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. 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

November 20, 2014

This Sunday! Book Swap and Sale will take place after worship (Nov 23). The process is simple: Bring a few books (no more than 10 please) and trade with other readers. If you have nothing to trade, you can buy books for a dollar! The money goes to Central, the books go home (all the books, even the ones no one wants) and everyone is happy. Show the world that the printed word is still important.

Many thanks to the Outreach Committee for leading worship and welcoming Alanna Mitchell to Central.

More thanks to everyone involved in A Murder At The Weston Saloon. Food was great, the actors were first rate, and our victim made a full recovery in time for dessert.

Continues tonight with the Apocrypha! (Nov 20): Our study is called "Forgotten Bible" and will look at parts of the Bible that are often overlooked. The study will conclude Nov. 27 (6 pm, in the Fellowship Room).

Just another Tuesday night at Central

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 95: "We are your people, the flock that you shepherd."

Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24: “I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.”


Sell your Talent (Nov. 30) is nearly upon us. Plan ahead with change and small bills, and bring plenty. Looking over the list, I see knitting, Christmas decorations, peanut butter squares, and of course Simcoe Island Apple Jelly-Jam. The sale follows worship.

Do you have a CD player with fairly powerful speakers that is looking for a new home? The people in the back row at the drop-in Zumba class can't hear the beat and the stress reduction group would like to hear the gentle sound of each instrument. If you can help please speak to Barbara Bisgrove or call the drop-in 416-241-9898.

Reminder: if you are overwhelmed with charity calendars and cards arriving in the mail, Barbara Bisgrove will take them from you for the drop-in people to use. Remembering your wonderful response last year, a woman is already asking when she will get her 2015 calendar. She brought her 2014 one to show that she'd been using it!

Community Winter Coat Drive enters the final week: Accepting all sizes of new and gently used CLEAN winter coats, hats, scarves and mitts. (Please place donations in a clear, sealed plastic bag.) Drop off times and locations: Monday to Friday, 9 to 4 or Saturday 9 to 12 at Weston King Neighbourhood Centre, 2017 Weston Rd; The Learning Enrichment Foundation, 116 Industry St, 1267 Weston Rd (at Ray Ave) and 55 Emmett Ave or anytime at 12 Division, Toronto Police Service, 200 Trethewey Dr (at Black Creek Dr). For more information, please call Barbara (416-808-1068) or Jean (416-662-7976).

Bloor Street United Church presents "Die Israeliten in der Wuste" by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Saturday, November 29 at 7.30 pm. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors. Call 416-924-7439 ext. 50 for tickets.

Plan Ahead: Dec. 14, White Gift Service; Dec. 21, annual Choir Cantata; Dec. 24, Christmas Eve services, 7 pm and 11 pm.

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 $15 gift: At Medicine Hat Ecumenical Campus Ministry in Alberta, the soup line is often the first point of contact between students in need and the chaplain. The chaplaincy prepares 100 servings for the weekly lunch, but there are always more students waiting in line. Help the chaplain offer more soup and bread for the journey.

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

Working in the 'Grey Zone'

The day to day decisions staff make at the drop-in often have no easy answers or solutions found in a manual. The problems they must handle, brought to them by the program participants, are rarely black and white. This means management and staff can seldom stay in their comfort zone.

For example, who can come into the drop-in and when? For the sake of those who are preparing breakfast and setting up the space, the doors traditionally open at 10:00, with the assumption that people anxious for their coffee and bursting with questions need some sort of supervision and staff readily available to respond. But now the weather is colder it seems unkind to have people standing outside the church door in a snow storm, so why shouldn’t staff move into the grey-zone and open the door to the first arrival?

While over half the time the drop-in is open to everyone, there are times set aside just for men, women or seniors. But there are always men coming in to the women’s programming, usually looking for a coffee, food or to use the telephone. The women themselves are quite vigorous in driving the men back out onto the street, but to staff it’s a grey zone because there may be extenuating circumstances and important needs that should be handled for the man that day.

The same happens with seniors programming where people self-identify as a senior. The program offers food, so quite often the people in the program are well under 50—not necessarily grey enough! As always there are pros and cons to relaxing protocol that the staff must navigate.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

Brian Crookes has an upright piano, free to a good home. Ask Michael for the 411.

Free Skate for Adults: Tuesday mornings at Weston Recreation Arena, 2125 Lawrence Avenue West from 9 to 11.30 am.

York-Mount Dennis Lions Club and Fairbank United Church are holding their annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, November 22 at 2746 Dufferin Street from 9 am to 12.30 pm.

Westway United Church presents "Let There Be Light" Christmas concert and carol sing. Wednesday, November 26, at 8 pm, 8 Templar Drive. Tickets are $10, and available from Doug or June Musselwhite.

In the Library

Emmanuel: Encountering Jesus as Lord by Herbert O'Driscoll

"This wonderful book moves back and forth from an imaginary conversation with St. John to gospel stories—made almost tangibly really O'Driscoll's knowledge of ancient Israel—to glimpses of modern Christians relating to the same living Lord." —Avery Brooks

Worth a Look

Barbara B. recommended this article about the Advent journey. Thanks!


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