A few reminders for this week Aug. 9 – Aug. 15, 2021

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
“O taste and see that the Lord is good,” writes the Psalmist. We have this tendency to compartmentalize life and think of the spiritual life as a periphery thing—it is to be personal and private what we go to do on Sunday. Thinking thus, we limit Jesus to what we consider religious activity. The gospel does not see life this way—everything is spiritual because the human is a spiritual being. Jesus said to his disciples, “I have called you friends.” I wonder if we have sold Jesus short—this friendship with God permeates into every aspect of our lives and we find the Psalmist is correct—when we taste Him we do find that the Lord is good.
IN-PERSON WORSHIP
We have now moved into Step 3 of the “RoadMap to Reopen”. In this new phase there are no percentage capacity limits, but physical distancing and masks are still required. To view the guidelines at Central United, please click here.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING & TIME OF FELLOWSHIP
Please come and join the Thursday prayer meeting tonight at 7:00 pm. After the prayer time we have some time for fellowship to allow us to catch up with each other a little. 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:
Access to Join Zoom Meeting from your PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  1. Copy this address into your web browser https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8925458525 or click here
  2. If you are joining with the Zoom App the Meeting ID is: 892 545 8525 (Note that you can also download the Zoom Application and use the Meeting ID to join)
 
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
ONLINE SUNDAY WORSHIP, August 15th
Sunday’s service will be available to watch via livestreaming at 10:00 am and is recorded for later viewing, through the Church website. 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.
We suggest, for joining the live stream, that you tune in early. 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 Proverbs 9:1-6, Ephesians 5:15-20 and John 6:51-58. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our website.
Please join us each week and spread this good word. Share our streaming information with family and friends, and via your extended social network, hopefully, more and more people will hear about our live stream services and join in each week.
 
ONLINE DONATIONS
Donations for the work of Central United Church can be made online.
  • 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 [email protected].
In addition to the online donation option, your church offerings can also be mailed to the church.
FAMILY NEWS
THANK YOU to our Church Family
From my Family and I, it’s hard to put into words the gratitude we feel for your prayers, cards, calls, emails and meals in the past few months as I went through surgery and radiation.  I am happy to share with you that I am feeling well again and looking forward to good health ahead. 
–Ruth Duffield–
CLARA FRANCES WELLS
1928 – 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Clara Frances Wells on July 26, 2021 in her 93rd year. Clara was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by her large, extended family in Ontario and Newfoundland and by her friends in Heritage Village.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at Dixon-Garland Funeral Home, 166 Main Street, Markham this Saturday, August 14th from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Due to Covid restrictions the 1:00 pm Chapel Service will be by invitation only. A private family burial will be held immediately following the service.
We are grateful for our Saviour’s promise to welcome Clara home with Him. Please remember the Wells 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.
During this time of limitations on in-person visits, Rev. Dr. James Clubine is available for a telephone or video conference pastoral ‘visit’ and prayer. If you would like to book a visit, please contact Rev. Clubine at the church office 905.474.0183×228 or mobile office 416.358.4924 or by email [email protected]
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SCRIPTURE READINGS
If you are interested in reading ahead a little, below are the readings for next week.

August 22nd 2021
Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18
Psalm 34:15-22
Ephesians 6:10-20
John 6:56-69