December 7, 2017

A big thank you to everyone involved in Sell Your Talent: makers, buyers, and browsers! Between the sale and the quilt, we raised just shy of $2,000, with more to come. For those who missed jelly-jam, we still have jars for sale, so please see Carmen or Michael.

This Sunday (December 10) the church school will present "The Christmas to Believe In," followed by Gingerbread Houses. The young (and young-at-heart) are invited to find their inner Frank Lloyd Wright with walls, icing, and candy provided. If you wish to add some decorative candy to the mix, please bring some to share!

See Sue for your copy of our Christmas appeal letter, and save a stamp!

How's your info? Do we have your most up-to-date contact details? See Barbara Bisgrove after worship to check your contact info and make changes. Thanks Barbara!

Barb's chili was a hit!

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:

Isaiah 60: "Arise, shine, for your light has come."

Read last week's sermon


The Trustees will meet this Sunday (December 10) at 10 am.

Do you receive the United Church Observer? Under our congregational plan, we pick up the cost and gently encourage subscribers to make a $25 donation. See Sue for more details, or to add yourself to the Observer list.

Christmas Blooms! This Sunday we will begin collecting donations for poinsettia to decorate the sanctuary. You are invited to make a dedication with your donation, and these dedications will be printed in the service folder on December 17. See Joan or Kerri to donate.

Not Just Tourists Toronto and Roncesvalles United Church (214 Wright Avenue) invite you to donate full-size suitcases for their medical supply mission to regions in need. Not Just Tourists receives donations from Canada’s largest hospitals, clinics, medical suppliers and individuals. Travellers then sign up and are given the suitcases to deliver to remote clinics where they are needed. If you have a large suitcase (in good condition) to donate, contact RUC at 416-536-1755 for drop off times.

Are you already receiving 2018 charity calendars and cards? If you run out of places for forwarding them, please bring them to church and pass them on to Barbara Bisgrove for the drop-in. She makes sure your calendar will then brighten a dingy wall in a rooming house or become a loving gift from someone with no money to buy gifts. Your cards can be exchanged and the messages may fill an empty hole in a lonely season.

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:

For $70, purchase piping and supplies to build a recycled rainwater pond. The Asian Rural Institute teaches sustainable fish farming to farmer trainees from rural Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Capturing rainwater for fish ponds allows communities to forego pumping underground water, thereby conserving it.

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

The Journey Together - Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

Ontario has released a report on their one-year progress on the plan “The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.” The plan includes programs and actions focused on addressing ways to make a positive impact in the lives of Indigenous people in Ontario, while examining the shared past, in the belief that while the past cannot be changed, understanding it can shape the present.

Minister David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation says “Step by step, day by day, we are building relationships based on trust, understanding and mutual respect. We are working in partnership with Indigenous people and their leaders to improve social, economic and health outcomes and create lasting change. I look forward to continuing this journey we’ve only just begun. Together, we are moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and creating a better Ontario for everyone. Chi-miigwetch; nia:wen; marsi; thank you.“

In remote communities, where it can take hours to get to the nearest urban centre, access to emergency health and social services is very limited. So the provincial government is investing $19 million over three years in new mental health and addictions support. This is to help families and communities break the cycle of intergenerational trauma that began in the residential school system. Another $18.6 million to establish new or expanded Indigenous Mental Health and Addictions Treatment and Healing Centres to ensure that Indigenous youth, adults and families can access culturally appropriate treatment closer to home.

There is an overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the justice system so the province is working to increase the appropriate application of Gladue principles. These principles take into account unique background factors such as the effects of the residential school system that may have played a part in bringing a particular Indigenous accused or offender before the courts. This information assists the court in making more informed decisions at bail and sentencing including considering culturally appropriate options and alternatives to incarceration.

Barbara Bisgrove

Thanks, Kathy!

Community Announcements

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Humber Community Seniors' Services Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 12 to 3 pm, 1167 Weston Road. Local seniors have been baking, crafting and waiting to welcome you to their Annual Christmas Bazaar.

Frontlines Holiday Open House will be held on Sunday, December 10 from 12 to 2 pm, 1844 Weston Road. Learn about Frontlines, and meet your local municipal, provincial and federal representatives. Please bring non-perishable food donation.

The Child in Our Midst Holiday Concert & Fundraiser for the Massey Centre on Monday, December 11. Join The Toronto United Church Council for an evening of story and song celebrating the diverse holiday traditions of the Massey Centre community and its neighbours. The concert will feature a talented group of artists including folk band Tamarack, singer-songwriter Piper Hayes, Celtic trio Nua, Anishinaabe/Muskegowuk Cree Drummer, Eddy Robinson, cantor Aviva Rajsky, and comedian Martha Chaves. CBC’s Tom Allen will host. Funds raised will support the Nancy Peters Massey Centre Fund, assisting pregnant and parenting teens. The concert will take place at Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Ave.) on Monday, December 11, from 7 to 8.30 pm. The venue is fully accessible. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students/unemployed, and $40 for families (up to 4 people). Children are free! Purchase tickets online or call The Toronto United Church Council at (905) 771-5124 for more information.

Mount Dennis Community Association Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday, December 14, 7 pm, at the Royal Canadian Legion, 1050 Weston Road. The keynote speaker is the Hon. Chris Ballard, Ontario Minister of the Environment & Climate Change. ALL WELCOME. Doors open 6 pm.

In the Library

The Steward: A Biblical Image Come of Age by Douglas John Hall.

The biblical image of the steward is highly provocative and even revolutionary. In recent years, environmentalists and peace marchers have been discovering the radical potential of the stewardship motif, while the church, sadly, has muffled this symbol's power in ecclesiastical wrappings.

Worth a Look

National Geographic has compiled the evidence to help us picture the site that may be Jesus' tomb.

2017-18 at Central

See what's coming up in the 2017-18 church year.

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