Monthly Archives: January 2013

News for the Week of February 3, 2013

There are lots of activities and plans for Lent that you will want to read about.  You may also wish to take special note of the following:

  1. This Friday is our Annual General Meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  Come out and help celebrate our successes of the past 12 months and learn about plans for the coming year!  The meeting will follow a Congregational Pot Luck Supper in the Main Hall at 6:00 p.m.  Please join us!
  2. This Sunday is Outreach Sunday and we look forward to hosting Dr. Daniel Scott as our guest preacher.  Dr. Scott will speak on “Save the Mothers”, the organization we have selected as our Lenten Project this year.

Be sure to attend to learn more about this project and also to enjoy a time of refreshments and fellowship between services with a Coffee Hour hosted by your Outreach Committee in the Main Hall.

(And it is also Installation Sunday for Church Council members and recognition of committee members.  This will take place during both worship services.)

Hoping to see many of you on Sunday (and Friday night too!)

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Sally Sandiford


News for the Week of January 20, 2013

Please note that we will celebrate worship on Sunday with the Sacrament of Communion at both services.

There is still room in the Adult Membership classes, set to begin on Wednesday next week (January 23rd) at 7:30 p.m. for anyone wishing to explore and learn more about their faith and to consider membership in Central United Church.  Members wanting a “refresher” course are also encouraged to attend.

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Sally Sandiford

News for the Week of January 13, 2013

There will be a COFFEE HOUR this Sunday, so be sure to join us between services in the Main Hall for refreshment and fellowship.  There is also an important announcement from your Church Council, repeated here:

Your Church Council is Hosting a Coffee Hour on Sunday

With the conclusion of another rewarding year in the work of your Church Council and Committees at the AGM on Friday February 1st, we are looking forward to starting afresh with our new 2013 Council and Committee teams on Monday February 4th. However, in reviewing the size of each of our teams as we enter 2013, your Council is concerned that in too many cases our committees and other groups are operating with membership levels too low to adequately share their existing responsibilities let alone take on new initiatives.

Have you previously considered getting involved in the work of your Church, but never got around to asking where you could serve? Are you a previous Council or Committee member with talents and experiences you can bring to a new role in the service of your Church? Are you an existing Committee member who is open to taking on a new challenge in 2013?

Please consider how you can best serve your Church in 2013. For many of you that will mean continuing in your current role, which is great. For others, please consider taking on something new or getting involved for the first time.

To help you with any questions you may have as you reflect on this, your Church Council will be hosting a Coffee Hour between services this Sunday, January 13th. Council and Committee members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have on the work they do. Please join us in the downstairs hall between services.

I would also like you to know that one of our church members suffered a death in her family this week.  Carole Beam’s mother, Doris Harwood, passed away on Monday in her 95th year.  The funeral will be held in Woodstock on Friday.

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Sally Sandiford

Outreach Committee 2012 Update

As we look at the year 2012, the generosity of Central’s congregation is evident in the overwhelming support given to Outreach projects in our own community and around the world. Donations of $500 were made to each of the following organizations: Christian Blind Mission, Canadian Food Grains, Water Can, Yellow Brick House, The Salvation Army and Yonge Street Mission.

Generous support was also given to the following special projects:

