May 13, 2021

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Thanks to Zach DeConinck for sharing this photo, a perfect introduction to our Outreach Service on the themes of heritage and conservation on the Humber.

This week! The Outreach Committee will lead worship (Sunday, May 16 at 11 am, by Zoom). Our guest speaker will be our very own Mary Louise Ashbourne, who will speak about conservation and heritage, with special attention to the Humber. 

Save the date! The Church School picnic has gone virtual! We’re planning a Zoom picnic on Sunday, June 13. More details to follow.

Your Church Council Executive will meet this Sunday (May 16) at 12.30 pm by Zoom.

Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (May 16) 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 1: “He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.”

Job 12.7-13: “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you.

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.

Preparing for Sunday

Some background information, prepared by Barbara Bisgrove, with the title “Canada is Home to One-fifth of the World’s Fresh Water.”

While Canadians have the world’s third largest freshwater reserves, we can no longer be complacent about its safety. As global temperatures continue to rise, our glaciers and ice cover melt, river flows are unpredictable, and algae contaminates lake water. Scientists suggest all this is speeding up as shown by more frequent damage from floods, droughts and wildfires.

In recent decades, the quality of drinking water supplies in rural and Indigenous communities has degraded, leading to more than 100 drinking water advisories for reserves as of 2015. These forcing some of the 2,300 separate First Nations reserves to boil water, pay for water delivery or haul it from a water filling station. Some advisories last longer than a year. Imagine your water infected with fecal matter, sewers backing up into bathtubs or only bathing once a week because of water shortages – that is if you have running water and indoor plumbing.

An advisory may include information about preparing food, drinks, or ice; dishwashing; and hygiene, such as brushing teeth and bathing. Boil water advisories usually include how to boil the water and “Use bottled or boiled water for drinking, and to prepare and cook food.” Even pets need boiled water.

Last year, more than 250 members of the Neskantaga First Nation were evacuated to Thunder Bay after an oily sheen was found on their reservoir. The discovery left the community, located in northern Ontario, without access to running water. Evacuations separate families and friends and disrupt lives. Neskantaga has been living under a boil-water advisory for 26 years. Excessive water boiling leads to mould that deteriorates housing, causing overcrowding. Overcrowding and lack of running water contribute to the contraction of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA), the main antibiotic-resistant infection that disproportionately affects Indigenous people.

The federal government planned to have all long-term drinking water advisories removed by March this year. It is accountable for designing, building, and maintaining the pipes that serve 72% of on-reserve households in Canada. Since 2015, it has spent $2 billion to improve access to safe, clean drinking water. As of March 2019, it has lifted 81 long-term drinking water advisories, leaving 59 advisories in place. System repair or upgrades were reported as the reason for an advisory being removed in well over 90% of cases. Alarmingly, the rate of new long-term advisories has not slowed down. There are currently 19 short-term drinking water advisories that will be upgraded to long-term ones if not addressed soon.

Successful communities have invested heavily in monitoring and cellphone technology. It can take weeks from contamination suspicion, water testing by a distant lab to the results being returned to communities for action to be taken. The government subsidizes the salaries of locally engaged operators but needs a skilled labor force available on reserve as well as drinking water systems that available operators can manage successfully.

Seventy-three percent of on-reserve water systems are listed as high or medium risk, meaning the community does not have the local resources to fix standard system problems. When the funding runs out so will the subsidies. Decades of underfunding by the government on other public services like road and sewage lines and the proximity of many reservations to mining facilities put water systems at increased risk of contamination. It seems to be a problem where solutions need to be coordinated with the various agencies involved and that will take time.

Barb Putnam shared this image of past members who had a lasting impact on Central. Front row: Charles and Nora Ferguson, Edna Dean, Gordon Bailey. Back row: Bill Dean, Betty Gail, Dr. Godfrey Gail.

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:

This congregation has contributed its full share of members who have served the community as members of Council, Reeves and Mayors, York County Wardens, members of the local Board of education, Red Cross Society, Service Clubs and many other organizations. While complete records of those who have held public office in Weston are published elsewhere (in “The History of Weston: by Cruickshank-Nason, for example) the following notes are of interest to this congregation as the individuals referred to were affiliated with this church.

When Weston became a village, the first council meeting on January 16th. 1882, included Wm. Tyrrell, Reeve, and Jacob Bull and David Rowntree as Councillors. Weston became a Town in 1915, and its first Mayor was Dr.W.J.Charlton who served for five successive years. During the next 46 years until Weston became part of the Borough of York, the following gentlemen served for varying periods of one to three years as Mayor: G.A. Sainsbury, A.L. Coulter, W.J. Pollett, S.J. Totten, F.W. Mertens, K.L., Thompson and J.L. Holley.

