A few reminders for this week May 31 – June 6, 2021

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
News of the discovery of unmarked graves of children on the sites of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools dominated news outlets this week. There are no easy answers in knowing how to respond to this, another tear-stained blood-soaked page in this painful history. In Psalm 130 we read, ‘with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him great power to redeem.’ Let us pray for our leaders in taking appropriate steps to ensure identification of these remains; let us pray for our Indigenous leaders and people; let us pray that our own hearts would reflect God’s love in purging racist attitudes. May God’s great power to redeem revealed in our Lord’s self-forgetful self-giving at the cross guide our footsteps with His loving regard for all humanity. 
CENTRAL UNITED CHURCH ONLINE WORSHIP DURING STEP ONE OF ROADMAP TO REOPEN
Under the guidelines in the Province of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen, Central United Church will continue to offer livestreaming only of Sunday Worship Services throughout Step One scheduled to begin June 14. We will be offering both livestream and in-person worship when we enter Step Two of reopening subject to its limitations. Step Three of reopening will allow for larger capacity for in-person worship services.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING & TIME OF FELLOWSHIP
June 3rd, 2021 at 7:00 pm
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, June 6th
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 Genesis 3:8-15, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 and Mark 3:20-35. 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.
 
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.
FAMILY NEWS
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elizabeth (Bette) Waller, loving wife of John on Friday, May 28, 2021 at the age of 87. Bette passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. She had the ideal life and passed away with no regrets, but will be missed by so many.
A Celebration of Life has been postponed due to Covid restrictions. The family has specified there is no need for flowers or donations but happy memories are welcome here.
We are grateful that our sorrows are borne in the hope of our Saviour’s love for Bette and for us. Please remember the Waller family in your prayers.
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.

June 13th 2021
Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
2 Corinthians 5:6-17
Mark 4:26-34