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

October 20, 2016

In response to Hurricane Matthew, the United Church is collecting funds for our partners in Haiti and Cuba. The Emergency Response Fund has already forwarded much needed assistance. Visit united-church-ca/hurricane-matthew to donate.

Thanks to everyone who donated to our recent Thank-offering and everyone who brought peanut butter (and other food!).

This week! Sunday, October 23 is our Book Swap & Sale. Avid readers are invited to swap books or sell books ($1) or even DVDs or VHS movies. We ask that unswapped books go home with you, but you can leave videos for the drop-in. Speak to Michael for more details.

Sunday, October 30 is our 195th Anniversary and Outreach Service with the Rev. Patricia Gale MacDonald. It's a bit of a comeback tour, since Patricia preached at the 170th anniversary service in 1991.

Save the date: "Welcome Yule" with the Jubilate Singers as they perform Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" and other seasonal music on Sunday, November 13 at 3 pm. Details to follow.

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

Team October!

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 65: "You crown the year with goodness."

Luke 18.9-14: "God, be merciful to me, a sinner!"


Weston King Neighbourhood Centre membership drive has begun. New memberships, renewals—show your support for WKNC and the organization's mission. See Wendy Whiteley for more information.

Wait, a church that hands out money? Yes, we have seed money available for Sell Your Talent, our annual craft and talent sale. The sale is scheduled for Sunday, November 27, but we want to give you the lead time (and the $5) to get started as soon as possible. More information on Sunday.

Updated refugee sponsorship news: Hamza and Suheir will arrive on October 24! They will be met at Pearson by four TWERP volunteers including an Arabic interpreter and team leader Martin Boyd. After they settle in for a few weeks, the group will begin to plan for social occasions and visits to participating congregations. Please pray for Hamza and Suheir as they prepare to travel, and also remember our volunteers as the enter this exiting phase. For more information, or ways to help, please speak to Edna Harding.

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.

Colourful meal preparation on a Tuesday night!

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.

This week, we look at some of the very generous gifts we receive at Central. Currently, 50% of our congregation's offering comes from 18 givers (this includes families). And the top ten givers account for approximately one-third of the offering, an average of over $3,000 each. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that we are vulnerable when so few are doing so much. Please consider your contribution to the ongoing life of Central, and the difference you can make. We are grateful for every gift received!

A Minute for Mission

Jubilee House, supported by the National Church Women’s Association of Mission and Service partner the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, works with vulnerable children, youth, women, and seniors by caring for body and soul, planting seeds of hope, and sharing the love of God.

Child care is a priority for low-income, single-parent, and grandparent-headed families. The Green Dream Children’s Centre at Jubilee House meets that priority, including study support programs for older children. An innovative program has children from the centre visiting isolated seniors. The goal of all Green Dream’s programs is to help children and youth grow into happy, well-grounded, and community-oriented adults.

The Women’s Centre of Jubilee House offers counselling and practical support to survivors of domestic violence to help them re-establish lives in the aftermath of trauma. The Sharing Mission Centre focuses on low-income seniors and child-headed households. With help from 290 Korean churches, in 2013 this centre supplied 543 households with traditional Korean kimchi (pickled cabbage).

From Jubilee’s Director the Rev Park Hee-Jin, “We always thank God for the support of The United Church of Canada. Your prayers and support make possible the miracles of sharing the community of God.” Our gifts for Mission and Service help to share the love of God in Korea. Please join me and continue to give generously.

I Didn't Grasp the Full Extent of It...

In the last few years the terms “refugees” “displaced persons” and “asylum seekers” have become much more commonplace. When I use the word “refugees” in my head I see lines of people walking along tracks, and those images of rows of identical tents in the better refugee camps and children playing in the mud.

What my head can’t grasp is the numbers of people that are considered refugees. An article written just over a year ago by the United Nations stated “Globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, it would be the world’s 24th biggest.” Half of those refugees are children who may be scarred with what they have experienced at too young an age to understand.

About two-thirds of Syrians are now displaced from their homes - an unprecedented number in recent history, explaining why we tend to forget people who have fled from other countries. Refugees, such as those from Somalia, born in Kenyan camps are now having their own children—they have been there so long waiting for the world to help address their issues.

Ontario is accustomed to taking in immigrants who have chosen to move here for personal reasons. This summer I celebrated the 58th anniversary of my own arrival. It is an attractive destination because it is a fast-growing modern, industrialized country with a good social network, healthcare, and educational opportunities. It has a reputation for being tolerant of immigrants.

But refugees are different from immigrants. In many cases refugees would have preferred to stay at home, and they dream of returning one day. They may have endured experiences no one would wish on another human—loss, violence, hunger and fear.

As we prepare to welcome Hamza and Suheir, we also try to put ourselves in their shoes. They probably feel a lot of helplessness. They have to wait in uncomfortable conditions that we would not want to share. They do not know what their future holds or if they will cope with life in Toronto. They may be in poor health. They may be grieving the loss of family and friends, the people they will not see again, and what is happening to their country. They need our prayers.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

Spadina Museum Visits Evelyn Gregory Library, Saturday, October 22 from 11 am to 12 pm, 120 Trowell Avenue. Using objects from the collection, staff of Spadina Museum will guide you through an exploration of this interesting time in our history.

Managing Your Finances in Retirement at the Mount Dennis Library, October 26 from 2 to 3 pm. Are you getting all your benefits? How can you stretch your retirement resources? Understand how investments reflect stages of retirement. To register, call 416-394-1008.

In the Library

The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen

The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry.

Worth a Look

Read how the Arizona Republic responds to threats after making an historic endorsement.

Photo by Mark Bisgrove (Go Jays Go!)


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