A few reminders for this week Mar. 23 – Mar. 29, 2020

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
“Hope in the Lord!, writes the Psalmist, “For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.” (Psalm 130:7) God is ever calling us to look to him for hope. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26) Jesus promises that he will keep us, preserve us, through anything we face in this life. These portions of scripture are appointed to be read in our worship this coming Sunday. In all the turmoil we face the word of God points us to find our balance in the steadfast love of God. As we take prudent steps to do our part to halt the spread of disease, remember our medical professionals in prayer. Thank you for reaching out to one another; your offerings of a word of cheer, a note of joy, and a prayer of faith to one another are a blessing. Please know that I remain available for urgent pastoral care needs.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS…
WORSHIP SERVICES AVAILABLE ONLINEYour Church Executive Council, following the guidelines of the Ontario Government, have decided that we will cancel onsite services until further notice. Wednesday evening Lenten Bible Studies have been cancelled as well.
The Sunday services will be available to watch via live streaming at 10:00 am through the church website. We suggest that you tune in early. 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. 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 Ezekial 37:1-14, Romans 8:6-11 and John 11:1-45. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our website.
ONLINE DONATIONSA new function has been added to the home page of the Central United Church Website. It is now possible to donate using the new “DONATE NOW” function on the website or follow the points below:
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.

LENTEN OUTREACH PROJECT 2020This year’s Lenten Outreach Project is “The Yellow Brick House”. The Yellow Brick House provides a safe and secure place for women and children escaping domestic violence in York Region. Financial donations will be accepted throughout the season of Lent up to and including Easter Sunday. If you wish to donate you can mail your donations to the church. Cheques should be payable to the Central United Church. 
As we think of needs outside our Church family, please consider the Salvation Army which includes support for Markham & York Region https://www.agincourtcommunitychurch.comthe Markham Foodbank http://markhamfoodbank.ca/donate or the United Church of Canada Mission & Services Fund https://www.united-church.ca/donate.
SCRIPTURE READINGS….
If you are interested in reading ahead a little, below are the readings for next week…..
April 5, 2020Isaiah 50:4-9aPsalm 118:1-2, 19-29Philippians 2:5-11Matthew 21:1-11