Worship with Central United Church – Sunday January 9th, 2022. Our amaryllis isn’t doing so well, so I bought some daffodils to teach it to grow!

Recognition of the territorial land

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.

Thank you for visiting with Central United Church. There are lots of ways to be involved in the life and work of the church and everyone is appreciated for the unique gifts that you bring! You can call the church office and leave a message and someone will get back to you with information (416) 241-7544. You are welcome to contact Rev. Brad on his cell phone 416-268-7592 for urgent needs, to set up a visit or get information. He can also be reached by email at binglis2@me.com. We do send out at least two weekly e-blasts and if you would like to be on this mail list, please let Brad know. And most importantly, if there is something you didn’t understand about the service today, want further discussion or to learn more about church committees and why we do things the way we do or offer feedback…please don’t hesitate to contact Brad or our Chair of Council Kathy Steiner at (416) 618-1759 or ksteiner@live.ca.

Central United Church – Worship link for Sunday January 2nd, 2022

Hello folks….here is the Youtube link to the service today. The music pieces are an epic fail, hard to hear and for one of them I felt inspired to sing along and it sounds just like Ethel Merman being murdered! Please feel free to fast forward through them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8VJy3H35nY


Here is our New Year amaryllis and we will follow it over the weeks to see it grow (hopefully) and my hope is that by the time we are meeting back in person, we can enjoy the blooms together!



Here is the piece by Anne Weems that I read this morning and it is called Boxed.
Ann Weems writes… A piece called “Boxed”

I must admit to a certain guilt
About stuffing the Holy Family into a box
In the aftermath of Christmas.
It’s frankly a time of personal triumph when,
Each Advent eve, I free them (and the others)
From year’s imprisonment
Boxed in the dark of our basement.
Out they come, one by one,
Struggling through the straw,
Last year’s tinsel still clinging to their robes.
Nevertheless, they appear,
Ready to take their place agai
In the light of another Christmas.
The Child is first
Because he’s the one I’m most reluctant to box.
Attached forever to his cradle, he emerges
Apparently un scathed from the time spent upside down
To avoid the crush of the lid.
His mother dressed eternally in blue,
Still gazes adoringly,
In spite of the fact that
Her features are somewhat smudged.
Joseph has stood for eleven months
holding valiantly what’s left of his staff,
broken twenty Christmases ago
by a child who hugged a little too tightly.
The Wise Ones still travel,
Though not quite so elegantly,
The standing camel having lost its back leg
And the sitting camel having lost one ear.
However, gifts intact, they are ready to move.
The shepherds, standing or kneeling,
sometime confused with Joseph
(who wears the same dull brown),
Tumble forth, followed by three sheep
In very bad repair.
There they are again,
Not a grand set surely,
But one the children (and now grandchildren)
Can touch and moves about to re-enact
That silent night.
When the others return,
We will wind the music box on the back of the stable
And light the Advent candles
And go once more to Bethlehem.
And this year, when it’s time to pack the figures away,
We’ll be more careful that the Peace and Goodwill
Are not also boxed for another year!

…the nativity scene will be packed away for another year, but please make sure Peace and Goodwill aren’t slipped into the box by accident! We need all of the help we can get as we weather this current storm. There is light in sight and folks continue to flock to get their booster shot. We are on the right path.

Blessings for the week ahead. Tedtalks will resume on Tuesday and plans for a winter discussion group is in the works for late January. We will examine two pieces of scripture each week that will be used on the upcoming Sunday. Our goals are to see how they are relevant to our current times, what was the original intent and what does that mean today. The scriptures will be identified for the coming month, you can join at anytime, not feel badly about missing a session because you can look at the pieces at home on your own. There will be a 2pm session on Tuesday afternoons and a Thursday evening session via Zoom. At the beginning of each session, we will do a short check in to see how folks are doing.

B

Ps….two of the music links from today…

This Little Light of Mine – Bruce Springsteen 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0qAYq1GVec

Light Of The World – Lauren Daigle (words)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cLhaZIBSpo

Recognition of the territorial land

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.

