A few reminders for this week Jan. 2 to Jan. 8, 2023

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK

In the story of Jesus’ baptism we are told that a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’ (Matthew 3:17) What the gospel writer wants us to hear, in the midst of our aspirations and dreams for life, realized or frustrated, is the voice of God calling us to look to his Son, Jesus of Nazareth. I find it instructive that God in the Son has descended to come among us. In our culture that refuses to look up and only looks horizontally to understand life God has come among us. God would have us understand that true help is found in looking up to him. The gospel story asserts the reality that God is not distant from us, rather the world is the theatre of his activity.

SUNDAY WORSHIP

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 Isaiah 42:1-9, Acts 10:34-43 and Matthew 3:13-17. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our 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

  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

UCW MEETING – January 10, 2023 – 12:30 pm

The first UCW Meeting of 2023 will be held in the lower hall Tuesday, January 10th at 12:30 pm. We will have lunch first, which involves bringing a sandwich of your choice. A fruit tray or vegetable tray, dessert plus tea and coffee will be provided. John Mole, our well known organist, will be giving a demonstration on the “abilities” of our new organ at 1:00 pm. He has invited anyone who wishes can try out the organ. All members are welcome to join us.

CENTRAL’S BOOK CLUB

CENTRAL’s BOOK CLUB will meet on WEDNESDAY, January 25th at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom to review “A Single Thread” by Tracey Chevalier. For further details contact Carole Beam at 647-226-8498 or by email at [email protected]

THE UPPER ROOM



Copies of the Upper Room January/February 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

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.

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 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]

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SCRIPTURE READINGS

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



January 15th, 2023

Isaiah 49:1-7

Psalm 40:1-11

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

John 1:29-42