Many active members of the congregation served the community in the field of education: Mr. A.L. Campbell, one time High School Principal and Public School Inspector; and Messrs. A. W. Pearson, E.,H.G. Worden and C.W. Christie, all occupied the post of Principal of Weston High School, later known as Weston Collegiate and Vocational Institute. The latter two named served for some years each as Secretary of the Official Board of the Church. Mr. J.R.H. (Archie) Morgan who occupied many important educational posts prior to his recent retirement (and received an honourary degree of Doctor of Law from the University of Toronto) is currently Chairman of our Christian Education Committee.

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”

“Pete,” as he now called himself, came from a French-Canadian community in northern Québec near the Labrador border. There he was known as “Pierre.” There were long, dark winters followed short summers, and larders, stocked by fishing and hunting. In those days, he was a young community leader, with a business plan for funding the construction of a community hall where people could gather – the older adults could smoke their pipes, click their knitting needles, or bend dried reeds into basket shapes. He wanted a place where young people could play ball hockey, hold dances, and host weekly Bingo games. He wanted to build a community centre that would bring people together. He could picture a place where young people could learn traditional skills and become self-sufficient. The elders could share their knowledge. They needed a community building to discuss policing matters, especially drunkenness and unemployment. There were increasing numbers of suicides happening and the caused need to be addresses by the community.

Oh, how excited he was about that business plan. He would go to the Council meetings and hold it up as he spoke quickly and passionately about what it could mean to build such a place and how the community would benefit. Those were good days. He worked in construction, had a supportive wife and two lively children. His brain overflowed with ideas. But it did not last. One wet day, he slipped and fell from a rooftop, landing with a painful crash into concrete blocks stacked and ready for the foundations. At that same moment, his hopes and dreams for the future crashed down around him. One doctor and a nursing assistant were the only professionals available to attend to medical emergencies. So, his scrapes, bruises, strained back muscles and dislocated rotary cuff were treated locally – not considered bad enough for transport south to better equipped medical facilities – and he was sent home to heal with a bottle of pain killers.

About this Blast

Members and friends receive this blast every Thursday. To share an announcement or unsubscribe, email cuc@bellnet.ca

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 Joyce Klamer

May 6, 2021

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Photo by Donna Latimer

Let’s make a list! To mark Mother’s’ Day, let’s compile of list of names: mothers, step-mothers, maternal figures, surrogate mothers, you get the picture. Send me one or two names (just first names) and we’ll add them to the online worship page.

The Outreach Committee will meet tonight (May 6) at 7 pm by Zoom.

Speaking of Outreach, the next Outreach Service will take place on Sunday, May 16 at 11 am (by Zoom). Our guest speaker will be our very own Mary Louise Ashbourne, who will speak about conservation and heritage, with special attention to the mighty Humber. 

The latest Upper Room has arrived. If you would like a copy, give Terry a call at 416-417-1224.

Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (May 9) 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 98: “O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things.

John 15.9-17: “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.”

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.

Another great photo from the Weston Historical Society. It was taken in 1990.

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:

Many others have of course given generously of time, treasure and talents but it is not possible to name them all, nor would it be fair to attempt to do so as obviously overlooked. There would appear to be very little chance of any group claiming a longer period of continuous service in the church than the Trustees, starting with the original seven named in the deed previously referred to. There are now 12 men on this Board, appointed for life as long as they retain membership in this congregation. While ladies have been elected as Elders and Stewards for some few years, none have been chosen to serve as Trustees to date. Most trustees are either Elders or Stewards, but not necessarily so.

Apart from their official duties on various boards and committees, and their participation in Sunday School, The Choir, and other activities, the men of the church have at different times formed other groups. These have operated as a Sunday study group or as a monthly social club, under such names as “The Brotherhood,” “The Men’s Club” etc. but there has been no substantial continuity to them through the years.

As previously noted, there are now Lady Elders and Lady Stewards. The former have a “Parish” wherein they have the spiritual oversight of members assigned to their care, and to whom they regularly deliver Communion Tokens. History was made at the Easter communion service in 1969, when for the first tie at Central four Lady Elders assisted in the serving of the Bread and the Wine. They were Mrs. Edna Dean, Miss Eveline McCort, Mrs. Elsie Powell and Mrs. Dorothy Sutton.

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”

He stood on the sidewalk, outside the rundown house. He was a small man, shorter than average. His hair was starting to go grey, and he had a bald spot. He had on a well-worn black leather jacket, neatly ironed blue jeans, and on his feet were cleanly scrubbed running shoes. He was standing quite still as if sizing up the house. 

The house was a typical 1950’s Ontario structure with a veranda across the front, a pointed roof over the door, a street-facing bay window to the left, and two more on the second floor. There was a “For Sale” sign on the grass.  Besides the house ran several railway tracks carrying high-speed passenger trains to the city’s airport, commuter trains between the office blocks and suburban homes, and monotonously long freight trains heading across the country. The crossing gates clanged down when a train crossed the road, and in rush hour there was a constant stream of commuters hurrying past the spot where he stood outside the house. 

