March 21, 2019

We were deeply saddened this week to learn of the death of Ann Maclean. Ann's contribution to the life of the congregation is hard to overstate: church secretary, outreach mentor and pioneer, active with CKSR, WKNC (including an annual turn as the "Turkey Lady"), and countless projects with the Outreach Committee. She was also involved in the Couple's Club, Jr. Sunday School, and chaperoning the Chancellors back in the day. She will be missed. We will remember and celebrate her life on Saturday, March 23 at 2 pm at the church. There will be an hour of visitation before the service (Milner Room) and a reception to follow in the Activity Room at CKSR. We pray for Heather and her family.

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 63: "O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you."

Luke 13.1-9: "If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down."

Read last week's sermon

Introducing House™ the house band. What's a house band? It's a splendid collection of performers who will open worship on occasion, glorifying God in song. So thanks to Jenny, Heather, Dave, Taye, Bunny and Cor for being founding members.

Central's Makers Market, June 1, 2019

Register today to participate in our first annual Makers Market, to be held on Saturday, June 1 at Central, 1 King Street in Weston. To reserve a table, simply complete this form.


Continues tonight! Our annual Lenten Study continues on Thursday, March 21 and 28 (6 pm). Our topic is "Jesus on Trial," an in-depth look at Jesus before the Sanhedrin and Pontius Pilate. We will also take a general look at justice in the Roman world and how this appears in the Gospels. Speak to Michael for more information.

Gift baskets! Our annual gift basket raffle will take place at the April congregational luncheon (April 7) and we need your help. Gift baskets should be theme-based, include a handful of new items, and arrive with an actual basket or appropriate container. Questions? Speak to Taye, Kathy or Michael.

The Outreach Committee will meet on Sunday, March 31 at 9.30 am.

Kairos Toronto West presents “Facing our Environmental Challenges in 2019," on Saturday, April 6 (10 am to noon) at St. James United Church, 400 Burnhamthorpe Road. The program will be facilitated by Kairos staff person and guest presenter Amelia Berot-Burns. For more information, contact Mary Wilson at 416-231-1207.

Our next Outreach Service: On April 7, 2019, Ed Gough, Jr., the Program Coordinator / Community Facilitator at Ujima House will speak about the programs and services offered at this agency. We hope to see everyone at church that Sunday to hear Ed speak about the great work that Ujima House has been doing! Watch this space for a more complete description next week.

Sowing Seeds of Greatness: Frontlines Annual Dinner 2019 is set for Saturday, April 29 at Weston Golf & Country Club, 50 Saint Phillips Road. Tickets are $90.00. You will receive a tax receipt for a portion of the ticket. Help celebrate 30+ years of Sowing Seeds of Greatness in the Children of Weston and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Liz Rodgerson shared this photo, taken by her granddaughter Maggie.

Minute for Mission

The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea helps to ease the transition of the growing number of immigrants to Korea. We are thankful for Mission & Service gifts that help PROK provide cultural and language training, advocate for immigrant workers’ rights, and support those who are ill, unemployed, or victims of domestic abuse.

The Manual

If you are like me – and I’m hoping you are not – you don’t read The Manual of the United Church of Canada 2019 edition very much. In fact, I had been coming to the church for quite a while before I knew such a thing as a Manual existed.

Filled with wisdom-filled resources, the first edition of the Manual was issued in 1928. It appeals to me that the General Council and the executive have established certain principles to guide the writing. Principles such as striking a balance between enough regulation to function in a “fair and orderly way” and enough flexibility to allow people certain freedoms in carrying out ministry. It is recognized that ministry can be large and small, urban and rural and have strengths or weaknesses in the numbers of volunteers and amount of cash available.

The appeal to me is that, at one point in my career, I was developing policy for the Ministry of Transportation. Say we were looking at introducing bicycle helmet laws. Well, we needed to describe for the minister’s office, with all the facts to back up disagreements from the opposition, how the legislation would affect certain categories – those in the northern parts of Ontario and in the cities, the Indigenous people, certain faiths (helmets being an issue for turban wearing Sikhs, for example), people with certain medical conditions, costs to individuals and organizations, and so on. But while the United Church invites people to think for themselves and act in the spirit of the polices, government has a tendency to insist we are kept safe or pay the fine – due in part to medical costs for severe injuries.

I also like that it is clearly stated The Manual should provide the reader – from all backgrounds including those for whom English is a second language - with the greatest possible clarity and accessibility. Another time in my career I thought up a project to try and help newcomers understand the importance of child safety seats. We made a film of police officers who spoke other languages. I had them describe the way to use a car seat both in their first language and then in English with their distinctive accents. The film ran in a continuous loop in hospitals, shopping malls, fairs and such like, and we hoped the empathy of the police officers came over and the information was clearly understood by people who had few resources in their own language.

On page 10 of 188, after a copy of the Apology to the First Nations People (1986) there are the “Calls to the Church (2018).” The Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for embracing the UN Declaration, which the church has adopted. The church wants us to maintain respectful relationships with Indigenous faith communities and that they should exercise self determination. Our church policies, practices and programs should align with the principles, norms and standards of the UN Declaration, and that all our church leaders be competent healers. That’s a challenge, or call out, to us all.

I will delve further into the Manual in the future because it is an interesting learning tool. (https://www.united-church.ca/sites/default/files/the- manual_2019.pdf)

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Opening Reception: In Media Res, by Patrice Charbonneau at Lonsdale Gallery, 410 Spadina Road, on Saturday, March 23 from 2 to 5 pm. Lived space is neither uniform nor random. Rather, it is influenced by culture, habits, and experience. Everyone possesses a personal topography, invisible to others and often unconscious. It is precisely this human space that interests Charbonneau.

UrbanArts presents Weston Road Flows, a multimedia exhibition that explores the past, present, and future of the (former) Village of Weston by reinterpreting the past through a modern context. This project will honour and reflect upon the spirit of Weston through historical recordings, resident stories, vocal shout-outs, spoken word, and on-site sounds captured with modern beats. Artists include Charles August Riik, Taye Harding, Daniel Kai Ehigiator (Ginsuu), Jamal Hussein (Mali Mink). 5 Bartonville Ave East, March 14-29, 1 to 8 pm.

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