FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
The Englishman Joseph Oldham wrote, “There are some things in life—and they may be the most important things—that we cannot know by research or reflection, but only by committing ourselves. We must dare in order to know.” Friendship is like this. You must commit yourself to be a friend in order to have a friend. You have to dare in order to know. There were people who, upon hearing Jesus preach, demanded proof or a sign. Prove your claim that you are the Son of God. Jesus never acquiesces to these demands for proof. Why? Oldham said it, “there are important things in life that can only be known by committing ourselves.” For the committed Jesus makes himself known in such a way as to render proof unnecessary. For the uncommitted no proof is ever sufficient.
Central United Church welcomes you to our Worship Service Sunday morning at 10:00 am and we would love to have you join us. We rejoice that we can worship together and give thanks, offering prayer and lifting our voices in song.
Sunday services are livestreamed at 10:00 am 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.
This Sunday’s Scripture readings are Exodus 24:12-18; 2 Peter 1:16-21 and Matthew 17:1-9. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our website.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Sunday, February 19th at 11:30 am
Our Annual General Meeting will be held in the sanctuary this Sunday, February 19th at 11:30 am following a short break after Sunday’s Worship Service. You can also join the meeting online if unable to attend in person. Joining details are noted below. To access a copy of the Annual Report click here.
Google Meet joining info:
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/vvf-iokk-feh
Or dial: (CA) +1 587-977-4751 PIN: 950 160 019#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/vvf-iokk-feh?pin=1108872312744
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:30 pm
Our Ash Wednesday Service will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:30 pm. This special service is offered to help prepare you for our Lenten journey to Easter and will include the Sacrament of Communion and Imposition of Ashes. A copy of the bulletin for this service is attached here.
LENTEN BIBLE STUDY 2023
Talking with God: A Lenten Study on Prayer
February 28 through March 27
Social Time: 6:30 pm / Study Begins: 7:00 pm
The 5 weekly sessions will be offered at the church and on-line. We hope that you can join us in study and fellowship!
Sign up sheets are in the Narthex for the in-person groups. Registration for the on-line group can be done on the church website.
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
- Copy this address into your web browser https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8925458525 or click here
- 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:
- Call: 647 374-4685
- When prompted press: 892 545 8525 #
- Then when prompted again press: # to enter the call
CENTRAL’S BOOK CLUB
Central’s Book Club will meet on Wednesday, February 22nd at 10:00 am via Zoom to review “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles. For further details contact Carole Beam at #647-226-8498 or by email at [email protected].
THE UPPER ROOM
Copies of the Upper Room March/April 2023 edition are now available.If you would like to receive a copy please let Sharlene Wilson-Bennett ([email protected]) know via email and she will be happy to get a copy to you. Please specify if you would like the small or large print copy and be sure to include your address. Alternatively, use the link below to get your copy online. https://upperroombooks.com/home-2/?cn-reloaded=1
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.
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 to book a pastoral visit, please contact Rev. Clubine at the church office 905.474.0183 or mobile office 416.358.4924 or by email [email protected].