March 4, 2021

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Wells Gray Park, British Columbia, photo by Maggie Moores-Rodgerson

Continues tonight! Join our study tonight (Thursday, March 4) at 7 pm as we continue a four-part introduction to scripture (by Zoom). We will explore major themes, keys to understanding, and some well-loved passages. Each session will be approximately an hour. A Zoom invitation will be sent this afternoon. This week we will focus on types of literature found in scripture.

We were saddened this week to learn of the death of Otto Putz, dear friend of Central and husband of Marianne Putz. There will be a private time for the family to remember Otto, likely in the spring. We wish them comfort and peace in this difficult time. Otto trained as a social worker, working first in post-war Berlin. He and Marianne immigrated to Canada in the mid-1950s, and Otto took up his other trade, that of blacksmith. Marianne describes his first jobs in Canada as “odd and dirty,” before eventually joining Kodak as a millwright. He worked there for 28 years, ending his career as an elevator mechanic. Otto and Marianne enjoyed 64 years together. Benita Hayes, their daughter, wrote these words to remember her dad:

This is my dad. He is a beautiful person. He taught me “mindfulness” before there was even such a word. He taught me to forgive and make each day a new start. He taught me to love being outdoors and my artistic side comes from him. He taught me what rabbit tracks look like and how to fish. He was an amazing dad and wonderful person. I pray that he is at peace.

World Day of Prayer: Weston Park Baptist will host a virtual World Day of Prayer service tomorrow (March 5) at 2 pm by Zoom. The theme is “Build on a Strong Foundation (Matthew 7:24-27)” and the link to the service can be found on the Weston Park website.

As I mentioned on Sunday, our first “official” anniversary event will take place next Sunday (March 14) when we welcome the Right Rev. Richard Bott, Moderator of the United Church to our Zoom service. The Moderator will extend congratulations for 200 years and preach on John 3. We look forward to his message.

Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (February 28) beginning at 11 am. You will still receive the now traditional 8 am service by email. However, you can now watch a live version of the same service on your computer or device, followed by a time of fellowship. Like this past Sunday, you will be greeted by a host as you arrive (we recommend five or so minutes early) and have the opportunity to remain on the call for “coffee time” after the service. 

Will all Zoom invitations, there is an option to join by telephone. Here are some instructions:

1. To join by phone, choose a local number from the “Dial by your location” section of the Zoom invitation.  
2. Dial one of the 647 numbers and key in the Meeting ID when prompted, followed by the # key.
3. Ignore the request for a Participant ID and press # again.
4. Add the meeting Passcode and press #
 (once in the meeting, press *6 to mute and unmute)

Thanks to our Zoom hosts (Faith, Kathy, Joyce, and Kerri) as well as Jenny and Heather for making our weekly worship by Zoom possible.

In-person services cancelled. Recently the Ontario government extended all COVID-19 restrictions. While churches are not technically closed, we are limited to 10 people in worship. The Church Council Executive looked at this limitation, and the need to keep people safe, and decided to cancel public worship until these restrictions are lifted. Check your email for our weekly service, sent out around 8 am on Sunday. 

Just announced: There will be a spring version of Sell Your Talent, with crafts, preserves, baking, and even an Easter CD. Watch this space.

Tax receipts were mailed last week. Many thanks for your generosity and dedication to Central.

The Upper Room has arrived. If you would like a copy, speak to Terry (416-417-1224) and he will send one out or arrange a time for pick-up.

The Church Council Executive continues to monitor the financial picture at Central. PAR is a blessing for us, along with those who have mailed in their offering or made a contribution online. We encourage you to help in any way you can, and we will even send someone to pick up your donation if you can’t get out to the mailbox. We thank you for your continued support. The mailing address is 1 King Street, Weston, Ontario, M9N 1K8 or you can give to Central online with CanadaHelps.

Worship at Central

Worship is currently online only. If you receive this blast, you will also receive an online service, around 8 am on Sunday. The email will include a link to the 11 am service by Zoom.

Readings this week:

Psalm 192: “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.

Exodus 20.1-17: “You shall have no other gods before me.”

Read last week’s sermon. Did you miss a service, or misplace the link? Our services remain online for you to review and enjoy. Click to visit our worship site.