With a takeaway coffee cup in one hand and a folder under the other arm, he moved across the road to sit on the planks of wood surrounding one of the parking lot trees. Putting down his coffee cup, he searched for his cigarettes, pulled one out of the packet, tapped it and lit it with his lighter. He breathed in, sucking smoke into his lungs, and holding it there before releasing it and letting it float away on the small breeze. He had nowhere to go and plenty of time for his dreams.

There was a rumble of passing freight cars with their soothing and steady click, contrasted with the sharp and plaintive cries of seagulls circling in the grey sky above. He raised his head to watch them for a moment as if there was something familiar about them. Then he went back to the folder in hand. It contained a carefully typed business plan. 

Worth a Look

You don’t need to have a Twitter account to browse Vaccine Hunters Canada, an active group that are tracking available vaccines by location, age, and postal code!

About this Blast

Members and friends receive this blast every Thursday. To share an announcement or unsubscribe, email cuc@bellnet.ca

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 Cathy Leask

April 29, 2021

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Photo by Judith Hayes

Pastoral Relations Update: This is less an update and more a map of the journey ahead. Kathy Steiner is the point-person for this first stage of the transition, so she is the person to speak to with questions or concerns. In brief, Central will work with the regional council to appoint a supply minister starting September 1. This person will provide worship and pastoral care, and administrative help to allow the congregation to focus on the next phase of the search. A congregational profile will be created, and shared on the denominational matching site. Again, Shining Waters Regional Council will supply the support needed to ease this transition. Based on typical timelines, there may be a new minister in place as early as the summer of 2022.

The latest Upper Room has arrived. If you would like a copy, give Terry a call at 416-417-1224.

The Outreach Committee will meet (by Zoom) on Thursday, May 6 at 7 pm.

Speaking of Outreach, the next Outreach Service will take place on Sunday, May 16 at 11 am (by Zoom). Our guest speaker will be our very own Mary Louise Ashbourne, who will speak about conservation and heritage, with special attention to the mighty Humber.

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 are pleased to report that a generous donation was received from the Jack Thomas Fund at the Toronto Foundation. A letter expressing our gratitude has been sent.

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 22: “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD.

John 15.1-8: “You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you.

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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Westminster United Church, February 1953 (Weston Historical Society)

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:

Available records do not give much detail with respect to the composition of the bodies responsible for the spiritual and financial needs in the early years. One supposes they conformed to Methodist tradition and practice through the years preceding Union. There was a “Quarterly Official Board” whose minutes, kept regularly enough, were so brief as to convey little information of what was going on. For example, one can’t find any record in these minutes of adoption of the new name when the church entered Union and became “Central United,” although the minutes of a meeting held on September 21st, 1925, were headed “First Quarterly Board Meeting of the Central United Church.” On April 28th, 1926, the congregation selected 15 Elders and 15 Stewards to compose a “ Board” as laid down by the United Church. In February of 1928 the number of each group was increased to 21 for three year terms. In more recent years the membership of the Session has been increased in two stages to the present number of 52, and the Committee of Stewards now numbers 35.

Members of the Session (Elders) and the Committee of Stewards, together with representatives of the U.C.W. and others, form the Official Board which meets regularly to dispose of such business as cannot properly be handled by either the Session or the Stewards alone. The Official Board also acts on behalf of the congregation in matters which may not be of sufficient importance to warrant calling a special meeting of the congregation. Annual meetings of all members and adherents of the church are held early in each year to receive and review reports of the previous year’s work of the various organizations and to elect new representatives to various bodies as may be necessary.

On January 15th., 1930, Dr. W. Howard Charlton was appointed Secretary of the Official Board to succeed his father, Dr. W. J. Charlton. In succession these two men served their church for over fifty years in the offices of Recording Steward while Methodist and Secretary of the Board after Union. The Chancel window was donated by the Charlton family in 1938 in memory of their father.

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 continues to describe her involvement in the drop-in:

Volunteering at the drop-in was almost like an unpaid job. With other Board members, I took on responsibilities for building a new organization – fundraising, policy and manual writing, supervising, etc. The organization became incorporated. Elected to the Board of Directors, I became the secretary. For 11 years, I led a volunteer team planning and cooking the Tuesday night community meals developing a cookbook for 80 portions in the process. I designed information posters, handouts and so on – an aspect of the work I most enjoyed.

The drop-in has grown to a six-day-a-week agency offering housing, harm reduction, laundry facilities, a clothing room, computers, library and at our maximum had 12 staff on the books. A second site was added with a commercial kitchen used by entrepreneurs and community groups and a storefront selling fresh fruit and vegetables in the food desert of Mount Dennis.