Thank you for visiting with Central United Church. There are lots of ways to be involved in the life and work of the church and everyone is appreciated for the unique gifts that you bring! You can call the church office and leave a message and someone will get back to you with information (416) 241-7544. You are welcome to contact Rev. Brad on his cell phone 416-268-7592 for urgent needs, to set up a visit or get information. He can also be reached by email at binglis2@me.com. We do send out at least two weekly e-blasts and if you would like to be on this mail list, please let Brad know. And most importantly, if there is something you didn’t understand about the service today, want further discussion or to learn more about church committees and why we do things the way we do or offer feedback…please don’t hesitate to contact Brad or our Chair of Council Kathy Steiner at (416) 618-1759 or ksteiner@live.ca.

Worship with Central United Church – Sunday January 2nd, 2022 • Epiphany Sunday

Hello folks…in what are the final hours left of 2021, I want to wish you a Happy New Year. It may feel bleak, everyone separated, but we are just doing our part. Line ups for the booster are long with people eager to get vaccinated. We will turn the corner, it’s just a matter of being patient and good natured. I have attached an inspiring article from Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik for those who wish to read it. Here is also the Zoom Link to worship for this Sunday January 2nd, Epiphany Sunday. The service will also be recorded and a link sent out for it.

Worship with Central United Church – Sunday January 2nd, 2022 • Epiphany Sunday!
Jan 2, 2022 11:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83175171830?pwd=OEM1R1YzTEkrS3h3RTdiNnNkVVhKZz09


This Sunday I will share with you a book written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams called God’s Dream. This is also the title of the reflection on Sunday. We will be looking at the scripture Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12. I have some selected music that I will provide links to. We will refrain from having our own music this Sunday as we work at limiting contact during the omicron outbreak, but that too, will return soon!

Here is one of my favourite pictures of Desmond Tutu…the celebration of joy and light and love.

Someone made this stained glass piece for me years ago but Mary looks like she is wearing a mask.



Underwear Report…2021
I am happy to report that together we gathered up more than 220 pairs of adult underwear and 70 pairs of children’s underwear for our Underwear Tree. These will be distributed through WKNC, Frontlines and the Scott Mission. Thank you for making the unmentionables ok to mention!

Most recent article from Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik • Guelph
December 31st, 2021


Do you see what I see? Do you hear what I hear?
I slept like a log last night. Where does that saying come from? I was shocked when I looked at the time at 6:30 am. I had not moved or awakened during the night. That rarely happens. I feel like my pre-COVID self, full of energy and optimism. I think I know why. Something I read on the news last night filled me with dread but that was quickly replaced with hope. The province has set new guidelines for PCR testing for COVID-19. It is a very short list. Ontario’s testing capacity is 100,000 tests/day and Omicron is pushing us way past that capacity. The tests now need to be reserved for those at highest risk (See link at the end of this post ).
Why? Because there is now rampant community spread of the Omicron variant with a test positivity rate of 30 %. That means that 30 % of the tests being done ( with a high number of tests being done daily) are positive. Of every 10 people standing in line at a COVID assessment centre, 3 are infected. That’s huge. Behind those three are 1 to 3 more with whom that positive person has come in contact with. Omicron’s R value may be has high as 3 which means all of those positive folks can and probably have, already spread the virus to three others.
So why the renewed energy, hope and optimism? It was not just the good night’s sleep. I slept well because I think this new variant and it’s unexpected rapid spread is what will get us to the point where this pandemic becomes endemic. If a huge number of people out there have or are about to have COVID-19 with mild symptoms for the vast majority, that huge number will also develop immunity on top of the immunity they have from vaccination. They are protected from further infection, at least for the short term. The virus needs humans to spread. We are it’s fuel. By it’s very nature and the ease with which it spreads, it will soon run out of fuel.
I am certainly not saying that people should throw caution to the wind and behave with any intention of getting the virus. You cannot predict who will become ill. Our hospitals are filling up. ICU’s are filling up. Those are real people in the ICU and they are gravely ill. Do not ‘choose’ any path that may get you there.
Instead, choose the prudent path. Get vaccinated. Start your vaccination series if you are not yet vaccinated. Get your third dose as soon as you can. Book one through your local public health department or family doctor’s office. Limit your social contacts to less than 10 and limit the time you are together, just for now. Gather outside if that is possible. Improve the ventilation in the space you are gathering by opening windows. Wear a very high quality mask in public. Find a KN95 or an N95 that fits very tightly to your face. If you cannot access one of the above masks, wear two high quality three layer cloth masks but the masks must have a snug fit. All of these measures lower the R value of Omicron. They put barriers up against the spread of this variant. I may sound like I am contradicting myself. In one breathe I am stating that the widespread transmission of this virus will cause it to run out of fuel which is a good thing and in the next breathe I am suggesting we do all we can to protect ourselves against infection.
Here is the deal. This virus is so transmissible that even with the barriers we should keep in place, it will spread. But the barriers significantly help prevent serious illness. THAT IS THE TICKET. Keep your armour up. It may spread but we are now protected. And once we all interact with the virus or the vaccine, Omicron runs out of fuel and COVID-19 becomes endemic and the pandemic ends. We stop acting out of fear in the face of the unknowns of a pandemic and we start managing a well controlled virus.
I respect and admire Dr. Bonnie Henry. I think we are on the same page. She states,
“The way the virus is changing with Omicron — that is leading us to that place sooner. The type of illness it’s causing, with most of us being protected through vaccination, means that we are going to get to that place.”
The ‘place’ she is describing is the endemic phase of COVID-19. It’s the time when we get back to a normal life or the post-COVID life.
These are the new provincial guidelines for testing and isolation. It is extremely important that we follow them. These guidelines will allow for the safe and ‘contained’ spread of the Omicron variant and the protection of our vulnerable populations.
The province says members of the public with symptoms of COVID-19 who don’t meet the new eligibility criteria should assume they are infected and follow the new self-isolation guidelines.
https://www.cbc.ca/…/ontario-testing-isolation-guidance…
Be safe out there. Gather safely tonight, if at all. Here’s to 2022 and a highly vaccinated, much healthier year!!
Anne-Marie
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….blessings for all of the wonderful things that 2022 is sure to hold for us…..B

