Central United Church


In this issue
This Week
Worship This Week
Weekly Announcements
Minute for Mission
News From WKNC
Community Events
In the Library
Worth a Look

About Central

We gather every Sunday at 11 am. Our goal is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, to walk in his way, and live with love and mercy. We welcome all people. We understand that everyone is on a unique spiritual path, and that our common humanity binds us one to another.

Contact Us
  • Email: cuc@bellnet.ca
  • Phone: (416)241-7544
  • Central United Church
  • 1 King Street
  • Weston, ON
  • M9N 1K8
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More Information
We are located in the heart of Weston. Once the largest town in what became Metropolitan Toronto, Weston was overtaken by sprawl in the 1950's. We are a mix of urban, suburban and small town. We have been on the same street corner since 1821. See a map.

Space for Rent
There are several spaces within the church suitable for occasional or ongoing use. Call the office (416-241-7544) to inquire.

We are known for our outreach
We are host and founding partner in two United Church Incorporated Ministries, organizations set up to further the mission of Central and make a positive impact on the community that surrounds the church. Both express our desire to follow the compassionate way of Jesus Christ. Central King Senior's Residence is attached to the church, located at 15 King Street. The majority of units are rent-geared-to-income (RGI). They can be reached at 416-614-0667. Weston King Neighbourhood Centre is located in the ground-level suite in the church, with the address 2017 Weston Road. It provides a community space for poor, disadvantaged and socially-isolated members of the Weston community, and is open six days a week. Come for a warm meal, informal counseling, or harm reduction services. WKNC also has a satellite in Mount Dennis, the Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centre. Located at 1269 Weston Road, MDNC includes a learning kitchen, community garden and various other services. Visit wknc.ca for more information or call 416-241-9898.

Our Minister

Michael Kooiman is our minister, serving here since 2008. He shares Central's passion for worship and work in the community. His sermon archive can be found at sermonboy.com

Send Michael an email

Important Links

On Twitter
Our Wikipedia entry
Kiva Lending Team
United Church of Canada
2016-17 Calendar of Events
Central's Policy Wiki
Our Flickr Page
Last Week's Sermon

September 22, 2016

Regular readers will know that certain themes crop up from time to time. Photography is certainly one of them, adding a visual element to the blast/website and highlighting the congregation, Weston, nature, sailing (of course!) and religious art. To build on this theme, we have few things planned this year that will highlight art at Central. We are planning at least three photography exhibitions, a photography challenge (see below) and a painting exhibit in Lent (details are still being worked out). Watch this space for more details.

Want to contribute a photo to the blast? Want to borrow a camera to try? Each week we are inviting a Centralite to borrow Michael's old DSLR camera (Pentax, circa 2007) and take some photos for the blast. You will have a SD card, some fresh batteries and a brief tutorial to get you going—and the rest is up to you! Speak to Michael for more information.

As you can see, we are on the cusp of a busy fall at Central: in two weeks we will celebrate Worldwide Communion and enjoy our first congregational luncheon (October 2); the following week is Thanksgiving (October 9); two weeks later it's Book Swap and Sale (October 23); and the last Sunday of the month is our 195th Anniversary and Outreach Service with the Rev. Patricia Gale MacDonald (October 30). It's a bit of a comeback tour, since Patricia preached at the 170th anniversary service in 1991.

September 25 is both our West Park Hospital service (9 am) and Weston Gardens (2 pm). Can you help? We need volunteers to gather patients at the first, and help sing at the second.

Save the date! On Saturday, November 26 there will be a Christmas Concert and Sing-a-long.

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 91: "The snare of the fowler will never capture you.'"

Luke 16.19-26: "And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom."


The Spiritual & Worship Committee will meet after worship this Sunday (September 25th).

The Outreach Committee will meet on Sunday, October 2 at 9.30 am.

Why not begin the church year by inviting a friend or neighbour to church? Studies have shown that a personal invitation (and a willingness to accompany them) is the most effective way to introduce people to the blessing of congregational life.

Do you have an announcement to share? The deadline for announcements is Thursday morning, about the time your scribe begins to think about Sunday's bulletin. Email announcements to michael@p2.ca or cuc@bellnet.ca

A gentle reminder that some members are sensitive to perfume and other scents. Thank you for your consideration.

Focus on Giving

Focus on Giving is a new section designed to highlight stewardship within the life of Central: to inspire generosity and give thanks to God for the gifts we have to share. We will be using the resource Called to Be the Church—Salt and Light from United Church, and adapting it to this context. As we share elements of the program, we would appreciate your feedback. Speak to Michael or Kathy Steiner.

Ever give a testimonial? Part of our Focus on Giving includes inviting elders, members and friends to answer the question 'Why I Give?' This week, we hear from Bob Putnam:

Contributions to the Church are a reflection of one’s Faith. They can be in terms of time, talents and money. Church can provide a refuge, a place to grow, and a place to practice a tangible reflection of our belief in God. Without donations of all three, our Church will wither and disappear. Thus we must provide enough of ALL THREE for our religion to survive. Can you meet the challenge?

