A few reminders for this week Jan. 1 to Jan. 7, 2023

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK

Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’ (Mark 1:14-15) I had a conversation recently with a man who told me that he was an agnostic. At one point in the conversation he said that he thought that we humans were made to believe. I think he is correct about the nature of us humans. What we believe profoundly shaped our lives. G. K. Chesterton said, “When people choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.” Jesus also assumes the human capacity to believe: at the heart of Jesus’ preaching was this call to believe in the good news of God.

 

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 Genesis 1:1-5, Acts 19:1-7 and Mark 1:4-11. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our website.

PASTORAL SEARCH

As reported last Sunday, Rev. Jim has officially notified us of his retirement, with an effective date of June 30, 2024.

 

It is now time to initiate the process of the search for Central’s next Senior Minister of Worship and Pastoral Care. The first step in the process is the identification of the members of the Pastoral Search Committee. Your Council has asked Doug Stirling to lead the process of identifying candidates for this committee. There will be an announcement on the process this coming Sunday. Please begin to prayerfully consider how you can support or participate in this work that is vital for the future of our congregation.

UCW MEETING

Tuesday, Jan. 9th at 12:30 pm

On Tuesday, Jan. 9th at 12:30 pm, we will be holding our UCW meeting in the lower hall. John Frotten of our congregation will be discussing his work as a volunteer at the Markham Food Bank. Everyone is welcome to come for a time of fellowship and learn about the food bank. The need for supplying food for our community continues to rise. We look forward to seeing you.

COFFEE & CONVERSATION

Wednesday, Jan. 10th at 11:00 am

Come and join us for a chat in the Friendship Room on Wed. Jan. 10th at 11:00 am. Our purpose is to provide a place to connect with others and an opportunity for friendship and fellowship.

If you’d like more information or have any questions, please feel free to contact John Frotten at jfrotten@rogers.com.

ATTENTION LADIES

You are invited to

“An Evening of Women’s Fellowship”

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Main Hall

With special guest, Ruth Onley

speaker and singer

We hope that you can join us. Invite a friend!

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

 

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….

January 7th 2024

LAY WORSHIP LEADER: Trevlyn Ganes

MUSIC: George Arnold

POWER POINT: Serag Gadelrab

GREETER: Barb Davies

WORSHIP HOST: Cynthia Yee

COFFEE HOUR: Church Staff

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.



January 14th 2024

1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20)

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

John 1:43-51