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.

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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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Important Links

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Last Week's Sermon

October 24, 2014

An update from Sylvia Keyes, the chair of our Outreach Committee: "On October 18th, Lori Lee championed a Habitat project whereby a group of 6 members of the Outreach Committee worked at Habitat's ReStore at the Caledonia site. Activities included placing for sale items on shelves, pricing, assembling light fixtures, and assisting customers. Each member's required donation of $50.00 totalled $300.00. These monies go to cover administration costs at Habitat in order that donations from the build teams can be used only for the cost of land and building materials for the homes." Central's participation with Habitat continues to change lives!

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.

Just announced! 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!

Wait, you give out cash? I thought it was the other way around! Here at Central we turn the tables (plates) once a year to distribute $5 to those planning to participate in Sell Your Talent. Seed money will be handed out starting on October 19th, with the big sale scheduled for November 30th. That's nearly six weeks to bake, sew, preserve, knit, cook, and generally exercise your great talent to support Central. Last year we raised $1532.95, and everyone went home happy. And some took home Simcoe Island Jelly-Jam!

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).

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 32: "Blessed are those whose offences are forgiven."

Romans 3.21-26: “Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift.”


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.

On November 2nd we will received new members by transfer or profession of faith. Speak to Michael or Joan Fulford.

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.

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 $100 gift: Outdoor play and challenge, natural and spiritual wonder, and unforgettable summer moments shaping a life: welcome to camp! All United Church camps provide an environment of safety, love, and respect. These Gifts provide camp sponsorships for campers from low-income homes, for high-risk youth, and for unique programs like youth leadership development and social justice youth camps. Contribute to the scholarship program of United Church camps.

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

Where Does it Start?

I recently read (www.thenationalcouncil.org) that nearly all children who witness a parental homicide or sexual assault will develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The same for sexually abused children (90%) children exposed to school shootings (77%) and urban youth exposed to community violence.

The extreme stress overwhelms the child’s capacity to cope. They have symptoms which include fear, depression anxiety, self-blame, survivor guilt or shame and many physical symptoms such as headaches, poor sleep, appetite and increased colds and other illnesses.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation tells us that 67% of Canadians know a woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse. Two-thirds of those female victims are under 24 years of age (11% are under 11) and only a small number of assaults are reported to the police. So in other words they become a secret that the young person carries with them.

We don’t have many children or youth at our drop-in, but we have many people who were those children once. Men and women who as young people were overwhelmed, so failed in school, became unemployed and unemployable. We have young men who look healthy, seem intelligent and capable as they come in to have a meal, look for a shirt or socks or make a phone call. But behind that façade are many unresolved traumas which prevent them integrating into society and leads them to need our drop-in to survive.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

History of York at the Evelyn Gregory Library on Saturday, October 25th, 120 Trowell Avenue, 2 to 3 pm. Silverthorn, Mount Dennis, Fairbank, Weston and more: discover the stories of the communities that make up the former City of York in a historical talk illustrated by photos and artifacts from the collection of the York Museum.

The youth shelter Horizons For Youth is hosting an United Way Fundraiser with a BBQ, Garage Sale and a Bake Sale on Saturday, October 25th from 10 am to 4 pm, with all proceeds going to the 2014 United Way campaign. 422 Gilbert Avenue.

Church of the Advent's Fall Bazaar, Saturday, October 25th from 10 am to 2 pm, 40 Pritchard Avenue. Featuring Bake Table, Costume Jewelry, China & Glass Collectibles, Books, Toys, Gifts, Household & Christmas Items, and a lunchroom.

In the Library

Real Faith for Real Life by Michael w. Foss

For Christians seeking to apply their faith to everyday life, Real Faith for Real Life invites readers to answer the call of discipleship and provides guidance and examples of how to do so successfully. Michael Foss, author of Power Surge, encourages readers to rely on six time-tested marks of discipleships that encourage the practice of faith in everyday life.

Worth a Look

An article about some the choices people are forced to make.

Photos by Cathy Leask


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