Tonight! Join our study tonight (Thursday, February 18) at 7 pm as we begin a four-part introduction to scripture (by Zoom). We will explore major themes, keys to understanding, and some well-loved passages. Each session will be approximately an hour. A Zoom invitation will be sent this afternoon. Please note: this is an introductory study, and no prior knowledge is needed.
The Church Council will meet on Sunday, March 14 at 12.30 pm (by Zoom), one week before the annual meeting. Every once who belongs to a committee is a member of the Church Council. It’s generally a short meeting, with time for reviewing reports and passing a draft budget. Speaking of reports, a reminder to those responsible for drafting a report, please forward it to Taye as soon as possible.
Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (February 21) 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.
In-person services cancelled. Recently the Ontario government extended all COVID-19 restrictions. While churches are not technically closed, we are limited to 10 people in worship. The Church Council Executive looked at this limitation, and the need to keep people safe, and decided to cancel public worship until these restrictions are lifted. Check your email for our weekly service, sent out around 8 am on Sunday.
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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 25: “Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.”
Mark 1.9-15: “He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.”
KAIROS presents “Canada, the Churches, and Bill C-15” on Thursday, February 18 at 7 pm. This event is sponsored by Faith in the Declaration: A coalition of faith houses and organizations in support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples legislation. KAIROS is part of the Faith in the Declaration coalition and invites you to this conversation on why the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) legislation is important to Canadian churches. A panel of experts will describe Bill C-15, the legislation the government of Canada is introducing to implement UNDRIP, and explore the support and opposition to the Bill. Panelists include Panel Moderator: Archbishop Mark MacDonald, Chief Wilton (Willie) Littlechild, Professor Sheryl Lightfoot, and Ellen Gabriel. The event will be in English with simultaneous French translation. Register for the event here.
Read the WAES food bank annual report here. It describes the impact WAES has made during the last few months, and says some kind things about Central.
Plan ahead! The administrative life of Central continues to unfold, with meetings planned and corresponding deadlines set. To that end, we can announce the Annual Meeting (by Zoom) scheduled for Sunday, March 21 at noon. Taye will be preparing the annual report, and needs individual reports by February 21. Sooner is better, of course, something this author will try to take to heart.
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:
In 1911 some extensive alterations were made. An April 1961 issue of the “Weston Times & Guide” in a column relating events of interest fifty years previously, quotes from the April 27th, 1911 issue: “The Methodist Church was reopened on Sunday, April 23rd. The financial statement showed that the improvements to the church cost $4,000.00. One half of this amount was asked for and a very liberal response was given to the appeal. The Trustees expect to see the full amount asked for in hand by next Sunday evening.” The amount referred to no doubt included the cost of the new organ. Perhaps the outbreak of the first World War in 1914 and its continuance for four years contributed to the delay in completing clearance of the indebtedness, or possibly later deficits were experienced as minutes of the Official Board meeting in November, 1922, make reference to a debt of $2,850.00, and plans to wipe it out were discussed.
Late in the 1920’s there was considerable agitation on the part of Sunday School workers ad others for improved and larger accommodation. During the pastorate of the Rev. E. Harold Toye (1929-1931) elaborate plans were prepared for a completely new church building to replace the 1887 structure. The proposed edifice was to face on Main Street and be of Gothic architecture. At this time overtures were made to Westminster United suggesting amalgamation. Sympathetic consideration was given to the proposal by our sister congregation then worshipping in a building on the west side of Main Street, below Lawrence Ave., which had been designed and erected as a Sunday School, but they decided against the proposed union. While there was considerable enthusiasm for the new church there also was some opposition. This may have contributed to the demise of the project but the main reason it was not proceeded with was undoubtedly the question of financing as the country was just entering what became the great depression of the 1930’s. Failure to proceed with the proposed building may also have contributed to the shortened pastorate of Mr. Toye.
In 1937, under the leadership of the Rev. Harry Pawson, plans were laid for extensive alterations which were proceeded with and completed the following year. The architects were Bruce, Brown & Bisley. The cornerstone, now in the south wing, and third in our history, was laid in August, 1938, by Dr. J. B. Tyrrell (son of the previously mentioned Squire Tyrrell). Re-opening services were held November 27th, when the Rev. G. W. Barker, President of Toronto Conference, spoke at the morning service, and the Very Rev. George Pidgeon, D.D. of Bloor St. United Church, in the evening. A concert was held the next night, featuring the Lyric Male Chorus of Toronto, assisted by local artists, and an address by W.J.Johnston of Eglinton United Church, and a musical program. Special services were continued for the next two Sundays, the speakers on December 4th being the Rev. J.E. Todd of St. Clair Ave., and the Rev. Simon Edwards of Parkdale; and the Rev. Harold Young of Avenue Road on December 11th. there was a Missionary rally on Wednesday, December 7th, with the Rev. Bruce Gray as the speaker. Special music by the choir under the direction of Mr. Clare Henley and guest soloists was provided for all of the special services.
Minute for Mission
The Diocese of Durgapur of Mission & Service partner the Church of North India has a vision: Transforming Communities, Changing Lives. Since 2011, the Diocese has been doing just that with the Anti Human Trafficking Program in North and South Dinajpur Districts.
Through the Diocese of Durgapur, the Church of North India organizes awareness sessions with community leaders, guardians, and youth who may be directly approached by traffickers. The training includes sharing stories from trafficking victims as well as making them aware of the laws intended to protect victims and prosecute traffickers. Through a growing network of community relationships, the Diocese works with local leaders and authorities to stop this abhorrent trade.
Your gifts to Mission & Service help save adults and children from being trafficked.
Worth a Look
Black History Month: Who were the Black Loyalists? This article gives some background and features a new coin minted to commemorate them.
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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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