There's always lots of things happening here at Bloor Street. This is where you can find what's on, and when.
2) The latest issue of our church newsletter Good News on Bloor is available by clicking here.
3) Info on Gibimishkaadimin Reconciliation Project is available by clicking here.
ADVENT 2018 Services:
Calendar of Events: 2018 - 2019
10:30 a.m. Worship Services in the Sanctuary
Sunday of the Month - Free Blood Pressure Clinic - McClure Hall Lounge
1st Tuesday of the Month starting September
1:30 p.m. Book Club - McClure Hall
2:00-4:00 p.m. Community Cafe - McClure Hall (year-round)
8:15 a.m. Lectionary - Board Room
7:30 p.m. Choir Practice - Music Room
4th Tuesday of the month
7:00 p.m. Church Council – Upper Club Room
Congregational Meeting – Sunday, November 25th
A Congregational Meeting will be held following the church service on Sunday, November 25th to receive an update and new information on our Redevelopment plans. This is for information only and an opportunity for members of the congregation to ask questions.
Choir rehearsal is held on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Room. If you are interested in joining the choir, please email David Passmore: email@example.com or speak with him after the service for more information.
Did you know we have our own Facebook page? Just go to Facebook.com.
In the “Search Facebook” box, type in Bloor Street United Church. You’re now at the home page of our Facebook site. Now click on the “like” box.
Or just click following to go directly to our Facebook Page: fb.me/bloorstreetunited
Nancy Gordon, Parish Nurse, RN holds free blood pressure clinics in the McClure Hall Lounge after worship on the second Sunday of the month. You may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a confidential message at 416-924-7439, ext. 29.
Picking Up Your Hymnbooks
As we share our worship space, we are trying to be better ‘housemates’, and to that end we will be picking up our hymnbooks on the way in to service and dropping them off on the way out.
If you use PAR (pre-authorized remittance) to make your offering to BSUC and would like to put a PAR card on the offering plate during worship, just pick one up in the narthex, along with your hymnbook.
Thanks, Worship Committee
Assisted Listening System
Assisted Listening System devices are available for sign-out at Sunday morning services. Please see the audio operator at the soundboard. They can be returned to the operator at the end of the service.
Sunday Flowers are a wonderful way to commemorate those we love and to celebrate milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries or important changes in your life. Bloor Streeters will also have the pleasure of sharing the enjoyment of your flowers for the service.
You can request flowers through Lisa Walter (email@example.com). Just let Lisa know the Sunday you would like to have the flowers placed.
There are three ways you can contribute:
You may order an arrangement through Lisa at approximately $125 or
You may choose to bring in your own floral arrangement or
Make a financial donation to support the weekly cut flowers at Bloor Street.
(You can do this by placing a cheque to Bloor Street on the collection plate. Please mark “flowers” on the memo line of your cheque.)
Thank you for considering a contribution towards flowers at Bloor Street!
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Refugee Outreach Program Christmas Party
The Refugee Outreach Program is looking for volunteers for the annual Christmas celebration for about sixty people on Saturday, December 15th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. We will need four people to work with the chef to begin at 2:30 p.m., four to set up McClure Hall as the dining room and help serve the buffet, the set up must be ready at 5:00 p.m., and four to wash dishes and clean up! You may also get a chance to meet Santa Claus! Email Nenke Jongkind at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you can help.
Togogos – “Pop-Up” Book Sale – Sunday, December 2nd
On Sunday, December 2nd the Togogos will be selling used books of recent vintage, during the congregational lunch. Most books will be $2 but there may be some specials at higher prices. These will be clearly marked. Here is a chance to stock up on reading enjoyment for the winter. You may also pick up an empty coin jar, if you’d like to help us with our fundraising by contributing your extra coinage. Stop by and say hello.
Growing Kids Need Larger Coats!
Parents know that kids can grow a lot from season to season, and last year’s winter coats may be too small to do the job of keeping out the wind and snow. Refugee Outreach Program will share your gently used winter coats with growing kids (or adults) who can use the support of the Bloor Street “extended family” circle. Items can be left in the ROP bin in the office. If you have questions, contact Martha Huependo at 416-924-7439, ext. 32 or email email@example.com
CAN YOU PRESS A BUTTON?
