A few reminders for this week Jan. 3 – Jan. 9, 2021

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
According to the Bible, the chief characteristic of the living God is that God speaks. Our society’s institutions may be silent about God’s address but this is not to be interpreted to mean that God is silent or that his voice is not being heard. The scriptures insist that the reality in which our lives unfold is one in which we are being addressed by God. The phrase “Thus says the Lord” spoken by prophets is not a clever ploy to get you to listen to what they want to say next. This pronouncement ‘thus says the Lord’ describes reality—our reality—we are being addressed. So what does God have to say to us? When the news of today focuses on being afraid, one of the wonderful words of God to believers comes through the prophet Isaiah, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” It is a word God speaks to any who would call out to Him.
IN-PERSON WORSHIP
Effective January 5, 2022 we have temporarily moved to a Modified Step 2 of the “RoadMap to Reopen”. In this phase we are limited to 50 per cent capacity limits. Physical distancing and masks are still required. This means no change for Central United as we are continuing to follow masking and social distancing protocols which put us well under the 50% capacity limit. 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, January 9th
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 Isaiah 43:1-7, Acts 8:14-17, and Luke 3:15-17, 21-22. 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.
CHURCH FAMILY NEWS
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Yoke Bow Yee, beloved mother of Cynthia Yee on January 3, 2022. Yoke Bow will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends. Due to current restrictions, attendance at the visitation and funeral service is by invitation only. A copy of the obituary can be found here.
We are grateful that our sorrows are borne in the hope of our Saviour’s love. Please remember Cynthia and Henry and their 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.
If you would like to book a pastoral 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.

January 16th 2022
Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 36:5-10
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11