joseph is a young student in primary four at the Tekera Mission in Uganda. East Plains is proud to continue our support for this mission. PDF

A complete list of activities is available on the Calendar page.

WIDER WORK MINISTRY

Our Commitment. Our congregation directs 13.5% of envelope givings to Wider Work. In addition, we run several fund-raisers during the year to support our Wider Work program. These fund-raisers include but are not limited to:

  • Our annual Perennial Plant Sale held the Friday and Saturday before Mother's Day in May.
  • A garage and book sale held in February.
  • Our annual Arts and Craft Sale held the first Saturday of November; we will be entering our 39th year in November 2013.

  • Our Beneficiaries. Monies raised in 2012 were directed toward the following organizations:

  • The Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada.
  • The Tekera Resource Centre in Uganda.
  • Partnership West Food Bank in Aldershot.
  • Wesley Urban Ministries in Hamilton.
  • Burlington Counseling and Family Services.
  • Kairos.
  • Halton Women's Place.
  • Idea Burlington.
  • Canada House (for Hamilton Youth).
  • Lesbian Gay Bi/Trans-sexual Youth.
  • Halton Community Development.
  • Out4Lunch.

  • The Pat Wells Memorial Education Fund. For 2013, East Plains has budgeted $600 toward the education of a student in Uganda. PDF

    The David Richards Memorial Fund. In 2012, Janice Barretto a member of East Plains, traveled to Peru as part of a project of a Canadian charity, Solidarity in Action, and was assisted financially by the David Richards Memorial Fund. PDF

    Christmas Day Dinner at East Plains December 25. This is a co-operative activity organized by Mary Dilly a member of East Plains, with volunteers from East Plains, St. Luke's Anglican and Holy Rosary RC. On December 25, 2012, we hosted approximately 400 people from our community, serving them a Christmas dinner of turkey, vegetables, apple pie and offering gifts to children.

    Professor Anne Pearson (of McMaster Peace Studies and grand-daughter of Lester B Pearson) was invited by IDEA Burlington to speak to the congregation of East Plains on November 26, 2012. She spoke on the topic " Gandhi and the Imperative of Interfaith Dialogue."

    The Climate Change Reading Group. Holds meetings four times a year to discuss books written about Global Warming and Climate Change. Our own Rev. Harold Wells facilitates the discussion with a group of 12-20 people. The group is co-sponsored by IDEA Burlington and Hamilton/Burlington Kairos. On April 25, 2012, Alanna Mitchell, author of "Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis," spoke at East Plains on the topic "Signs of Hope in a Carbon Crisis." Approx. 130 people attended.