A few additional volunteers are needed to assist in showing the Sunday morning slides. Communications Committee is adding to its roster of people willing to “press the button” on the computer during the Sunday service. How often you will be called depends on the number of volunteers we have, and whether the preacher uses slides. A pre-printed “slide guide” waits for you, the computer is set up and running for you, the slides are preloaded for you… so all you have to do is press the button between slides. Please speak with Mary Louise or leave your name with Anne Hogg at the Information Table in McClure Hall if you’re interested. We’ll be in touch.
Help us out! Audio Opportunity
Volunteers are needed to assist with our microphones and sound system for weekly services. As a team member, you would be responible for an average of once per month. Contact Harold webmaster @ bloorstreetunited.org
CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY LIFE
The Book Club has chosen books for discussion for the fall. Plan to join us in the Board Room on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Room for a lively discussion. Tuesday, November 6th: Anya Talaga, Seven Fallen Feathers, investigates the deaths of seven Indigenous students of Thunder Bay High School who died in the first decade of this century.
Feeding the Spirit – Tuesday, November 20th
Come join us to share thoughts and food at one of Bloor Street United’s free monthly neighbourhood dinners. In the spirit of communion, all are welcome at this table. We hope you come to fill your belly and return for the friendship and enriching discussions. All are welcome – gluten-free and vegetarian options. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. – dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Dessert and coffee hour to follow. This event is sponsored by the Ricker Fund.
Rise and Shine! – Lectionary
The Thursday Lectionary group meets at 8:15 a.m. in the Board Room. This time allows those who have day jobs to take part, and those who are retired to schedule other appointments. Everyone welcome!
Canadian Church Calendar 2019 “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” - 1 Corinthians 13.13 Come to the information table after worship to purchase this beautiful calendar for just $6 (2/$10). Showcasing United Churches from coast-to-coast-coast, this calendar has all the special Sundays listed as well as Holidays. Makes a great gift! Proceeds to the Communications Committee.
If you would like to get in touch with Nancy Gordon, Parish Nurse, RN, please feel free to leave a confidential phone message on her at 416-924-7439, ext. 29 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pledge Campaign 2019
It is not too late to make your pledge so that our congregation can continue to thrive. Please fill in the pledge form you have received (copies are also available at the information table) or call Susan Jennings at 416-924-7439, ext. 21 to let her know your giving plans for 2019 which Finance will use for budgeting purposes.
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
Gifts with Vision
Your generous support of Mission & Service means that ministries receive core program funding. Gifts with Vision provides additional support for specific Mission & Service partners for special projects.
This year’s Gifts with Vision catalogue is full of gifts that bring God’s compassionate presence into people’s lives throughout Canada and across the world.
Last year The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources provided warm winter clothing to students from the Little Red River Cree Nation in Alberta through the Warm Winter Gear gift.
Here is one student’s story: Jake (name changed by request) is a grade 9 student who enjoys going to Outdoor Education classes but was never able to participate during the colder days, when his sweater was no longer enough to keep him warm. Even on the days he was able to borrow a coat from the lost and found, he was teased because he didn’t have his own. When the gift of 22 full sets of winter clothing arrived, all students were put on equal terms. They loved the design and quality of the clothing so much that no one wanted to wear their own anymore. Not only did Jake now have proper winter gear that allowed him to enjoy outdoor education, he also fit in with all the other students..
This year there are many new and different ways to share God’s love through Gifts with Vision.
Here are a few examples:
Amplify children’s voices for peace in Colombia (Gift cost: $40)
Support community volunteers in India as they work to prevent human trafficking (Gift cost: $50)
Adopt bees at Saint Columba House in Montreal where children are learning about pollination in urban agriculture (Gift cost: $25)
Plant a tree for prosperity and peace in the Palestinian territories with East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine (Gift cost: $25)
Pick up your copy of Gifts with Vision at the information table this Sunday or visit: https://www.giftswithvision.ca/
Best of Ireland – Escorted by the Rev. Dan Benson
June 7th through 22nd, 2019 visit North and South Ireland on an escorted tour with the Rev. Dan Benson. 24 meals. For more details on this exciting journey to this fair green island with rolling fields, friendly people, dramatic coastlines and a history as long as any in the world, call 416-484-0926 to secure your spot on this tour. Book by December 20th and save $200 per person.