March 14, 2019

Continues tonight! Our annual Lenten Study continues on Thursday, March 14 and March 21 and 28 (6 pm). Our topic is "Jesus on Trial," an in-depth look at Jesus before the Sanhedrin and Pontius Pilate. We will also take a general look at justice in the Roman world and how this appears in the Gospels. Speak to Michael for more information.

The Outreach Committee will meet on Sunday, March 31 at 9.30 am.

You're invited to join the Outreach Committee as they "experience the culinary story of Canadian Indigenous heritage" at Ku-Kum Kitchen, 581 Mt. Pleasant Road, on Saturday, April 6 at 5 pm. Sylvia notes "The United Church Observer and the Toronto Star have documented that this restaurant is a wonderful experience of Indigenous cuisine." If you are interested in joining the group, please speak to Sylvia before March 18, to allow her to make a reservation. The restaurant serves dishes such as elk, bison and trout, with the average price of an entree around $35. Carpooling is recommended.

Huzzah for Team March!

Central's Makers Market, June 1, 2019

Register today to participate in our first annual Makers Market, to be held on Saturday, June 1 at Central, 1 King Street in Weston. To reserve a table, simply complete this form.

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 27: "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?"

Genesis 15.1-11: "Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great."

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Kairos Toronto West presents “Facing our Environmental Challenges in 2019," on Saturday, April 6 (10 am to noon) at St. James United Church, 400 Burnhamthorpe Road. The program will be facilitated by Kairos staff person and guest presenter Amelia Berot-Burns. For more information, contact Mary Wilson at 416-231-1207.

Sowing Seeds of Greatness: Frontlines Annual Dinner 2019 is set for Saturday, April 27 at Weston Golf & Country Club, 50 Saint Phillips Road. Tickets are $90.00. You will receive a tax receipt for a portion of the ticket. Help celebrate 30+ years of Sowing Seeds of Greatness in the Children of Weston and surrounding neighbourhoods. Please speak to Carol Latimer for more information.

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.

Pearen Memorial United Church, located on the north side of Eglinton Avenue, west of Weston Road. The building was expropriated by the city in 1960, to allow the widening of Eglinton. The congregation amalgamated with Chalmers United to form Mount Dennis United Church.

Minute for Mission

Mission & Service supports microcredit programs like the one created by the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network in Kenya. Small loans allow women to run small businesses—but even more, they create opportunities for women to improve their families’ lives by providing the means for shelter, food, clothing, and an education for their children.

The Together Project

Government sponsored refugees have financial support from the government, and they have access to English as a Second Language school, job hunting trainings, social work support if needed, etc. But they don’t have a designated connection to individuals in Canada as did those involved in TWERP. The Together Project addresses that need. It matches five or more Canadian volunteers—Welcome Groups—with a government sponsored refugee family. These Welcome groups are supported with training, resources—a series of booklets—and feed back sessions. Alternatively, people can sign up as an individual volunteer, and the organization then connects them to groups on their community.

Each Welcome Group is assigned a volunteer interpreter, called a Cultural Ambassador, to help bridge the language and cultural gaps. Cultural Ambassadors are assigned a maximum of three matches each and are expected to translate via WhatsApp daily and be available for in-person interpretation at least twice a month.

There is no financial sponsorship required by the group because the Project has its own sponsors and the refugees are financially sponsored by the government.

The volunteers provide information to the family about how things are done, where to go to find things, how to navigate the transit system, etc. The potential benefits to the newcomer family could be great. The benefits to the volunteers might be even greater—certainly my first experience helping refugees was extremely rewarding.

The idea is for Central and its friends to create a small group (minimum five) who will commit to take on this rewarding task of supporting a family, becoming their “go to” people and including them in its everyday lives.

We will be registering our Central United Church group with the Together Project in February 2019. Anyone interested in participating please let me know (Shauna.deconinck@gmail.com), or let Michael (cuc@bellnet.ca) know. We will keep you updated on our journey.

Shauna Deconinck

Community Announcements

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

High Park Nature Centre (375 Colborne Lodge Drive) presents an Indigenous Family Nature Walk, Saturday, March 16 from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm. Join Elder Blu Waters to explore Indigenous connections to the land. After the walk, participants are invited to gather around a Sacred Fire to celebrate the warmth and beauty of winter and join in a feast of three sisters soup provided by Ojibiikaan. Transportation tokens available. Unless otherwise indicated, this event will go ahead as scheduled, rain, snow or shine.

Etobicoke Camera Club Awards Night at Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd on Monday, March 18 from 7 to 9.30 pm. The program will include the Awards Salon for the competition category of "People." All welcome, no guest fee.

Eglinton Crosstown Open House at Beth Sholom Synagogue, 1445 Eglinton Avenue West, on Monday, March 18 from 6.30 to 8 pm. Come out and learn about the future Crosstown stations in Central West (Fairbank, Oakwood, Cedarvale, Forest Hill, Chaplin, Avenue, Eglinton).

UrbanArts presents Weston Road Flows, a multimedia exhibition that explores the past, present, and future of the (former) Village of Weston by reinterpreting the past through a modern context. This project will honour and reflect upon the spirit of Weston through historical recordings, resident stories, vocal shout-outs, spoken word, and on-site sounds captured with modern beats. Artists include Charles August Riik, Taye Harding, Daniel Kai Ehigiator (Ginsuu), Jamal Hussein (Mali Mink). 5 Bartonville Ave East, March 14-29, 1 to 8 pm.

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