A few reminders for this week Nov. 1 – Nov. 7, 2021

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
Jesus said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” This Sunday we will mark as Remembrance, honouring the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. In the Hebrew scriptures remembering is much more than a calling to mind something lest we forget. It is to live now in the reality of the event remembered. The Jewish people remembered the Exodus from slavery living that freedom in the present reality of their lives. We honour those whose served our country in the great wars by living now in the freedom won then. As we take the Sacrament of Holy Communion this Sunday and remember our Lord’s sacrifice we honour him by living now in the reality of this freedom from sin that he won for us at the cross.
IN-PERSON WORSHIP
We continue in Step 3 of the “RoadMap to Reopen”. In this phase there are no percentage capacity limits, but physical distancing and masks are still required. To view the guidelines at Central United, please click here.
FORMATION OF INVESTMENT COMMITTEE
The trustees are forming an investment committee with 3 to 5 members to recommend investments and monitor their performance within the established policy. If you feel interested and that you could serve our church in this way please contact Bob Nebel, Chair of Trustees at [email protected] by November 12th.
YARD CLEANUP AT CENTRAL UNITED

The leaves are starting to fall and snow will soon follow. So get out your rakes on Saturday, Nov. 13th to help with raking the leaves at Central starting at 8:30 am. Hope to see you there!!
ANNUAL MARKHAM PRAYER BREAKFAST
The 24th Annual Markham Prayer Breakfast will be taking place this year on Friday, November 26th from 7:00am to 9:00am at the St. Maurice & St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church located at 3300 Highway #7 East. The Guest Speaker this year will be Michael Messenger, President of World Vision Canada with music by Abagayil Hatt. There are a limited number of tickets available so please contact Rev. Clubine if you are interested in attending. Please note that if you choose to attend you must be fully vaccinated, certificates will be required. Masks are also required unless seated. The event is also being livestreamed, and you can be part of the event at https://youtu.be/ZBVzwLJwBtc.
COMFORT SERVICE
Our Annual Comfort Service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 5th at 7:00 pm. This service is offered to those who have experienced loss of a loved one and is a good opportunity to reach out to our congregation and community at large. All are welcome to attend and please invite family and friends who may benefit from such a service.  
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, November 7th
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 1 Kings 17:8-16, James 3:1-18, and Mark 12:38-44. 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.
SMALL GROUPS BIBLE STUDY:
The Book of James by Francis Chan
Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm
October 20th – November 24th
              
Session 4 of our small groups bible study will be held next Wednesday, November 10th, starting promptly at 7 pm, so please join 10 minutes before the 7:00 pm start time. We look forward to our time together over the next several weeks!
Here are the details on how to join the meeting:
Access to Join Zoom Meeting from your PC, Tablet or Smartphone
1. Copy this address into your web browser https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85622865297 or click here.
2. If you are joining with the Zoom App the Meeting ID is: 856 2286 5297 (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: 856 2286 5297 #
3. Then when prompted again press: # to enter the call
THE UPPER ROOM

Copies of the Upper Room November/December 2021 edition are now available. If you would like to receive a copy please let Sharlene Wilson-Bennett ([email protected]) know via email and she will be happy to get a copy to you. Please specify if you would like the small or large print copy and be sure to include your address. Alternatively, use the link below to get your copy online. https://upperroombooks.com/home-2/?cn-reloaded=1
SAMARITAN’S PURSE – Christmas Shoebox
Our Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoebox Outreach event is well underway. This is an opportunity to share our love and give joy and hope to needy children in the world. You can participate by packaging a shoebox yourself or if you’d prefer Samaritan’s Purse to pack a box for you, you can do so with a $40.00 donation, just visit their website here.
The campaign runs for six weeks ending on Sunday, November 14th. Shoeboxes, brochures and shopping lists are now available at the church and can be picked up Sundays after church service or during the week. The church office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.
Let’s support this great initiative again this year to bring joy to a needy child. What a wonderful way to share Jesus’ love.
 
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.

November 14th 2021
Daniel 12:1-3
Psalm 16
James 4:1-17
Mark 13:1-8