February 16, 2017

We look forward to welcoming Mark Bisgrove and his family at the "official" opening of his photography show this Sunday (February 19th). For three weeks we will enjoy Mark's creativity, with numerous framed examples available for purchase. Mark has generously allowed us to use his images at no cost, so all the proceeds go to the church. Sue Long will be standing by to take your order, $50 each. The hardest part of mounting the show was selecting the images from the many he has shared over the years. Please note: we will be assembling additional prints if a number of people order the same photo.

Unable to make it to the photography show? Visit an online gallery to view the photos.

Remit study continues tonight (Feb. 16). The General Council (2015) passed a number of measures that require a vote by every congregation. The latest remits we will consider changes to the structure of the national church and how it is funded. We have set aside two Thursday evenings, February 9 & 16, beginning at 6 pm. Please direct questions to Michael or Lang.

Save the date! Our James Bond theme evening will be held Friday, March 3 at the Masonic Lodge. Come as your favourite Bond character, from Q to Dr. No. Tictkets are $25, and more information (or to reserve tickets) please visit our new events page!

Are you a gift basket aficionado? Please speak to Taye if you can help with a basket.

Worship at Central

We call it traditional worship with a twist. The service unfolds with the usual scripture-sermon-prayer format, but the added dimension of congregational participation and lots of interaction. We honour the children with their own place in the service, and prepare them for Church School. We have both Junior and Senior Choirs, an occasional Jazz ensemble and regular solo performances.

We follow the Revised Common Lectionary, which is available here.

This Sunday's Readings:

Psalm 119: "Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart."

1 Corinthians 3.10-11, 16-23: "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God."

Read last week's sermon


Hamza, our Syrian-Canadian sponsoree, is actively looking for employment as a software engineer—and we need your help! Do you know someone involved with systems engineering? (banks? large organizations? telecoms? ) or software development? (start up companies? software companies?) Here are a few highlights from Hamza's resume: Software Engineering and Information Systems degree from Damascus University; 6 years experience in telecom and software development sectors; experienced project manager and team leadership skills; skilled in a range of programming languages and database engines; strong English language skills. Speak to Michael for contact information (or reply to this email).

With sadness we learned of the passing of Carson Adams, friend of Central and brother to our Ruth. The service will be held at Central on Saturday, February 18 at 2 pm. Visitation is at Ward on Friday from 7 to 9, and one hour before the service.

Also, Liz Rodgerson writes with some sad news: "We were saddened to hear that Jean Bugg died last Saturday in Brockville, her home for the past eight years. Originally from Newfoundland, she was very proud of her native rock. From these roots came her sturdy constitution, her selflessness and sense of duty and her strong faith. Her hardworking father had a fishing fleet and from her mother she learned kindness and a sense of social justice. As a child, she would go with her down to the lower town with baking and provisions for needy fishermen's families. Jean was a very active member of Central for many years, carrying out her faith. An original member of the Tuesday night drop-In dinner team, she endeared herself to many of the participants, especially any "down-easters." Along with her Blue Jay fan club buddies (Mary,Sue, Beryl Willis) and the Silcoxs, thousands of dollars were raised for many years providing funeral receptions. When she moved away, she missed that camaraderie and sense of belonging, but she always kept us all in her heart as we will her in ours."

The Management Committee will meet after worship on February 19.

Plan ahead: There will be a three-evening Lenten Study, March 16, 23, and 30. We begin at 6 pm.

Plan ahead for the annual meeting: we will meet on March 5 to look back, look ahead, and give thanks to God for the opportunity to serve together. Lunch included!

Our next Habitat build will be Saturday, March 25 at the Torbram site in Brampton. Sign up sheets are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex or notify Lori Lee or Sylvia Keyes about your interest. Signing up early is much appreciated as we have to keep Habitat informed of our team numbers. We are hoping for a team of 10 plus. Please consider coming out to help build homes and hope for others less fortunate. It is a proven way to break the cycle of poverty.

Also: An additional Habitat volunteer co-ordinator would also be appreciated to assist Lori and Sylvia. It is a rewarding experience and is an opportunity to learn more about Habitat.

A Minute for Mission

After over a decade of civil war, El Salvador now struggles with high rates of murder and gang violence. Inspired by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Pastor Miguel Castro of Emmanuel Baptist Church in El Salvador, a Mission & Service supported partner, has created a Conference on Peace and Reconciliation in his own country. We sing thanksgiving for the work of reconciliation.