When I became less physically able, I turned my hand to writing short weekly articles for the church “Blast” and creating a monthly newsletter for drop-in participants. Writing involved enjoyable research and exploring programs throughout the world. My aim was understanding the effects of poverty and homelessness. In volunteering I always felt I received more than I ever gave. I have learned so much, found new friends and became known in my community. I know volunteer work is valuable to my mental health, especially after retiring. I found many ways to use my “lived experience skills” and keep mentally stimulated. I have a purpose for my day.

I began writing these stories based on what I heard and learned, to keep alive and share the memories of people I met and the fun I had. Peoples’ stories opened my heart and allowed me to recognize any one of those people could have been me with a little bad luck or loss of wellbeing.

I admire people who have used entrepreneurship and courage to survive within difficult circumstances. As Christians I believe we should be extending the hand of Jesus to the needy in our community. I can no longer cook or volunteer in a physical way, but my fingers still type, and my mind is still active, so I want to share these experiences with others.

Worth a Look

Thanks to Judith, for suggesting this photo series of animals who would rather be photographers.

About this Blast

Members and friends receive this blast every Thursday. To share an announcement or unsubscribe, email cuc@bellnet.ca

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 Cathy Leask

April 22, 2021

Astronaut William Anders took this photo on December 24, 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission. Nature photographer Galen Rowell declared it “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.”

Happy Earth Day! Read the press release that describes Earth Day activities in Toronto, including a message from the Mayor John Tory, details of a virtual celebration (with the Women4Climate Mentorship Programme) and a look at PollinateTO Community Grant recipients.

The latest Upper Room has arrived. If you would like a copy, give Terry a call at 416-417-1224.

The Outreach Committee will meet (by Zoom) on Thursday, May 6 at 7 pm.

Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (April 18) 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 23: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me.”

John 10.11-18: “I am the good shepherd.

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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A rare stereoscopic postcard from the Weston Historical Society.

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:

We were honoured for some years in having in our congregation the late Rev. Olivia Lindsay, a retired missionary of the church in Japan, and at the time one of the few ordained women in the United Church. She was an Honourary Elder. Another beloved worshipper with us when his official duties permitted his spending the weekend in Weston was the late Rev. Dr. D. I. Forsyth, for many years Secretary of the United Church Board of Christian Education. He was also an Honourary Elder and after his passing in 1967, a memorial in the form of a beautiful bound copy of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible was placed in the Pulpit. At this point it might be mentioned that previous Pulpit Bibles (King James Version) were donated by Mrs. Andrew Kaake in 1887 to mark the opening of the new church in that year, and by Dr. and Mrs. E. F. Burton in 1938 on the re-opening of the church after alterations at that time.

Many other ministers, retired from active service, made their church home with us. Some names come to mind: the Revs. John Morgan, W. Rodwell, R. H. Rodgers, George Kitching, D. Williams, W. N. Chantler and A. Thomson. If there were others whose names escape us, we apologize to their families and friends.

In June, 1963, Central Church shared with its Minister, the Rev. R. E. Spencer, the honour of his election as Chairman of Toronto West Presbytery. The occasion was marked by the presentation of a new Emmanuel College Hood, the Session having heard through the grapevine that the one in service for over 25 years was in need of replacement. We have no record of a Central Minister having been elected to an administrative office such as head of Presbytery or Conference prior to that time. A year later Mr. Spencer was elected as Commissioner to General Council which met in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in September. In 1966, Dr. Godfrey Gale was chosen as a lay delegate to General Council which met that year in Waterloo, Ont. In 1968, Mr. Clifford Mertens was elected as a delegate from Toronto Conference to General Council Meeting in Kingston, Ont. This Spring (1970) the Rev. Paul. B. Field was chosen to be a Commissioner to General Council to meet in Niagara Falls, Ont. Concurrently with the meeting of the Synod of the Anglican Church. It is a signal honour for laymen to be named Commissioners to General Council, and it must be something of a record for one church of medium size such as Central to be officially represented at the Council four times in succession.

In spite of the fact that the majority of our pastors have come to us in middle age or later, there is no record of one having passed on to higher service while minister to this congregation. In 1938 we shared with our Westminster friends their grief in the passing of the Rev. G. Ernest Forbes who had been their minister for 14 years and a one-time Chairman of Toronto West Presbytery.

One of our long time active and fervent laymen, Mr. John Lennox, achieved the ripe old age of 103 before passing on in 1937. The Board had recognized his birthday the previous year with a sheaf of roses.

While there were undoubtedly many other occasions on which the congregation paid special tribute to its ministers, one more comes to mind. During the pastorate of the Rev. Harry Pawson, he and Mrs. Pawson celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary, and a social gathering with an appropriate presentation marked the event.

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 describes how her involvement in the drop-in began:

In 1993, I heard volunteers were needed at Central United Church to help with a weekly evening meal offered to the community. Joining the group as a volunteer dishwasher and meeting the people who come into the church lower hall began a growth journey for me. Over the years I have developed a respect and love for many of these people and have cared deeply about their setbacks and successes.

