Ted Talk Tuesdays….discovering your why!

Happy Tuesday folks and many thanks for the celebratory day on Sunday as our story begins. Here is a Ted Talk by Simon Sinek that is a good reminder as we head into Christmas 2 of the pandemic and helps us to ask the question “why”. We are further along than we were last year and have lots to be grateful for but we still need to be gentle with each other and keep checking in and remain connected because although we have had one pandemic Christmas under our belt – it doesn’t mean we know what we are doing.

Order your treats online!

The line up for the things you can buy in our Sell Your Talent’s Sale will soon be out for you to make your purchases. Do you know someone who doesn’t have a computer or struggles with the online shopping idea? Perhaps offer to sit down with them and help them make an order! This is a great fundraiser to help the ongoing, everyday life and work of Central United. Shop big!

Do you have extra winter coats, gloves/mitts hanging around the house?

Our friends who visit WKNC can use them! Please consider dropping off gently used winter items, so that we can get them back on the street where others can use them. Please see the information for the Mount Dennis Coat drive below too.

Mentioning our unmentionables…

Who doesn’t like a brand-new fresh pair of underwear for the holidays? When it is a struggle to put food on the table, this item, that many of use, goes to the bottom of the list as a luxury. Among the many things that happen out of Central United Church, this year we have decided to host an Underwear Tree! Yes, this year, we will decorate our tree with those unmentionable things so many of us wear. We are looking for brand-new pairs of under in children’s, youth, women’s and men’s in every size. This will be a great way to engage your young people with the realities of need and that some things we just take for granted aren’t a luxury for everyone.

Besides giving to WAES (Weston Area Emergency Services) and WKNC (Weston King Neighbourhood Centre) and other great charities you help – please consider throwing a pair of underwear in your shopping cart. You can drop them off at any of our programs or call the church and we can pick them up (416) 241-7544 (Church Office), (416) 268-7592 (Brad’s Cell) or email us as at centralweston@gmail.com. Thank you for helping to make the season shiny and bright!

Other things to watch for and think about…

📌 This Sunday November 28th is Advent 1 and there will be a covid friendly communion service.

📌 White Gift Sunday – December 12th

📌 Do you get extra calendars for 2022 given to you or have a surplus of Christmas cards ? These items are happily received by WKNC for program participants to use.

📌 Advent Study with Brad… you are welcome to join our Advent Study at any point this season. Come to one or come to all three. In person, we will gather in the Upper Room (behind the sanctuary) Thursdays at 1pm. For those wishing to participate online, we will meet Thursday evenings at 7pm using Zoom. Here are the Thursdays we will meet and what we will cover.

December 2nd (Hope), December 9th (Peace) and December 16th (Love and Joy)

The regular Thursday Zoom Link is here for you and I will send it out weekly too….

Brad Inglis is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Advent sessions…
Time: This is a recurring meeting Thursdays at 7pm
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 848 3582 0445

We will keep it simple this year and explore Hope, Peace, Love and Joy. You don’t have to be a “church member” to join these Advent Sessions – just come. There will be mostly discussion, sharing and seeing where these aspects fit in our everyday lives.

Thinking ahead – Longest Night Service, Tuesday December 21st, 2021 @ 7pm
Central United Church

How is the season for you? For many, we love the holiday season. But for some, it is a challenge and can be different every year. Some just crave a little bit of quiet in the midst of the sparkles and glitter. Perhaps you have lost someone in the last year or a relationship has ended, employment isn’t easy or covid has just left you cold. The Longest Night Service is just about taking a pause in the season for a little quiet and knowing that on the Longest Day of the year – just when we think we can’t take another moment of the darkness, the light returns and the days start to get longer and we are reminded that there is always hope.

Folks come to the Longest Night Service for a variety of reasons. Some come to remember those loved ones whom they especially miss at the holidays. Others come, just to breathe and enjoy the candles and quiet prayer and gentle music that can help to centre us in the midst of the hustle and bustle. Some come as an opportunity for quiet reflection, maybe light a candle for a loved one and just be. All are welcome to join in this short but meaningful service of the season. Let your friends and neighbours know, anyone you think who could use a pause…

Territorial Acknowledgement
Our location on the historic Carrying Place Trail (Weston Road) reminds us that we meet on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Petun, Seneca and, most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit. We hope this ancient path will be a symbol of our desire to walk with Indigenous peoples in a spirit of reconciliation and respect.

Contact Us
Central United Church, 1 King Street, Weston, ON M9N 1K8 | Phone: (416) 241-7544

Rev. Brad can be reached by leaving a message at the church office or by his cell phone (416) 268-7592 and by email at binglis2@me.com. Please don’t hesitate to contact him if you would like to set up a visit or for urgent matters.