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“Creative Bundles” Fundraiser

"Creative Bundles" fundraiser - make a beautiful wooden sign to hang in your home, give as a wedding, Christmas or other gift.

Sandy brought this beautiful fundraiser to our board meeting on Tuesday evening. Let her know if you are interested in making one of these beautiful wood signs for your home. Prices are below each sign.

Contact Sandy at madaboutcows@rogers.com

       

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Think tank says religious group spending pays off nearly five-fold

A recent article in the London Free Press reports that for every dollar spent by churches on outreach programming, the community reaps $4.77 worth of benefit

Check out the link below

   

http://www.lfpress.com/2017/06/14/think-tank-says-religious-group-spending-pays-off-nearly-five-fold

 

Here's the article:

By Jennifer Bieman, The London Free Press

A new tool by a Hamilton-based think tank is letting Canadians coast to coast see how money from church collection plates in their community translates to social good on the street.

For every dollar congregations spend on programming, the community reaps $4.77 worth of benefit, according to Cardus estimates. Researchers call this divine social and economic spin-off a halo – and now the public can search for their town or city using the think tank’s tool.

“These communities are generating good beyond themselves and that means everybody is kind of benefitting,” said Milton Friesen, senior fellow and program director at Cardus.

“If they disappeared and you had to cover the common good benefits that they’re giving to the community, what would that cost you in a dollar figure?… Who would pick up that slack?”

The interactive online tool is an expansion of study published last year that focused 10 Christian and non-Christian Toronto congregations.

The Cardus team assigned market prices to the services each group provided – including daycares, recreation space, alcohol and drug addiction programming, family counselling, housing developments and helping refugees settle in Canada. Researchers interviewed church leaders and handed out detailed questionnaires for them to complete. The study was based on a similar project conducted in Philadelphia and was funded by the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, World Vision Canada, The Salvation Army and several other religious organizations.

When the project leads tallied up all the programs, assessed their monetary worth and compared the final sum to the 10 churches’ overall operating budget, they found that for every dollar the congregations spent on initiatives, the community receives nearly $4.77 in benefits.

“They’re not producing widgets or cars or things that can be directly linked to GDP…. But if they disappeared and the municipality or somebody had to put back all the stuff that’s missing, how much would that cost,” said Friesen.

The newly-released Halo Calculator applies the figure uncovered in Cardus’ 2016 study to Canada Revenue Agency data for church groups across the country. St. Thomas’ 16 listed congregations had a combined operating budget of $2,546,336 in 2013. By Cardus estimates, the total dollar value of the services they provide totals more than $12 million.

“This is all still very experimental,” said Friesen, adding the Halo Calculator numbers are only meant to be estimates.

“We’re hoping to generate more research. We’re pretty sure this is not the end of the story.”

Friesen wants the findings and the new online tool to spark conversations about the role religious institutions play in community development – especially at a time when some are facing an aging congregation and declining membership.

“This will hopefully generate discussion between municipalities and faith communities,” said Friesen.

“They are part of the social ecology of their communities. The look to be generative, they’re adding something, they’re not extracting. Let’s talk about what that means in terms of the long-term wellbeing of our communities.”

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Halo Effect in Southwestern Ontario

Dollar value of community impact

London – 351 organizations – $811,032,649

Sarnia – 77 organizations – $143,333,940

Chatham – 67 organizations – $97,430,622

Woodstock – 56 organizations – $77,840,471

Aylmer – 22 organizations – $19,320,647

St. Thomas – 16 organizations – $12,146,023

Dutton – 11 organizations – $2,560,670

West Lorne – 5 organizations – $2,146,438

Source: Cardus calculation based on 2013 Canada Revenue Agency T3010 data

This Week at Epiphany

Sunday February 25th 2018

Flowers in the Church Feb 25

The flowers in the Sanctuary today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of a dear father and mother Stuart and Molly Tack and mother and father Gertrude and Ben Smallman and a dear sister Diane Buie given by George and Barb Smallman.

NOW THAT WE HAVE AN ELEVATOR PLEASE USE NEW MAIN ENTRANCE!!!

To minimize road salt being tracked into the church and hall, we ask everyone to use the new main entrance. We have installed carpets there to help catch some of the snow, salt and other winter debris. We also are planning to use ICE MELT instead of salt to see if that helps make cleanup any easier. If you are bringing in food for our potluck lunch, there will be a cart in the main entrance area. Leave your goodies there and we will see that they get down to the kitchen.

