November 8, 2018

This Sunday we pause to remember the service and sacrifice of Private Charles Edward Hoyle, a member of Mount Dennis Methodist Church. The service will commence promptly at 11 am with the Last Post. Please plan to attend.

It must be meeting season! Trustees will meet this Sunday (November 11) at 10 am in the Board Room, and the Outreach Committee will meet after worship (12.15 pm) on November 25.

Continues tonight! "Ethics and the Body." Tonight (Nov. 8) we will look at "A History of Biomedical Ethics" and two evenings (Nov. 15 & 22) looking at ethical topics from birth to death. Speak to Michael for more details.

Special thanks to Kevin Middleton, who recently donated a new projector. Want to see it? We're using it for our ethics study. Hippocrates face is about four feet across!

Thank you to Mary Louise for sharing some on the early years at Central. You can read her remarks here.

So many thanks! Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Thanksgiving Thank-offering, which raised $1,215 for the Steampipe Fund.

Plan ahead! Central's Annual Christmas Concert and Sing-a-long will take place on Friday November 30th. It is always a fun way to kick off the Advent Season and get us into the Christmas Spirit. Grab a friend who likes Christmas.

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 46: "God is our refuge and strength."

John 15.9-16: "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

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.


It's that time of year again! Sell Your Talent, our annual pop-up sale, is scheduled for Sunday, December 2 at around 12.15 pm. You are encouraged to get started on crafts, baked goods, preserves, and anything else you think folks might enjoy. There is seed money available (five dollars!) and plenty of encouragement. Proceeds to the church.

Join the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre! The most obvious reason is to vote at the annual meeting, but the underlying reason is to show your support for all the programs at WKNC: drop-in services, housing support, harm reduction, learning kitchen, community gardens, and a social enterprise hub in Mount Dennis. See Wendy to join.

Join the Central King Seniors Residence Christmas Tour of Lights, Sunday, December 2 from 5 to 8 pm. Travel in a 21-seat mini-bus, tour the lights, and head back to CKSR for cookies and hot chocolate! Sign up in the lobby of CKSR before November 26 or speak to Kathy Steiner. $15.

Do you have photos or mementos for Central's yesteryear? We have a dedicated team of historically-minded people who are gathering and copying material from the past, and will be sharing in the lead up to our 200th anniversary. All items will be returned. Speak to Barb Putnam or Mary Louise Ashbourne.

Photo by Carol Latimer

Minute for Mission

Gifts With Vision is back! Each year, the United Church creates a giving catalog that provides an additional way to support the work of our Mission and Service partners around the world. An example:

Your Gift of $20 provides school supplies for a child for one year. Keep children in school and teach them about their rights: these are the goals of our partner, the Human Rights Advocacy and Research Foundation. In the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, many families cannot afford school fees and supplies. This partner helps make education possible for girls and boys.

Visit giftswithvision.ca or pick up a catalog at the church.

Avoiding Catastrophic Climate Change

It is hard to turn to the media these days and not hear “cut greenhouse gas emissions” and,” we need to do it fast to avoid catastrophic climate change.“ The United Church of Canada lists climate change as one of its seven Justice Initiatives. The former moderator, Mardi Tindal, in talking about her involvement in United Nations (UN) climate conferences says it is “among the most urgent spiritual and moral challenges of our day.”

However familiar I am with the words I would be hard put to explain the issues to a seven-year old. I know about turning off lights – I learned that one during the Blitz on London – eating less meat, using cloth shopping bags and recycling, and I have never owned a car. But that seems so minimal as I understand more about the harm we have been doing to God’s earth.

Interestingly climate change and poverty are closely linked. As one document points out, if you are working two jobs in an area lacking public transportation you are unlikely to find the time or resources to buy an electric car or invest in solar panels. I saw solar panels on many small homes in Hawaii, but the pay back due to the hours of sunshine was higher than say northern Canada.

Research published in 2018 shows that socio-economic disparity increases the risk of a province or country failing to meet their emissions reduction targets. To address climate change, we need to address wealth disparity. Without living wages, it is difficult for people to make climate-friendly choices that are good for the planet and their pocketbooks, too. Unfortunately, it is often low-income communities that are hardest hit by climate-related disasters – homes may be on the lowest land – and often there are no saving to rebuild.

Even if as a congregation we are a first-rate recycler, trash only counts for 3-5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, so recycling is not going to be enough to keep global warming below catastrophic levels. As a congregation we could apply for grants offered through partnership with Faith & the Common Good. The grants are to help us measure our energy use and and find ways reduce climate pollution that would save us money. With a building as old as ours there will be barriers to overcome.

We can choose who we invest in and who we buy from, making sure they are companies that hold our own values. We can also take action through encouraging our politicians to use legislation to hold manufacturers financially and morally accountable for their carbon footprints. Legislation needs to be put in place about packaging, manufacturing waste and other issues. There will be arguments about higher costs and lost jobs, but unless we encourage forward thinking our next generation will not have clean water for swimming and fishing.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Bloor West Village Arts & Crafts Show and Sale on Saturday, November 10 from 9.30 am to 3 pm, Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede. Unique items by than 80 crafters plus snack bar and bake table. $3, children 12 & under free.

Westlake Brothers Memorial Service at Westlake Park, Sunday, November 11 at 3 pm. A gathering to honour the memory of the three Westlake brothers, former Mount Dennis men, who all perished within days of each other in June, 1944 during the WWII invasion of Normandy, France. Jasper Avenue and Cliff Street.

12 Division presents "Fraud Night," on Thursday, November 15 from 7 to 9 pm, York West Active Living Centre, 1901 Weston Road. Learn about counterfeit currency, personal fraud, and credit card fraud. Sponsored by York West Active Living Centre and Luminus Financial Services and Credit Union.

In the Library

The Access Bible from Oxford University Press.

The Access Bible has long been the go-to study Bible for mainline Christians looking for insight into and background for the Bible. Designed for the individual reader, it's accessible to new readers but also offers enough depth for those who are already familiar with the texts but want to delve deeper into the culture and context of their authors and origins.

Worth a Look

The World Remembers, a Canadian-led project that pays tribute to the millions of soldiers, nurses and military personnel from 16 countries who were killed in the First World War.

2018-19 at Central

See what's coming up in the 2018-19 church year.

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