September 20, 2018

This Sunday (September 23) your Outreach Committee will be leading worship at West Park Hospital. Can you help? Patients are gathered from the neighbouring rooms, and then we sing and pray together. Come for 9 am and join the group in this important ministry. Speak to Michael for more information.

This Sunday is the first of a number of special services held throughout the year. We will join in the Sacrament of Baptism, as little McKenna will join countless witnesses to the power of the Spirit in a rite dating back 2,000 years.

Hold that thought! Normally we would gather for a luncheon on the first Sunday of October, but that date is both Thanksgiving Sunday and Worldwide Communion Sunday. So, look forward to our first lunchtime gathering on Sunday, November 4 around 12.15 pm.

As we prepare for our next visit to the Weston Farmer's Market (Oct 13, see below) we have a particular need for 6" plastic pots, the kind that are probably hiding the garage or tucked under the porch. And baked goods too! See Sylvia Keyes.

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.

Congratulations to Dr. Palmer on the publication of Converts in the Dead Sea Scrolls: The Gēr and Mutable Ethnicity. This is Carmen’s first book, and contains everything you ever wanted to know about the Dead Sea Scrolls, the sectarian movement affiliated with them, the gēr in scriptural and rabbinic tradition, ethnicity theory, Greco-Roman associations, and early Judaism and Christianity.

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 1: "Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked."

Mark 9.33-37: "Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

Read last week's sermon


Coming soon: Look for an envelope to make a Thanksgiving Thank-offering, this year to support the Steampipe Fund. The fund will help make much needed repairs to the heating system and the recent damage in the Fellowship Room.

Visit the Annual Indoor Garage Sale at Central King Seniors Residence (15 King Street) on Saturday, September 29 from 9 am to 1 pm. Look for tons of great bargains: it's "The annual sale that everyone talks about."

Remember the miniature degree in theology? For the first twenty or so evenings of study we tried to model the program that makes up a Masters of Divinity degree: Bible, history, ethics, systematics and practical ministry. A number of people "graduated" and then went on to look at advanced topics. After nearly 60 evenings, we are ready to tackle one of the most vexing courses: biomedical ethics. But as a church study, we're going to stay grounded in the Bible, and the history of biomedical ethics in the church. So, 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.

A note from Simon Chamberlain: "Please express my personal thanks to those congregation members who donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in support of my participation in the annual MS Bike Ride. The Ride went very well, and our eight-member Team 4 CYC, which was one of the smallest teams taking part, stood ninth among all teams in its fundraising. CYC represents Carol Yorkden-Chamberlain, my daughter, who is our inspiration and who remains remarkably serene and positive in the face of a disease which has robbed her life of so much, and placed her—at age 39—in a care home where the other residents are all more than twice her age. Most of the funds raised through MS Bike go towards research aimed at finding a cure for this devastating disease which disproportionately affects Canadians, especially girls and women of childbearing age. THANK YOU for your support. Also, for anyone who would still like to contribute, the campaign remains open until mid-October. You can go online to MS Bike Toronto, click Simon Chamberlain when asked to name a participant, and pay with a credit card. Or you can pass on a cheque or cash to Judith at church."

Plan ahead! We're busy preparing for our next visit to the Weston Farmer's Market, scheduled for October 13. Donated items are requested, including crafts, baked goods, preserves, small white elephant items and anything else that might sell at the market. Please speak to Sylvia Keyes or Cathy Leask for more information.

Toronto United Church Council presents the 10th Annual Heart and Vision Celebration, Monday, October 15 at 7.30 pm. Celebrate three individuals who have made outstanding contributions to social justice for First Nations’ peoples: Senator Murray Sinclair, Rev. Dr. Grafton Antone, and Dr. Eileen Antone. Please join us to listen to the voices of our award recipients, and to enjoy a musical tribute to their leadership. Award winning playwright, journalist, and novelist Drew Hayden Taylor will host the event, featuring jazz singer Jackie Richardson and the Young Creek Performers, First Nations dancers and drummers. The concert is from 7:30–9:15 pm at Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. East. Tickets are $25 for the concert only. $150 tickets are also available and include a post-performance reception. They can be purchased online or by phone at 905-771-5124.

We are in the midst of creating stewardship and outreach resources, and we need your help! We are seeking a four or five sentence response to the topics "Why I give" and "Why I serve." The first can be either congregational givings or the Mission and Service Fund, and the second can be serving at the church or anywhere else you devote time. We will be using your responses in print or online. Thank you for your help. Email replies to cuc@bellnet.ca

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.

