A few reminders for this week Jan. 9 to Jan. 15, 2023


“Six ways used to erase Sir John A. Macdonald” is the front page headline today in one of Canada’s national newspapers. Are we better than our ancestors? It seems we think so. About the current trend of erasing historical figures professor Ephraim Radner wrote, “Our current attitude to our ancestors seems to grow out of a broad sense that today we know more, indeed, are morally better than yesterday; that today we are different, not just in our attitudes, but in our very selves. … that the present is a morally evolved moment that can evaluate the past from a position of purified and enlightened vision.” A reading of the rest of the newspaper calls into question such confidence in moral evolution. Today’s culture needs to hear what the prophet John the Baptist said of Jesus to his world, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’


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 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 and John 1:29-42. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our website.


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.



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



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.”


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]


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


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.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Douglas William Patterson on December 20, 2022. Doug was a long standing member of Central United Church. He will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends.

Doug was known to be an adventurer in his youth and relished cottage life on Lake Rousseau which he enjoyed with his late wife Elizabeth, his children and grand children. At the request of Doug, there will be no funeral. There will be an internment in Muskoka this summer.

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

Link to Obituary Notice


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]



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

January 22nd, 2023

Isaiah 9:1-4

Psalm 27:1, 4-9

1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Matthew 4:12-23