Our elevator is installed and working. Operators have been trained and everything is ready for you to come to Sunday's service. Make sure to tell everyone that is not coming because they can't manage the stairs. Please let them know we are now accessible!!! And to top it all off we have 2 fully accessible washrooms as well.

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Bible Readings for

Sunday Feb 25

 

The Little Church that Cares

www.thechurchofepiphany.com

Contact:

the Church of the Epiphany:

Rev. Teresa Corrigan

email:

teresacorrigan1@gmail.com

phone: 519-671-0577 [cell]

The Church phone is unmonitored

519 432 2837

 

Announcements from Teresa

 

*Bible Study.  Tuesday’s at 10 a.m. Rev. Peter.

*World Day Of Prayer Friday, March 2nd, at 1:30pm at St. John The Devine Church at 390 Baseline Rd. W. Suriname.

*Meat/Veg Pies. Pies available  Barb S. 519-680-0649

*Mint Smoothies!  Dark 2:50.  Milk 2.00.  Sandra.

*Food Cupboard.   Butch. 519-615-9106.

*Tea and Talk.  Thursday Mar. 8.  2:00.  All welcome.  Bring snack share.

*Crafts.  Feb. 25.  10 till 12.

*Middlesex Lodge 379 visits & brings lunch!  Sun March 18. Thank You!!

*Bake Sale, Rummage & Garage Sale.  Sat. Feb. 24.  Set Up and Donations Friday Feb. 23 at 1:00 p.m. 

*Photo Directory at  Easter.

*Live Auction April 14.  Letters available to request donations. Viewing at 1:30 to 2:00 auction to start at 2:00

*Karaoke.  Saturday May 5.  Licenced.  Pie Raffle.  Music by Garfield!  Non Singers Welcome!

*Gaither Sunday Afternoon with Jack Phoenix Sunday May 6.

*Manor Park Evening Post.  Sat June 9.Dinner: 6:00 Show: 7:30 $20 Our hit variety show returns! Join host Adam Corrigan Holowitz and friends for a night of story, songs and a delicious picnic style dinner! Music Stephen Holowitz and guests..

*Email Reminders: teresacorrigan1@gmail.com

Thank you for your generous love of Epiphany.  Our Church does much good, quietly, with out fanfare.   Lets all keep up our Good Work!

*Rummage and Garage Sale.  Sat. Feb. 24.  Thanks to many kind donations, our small (8 X8) storage room is unfortunately full! Thus we can not take more donations until Set Up Friday Feb. 23 at 1:00 p.m.  We appreciate you thinking of us, and understand if you must give your donations elsewhere in the meantime. But if you can hold them for us, we are very grateful!

*Photo Directory at  Easter.

*Live Auction April 14.  Letters available to request donations.

*Gaither Sunday Afternoon with Jack Phoenix Sunday May 6.

*The Church Website http://www.thechurchofepiphany.com/

*Like Us on Facebook.

* Email Reminders: teresacorrigan1@gmail.com

Thank you for your generous love of Epiphany.  Our Church does much good, quietly, with out fanfare.   Lets all keep up our Good Work!

*Next Manor and Highland Park War Memorial Meeting will be April 12 at 7 PM, same venue.

*St. Patrick’s.  Sat. March 17.  Fun is important!  Helpers needed!  High School Hours. 

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Honorary Assistant

The Rev. Peter Leonard, 

519-681-6076
pjl1946@gmail.com

Grand Opening October 2016

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Our Grand opening was a wonderful success. To have a look at the festivities click on "Epiphany Photos" at the top of this page.

ONTARIO TRILLIUM GRANT

Trillium logo400x400 100_4217 The Ontario Trillium Foundation *Trillium News! Trillium has granted us $111,400 for our Accessibility Project, and the cheque will be arriving shortly. This puts us ever-so-close to our goal. We are moving ahead with construction, even though we are still a bit short of the money required for the project. Some of you have been holding off - maybe not really believing we would ever get this far. Please now consider a pledge to help us with the final push in our goal of making Epiphany fully accessible. Thank you to all who have given to this project in faith, even when we were still a long way off. Thank you in advance to those who are about to give. Our prayers are being answered, but there's still a way to go. We are planning to start mid June. For more information about The Ontario Trillium Foundation, check out the link below. http://www.otf.ca/

Great Fundraiser

“Rheo Thompson Individual Mint Smoothies”

$2 each. Make great gift toppers, and good for all chocolate cravings! See Sandy Winterton for details or email at madaboutcows@rogers.com

  mint smoothies