News for the Week of October 9, 2016

Here are your weekly announcements! Again, there is a lot happening at Central these days so please be sure to read up on all the details in the pdf file attached. All the announcements are important, but I especially draw your attention to the following items:

Invest in Your Faith – please participate
Right Now Media – please enroll
Small Groups – please sign up
Steve Bell Concert – get your tickets!
Turkey Dinner – get your tickets and volunteer!
Markham Prayer Breakfast – get your tickets!
Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Box Gift Program – pick up your box(es) and participate

And here is a reminder for those on duty for Sunday. We thank all of you for your service to your church:

Worship Host: Brian Randall
Greeters: Dave & Maureen Dudley
Worship Visuals: Bill Bryans
Lay Worship Leader: Jim Wright
Gospel Reader: Marjorie Wetmore
Sunday School Leader: Pam Scarrow
Coffee Hosts: A & P Committee

If you find you are not able to fulfil your duties, please arrange with another church member to fill your spot.
Click here to download this week’s news

Sally Sandiford

Memorial – Joyce MacDonald

We regret to inform you that Joyce MacDonald, a member of our church since 2007 and former co-chair of our Worship Committee, has passed away this week. Rev. James Clubine will officiate at her funeral on Friday, November 20th at 12 noon at Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East, Agincourt. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday. Here is her obituary:

We have lost the matriarch of our family, on Monday, November 16, 2015. A beautiful and smart woman, who loved her family dearly. She was the loving and tolerant wife of the late David Gordon MacDonald. Cherished mom to Craig (Sonia) and Kevan. Doting grandmother to her “perfect” grandchildren Matthew (Melanie), Steven and Brian and her great-granddaughter Leah. Survived by her brother Kelly and sisters Sheilah (John Jamieson) and Shirley (Jim Moore). Predeceased by her brothers Sherman, Clayton, Doug, Hughie and Ross. Joyce was a Teacher in life and was retired from the Scarborough Board of Education. She loved to teach and children brought her great joy. She continued to teach and help children, long after retirement with the Later Literacy Program she helped to create. She enjoyed the sport of curling and a good game of bridge. Joyce was a member of Knox United Church, Agincourt. A selfless caregiver, who was capable in all regards. She was a perfect, wonderful mom. Rest in peace, we love you. Friends will be received by the family at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East, Agincourt, on Friday, November 20th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the Ogden Chapel at 12 p.m. Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation are greatly appreciated.

Memorial – Rudi Hoevelmann

Sadly, church member Rudi Hoevelmann passed away yesterday and, on behalf of our church family, we extend our very sincere sympathies to his wife Dale and family. Details are contained in the obituary below.

Rudolf (Rudi) Hoevelmann January 8, 1940 – October 18, 2015

Cancer has finally conquered a strong, kind and generous husband, father, grandfather, friend and employer. Rudi passed away in the presence of his family at Markham Stouffville Hospital. He is greatly missed by his devoted wife of 51 years, Dale (nee Holdsworth), his loving daughter Donna, and cherished granddaughters, Mara and Emily. Predeceased by his sister, Ingrid Balzer, of Germany. He will be remembered affectionately by family and friends in Canada and in Germany. Everyone who knew him loved him for his caring and giving spirit and his sense of humour. Visitation will be held at the DIXON-GARLAND FUNERAL HOME, 166 Main Street N. (Markham Road), Markham on Friday, October 23 from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Service to take place at Central United Church, 131 Main Street, Unionville, on Saturday, October 24 at 3 p.m. Reception to follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at

Say not in grief, “He is no more” but live in thankfulness that he was.

Memorial – Elizabeth (Beth) Law Wetmore

As many of you already know, Scott Wetmore’s mother passed away last week and visitation is this evening with funeral tomorrow. We extend our sympathy to Scott and his wife Marjorie and children Katherine, Jamie and Alison. Here is the obituary:

ELIZABETH (BETH) LAW WETMORE Passed away peacefully at Woodhaven Long Term Care Centre in Markham, Ontario on May 15, 2015, in the 93rd year of her long, happy life. Predeceased by her husband Don and brothers David and Bill. Our mother will be deeply missed by her sons Stephen (Lynda), John (Karen), Bill and Scott (Marjorie). Nana will also be fondly remembered by her 10 grandchildren, Gregory (Jennifer), Cameron (Sara), Sean (Simone), Katherine, Jamie (Joanna), Alison (Andrew), Sarah, Jennifer (Rudy), Bill and Tara. She was also known affectionately as Nana G (the great) by her 7 great-grandchildren Sebastian, Kayleigh, Quinn, Campbell, Layla, Brigham and Eloise. Beth was born on January 10, 1923 in Winnipeg. She grew up as an active, inquiring young lady full of Scottish traditions, stories and a zest for life, which has been passed on to all our family. After graduating with a BA degree from United College (now University of Winnipeg) she met her husband to be, Don, while he was in RCAF training. On his return from the war, they married and set out to live a hectic but rewarding life, he working for CIBC and she leading the busy family challenges of four active sports minded boys. Always a kind and outgoing person, Beth made great friends in all of their different homes: Clarkson, Willowdale and Richmond Hill. She was a proud member of the United Church in each location and enjoyed membership in the Richmond Hill Historical Society. Nana G loved the outdoors and all of her grandchildren remember fun times with Nana and Pop at their summer cottage/farm at Blackwater Lake; swimming, gardening, feeding chipmunks and eating porridge. Beth was indeed an avid, lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan and she loved collecting Canadiana and rug hooking. The family sincerely appreciates the great care by the team at Woodhaven, Dr. Pasricha and her personal attendant Varda. Friends are invited to visit the family at DIXON-GARLAND FUNERAL HOME, 166 Main Street N., Markham, on Thursday, May 21st from 7 to 9 p.m. On Friday morning, at Richmond Hill United Church, 10201 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, there will be a visitation at 10 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. and a reception after. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Richmond Hill United Church or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Online condolences at

Memorial – Alex Prosser

Sadly, Alex Prosser, a long-time and active member of Central, has died and we extend our most sincere sympathies to his wife Kathleen and their family.  Alex and Kathleen served many years on our Brookfield Pastoral Care Committee with Alex also serving as Chair of that committee.

Visitation will be at Chapel Ridge on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. with the funeral service at Central United on Friday at 2 p.m., followed by a reception in our downstairs hall.

If anyone can assist the ladies with the reception, kindly contact Marjorie Wetmore at [email protected]

The obituary, as published in the Toronto Star today, is provided below:

PROSSER, Alexander – Passed away peacefully with family by his side on Monday, April 27, 2015. Beloved husband of Kathleen for 55 years. Loving father of Karen Wright and Joanne (Gino Raso). Proud Granddad of Alycia, Jonathan, Katie and Marisa. Remembered by his niece Pamela (Les Bergerson) and their children Bradd and Jenna. The family will receive guests at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Ave., Markham (4 lights north of Hwy. 7), on Thursday, April 30th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 1st, at 2:00 p.m., at Central United Church, 131 Main St., Unionville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Markham Stouffville Hospital. Online condolences may be made to

Memorial – Gerri Seeley

Sadly, it is with a heavy heart, that we announce to the congregation that Gerri Seeley died early this morning.  She had been a patient at Toronto General Hospital for the past week or so.  Gerri was a long time member of Central and very much a part of our church her whole life.  We were blessed.

On behalf of the church, we extend our most sincere sympathies to Gerri’s husband Dennis, children Mary Lynn and Blair and their families.  There will be a visitation here at the church this FRIDAY, February 20th from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. with a “Celebration of Life” service to be held at the church on Saturday, April 11th at 2 p.m.  (Donations can be made for Post transplant lymphoma research, Cancer research or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada).

Memorial of Two Central United Members

It is with sadness that we share some news regarding our Central United Church family:

After a brief illness, Valerie Clubine’s father passed away on Friday – details as follows. Our sympathies and prayers are with you Valerie, Jim and family:

SOPER, Ronald Wilfred – Peacefully at Sunnybrook K Wing on February 13, 2015 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased in 2013 by his loving wife of 59 years, Margaret Jean (nee McIntyre). Family brought him great joy in his final days. Survived by children Valerie (James Clubine), Robert (Linda), Craig and Gary (Nola). Sadly missed by grandchildren Shane, Marissa, Lauren, Kurt, Lindsey, Chelsea, Reid and Breanna and great- grandchildren Joseph and Maia. A Memorial Service in celebration of Ron’s life will be held on Saturday, February 21st at 11 a.m. at Cummer Avenue United Church (53 Cummer Avenue, North York, ON M2M 2E5). A reception and visitation will follow. The family requests donations to McDermott House Canada in support of palliative care at Sunnybrook Hospital. Online condolences may be made at

And for those of you who worshipped with us in the mid 80’s to mid 90’s:

Marion Reeve, wife of former Central United Church minister, Rev. David Reeve passed away yesterday. Funeral details are:
Visitation 12:30 am – 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Cambridge United Church 61 Cambridge Street North Lindsay, Ontario.  Funeral Service 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Cambridge United Church 61 Cambridge Street North Lindsay, Ontario