Worship with Central United – Sunday December 26th, 2021

Happy New Year folks from Central United Church in Weston. Here is our link to worship this morning December 26th. You may want to start a couple of minutes in rather than looking at me waiting for folks to join!

Please remember that we will be remaining online for the next few weeks as we wait to see covid numbers and more folks get their booster. Blessings for the week ahead….B

Merry Christmas – Worship with Central United Church – Sunday December 26th, 11am Zoom link…

🎄 Hello folks and Merry Christmas! Please find attached the Zoom link for tomorrows service at 11am. Moving forward, we will be online Sunday mornings until the current covid crisis is managed.

Join Zoom Meeting Boxing Day worship with Central United Church – Sunday December 26th 11 am
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86778766134?pwd=endkOFF6NDcydW5kdFVZbWFjcTcrdz09

The Boxing Day service will be pretty informal i.e. me, perhaps in my bathrobe from home and the topic will be Jesus, The Precocious Little Kid. There won’t be any music this week because our musicians have been invited to take a well deserved break and actually have a Sunday off. Many thanks for all of the music they provided for us throughout Advent. Music really does make the season!

We did do a Christmas Eve Service last night, me in my ineptitude, didn’t hit record but other than the music, you didn’t miss much. If you really want a copy of the reflection, I can send it to you. I introduced folks to Wilf, my as is angel. She is my Christmas reminder that we all come as is. That is how we are created, that’s how we come, all of us in our own wonderful, beautiful diversity.


• There won’t be any Tedtalk this week.
• We are back on Zoom on Sunday January 2nd for our epiphany service and I know Jenny is already working on music.

I am available for any urgent needs over the holidays, so please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you need something. Other than that, Hubbell and I will be laying low, watching movies and eating treats that folks dropped off. I even received a rapid test kit from some thoughtful person. (I swear that it wasn’t me selling it on eBay 😳).

Blessings to you on this Christmas Day and I said last night, sending us back into the world…be brave, be careful, go just as you are, as is and good enough – loved, held and blessed as God’s own.

B

Christmas Eve with Central United Church

Hello folks….here is your Zoom link for the Christmas Eve service with

Central United Church – 7:30 pm December 24th

Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84830252521

There will be an in person service for those who are comfortable on Christmas Eve. We will require proof of double vaccination from anyone who has not already shared it with us. We will be recording attendance and contact information for tracking purposes. Masks must be worm at all times. There will be no communion at this service so that we avoid having to remove our masks.

