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 questions? Please email Michael.
Plan ahead: Holy Week and Easter are right around the corner. There will be a Maundy Thursday Communion service by Zoom (April 1st, 7 pm), a Good Friday service hosted by Weston Presbyterian Church (April 2, also Zoom, more details to follow), and an Easter Sunday service (by Zoom at 11 am). Also, look for a online services through the week.
If you have been following the news, you may have heard that the province has increased the number of people who can attend public worship from 10 (in total) to 15 percent of the capacity of the sanctuary. This prompted a meeting of the Reopening Task Group, who recommended to the Church Council Executive that we make no changes at this time. With variants appearing, and increasing signs of a third wave, we thought it would be too risky to try again at this time. We will revisit this decision every few weeks, but for now there will be no change. We will continue to produce a static web-based service each week, and share the same service by Zoom. It’s not the best solution, but it is certainly the safest.
Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (March 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.
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 118: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.“
Mark 11.1-11: “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!“
Central at 200
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:
There have always been happy relationships between Methodist-Central and our sister churches in Weston, perhaps more particularly with the other nonconformist congregations. At one time Central and Westminster held joint summer services while their ministers took well earned vacations, and the Presbyterians and the Baptists did likewise. In more recent years, however, the latter have continued to hold their own services throughout the summer months and the Presbyterians have joined the two United Churches for these periods. For many years now, joint Good Friday services have been held, usually in Central Church.
On many occasions some congregations have withdrawn their individual services to join one of the others in the celebration of anniversaries or special services to mark the dedication of new or enlarged places of worship. On Sunday, March 10th, 1912, the Methodists withdrew their morning service to join with the Presbyterians at the opening of their new Sunday School building at Main and Mill Streets. On the afternoon of the same day the Methodist Sunday School pupils assembled outside their own church to greet the young Presbyterians marching from Cross Street to their new place of Meeting. If a personal reference may be permitted, the author believes he was the youngest participant in this parade, and one of the very few who repeated the experience 41 years later by walking with another generation of boys and girls from Main and Mill Streets to William Street when Westminster opened its new edifice on Sunday, February 22nd, 1953.
Minute for Mission
Editor’s note: As a thank you to the Moderator, Central made a gift to The Healing Fund in his honour. Here is some more information on the fund:
The Healing Fund, established in 1994, is a grant that supports healing initiatives in Indigenous communities to address the ongoing impacts of the residential school system. Many name a need for mending, restoring, and celebrating—a sense of loss, along with hope for rebuilding identity. Indigenous communities may apply up to $15,000 to create healing, culture, and/or language projects.
The Healing Programs Working Group (formerly called the Healing Fund Council), made up of representatives from diverse Indigenous communities across the country, determines the fund’s criteria and evaluates applications.
Support for the Healing Fund is movement towards living out the United Church’s Apology to Indigenous Peoples (1986) and the Apology to Former Students of United Church Indian Residential Schools and to their Families and Communities (1998). Read the apologies here. The Healing Fund is made possible by your donations to Mission & Service of The United Church of Canada.
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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.
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