Advent and Christmas Services

Advent Worship:                        Sundays at 10:30am

Four Sundays prepare us for Christmas, or “Christ Mass,” a celebration of Jesus’ birth.

 

Dec 3 at 10:30 am    Advent 1  is HOPE

An evergreen Christmas tree and advent wreath reminds us of God’s constant presence throughout the seasons and our lives. HOPE is kept alive in the gift of Jesus.

Dec 10 at 10:30 am     Advent 2  is PEACE

Our ESG children and youth create “Cookies-in-a-Jar” for sale after worship as a fundraiser for their Christmas charity. Advent Gifts will go to Toronto Urban Native Ministry, Massey Centre Teen Mothers, Fred Victor Mission Women’s Drop in Centre and ESG Thursday Drop-In Program. PEACE comes through justice.

Dec 17 at 10:30 am      Advent 3  is JOY

Come in a nativity costume or choose one when you arrive. Everyone gets to participate in our Christmas pageant. JOY is felt in remembering our Christmas story.

Dec 21 at 6 pm      Longest Night

With hope, believe that there more to Christmas than being a consumer. In candlelight, take a moment to breathe in peace. Despite our state of mind, remember that joy is possible. In quiet contemplation, glimpse signs of God’s love.

Dec 24 at 10:30 am    Advent 4  is LOVE

In song and story, we will sing all our favourite carols and hear the familiar Christmas story in a fresh voice. LOVE is all around us as we celebrate our anticipation of Christmas.

 

Christmas Eve Worship: Sunday, December 24 at 5pm and 9pm

 

Family Christmas Eve Worship: 5pm

Join us for a family-focused Christmas Eve worship. Sing Christmas carols. Join the manger scene. Let the Christmas story come alive.

 

Christmas Eve Worship: 9pm

After all the rush to Christmas, take a moment to embrace the season in a quiet, contemplative candlelight worship service. Remember once again that the birth of Jesus brings hope, peace, joy, and love to the world and to our hearts.

 

Christmas Season Worship: 10:30am

 

Dec 31      Christmas in song: We will sing all our favourite carols and hear the stories that inspired them.

 

Compassionate Justice Speaker Series

Speakers in the 2017-2018 program will continue to address a
comprehensive range of social justice issues and concerns. Free admission. Lunch provided at 11:45 am, with the speaker following at 12:30 pm

View the 2017-18 Compassionate Justice Series Poster

Sunday, November 19 , 12:30 pm

Doug Saunders: International Affairs Columnist, The Globe and Mail
Canada’s crisis of underpopulation and its geography of inequality
Doug Saunders is the international-affairs columnist for the Globe and Mail. He served as the paper’s London-based European bureau chief for a decade. Drawing on best practices he’s studied across Europe and North America, he will look at what needs to be done to turn our cities into more effective platforms for immigrant integration, innovation, economic equality, ecological sustainability and population growth.

 

Christmas Party and Carol Singing

Come Deck the Halls with Song

Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 pm

Location: Eglinton Room

This event is a long standing tradition at ESG. Everyone is welcome. (Singing voice not required; no auditions!) Fun and delightful. Hosted by Not Just Couples Club! Join us for a wonderful evening of socializing, sweet and savoury snacks, and libations as we get into the holiday spirit with enthusiastic caroling. A donation of $20 and an item of non-perishable food are requested.

Send your RSVP to ChristmasMerriment@esgunited.org.

Hosts: Peter & Barb Long; Peter & Penny Wilkins; Doug Dicks & Carol Laschinger

 

Trick or Eat: Let’s Scare Hunger

Saturday Oct. 28, 7 – 9 pm

The Underground Youth Group at ESG is teaming up with our neighbouring churches, Blythwood Road Baptist & Glenview Presbyterian, to collect food benefiting the North York Harvest Food Bank & the Daily Food Bank. Wear your costume and join us for a night of fun and service. We will meet at Blythwood at 7pm and return there after the food drive for fellowship and Halloween fun!

Seniors’ Fall Luncheon

Our fall luncheon with communion will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at noon. You will enjoy a delicious luncheon with friends old and new. Invitations have been sent out. If you did not receive one, and would like to attend, please call the ESG office at 416-481-1141 x210. We hope to see you there!

 

Parenting Support Group

Parenting Tweens/Teens?  Join us  as we discuss the issues of ‘Parenting Tweens/Teens in the 21st Century’. This group will meet bi-weekly on Monday evenings from 7- 8:30 pm, in the Hearth Room, beginning on October 23.

Compassionate Justice Speaker Series

Speakers in the 2017-2018 program will continue to address a
comprehensive range of social justice issues and concerns. Free admission. Lunch provided at 11:45 am, with the speaker following at 12:30 pm

View the 2017-18 Compassionate Justice Series Poster

Sunday, October 22 , 12:30 pm

Peter Russell, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Toronto will speak on the topic: Understanding Aboriginal Peoples in a Canada based on incomplete conquests.

Peter’s presentation, drawn from his latest book Canada’s Odyssey, will serve as a clear response to the general confusion about the place of Indigenous peoples within Canada’s constitutional structure. He will revisit the assumptions Canadians hold regarding Indigenous peoples and the history and structure of the Canadian state.

 

Fall Rummage Sale

Saturday, October 14, 10 am – 1 pm

Donations of your new or used goods are welcome!

Jewellery, Art Work, Current Books & Movies, Designer Clothes for Men & Women, Small Appliances, Stereo Equipment, China, Scarves and Designer Handbags; Lego, Designer Shoes & Boots

Please drop off your labelled bags or boxes downstairs Monday – Friday from 9 am  -9 pm.

NO DONATIONS ACCEPTED AFTER THURSDAY OCT. 12, 7 pm