The numbers of diners – and eventually of dishes to be washed – increased until we were preparing for 80 each week. The meals evolved from sandwiches to a full-cooked meal. In 1999, a young man named Seth, contacted the church. He knew we had a population of low-income, marginalized people with more needs than just hunger, and offered to open a satellite of his agency on our premises.

As Seth was a trained drop-in worker from the UK, he told us – people from the church – how to apply to the City of Toronto for funding. Soon I wrote the first of many funding applications. The first to hire Seth and build a lower floor kitchen, a wheelchair ramp and buy equipment to serve food. Seth brought in staff from Public Health and The Works – a harm reduction agency that did needle exchange and provided safe crack use kits for drug users and condoms for sex workers.

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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

April 15, 2021

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Photo by Carmen Palmer

Many thanks for the well-wishes and kind words this week. We are only beginning to learn the implications of retirement and moving, and we feel blessed by the encouragement and support.

The Church Council Executive will meet this Sunday (by Zoom) at 12.30 pm.

Sell Your Talent, Final Update: We are delighted to report over $2,200 in sales from Sell Your Talent. Thanks to our talented people, and thanks to everyone who made a purchase, or helped someone else make a purchase.

Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (April 18) 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 4: “Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.”

Luke 24.36b-48: “Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.

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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Photo of the former Westminster United Church (built 1952-53) from the Weston Historical Society.

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:

To comment on or make comparisons of any of the men who have guided the destinies of this congregation for the past half century would be unfair to those not specifically named, and might indeed only reflect personal views not shared by others who have been closely associated with our pastors during this period. References to particular individuals have therefore been limited to their association with some special event mentioned in this historical outline. It may be noted in passing and without attempting to make any point of its significance, that since Union and up until 1968, all of our ministers have come to us from Methodist tradition and training, with but one exception. That man occasionally challenged his listeners to attempt to decide on the basis of the doctrinal content of his sermons which denomination he belonged to before Union. Very few knew at the time that it was Congregationalist.

For some years we had the assistance of theological students from Emmanuel College during the winter months in Christian Education and midweek work. These men were later ordained and went on to serve on mission fields and in regular pastorates. The following list is believed to be complete: Ronald McPhee (1955); David Staples (1955-57); J. Duffy (1957-58); L. Heffelfinger (1958-59); G. Craig (1959-60). We also had the services of the Rev. J. W. Gordon as a pastoral assistant for a brief period, including the year 1953.

Here we would like to record the long and faithful service of the Rev. Enos W. Hart who came to this congregation as Pastoral Assistant, first to Mr. Spencer in 1961, and continuing with Mr. Field from 1968 to 1970. Both he and Mrs. Hart contributed greatly to the happy fellowship of this congregation. Mr. Hart was always a very welcome visitor at all homes, but more particularly so with the elderly, the sick and the shut-ins.

He also conducted worship services regularly for the patients at Weston Sanitarium, preached from our pulpit on many occasions and participated in Communion and other special services. He was particularly helpful during Mr. Spencer’s busy term as Chairman of Toronto West Presbytery (1963-64) and also during his illness early in 1968. A farewell reception was held for Mr. and Mrs. Hart on Sunday, May 24th, 1970.

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 her early years as a volunteer in the UK:

In 2011, researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimated that almost one billion people in the world volunteer their time every year. And we do it for many reasons – to keep busy, to give back, a sense of duty, a court requirement, an opportunity to learn a language or skill, and to feel blessed for being given the opportunity. Today, in my eighties, I am thrilled to be given the title of “Senior with Lived Experience,” and am volunteering by advising various groups on seniors’ needs, especially those who want to remain living in their own homes.

I started my volunteering in high school – it was baby sitting and dog walking before that. Then, through an orphanage – originally a foundling hospital established in 1739 by Thomas Coram, who was appalled by the abandoned children he saw on the streets – I was assigned a tiny four-year old boy previously adopted from the hospital, and now returned, neglected and mute. Since he was older than the other children, I became his caregiver and was to observe and report on his behaviours. I took him for walks, at times in a large baby carriage with two babies facing me and two with their backs to me. Passersby made cheeky remarks since the children were a multicultural mix!

Another eye-opening job was meeting with a group of Quakers on weekends to clean up apartments in Shoreditch, a low-income area of London. There I found four units on each level sharing a cold-water sink and toilets. Our job was to whitewash the walls to remove some of the grime. These experiences heightened my interest in observing lives of others, seeing them for themselves, while getting involved in finding solutions where needed. It led me to a lifetime of seeking opportunities to better lives, joining workplace and community groups, attending workshops and reading biographies.

