Central United Church


In this issue
This Week
Worship This Week
Weekly Announcements
Minute for Mission
News From WKNC
Community Events
In the Library
Worth a Look

About Central

We gather every Sunday at 11 am. Our goal is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, to walk in his way, and live with love and mercy. We welcome all people. We understand that everyone is on a unique spiritual path, and that our common humanity binds us one to another.

More Information
We are located in the heart of Weston. Once the largest town in what became Metropolitan Toronto, Weston was overtaken by sprawl in the 1950's. We are a mix of urban, suburban and small town. We have been on the same street corner since 1821. See a map.

We are known for our outreach
We are host and founding partner in two United Church Incorporated Ministries, organizations set up to further the mission of Central and make a positive impact on the community that surrounds the church. Both express our desire to follow the compassionate way of Jesus Christ. Central King Senior's Residence is attached to the church, located at 15 King Street. The majority of units are rent-geared-to-income (RGI). They can be reached at 416-614-0667. Weston King Neighbourhood Centre is located in the ground-level suite in the church, with the address 2017 Weston Road. It provides a community space for poor, disadvantaged and socially-isolated members of the Weston community, and is open six days a week. Come for a warm meal, informal counseling, or harm reduction services. In 2013, WKNC will expand into Mount Dennis to create the Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centre. Watch this page for details. Visit wknc.ca for more information or call 416-241-9898.

Our Minister
Michael Kooiman is our minister, serving here since 2008. He shares Central's passion for worship and work in the community. His sermon archive can be found at sermonboy.com

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Last Week's Sermon

April 17, 2014

Holy Week is a time of preparation and remembrance, a time to prepare for the events of Friday and a time to rejoice on Sunday. It forms part of the historical record of our faith, but it also a narrative. And like all good narratives, it has varied emotions and a structure that makes the story effective. All this is a fancy way to repeat what I said on Sunday: the story of Easter only makes sense if you witness the whole story. See you tonight.

This week: Our Maundy Thursday (April 17) begins at 7 pm and will begin in the sanctuary and move mid-service to the Memorial Room (back of the sanctuary). Good Friday (April 18) is a joint service with Weston Presbyterian Church, and will be held at Central, 11 am. And Easter Sunday worship (April 20) begins at 11 am and will include the reception of new members by transfer.

Find your fancy hat: You are invited to a Tea Party on Saturday, May 10th from 1 to 3 pm in the CKSR Common Room. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, and $10.00 for young ladies under 12 years. We will be serving fancy sandwiches, sweets and fruit and of course…tea. Please speak to Kathy Steiner for tickets or more information.

We owe deep thanks for everyone involved in the "50s and 60s Show." The music was wonderful, the crowd was lively, and the organizers did a great job. Thank you!

Worship at Central

We call it traditional worship with a twist. The service unfolds with the usual scripture-sermon-prayer format, but the added dimension of congregational participation and lots of interaction. We honour the children with their own place in the service, and prepare them for Church School. We have both Junior and Senior Choirs, an occasional Jazz ensemble and regular solo performances.

We follow the Revised Common Lectionary, which is available here.

This Week's Readings

Psalm 118: "The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone."

John 20.1-18: "I have seen the Lord!"


Plan to attend the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7 pm. Learn about the Centre and meet new staff including Dawn Dowling, our new Executive Director. Everyone is welcome.

The Toronto United Church Council is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Heart & Vision Awards Concert on Monday, May 12, 2014. The event recognizes individuals for their contributions to social and environmental justice. This year’s honorees are: Actor Shirley Douglas and singer Jackie Richardson. Performers include Thom Allison, Alana Bridgewater, Jacob MacInnis, Kim Richardson, Joe Sealy, and the Broadsway trio (Diane Leah, Heather Bambrick, and Julie Michels). American Music Award winner and stage and screen star Tabby Johnson will host. Proceeds will support Council’s work in social justice and environmental stewardship. The concert will take place at Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen St. East) and will begin promptly at 7:30. Tickets are $95 for the concert or $150 for the concert and reception. Purchase online or call (905) 771-5124.

A Minute for Mission

Along the shores of northern Ontario’s Lake Temiskaming is 279-acre Camp Lorrain. Established in 1931, it offers quintessential camp fare, from swimming, canoeing, and campfires to arts and crafts, nature study, and hiking. Fourteen staff members care for 36 campers. There are junior, intermediate, and family camps, along with a women’s retreat and a counsellor-in-training program.

Camp Lorrain provides youth with a “way to disconnect from technology and experience the beauty of nature and God’s gift to us.” This is felt especially keenly at the end of the day, when campers gather once again at Chapel Point for vespers. As the sun sets, a campfire is lit, and campers and staff alike experience the Spirit of God in nature once again.

