A few reminders for this week Mar. 14 – Mar. 20, 2022

FROM THE MINISTER'S DESK

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I know that our culture has co-opted St Patrick’s day to promote over-consumption; nothing could be further from the spirit of the work of St. Patrick. In coming to Ireland with the gospel, St. Patrick returned to the very people who have treated him abysmally as a slave. He established communities of believers—outposts around Ireland that included a place of worship, education, and hospital care. The gospel came to the Irish as a faith that transforms lives—you can begin anew. In virtually a single generation most of Ireland was converted to Christianity. Our world’s treatment of St. Patrick is not much different than its treatment of the gospel. The wonderful news is that, though the God-given remedy for the emptiness we feel about our existence is treated with disdain, God pursues us still with his relentless love. Rev. Dr. Victor Shepherd has written an excellent synopsis of St. Patrick’s ministry that you can read here.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP

Capacity limits on religious services, rites or ceremonies has been lifted. Other protective measures, such as mask/face covering requirements will remain in place. To view the guidelines at Central United, please click here.

EASTER BASKETS

 

The decorating committee will once again be delivering Easter Baskets to our shut-ins during Holy Week. Donations in support of this project are appreciated; just mark your offering envelope “Easter Baskets”. If you wish to make your donation in memory of a loved one please e-mail the church office or give a note to Sharlene by April 10th with the wording that you wish used for the Easter Sunday bulletin.

 

If you would like to help with delivery and a short visit please e-mail 

Maureen Dudley at [email protected].

LENTEN OUTREACH PROJECT 2022

The Outreach Committee has chosen “The Salvation Army” as the 2022 Lenten Project. The Salvation Army is a Christian organization that gives hope and support to vulnerable people. They provide housing, shelter, and other social services to those in need in our community. Financial donations will be accepted throughout the season of Lent up to and including Easter Sunday. If you wish to donate, you can either drop off your donations at the Church or mail them to the church. Cheques should be payable to the Central United Church.

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, March 20th

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 55:1-9, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, and Luke 13:1-9. 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.

SMALL GROUPS LENTEN BIBLE STUDY

Easter by J.D. Greear

Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

March 9th to April 6th

This 5 week study looks at Jesus' life, death and resurrection in the Gospel of Matthew. All are welcome to join us in study and fellowship. Registration is required and can be done by clicking here.

Please sign in by 6:45pm. Below are the details for joining the session:

Access to Join Zoom Meeting from your PC, Tablet or Smartphone

1. Copy this address into your web browser

2. If you are joining with the Zoom App the Meeting ID is: 860 5866 3464 (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: 860 5866 3464 #

3. Then when prompted again press: # to enter the call

BOOK CLUB

Wednesday, March 23rd at 10:00 am

CENTRAL’s BOOK CLUB will meet next WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23rd at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom to review “The Stranger in the Lifeboat” by Mitch Albom. For further details contact Carole Beam at #647-226-8498 or by email at [email protected].

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 905.474.0183×228 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.



March 27th 2022

Joshua 5:9-12

Psalm 32

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Central United Church Unionville #905-474-0183 | 131 Main Street, Unionville, ON