January 19, 2017

More Remits! The General Council (2015) passed a number of measures that require a vote by every congregation. The latest remits consider changes to the structure of the national church and how it is funded. We have set aside two Thursday evenings, February 9 & 16, beginning at 6 pm. The actual voting will take place at the Church Council meeting, held on February 26 after worship. We hope that questions and concerns can be addressed before the Church Council meets, making the preparatory meetings a helpful step. Please direct questions to Michael or Lang.

This Sunday (January 22), the Outreach Committee will lead worship at West Park Hospital. Can you help? We begin to gather patients at 9 am.

The Outreach Committee meeting has been rescheduled to next Sunday (January 29, 9.30 am).

The February coffee team (Go Team February!) is shy on members. If you wish to join them, speak to Joan Fulford. The next time February has five Sundays is 2032.

Team January!

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 15: "God, who may be a guest in your house?"

Matthew 4.12-23: "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people."


The Kid’s Klub sleepover is scheduled for February 4 and 5. Speak to Jenny for more details and how to cope with sleep-loss.

The Spiritual & Worship Committee will meet and enjoy a meal together at the next congregational luncheon, February 5.

Plan ahead: There will be a three-evening Lenten Study, March 16, 23, and 30. We begin at 6 pm.

Annual Report authors, you know who you are. Your best bet is to email Taye directly, or check with her about alternatives. Thanks to Taye for pulling the report together.

Speaking of the annual meeting, this year the congregation will meet on March 5 to look back, look ahead, and give thanks to God for the opportunity to serve together. Lunch included!

A Minute for Mission

An ambitious three-way partnership has made a significant change in the lives of women living in remote areas of Tanzania. Supported by The United Church of Canada, and in particular by United Church Women, the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre and the Tanzanian Ministry of Health are training maternal health care workers in an effort to improve infant and maternal health. The women are trained in prenatal and postnatal care as well as birthing techniques and recognizing negative indicators for a safe birth. With the knowledge gained from courses, these midwives do their best for mother and child, often in difficult circumstances.

Early in the development of its courses, the Morogoro Centre realized it could reach more women by delivering programs closer to the communities they hoped to serve. The centre has been able to extend the reach of the program, training 45–50 women at a time in regions across Tanzania. The women also receive a practical birthing kit at the end of their training.

As the reach of the program expands, course material has been adapted to include women who can neither read nor write but who bring life skills they are glad to share with fellow health care workers. Five courses in 2014 trained more than 300 midwives. The impact of this program will be felt long after in the women and infants alive today because of the training received.

The 50th anniversary of the UCW made this special project possible. Our ongoing gifts for Mission and Service enable core support for the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre. Families in Tanzania thank us for this support. Please join me and give generously.

Building Tiny Houses for the Homeless

You’ve probably heard of tiny houses and may have watched a TV program about their compact living style. Some US churches have adopted the idea to address homelessness—some structures are as tiny as 70 square feet. Cass Community United Methodist Church in Detroit is building homes ranging from 250 to 400 square feet, with unique exteriors with styles from mountain-lodge rustic to New Orleans French Quarter. They will have decks and front porches and be built on individual lots. Deliberately they are not designed for group living since that is so often a necessity for low-income people.

By year’s end, Rev. Faith Fowler aims to have seven homes built and occupied. So far, more than 600 people have requested applications, hoping to meet the project’s financial qualifications to rent to own. Rent will be based on square footage, generally $1 a square foot. If residents keep up rent payments for the first three years, they’ll qualify to make monthly payments on a subsequent four-year land contract, offering them full ownership in a total of seven years.

The Tiny Homes project will cost about $1.5 million, more than half is already raised from private donations and grants. Each house will cost about $40,000 to $50,000 to build, and volunteer groups, including United Methodist teams, will help with finishing touches, such as drywalling, painting and sodding lawns.

Some residents will likely be employees of Cass Community Social Services—many of them once homeless or former addicts who’ve remade their lives through various Cass Community programs. Among CCSS enterprises are programs that put people to work recycling tires—45,000 picked up from city streets—into mud mats and flip-flops, available for purchase on the non-profit’s website. Reclaimed wood from abandoned Detroit houses is crafted into holders for coasters, which depict vintage Detroit landmarks. A shredding business is also flourishing. Amazing where God leads!

Barbara Bisgrove

Community Announcements

The Weston Historical Society will be holding its General Meeting on Wednesday, February 1 at the Village of Humber Heights Retirement Home, 2245 Lawrence Avenue West at 7.30 pm. The guest speaker will be Nick Pashley, speaking on “Beer, the history of brewing in Toronto (and Canada)”

Winter in Pearen Park! When the ice returns, volunteers are invited to help fit skates and helmets, help kids skate, or shovel when needed. There are also spots on the rink-building team (you get to use the hose!). Email rink@mountdennis.ca or phone 416-614-3371 for more infomation. Pearen Park is off Eglinton Ave, two blocks west of Weston Road.

Ongoing: The Mount Dennis Market and Cafe! Every Friday come and enjoy complimentary coffee and visit a pop-up market run by residents, volunteers, small business entrepreneurs and food startups from the neighborhood and community! You will find fresh fruits and vegetables at the Good Food Market, delicious empanadas and cupcakes, clothes and arts and crafts. 1269 Weston Road (Weston/Ray), from 3 to 6 pm.

Come, volunteer and share a meal with your neighbours! Weekend Community Kitchens at MDNC (1269 Weston Road): Every Saturday for dinner (5 to 7 pm) and Sunday for brunch (10.30 am to 12.30 pm) community gets together to cook and share a meal. You're in church for the latter, but you can tell a friend.

In the Library

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

Well-known storyteller Ralph Milton is at it again: biblical characters come to life in his book, Is This Your Idea of A Good Time, God? This retelling of 23 biblical stories will move you to laughter and tears, and bring new insights into numerous characters. Each story is prefaced with biblical and historical background.

Worth a Look

A moving testimonial with the bold headline How the Church of England Saved My Life.

Photo by Mark Bisgrove

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