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Members and friends receive this blast every Thursday. To share an announcement or unsubscribe, email cuc@bellnet.ca

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

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

Members and friends receive this blast every Thursday. To share an announcement or unsubscribe, email cuc@bellnet.ca

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

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

Members and friends receive this blast every Thursday. To share an announcement or unsubscribe, email cuc@bellnet.ca

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

March 25, 2021

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Cathy’s Garden Raspberry Jam and Garden Raspberry-Blackberry Jam. Is it me, or does her picture remind you of da Vinci’s Last Supper? Anyway, these preserves could be yours!

Sell Your Talent, the Sequel: There will be a spring version of Sell Your Talent, with crafts, preserves, baking, and even an Easter CD. The online ordering site will debut around April 1, with a pick-up date set for April 10. Do you have questions? Please email Michael.

Plan ahead: Holy Week and Easter are right around the corner. There will be a Maundy Thursday Communion service by Zoom (April 1st, 7 pm), a Good Friday service hosted by Weston Presbyterian Church (April 2, also Zoom, more details to follow), and an Easter Sunday service (by Zoom at 11 am). Also, look for a online services through the week.

If you have been following the news, you may have heard that the province has increased the number of people who can attend public worship from 10 (in total) to 15 percent of the capacity of the sanctuary.  This prompted a meeting of the Reopening Task Group, who recommended to the Church Council Executive that we make no changes at this time.  With variants appearing, and increasing signs of a third wave, we thought it would be too risky to try again at this time.  We will revisit this decision every few weeks, but for now there will be no change.  We will continue to produce a static web-based service each week, and share the same service by Zoom.  It’s not the best solution, but it is certainly the safest.

Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (March 28) 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.

Sell Your Talent includes the musical talent of several Centralites! The CD will have 19 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: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

Mark 11.1-11: “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

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.

These photos from the Weston Historical Society have a “Where’s Waldo?” quality to them, with Central often lurking somewhere in the background. I’m pretty sure this is Lawrence and Main (Weston Road) looking north.

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:

There have always been happy relationships between Methodist-Central and our sister churches in Weston, perhaps more particularly with the other nonconformist congregations. At one time Central and Westminster held joint summer services while their ministers took well earned vacations, and the Presbyterians and the Baptists did likewise. In more recent years, however, the latter have continued to hold their own services throughout the summer months and the Presbyterians have joined the two United Churches for these periods. For many years now, joint Good Friday services have been held, usually in Central Church.

On many occasions some congregations have withdrawn their individual services to join one of the others in the celebration of anniversaries or special services to mark the dedication of new or enlarged places of worship. On Sunday, March 10th, 1912, the Methodists withdrew their morning service to join with the Presbyterians at the opening of their new Sunday School building at Main and Mill Streets. On the afternoon of the same day the Methodist Sunday School pupils assembled outside their own church to greet the young Presbyterians marching from Cross Street to their new place of Meeting. If a personal reference may be permitted, the author believes he was the youngest participant in this parade, and one of the very few who repeated the experience 41 years later by walking with another generation of boys and girls from Main and Mill Streets to William Street when Westminster opened its new edifice on Sunday, February 22nd, 1953.

Minute for Mission

Editor’s note: As a thank you to the Moderator, Central made a gift to The Healing Fund in his honour. Here is some more information on the fund:

The Healing Fund, established in 1994, is a grant that supports healing initiatives in Indigenous communities to address the ongoing impacts of the residential school system. Many name a need for mending, restoring, and celebrating—a sense of loss, along with hope for rebuilding identity. Indigenous communities may apply up to $15,000 to create healing, culture, and/or language projects.

The Healing Programs Working Group (formerly called the Healing Fund Council), made up of representatives from diverse Indigenous communities across the country, determines the fund’s criteria and evaluates applications.

Support for the Healing Fund is movement towards living out the United Church’s Apology to Indigenous Peoples (1986) and the Apology to Former Students of United Church Indian Residential Schools and to their Families and Communities (1998). Read the apologies here. The Healing Fund is made possible by your donations to Mission & Service of The United Church of Canada.

About this Blast

Members and friends receive this blast every Thursday. To share an announcement or unsubscribe, email cuc@bellnet.ca

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

March 18, 2021

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Look at all the happy people at the Church Council meeting. Get in on the fun, by device or phone, this Sunday.

Annual Meeting! Our annual congregational meeting will take place on Sunday, March 21 at about 11.30 am. We will conclude worship and move directly into the meeting. This is, of course, a Zoom meeting. If you do not have a computer or a device, please consider joining by telephone (instructions below). Thanks in advance to Kathy for chairing the most unusual annual meeting in 200 years!

Wait, you’ll need an annual report! Many thanks to Taye for putting the report together, and everyone who contributed a report or a statement. Taye has been colouring outside the lines this year, producing an exciting web-based report. Read it here.

