Central United Church




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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.

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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. WKNC also has a satellite in Mount Dennis, the Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centre. Located at 1269 Weston Road, MDNC includes a learning kitchen, community garden and various other services. 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

Send Michael an email


Important Links

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Our Wikipedia entry
Kiva Lending Team
United Church of Canada
Central's Date Wiki
Our Flickr Page
Last Week's Sermon




December 11, 2014

This Sunday (Dec. 14) is our annual White Gift service. The children and youth will present "The Mouse's Discovery: A Children's Play." We will also receive money and non-perishable food items for the Weston Area Emergency Support (WAES) food bank as part of the service. Money helps WAES buy food in bulk, which is generally cheaper, and also targets a specific need. If you plan to bring food (or food in addition), go for the high-protein items like canned fish, meat, or beans.

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Bev Mallon. Bev will be remembered in a memorial service to be held at the church on Monday, December 22nd at 11 am. Our prayers are with Stan and the family.

Our next service that includes the Sacrament of Baptism, Profession of Faith and transfer of membership is scheduled for January 11th. Please speak to Michael for more information.

Thanks to everyone who helped us attack those leftovers on Sunday. There were no leftover leftovers.


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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

Isaiah 60: "Arise, shine, for your light has come."


Announcements

Along with food donations, WAES will take mitts and hats! Please bring them along to the White Gift service, or give them to Taye Maddison.

CKSR Mini Christmas Sale on Saturday, December 13th from 9 am to 1 pm, 15 King Street. A Christmas bake sale with loads of goodies.

Sweet and constructive: The children, fresh from their live performance, will make Gingerbread Houses on Sunday (Dec. 14) following worship. Come and join the fun.

Plan Ahead: On December 21st, the choir will inspire us with their annual Choir Cantata; and on December 24th, we will mark Jesus' birth with two Christmas Eve services, 7 pm and 11 pm.


A Minute for Mission

Each year the United Church produces the "Gifts with Vision" catalogue, with the opportunity to support specific Mission and Service projects in Canada and beyond. For the next few weeks we will highlight parts of the catalogue:

A $10 gift: Toronto’s Massey Centre for Women offers prenatal and postnatal housing, counselling, the chance to finish high school, and services to marginalized pregnant and parenting teens and their infants. The program strives for the birth of healthy babies, early bonding, effective newborn care, and teaching life skills for parenting and independent living. Help some of the most marginalized young women start new lives for themselves and their young children.

Visit the Gifts with Vision website or pick up a catalogue at the church.


Don't be Alone on Christmas Day

The drop-in—situated below the sanctuary at Central United Church—will open on Christmas Day from 10 am to 1 pm. We will have a good time with some hot drinks and finger-food to share, some games to play and many friendly people. I’ll be there! The more people who drop by the more fun it will be, so don’t hesitate – it’s open to everyone with no age limits.

Annual holidays, especially ones like Christmas, so connected to childhood, can bring many memories from the past. We remember Christmas in other lands, times when the family was complete and when someone understood us so well we received the perfect gift. We may have memories of war time deprivation, the stresses of family gatherings and tongues being loosened by alcohol and even of getting coal instead of a toy.

So don’t be alone, come and join in creating a good memory.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

Our friends at WestonWeb.ca have the scoop on Union-Pearson prices.


In the Library

Faith in a Time of Change edited by Michael Kooiman

Published in 2010, Faith in a Time of Change is a collection of blogs first published at wondercrafe.ca. Authors from across Canada discuss critical issues facing the United Church: some practical, some theological, all meant to challenge and inform.


Worth a Look

A local colleague, the Rev. Alexa Gilmour and several other women-in-ministry have made a calendar. Read about it here before the Observer picks it up.

No buried treasure, just a clogged drain.


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