* There will be a simple online service on Sunday December 26th @ 11am via Zoom

* Sunday January 2nd will be our epiphany service at 11am via Zoom

* Services will remain online until further notice and Zoom invitations will be sent out a couple of days prior to the service.

…blessings for this Christmas season!

~ for unto us, a child is born. One who will be remembered more than 2,000 years later and bring us together, even in the darkest hours. We will call him the Prince of Peace and pray for good will upon the world regardless of creed, colour, ability, sexuality or orientation and know that all are held as God’s own.

Thank you….thank you…thank you!

for being here in person, virtually or reading along

for the musicians who shared their music and us, who sang in our heads

for keeping the covid protocol, making it possible to safely gather

for your contributions to this community of faith and the community at large

for your willingness to be open to the mysteries of this night

for the donors, staff and volunteers of WAES and WKNC

 who touched so many lives this year with compassion and love

for the residents, staff, volunteers and medical supports at WKNC

for being you!

…from everyone at Central United Church

Merry Christmas and blessings for 2022

“Pep” Talk Tuesdays….

Hey folks…this is just a short Ted Talk…actually a little “pep talk” as we are all struggling to figure out what works best for each of us and also contributes to the overall well being of the world. Follow the basic rules, be responsible for keeping yourself safe, wear your masks tight and please do not let omicron paralyze you. You can still be taking walks, social distance with friends and family outside, pick up the phone and call those who might be struggling, bake some treats and share them, drop a meal off for someone, manage small group visits with others who have the same mindset as you – keeping safe.



Christmas Eve will be on at 7:30 in person and via Zoom with the link coming out later in the week.

❄︎ A note shared by Doug Musselwhite – Janet Logan, the widow of the late Rev. Allan Logan who was at Central in the 1980s died in Mississauga July 7th at the age of 94.

….stay strong, stay positive, stay safe……


Longest Night with Central United Church

Hello folks…already, we find ourselves at the Longest Night of the year. Yes, by tomorrow night, we will get an extra two minutes of daylight and I will take whatever I can get! It is called celebrating the small stuff…

After much deliberating it has been decided that we will go ahead with a hybrid model for Longest Night and Christmas Eve. So, both in person worship and you can connect by Zoom as well. The services will also be posted to Youtube to view at your leisure. We do this with careful consideration and the reality that while at a church service – masks remain on at all times, there are sanitizing stations, we insist on proof of double vaccinations and keep a record of attendance should there be an outbreak. The province has allowed the continuation of religious gatherings specifically because we have done an excellent job of zero transmission during our services – but we must remain vigilant. It is a privilege and hard work that has allowed us to carry on. Please, if you have any symptoms, do not come. Keep contact to a minimum, sanitize and keep your mask tight. Masks must be in place when you are entering the church and covering both nose and mouth.

Here is the Zoom link for the Longest Night service tonight at 7pm. A link for Christmas Eve will be sent later in the week.

Longest Night with Central United Church
Time: Dec 21, 2021 07:00 AM America/Toronto

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84760393721?pwd=WkZKWVphUkFEM0tNS3I0c1dyT2hoUT09

→ Please note…with covid numbers rising, we need to be ever vigilant. We are asking for verification of double vaccinations when attending church building events (if you have already been to a service, this will have been recorded). Keep sanitizing • Keep your distance • Keep your mask on • Keep Kind!

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.

Worship with Central United Church • Sunday December 19th, 2021 • Advent 4 • The Sunday of Love

The music team brought the sounds of the season to our hearts today and although we couldn’t really sing along, we were filled with the timeless music they shared. It was just what we needed with the cloud of the covid virus hanging over our heads and as the world heads towards another shut down.

This morning was a good reminder that God is everywhere we are. Even in the lineups we experience, we see the Divine. Lineups for booster shots, lineups for a hot turkey dinner served out the doors of WKNC by dedicated volunteers and staff and yes even in the line where folks gathered to pick up their holiday food packages. Our guests are served with respect and ensured that their dignity remains intact. Volunteers lineup bags of fruit, vegetables and other important groceries. Booster lineups prove to us that people are listening and they want to be part of the wave of wellness rather than an ongoing covid wave.