March 18, 2021

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Look at all the happy people at the Church Council meeting. Get in on the fun, by device or phone, this Sunday.

Annual Meeting! Our annual congregational meeting will take place on Sunday, March 21 at about 11.30 am. We will conclude worship and move directly into the meeting. This is, of course, a Zoom meeting. If you do not have a computer or a device, please consider joining by telephone (instructions below). Thanks in advance to Kathy for chairing the most unusual annual meeting in 200 years!

Wait, you’ll need an annual report! Many thanks to Taye for putting the report together, and everyone who contributed a report or a statement. Taye has been colouring outside the lines this year, producing an exciting web-based report. Read it here.

Thanks to everyone who joined us this past Sunday for our first official anniversary event with the Moderator of the United Church. We will be sending a note of thanks and making a gift to the Healing Fund as a way to express our thanks for his visit. The Healing Fund, established in 1994, is a fund that supports healing initiatives in Indigenous communities to address the ongoing impacts of the residential school system. Through the years, Moderators have taken the lead in supporting this initiative.

Tonight! The Outreach Committee will meet (by Zoom) on Thursday, March 18 at 6 pm. Please note this is change from the originally scheduled date.

Sell Your Talent, the Sequel: There will be a spring version of Sell Your Talent, with crafts, preserves, baking, and even an Easter CD. The online ordering site will debut around April 1, with a pick-up date set for April 10. Do you have a talent to share? Do you have questions? Please email Michael.

An opportunity to extend thoughts and prayers: Thank you to Barb Putnam for sharing the news that two former members, Pat and Barry O’Brien, are experiencing ill health and are in need of prayer. You may also wish to send a note of support through their daughter Kat, by email, at katobrien9@gmail.com

Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (March 21) 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.

100 Cards for 100 Years! Nancy Brett, a former member of Westminster has send along a fun request. Her father, Keith Brett, will be celebrating his 100th birthday on June 8. With COVID restrictions, a party is not possible, and so Nancy is hoping 100 friends will send birthday cards to Keith. Fun fact: Keith and Shirley were the first couple married in the new church at 69 William Street! Cards for Keith can sent to Elinor Brett/Rye, 69 Pine Park Blvd., Everett, ON L0M 1J0

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 51: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

John 12.20-33: “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.”

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 oneking.ca/wp to visit our worship site.

Central at 200

From the Weston Historical Society: “The photo shows TTC Streetcar 2138 travelling north on the bypass track just north of King Street while TTC Streetcar 2132 heads south at Main Street North and King Street. The image was estimated by the seller, Brian Merlis as being circa 1948. While I can’t confirm the precise date, I can at least narrow it down to being no earlier than June 1947 and no later than September 1948. The latter date is when the streetcars were retired from the Weston route. As for the earlier date, that can be determined by the facade on the Weston Theatre. It was renovated to look as it does here in June 1947.”

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:

Achievement of union was not an accomplishment of a few years, however, as it had been under study and consideration by the courts of the participating churches for a long time. Our local paper records that on Sunday evening, January 12th. 1912, the Rev. R. B. Strangways gave an “unbiased address” on church union. He preached on the subject again on the morning of February 11th and on the following Sunday afternoon the Bible classes were withdrawn for a discussion of the matter. In a letter to the Editor in the February 16th issue of “The Times and Guide,” a writer used a rather critical tone in commenting on the use of Sunday for such a meeting. A week later the Editor said: “We think the time has not yet arrived for the consummation of a movement (organic union of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches) so momentous in its results.” A vote was taken by the Methodist congregation in April, 1921, resulting in 194 in favour of union and 43 against. The Weston Methodists entered the United Church in 1925 without a local vote and apparently little, if any, opposition to the change. It was felt at that time, probably in view of the likelihood of it not being the only United Church in Weston, that some more specific name should be adopted. “King Street” and “Central” were both considered and the latter chosen.

As this local history is being written, negotiations between the United Church and the Anglican Church of Canada appear to be making progress toward some form of organic union. It is interesting to speculate as to what effect such a union might have on this congregation, and what role Central might be playing in a matter of only a few years time. With this, and the pressures of other changes, our Official Board, under the dynamic leadership of the Rev. Paul B. Field, has been establishing our purpose and goals, and considering ways and means of fulfilling them.

Minute for Mission

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Part of our recent history is the founding of the Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centre, a partnership between WKNC, the former Mount Dennis United Church, and Central. Barbara Bisgrove, one of the founders, has written a description of the Centre at how it came about. You can read it here.

Worth a Look

Read about the first new scrolls found near the Dead Sea in decades.

About this Blast

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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 Mark Bisgrove