September 19, 2019

This Sunday (September 22) is our first West Park Hospital service. Join with other helpers beginning around 9 am, and assist them as they help patients make their way to the chapel.

The Trustees will meet next Sunday (September 22) after worship.

Open House! The WAES Food Bank is planning an open house for Sunday, October 27 following worship. Come and set the new set up, and meet some volunteers.

Centralites (and friends) visit the Six Nations of the Grand River. Read Shauna Deconinck's description of the experience below.

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 Sunday's Readings:

Psalm 79: "How long, O LORD? Will you be angry forever?"

Luke 16.1-8a: "I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg."

Read last week's sermon


Creative Writers Group meets Tuesdays on the lower floor of the Weston Library from 6 to 8 pm. Seniors and older adults gather to learn and support on another in their writing.

Central King Seniors Residence presents their Annual Indoor Garage Sale, Saturday, September 28 from 9 am to 1 pm. 15 King Street.

The Weston Historical Society is pleased to present The History of Lions' Arena with guest Speaker Sandy Ross, Wednesday October 2, at 7.30 pm. The Village of Humber Heights Retirement Home, 2245 Lawrence Avenue West. All Welcome!

A view inside the Six Nations Longhouse.

Minute for Mission

Emergency Appeal: Hurricane Dorian, a powerful category 5 hurricane, landed in the Bahamas in this week and left a trail of destruction. The slow-moving storm destroyed thousands of homes and left many thousands of people without shelter. As the scale of the destruction unfolds, The United Church of Canada is accepting funds to help with relief and reconstruction efforts, working with global partners the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) and ACT Alliance (ACT). ACT’s regional office in El Salvador is mobilizing a rapid assessment team in the Bahamas to assess humanitarian needs. Visit the Hurricane Dorian Relief page to make a donation, or make an offering on Sunday by cheque, made out to Central and marked "Hurricane Dorian Relief."

Central United Church Goes to the Six Nations Reserve

On September 14, 2019, twenty-two people, from Central United church and their friends, travelled in cars and vans to the Six Nations Reserve, Brantford Ontario for a guided tour. Thanks to our master organizer - Sylvia Keyes. As part of understanding the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations we wanted to learn more about Indigenous history and life. We had very talented and knowledgeable tour guides for the entire trip, in the Longhouse and the church.

The day was punctuated with car drives from one location to another on the reserve and in Brantford. Despite multiple GPS devices, maps and written instructions – some of us got lost at every journey. But together we made it – eventually!!

Longhouse: A replica of a 17th century longhouse. We sat on benches around a fire inside the longhouse. We had a guide whose knowledge of longhouses, the six nations, the culture past and present of the six nations, ecology, farming, hunting, natural medicine, mental health, gender roles, family roles and the importance of firewood, was extremely deep. The replica longhouse was comfortable for 20 of us. The same sized longhouse could house 75 to 150 people, and several longhouses could be grouped to create larger communities. There would be sharing in the long house. Food belonged to everyone, as did love and protection. There is an important story about the Great Peace that we were told. The Great Peace took place in a very violent time in history and it stopped the violence. This same story was also told in the first stained glass window in the church.

Historical House: Chiefswood National Historic Site – birth and childhood home of Pauline Johnson. This home was built in mid-1800s by Mohawk Chief George Johnson for his English bride Emily Howells. E. Pauline Johnson was born in the house in 1861. Her poetry debuted at a literary reading event in Toronto to huge applause. Pauline Johnson became a very famous poet who travelled all across Canada. She died of breast cancer at the age of 51 in 1913. Her writing is considered distinctly Canadian – her poems are lyrical and filled with references to nature.

Item of Great Intrigue: The Two-Row Wampum belt (examples were seen in the historical house and at the museum) was presented to the Europeans by the Five Nations (before the sixth joined) in the 1500s. It was a formal codified agreement with two lines of purple beads (one representing the Europeans and one representing the Five Nations) running parallel along a white belt. It symbolizes two paths along the same river – following the same direction side by side without crossing or interfering with each other.

Shopping! Shopping at a craft store stocked with moccasins, carvings, beading, jewellery, artwork, etc. Open to the public it was a nice place to go if you are looking for gifts (Iroqrafts Address: 1880 Tuscarora Road, Ohsweken, ON. N0A 1M0)

Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks: The chapel, built in 1785, is considered the oldest church in Ontario. In the 1960s, eight stain glass windows were added to the church. The windows tell the history of the Six Nations and the chapel. The church still has services on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Good Friday and Easter and they have weddings there too.

Residential School and Museum: Woodland Cultural Centre and Museum. This was our last stop – located beside an Old Residential School. The museum displays information about famous musicians and athletes from the Six Nations, and some archaeological findings from the area. There are also displays with stories about the Residential Schools. There was a dehumanization of the children (e.g. replacing names with numbers) and a very powerful support of cruel practices (Mounties sent to capture children who did not want to attend the schools), and individual abuse. These were extremely sad stories. The stories reminded us of past traumas and past denials in very strong personal and emotional ways.

Shauna Deconinck

Community Announcements

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Winged Migration at High Park Nature Centre, Saturday, September 21 at 1.30 pm. Summer migrant birds are on the move again and Monarch butterflies are taking cues from nature that it's time to stop reproducing and start flying South for the Winter. Come and investigate some of our winged friends of High Park who are on the move! 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.

Arts in the Parks presents Joshua Glover: The Opera, Saturday September 21 at 7 pm, Memorial Park on Little Avenue. Escaped from slavery. Recaptured and imprisoned. Freed by abolitionists. He found freedom in Etobicoke! Written by Colin Morris.

Chasing Coral Film Screening at Mount Dennis Library, Monday September 23 at 6.30 pm. From the makers of "Chasing Ice," this movie chronicles the vanishing of the worlds coral reefs at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Mount Dennis Library presents The Great War, Thursday, September 26 from 7 to 8 pm. Madeleine McDowell recounts the experiences of her mother as a child during the time of First World War. To register call 416-394-1008.

Weston Historical Society presents Weston and the Humber: Celebrating 20 Years as an Urban Heritage River on Saturday, September 28 at 1.30 pm. The walk will commence at Weston’s Mallaby Park, at the intersection of St. Philips and Weston Roads. The walk will be approximately 1.5 to 2 hours long, and includes slopes and stairs. The walk is free, and donations are welcome!

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