April 1, 2021

Liz Rodgerson took this photo on Isle La Motte, Lake Champlain, Vermont

Sell Your Talent, the Sequel: The site is now live! Thank you to all our talented people, offering so many create choices. Order online before Thursday, April 8 and pick up your items at the church on Saturday, April 10 beginning at 12 pm. Pay when you pick up your items (cash only). Can you order for someone else? Yes! If you know someone without computer access, simply call them and fill in the form for them. It’s that simple! Here is the link: https://www.oneking.ca/wordpress/shop/

A note about the Easter CD (download version): Within hours of ordering a download (mp3 format), you will receive a link to the download page and a passcode. An mp3 can be added to your device or you can listen on your computer.

Join us tonight (April 1, 7 pm) for a Maundy Thursday Communion service by Zoom. Tomorrow is Good Friday, and we will join with Weston Presbyterian Church beginning at 10 am. A link will be sent tomorrow morning. Finally, welcome the resurrection with an Easter Sunday service (by Zoom at 11 am). Happy Easter!

Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (April 4) 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.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Cindy Welton, former member of Westminster and sister to Howie and sister-in-law to Laura. While she was at Westminster, Cindy was active as a member of the Board of Stewards and treasurer of the congregation. We pray for Cindy’s husband George, and the Thomas family. You can read more about Cindy here.

Sell Your Talent includes the musical talent of several Centralites! The CD will have 18 songs, available on disc or as a download. We hope to have advanced copies next week. Thanks to Izaak Kooiman for the artwork

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: “O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

John 20.1-18: “Woman, why are you weeping?”

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.

Part of the team from Humber Hospital, as they prepared to vaccinate residents at Central King Seniors Residence on Monday. Thanks to the team, and to Bardha who organized the day.

More Announcements

Sadly, Easter blooms are on hold for now. Your Spiritual and Worship Committee looks forward to the next opportunity to decorate the sanctuary with flowers.

Thanks to Judith for sending along this handy tip: You can get vaccinated at West Park Health Centre and the Community Hub (on Weston Road south of Lawrence). Book an appointment and print a form to take with you at www.wpcovidclinic.org You can book for next week on Friday afternoons if all this week’s spaces are filled.

Another interesting photo from the Weston Historical Society, taken in 1954.

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:

From the year in which our church became a part of the Yonge Street Circuit served by the Rev. David Culp, the congregation as far as can be determined, has never been without the leadership of an officially appointed minister, although not always an ordained one. That is not to say that such a man preached every Sabbath day. In the beginning there were many small groups to be served scattered over quite an area and those early circuit riders had to spread themselves and their Sundays around to the best of their ability. On off Sundays the services would be conducted and the messages given by lay preachers, of whom James Lever was one in the Weston congregation, and another William Watson, both previously referred to.

In the agenda, the names of all of the pastors of the church are listed in chronological order under the various circuits. It is not known if any of them made their home in Weston prior to the establishment of the King St. Parsonage, but Dr. Watson recalls “my memory is full of the young ministers who lived at Woodbridge but who preached at Weston, and who so frequently stayed at our home”. We are particularly fortunate in having an almost complete photographic record of all our ministers from 1845 on. Unfortunately, we have been unable to ascertain even the names of those who served the M.E. Church while it was a separate and independent congregation.

Since 1912 when Weston became a one man circuit we have had a full time minister for this congregation. During the first quarter of the century pastors came and went every four years according to the rotation plan of the Methodist Church. It is fortunate that we have the pictorial and other records of our pastors because a perusal of the minutes of meetings of the Official Board over a period of some years fails to locate, in most instances, any official mention of ministerial comings and goings, except as chairman of the meeting. Following union in 1925, their ministries at Weston Central have been of irregular duration, running from three to thirteen years.

Minute for Mission

This year’s Easter message is a unique take on the Easter story after Mary Magdelene’s visit to the tomb. Eavesdrop on a conversation between Mary and the disciple Peter on what she saw, or didn’t see. (Written by Moderator Richard Bott—and thank you to Alydia Smith for her participation!)

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

Easter at 6 Mike Lake, photo by Donna Latimer