Yes, that’s Cathy Leask enjoying herself at the annual Sunday School picnic.

Minute for Mission

In Latin America, the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network is committed to including people with disabilities in church and society. Through the Network, our gifts for Mission & Service have helped transform the lives of individuals and communities for over 30 years.

September 30 is Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is an invitation for everyone to wear an orange shirt to remember and honour all the Indigenous children who went to residential school and those children who died while at the schools.

The idea of a day of compassion for the survivors, and those whose lives have been shattered as a result of their experience began with Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s story, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) woman from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation who went to St. Joseph Mission Residential School run by the Oblate Order.

On her first day of school, Phyllis’s grandmother dressed her in an orange shirt, which was then taken from her when she entered the school building. She was lonely and scared and cried herself to sleep each night.

Esther Darlington MacDonald writes about visiting this Mission. “I will never forget the rows of white cots in that long room. The walls painted a weak green colour. The only decorative touch, a cross above the wide door frame. Everything was very clean. Very tidy. Very institutional. Not a vestige of ‘lived in’ about it.”

”And the long dining room of tables, likewise in rows, the tables covered with oil cloth, the whole atmosphere rather dingy, the corners dark, the walls of concrete painted that sickly green colour. And the washroom with its concrete sink where the children washed and brushed their teeth with baking soda...”

“St. Joseph’s long history terminated with the complete dismantling of that forbidding grey edifice in the middle of that valley of pastoral beauty. But the memories of the families of that district will take generations to mend. The institution’s history has become a tainted legacy.”

On the day of remembrance, we are asked to pray for the residential school survivors who are still struggling and all the intergenerational survivors dealing with trauma.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Visit the famous Vic Book Sale, Victoria College, 91 Charles Street West, September 20-24 (Thu 2-8 pm, Fri 10 am-8 pm, Sat 11 am-6 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm, Mon 10 am-8 pm). Free admission except Thursday $5. All proceeds go to Victoria University Library.

Humber River Hospital Community Open House will be held on Saturday, September 22 from 10 am to 2 pm, 1235 Wilson Avenue. Family-friendly interactive exhibits and guided tours of the Teddy Bear clinic, operating room and more.

Weston Heritage Conservation District presents "Weston Heritage Weekend," September 22-23. Programs include a 5K Fun Run, Archaeological and Antique Identification Clinic, Afternoon Harvest Tea, historic cemetery walk and various workshops. Visit their site to register.

Toronto Bell Cote Heritage Preservation is commemorating 123 years of its existence and the 15th year of its designation as Heritage Property. The building played a historic role as Rescue Centre during Hurricane Hazel in 1954. The event happens on Sunday, September 23 from 12 to 3 pm, Email info@torontobellcote.org to RSVP. 691 Scarlett Road.

High Park Nature Centre presents All You Need Is Bugs, Saturday, September 22 from 1.30 to 3 pm (375 Colborne Lodge Drive). Autumn butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets and blister beetles, oh my! High Park is a haven for so many creepy crawlies and fantastic fliers. Come explore the amazing world of bugs and learn facts such as what makes an insect different from a bug. No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person.

Begins Saturday, October 6: Knitting with Isabel at the Mount Dennis Library. all ages are welcome to join, 10 am to 12 pm.

Two All Candidates meetings are scheduled, both at the Mount Dennis Legion Hall (1050 Weston Road): Wednesday, October 3 at 7 pm School trustees candidates for Toronto District School Board and Toronto District Catholic School Board; on Wednesday, October 10 at 7 pm Candidates for Toronto City Council Ward 11 or Ward 5 (under the new ward system).

Faith in the City (an alliance of leaders from various faith traditions who share issues of common social concern) has created The Prosperity Platform, a number of policies relating to poverty, housing, child care and transit. Municipal candidates are invited to review the pledge and sign on. Take a look.

Click the thumbnail to read this week’s fact sheet:

In the Library

Grace and Truth in the Secular Age ed. by Timothy Bradshaw.

Organized around the agenda of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, these intellectually rigorous essays cover such themes as confessional anthropology, the message and role of the gospel in our secular age, the place of Christian truth within our pluralistic culture, and church unity.

Worth a Look

Seemed like a good idea at the time file: An estimated 40 million to 50 million goldfish inhabit the waters of Lake Ontario, threatening native species.

2018-19 at Central

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

About this Blast

Members and friends receive this blast every Thursday. To share an announcement or unsubscribe, email cuc@bellnet.ca

Photo by Mark Bisgrove.