A few reminders for this week Oct. 19 – Oct. 25, 2020

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
This coming Sunday we mark the 180th Anniversary of Central United Church. We trace the beginning of Central to a Methodist society that began meeting in Unionville in 1840. It was part of a circuit of such societies that shared the services of a travelling minister (usually on horseback).  Not many of us would want to trade places with the people of 1840. I much prefer travelling in my car to church on winter Sunday mornings to arriving on horseback. And even with all the challenges of life they faced—compared to us—Christians then were motivated to gather together to worship and grow in their faith.  We live in an era where religious observance is regarded as optional; it is telling that during the pandemic lockdown meeting together for religious observance was treated as non-essential. There is a tendency among us to regard ourselves as having advanced beyond certain things. The gospel calls believers to worship together because we never advance beyond our need for Jesus Christ.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
WEEKLY PRAYER MEETING & TIME OF FELLOWSHIP
October 22nd, 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 25th, 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 25th
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 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 and Matthew 22:34-46. 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, October 28th, 2020 at 7:30 – 8:45 pm
Week 2 of your small group study will be taking place next Wednesday, October 28th using Zoom technology (joining details below). The study this year will be on Psalm 119 by Matt Chandler. We ask that in preparation for next week’s session, you watch the required video for Session 4 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 4. Psalm 119:49-64’. The video will take approximately 13 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
CENTRAL’S BOOK CLUB
Central’s Book Club will meet on Wednesday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom to review “Truth be Told – My journey through Life and the Law” by Beverley McLachlin. For further details contact Carole Beam at 647-226-8498 or by email at [email protected]
SAMARITAN’S PURSE – Christmas Shoebox
Only a few weeks remain in our Samaritan’s Purse initiative so if you’d like to participate, 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.

Nov. 1st 2020
Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12