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Ebenezer United Church has undertaken a project to restore our 135 year old Heritage Church. In 2011 the roof was replaced and in 2012 the stained glass windows (excluding the tower) were restored and new storm windows installed. Restoration and renovation of the interior to suit the needs of a community centre are now underway.
RFP#1 was previously issued & awarded to restore the interior of the Heritage Church (including plaster repairs, painting and wood refinishing). RFP#2 is now being issued to “build-out” a portion of this space to support the needs of a community centre. This renovation will create two new meeting rooms and upgrade the existing electrical & lighting in the main area. Later, an RFP#3 will be issued to install new flooring throughout the space.
Contractors must attend a mandatory meeting to view the site & ask questions about RFP#2. Contractors will have a choice of either Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 9:30 am or Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 at 9:30 am. Answers to questions raised on both days will be posted on this website. Final responses are due by 4:00 pm on Monday June 10th, 2013.
Markham Hub Community Coordinator
(June 2013) This fall Ebenezer Heritage Church will open as a
Community Hub for four local service agencies. These
organizations will operate as a collaborative to deliver their
services to the local community. They will use this location to
build on existing services, address service gaps and initiate
new approaches & services as determined by the community. The
members of this collaborative are currently seeking a Community
Coordinator (see job description) to work at this location.
Please feel free to apply directly. Deadline: June
Download position details here (PDF)
2ND ANNUAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP WINNER:
Congratulations to Angie Lam for winning
the Ebenezer United Church's annual music scholarship.
Your music talent, leadership, and outreach abilities were
celebrated on Sunday, May 12, 2013. Congratulations to all
the contestants as well.
Ebenezer Musical Concert April 19, 2013
The choir and other members put
on a memorable show featuring music, dance, theatrics, and
comedy. Guests who attended had a wonderful experience.
Ebenezer Goes to the Ballpark -
June 9, 2013
Last year, a
group of 20 Jays fans enjoyed an excited game. This year,
30 Ebenezer members and family/friends will be enjoying this
SEPTEMBER CONCERT - September 20, 2013
On September 20th at 7 p.m. we all will be able to enjoy a concert given by Susan and Mikhai with Murphy accompanying them. More details to follow. Just make sure you mark it on your calendar and let family and friends know about this great event.
U.C.W. CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
The UCW is having their
Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday,
November 23, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
When you are doing your spring or summer cleaning of
cupboards and find that you have items that you wish to dispose
of, ie: any good china, cups and saucers, candy dishes, etc. we
would be glad of any donation and be happy to put them in our
You might consider helping on the day of the bazaar, we can
always use the extra help and you are guaranteed good
Speak to any member of the UCW if you have any questions and be
sure to mark the date on your calendar.
How is that for planning ahead?
You know it wasn’t even raining when Noah built the ark.
Fundraiser ‘Gifts’ booklet on Ebenezer’s artefacts will now focus on the history of Ebenezer through the artefacts and the people. We seek stories from the congregation. Examples:
1. Stories on the quilt, ie why different materials and symbols or crests chosen.
2. UCW stories: gifts donated over the years, ie stove, dishwasher, fridges, freezer. Camaraderie and fund raising: turkey dinners, apple pies, craft sales, catering for various events, etc. Thursday lunchtime craft get-to-gethers.
3. Out of the Cold program
4. Stephen Lewis gift cards
5. Restoration of the Heritage Church - roof and windows
6. Restoration of the Heritage Church - grants received
7. Hagerman’s Corner
8. words of wisdom, fond and fun memories
Let Gaynor know if you’re happy to spend time immediately after the church service to be interviewed by our youth / other volunteers on stories that can be shared. Written submissions are encouraged, and can be e-mailed to email@example.com If you have further ideas or would like to help with this project, please speak with Gaynor. Thank you.
We saw “Star Trek into Darkness” in 3D at Morningside Theatres on Friday, June 7th . The next Reel Theology will be in September.
HERITAGE HALL RESTORATION
HERITAGE CHURCH INTERIOR RESTORATION (June 9, 2013 Update)
We’re excited to report that workers have started on phase 1 (i.e. repairing plaster, priming & painting, and wood refinishing). We will be posting photos on the bulletin board, so that everyone can follow our progress (the area is a construction zone & may not be safe for viewers). It promises to be a very busy and productive summer at Ebenezer!
Heritage Hall Update
(Mar 19, 2013)
Further exterior and interior renovations will continue this summer. We are also excited that we have been approved for a Trillium Grant this spring. Please read the detailed update in the attached letter (pdf).
LIVING WATERS MAKES A SPECIAL DONATION TO HERITAGE HALL RESTORATION
(Jaunary 20, 2013) We thank Living Water Assembly North (the church that worships here on Sunday afternoons) who has made a spontaneous $5,000 donation towards the Heritage Hall restoration. We thank them for their generosity and faithful stewardship.
HERITAGE HALL WINDOWS DEDICATION SERVICE
Sunday, November 18, 2012
HERITAGE HALL WINDOWS: JULY 22ND UPDATE
Our thanks to the Building Restoration Team under the leadership of Janet Dunham for the hard work put into having the windows restored. They look great and add so much light to the room. Have a look at them you will be pleased.
RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE: APRIL 11, 2012
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RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE:There was a meeting on January 22nd after church to review the status of the Restoration Project. With the denial of our grant application, we needed to re-examine the project and potential funding alternatives. Please click here to read the brief outline of the items that were discussed at the meeting. Those unable to attend and wish to provide input are encouraged to please contact Ralph or Janet Dunham.
JANUARY 22, 2012 MEETING
You will find copies of the discussions at the Information meeting last Sunday after church regarding the restoration on the table in the narthex.
Just click on the links below to see some past newsletters, the bimonthly EbeNEWSer:
EbeNEWSer: Opportunities available
Kathy McWatters and Janet Dunham announce their joint resignation from the EbeNEWSer, effective with the distribution of the January/ February issue. We hope that another team or individual will take up the creative challenge of producing the church newsletter. Please speak to Won Hur or Vernon Clarke if you are interested.
An Ebenezer Blog found: The Two Towers of Ebenezer United Church
This blog recently found be Won tells a story about our church as seen through the outsider eyes of Murray Lincoln where he marvelled about our history and how the Heritage Hall and communications towers may have come to be.
Congratulations and many thanks to the Homecoming team and all other who contributed to this fantastic weekend. Follow the links below to read about and see some of what happened.
Your Church at Work
Pass the Light
Sometimes we are the strangers looking for welcome in other places. Sarah Shepherd was working with the Partners in Mission Unit of the United Church when she visited a church partner in Cuba in March, 2012.
“Pass the light to the person next to you.” The brisk breeze off the Atlantic meant the candle flames were imaginary, but the connection was real. We were a cluster of students, teachers, staff, and visitors–Presbyterians, Anglicans, Quakers, and Baptists–gathered for morning worship at the Evangelical Seminary of Theology in Matanzas, Cuba. We then slowly walked the seminary labyrinth, gathered in the centre, and lifted up prayers together.
Worship is one of many ways in which Matanzas students build relationships and understanding together. There are diverse classes, a dining room where everyone can eat together, a library, and a choir of students, staff, and teachers. The beautiful grounds on the edge of the town strengthen the community feeling and make spontaneous conversations easy. Many visitors are welcomed each year to learn and share. And although resources are scarce, students share what they have–food, books, dishes, furniture.
The seeds being planted now at the seminary will grow into vibrant ministry throughout Cuba, where trained ministers serve many people and where a faithful vision of social justice is important in a time of transition. Your support of the Mission and Service Fund can help these seeds to grow.