More Announcements

Free Online Lecture: Tomorrow (March 5), the Rev. Michael Blair, General Secretary of the United Church, will present Emmanuel College’s Gandier Lecture entitled “Becoming the Beloved Community: A Call to Transformative Discipleship.” Visit the United in Learning site to register.

The Church Council will meet on Sunday, March 14 at 12.30 pm (by Zoom), one week before the annual meeting.  Every once who belongs to a committee is a member of the Church Council. It’s generally a short meeting, with time for reviewing reports and passing a draft budget. Speaking of reports, a reminder to those responsible for drafting a report, please forward it to Taye as soon as possible.

Plan ahead! The administrative life of Central continues to unfold, with meetings planned and corresponding deadlines set. To that end, we can announce the Annual Meeting (by Zoom) scheduled for Sunday, March 21 at noon. Taye will be preparing the annual report, and needs individual reports by February 21. Sooner is better, of course, something this author will try to take to heart. 

Central at 200

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Same vintage as last week’s photo, from the other direction (Weston Historical Society)

Part of our celebration is to catalog the history of Central and the congregations woven into our fabric. Earlier this year, Marlene, Sylvia, Kerri, and Kevin assisted in transcribing and digitizing our existing history books, from 1971 and 1996. Today we begin presenting highlights. This excerpt is found in the book “From Methodist Episcopal and Wesleyan Methodist to Central United” (1971) by Stanley Musselwhite:

The 1938 accomodation which was considered adequate at the time provided too small for the congregation which increased during the years following World War II. Once again there was discussion as to what should be done. In the early 1950’s during the pastorate of the Rev. Earl B. Eddy plans were submitted by the architects of the 1938 extension. These were received with but little enthusiasm and not accepted. Later, early in the ministry of the Rev. Ralph E. Spencer, more pretentious changes and additions were considered. Another architect (Mr. W.E. Barnett) was asked to prepare plans, which were accepted. These gave rise in 1957 to the enlarged sanctuary and the King Street extension connected thereto with foyer and narthex.

A General Building Committee was headed by Mr. Harold P. Horne, who succeeded the original appointee, Mr. Harry Armstrong, when the latter was transferred from Weston. The contractors were Bennett & Pratt. The sod turning at the close of the morning service on October 14th, 1956, was ably performed by Mr. Albert E. Scythes, one of the oldest members of the congregation. He held what could well be a unmatched record at that time of over 60 years of ushering (almost 50 in this church). Mr. Scythes served as senior usher for many years, then as greeter and assisted with the ushering and collection of the offerings until the time of his death in 1963.

On December 2nd. 1956, the corner stone at the new King Street entrance was laid jointly by Dr. Ernest E. Long, Secretary of General Council of the United Church of Canada, and Mr. Frank L. Beecroft, a great grandson of Mr. James Lever. This ceremony was held between the two morning services which were at 10.00 and 11.30 am. Two such services had been held each Sunday for a couple of years or so prior to the enlargement of the sanctuary. Construction proceeded during the winter, spring and summer months. The Christian Education Hall, later officially named The Church Hall, was available for worship services early in September 1957. Dedication of the enlarged sanctuary and chapel was held on September 29th, when the lesson was read by the Rev. F. L. Stymiest, President of the Toronto Conference, and the Sermon preached by the Right Rev. J.S. Thomson, Moderator of the United Church General Council. The Benediction was pronounced by the Rev. Garnet E. Lynd, Secretary of Toronto West Presbytery.

Minute for Mission

Thank You for Your Support during the COVID-19 Crisis!

In 2020, your Mission & Service gifts: helped people at home and abroad struggling to put food on the table for their families; ensured those who are most vulnerable receive medical care and personal protective equipment; supported those who struggle with addiction and mental health issues to access counselling services; created networks of support for young people whose rhythms and relationships are disrupted because of the virus; provided emotional and spiritual care for those in hospital and their families as well as medical staff.

These are just some of the concrete ways your reliable support through Mission & Service has already made a huge difference during this crisis. Your ongoing support will continue to go directly to those who are most impacted by the pandemic at home and around the world.

Worth a Look

Amazing views from above, including snow in Rome!

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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

Photo by Donna Latimer