November 15, 2018

Just another Sunday...or is it? Sometimes in the midst of "special Sundays" we get to step back and enjoy a regular old Sunday. But the truth is that every Sunday is special, every Sunday is a miniature Easter Sunday, proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus and seeking to express—once more—the new life we find in Christ. Of course, we find new life together, which is the meaning and message of congregational life. So join us this Sunday, it's far from just another Sunday.

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dorothy Johnson, long-time member of Central and retired member of the Senior Choir. A service for Dorothy will be held on Saturday, November 17 at 10.30 am at the church. There will be an hour of visitation prior to the service. Please pray for Dorothy's family at this difficult time.

The Outreach Committee will meet after worship (12.15 pm) on November 25.

Continues tonight! "Ethics and the Body." Tonight (Nov. 15) we will look ethical topics from the beginning of life, from abortion, to IVF, to NIPT. Speak to Michael for more details.

Special thanks to Kevin Middleton, who recently donated a new projector. Want to see it? We're using it for our ethics study. Hippocrates face is about four feet across!

Plan ahead! Central's Annual Christmas Concert and Sing-a-long will take place on Friday November 30th. It is always a fun way to kick off the Advent Season and get us into the Christmas Spirit. Grab a friend who likes Christmas.

Thinking about Sell Your Talent? See below.

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 16: "Protect me, O god, for in you I take refuge."

Mark 13.1-8: "Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”

Read last week's sermon

Introducing House™ the house band. What's a house band? It's a splendid collection of performers who will open worship on occasion, glorifying God in song. So thanks to Jenny, Heather, Dave, Taye, Bunny and Cor for being founding members.


It's that time of year again! Sell Your Talent, our annual pop-up sale, is scheduled for Sunday, December 2 at around 12.15 pm. You are encouraged to get started on crafts, baked goods, preserves, and anything else you think folks might enjoy. There is seed money available (five dollars!) and plenty of encouragement. Proceeds to the church.

Join the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre! The most obvious reason is to vote at the annual meeting, but the underlying reason is to show your support for all the programs at WKNC: drop-in services, housing support, harm reduction, learning kitchen, community gardens, and a social enterprise hub in Mount Dennis. See Wendy to join.

Join the Central King Seniors Residence Christmas Tour of Lights, Sunday, December 2 from 5 to 8 pm. Travel in a 21-seat mini-bus, tour the lights, and head back to CKSR for cookies and hot chocolate! Sign up in the lobby of CKSR before November 26 or speak to Kathy Steiner. $15.

Do you have photos or mementos for Central's yesteryear? We have a dedicated team of historically-minded people who are gathering and copying material from the past, and will be sharing in the lead up to our 200th anniversary. All items will be returned. Speak to Barb Putnam or Mary Louise Ashbourne.

Editor's note: This is a photo by Donna Latimer. Carol likes it.

Minute for Mission

Gifts With Vision is back! Each year, the United Church creates a giving catalog that provides an additional way to support the work of our Mission and Service partners around the world. An example:

Your Gift of $25 helps train one farmer at the Palawan organic demo farm. The Ecumenical Church Loan Fund (ECLOF) is building an organic demo farm on the Philippine island of Palawan. With lessons learned on the farm and an ECLOF micro loan, farmers can increase food production in an environmentally sound way, and consider a shift to organic production. This project is expected to raise incomes and improve food security for farmers, their families, and their communities.

Visit giftswithvision.ca or pick up a catalog at the church.

Testimonials from former and current drug users document the impact that syringe access programs have had on their lives.

