April 8, 2021

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Sell Your Talent, the Result: We are pleased to report that 46 orders were processed, over 220 products were purchased, with total sales of $1680. The site is now closed. Thank you to our talented people and everyone who placed an order! Since the lockdown is now in effect, we are going to do a form of curbside pick-up. Please arrive between 12 and 1 pm on Saturday (east doors of the church on King Street) and someone will greet you outside and get your items for you. Please have cash or a cheque for the correct amount. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe.

Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (April 11) 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 133: “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!”

John 20.19-31: “Do not doubt but believe.”

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.

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Another amazing image for the Weston Historical Society. This shows the front of Central prior to the 1938 renovation. Note the double aisle and the centre pulpit, very Methodist.

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:

Some of the early ministers to this congregation later became very well known for their public services apart from their spiritual ministry. Among these was the Rev. Egerton Ryerson (son of an Anglican), one of our earliest (1825) and whose brothers also served on our circuit. Ryerson later became the founder of the Christian Guardian and the father of the Ontario Public School System. The Rev. George Playter (1842) became a noted historian; and R. P. Bowles who was ordained after his ministry on the circuit, subsequently became Chancellor of Victoria University.

The congregation has contributed some of its members to the preaching of the Gospel; sons of the first two Sunday School Superintendents, James Lever ad William Watson, both became ministers of the Methodist Church though they apparently did not serve the Weston congregation. In November, 1925, the Official Board recommended that Percy I. Davidge be given his standing as a probationer, having travelled two years on a mission. He was later ordained by the United Church of Canada. During his college years he served for a short time as student pastor of Harding Ave. Mission, just east of Weston. This later became Trethewey United Church. Mr. Davidge passed away in 1969.

A few year later this congregation sponsored Arthur Carrington who passed away in 1933 just prior to his expected ordination. It fell to the lot of a man who later became a minister here (Mr. Spencer) to deliver the funeral sermon in this church. More recently Central Church supported Robert McPhee in his studies toward obtaining a theological degree and he was ordained by the United Church in 1964.

This church has had close personal interest in overseas missionary work through Miss Dorothy Pearson, daughter of Mr. A. W. Pearson one time Principal of Weston High School and an active member of the church with a keen interest in its missionary work. After two periods of furlough and recuperation from poor health, Miss Pearson is once again in India working for the Government in the field of education.

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.

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