A few reminders for this week Mar. 29 – April 4, 2021

CENTRAL UNITED CHURCH
FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
I hear people refer to the coming weekend as Easter Weekend. Indeed Sunday is Easter—a great day of celebration—but we Christians must be careful not to hurry past Friday. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the announcement of the victory won by Christ at the cross. Yes, the victory over death occurred on Good Friday when Jesus exclaimed in triumph, “It is finished.” ‘Good Friday’ is a modern expression. In the mediaeval era Christians spoke of God’s Friday. For on this day God acted definitively on behalf of humankind. On this day God did something apart from which the human predicament would be hopeless. He did something apart from which we would have remained helpless. Good Friday, God’s Friday, has eternal significance for the entire human creation. It is from the perspective of God’s Friday that we can know true Easter joy.
REGISTRATION TO ATTEND IN-PERSON
WORSHIP FOR HOLY WEEK SERVICES
IS NOW CLOSED
Thank you for registering for in-person worship at our Holy Week services. Registration for these services is now closed. All the services will be live-streamed and we encourage inviting your friends and families to join us online. 
 
Central United Church has resumed it’s in person Worship Services able to welcome people in the church building limited to 30% of our seating capacity and subject to social distancing and health guidelines. To view the guidelines at Central United please click here.
 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we endeavor to work together to make our worship both safe and meaningful during this unusual time.
CENTRAL UNITED IN-PERSON WORSHIP
Central United Church has resumed it’s in person Worship Services able to welcome people in the church building limited to 30% of our seating capacity and subject to social distancing and health guidelines. To view the guidelines at Central United please click here.
 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we endeavor to work together to make our worship both safe and meaningful during this unusual time.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING & TIME OF FELLOWSHIP
There will be no weekly prayer meeting this week, but meetings will resume next Thursday, April 8th at 7:00 pm via Zoom technology.
ONLINE WORSHIP
MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 1st – 7:30 pm
The Maundy Thursday service will be available to watch via live streaming at 7:30 pm 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 Service is attached here. We suggest, for joining the live stream, that you tune in early.
ONLINE WORSHIP
GOOD FRIDAY, April 2nd – 10:00 am
The Good Friday service will be available to watch via live streaming 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 Service is attached here. We suggest, for joining the live stream, that you tune in early.
ONLINE SUNDAY WORSHIP
EASTER SUNDAY, April 4th – 10:00 am
This Sunday’s service will be available to watch via live streaming 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 25:6-9, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 and John 20:1-18. You can also find a daily scripture 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.
LENTEN BIBLE STUDY – “Discipleship Explored”
Week 6 of our Bible Study “Discipleship Explored” by Barry Cooper will Resume next Wednesday, April 7th at 7:00 pm via Zoom technology. For this week’s study, which is based on the book of Philippians, we will be reviewing video #6 “Knowing Christ” which can be found at RightNow Media. If you are already registered with RightNow Media, you can access the bible study directly by clicking here. If you have not yet registered for RightNow Media you can register here. For those that would like a copy of the participants guide please send an email request to Bob Davies at [email protected] and you will be sent an electronic copy.
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
2. If you are joining with the Zoom App the Meeting ID is: 943 5615 7111 (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: 943 5615 7111 #
3. Then when prompted again press: # to enter the call
LENTEN OUTREACH PROJECT 2021
This year’s Lenten Outreach Project is “Covenant House”. The Covenant House is a crisis shelter for youth in Toronto. You can read more on the work of “Covenant House” here. Financial donations will be accepted throughout the season of Lent up to and including Easter Sunday. Simply mark your offering envelopes “Covenant House”. Cheques should be payable to the Central United Church. Donations can either be dropped off or mailed to the church.
 
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.
During this time of limitations on in-person visits, Rev. Dr. James Clubine is available for a telephone or video conference pastoral ‘visit’ and prayer. If you would like to book a 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.

April 11th,2021
Acts 4:32-35
Psalm 133
1 John 1:1-2:2
John 20:19-31