  1. The Lenten Project for 2012 was in support of the ‘Teen Challenge GTA’ Centre for women located near Aurora, ON. Our congregation contributed $6000 in support of this Christian residence which provides a faith-based program of education and rehabilitation for young women who are recovering from lives broken by substance abuse. On March 11th, we were blessed by a heartfelt presentation from two of the students from Teen Challenge and their team leaders, Rev. Niles and Donna Thorne.
  1. Within Central’s Church family, Kristin Derry is volunteering with HavServe as Education Program Coordinator in Haiti. Kristin has taken a 6 month leave from her teaching position in York Region to share her expertise and her faith with the teachers and students in a country devastated by the 2010 earthquake. A donation of $1000 from Outreach funds was forwarded in support of Kristin’s volunteer efforts. Additionally, through your support of one of our small group’s effort, 64 French Bibles were sent to Kristin in Haiti.
  1. The Samaritan’s Purse Shoeboxes were enthusiastically filled with many gifts and lots of love! Thanks to everyone who participated…..a total of 175 boxes were filled! A special thank you to Agnes Willerding for leading this project and to her daughters, Suzie and Andrea who took the project  to work and filled 78 of the gift boxes!
  1. The Children’s Aid Christmas Gift project was lovingly supported again this year with 45 gifts being purchased for children in foster care. Thank you to Heather Keeling and her team for their dedication to this project each year.
  1. The Markham Food Bank was the grateful recipient of our White Gifts again this year.  Seven boxes of food and $800 in cash were delivered before Christmas. In addition, through a small group initiative, the sale of 100 gift bags  resulted in a donation of 100 turkeys for needy families in our community.
  1. The presence of the brightly decorated Mitten Tree in the Narthex was evidence of the donations of beautiful knitted items. Three boxes of warm mittens, hats and scarves were delivered to Pathways of York Region in Markham.
  1. Our own Tiina Derry joins The Ghana Health Team on a medical mission trip to Ghana in April 2013. A donation of $2000 from Outreach funds has been given in support of the preparations for this very worthwhile endeavour.

Ongoing support continues for three foster children through ‘Plan International’ and ‘Compassion’ in  Colombia, Indonesia and El Salvador.

Your contributions to ‘ Sleeping Children Around the World’ continue to supply bed kits for many needy children in developing countries.  For the year 2012, the proceeds from congregational offerings, penny pail donations and greeting card sales enabled us to purchase 150 bedkits at a cost of $35 each ($5,250 in total!).  Thank you Central for your long time support of this charity that gives 100% of every donation to the children!

Thank you to my fellow volunteer members of our 2012 Outreach Committee for their continued dedication. The members are Agnes Willerding, Marion McCallum, Felicity Monaco and Peter Seidler.

Rev. Jim Clubine joins our meetings and we appreciate his guidance and encouragement. We were deeply saddened by the passing of Evelyn Hunt, our dear friend and long-time Committee member. Evelyn’s wisdom, kindness and her caring ways will be long remembered by us all.

Sincere gratitude to all of you, the members of Central United Church Family, for your generous  support of the many outreach projects throughout the year. Your expression of care and concern for others is greatly appreciated in our own community and around the world.

Liz Dynes

News for the Week of January 6, 2013

Happy New Year!

Please note we are back on our two worship service schedule:  9:30 a.m. with Sunday School and 11:15 a.m.

I also have some sad news to share.  Connie Lockridge passed away this week and Rev. James Clubine will conduct her funeral service on Saturday (details below).  Connie had, until recently, lived at the “cottages” at Heritage Village (Anna Russell Way) and just celebrated her 95th birthday!  She attended Central for many years but was not able to do so in the last year or so, due to declining health.  She will be missed.


Lockridge, Constance Doris – Passed peacefully in her 96th year on Monday December 31, 2012 with family at her side in Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Pre-deceased by her first husband Ernest Boyd (1981), her second husband Charlie Lockridge (1988) and her brother Tom Conroy (2000). Connie was the cherished mother of Lorraine Hullachan, Catherine Johnstone (Jim deceased), Ron Boyd (Linda), Janet Skrepnek (Reg), Stephen Boyd (Margaret-An deceased), and Norman Boyd. Connie was the beloved grandmother of 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She is fondly remembered by her friends from Heritage Centre Unionville where she took part in choir singing, bible study, comedy/drama and especially playing her piano. Friends will be received at the DIXON-GARLAND FUNERAL HOME, 166 Main Street N. (Markham Road) Markham on Friday from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. until time of service in the chapel at 1 p.m. Family interment Pine Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice or the Salvation Army would be appreciated.

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Sally Sandiford