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.

Contact Us
  • Email: cuc@bellnet.ca
  • Phone: (416)241-7544
  • Central United Church
  • 1 King Street
  • Weston, ON
  • M9N 1K8
More Information
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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Important Links

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Kiva Lending Team
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2015-16 Calendar of Events
Central's Policy Wiki
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Last Week's Sermon

February 4, 2016

What goes down better on a spring-like day in the middle of winter? What goes well with engaging conversation? What tastes good after Transfiguration Sunday worship? Mount Dennis Mac 'n Cheese! Join us Sunday and bring a friend!

Lose some sleep! This Saturday (Feb. 6) is the Kid’s Klub sleepover, with eating, movies, and very few zeds. Speak to Jenny Osther for more details and to register.

The Management Committee will meet this Sunday (Feb. 7) immediately after worship.

Plan ahead: Central's annual meeting will take place on Sunday, March 6 (after lunch). Help us review the past year and plan for 2016.

Special request! The drop-in needs mugs! Tired of that old Tim's mug? Your favourite no longer your favourite? Bring it to church and we'll make sure it gets safely downstairs.

Lent is coming, and therefore we study! The Lenten study is a time-honoured tradition, where we supplement our seasonal preparation with something more intentional. This time, our topic is "Essential Bible: Themes that Define Us." We will consider together the passages and themes that are at the centre of our tradition. We begin on Thursday, February 25 (6 pm) and March 3, 10 and 17. Speak to Michael for more information.

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 Lord, and the peoples tremble."

Luke 9.28-36: "And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white."


From Diana Stapleton, Chair of Weston Area Emergency Support, in response to our Christmas donation: "Thank you very much for continuing to support WAES over the years. It is wonderful to have people like you on our side. We are using our financial donations to buy healthier option for those coming to WAES. We buy things like fresh and frozen fruit, vegetables, and protein. These items are very much appreciated."

Just announced! Central will host the World Day of Prayer service on Friday, March 4 at 2 pm. The service this year was written by Cuban women. Speak to Edna Harding for more information.

Mark your calendars for the Murder Mystery event (Speak Easy style) on Friday, March 4th. There are more details to follow, so watch this space.

An invitation from our neighbours at Uganda Martyrs United Church: "On behalf of the Uganda Martyrs United Church Black History Service Committee, I wish to invite your Congregation to join us in celebrating Black History at our church on Sunday, February 21st. The Celebration will begin at 3 pm with a prelude of Praise and Worship. The main service will follow at 4 pm and the celebration will conclude with a show by the Youth and Young Adults, from 6 to 7.30 pm. 2799 Weston Road.

Plan ahead: We will share the Sacrament of Communion on Palm Sunday (Mar. 20), join with our Presbyterian friends for a joint Good Friday Service (Central, Mar. 25, 11 am) and welcome the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday (Mar. 27)

TWERP (The West End Refugee Partnership) met recently to plan next steps after our initial sponsorship bid fell through. We remain hopeful that we will be matched with a small family in the coming weeks. For more information, please speak to Edna Harding, Sylvia Keyes, Shauna DeConinck, or Kori Osther.

A Minute for Mission

The small town of Skidegate, British Columbia, sits on the stunning coast of Haida Gwaii. In the 19th century, Methodist missionaries arrived and eventually set up a church and mission house here as well as schools and hospitals.

Over the generations the Haida people lost much of their culture and language, but there is a renewed interest in having children learn their traditional language. The United Church is supporting that through a Mission and Service grant to help fund the creation of DVDs for children in the Haida language. “The oldest speaker in the community is in her 90s, and she’s already teaching the children,” says the Rev. Nancy O’Higgins, Skidegate United Church’s minister.

The ability to make DVDs of people speaking the Haida language means the language will be preserved for generations to come, allowing new generations to retain their heritage for years to come. This is thanks to our gifts for Mission and Service, which support a small church on the west coast of Canada.


You may already know about the concept promoted by this website. “You can offer up a service yourself, hire someone, or work out a bartering deal. "Rabbits" have to undergo a background check, and it's a great way for anyone to earn a little extra cash doing what he or she is naturally good at.” There are other similar programs AskforTask, Kutoto and Zaarly, but this one’s name appealed to me!

Many of us have had the experience of needing help with a task and not knowing who to trust to do the job well, to charge reasonably and to be safe to have in your home. As you become older, these decisions become even harder.

Could we create a NeighbourLove, a ChristHand, a GoodWork or a WalkTogether group within the congregation? Is there a way that we could share skills and information and lend each other support?

Maybe a knitter would like to make you something to order or a baker to provide pre‐cooked food for a party.

Maybe someone wants a companion to make a trip cheaper or more fun, or a fellow dieter or hiker and would welcome a like‐minded companion.

Maybe you are sitting alone and would welcome a regular visitor for a chat and someone else from the congregation has time on their hands and loves visiting people. Maybe you want to learn how to crochet, play the tuba or play mahjong, and someone would enjoy teaching you.

Maybe you need a complaint letter written and find it hard and there is someone in the congregation who loves those challenges.

Or maybe you are facing a surgery and need someone who has already gone through it to talk to you.

Do you like the genesis of this idea? Could you give me some feedback? Talk to me or e‐mail (babbus@rogers.com) with your comments.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

Citizens Concerned About the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront (CCFEW) presents a Community Bird Walk on Saturday, February 6 from 9 to 11 am at Humber Bay East Park at Lake Shore Blvd West and Park Lawn Rd. CCFEW organizes monthly community bird walks in Etobicoke waterfront parks. They are free to the public, and are held rain or shine. Meet in the south parking lot for this walk.

Congregation Darchei Noam (864 Sheppard West) presents A Canadian Interfaith Response to the Refugee Crisis, a panel discussion with Naomi Alboim (Lifeline Syria), Habeeb Alli (International Development and Relief Foundation) and Martin Mark (Archdiocese of Toronto). Moderated by Globe And Mail columnist Doug Saunders. $5-$10 (students and underemployed free). Proceeds benefit the speakers' organizations to support their work with Syrian refugees. Tuesday, February 9 at 7 pm.

Lost Rivers Walks: "When a Large Part of High Park was Part of Lake Ontario" on Saturday, February 13, beginning at 1.30 pm, Windermere and Queesnway (NE corner), via High Park and ends in Roncesvalles village, length about 8 km. Led by Ian Wheal. These free walks happen rain or shine.

Weston Public Library (2 King Street) will present the 2014 film Selma on Wednesday, February 24 at 2 pm. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. Drop in. Seating is limited.

In the Library

Fire and Grace: Stories of History and Vision ed. by Jim Taylor.

Through essays and personal reflections written by more than fifty individuals, Fire & Grace celebrates what the people of the United Church have accomplished in its first seventy-five years. Among the authors are former moderators, broadcasters, educators, authors and more.

Worth a Look

Thanks to Judith for pointing out that there is a petition to add women (in addition to HM) to our currency. Sign it here.

Groundhog spotted in the British Museum.


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