Why I Volunteer

When asked why you volunteer, it is not always as simple as “because I like to help people.” I first started volunteering as a young teenager. With a group of friends I used to stuff envelopes for the Cancer Society. It was once a month, and we had fun singing and chatting while we stuffed, glad to be out on our own.

Another teen volunteer job was for three weeks of school vacation caring for a young child in an orphanage, and keeping notes on his behaviour. He had been adopted, suffered some trauma and become non-verbal. So no longer wanted he was given back to the orphanage—returned like damaged goods. He was now a couple of years older than the population of babies and toddlers, so he needed different care.

Having fun doing things I enjoyed was the motivation to volunteer, although there was a strong sense both at my high school, and in the Girl Guide movement with which I was involved that “Lending a hand” was the accepted thing to do in life.

When I look deeper into my motivation or someone praised me for being selfless, I’d often feel guilty because I always found volunteering to be to my benefit as much as anything else. It brought me into a new group of activities or people where I gained from the association.

For example, when I used to cook each week for the Tuesday meals at the drop-in I enjoyed the challenge and the praise for the outcome—a tasty meal! My family had left home and I was only cooking for myself by that time, so learning to cook for 80 people each week, to manage volunteer kitchen help from the drop-in population, and getting a meal out on time was a challenge I thoroughly enjoyed.

When I retired, I missed the companionship in the workplace and the demands on my brain. So, I volunteered at West Park Healthcare Centre in a variety of positions. There was rehabilitation, throwing balls to stroke patients; client surveys, polling everyone on their experience of the hospital; recreation, organizing weekly campfires and going on trips. I even developed an English as Second Language series of lessons on tuberculous care for the TB patients and their families.

If you are feeling no longer needed, unchallenged, depressed or lonely, you might find that volunteering benefits you just as much as it does those you help. The WAES food bank, Meals on Wheels, the WKNC Tuesday night community meal, the after-church coffee service and monthly lunches all need volunteer helpers. Maybe volunteering it will be just what you needed.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

Mount Dennis Public Library (1123 Weston Road) will show "Michaëlle Jean: A Woman of Purpose" from the National Film Board on Friday, February 17 at 1 pm. This film offers a portrait of Michaëlle Jean, who became the Governor General of Canada in 2005. 60 min.

Black History At Mackenzie House, Saturday, February 18 from noon to 5 pm, 82 Bond Street. Learn about Toronto's Victorian Black community and print a souvenir copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary's newspaper, The Provincial Freeman, in the re-created 1850s printshop. $3-$7.

Family Nature Walks: Trekking And Tracking at the High Park Nature Centre, Saturday, February 18 at 1.30 pm, 375 Colborne Lodge. Learn to identify animal shelters, tracks, scat and more. PWYC ($2-$5 suggested). Meet outside the High Park Nature Centre.

Join the "Black History Celebration Walk: Hubbards, Blackburns & More" on Sunday, February 19, at 2 pm. Lost River Walks joins with the Ontario Black History Society, West Don Lands Committee and Toronto Field Naturalists to remember the accomplishments of African-Canadian community-builders by walking along the lower Don River in honour of Black History Month. We will meet at Hubbard Park (Gerrard Street just west of Broadview), named for William Peyton (W.P.) Hubbard. We will proceed along city streets to the Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre at Cherry and Eastern in the new West Don Lands. There a representative of OBHS will recount the story of the Blackburns.

Jubilate Singers presents "African Connections" featuring Missa Luba, Missa Kenya and guests on Saturday, March 4 at 7.30 pm, St. Simon-the-Apostle Church, 525 Bloor Street East. Tickets are $25 ($20, seniors and $15 students).

Winter in Pearen Park! When the ice returns, volunteers are invited to help fit skates and helmets, help kids skate, or shovel when needed. There are also spots on the rink-building team (you get to use the hose!). Email rink@mountdennis.ca or phone 416-614-3371 for more infomation. Pearen Park is off Eglinton Ave, two blocks west of Weston Road.

Come, volunteer and share a meal with your neighbours! Weekend Community Kitchens at MDNC (1269 Weston Road): Every Saturday for dinner (5 to 7 pm) and Sunday for brunch (10.30 am to 12.30 pm) community gets together to cook and share a meal. You're in church for the latter, but you can tell a friend.

In the Library

Bible Trivia Challenge: People by various authors.

You know the famous figures in the Bible—but how well do you know the lesser-known characters? First question: Which child was born to Sarah's maid? Esau, John, Ishmael or Isaac?

Worth a Look

Stuart McLean was a wonderful writer and performer, but could also make fun of himself. He will be missed.

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