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 25, 2014

Received this week from Diana Stapleton: "Thanks you very much (Central) for your generous support of Weston Area Emergency Support (WAES) over the summer. Summer is a very slow time for food donations, so we needed to buy even more food than usual. Having cash to purchase exactly what we need is so helpful and appreciated." We are delighted to provide ongoing support to this valuable community resource. WAES provides hampers to over 900 people per month. If you would like more information about WAES, and other opportunities to help, speak to Diana.

Saturday is the CKSR Garage Sale: see below

This week: 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.

The Church Council Executive will not meet this Wednesday. The next meeting is November 5th at 7 pm.

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 78: "I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old."

Exodus 17.1-7: "He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the LORD."


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.

Thank you to everyone who offered support and best wishes to Courtney MacLeod as she gets ready to depart for Honduras. 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. We look forward to learning more on her return.

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.

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.

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

Three Mission and Service partners in Colombia work for peace with justice.

The Colombian Methodist Church carries out social ministries among displaced people and in Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities. The Centre for Popular Communication trains children, youth, women, and young journalists in new ways of collaboration, creating a “culture of peace.” The Justice and Life Project, headed by human rights defender Lilia Solano, is directly involved in political processes that draw government, guerrillas, and civil society organizations into peace talks.

Your gifts for Mission and Service are working for peace in Colombia. Please give generously.

Focus on Seniors

Following the outreach traditions of Central having been birthing members of the then called “Meals on Wheels” and the building of the Central King Seniors Residence, the drop-in has been paying attention to the growing numbers of vulnerable seniors in our community. Seniors have grown to over 18 percent of our drop-in population with another 25 percent of the program participants in the 55-64 age group.

Our first community-based pilot program “Seniors Outreach Support” (SOS) was created with funding from New Horizons for Seniors Program – a government of Canada initiative to increase social inclusion. The program was aimed at developing the skills of our program participants in recognizing at-risk seniors and encouraging them to come to the drop-in where they can then be referred to other agencies for their individual needs. This involved an eight-week program of workshops covering peer counseling, housing services, health services, meals programs, food banks and community centres.

Now we have opened a seniors’ “Meet and Greet” on Tuesdays from 10:00-2:00 designed for the older people to get their needs met in a less crowded and stressful atmosphere. All the drop-in services and staff will be available to them – housing services, newspapers, laundry facilities, showers, clothing room, computers, etc. and with snacks and planned activities on hand the numbers attending are increasing.

York University has agreed to the placement of four nursing students (two for each centre) for practicums of 12 hours a week, starting in September 2014 so that will be valuable for the seniors and others. The Mood Walks program and gardening are alos encouraging senior participation.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

CKSR's Annual Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, September 27th, 9 am to 1 pm, Central King Seniors Residence, 15 King Street. It's that time of year again. Loads of bargains to be had, treasures to be found and prizes to be won! Come out and support local Seniors.

Weston Historical Society and the Weston Library present Cherri Hurst, Wednesday October 1st from 7 to 8.30 pm, 2 King Street. Cherri will lead a talk about the building and architecture of the Weston Public Library, which was built 100 years ago. This is the first part of a two-part presentation about the history of the Weston Public Library.

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

Circles of Grace by Keri K. Wehlander

Circles of Grace provides a collection of complete worship services with for individuals and small groups. Themes include courage, healing, freedom, compassion and wisdom, with specific sections for people seeking to centre themselves with daily prayer.

Worth a Look

If you love history and maps, you will love Cartohistory.com


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