“I first injected in high school. It was a small miracle I didn’t get infected with HIV or hepatitis at that time, since I had no idea where to get sterile syringes in 1992. When I was in college, I found a local underground needle exchange. They helped me kick heroin the first time by checking up on me and referring me to a non-judgemental medical doctor. I was so appreciative that I started volunteering with them. I relapsed many times after that,but continued to volunteer through it all. While I was using, I had access to all the new needles I wanted and used a brand new needle for every hit. Today, I have been clean for 7 years, still do not have HIV or hepatitis, and have a masters degree in public health. I intend to use my MPH to help keep other injection drug users from getting HIV and hepatitis also. Being an injection drug user was a small part of my life and I am forever grateful it didn’t ruin all of it.”

“I am a 56 year old black gay women, who has been shooting heroin since the age of 11. I don’t have HIV or AIDS. I can honestly say it’s because I choose not to share needles. I didn’t have to share needles because I COULD ALWAYS find a harm reduction centre where I could get clean new sets. If not for that I believe I would be one of millions with the disease.”

“Needle exchange has saved the lives of many of my friends by keeping them HIV and hepatitis C negative, by providing them with safer injection education, and by linking them to drug treatment programs. One friend starting injecting at age 14 and stopped using at age 22. He is able to live a full healthy life in large part to the assistance he received from needle exchange programs that gave him nonjudgmental support and education and gave him access to supplies that kept him HIV and hepatitis C negative. His sober life is richer because he does not have to contend with chronic illness. Without needle exchange, his life in his 30s might look very different right now.”

“Nine years ago I was a junkie looking for a fix. I found my drug but had no utensil so I went to Walgreens and asked for a bag of needles like I had done countless times before. This day was different. The pharmacist would not sell them to me because I did not have a medical identification card saying I needed them because I was diabetic. No I needed them because I was a junkie, unfortunately ignorance won and I left empty handed. I walked to the dope house and spent the next ten hours sharing a dirty dull bloody needle with two other junkies whom I had never met until that very day. Needless to say six weeks later I was living in a clean and sober house and had graduated from an inpatient treatment program. I received a call from the clinic to come in for some test results. I had Hepatitis C. I do not know whether I got hep from those junkies on that day or if I gave them the disease. I will never know and it doesn’t matter because if a clean needles is not available to an addict and they need their fix they will and do share…no matter.”

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

12 Division presents "Fraud Night," on Thursday, November 15 from 7 to 9 pm, York West Active Living Centre, 1901 Weston Road. Learn about counterfeit currency, personal fraud, and credit card fraud. Sponsored by York West Active Living Centre and Luminus Financial Services and Credit Union.

All Saints' Catholic Church Ladies Auxiliary Fall Fair at All Saints Catholic Church, 1415 Royal York Road, on Friday, November 16 from 11 am to 8 pm. Hot table menu, baked goods (delicious apple pies), one-of-a-kind knitted items, jewelry boutique, baby items, miscellaneous items, and more.

Annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Gregory Catholic Church, 122 Rathburn Road, on Saturday, November 17 from 9 am to 3 pm. Christmas Bazaar features a free entry, raffles, silent auction, bake tables, tea garden, nearly new/gently used table and more.

Fall Bazaar and Luncheon at Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 80 Thistle Down Blvd, on Saturday, November 17 from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm. Bake table, white elephant table, books, Christmas goods, toys, boutique and much more.

High Park Nature Centre presents Nature Journaling on Saturday, November 17 from 1.30 to 3 pm. Make a simple journal and use your senses to observe and record nature using sketches, poetry, lists and rubbings. No experience necessary! 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.

In the Library

The Access Bible from Oxford University Press.

The Access Bible has long been the go-to study Bible for mainline Christians looking for insight into and background for the Bible. Designed for the individual reader, it's accessible to new readers but also offers enough depth for those who are already familiar with the texts but want to delve deeper into the culture and context of their authors and origins.

Worth a Look

The Art Institute of Chicago recently unveiled a new website design. As part of their first design upgrade in 6 years, they have placed more than 52,000 high-resolution images from their collection online, available to all comers without restriction.

2018-19 at Central

See what's coming up in the 2018-19 church year.

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Photo by Mark Bisgrove.