October 18, 2018

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.

Thank you in advance to the Outreach Committee for leading worship on Sunday, October 21. The theme is the environment: Rick Ciccarelli and Judith Hayes will speak about local and global issues and how Mount Dennis became the first Toronto Eco Neighbourhood. Judith has also suggested some websites for you to explore the issues in relation to climate change and various environmental themes.

Chancellors and friends of Chancellors are invited to a 50th anniversary reunion, Saturday, October 20 beginning at 2 pm. The gathering will take place at the Canadiana Restaurant, 5230 Dundas Street West in Etobicoke. Plan to drop-in, or stay for dinner at 5 pm.

Central presents "Music Music Music," on Saturday, October 27 at 7 pm. See World Class Performers! and enjoy an evening with friends. See Harold, Barbara P., Ann, Joyce, Michael or Terry for tickets, $20.

Thank you to everyone involved in our recent visit to the Weston Farmer's Market. Through hard work and some fine donated items, we were able to raise $1,458.50. And in case you missed it, I hear there are still some Halloween jelly beans left.

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 95: "O come, let us sing to God!"

Job 12.7-10: "Ask the animals, and they will teach you.”

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.


Attention current and former members of South West (or Toronto West) Presbytery: On Sunday, October 21 (3.30 to 8 pm) the presbytery will mark the transition to the new regional council with worship and a meal at Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd. Visit the event page to register.

It's time to renew your membership in the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre. Wendy will be collecting memberships in the next few weeks—look for her after worship.

Plan ahead for "Ethics and the Body," four evenings beginning Thursday, November 1 at 6 pm. We will begin with the "The Body in the Bible," then "A History of Biomedical Ethics" (Nov. 8), and two evenings (Nov. 15 & 22) looking at ethical topics from birth to death. Speak to Michael for more details.

Kairos Toronto West presents “Honouring Residential School Survivors” at Royal York Road United Church, Saturday, November 3 at 9.30 am. Liana Canzian (Toronto Native Council Fire) will discuss The Legacy Project to honour Indian Residential School Survivors, and there will be a screening of "Finding Peter Bryce: Story of a National Crime." 851 Royal York Road.

Save the date! 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. Bring friends!

Thanks to Shauna DeConinck for championing the “Together Project,” which pairs a volunteer Welcome Group with a newly arrived, Government-Assisted Refugee (GAR) newcomer or family. Volunteers join or come together to form a Welcome Group of at least five people. Experience shows that this is the minimum number of people needed to assist a family to develop broad social networks and to feel well-supported. Speak to Shauna to learn more.

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.

Our beloved Linda Brown helping the children.

Minute for Mission

God’s world needs leaders! We are thankful for the commitment of United Church theological schools that our gifts for Mission & Service support.

Vote on Matters of Poverty

For each week leading up to the election on October 22, 2018 there has been a poster at the end of your Blast. The topics were housing, transportation, jobs and childcare—all linked and all barriers to moving away from a life of poverty. They were produced by Social Planning Toronto and if you missed them you can find copies at prosperityplatform.ca

As we all know, each day in Toronto things are getting more expensive, and that leaves behind people like seniors, single parents, recent refugees, and many others. One in four children and one in five adults in Toronto live in poverty and you see this in Weston. Just watch the children being taken to school in the mornings.

Nearly half of the household in the city are renting, and spending about a third of their income on shelter. Many of the people trying to earn money to keep a roof over their heads struggle with temporary jobs, low wages and no benefits. Youth, women, and members of racialized groups find it especially hard to earn enough to put food on the table and must use the Food Banks.

To get to work most low-income people need transit, but the costs keep rising and the frequency and crowding continues to be a major issue. Try getting an 89 Weston Road bus in the early morning and after manoeuvring around strollers to find a spot you will likely have to stand. Those who can afford it use transit to take their children to daycare before heading to work.

A licenced day care centre in Toronto charges more than $20,000 a year for an infant. Many families cannot afford that, so cannot find work. Jobs that pay low wages are not providing enough to pay for rent, food, transit and daycare, so people are forced to stay home and eat at the drop-ins.

You have heard all this before, but when you have an opportunity to vote you have a chance to influence policy. Think about the needs of your neighbours and vote for candidates who understand and support the full implementation of the Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Rummage Sale at Islington United Church (25 Burnhamthorpe Road) on Saturday, October 20 from 9 am to 12 pm. Giant sale of clothing, accessories, shoes, costume jewelry, antiques, collectibles, linens, housewares, small appliances, handyman's gadgets, sports, toys, books, arts & crafts, Christmas, seasonal decor.

2018 Cape Dorset Print Collection at CO Space Gallery (1106 Queen West). An exhibition of this year's framed print collection by the Inuit artists of Cape Dorset, Nunavut. October 5 to 31. Free.

Montgomery's Inn (4709 Dundas St West at Islington) presents "Scenes From Joshua" a chamber opera by Colin Mendez Morris. "Escaped from slavery. Recaptured and imprisoned. Freed by abolitionists. He found freedom in Etobicoke!" This is a free ticketed event, reservations at 416-394-8113. All performances at 7 pm on October 6, 10, 16, 23, 26 and at 5 pm on Sunday, October 14.

High Park Nature Centre (375 Colborne Lodge Drive) presents Nuts About Seeds on Saturday, November 3 from 1.30 to 3 pm. Plants have developed many amazing strategies to spread their seeds, such as being hitchhikers, tummy travellers or wind dancers! Join us on a walk to look for as many seedy specimens as we can find and marvel about the variety of ways seeds can travel through High Park. No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person.

In the Library

What's So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey.

In his most personal and provocative book, Yancey offers compelling, true portraits of grace’s life-changing power. He searches for its presence in his own life and in the church.

Worth a Look

Read about Dr. Palmer's research in an interview with the Women Biblical Scholars blog.

2018-19 at Central

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

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Photo by Taye Maddison