Thank you for your gifts for Mission and Service, which support this vital camping ministry.

Cycles of Despair

In a research paper on Aboriginal Women’s Voices: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Incarceration the women speak about how the disruption of traditional culture and values, conditions of poverty while living on the reserve, and child abuse also influenced their adult lives.

“And then there was foster care … they pretended to care but they didn’t. It was here’s your food, here’s your clothes go to bed, that’s it. Kids are placed in Social Services or with unhealthy relatives then they feel their emptiness and the low self-esteem. They begin to do drugs, alcohol and prostitution, whatever. It begins to be an out of control cycle.”

Stacie, who had spent 26 years of her life living on the streets, recalled wondering why there was no appropriate intervention. “I was only 12, I was just a little girl and no one ever came and asked me, “Little girl where are you supposed to be?”… I stopped going to school in grade 5, I ran away from the group home and no one ever came looking for me … I got lost in the system I guess.”

Jen, who became homeless at the age of 13, spoke about her experiences as a child prostitute, which she reported forced her to grow up quickly and develop a “hard shell.” “ ..my friend’s father was my pimp and I didn’t know any better, my mamma kicked me out, and my father was in the hospital and no group home would take me, and so I accepted it. I was like it’s OK, but it’s not OK! I thought I was doing what I had to in order to survive. People don’t see you when you are on the corner. But it’s a very shameful experience. When you stand out there you are ashamed of yourself and so you become overly hard, and you don’t need anyone now because now I’m doing fine and don’t need you. In this moment I am OK. I was very hard and angry … the harder you are the less people can hurt you.”

Aboriginal women use the services at the drop-in and enjoy the company of meeting each other in a safe and welcoming place.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

Join in the Mount Dennis Community Association Spring Clean Ups on the next 2 weekends. Come out and help, or encourage those you know in the different areas, so that more people can participate! It is a good way to get out for 2 hours and meet your neighbours and discuss how we can make Mount Dennis a better place to live. Each clean up lasts from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Saturday, April 19: Sidney Belsey Cres & Weston Rd (meet @ Weston & Dora Spencer Ave, west of Jane/Weston); Saturday, April 26: Glenvalley-Somerville-Sunnybrae ravine edges on north side of Eglinton Flats (meet @ west end of Glenvalley Drive); Sunday, April 27: Lambton Ave & Astoria Ave (meet @ Jane & Lambton to clean south side of Eglinton Flats ravine) Gloves and equipment will be provided. Refreshments at the end. Just show up ready to do some spring cleaning. Look for the volunteers with the white MDCA T-shirts.

Please note the temporary closure of King Street at Weston Road: From April 12 to 25, Metrolinx will be closing King Street at Weston Road to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic to restore the sidewalk and road, and to install two maintenance access holes. There will be some noise from paving equipment and trucks backing up. The majority of the work will take place between 7 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. There will be no work taking place on the Easter long weekend (including Good Friday). It is anticipated that King Street will fully reopen to two-way traffic at Weston Road on April 28; however, there will be some lane restrictions required in July to complete catch basin work, sidewalk and road restoration and paving. Also, beginning April 25, Church Street is scheduled to reopen to two-way vehicular and pedestrian traffic at the railway corridor, with lane restrictions between Rosemount Avenue and the CP tracks between King George Street and George Street. Church Street will still remain closed at Rosemount Avenue until the end of July to complete watermain installation.

Weston Frontlines Centre Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 6 pm at the Weston Golf and Country Club, 50 St. Phillips Road. They welcome Donations, Sponsorships and Contributions to the Dessert Auction and Silent Auction. Please call Diana Stapleton at 416-242-5886 for more information and ticket reservations.

St. John's Anglican invites you to the Canadian Country Music Awards & Country Elegance Combined, an evening of dinner, dancing, silent auction, prizes and more! Saturday, May 3rd, at the Elite Banquet Hall, 1850 Albion Road. Cocktails at 6 pm and dinner at 7. Tickets are $55. Call 416-241-8466 or 416-938-6781 for tickets or information. Email stjohnsweston@gmail.com

In the Library

Professing the Faith by Douglas John Hall

What does it mean to profess the faith as North American Christians at the end of the second millennium? What is Christian theology as consciously crafted in light of the distinctive history, culture, and experience of North America? Hall marshalls doctrinal resources for a critical, creative response that stresses God's necessary involvement in an unfinished, dynamic, suffering world.

Worth a Look

Read the Spring Newsletter from the Mount Dennis Community Association.


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