A few reminders for this week Mar. 28 – Apr. 3, 2022

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
Judging by the number of advertisements that appear in an internet search of ‘home fragrance,’ odors matter. There is a biblical story about home fragrance. It was when Mary took a pound of costly perfume and anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. What is the fragrance of Mary’s act? Jesus, knowing Mary’s heart said “she bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial.” The gospel writer Luke tells us of another occasion when Jesus was at Mary’s home. On that occasion Mary “sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.” We are to understand that this was typical of Mary. She is a disciple who drinks in all that our Lord would teach. The gospel writers tell us that at this point in Jesus’ ministry his foretelling that ‘he must undergo great suffering, and be rejected, and be killed, and on the third day be raised,’ had become a main staple of his teaching. Mary seems to have taken his teaching to heart. Our Lord’s suffering, rejection, crucifixion, and resurrection ever remains what our Lord would teach us. May we, like Mary, take it to heart.
IN-PERSON WORSHIP
Capacity limits on religious services, rites or ceremonies have been lifted along with mandatory face mask requirements and passive screening requirements. 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, April 3rd
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 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, and John 12:1-8. 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