FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ Do you not find Jesus’ proclamation a bold assertion? Whatever you are facing in life—human neediness of whatever kind—you will find blessing in the kingdom of heaven, here and now. Perhaps you have had your hopes dashed often enough by the fragility or vagaries of life such that you are hesitant about grand sounding promises. When circumstances whisper or scream the lie that God does not love us we only need to look to the cross and recall Jesus poured himself out without remainder for our sakes. The truth of his kingdom is that it is his steadfast love that endures forever, not our circumstance. The difficult circumstances of life are never that last word about you or me. For the believer, the last word about her is the kingdom word Jesus pronounced, Blessed!!
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. This Sunday we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
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 Micah 6:1-8, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 and Matthew 5:1-12. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our website.
FROM YOUR STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
This Sunday, Dr. Ken Burton, our Strategic Planning consultant, will bring an update of where we are with the development of Central United Church’s Strategic Plan directly following our service. If you are able, please stay to hear his report. This will be a brief but important meeting.
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 for both the in-person and the on-line study are posted in the Narthex. On-line registration will be available later this week.
2022 DONATION RECEIPTS
Your 2022 donation receipts are ready and available to be picked up in the narthex. If not picked up by January 30th, they will be mailed out to you.
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
COLLECTION COUNTERS /
BANK DEPOSITORS NEEDED
We urgently need a number of new volunteers (4 would be ideal) to count the collection received each Sunday and make the bank deposits afterwards at the local CIBC bank on Highway 7. This is something that could be done right after church service. Based on the number of volunteers, we will build a schedule for the year, so it won’t take up too much time for any one individual.
We will be posting a volunteer sign-up sheet in the Narthax. In the meantime, please let Sharlene in the Church Office know of your interest, or you can ask Gary Crosby or Lindsay Duffield with any questions. Thanks for your consideration in taking the opportunity to contribute to the church’s needs.”
VALENTINES NIGHT DINNER
Dennis and Gail Seeley have kindly offered to organize a Valentines Night Dinner at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 14th at Milestones located at 169 Enterprise Blvd. in Unionville. If you are interested in attending or would like additional information please contact Dennis Seeley prior to February 8th at 905-642-3632 or email@example.com.
THE FACE OF POVERTY,
Recognition and Response Zoom Sessions
Markham Baptist Church has sent an invitation to our congregation for anyone interested to join in sessions to learn more about this topic. Session dates are Tuesday evenings on Zoom from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm on Feb. 28, March 14, March 28, April 11, April 25 and May 9, 2023. Topics would include the impact on health, nutrition, housing, mental health and what the bible says about poverty. A Zoom link will be emailed to those who have registered on the day of meeting by the Administrator at Markham Baptist. To register, please contact the Administrator at Markham Baptist Church either by phone at 905-294-5830 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com.