Central United Church


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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

October 30, 2014

Fall back! Sunday is time change and our Anniversary Sunday. So turn your clocks back an hour to make sure you have the right time for worship and our monthly luncheon!

On sale now! Get your tickets for this year's murder mystery gala dinner: A Murder At The Weston Saloon, Friday, November 14 at 7 pm. Tickets are $35.00, Please see Taye for more details.

Sell your Talent sign-up continues, with numerous talented people already signed up. Looking over the list, I see knitting, Christmas decorations, peanut butter squares, and of course Simcoe Island Apple Jelly-Jam. What will you make? Sell your Talent will be held November 30th.

Film at Central: On November 9th we will screen "A Sea Change" (2009) directed by Barbara Ettinger. We will begin around 12.15 in the Milner Room. The documentary runs about 85 minutes and will allow us to prepare for Alanna Mitchell, who will speak on November 16th. Bring a friend!

Just announced! Our next study is called "Forgotten Bible" and will include an opening presentation (Nov. 6) by our very own Carmen Palmer on the topic of "Rewritten Bible." The study will continue for three more evenings, Nov. 13, 20 and 27 (6 pm, in the Fellowship Room).

Photo by Carmen Palmer

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 34: "This poor soul cried out and God heard."

Matthew 5.1-12: “Blessed are the pure in heart.”


Church Council Executive will meet on Wednesday, November 5th at 7 pm.

Do you want a more food-friendly neighbourhood? Your ideas are needed! Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centre is holding a community consultation on Friday, November 7th from 6 to 8.30 pm at 1269 Weston Road. Call Erika Pulfer at 647-654-3116 to register.

Both the Outreach Committee (9.30 am) and the Management Committee (12.15 pm) will meet in November 9th. Busy day!

Thank you once more to our Habitat volunteers who represented Central at the Habitat's ReStore on Caledonia Road recently. This was our tenth volunteer day, and we look forward to more! Speak to Sylvia Keyes or Lori Lee for more information.

Still on the Outreach file, a vacancy is available for a volunteer dishwasher/potwasher for Tuesday night community dinners. Hours of work are 6 PM to 7:30 PM. Orientation, fun, camaraderie, and appreciation are included in the benefits package.

Dawn Dowling, Executive Director of the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre, tells me the drop-in needs the following items: Razors, feminine hygiene products, and gently used items such as towels, hat/mitts, DVDs and games.

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.

And just three days later, Weston Presbyterian Church is holding their annual Bazaar, November 8th at 12 pm. There will be a treasure hunt and white elephant tables, a luncheon, bake sale, raffle and crafts. 7 Cross Street.

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.

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.

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 $50 gift: Honour the spirit of the Maritimes’ Peace and Friendship Treaties by supporting a collaborative gathering at Nova Scotia’s Tatamagouche Centre. With Aboriginal and non-Aborginal collaboration, the centre creates programs to decrease racism against Aboriginal people and increase non-Aboriginal people’s understanding.

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

Seeding Life: Breaking Ground for Food Justice – A United Church Campaign

In 2013 the United Church adopted a policy report called “Toward Food Sovereignty for All” calling all members to help transform the dominant food system using the principles of “food sovereignty”—principles that evoke such Christian values as equality, inclusion, ecological sustainability, social justice, and the sacredness of life.

A three-year period (2014–2016) has been designated for congregations to learn about and put the principles of food sovereignty into practice. The campaign seeks to communicate three key messages. "Together we can: build a world in which food is produced, distributed and consumed in ways that respect Earth and its ecosystems of which we humans are an integral part; honour food as a sacred gift from God and part of the global commons; and effect change for food justice that can have a life-sustaining impact on our families, communities, and Earth itself."

“One way to understand food sovereignty is by comparing it to food security. Food security occurs when people have access to sufficient nutritious, healthy food on a sustainable basis. Food sovereignty goes farther. It means that, not only do people have access to food, they also have more power over how their food is grown, who grows it, and how it is distributed or marketed."

I am bringing this campaign to your attention because in a very small way this is what Weston King and Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centres are stressing in their work in the community – we are building food security. Our meal programs and community kitchens provide food for those who lack the resources to adequately feed themselves and we sell fresh, locally purchased food from the Mount Dennis site. Our programs are designed around providing nutritious food to taste and add to people’s menus, and workshops on healthy eating, diabetes prevention and care and so on. We operate allotments and planters where we grow food communally.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

In the Library

Understanding Your Grief by Alan D. Wolfelt

In compassionate, down-to-earth language, Understanding Your Grief describes ten touchstones—or trail markers—that are essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual signs for mourners to look for on their journey through grief.

Worth a Look

Good old mash-up: UK paper reports on the growth of non-religious young people in the US.

Photo by Dave Hewitt


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