A few reminders for this week Sept. 20 – Sept. 26, 2021

Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and for ever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)
Biblical benedictions have a wonderful way of concisely articulating the end or goal God has in mind for his people. In the swirl of human events in which our lives are caught up I am comforted to remember our Lord’s purposes for us are unfolding. N.T. Wright wrote, “we find ourselves caught up by the story of Jesus, by the events of his life, his death and his resurrection, and we find that he is himself the goal, the fullness of humanity as well as the fullness of divinity, and that he himself is the way, the journey by which we may ourselves come to that goal.”
We continue in Step 3 of the “RoadMap to Reopen”. In this phase there are no percentage capacity limits, but physical distancing and masks are still required. To view the guidelines at Central United, please click here.
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
Sunday’s service will be available to watch via livestreaming 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 Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29, James 5:13-20, and Mark 9:38-50. 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.
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 finance@centralunitedchurch.com.
In addition to the online donation option, your church offerings can also be mailed to the church.
A Funeral Service for Grace Burden will be held at Central United Church on Saturday, October 2nd at 11:00 am. Family and friends are invited to attend in person (subject to current restrictions) or join the livestream online.
SAMARITAN’S PURSE – Christmas Shoebox
This year we will once again be participating in the Samaritan’s Purse initiative as one of our Christmas Outreach events. 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 official start date is Sunday, Oct. 3rd and runs for six weeks until Sunday, November 14th. 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.
“Sentiments” is a card ministry within the Pastoral Care Committee of Central United Church. Greeting cards will be sent to those with significant birthdays (85 years young and up), significant anniversaries, to Baptism families, those confirmed at Central and couples married at Central (within the last 5 years).
Cards will be sent to those who are ill, have had surgeries or have been bereaved. “Thinking of you” cards will be sent to those who just need a little cheer. Later in the year we will send cards to students who are away at school, college or university to offer a little encouragement.
We are looking forward to keeping in touch with “Sentiments”.
The Book of James by Francis Chan
Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm
October 20th – November 24th
The 6 weekly sessions will be offered virtually using Zoom technology. We hope that you can join us in study and fellowship!
Registration is required and can be done by clicking here, by clicking on the following link: https://centralunitedchurch.com/programs/faith-based-programs/small-group-studies/sgregistration/
or by contacting Martha Stirling by email at marthastirling@hotmail.com or by phone at 905-471-2604.
We look forward to “seeing” you!
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 jclubine@centralunitedchurch.com.

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

October 3rd 2021
Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 8
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16