A few reminders for this week May 9 to May 15, 2022

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
Does hearing how the movie ends or the final score of a game before you have a chance to watch the recording you made, spoil things for you? In some respects John’s Revelation—the last book in the Bible—should have been prefaced with “Spoiler Alert!” While knowing how a movie or sporting event ends often spoils the experience of watching, knowing how the Christian history of salvation ends is a word that speaks hope, bolsters faith, refreshes endurance, strengthens resolve to keep on clinging to Jesus Christ in faith in the face of so much in our world that seeks to drive us away from him. This is precisely why John shares his revelation—a word that came to him as a word of encouragement. The word ‘revelation’ is the translation of the Greek word ‘apocalypse;’ it means ‘unveiling.’ … “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more.” (Revelation 21:4)
IN-PERSON WORSHIP
Central United Church has resumed it’s in-person Worship Services and we would love to have you join us in person Sunday morning.
Sunday’s service will also still 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.
This Sunday’s Scripture readings are Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, and John 13:31-35. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our website.
LENTEN PROJECT 2022
The Outreach Committee of Central United Church would like to thank the congregation for their generosity in supporting the Lenten Project 2022. We raised $5,800 for the Salvation Army, thank you.
ORGAN FUND
Most of us would agree that Organ music is a much valued part of our Worship services.
Unfortunately, our 1950’s pipe organ is on its last legs and the on-going maintenance and/or refurbishment costs would be more than a new organ. As such, Council has decided to replace our organ with a new maintenance free electronic one, looking very similar to the existing organ with enhanced pipe organ sound, as well as many other superior sound options. The cost of the new organ is ~$47,000.
 
We encourage all those who LOVE to listen to the richness of organ music and value its enhancement of our services to prayerfully consider a contribution to this worthwhile project. Donations may be made through our website or by cheque stating ORGAN FUND. We are very grateful for all donations which will continue to bless and advance our music ministry.
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 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.

May 22nd, 2022
Acts 16:9-15
Psalm 67
Revelation 21:10; 22-22:5
John 14:23-29