A few reminders for this week Nov. 16 – Nov. 22, 2020

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
Early this fall a group of pastors concerned about what they see as growing threats to civil liberties as it pertains to churches in Canada, published a Declaration aimed at bringing “Canadian churches together around our common commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, freedom for the Gospel, and constitutional liberty for the churches.”  On the church calendar this coming Sunday is Reign of Christ Sunday when we celebrate that Jesus was raised to a place ‘far above all rule and authority and power and dominion.’ The idea that Jesus reigns may not resonate in a culture that promotes the individual as autonomous. Keep in mind that Jesus is not like the authoritarians of this world; he pours himself out without remainder at the cross for our sakes. The gospel asserts that God’s power is most characteristically on display at the cross where Father and Son together secure the redemption of the world. It is the love of God that calls from us our deepest loyalties.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
ANNUAL COMFORT SERVICE
December 6th at 7:00 pm
Our 17th Annual Comfort Service will be held here at the church on Sunday evening, December 6th at 7:00 pm and you, your immediate and extended family and friends would be most welcome. However, due to current COVID-19 restrictions, seating capacity is limited and subject to social distancing and health guidelines. Given these parameters, those who wish to attend the service will need to register in advance. You can register either by calling the church office (905-474-0183), online through the church website (www.centralunitedchurch.com) or by clicking here. This service will not be livestreamed.
This service offers an opportunity to reflect and meditate while at the same time allowing us to remember and honour those dear to our heart. Know that Christ knows our pain and walks with us in all our moments of grief. We gather together to share in the comfort and strength of the presence of Christ and experience his word of peace to our hearts.
WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING & TIME OF FELLOWSHIP
November 19th, 2020 at 7:00 pm
A reminder that you are invited to join in the Thursday Prayer Meeting followed by a Time of Fellowship 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
CENTRAL UNITED IN-PERSON WORSHIP
November 22nd, 2020
Central United Church has resumed it’s in person Worship Services. In this first phase of reopening we are able to welcome people in the church building limited to 30% or 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.
ONLINE SUNDAY WORSHIP, November 22nd
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 Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Ephesians 1:15-23 and Matthew 25:31-46. 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 GROUP STUDY
Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 at 7:30 – 8:45 pm
Week 6, the final week of your small group study on Psalm 119 by Matt Chandler will be taking place next Wednesday, November 25th using Zoom technology (joining details below). We ask that in preparation for next week’s session, you watch the required video for Session 10 in advance. To access this video, go to the RightNow Media website. On the website under ‘Libraries’ select ‘Central United Church’ where you will find the Psalm 119 study. Open the study and click on ‘Session 10. Psalm 119:169-172’. The video will take approximately 12 minutes to view.  You can find the Participants’ Handout here. If you have yet to enroll in the RightNow Media service, just send Sharlene an email at [email protected] with RightNow Media in the subject line and she will set you up.
Pre-registration to participate is not required. Please join 10 minutes before the 7:30 PM start time.
 
Here are the joining details for those that participate:
 
Access to Join Zoom Meeting from your PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  1. Copy this address into your web browser https://zoom.us/j/98084579906 or click here.
  2. If you are joining with the Zoom App the Meeting ID is: 980 8457 9906 (Note that you can also download the Zoom Application and use the Meeting ID to join)
 
Quick access by phone:
  1. Call: 647 558 0588
  2. When prompted press: 980 8457 9906 #
  3. Then when prompted again press: # to enter the call
Or One tap from a mobile phone:
+16475580588,,98084579906#
 
If you are calling from outside the GTA use this link to find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aecw9GLPoZ
BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, November 25th at 10:00 am
CENTRAL’s BOOK CLUB will meet next WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25th at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom to review “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” by Patti Callahan. For further details contact Carole Beam at #647-226-8498 or by email at [email protected]
SAMARITANS PURSE
We would like to say a great big THANK YOU to all those who participated in this year’s Christmas Shoebox project. Many participants packed their own boxes, others did it online, while some supported the cause with a monetary contribution. In total we packed 60 boxes which will put a smile on the face of many children this Christmas. Another wonderful achievement. God Bless you all!!!
CHURCH DIRECTORY – UPDATES,
CORRECTIONS & ADDITIONS
Since the Church Directory of Members and Friends was distributed late last year to facilitate us to stay in touch with each other, has any of your information changed – email address, phone number (cell/home/work), home address?   Perhaps you are new to our Church and want to be included?  Or declined to be included last year and now want to share your contact information with others? Is there a typo in your information in the Directory?   If you answered yes to any of these questions, please email [email protected] with your updated information. The list of updates, changes and additions will be forwarded to those who have received a Directory for changes to be made in their personal copy.  If you didn’t pick up a copy of the Directory and would like to obtain one, please contact Sharlene in the Church office.  Deadline for changes to be submitted is Friday, December 4th.
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.
THE UPPER ROOM
Copies of the small print Upper Room edition are available for November/December 2020. 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 them to you. Please be sure to include your address. Unfortunately at the present time, large print copies are not available. Alternatively, use the link below to get your copy online. https://upperroombooks.com/home-2/?cn-reloaded=1
CHURCH FAMILY NEWS
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Shirley Alton, beloved wife of the late Howard. Shirley passed away on Tuesday, October 27th. She was active in the United Church, she taught Explorers and cherished her friends in the Iondale Heights UCW. She will be missed by the many whose lives she touched. The obituary notice can be found here.
We are grateful that our sorrows are borne in the hope of our Saviour’s love. Please remember Shirley’s 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].

SCRIPTURE READINGS
If you are interested in reading ahead a little, below are the readings for next week.

Nov. 29th 2020
Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm 80-1-7, 17-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37