Thanks to everyone who joined us this past Sunday for our first official anniversary event with the Moderator of the United Church. We will be sending a note of thanks and making a gift to the Healing Fund as a way to express our thanks for his visit. The Healing Fund, established in 1994, is a fund that supports healing initiatives in Indigenous communities to address the ongoing impacts of the residential school system. Through the years, Moderators have taken the lead in supporting this initiative.

Tonight! The Outreach Committee will meet (by Zoom) on Thursday, March 18 at 6 pm. Please note this is change from the originally scheduled date.

Sell Your Talent, the Sequel: There will be a spring version of Sell Your Talent, with crafts, preserves, baking, and even an Easter CD. The online ordering site will debut around April 1, with a pick-up date set for April 10. Do you have a talent to share? Do you have questions? Please email Michael.

An opportunity to extend thoughts and prayers: Thank you to Barb Putnam for sharing the news that two former members, Pat and Barry O’Brien, are experiencing ill health and are in need of prayer. You may also wish to send a note of support through their daughter Kat, by email, at katobrien9@gmail.com

Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (March 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.

100 Cards for 100 Years! Nancy Brett, a former member of Westminster has send along a fun request. Her father, Keith Brett, will be celebrating his 100th birthday on June 8. With COVID restrictions, a party is not possible, and so Nancy is hoping 100 friends will send birthday cards to Keith. Fun fact: Keith and Shirley were the first couple married in the new church at 69 William Street! Cards for Keith can sent to Elinor Brett/Rye, 69 Pine Park Blvd., Everett, ON L0M 1J0

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 51: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

John 12.20-33: “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.”

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.

Central at 200

From the Weston Historical Society: “The photo shows TTC Streetcar 2138 travelling north on the bypass track just north of King Street while TTC Streetcar 2132 heads south at Main Street North and King Street. The image was estimated by the seller, Brian Merlis as being circa 1948. While I can’t confirm the precise date, I can at least narrow it down to being no earlier than June 1947 and no later than September 1948. The latter date is when the streetcars were retired from the Weston route. As for the earlier date, that can be determined by the facade on the Weston Theatre. It was renovated to look as it does here in June 1947.”

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:

Achievement of union was not an accomplishment of a few years, however, as it had been under study and consideration by the courts of the participating churches for a long time. Our local paper records that on Sunday evening, January 12th. 1912, the Rev. R. B. Strangways gave an “unbiased address” on church union. He preached on the subject again on the morning of February 11th and on the following Sunday afternoon the Bible classes were withdrawn for a discussion of the matter. In a letter to the Editor in the February 16th issue of “The Times and Guide,” a writer used a rather critical tone in commenting on the use of Sunday for such a meeting. A week later the Editor said: “We think the time has not yet arrived for the consummation of a movement (organic union of the Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches) so momentous in its results.” A vote was taken by the Methodist congregation in April, 1921, resulting in 194 in favour of union and 43 against. The Weston Methodists entered the United Church in 1925 without a local vote and apparently little, if any, opposition to the change. It was felt at that time, probably in view of the likelihood of it not being the only United Church in Weston, that some more specific name should be adopted. “King Street” and “Central” were both considered and the latter chosen.

As this local history is being written, negotiations between the United Church and the Anglican Church of Canada appear to be making progress toward some form of organic union. It is interesting to speculate as to what effect such a union might have on this congregation, and what role Central might be playing in a matter of only a few years time. With this, and the pressures of other changes, our Official Board, under the dynamic leadership of the Rev. Paul B. Field, has been establishing our purpose and goals, and considering ways and means of fulfilling them.

Minute for Mission

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Part of our recent history is the founding of the Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centre, a partnership between WKNC, the former Mount Dennis United Church, and Central. Barbara Bisgrove, one of the founders, has written a description of the Centre at how it came about. You can read it here.

Worth a Look

Read about the first new scrolls found near the Dead Sea in decades.

About this Blast

Members and friends receive this blast every Thursday. To share an announcement or unsubscribe, email cuc@bellnet.ca

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

March 11, 2021

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On this National Day of Observance for Canadians who died of COVID-19, we take time to pause and reflect, and also to pray:

Loving God,
You strengthen us in the most difficult times.
We trust in your abiding presence, and we know
that abide most deeply when we feel sadness or pain.
On this first anniversary of the pandemic,
we pray for those who mourn.
Hold them in your loving embrace,
and hold us, and everyone we love, in this time.
Help us, God, to abide in your love.
Help us to extend your love to others,
and help us speak words of comfort and hope,
in Jesus name, Amen.

This week: Join us (by Zoom) for our first “official” anniversary event, Sunday, March 14. Our guest will be the Rt Rev. Richard Bott, Moderator of the United Church. The Moderator will extend congratulations for 200 years and preach on John 3. We look forward to his message.

Sunday (March 14) is also our Church Council meeting at 12:30 pm. We will have a Zoom pause between 12 and 12:30, then the Council will meet and review material in preparation for our Annual Meeting on March 21.

