A few reminders for this week Apr. 20 – Apr. 26, 2020

Sunday, April 26 is the third Sunday in the season of Easter—we continue celebrating Easter and will be reading the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. (Luke 24:13-25) Recall the end of that story, as soon as they recognize Jesus, he vanished from sight. As you read the stories of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances, the fact that he vanishes from sight is never an occasion of disappointment or dismay for the disciples. We do not see these two sitting around the Emmaus dinner table wondering, ‘where did he go?’ They do not bemoan, “he has gone and left us again!” Rather, they jump to their feet because they have great news to tell. Somehow, the fact that Jesus vanished is never experienced as Jesus abandoning them. So too for us; Jesus’ presence is not a matter of seeing him at the dinner table, rather, with the eyes of faith Jesus makes his presence known. We have great news to tell!
April 23rd, 2020 at 7:00 pm
A reminder that you are invited to join in the Thursday Prayer Meeting at 7:00 PM. The meeting is held using the Zoom technology
Please join 10 minutes before the 7:00 PM start time.
Here are the details for those that wish to participate:
Join Zoom Meeting from your PC, Tablet or Smartphone
Meeting ID: 892 545 8525
(Note that you can also download the Zoom Application and use the Meeting ID to join)
For dial in from a phone (audio only), just dial one of the following numbers and enter the meeting ID when prompted:
647 374 4685
647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 892 545 8525
The Sunday services will be available to watch via live streaming at
10:00 am through the church website. We suggest that you tune in early. To watch live or view a recording later, go to the Church website, scroll down and click on Central United’s Live Stream Page or click here. A copy of the bulletin for this Sunday’s Service is attached here. You are encouraged to have your bible handy and please note that the text of this Sunday’s Sermon will be available on our Church website prior to Service time. This Sunday’s Scripture readings are Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23 and Luke 24:13-35. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our website.
In these challenging times, the importance of maintaining spiritual well-being within our Central United community and through regular worship is magnified.
While we can’t gather physically, Central United is unique among many churches in the area with the ability to live stream Sunday services and our “virtual congregation” continues to grow!
Please join us each week. And spread this good word. Share our streaming information with family and friends, and via your extended social network – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.  
Hopefully, more and more people will hear about our live-stream services and join in each week.
Following the guidelines of the Ontario Government, there are no onsite services until further notice.
A new function has been added to the home page of the Central United Church Website. It is now possible to donate using the new “DONATE NOW” function on the website or follow the points below:
  • You can donate to Central United by clicking here:
  • You can continue to specify how you want your donation to be allocated by either selecting the appropriate category on the website or by typing in your choice in the MESSAGE box.
  • Donation receipts will be issued directly by Canada Helps, so there is no need to include your envelope number.
  • If you have any questions, email finance@centralunitedchurch.com.
In addition to the online donation option, your church offerings can also be mailed to the church.
Thank you for your continued support of Central United. Given the uncertain times, we feel that it is important to share the current financial position for the church, and we are happy to say that our results as of March 31st were approximately $500 ahead of budget – with a deficit of $4,243. We do realize that the closure of the church for the foreseeable future will impact our cash flow – with both our givings and our rental income expected to be lower than our budget estimates. Thankfully the church is in a very strong cash position at this time, so we will be able use some of our accumulated surplus to fund any cash shortfalls that may arise. We are also monitoring the various government programs being offered (which include wage subsidy programs and an interest free loan program), and we will determine, in consultation with the church council, which of the programs we should apply for. We will keep you posted on our progress each month. Don’t forget that you can still drop off your offerings at the church (mailbox only, as the church remains closed), or better yet – you can sign up for the preauthorized giving program (“PAR”) – please contact Sharlene for the proper form. Alternatively, you can donate directly to the church using this link: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/130828254RR0001-central-united-church/.  If you have any questions, please email “finance@centralunitedchurch.com”
The Upper Room hard copies are now available. If you would like to receive a copy please let Linda Patterson know via email: lme29patt@gmail and she will attempt to have it delivered to your home. Please include your address and choice of regular or large print. Limited quantities are available. Alternatively, use the link below to get your copy online. https://upperroombooks.com/home-2/?cn-reloaded=1
This year’s Lenten Outreach Project is “The Yellow Brick House”. The Yellow Brick House provides a safe and secure place for women and children escaping domestic violence in York Region. Due to the rise in domestic violence at this time and social distancing, Yellow Brick House is renting hotel rooms to house those in need. We thank you for your donations and your generosity is greatly appreciated. Financial donations are still being accepted until the end of April. If you wish to donate you can mail your donations to the church. Cheques should be payable to the Central United Church. 
As we think of needs outside our Church family, please consider the Salvation Army which includes support for Markham & York Region https://www.agincourtcommunitychurch.com, the Markham Foodbank http://markhamfoodbank.ca/donate or the United Church of Canada Mission & Services Fund https://www.united-church.ca/donate.

If you are interested in reading ahead a little, below are the readings for next week…..
May 3rd, 2020
Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10