Monthly Archives: February 2013

News for the Week of March 3, 2013

You will note that Sunday is “Teen Confirmation Sunday”.  This service is always one of the highlights of worship at Central.  We will have five teens confirming their faith and giving their testimonials.  Be sure to join us in welcoming them formally into the membership of the church.

And, more sad news to share:  Susan Fyfe’s father passed away this week.  Details are as follows: 

Remembering Ross Frederick Andrews (December 10, 1927 – February 25, 2013)

(Chiropractor in Orillia for 38 years, Life-Long Member of St. Paul’s United Church, Past President of Orillia Rotary Club, Member of Champlain Seniors Service Club.)  With sadness, Ross’ family wishes to announce his gentle passing at Trillium Manor, Orillia on Monday, February 25, 2013.  He was in his 86th year. Ross was the beloved husband of Evelyn (Strachan) for 60 years and cherished father of Cathy and husband Eric Sayle, Susan and husband Tom Fyfe, and Allison and husband Carl Garland. He was adored by his grandchildren Timothy (Nicole) and Hilary Sayle, Rebecca and Meredith Fyfe, Alexandra Andrews, Bonnie and Sam Garland.  His first great-grandchild is Henry Conner Sayle.  Ross is survived by his sister June Litster (Len) and brothers-in-law Robert Strachan (Joyce), Murray Strachan (June), Lloyd Strachan (Ulrike), Stuart Strachan (Joan) and sister-in-law Carol Beaver.  He was loved and respected by many nieces and nephews.  Ross’ passion for music began with his first clarinet lesson at age 10 and continued until he played his last saxophone solo at age 82.  His love for the Big Band sound grew while playing in The Andrews Orchestra, founded by his parents Charles and Anne Andrews.  Over the years, he shared his musical talent with a host of local musical groups including the Orillia Kiltie Band, Orillia Concert Band, Huronia Symphony Orchestra and Champlain Music Makers, among others.  He was also the leader of the Swing Band which supported many charitable organizations.  In 2000, Ross was presented with the Senior Achievement Award by the Lieutenant-Governor on behalf of the Province of Ontario in honour of his time spent with student musicians at Couchiching Heights P.S.  The family gives special thanks to the staff at Trillium Manor for their care and compassion.  Visitation will be held at the Doolittle Chapel of Carson Funeral Homes, 54 Coldwater St. E., Orillia, (705) 326-3595 on Sunday, March 3rd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.   A celebration of Ross’ life will be held on Monday, March 4th at St. Paul’s United Church, 62 Peter St. N., Orillia, at 1 p.m.  If desired, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s United Church, Orillia, The Alzheimer Society or the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

Here is the website link which includes directions:

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Sally Sandiford

Mid Week News – February 19, 2013

We would like to provide you with a mid-week news update of a couple of events this week in order to invite you to participate.

Wednesday, February 20th marks the beginning of our Lenten “Small Group” Bible study and we encourage you to participate.  We will begin with coffee/tea at 7:15 p.m. in the Main Hall, plenary session at 7:30 p.m. and break off into small groups from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Even if you weren’t able to join a small group this past Fall, you are welcome to attend this 5 week study.  The topic is “The Resurrection of the Son of God”.  (If Wednesday is not suitable for your schedule, please let us know as a Tuesday evening small group will also be available offsite.)

We hope you can join us for a fun evening on Friday evening, February 22nd from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  We will gather at World Bowl, 9 East Wilmot Street (between Hwy. 7 and 16th Avenue off Leslie Street).  Cost is $15 which includes shoe rental.

And finally, I regret to advise that Andrew Philip, son-in-law to church members Vic & Sheila Fitzakerley, passed away on the weekend.  Visitation will be held at the Highland Funeral Home, 10 Cachet Woods Court, Markham (just north of Buttonville Airport) on Thursday, February 21st from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral will be held at the Olive Branch Community Church, Markham on Friday, February 22nd at 1 p.m.  Our sympathies to the family.

Sally Sandiford

News for the Week of February 10, 2013

You will want to read about the many activities and events planned.  This Sunday is “New Members” Sunday when we formalize the membership for six adults during the worship services.  I hope you can join us.

And also…

Following the success of our “small group” project this Fall, we will be offering another opportunity for small group study with Jim Clubine’s Lenten Bible Study.  Check out the announcements for details and be sure to sign up, either at the church or by sending me an email.

Don’t forget February 13th is Ash Wednesday.  Please join us for a special worship service at 7:30 p.m.

Sadly, I wish to share that church member Henry Wong’s brother Colin died suddenly last week.  Here are the details:

Colin Wong was suddenly taken from us on January 30, 2013 at the age of 53 from a heart attack. Beloved husband of Sylvia and loving father to his sons Geoffrey and Michael. He was a cherished son of Moo Lan and a dear brother of Susan, Henry (Cynthia Yee), Frank and Sandra (David Mah). Colin will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family, friends and co-workers.  Friends may visit the Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge Street (2 lights south of Steeles, on the east side) on Friday from 6:00pm to 9:0pm and Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am. A funeral service will commence on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 10:30am in the funeral home chapel with a luncheon to follow (location will be announced at the service). Private Cremation. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.

And finally, in conjunction with February being Heart Health month, here is a recommended website link with some good information from our Parish Nursing Health Ministry:

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Sally Sandiford

2013 Lenten Season at Central

The season of Lent represents 40 days (plus Sundays) and begins with Ash Wednesday. We will celebrate that day, FEBRUARY 13th , with a worship service at 7:30 p.m. This special service helps to prepare you for our Lenten journey to Easter and will include the Sacrament of Communion and imposition of ashes. (We will also have Communion on the first Sunday of Lent, February 17th at both services.)

HOLY WEEK…begins with Palm Sunday and moves forward to Easter Sunday.  At Central our objective is to make this time a week of worship when we as Christians deliberately draw aside to contemplate that week when our Lord gave his life for us.  Worship opportunities include:

Sunday, March 24th:  9:30 & 11:15 a.m. Palm Sunday worship services with the Sacrament of Communion

Tuesday, March 26th:  7:30 p.m. contemplative worship with sacred music by Tomas Luis de Victoria:  “Lamentations of Jeremiah:  Holy Week Sequences” presented by Cantorei Sine Nomine choir.  View a similar presentation below.

Thursday, March 28th7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday service with praise music and the Sacrament of Communion

Friday, March 29thGood Friday service at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday, March 31stEaster Day beginning with a sunrise service at 8:00 a.m. followed by a light breakfast, and Celebration Services at 9:30 & 11:15 a.m., all including the Sacrament of Communion.

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Minister of Families, Youth and Education

Markham (Unionville) ON

Central United Church is expanding its ministry team and is seeking an ordained, diaconal or lay minister (of the United Church of Canada) for the full-time position of Minister of Families, Youth and Education. We will welcome someone who has a passion for families, youth and children, who thrives in a team environment and who has 3-5 years experience in developing and delivering creative and exciting activities and programs to attract and inspire families and youth. Teaching, coaching, mentoring, and strong biblically based preaching skills, with a positive “can-do” collaborative attitude will be valuable assets to provide dynamic spiritual leadership. Will support and act as resource for Christian Education programs.

In addition, experience in providing pastoral care with a focus on families and youth and previous involvement with community activities, meeting new people and outreach activities will be required.

The position’s starting date is July 1, 2013. Kindly apply by submitting your resume and a brief statement of faith to the Joint Search Committee’s corresponding secretary, Paula  Robinson, at by March 15, 2013.

A detailed job description, skills profile, and background of the church and community are available in our JNAC report which can be obtained by contacting Paula Robinson.