A Minute for Mission

The United Church of Canada and Mission and Service global partners believe all people are created equally in the image of God and all people of the world have a God-given right to a life of dignity and respect. We stand with people working for human rights around the world. Peace, development, and human rights are inseparable from the human dignity of individuals and the well-being of our communities. Without human rights, human dignity is merely an empty wish.

Most countries have agreed on numerous human rights standards and enshrined them in international law. However, many governments do not meet their obligations and routinely violate the rights of citizens. There is a gap between many governments’ words and deeds, promises and actions. People of faith work to address that gap, answering God’s call to work for justice, peace, and human dignity and to bring freedom from want and fear.

Your gifts for Mission and Service are present with people and communities working for human rights and showing compassion for all. Please continue to give generously.

Angels Watched!

Over the summer the drop-in staff and program participants gathered to support each other with another loss. Sameena has been a part of the drop-in family for around 15 years, known especially for putting herself in the background and being mostly concerned with helping others.

Although having kidney dialysis as she waited for a transplant, she always wanted to ask after other’s well-being. As well as Bingo calling for the women, she frequently volunteered in the clothing room. Facing the closed coffin decorated with a poster of photos of Sameena from the drop-in files, Mike told how, when he didn’t have clothes, she had helped find him what he needed. As he dressed in a suit for the funeral, he remembered her wonderful, caring nature.

Sameena had died alone. When she had not answered her door for a couple of days, Ken (drop-in staff) and the building superintendent went in. Her daughter was summoned and she took Bailey the cat home with her. The WKNC staff arranged for The Chaplaincy on Weston Road to conduct the funeral, sent out notices and provided a flower arrangement. There were two neighbours, the daughter and her husband, and other than the Chaplaincy staff everyone else filling the chapel were connected with our drop-in family.

Several years ago Sameena had given me a gift of a small glass angel, so I closed my eulogy with showing and talking about that angel as a symbol of her caring for people. I read a poem that mentioned God using an angel to invite people to join Him in eternity. Although I had prepared the eulogy without any consultation, when I arrived at the chapel I found her friends had placed an angel on the coffin, people spoke of Sameena as an “angel” and the Chaplain picked up on the theme, mentioning that Sameena’s daughter believed in angels.

Once again WKNC staff helped the community to find a way to handle another loss. As we all hugged each other, I was so thankful that WKNC exists and demonstrates its capacity to be family for those without one. Ken tells me, “I’ve noticed since Sameena's passing, that (some) people at WKNC are being more sensitive to each other and are checking in with each other.”

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

A Humber Heritage Committee Historical Walk will take place on Saturday, September 24 from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Join Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe in reenacting the first day of his 1793 journey up the Toronto Carrying Place. Historical commentary by Madeleine McDowell. Assemble south of the gas station (8 The South Kingsway) at the Rousseau site and end at Eglinton & the Humber River (early drop off at Etienne Brule Park). Free.

Do you know about Co-Housing for Creative Aging? Mardi Tindal (former Moderator of the UCC) and her spouse Doug are hosting an event to explore this new style of cooperative living for older adults. Follow this link for information on an upcoming introductory session on October 23rd.

Wednesday Afternoon at the Movies at the Weston Public Library, 2 to 4 pm on September 28, October 12 and 26. See Classics, new releases, and recent favourites.

The Weston Book Club meets on the last Saturday of each month from 9.15 to 10.30 am. Visit the library to get the current title.

In the Library

The History of Central United Church, Weston Ontario 1821-1996 by Eric Lee

Compiled for the 175th anniversary of the congregation, the book builds on an earlier volume by the late Stan Musselwhite. The book is a comprehensive look at the congregation's history, with lots of local history included.

Worth a Look

Editor's note: This section was somehow cut off during emailing. We present it again for your enjoyment:

Our very own Judith Hayes attended the (not so) big Kodak building move on August 25th. She describes the experience:

First, the technical stuff: they put steel girders under the first floor, separated the building from its foundations and then put huge dollies with many wheels under the girders and slid them along on steel tracks.

From the side, where we were on the bleachers, you could only see a shade tent with 4 people on computers monitoring the whole thing as it slid slowly by. I was telling the little kids nearby that the computer people were moving the building by magic and that there weren't lots of little men underneath pushing it. Then, when we came round on the shuttle bus, we could see the end view as shown in this time lapse and there WERE little men running round underneath! Just like moving Stonehenge on rollers. It was amazing. Apparently they have done this with such large buildings in Europe but I have only seen them move 2 storey buildings here. We do big stuff in Mount Dennis!!!

See footage of the move, from CP24.

Photo by Mark Bisgrove


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