Annual meeting? Church Council meeting? You’ll need an annual report! Many thanks to Taye for putting the report together, and everyone who contributed a report or a statement. Taye has been colouring outside the lines this year, producing an exciting web-based report. Read it here.

Speaking of the Annual Meeting, it will take place on Sunday, March 21 at about 11.30 am. We will conclude worship and move directly into the annual meeting. Thanks in advance to Kathy for chairing the most unusual annual meeting in 200 years!

Time change! Just to add one more layer to Sunday, please remember to move your clocks forward by one hour some time overnight on Saturday. You will be thankful you did.

Concludes tonight! Join our study tonight (Thursday, March 11) at 7 pm as we conclude 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. This week we will focus on “The Bible as Scripture.”

The Outreach Committee will meet (by Zoom) on Thursday, March 18 at 7 pm. Please note this is change from the originally scheduled date.

100 Cards for 100 Years! Nancy Brett, a former member of Westminster has send along a fun request. Her father, Keith Brett, will be celebrating his 100th birthday on June 8. With COVID restrictions, a party is not possible, and so Nancy is hoping 100 friends will send birthday cards to Keith. Fun fact: Keith and Shirley were the first couple married in the new church at 69 William Street! Cards for Keith can sent to Elinor Brett/Rye, 69 Pine Park Blvd., Everett, ON L0M 1J0

Zoom worship continues! Join us this Sunday (March 14) 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.

Just announced: There will be a spring version of Sell Your Talent, with crafts, preserves, baking, and even an Easter CD. Do you have a talent to share? Please email Michael.

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.

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Our first 200th Anniversary speaker is the Rt. Rev. Richard Bott, Moderator of the United Church. Also pictured, Nora Sanders, former General Secretary of the General Council, and a tall gentleman who now sports a beard. (Photo from Broadview Magazine)

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 107: “O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.”

John 3.14-21: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

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.

More Announcements

Tax receipts were mailed two weeks ago. Many thanks for your generosity and dedication to Central.

The Upper Room has arrived. If you would like a copy, speak to Terry (416-417-1224) and he will send one out or arrange a time for pick-up.

Central at 200

A print published to commemorate the opening of Westminster’s new Sunday School, 1912.

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:

During the months when these changes and additions were being made the Congregation worshipped on Sunday mornings in the Fox Theatre, across Main Street and a little north of King Street. This accommodation had also been used during the 1938 reconstruction when it was known as the Weston Theatre. It was demolished to make way for the new Federal Building erected on the site in 1963.

During the week following the dedication service, a Congregational Dinner was held on Wednesday, October 2nd. In the Church Hall which was then dedicated by the Rev. R. E. Spencer. The General Chairman was Mr. J. R. H. Morgan, then President of the Men’s Club. Greetings were brought by the Rev. A. Borland of the Weston Ministerial Association, The Rev. W. Shaver, Chairman of Toronto West Presbytery, and Mayor Harry Clark of Weston. An address was given by Mrs. Jean Newman, a Controller of the City of Toronto. Three former ministers of Central attended: the Rev. E. H. Toye and one of his sons; the Rev. H. E. Wellwood (since deceased), and the Rev. and Mrs. E. B. Eddy. (Dr. Eddy retired from a Windsor pastorate in 1969). The late Rev. Harry Pawson whose length of pastorate (11 years) has been exceeded only by Mr. Spencer’s 13 years, and who exchanged pulpits with Mr. Eddy at Oakville in 1947, was represented by his youngest son, David. A Youth and Family night was held on Friday, October 4th. Participation in World Communion on Sunday, October 6th. completed dedication week. On this occasion a large number of new members were received into our fellowship. The special speaker was the Rev. K. H. Cousland, Principal of Emmanuel College.

Along with most if not all of the Methodist congregation in Canada the Weston Church entered the United Church on June 10th, 1925. This new body was composed of the Methodists, Congregationalists and somewhat better than fifty percent of the Presbyterians throughout the country. They had decided for or against union by a majority vote of their individual congregations. There were at the time two Presbyterian Churches in Weston: one “Weston Presbyterian” on Cross Street, and the other “Westminster Presbyterian” on Main St. They shared a common history and heritage and when the time came to decide whether or not to join the union, the former retained allegiance to their old affiliation while the latter cast its lot with the new church. Some exchange of members took place as the result of the decisions reached, with Central United (the new name chosen by the former Methodists) gaining a few in the process.

Minute for Mission

A still shot from an upcoming video filmed at Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centre. The centre received a United Way grant to deliver meal packages to local residents, with instructions on how to prepare them. One feature of this program is a series of videos filmed at MDNC, with added instructions to encourage those receiving the packages. We’ll share the full videos when they are made public.

Worth a Look

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About this Blast

Members and friends receive this blast every Thursday. To share an announcement or unsubscribe, email cuc@bellnet.ca

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 Judy Fricker