October 19, 2017

Book Swap and Sale? Already? Yes, on Sunday, October 22 will gather in the narthex (following worship) and join in the annual ritual of swapping and selling books (and DVDs). Bring five or so titles to trade, or make your books available for sale ($1 each). Proceeds go to the church, shelves are emptied then refilled, and everyone is happy for another year!

Okay, so how does Book Swap and Sale work? Imagine person A has a book they want to trade. They approach B and scan their collection, perhaps ask for a quick review, then move on to C. C has a book that A wants, but nothing that interests C. C, however, recalls that B was interested in something from A, and makes this suggestion: If C trades to B, and B trades to A, then A can forward a book to C and everyone is happy. Make sense? Or, they could just give Sue a dollar each and be done with it. See you Sunday!

Are you already receiving 2018 charity calendars and cards? If you run out of places for forwarding them, please bring them to church and pass them on to Barbara Bisgrove for the drop-in. She makes sure your calendar will then brighten a dingy wall in a rooming house or become a loving gift from someone with no money to buy gifts. Your cards can be exchanged and the messages may fill an empty hole in a lonely season.

Do you park in the small lot beside CKSR? The one on the east side of the building? Soon the new gate will be operational, and you will need a code to enter. Stay tuned for more details.

The first meeting of the 200th Anniversary Committee is planned (fittingly) for Anniversary Sunday (October 29). We will meet after worship to make a four-year plan for the big event. Speak to Kathy for more details.

Plan ahead for our next four-week study series, The Reformation. Beginning on Thursday, October 26 (6 pm) we will take an in depth look at the birth of the Protestant church, 500 years ago this month.

Weston King Neighbourhood Centre membership drive begins this Sunday. Become a member of the corporation, show your support, and vote at the annual meeting. Get involved in a positive force for change in your community. Membership costs $10 or pay-what-you-can. See Wendy for details.

We ran into a friend by the Humber. Carmen says the shutter on my camera is so loud the poor deer ran away.

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 99: "Holy are you and mighty, a ruler who delights in justice.”

Matthew 22.15-22: "Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"

Read last week's sermon

A Minute for Mission

An ambitious three-way partnership has made a significant change in the lives of women living in remote areas of Tanzania. Supported by The United Church of Canada, and in particular by United Church Women, the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre and the Tanzanian Ministry of Health are training maternal health care workers in an effort to improve infant and maternal health. The women are trained in pre- and postnatal care as well as birthing techniques and recognizing negative indicators for a safe birth. With the knowledge gained from courses, these midwives do their best for mother and child, often in difficult circumstances.

As the reach of the program expands, course material has been adapted to include women who can neither read nor write but who bring life skills they are glad to share with fellow health care workers. Five courses in 2014 trained more than 300 midwives. The impact of this program will be felt long after in the women and infants alive today because of the training received. Our ongoing gifts for Mission and Service enable core support for the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre. Families in Tanzania thank us for this support. Please join me and give generously.

Providing Effective Services

In Canada, the social services and health sector are often criticized for being predominantly white and middle class, while the people accessing the services tend to be members of various racialized and marginalized communities. Those addressing the problems feel there are better outcomes if the staff hired have a history of experiencing the issues being addresses or perhaps more ethnically diverse teams should be created to help administer services in a culturally appropriate way.

One example is that while child benefits are available to indigenous people, many do not receive them because to collect means filing taxes. It is common knowledge that the level of poverty for children is high amongst indigenous families living on reserves and in the North and the program allows families earning less than $30,000 a year receive the program's maximum benefits of $6,400 per child under the age of six and $5,400 per child aged six to 17.

The lack of application means they find tax filing a barrier or they are unaware of the program. Although the government wants to increase the number of families who file taxes, there's also sensitivity about how First Nations communities might interpret such an initiative, even if it is aimed at allowing more families to obtain thousands of dollars in benefits. Some may mistrust the federal government and its programs.

Working more closely with Indigenous organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations to reach communities is one of many solutions discussed. However, it seems they have said that relying on tax returns is not effective. There's also recognition of the need to do a better job of publicizing the program and producing that material in Indigenous languages.

Barbara Bisgrove

BEEautiful Mount Dennis!

Travelling on Weston Road you may notice the new mural that covers the Supercoffee building at Eglinton Avenue. It hints at the little garden located in the vicinity, planted with bee-attracting plants and featuring one of several "bee hotels" in the Mount Dennis area.

The local BIA provided funding, along with Metrolinx who are funding neighbourhood developments along the LRT to make up for the disruption. It also fits into Mount Dennis Community Association's Eco Neighbourhood initiative, which you can learn about here.

We have now secured the provincial Minister of the Environment to speak at our MDCA annual meeting in December, with details to follow.

Judith Hayes

Community Announcements

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Romantic Classics at Martingrove Collegiate Institute, Friday, October 20 at 8 pm, 50 Winterton Drive. The Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra new season begins with Dvorak and Beethoven and Canadian John Weinzweig's Round Dance celebrating Canada's 150th.

Islington United Church's Rummage Sale takes place on Friday, October 20 from 4 to 8 pm. They promise fantastic bargains. Continues October 21 from 9 am to 1 pm. 25 Burnhamthorpe Road

Bloordale United Church (4258 Bloor Street West) is hosting a seminar for seniors called "Fraud: Know it Before it Knows You." Const. Michael Burgess, Crime Prevention Officer will make a presentation and answer questions. Thursday, October 19, 1 to 2.30 pm. Call Jill at 416-621-8214 to register.

Advance notice: There will be a flu clinic at WKNC on Tuesday, October 24 from 2 to 6 pm.

Fairbank Village brings Halloween to life with the Great Pumpkin Giveaway on Friday, October 27 from 4 to 7 pm. Candy, hotdogs, free activities for kids and trick or treating. Southwest corner of Eglinton Avenue West and Ennerdale Road.

Weston Library presents the Adult Colouring Club, Wednesday, November 1 from 2 to 3.30 pm. Colouring is said to improve focus, relieve stress and strengthen fine motor skills. Come try out the latest trend in relaxation, and unleash your creative side. Materials are provided, or bring your own. Drop in. No registration required.

In the Library

Restless Gods: The Renaissance of Religion in Canada by Reginald W. Bibby

Canada’s foremost tracker of religious opinion, sociologist Reginald W. Bibby, has some surprising news: there are signs of significant religious rejuvenation in Canada, both inside and outside the churches. Drawing on his extensive and wide-ranging national surveys spanning the years from 1975-2002, Bibby suggests that “the gods are restless”: secularization has been exaggerated, mainline Protestants and Catholics are beginning to join the Evangelicals in showing signs of revitalization, and a surprising number of adults and teens indicate that they pray and have an experience of God.

Worth a Look

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