A few reminders for this week Oct. 12 – Oct. 18, 2020

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
The 20th century astronomer Carl Sagan said, “Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.” A little over three thousand years ago the Psalmist who penned the prayer we know as Psalm 8, was reflecting on this same vastness. Of course, we moderns think we have a better grasp on the vastness because we have more sophisticated measuring devices. Even so, listen again to what the Psalmist prays. “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” The Psalmist agrees with Sagan that the earth is a speck in relationship to this vast universe yet draws a vastly different conclusion as to the nature of our human existence. It is a wonder of great delight that God is mindful of us humans.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING & TIME OF FELLOWSHIP
October 15th, 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
October 18th, 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, October 18th
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 Deuteronomy 8:7-18, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 and Luke 17:11-19. 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, October 21st, 2020 at 7:30 – 8:45 pm
Your small group study will be starting next Wednesday, October 21st continuing consecutive Wednesdays until Nov. 25th. We will meet online using Zoom technology (joining details below) and the study will include opportunity for conversation in breakout groups. Rev. Clubine is looking forward to sharing in this study with you. The study this year will be on Psalm 119 by Matt Chandler. To download Participants’ Handouts visit Central United Church under Libraries on the RightNow Media website.
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
SAMARITAN’S PURSE – Christmas Shoebox
If you’d like to participate in this year’s Samaritan’s Purse initiative, shoeboxes, brochures and shopping lists are available at the church and can be picked up Sundays after church service or during the week. The church office is open all day on Mondays and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.
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. Please ensure your shoeboxes are returned to the church no later than Nov. 8th.
Let’s support this great initiative again this year to bring joy to a needy child. What a wonderful way to share Jesus’ love.
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].

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

Oct. 25th 2020
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46