May 27, 2021

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Zoom Communion! Join us (by phone or device) on Sunday, June 6 at 11 am for the Sacrament of Communion. Gather the elements before the service and join us. The Great Thanksgiving prayer will appear in the “static” online service.

Plan ahead! Summer services begin with six Sundays “at” Central (June 20 to July 25) and ends with six Sundays at Weston Presbyterian Church (August 1 to September 5). All services begin at 10 am. Central’s summer services will follow the now familiar format, with an online service and Zoom worship (with the addition of WPC) at 10 am. There is a slight chance of in-person worship, so we will keep you posted.

Congratulations to Mary Louise Ashbourne, 2021 recipient of the Jean Hibbert Memorial Award. Presented by the Etobicoke Historical Society, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to historical awareness and heritage preservation in Etobicoke, Toronto or Ontario. Read the citation here.

Save the date! The Church School picnic has gone virtual! We’re planning a Zoom picnic on Sunday, June 13 at 11.30 am. There will be games, and whatever picnic food you wish to eat. More details to follow.

We were sad to learn of the passing of Joan Noble, former member of Central. Joan was a very active elder: Chair of the Christian Education Committee, Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Board, and Chair of the Outreach Committee. We pray for her family: Rev. Ken, Rev. Ruth, and John. You can read her full obituary at the Globe website.

The Christian Education/Picnic Planning Committee will meet on Sunday, May 30 at 12.30 pm (by Zoom). 

Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (May 30) 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 29: “Worship the LORD in holy splendor.”

Isaiah 6.1-8: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send 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.

Focus on Water

Barbara Bisgrove shares more material on water, a recent focus for the Outreach Committee. This is part one of two, entitled “Ways for You to Save Water.”

“All the water that will ever be is, right now.” – National Geographic

Turn off faucets. Don’t let the water run needlessly as you wash or rinse dishes, wash your hands or face, brush your teeth or shave. Rinse vegetables in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water. And fix leaks.

Keep a Bottle of Drinking Water in the Fridge: Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful. Store drinking water in the fridge in a safe drinking bottle. Consider buying a personal water filter which enables users to drink water safely from rivers or lakes or any available body of water.

Use every drop. Learn to repurpose water. One easy way is to capture under your colander the potable water you use to rinse fruits and veggies and deposit it in the garden. Do the same while you wait for your hot water to come in.

Double-dip dishes. Instead of letting the water run while you wash dishes, fill one sink with hot, soapy water for washing, and the other with cool, clear water for rinsing.

Fit Household Faucets with Aerators. A simple low-flow aerator saves water in the bathroom, while a swiveling aerator can serve multiple purposes in the kitchen.

Consider a smaller dishwasher. Today’s modern, efficient dishwashers can save a great deal of water. Scrape dishes instead of rinsing them before loading, and you’ll save up to 10 gallons a load.

You should run only full loads. If you generally have small loads to wash, consider buying a double-drawer model. The drawers, which use less than 2 gallons of water each, work independently, saving water, energy and detergent.

Choose the Dishwasher Over Hand Washing. It may seem counterintuitive, but it turns out washing dishes by hand uses a lot more water than running the dishwasher, even more so if you have a water-conserving model. The EPA estimates an efficient dishwasher uses half as much water, saving close to 5,000 gallons each year.

Buy a high-efficiency washer. The average family washes about 300 loads of laundry each year. Clothes washing accounts for more than 20 percent of residential indoor water use.

As a rule, front-loading machines use less water than top-loading machines.To save the most water, look for an Energy Star–certified machine. These machines use about 40 percent less water than regular washers. Clothing is flipped and spun through streams of water and repeated high-pressure sprayings.

Use Clothes Washer Only for Full Loads. With clothes washers, avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an added 5 gallons (20 liters) for the extra rinse. For partial loads, adjust water levels to match the size of the load.

Go with low-flow. Toilets, for example, account for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption. Older toilets use as much as 6 gallons per flush. But the newer, dual flush toilets, use just over one-sixth of water per flush.

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. This excerpt is found in the book “From Methodist Episcopal and Wesleyan Methodist to Central United” (1971) by Stanley Musselwhite:

For these Anniversary and concert programs a large wooden platform was erected extending the full width of the church auditorium and immediately in front of the choir seats. At the Sunday service all members of the School were seated in the choir loft or on this platform, and sometimes in addition, a small orchestra. At the Christmas party in 1911 a new electric lantern was tried out, (operated by Mr. Thos. Harrison) and found to be “first class.” It was put to use in the school the following January.

Sometime in the 1930’s Anniversary services gave way to White Gift services. These in more recent years have been marked by appropriate pageantry depicting the visit to the Christ Child in the Manger by the Shepherds and the Wise Men. For a while the Christmas concerts continued but for some years these have given way to parties for the small children and teenagers. The emphasis seems to have switched from a program performed by the children for the enjoyment of their parents ad friends to an entertainment for the scholars.

The Sunday School picnic has always been an important event in the yearly calendar. Dr. Watson, in the story of his father’s long association with this church, mentions the Sunday School picnic, usually held in “Holley’s Woods” near the Humber. Another author recalls many picnics held at Centre Island when special street cars and the ferry ride across Toronto Bay contributed not a little to the overall enjoyment of the day. 0f course, the traditional races and athletic events, not to mention the loaded lunch and supper tables, added their part. Other locations for the picnic have included Pelmo Park on “The Fifth” (now Jane Street), and High Park; and at least once, during World War II, Cruikshank Park on the Humber, just south of Church Street. More recently, picnics have been held at one of the Toronto Islands and Boyd Conservation Park north of Woodbridge, with the emphasis having shifted to congregational participation, and held on Saturdays rather than midweek. Called by whatever name, they have always been attended largely by the scholars, their teachers and parents, and have provided happy memories of carefree days for all who have some few years to jump back over to recall the time of their youth.

An Element of Truth

Barbara Bisgrove has graciously allowed us to share excepts of her publication “An Element of Truth: Stories Based on What Was Heard and Learned at the Drop-in.” In this section, Barbara shares the story of “Pete.”

About being depressed he’d say, “You don’t even bother applying for a lot of things, because you just know it’s not worth the trouble. People are not going to give you a chance. As his friend said “The hospital has labelled me as narcotics seeking. It’s on file there, so I don’t bother going there anymore. They won’t even give me a pain killer because they take one look in your eyes and say ‘Oh, you’re a druggie!’” It’s hard to get a doctor when you’re a drunk. I slashed my wrists in the emergency room. They sewed me up, threw me out on the sidewalk and told me never to come back, even if I was dying.

But amazingly, in time, Pete’s spirits picked up. He went regularly to the same drop-in centre and gradually found friends and became known to the staff. The Housing Worker found him another room to live in and helped him with applications for financial assistance. The Harm Reduction worker made sure he had clean needles if he was injecting drugs and talked to him about the consequences of his drinking, offering rehabilitation if he chose. The manager gave Pete a chance to keep busy cooking and dishwashing. He found clothes in the drop-in’s clothing room and developed a dapper style of dressing that suited him. His French-Canadian accent gave him a charm he used on the ladies.

There was a year or two of ups and downs, unemployment and daily work, sobriety and drunkenness and depressing pain from his injuries. When he felt on top of the world, he was ready to create a new business plan for his community. That was why he was studying the rundown house. Dreaming of a future for it.

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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