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.

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. In 2013, WKNC will expand into Mount Dennis to create the Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centre. Watch this page for details. 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

Important Links

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Kiva Lending Team
United Church of Canada
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Last Week's Sermon

April 23, 2014

This Sunday: The Central Church School presents "Table for Five…Thousand." Come early and get a front row seat to this musical extravaganza! Everyone has been working tirelessly on the production, so come and enjoy the fruit of all this labour. 11 am.

Find your fancy hat: You are invited to a Tea Party on Saturday, May 10th from 1 to 3 pm in the CKSR Common Room. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, and $10.00 for young ladies under 12 years. We will be serving fancy sandwiches, sweets and fruit and of course…tea. Please speak to Kathy Steiner for tickets or 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 150: "Praise God in the holy temple."


Save the date: Our Moderator, The Right Rev. Gary Patterson, will be visiting Royal York Road United Church on Tuesday, May 20th for an afternoon and evening of discussion, worship, reflection and fellowship. Final details to follow.

The Toronto United Church Council is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Heart & Vision Awards Concert on Monday, May 12, 2014. The event recognizes individuals for their contributions to social and environmental justice. This year’s honorees are: Actor Shirley Douglas and singer Jackie Richardson. Performers include Thom Allison, Alana Bridgewater, Jacob MacInnis, Kim Richardson, Joe Sealy, and the Broadsway trio (Diane Leah, Heather Bambrick, and Julie Michels). American Music Award winner and stage and screen star Tabby Johnson will host. Proceeds will support Council’s work in social justice and environmental stewardship. The concert will take place at Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen St. East) and will begin promptly at 7:30. Tickets are $95 for the concert or $150 for the concert and reception. Purchase online or call (905) 771-5124.

A Minute for Mission

Women for Change, a long-standing Mission and Service partner of The United Church of Canada, works with rural communities in Zambia to make changes that benefit women and children. Zambia is one of the poorest countries in the world. Women and children, particularly girls, live with high levels of poverty.

Working from the vision “Never accept poverty. Unite and fight it,” Women for Change is committed to working with women in rural Zambian villages. They send staff into the villages to help local groups organize around the needs of the community. Working with a particular focus on women, girls, and their rights, the organization is careful to build relationships with traditional leaders and men to help ensure the success of projects. Called Field Animators, staff stay in the communities for three weeks every month and help groups of 35–40 villagers define the problems they face and determine local solutions. Women for Change brings organizational and technical expertise to communities and a strong commitment to building awareness around gender equity and human rights.

Local groups come together in groups of 10–15 to form an Area Association, with each group represented by two members. District Development Associations are formed from representatives of each of the Area Associations. In this way, rural Zambian communities from a wide area can share information, knowledge, and how each community has tackled issues in their own way. It creates a wider, supportive community that can share best practices and workable solutions.

Your gifts for Mission and Service help women in Zambia build a brighter future.

List of Experiences

In true Internet style I made a list of experiences I don’t think I would have had without being involved in the drop-in.

1. Experiencing being called to accompany a program participant when she received the news of a former partner’s death. She had been listed as the contact and was scared to go alone. We met the coroner who had been called; and then she wanted me to help clean the body and its vicinity before other’s arrived along with the police. We had to check for illegal substances, and then my English tea making skills were on call as distraught people began to arrive!

2. Experiencing being a birthing post for a participant who had a home birth. She had asked me to be there to video tape the birth; but when I arrived she decided she’d ignore the midwife and handle the contractions by locking her arms around my neck until the last minute when the child slipped out just caught in time by the midwife. Then I moved to film maker mode.

3. Experiencing the disappearance of participants. I had met the mother and young daughter at the drop-in. They had left their last home with just what was on their backs—she said because of bed bugs. I called friends and we looked around for things we could spare and helped her make a new home. The daughter came to play with my granddaughter and we tried to enrich her life a little. Then one day they were gone and the school as calling asking questions. The landlord let me into the apartment—everything was still there, bedding, kitchen equipment, clothes and they were never seen in Weston again.

4. Experiencing cooking for 80-100 for the Tuesday suppers. Until then I had only cooked for my own family and friends, but after retirement I took on the task of creating meals for the drop-in. I researched recipes that could be made with the ingredients we received from Second Harvest and at that time Cargill Meats donated our meat – lovely roast and pork tenderloins. When I retired after several years I created a cook book for serving large numbers of people.

5. Experiencing the police reaction when someone wants to turn themselves in. A participant phoned me saying he was wanted by the police and instead of hiding wanted to turn himself in but needed a witness and assistance—could I help? I met with him and phoned the local police station, and explained the situation. I was surprised to be told no they didn’t come to pick people up. He had to travel there himself and not right now, but needed to make an appointment for the next day. The officer I spoke with seemed to think the participant wanted a free ride and a place for the night! I wasn’t told the crime involved so can only guess it was minor. Later, when more sober, the participant lost the urge to turn himself in!

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

Make Your Own Buttons! at the Evelyn Gregory Library, 120 Trowell Ave. on Thursday, April 24th from 3.45 to 5 pm. Take about fifteen minutes after school to use our button making machinery to create your own personalized buttons! Bring your own pictures or borrow some of our snazzy designs. No registration required. For more information, please call 416-394-1006.

Children's author Patricia Storms will talk about illustration, and her newest picture book "Never Let Go" at the Mount Dennis Branch, Toronto Public Library, 1123 Weston Road on Friday, April 25th from 1 to 2 pm.

On Saturday, April 26th beginning at 9.30 am, Lowe’s Canada will hand out 500 free trees to support Toronto communities effected by the ice storm. Part of an initiative called “Project Replant," designed to help rebuild some of the tree canopy. A replacement starter tree (valued at $30 each) is available to Toronto residents on a first come first serve basis—no purchase required. 1300 Castlefield Avenue.

Mount Dennis Community Association Spring Clean Ups continues on Saturday, April 26: Glenvalley-Somerville-Sunnybrae ravine edges on north side of Eglinton Flats (meet @ west end of Glenvalley Drive) and Sunday, April 27: Lambton Ave & Astoria Ave (meet @ Jane & Lambton to clean south side of Eglinton Flats ravine) Gloves and equipment will be provided. Refreshments at the end. Just show up ready to do some spring cleaning. Look for the volunteers with the white MDCA T-shirts.

Weston Frontlines Centre Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 6 pm at the Weston Golf and Country Club, 50 St. Phillips Road. They welcome Donations, Sponsorships and Contributions to the Dessert Auction and Silent Auction. Please call Diana Stapleton at 416-242-5886 for more information and ticket reservations.

St. John's Anglican invites you to the Canadian Country Music Awards & Country Elegance Combined, an evening of dinner, dancing, silent auction, prizes and more! Saturday, May 3rd, at the Elite Banquet Hall, 1850 Albion Road. Cocktails at 6 pm and dinner at 7. Tickets are $55. Call 416-241-8466 or 416-938-6781 for tickets or information. Email stjohnsweston@gmail.com

In the Library

Kicking Habits by Thomas Bandy

Existing congregations and denominations can become so addicted to self-destructive practices that they cannot change until they admit their addiction. These practices include a hunt for doctrinal purity on the theological right, and a desire for political justice on the theological left. The answer is a complete systemic transformation of congregation or denomination. Kicking Habits offers a few shocking truths that thriving churches have discovered.

Worth a Look

Interesting article about the growth of the Christian church in China: Soon, China may pass the U.S. in terms of church attendance.


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