A few reminders for this week Apr. 22 to Apr. 28, 2024

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK

The Lord exists for ever; your word is firmly fixed in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. (Psalm 119:89-90) Perhaps like me, you find that there are moments when being reminded of the faithfulness of God is just the word you needed to calm the turmoil in your heart. I think of how many days I take the sunrise for granted; the scriptures witness that it rises at our Lord’s behest and is a daily instance of His faithfulness. Our Lord established the earth, and its continuance is out of his faithfulness that endures to all generations. Take joy in God’s faithfulness.

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP 10:00 A.M.

Central United Church welcomes you to join our Worship Service Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. In worship we proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour; God’s word is read and preached, sacraments celebrated, faith sung and prayers offered.

Sunday services are also livestreamed (and recorded) through the Church website or you can join here. A copy of the bulletin for this Sunday’s Service is attached here.

 

This Sunday’s Scripture readings are Acts 8:26-40, 1 John 4:7-21 and John 15:1-8. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our website.

FINANCE AND STEWARDSHIP

COMMITTEE UPDATE

Through March 31st, Central United Church experienced a ($24,700) deficit versus a budgeted ($17,000) deficit, or ($7700) worse than planned.  

 

This shortfall is primarily due to a $12,000 shortfall in offerings in the first quarter. Operating expenses are for the most part on or below budget. We continue to invest in our Strategic Plan initiatives and have freed up cash from Investments to ensure adequate cash reserves for 2024. Don’t worry – the lights will stay on!

 

Our Offerings budget for 2024 is 6% more than 2023, and we encourage everyone to look at their YTD givings and continue to support Central United Church with your Time, Talents and Financial Support.  

 

Giving is easy via automatic monthly donations (PAR); Interac e-transfers, Canada Helps or Cheque/Cash. Details are on our website, on the pew cards and via the QR code displayed on the sanctuary screen before Service or on signs in the Narthax. Contact Sally_Sandiford@hotmail.com to sign up for PAR.

 

Thanks for your continuing support of Central United Church as “We grow in Christ and help others grow with us.”

SECURITY UPDATES FOR

CENTRAL UNITED CHURCH

Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Provincial Government, we were recently able to update our facility security. This included replacing key access on most doors with electronic entry cards; adding three cameras to cover the driveway, parking lot and play ground; and adding a camera intercom on the front door. 

 

This project makes our facility safer for all. Thanks to our A&P Committee for managing and to Alan Heighway for his technical expertise and installation oversight.

MOTHER’S DAY FLOWER VASE

Sunday, May 12th

Do you have a special woman in your life that you would like to remember this Mother’s Day? Guests are invited to bring a fresh flower for inclusion in a communal bouquet on Sunday, May 12th to honour all the loving mothers in our lives. Celebrating their strength, sacrifices, selflessness and love.

LEMONADE ON THE LAWN

Beginning Sunday, May 26th

Summer is coming and we would like to reintroduce Lemonade on the Lawn for the Sundays late May through to the end of August this year.

 

However, the only way this can happen is if you, our congregation supports this by signing up for the weeks you are able to assist with set up, pouring and clean up each week. This is a very easy task as all supplies will be available at the church. Sign up sheets are located on the bulletin board outside the Friendship room in the Narthex. Our outdoor fellowship after our service can ONLY happen if we have our full three months covered by volunteers. Please consider this, so that we can all enjoy the physical reconnection with old and new friends in our church.

 

Please check your calendars and commit to a week or two that will work for you! If you have any questions you may contact Kathy Hoy by email at kathyhoy5@gmail.com. Your service to the church will be appreciated by all!

STOUFFVILLE PRAYER BREAKFAST

Thursday, May 16th, 7:00 am

This years Stouffville Prayer Breakfast is taking place on Thursday, May 16th at 7:00 am at Oakview Terrace, 13256 Leslie St. in Richmond Hill. This year’s guest speaker is Daniel Rossi. Daniel was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his outstanding contributions to supporting victims of crime and community development. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Daniel and be inspired by his remarkable journey of service and faith.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets, you can do so by clicking here.

CSJ FUNDING APPROVED

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is a federal initiative designed to assist businesses and organizations in creating job opportunities for young Canadians.

Central United Church is honored to be a recipient of $6,882 through CSJ, which will allow us to create 2 funded positions for the youth: a Youth Worker and a Day Camp Counsellor-Recreation. The hiring process is currently underway. We kindly ask for your help in spreading the word to recruit young people. Additionally, please join us in prayer for qualified candidates to fill these important roles. For more information, please visit the Careers page on our website.

MARKHAM FOODBANK – RECIPES NEEDED

The Markham Foodbank is attempting to create a cook book for the clients who arrive at the foodbank but are not sure how to incorporate the food items they receive there into meals for their families.

Please submit your easy, quick and tasty recipes to Amanda at:

godfroya1@gmail.com.

Thanks for sharing, for those in need.

WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING &

TIME OF FELLOWSHIP

You are welcome to join the Thursday prayer meeting tonight at 7:00 PM for a time of prayer and fellowship. The meeting is held using Zoom technology.

 

Here are the details for those who wish to participate:

 

Access to Join from your PC, Tablet or Smartphone:

Copy this address into your web browser https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8925458525 or click here

 

Quick access by phone:

1.   Call: 647 374-4685

2.   When prompted press: 892 545 8525 #

3.   Then when prompted again press: # to enter the call

 

SUMMER DAY CAMP AND

YOUTH VOLUNTEERING

Join us for an unforgettable summer experience! Central United Church will be hosting a 1-week Summer Day Camp ‘The Blessed Way 2024’ from July 8th to July 12th for children currently in SK to Grade 5 (or Grade 1-6 in September 2024). For more details and online registration, please click here. Due to limited enrollment, we encourage you to register now.

 

Junior and senior high school students are welcome to volunteer. If any youths are interested, please apply here.

CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Adrianne June Easton on April 15th at the age of 92. Adrianne was a long standing member of Central United Church. She will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends. The family will be holding a private memorial service at a future date. The obituary for Adrianne can be found by clicking here.

We are grateful for the hope found in our Saviour’s promise of eternal life. Please remember the members of Adrianne’s family in your prayers.

PASTORAL CARE

Should you become aware of any illness, bereavement, hospitalization, etc., among people of our church, please notify the church office as soon as possible.

If you would like a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Clubine at the church office 905.474.0183 or mobile office 416.358.4924 or by email jclubine@centralunitedchurch.com.

STAY CONNECTED…..

We want to help you stay connected so if you happen to be wondering “who’s doing what” in terms of duties, the list for this week is below….

April 28th 2024

LAY WORSHIP LEADER: Lindsay Duffield

MUSIC: Sarah Wyse

POWER POINT: Alan Heighway

GREETERS: Kathleen Prosser

WORSHIP HOST: Cynthia Yee

COFFEE HOUR: Outreach

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Sharon Gayman Laird

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SCRIPTURE READINGS

If you are interested in reading ahead a little, below are the readings for next week.

May 5th 2024

Acts 10:44-48

Psalm 98

1 John 5:1-6

John 15:9-17