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

January 22, 2015

Just announced! You are invited to breakfast on Sunday, February 22 at 10 am. The Kid's Klub will be staying over night at the church on the 21st, and would like to share breakfast with you. They also invite you to come in your pyjamas, if you wish. If you have jazz pyjamas, all the better, since it is also Jazz Sunday, or Lent pyjamas, since it is also the first Sunday of Lent.

This week will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion (January 25th).

This Sunday is also our next service at West Park Hospital. We gather patients beginning at 9 am, with a thirty minute service at 9.30. Helpers always welcome!

Also, we provide worship at Weston Gardens on Queen's Drive beginning at 2 pm on Sunday. Come and sing!

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 62: "Yet be still, my soul, and wait for God."

Jonah 3.1-5, 10: "Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!"


Join us on February 1st for Mount Dennis Mac 'n' Cheese. following worship. Bring a friend.

The Spiritual and Worship Committee will meet after worship on February 8th.

Cool Jazz! Cor Klamer and friends will be sharing "The Jazz of Lent" during worship on February 22nd. When musician J.J. Johnson was describing jazz, he may have been talking about Cor too: "Jazz is restless. It won't stay put and it never will."

Mark the date! The Annual Meeting of the congregation will take place Sunday, March 1st following worship. Lunch will be served. Please note that annual reports are due by February 1st. Please speak to Taye.

A Minute for Mission

The Christian Centre for Reflection and Dialogue farm is located on the outskirts of Cárdenas, Cuba, and receives Mission and Service funding. It is a model of sustainable agriculture and was declared a national reference for agriculture in Cuba. The farm has a training facility for food preservation, a demonstration bio-gas plant, and a fish farm. Much of the 100 tons of food produced annually goes to local hospitals, schools, and orphanages.

The Minimalist Game

It’s a new year and we are all being bombarded with messages to make changes in our lives. One such message is to play ‘the minimalist game”. This involves getting rid of one item on the first day of the month, two on the second, three on the third and to continue through the end of the month. Playing with others makes the person who jettisoned the most items a winner!

By the end you shouldn’t have any excess stuff, but I think you’d have a headache about the disposal of the stuff! I imagine phone calls from selling on Craig’s list, complaints from the garbage collector and rooms now full of boxes destined for the dump—and lots of dust bunnies!

I have a solution for you. Whether you play the game or spring clean this year. If the items are clean and of a quality that you’d accept, then we could use them at the drop-in. Clothes, mugs and other household items, and small working electrical appliances are especially useful. We don’t have the capability to pick up, but you can drop off any day except Sunday (when you can make arrangements with me) between 10:00 -2:00. New or next to new items, other than clothes, we may use as Bingo prizes or raffle to raise funds. The rest are put out for people to take what they need.

Last month someone, downsizing to a smaller home, gave up a doll collection; including china dolls with ringlets and Cabbage Patch dolls if you remember them! I imagine it was pretty heart-wrenching for her. She has hung our thank you letter as a reminder of place where they’ll find new owners to love them.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

Volunteers needed for Pearen Park Ice Rink. Or maybe you just want to skate. Either way, visit mountdennis.ca for more information, or search "Mount Dennis Community Association" on Facebook.

Complimentary Etobicoke Balance Class for Seniors at St. Giles Kingsway Presbyterian Church, 15 Lambeth Rd. on Wednesday, January 28th from 1 to 2 pm. Complimentary Balance Classes for seniors focussing on balance, coordination, strength, flexibility and posture. Facilitated by an experienced instructor.

Sacredspace/Urbansprawl: Pohymns at the Maria A. Shchuka Library, 1745 Eglinton Ave. W. on Tuesday, February 3rd from 6 to 7 pm. Learn how to be in sync with your life's purpose and how poetry can impact you, the modern artist. Seth-Adrian, born in reggae, raised in hip-hop, will read from his work "Sacredspace/urbansprawl: pohymns" and present his unique brand of poetic documentary, "Numus".

In the Library

The Bible Jesus Read by Philip Yancey

In this book, Yancey challenges the perception that the New Testament is more important than the Old, that the Hebrew Scriptures aren’t worth the time they take to read and understand them. Writing as always with keen insight into the human condition and God’s provision for it, Yancey debunks this theory once and for all.

Worth a Look

The death of Marcus Borg is a great loss to the Christian church, and in particular to the study of the New Testament. Read a tribute.


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