FROM THE MINISTER’S DESK
This coming Sunday we mark as Remembrance Sunday. We will hear again Jesus’ saying, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Do you aspire to love this great? I am not sure I would lay down my life for my friends; for my children and grandchildren I may. I wonder if we think it was easier for Jesus to say that than it is for us. Perhaps we think that because he was God he was above the hesitancy and prevarication we find in our own hearts as we think of laying down our life for friends. The scripture teaches us that he was fully human and was tested in every point as we are; Jesus loved his human life every bit as much as we do. Even so, he willingly aspires to this great love for you and me long before we ever would count ourselves as his friend in faith. Amazing love, is it not?
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back this weekend. We’ll get an extra hour of sleep, but that means less daylight as we head into the colder months. Daylight saving time ends on the first Sunday in November. So on Nov. 6 at 2 a.m., turn your clocks back to 1 a.m
YARD CLEANUP AT CENTRAL UNITED
The leaves are starting to fall and snow will soon follow. So get out your rakes this Saturday, Nov. 5th to help with raking the leaves at Central starting at 8:30 am. Hope to see you there!!
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.
DECOMMISSIONING OF THE ORGAN
The Casavant pipe organ has been dismantled in anticipation of the arrival of our new organ. If you would like a little piece of memorabilia, there are some small pipes available. Please contact Sharon if interested at #647-222-0915 or [email protected].
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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 12:30pm
Ladies, please join us for a time of worship and fellowship. Bring a lunch of your choice. Tea, coffee and a fruit or vegetable tray will be provided.
Our speaker will be Anne Embleton, a retired nurse from Stouffville who will speak about her recent trip to Ghana to attend the opening of the mission hospital there.
If you need more info please call Wilma Inkpen at #905-477-1986 or email her at [email protected].
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
- Copy this address into your web browser https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8925458525 or click here
- 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:
- Call: 647 374-4685
- When prompted press: 892 545 8525 #
- Then when prompted again press: # to enter the call
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
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].