September 14, 2017

This week! Church School returns, along with the warm summer days you missed in the summer. Plan to join us for worship, and bring a friend!

It is with sadness that we learned of the passing of Eric Lee, longtime member of Central, our archivist-historian, artist-in-residence, and patriarch of a large clan. He will be deeply missed. We will remember and celebrate Eric's life on Monday, September 18 (11 am) at Central. There will be visitation at Ward Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. We pray for the Lee family and Eric's many friends.

Can you help? Our next West Park Hospital service is Sunday, September 24. Volunteers help gather patients from the various wards and sing out during worship. 9 am.

The Outreach Committee will meet on Sunday, October 1 at 9.30 am.

Remembrance Day with Eric, 2013.

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 103: "The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

Exodus 14.19-31: "Let us flee from the Israelites, for the LORD is fighting for them against Egypt."

Read last week's sermon

A Minute for Mission

We are accepting donations to help Mission & Service partners provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Irma.

The United Church works with several churches and agencies throughout the Caribbean region. Our membership in the global ACT Alliance provides multiple ways for the church to assist people affected by Hurricane Irma. ACT members are organized in various regional and national forums (including the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba) that have worked quickly to assist with evacuations and emergency shelter where necessary, and to prepare their post-storm responses. The United Church is already contributing to those efforts. In addition, the United Church will assist bilateral partners such as the region-wide Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA), the Cuban Council of Churches, and the Karl Lévêque Cultural Institute in Haiti as they organize their responses.

There is an online donation page through the United Church and gift tool.com, or you can donate by cheque marked "Emergency Response."

“Please Write About it and Tell Everyone”

“I am so happy. Have you ever seen me smiling this much before?” This was the prolonged reaction of one of the women at the drop-in. She had talked to me the previous week as I sat chatting on the wall outside the church.I’d remarked on how well she looked and she had told me she had been able to put some previous trauma behind her, stop using drugs and was living alone away from any threats. She had a request to make of me.

She had been emotionally controlled by the man supplying her drugs. A while back she had started to recognize how good she could feel without them, and was trying to turn her life around. He must be a man with insight because as she began to feel stronger and began to talk about rebuilding contact her adult children, he told her he had learned that her daughter was dead. This broke her spirit and sent her spiralling back, seeking solace for her heartache.

Over time, as she grieved, she would ask people to look for her, to find out more, but when they came back with news the man told them stopped them telling her or told them to alter the story. So that day she asked if I could take a look for her and gave me the identifying information about both her son and daughter.

That evening I went on Google, checked how to track people and started my search. Across Canada, I found about a dozen people with the right name and noted their addresses and phone numbers—the majority in Toronto which seemed promising.

On the LinkedIn site, I found a university graduate with a library job and, best of all, a photo of herself. I told myself not to be too hopeful, she looked just like her mother. So I enlarged and printed it with the contact information, graduation dates and so on.

I had no way to contact the mother, so every time I was out in Weston I carried the information with me. Finally, our paths crossed. I showed her my search results and then brought out the photo. She was ecstatic. She asked me “Does she work in a library?” and I knew we were on to a good thing.

She started to tell everyone her good news, and as it happens, people started to come to me with the news. I stayed silent about my role, of course. I also suggested perhaps she should get in touch with the young woman first before celebrating—I wanted a happy ending to the story!

But for the time being, I assume, it was enough to know the daughter is alive and actual contact might result in rejection so she is playing it safe. But, because I have asked her permission to write about her in the past she knows about these articles, so she wanted you to share the happiness, and I promised I would share her story.

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

This-in-that Sale at Martin Grove United Church, 75 Pergola Road on Saturday, September 16 from 9 am to 2 pm. Bargains on jewelry and accessories, household items, gift articles (books, CDs etc.) and lots more. Socialize over a BBQ afterward.

Join the Adult Colouring Club every Wednesday (2 pm) at the Weston Library. Colouring is said to improve focus, relieve stress and strengthen fine motor skills. Come try out the latest trend in relaxation, and unleash your creative side. Materials are provided, or bring your own. No registration required.

Write Now! with Maureen Lennon, WKNC and Weston Library. The next 8-week session begins on Tuesday, October 3rd at the Weston Library. To register contact Ken at 416-241-9898 or kent@wknc.ca. Get writing! Use & strengthen your own voice in a caring atmosphere where, together, we can inspire & encourage each other. Come to discover your writing voice, to share and learn with others, to write & empower your writing in new ways. Maureen Lennon, who has been a writing teacher, a published writer & is part of our Weston community, brings her experience & enthusiasm to this fall's workshop. A free program sponsored by the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre, in partnership with the Toronto Public Library.

Bloordale United Church (4258 Bloor Street West) is hosting a seminar for seniors called "Fraud: Know it Before it Knows You." Const. Michael Burgess, Crime Prevention Officer will make a presentation and answer questions. Thursday, October 19, 1 to 2.30 pm. Call Jill at 416-621-8214 to register.

Advance notice: There will be a flu clinic at WKNC on Tuesday, October 24 from 2 to 6 pm.

In the Library

Is This Your Idea of a Good Time, God? by Ralph Milton

This retelling of 23 biblical stories will move you to laughter and tears, and bring new insights into characters like Eve and Adam, Hagar, Jacob, Naaman, Peter, Pontius Pilate, and Mary of Magdala. Each story is prefaced with biblical and historical background.

Worth a Look

12,000 of rushing water, until the day in 1969 when they turned off the (US) falls.

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Photo by Marianne Putz.