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

October 15, 2014

In terms of the church year, we are currently in Ordinary Time. This season occurs in two segments, the first from early January (The Baptism of our Lord) to the beginning of Lent, and the second from Pentecost to Advent. Some might not call it a season at all, certainly not on par with the seasons that get all the attention. But Ordinary Time is very important, because the season reminds us that our everyday is important, not just the high holidays on the calendar. It helps us remember that every Sunday is a little Easter Sunday, and we continuously give thanks for our life with God.

Dawn Dowling, Executive Director of the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre, tells me the drop-in needs the following items: Razors, feminine hygiene products, and gently used items such as towels, hat/mitts, DVDs and games.

Wait, you give out cash? I thought it was the other way around! Here at Central we turn the tables (plates?) once a year to distribute $5 to those planning to participate in Sell Your Talent. Seed money will be handed out starting on October 19th, with the big sale scheduled for November 30th. That's nearly six weeks to bake, sew, preserve, knit, cook, and generally exercise your great talent to support Central. Last year we raised $1532.95, and everyone went home happy. And some took home Simcoe Island Jelly-Jam!

Just announced! Our next study is called "Forgotten Bible" and will include an opening presentation (Nov. 6) by our very own Carmen Palmer on the topic of "Rewritten Bible." The study will continue for three more evenings, Nov. 13, 20 and 27 (6 pm, in the Fellowship Room).

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 99: "You reign, O God, and the peoples tremble."

Matthew 22.15-22: "Then he said to them, 'Whose head is this, and whose title?'"


On November 2nd we will received new members by transfer or profession of faith. Speak to Michael or Joan Fulford.

Weston Presbyterian Church is hosting a Bethlehem Feast on Wednesday, November 5th, from 6 to 9 pm in the Lower Creelman Hall, 11 Cross Street. Chef Munir will instruct guests on how to make nine dishes—and then everyone will sit down to enjoy this feast. Cost is $40 and includes a small gift from Bethlehem. Register at 416-241-9533. Places are limited.

And just three days later, Weston Presbyterian Church is holding their annual Bazaar, November 8th at 12 pm. There will be a treasure hunt and white elephant tables, a luncheon, bake sale, raffle and crafts. 7 Cross Street.

Save the date: November 14th is our next gala evening, with dinner and some sort of programme, currently shrouded in mystery.

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.

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 $70 gift: The (camp) fire’s burning…draw near. Camp Tapawingo in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, wants that tradition to continue. But after 65 years of wear and tear, the firepit benches—split logs from a local sawmill that has closed—are unsafe. Help the camp buy new local and environmentally sustainable benches.

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

Dying Homeless

As I mentioned last week, many of the homeless people in our city have serious mental and physical health issues. What happens if a homeless person is dying? While life expectancy for the average Canadian is about 81, for the homeless it's estimated at 34 to 47. Most of us want to die at home with family around. But what if your only home is a public shelter and your life style has estranged you from your own family?

There is a new program in Toronto that provides end-of-life care to the homeless and vulnerably housed, allowing them to choose where they will receive medical attention and hopefully where they can spend their last days. It is called PEACH — for Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless. It helps homeless people who may have had little or no regular contact with doctors for years, to navigate the health system. The program operates on the principle of harm-reduction, however, its practitioners take a non-judgmental approach to their clients who are drug or alcohol users.

In Ottawa, an 18-bed hospice at the Union Mission provides palliative care for the homeless, who are transferred from shelters or brought in by friends on the street or even the police. Many of the people who come to the hospice are lonely and afraid, worried about whether they will die in pain, how long it will take to die and who will be there to care for them. Just being reassured that they can stay at the hospice and will be cared for takes some of that away.

Besides providing medical care and a home where individuals can be supported by staff and others in the homeless community, programs such as the Ottawa hospice and PEACH in Toronto will also try, if asked, to connect patients with family from whom they may have been estranged for many years. I have been to funerals where the only person besides those of us from the drop-in was an AA sponsor and realized how alone people can be.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

Mount Dennis, Weston and Rockcliffe-Smythe Residents Associations are organizing a debate for Ward 11 Council candidates and School Board Trustee candidates on Wednesday, October 15th at the Mount Dennis Legion, Weston Road, 6 to 9 pm. The agenda: TDSB candidates 6-7; Councillor candidates 7-8; TCDSB candidates 8-9.

Church of the Good Shepherd's Rummage Sale and Community Barbeque will be held on Saturday, October 18th from 10 am to 4 pm, 1149 Weston Road.

In the Library

Julian's Cell by Ralph Milton

Julian's Cell is a unique work of historical fiction, an attempt to imagine Julian of Norwich's life as it could have been. Married at age 16 to Walter, she loses both her children and her husband during the great plagues. She has visions of the passion of Christ and becomes an anchorite attached to St. Julian's church, leading a life devoted to prayer and spiritual counsel. Today she is known as Mother Julian, or Julian of Norwich, the first woman to write in the English language, and one of the greatest Christian theologians and mystics of all time.

Worth a Look

An interesting profile of Mount Dennis, with some lively comments from readers.

"Prepare to become Jelly-Jam"


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