A few reminders for this week Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, 2023

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK

Our Guest Minister this Sunday will be Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling who is the Ambassador for the Canadian Bible Society. Prior to that appointment in 2022, he served as the Senior Minister of the historic Timothy Eaton Memorial United Church in Toronto from 1998 to 2021. Andrew holds a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from Acadia Divinity College. In 2008 Wycliffe College (Toronto), recognized his contribution to preaching with an honorary Doctor of Divinity. In 2016 Dr. Stirling was appointed a Lifetime Fellow of Acadia Divinity College and in 2019, in recognition of his contributions to preaching, Emmanuel College, (Toronto) created a scholarship in Homiletics in his name.

He has written two books and has published over 55 theological and devotional articles. He has taught Church History at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto, Systematic Theology at Tyndale University Seminary (Toronto) and Homiletics at Acadia Divinity College and Emmanuel College at the Toronto School of Theology. His podcasts can be heard at, www.biblesociety.ca

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 58:1-9a, 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 and John 1:1-14. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our website.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY 2023

Talking with God: A Lenten Study on Prayer

Tuesday Evenings

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

  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 – February 14, 2023

February is Heart and Stroke Month. At our February 14th UCW meeting at 1pm, there will be a presentation on this topic by guest speakers from the MacKenzie Health Program for York Region. The presentation will be about one hour in length and refreshments will be served at 12:30 pm. The guest speakers are a District Stroke Coordinator and a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Everyone is welcome to attend this presentation on this very timely topic.

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 dennisseeley@hotmail.com.

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 (admin@centralunitedchurch.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

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 finance@centralunitedchurch.com.

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 Ruth Alton Morrison on January 29, 2023 at the age of 100. Ruth was a long standing member of Central United Church. She will be lovingly remembered by all of her family and friends and deeply missed.

Friends and family are invited to Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Ave., Markham, Ontario for visitation Friday, February 3rd from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. The service will follow the visitation at 10:00 am.

We are grateful for our Saviour’s promise to welcome Ruth home with Him. Please remember the members of Ruth’s family in your prayers.



Link to Obituary Notice

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 jclubine@centralunitedchurch.com.

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SCRIPTURE READINGS

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

February 12th, 2023

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Psalm 119:1-8

1 Corinthians 3:1-9

Matthew 5:21-37