June 3, 2021

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Kamloops Residential School Memorial, Vancouver. Photo by GoToVan (CC BY 2.0)

Rev. Murray Pruden, the United Church’s Executive Minister for Indigenous Ministries & Justice, shared the following Prayer for the Loss in Kamloops, BC

Creator, We give thanks for this day and each day you grant us life to walk on this great land, our Mother. Give us the heart and strength to come together in prayer in time of mourning, reflection, and peace.The news we have heard these last few days of our relations, our families, the children who have been physically taken away from us and who have now been found. And with this news, we grieve for their memory, for their struggle, for their spirit. We pray for good understanding, guidance, and love for all our families and communities who will need direction and resolution at this time. And we come together in prayer and ask for your light to guide us to be a part of that needed peace, support, and resolve for everyone who is reacting to this great tragedy in our Indigenous Nations of this great land. Creator be with us, allow us to be brave. Allow us to be strong. Allow us to be gentle to one another. Allow us to be humble. But most of all, allow us to be like the Creator’s love. Peace be with us, we lift up our prayers to you. In love, trust, and truth, peace be with us all. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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.  Be as creative as you wish with the bread and “wine.”

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.

Celebrate Pride Month! The City of Toronto has created a page dedicated to Pride Month, including a 2021 Pride Month proclamation, milestones, and a section on how to improve 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion. Visit the page 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.

Their cup runneth over! WKNC has paused clothing/other item donations for the time being. Seems lots of generous folks have been spring cleaning.

Speaking of WKNC, there is a vacancy on the Board of Directors for a faith-based nominee. If you are interested, please speak to Michael or Wendy Whiteley.

Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (June 6) 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.

Liz Rodgerson sent along this photo of her Cinderella Plant (Night-blooming cereus).

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 138: “They shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD.”

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1: “Because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”

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.

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.”

Put Plastic Bottles or a Float Booster in Your Toilet Tank. To cut down on water waste, put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside each of two plastic bottles. Fill the bottles with water, screw the lids on, and put them in your toilet tank, safely away from the operating mechanisms. Or buy an inexpensive tank bank or float booster. 

Shorten your showers. Use a kitchen timer to time your showers. Aim for five minutes or less. Showering accounts for almost 17 percent of household indoor water use — 40 gallons a day for the average family of four. Replace a regular showerhead with a water saving one.

Water by hand. Consider hand watering if you have a small garden area. House-holds that manually water with a hose typically use 33 percent less water outdoors than those that use an automatic irrigation system.

Don’t Run the Hose While Washing Your Car. Clean the car using a pail of soapy water. Use the hose only for rinsing; this simple practice can save as much as 100 gallons when washing a car. Use a spray nozzle when rinsing for more efficient use of water.

Use a Broom, Not a Hose, to Clean Driveways and Sidewalks. Blasting leaves or stains off your walkways with water is one way to remove them, but brushing with a broom to first loosen the dirt and grime will decrease your water use and save you time in the long run.

Get smart about irrigation.  Consider investing in weather-based irrigation controllers that adjust to real weather conditions and provide water only when needed. Replace older mist-style sprinkler heads with today’s newer, and more efficient, rotator sprinkler heads, which shoot jets of waters at a slow rate to increase penetration and eliminate drift. Install new drip irrigation piping and soaker hoses for improved watering efficiency.

Capture rainwater. Find ways to save and store rainwater for use in the garden. Remember to cover your barrels to keep mosquitoes at bay. Plants prefer untreated water, so your garden will be healthier while you cut your water bill.

Water During the Early Parts of the Day; Avoid Watering When It Is Windy
Early morning is generally better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus. Early watering and late watering also reduce water loss to evaporation. Watering early in the day is also the best defence against slugs and other garden pests. Try not to water when it’s windy: wind can blow sprinklers off target and speed evaporation.

Add Organic Matter to Your Garden Beds. Adding organic material to your soil will help increase its absorption and water retention. Areas that are already planted can be ‘top dressed’ with compost or organic matter every year. Turn a healthy dose of compost into new garden beds when preparing the soil for planting.

