A few reminders for this week Oct. 24 to Oct. 30, 2022

FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK

“Who is God?” Scripture never answers this question directly. Scripture answers this question indirectly by posing two other questions. “What does God do on our behalf? What does God effect within us?” What does God do for us? He incarnates Himself in Jesus of Nazareth (which always includes what he has done through Israel). He redeems His creation in the death of Jesus, restoring its access to Him. He raises Jesus from the dead, vindicating Jesus and declaring him to be sovereign over all, Lord and Messiah. What does God do in us? He visits us with His Spirit and seals within us all that He has done outside us. He steals over our spiritual inertia and quickens faith. He forgives the sin in us that He had already absorbed for us on the cross. He brings us to submit to the sovereign One whose sovereignty He had declared by raising him from the dead. In short, the God who acts for us in His Son acts in us by His Spirit so that all the blessings provided in the Son may become ours as well.

ANNUAL MARKHAM PRAYER BREAKFAST

The Annual Markham Prayer Breakfast will be taking place this year on Friday, November 25th from 7:00 am to 9:00 am at the Hilton Suites Conference Centre located at 8500 Warden Ave. in Markham. The Guest Speaker this year will be Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling, Ambassador of the Canadian Bible Society with music by Quisha Wint. Please contact Rev. Clubine if you’re interested in attending. Cost is $40.00 per ticket and includes a full hot buffet breakfast.

2022 GIVING STATUS

The church no longer produces quarterly statements, but if you’re wondering where you’re at with respect to your givings this year, Mary Cullen would be happy to provide you with this information. Mary can be reached at (email:[email protected]) or by phone: 416-523-1255. Thank you for your continued support.

YARD CLEANUP AT CENTRAL UNITED



The leaves are starting to fall and snow will soon follow. So get out your rakes on Saturday, Nov. 5th to help with raking the leaves at Central starting at 8:30 am. Hope to see you there!!

SUNDAY WORSHIP

Central United Church welcomes you to our Worship Service Sunday morning at 10:00 am and we would love to have you join us. We rejoice that we can worship together and give thanks, offering prayer and lifting our voices in song.

Sunday services will also still be available to watch via livestreaming at 10:00 am 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 Jonah 1:7-16, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 and Luke 19:1-10. You can also find a daily scripture message at the top of our website.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

SAMARITAN’S PURSE – Christmas Shoebox

Our Christmas “Shoebox” campaign 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 13th. 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.

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.

THE UPPER ROOM



Copies of the Upper Room November/December 2022 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



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 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 6th, 2022

Jonah 1:17 – 2:10

Psalm 145:1-5,17-21

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 3-17

Luke 20:27-38