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.

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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

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Last Week's Sermon

September 17, 2014

This is an extreme case of advanced notice, but we're very excited: On November 16th, your Outreach Committee will welcome Alanna Mitchell, journalist, author and playwright, best known for her acclaimed book "Sea Sick: the Hidden Crisis in the Global Ocean." She will speak to the congregation about this crisis, and perhaps describe some of her latest work, "Invisible Plastic: What Happens When Your Garbage Ends Up in the Ocean." To prepare, we will screen a documentary Alanna has recommended, "A Sea Change" (2009) directed by Barbara Ettinger. The date of the screening is TBA.

Can you help? On Sunday, September 28th we will provide worship at West Park Hospital (9 am) and Weston Gardens (2 pm). We need volunteers to gather patients at the first service, and we need singers at the second. Worship is approximately 30 minutes, and provides joy and comfort to residents. Speak to Michael for more details.

Plan ahead: October 5th is Worldwide Communion (11 am) and our first congregational luncheon of the new church year. Please plan to attend.

Photo by Cathy Leask

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 105: "You filled them with bread from heaven."

Matthew 20.1-16: "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard."


Do you have your 2015 United Church calendar? Get a handy organizer filled with lovely photos for only $5. Makes a nice gift too. Please see Cathy Leask.

Cooking teams needed! Each Tuesday Central provides a meal for 80 or so participants at the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre. We are looking for teams of two or more cooks to provide a regular (or occasional) meal. Meal preparation begins mid-afternoon and dinner is served at 6 pm. Please speak to Michael for more information.

Exciting news! Our own Courtney MacLeod is off to Honduras for eleven days this fall as part of her nursing programme at Trent University. She will travel with a group of thirty students to Tegucigalpa and the rural area surrounding the city to provide education, health promotion and disease prevention, along with participation in various construction projects. All of this is in partnership with Peterborough-based Friends of the Honduran Children and their local partner Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos. We are invited to support this project by donating toward the purchase of dental supplies and other items appropriate to the local context. Updates on Sunday.

Crosby's Thanksgiving Dinner is scheduled for Friday, October 24th at 6.15 pm, 11 Cross Street. Tickets are $20, and must be purchased in advance. Call Crosby at 416-243-8545. This annual event is a great way to meet neighbours and enjoy a wonderful meal.

A Minute for Mission

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank aims to end global hunger, and the United Church is one of the CFGB’s founding members. Fifteen church agencies, representing over 17,000 congregations, make up the CFGB membership. The CFGB collects grain and cash donations and has given more than one million tonnes of food to people who are hungry in over 80 countries. The CFGB also provides funds and expert advice for projects submitted by member agencies and their partners, such as the United Church and Christian Care.

Led by Christian Care, farmers in Africa participate in three years of conservation farming to recover from perennial droughts. Conservation farming aims to optimize yields using minimal resources. This technique reduces soil disturbance and improves texture and fertility.

Please keep the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and food providers in your prayers. In partnering with others, our church serves Christ by helping to feed those who are hungry.

Community Kitchens

Over the summer meetings have proceeded with the architect and project manager, and fund raising applications have been made with a view to renovations at the Mount Dennis site. We are building another fabulous kitchen, this time to be open to for community use in the Mount Dennis congregations tradition. Daya Senthilnathan has been hired as a Community Kitchen Program Facilitator, and she has been busily cooking and developing events, running workshops for ESL students on health and nutrition, and has started a six-week pilot men’s community kitchen at Weston King.

One of the events Daya helped organize was the Aboriginal Drumming Social in June. The event was a huge success, with about 60 people in attendance (45 from the local Aboriginal community, and 15 staff, volunteers, presenters etc.) They ate ‘Indian Tacos’, prepared by a First Nations caterer with help from Native Children and Family Services (NCFS) MDNC staff and volunteers. An Elder from NCFS provided a beautiful opening ceremony, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the drummers.

The large number of participants shows the need for Aboriginal specific gathering spaces and programs in the area. Joining the celebrations were the Toronto Police Services Aboriginal Unit and 12 Division Aboriginal Liaison, Aboriginal Youth Outreach workers and other Aboriginal specific agencies.

Daya is not waiting for the kitchen renovations, but already started the Aboriginal Families Community Kitchen in July and has seen a huge turnout. She is working on additional childcare support and kitchen management strategies to make sure the large and eager group is well supported and safe. During the renovations in September they will move temporarily to the Weston King site.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

York West Active Living Centre presents an Information Session on Home Assistance Program from Toronto Hydro, Thursday, September 18th, 12.30 to 1.30 pm, 1901 Weston Road. Learn about the Home Assistance Program for Homeowners and Tenants. The Home Assistance Program is designed to help Toronto homeowners and tenants make their homes more energy efficient. If you qualify, you’ll receive: A detailed in-home energy assessment Professional installation Helpful advice. Register by Tuesday September 16th at 416-245-4395.

Learn how to write creative non-fiction at Maria A. Shchuka Library, 1745 Eglinton Ave. West, Friday, September 19th, 6 to 8 pm. Meet local author Donna Kakonge who has written many books and articles, including How to Talk to Crazy People and How to Write Creative Non-fiction. Donna’s workshop will take you through 90 minutes of readings, discussion and exercises that will help you explore ways to craft your own stories.

Roselands Horticultural Society: "Gardens that resonate with your soul" on Monday, September 22nd beginning at 7.30 pm, Church of the Good Shepherd, 1149 Weston Road. Roselands Horticultural Society's monthly meeting, featuring Wolfegang Bonham speaking on "Gardens that resonate with your soul." Free

Toronto Mayoral Debate for York South-Weston will take place on Tuesday, September 23, 7 to 10 pm at York Memorial Collegiate Institute, 2690 Eglinton Ave West.

Nutrition Tips for Seniors at the Maria A. Shchuka Library, 1745 Eglinton Ave. West, Wednesday, September 24th from 6 to 7 pm. A Toronto Public Health nurse and dietician will provide tips for keeping healthy. Session begins at 6:30 PM. To register call 416-394-1000.

Weston Historical Society presents Dr. John C. Carter: "Ryerson and Hodgins: Contributions to School Architecture in Ontario or Dispelling the Myth of the Little Red Schoolhouse." Wednesday, October 2 at 7.30 pm at the Village of Humber Heights, 2245 Lawrence Avenue West.

CD Launch and Concert by Linda Berry Robinson to be held at Parkdale United Church on October 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. All proceeds will go to the "Send a kid to camp" project.

In the Library

He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado

Lucado invites us to understand the symbols surrounding Christ's crucifixion and celebrate the significance of the promises they offer. From the sign in different languages tacked to the cross ("I will speak to you in your language") to the burial clothing ("I can turn your tragedy into triumph") he speaks of each symbol as a "gift of grace" that reveals God's love for humanity.

Worth a Look

Timeless wisdom from Charles Schulz and Charlie Brown.

Photo by Mark Bisgrove


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