Use a Soil Moisture Meter to Gauge When You Should Water Your Garden
Avoid over- or under-watering your garden with a simple-to-use soil moisture meter. The meter quickly lets you know whether the soil is dry, so you only need to water when the plant actually needs it.

Control Weeds to Reduce Competition for Water in the Garden. Weeds use water, too! If you don’t weed, the garden invaders will take up water meant for your plants. A good layer of mulch around your plants not only conserves soil moisture but helps keep weeds under control.

Central’s Trail Rangers

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:

In addition to Sunday School, midweek activities of various kinds have been provided for groups of all age levels for varying periods of time. One of the oldest of these must have been the Mission Band which was in operation early in the century. Although non existent for some years, there was some renewed interest after the 1957 re-opening. It served both girls and boys, as did also a successor group, the “Messengers.” The present organization for this junior age, “The Explorers,” is for girls only.

Central has been particularly fortunate in having able and adequate leadership through many years for its C.G.I.T. groups. This work commenced In the late 1920’s with Ev McCort, Lois Thompson, Elsie Wilcox and Maud Yeo as some of the leaders. Although this teenage girls organization has had its peaks and its valleys, they hold an enviable record among other churches in the area for size ad enthusiasm. The same cannot be said for boys work in spite of some dedicated leadership by a number of men. However, there have been over the years programs sponsored by Trail Ranger, Tuxis, Tyro and Sigma C groups; and more recently Cubs and Scouts which appear to be flourishing. Here again, while one would like to pay tribute by naming the people who have given of themselves in unselfish leadership, incomplete records ad limitations of space do not permit.

The older Young People have had their Christian Endeavour and Epworth League groups. These were succeeded In turn by the Young Peoples Society and the Young Peoples Union, but at the time of this writing there seems to be no active program for this age group. A Young Adult Group served the need of those somewhat older for some few years.

In this chapter reference should be made to the Church Tennis Club which flourished from 1921 until the late 30’s. During this period many honours in the Toronto Interchurch Tennis League were captured by our players. An attempt to re-activate this sport following the cessation of the 1939-1945 hostilities met with little success. Later, of course, the ground became part of the parking lot, and still later the site of our new East Wing.

A more modern activity, and one which would have probably caused the turning over of some of the venerable Methodist bones had they continued to rest in their original graves, was the by-weekly dance held by “Club Central.” These dances were for teenagers and took place on Saturday evenings during the Fall and Winter months. They were sponsored by the Christian Education Committee and operated by an enthusiastic group of our young people during the early 1960’s. Proceeds were invested in our present sound equipment, stage curtains, etc.

Some badminton has been played in the Church Hall, and another group which has made good use of this accommodation for some years is the “Co-Weds Club”. It has sponsored many interesting social activities including some square dancing.

Many outside organizations have enjoyed the use of various rooms and halls in our church building, including in many instances the catering facilities offered (at moderate cost) by our women’s groups. It is our hope and plan to continue and enlarge our service to the community in these and other ways.

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.”

The ground floor would bustle with a café, while the upstairs could house himself and the kitchen workers. He imagined three people in all – a dishwasher, one to prepare food and another to manage the cash register and purchase supplies. Responsibility for the latter would be his job at the start. He envisioned commuters rushing into the café to grab some breakfast before the train slid into the station. There could be prepaid cards to speed up service and rewards like free samples. Set up costs – coffee urns, milk and sugar containers, heatproof disposable mugs and stir sticks – would need budgeting. Once he was making a profit, he could expand to pre-made meals to be picked up as the commuters headed home. A fridge, a couple of sinks for both hand washing and dishwashing would all be needed. Was there a washroom on the ground floor of the house?

He needed to see the place for himself. How could he convince a real estate agent that he was a genuine buyer? He had yet to convince someone to fund his business plan – still incomplete, lacking an architectural plan of the house and a budget that included the property taxes, mortgage and insurance for the lodgers and the business. These were the things that inspired and challenged him, rekindling the sense of self.

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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