May 23, 2019

This Sunday! Much more than the Sixth Sunday of Easter, it's also the Sunday we offer a service at West Park Hospital. Join with the Outreach Committee to gather patients (9 am) and then worship in the chapel at 9.30 am.

This weekend is also the first meeting of Shining Waters Regional Council, the governance body that replaces presbytery and conference. Please pray for the council along with your representatives: Lang, Gail, Kathy (our alternate!) and Michael.

Deadline is Sunday! On September 14, experience the culture of the Haudenosaunee people as you travel the Six Nations of the Grand River. Explore history at Kanata Village and Her Majesty Royal Chapel of the Mohawks; visit the Woodland Cultural Centre; take a guided tour of Chiefswood National Historic site and Kayanase’s 17th century replica longhouse. End tour with visit to Gift shop that includes First Nations gifts from throughout North America. The cost is $70.00 per person for the tour and for a group of 20 or more $60.00 per person. An authentic First Nations lunch offered on site is $15.00. Speak to Sylvia or Faith for more information.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Maker's Market planning meeting. There are still opportunities to help, from handing out wee flyers to simply attending on the 1st. Speak to Kathy or Michael of more information.

Speaking of the Market, here is a request from Sylvia, Part 1: Bake table items would be much appreciated as it is anticipated that they will sell well. Preserves and snack-type food are also included. Please deliver baked good to church kitchen on Friday, May 31, from 9 am to 2 pm. Terry will be at the church from 9 am and Sylvia and helper’s will be at church from 12 noon onward.

And Sylvia, Part 2: We're looking for gently used items such as bedding plants, smaller white elephant items like jewellery, paintings, china, games, books (preferably no older than 3 years) etc. Please bring to the church any time and they will be locked in a small room off the narthex. It would be appreciated if items were delivered by Friday, May 31, at 2 pm at the latest, as a small group will start pricing and arranging the table on the Friday.

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 Sunday's Readings:

Psalm 67: "Let the nations be glad."

Acts 16.9-15: "A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us."

Read last week's sermon

Introducing House™ the house band. What's a house band? It's a splendid collection of performers who will open worship on occasion, glorifying God in song. So thanks to Jenny, Heather, Dave, Taye, Bunny and Cor for being founding members.

Central's Makers Market, June 1, 2019

Register today to participate in our first annual Makers Market, to be held on Saturday, June 1 at Central, 1 King Street in Weston. To reserve a table, simply complete this form.


Jubilate Singers will be performing Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the North York Concert Orchestra, and the Jubilate Singers, supplemented by additional singers from Toronto Choral Society and Hart House Chorus. There will be two performances: Saturday, June 1 at Yorkminster Citadel, 1 Lord Seaton Road (Yonge/401) at 8 p.m. (NYCO's usual venue) and on Sunday, June 2 at St Simon-the-Apostle Church, 525 Bloor Street (Bloor/ Sherbourne) at 7.30 p.m. (Jubilate's usual venue). There will be pre-concert talks before each performance. Tickets $30 adults, $25 seniors, $10 students at the door or from Judith Hayes or www.brownpapertickets.com

We received a letter of thanks from David Armour, Director of Philanthropy of the United Church. He writes: "Thank you for your thoughtful gift of $1,080 to support relief and reconstruction for those affected by Cyclone Idai. Thanks to your support, we are able to live out our call to love and serve those in need."

Congratulations to our confirmands on the occasion of making a profession of faith.

Minute for Mission

Welcome to Charlene Gilroy, our new Mission and Service Animator. Ask Charlene your questions relating to the fund and the kinds of programs supported. Here's an example:

Naomi House in St. John’s, Newfoundland, offers emergency help, housing, and employment support to young women aged 16–30. Thank you for gifts for Mission & Service that continue to support this partner’s work, which was started by Stella Burry in the 1930s!

Meeting Targets

Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos has announced back in February, that a full three years early the federal government have met their target to reduce poverty in Canada by 20 per cent. This was followed by a second announcement that Canada has reached its lowest ever level of poverty.

They continued by saying that between 2015 and 2017, 825,000 Canadians were lifted over the poverty line. This is seems a good sized figure and should be a matter of some excitement, but I must admit I am a bit sceptical about what this means to the actual people included in that figure. I went on line to see how many people live in poverty in Canada – almost five million! The good news is the next target is for 50 percent reduction in poverty but that target is 2030 – eleven years away when in all likelihood another government will be in power.

The “poverty line” in this release is measured by the Market Basket Measure (MBM) which is the cost of a basket of goods and services. The MBM was developed in the late 1990s and includes items such as food, shelter, clothing, and other basic necessities. The MBM is priced out for 50 Canadian communities to reflect the differences in cost of living across the country. This is not a perfect measure, but its rates are lower than other measures.

The news release said the Canada Child Benefit, which targets low- and middle-income parents of children under 18, has pulled 278,000 children out of poverty. The online source says 1.3 million children live in conditions of poverty. Sixty per cent of Indigenous children living on reserves live in poverty.

An increased benefit for low-income seniors and the renamed Canada Workers Benefit, that will boost incomes of low-wage, part-time, and precariously employed Canadians by an increase of $300-$400 a year (a rough average of $1 a day) through returns on filed income tax. My source says “precarious employment” has increased by nearly 50 percent over the past two decades so anything to help is better than nothing providing you can get your income tax filed!

This poverty reduction addresses children and seniors, but it is the 18-64 year olds – the main population of our drop-in, and just over a quarter of the Canadian population, who struggle since there are few programs to help them. They are grateful for the food bank (roughly 40% use it) and drop-ins like ours for meals and clothing. Hopefully, which ever government is in power by 203 they keep these targets alive and continue to address poverty.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Who To Call When at the Thistletown Community Centre, 925 Albion Road, on Saturday, May 25 at 3 pm. Representatives from 211, 311 and 911 will be presenting on the services they provide and will be available to answer questions from the audience.

This weekend is Doors Open Toronto with the opportunity to see inside some local buildings, including Taric Islamic Centre, Artscape Weston Common, Crosstown Maintenance Facility, Junction Craft Brewing, Congregation Knesseth Israel, Lambton House, St. George's-on-the-Hill, and Montgomery's Inn. Visit the website for details.

High Park Nature Centre presents The Birds Are Back in Town, Saturday, May 25 from 1.30 to 3 pm. And...they're back! Some of our winged friends are just passing through on their annual migration, while others are here to stay. Come and discover who's who in the spring sky! Suggested donation, $2 to $5. 375 Colborne Lodge Drive

Weston Annual Yard Sale, Queens Drive, King Street, and John Street, will be held on Saturday June 8 from 8 am to 2 pm. Over 60 houses participating. Join us for home baking, homemade butter tarts, homemade macarons, antiques, furniture, collectibles, and much much more.

Worth a Look

This Insect Has The Only Mechanical Gears Ever Found in Nature: The small hopping insect Issus coleoptratus uses toothed gears on its joints.

2018-19 at Central

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