February 21, 2019

It's a busy week: The Trustee Board will meet on Sunday, February 24 at 10 am, followed by worship at 11 am (Epiphany 7!), and the Church Council at 12 pm (or so). The Church Council meeting is a short but important step toward next week's annual meeting (March 3).

It's Black History Month! Today, some recent history: the unique friendship between Barack Obama and Michaelle Jean.

St. John the Evangelist (49 George Street) is hosting the World Day of Prayer Service on Friday, March 1 at 2 pm. The theme this year is The Women of Slovenia. Please speak to Edna Harding for more information.

Just announced! Our annual Lenten Study will begin on Thursday, March 7 and continue on March 14, 21 and 28 (6 pm). Our topic is "Jesus on Trial," an in-depth look at Jesus before the Sanhedrin and Pontius Pilate. We will also take a general look at justice in the Roman world and how this appears in the Gospels. Speak to Michael for more information.

Photo by Benita Putz.

Central Maker's Market, June 1, 2019

Register today to participate in our first annual Maker's Market, to be held on Saturday, June 1 at Central, 1 King Street in Weston. To reserve a table, simply complete this form.

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 37: "Do not fret—it can only do harm."

Luke 6.27-38: "Love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return."

Read last week's sermon


Plan ahead: Our Annual Meeting will be help on Sunday, March 3, following worship. There will be lunch, some fellowship, and a meeting. See you then!

Your Church Council Executive is busy planning a maker's market for June 1st, and we need your help. Over the next few weeks, Kathy will be coming to the congregation with various requests, from spreading the word to adding to the congregation's sale table. Stay tuned for more information.

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.

Just a sample (the photo is two-feet long!) of the Junior Bible Class, Chalmers United Church, Mount Dennis, taken on May 29, 1932.

Minute for Mission

Our gifts for Mission & Service help us walk with partners like the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and the National Council of Churches in the Philippines as they advocate for human rights for Filipino people, including Indigenous people.

The Conundrum of Good Food and Good Jobs

In Ontario, one in every seven workers are in the food sector. Close to 22 per cent of food sector jobs are in fast-food outlets, 20 per cent in restaurants, 20 per cent in grocery stores, and 11 per cent in food manufacturing. Workers on farms account for 12 per cent of the total food worker group.

Most of these jobs are considered low skill, entry level jobs only requiring a high school diploma. Food counter attendants, cooks, kitchen helpers and cashiers tend to only be offered part-time work so that in 2010, almost a quarter (23 per cent) of all workers in food industries in Ontario made less than $15,000 a year.

Statutory minimum wages, safe workplaces and employment standards should be mandatory. Encouraging personal development, through training and career advancement are also needed. Efforts to improve employment conditions led to the establishment, in 2017, of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.

Another Act, the Ontario government’s Local Food Act, passed in 2013, encourages increased reliance on local food by public sector organizations. How our food is produced and what we choose to eat has an impact on our health. Seeing obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases increasing, it would seem a positive move to promote the consumption of healthy organic and local food.

In practice, this is somewhat challenging because of Ontario’s changing seasons. Many staff have had to recall grandma’s skills in creating soups from root vegetables and the days when fresh salads were served using hand-made vinaigrettes flavoured with local herbs. Kitchen workers were now not simply re-heating pre-prepared foods, but applying essential cooking skills like peeling and slicing, measuring and mixing, frying and broiling. If this style of cooking requires more skill, it should also suggest the job should be better paid.

The Ontario Acts are moving in the right direction, but we should be advocating for increased skill levels in the food industry to be compensated fairly.

Barbara Bisgrove

Photo by Judith Hayes.

Community Announcements

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Skating returns to Pearen Park! The park is west of Weston Road and just north of Eglinton (Pearen Street). The rink is open during daylight hours, with the opportunity to borrow some skates 4 to 6 pm (Monday to Friday) and 1 to 5 pm on weekends and holidays. $1 suggested donation.

Know Your Nature (Led by High Park Rangers Youth) on Saturday, February 23 from 1.30 to 3 pm. Learn about the plants and animals in High Park from the young naturalists of the High Park Rangers group! Explore woodlands and black oak savannah habitats to learn fascinating facts and connect with the nature surrounding us. This event is great for all ages, suggested donation of $2 to $5 per person. 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.

Jubilate Singers present Home, based on the theme “There’s no place like home." The concert will include songs of home and songs of longing for home from around the world. Saturday, March 2 at 7.30 pm, Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave, two blocks west of Chester subway. The building is accessible. Tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 students, under 13, free. Available at 416-485-1988, at the door, or at www.brownpapertickets.com

STEM Camp @ Weston Library. Weston Library's March Break STEM Camp (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) will take place from March 11 to 15 and include 3D printing, 3D design, circuitry, and coding. Participants (ages 9 to 12) must register in branch or over the phone, starting Wednesday, February 27, 2019. 416-394-1016.

Worth a Look

It's like a movie script!

2018-19 at Central

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

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Photo by Cathy Leask. Look closely—those are lemons.