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.
Calendar of Events:
10:30 a.m. Worship Services in the Sanctuary
(except July 2017- worship services at Trinity-St. Paul's, which is located at 427 Bloor St. W)
2nd Sunday of the Month - Free Blood Pressure Clinic - McClure Hall Lounge (back in September)
1st Tuesday of the Month
1:30 p.m. Book Club - McClure Hall (back in September)
2:00-4:00 p.m. Community Cafe - McClure Hall (year-round)
8:15 a.m. Lectionary - Board Room (back in September)
7:30 p.m. Choir Practice - Music Room (back in September)
2nd Tuesday of the month
6:30 p.m. Feeding the Spirit, free Community Supper – McClure hall (back in September)
7:00 p.m. Communications Committee – Music Room (back in September)
4th Tuesday of the month
7:00 p.m. Church Council – Upper Club Room (back in September)
Our Park Date for all the Bloor Street children will be on Saturday, July 29th from 11:00 a.m. to whenever at East Lynn Park (off of Danforth, southeast of Woodbine). There is a shallow splash pad with a city lifeguard, and areas to climb for kids up to 12+ years of age. (If you take the TTC, get off at Woodbine, cross the street to head south and cross again to head west - it's at the next set of lights.) Questions? Email Maya through firstname.lastname@example.org
The movie screening that was to take place July 20th has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts, and the upcoming NABS event on August 13th has been changed to a double event.
Sunday, August 13th:
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Join NABS after the worship service for lunch and some board games! Relax, enjoy some free food, and make some new friends! Later in the evening we'll meet at Christie Pits Park for a movie night.
6:00 - 11:30 p.m.
Movie Night & Picnic at Christie Pits Park (750 Bloor St. W.). We will provide food and drinks. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on. The description of the movie and link with the screen information is here:
West Side Story is a classic! A musical in which a modern day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York street gangs. On the harsh streets of the upper west side, two gangs battle for control of the turf. The situations becomes complicated when a gang member falls in love with a rival's sister.
Questions: Email: Emma Ceruti: NABSbloorstreet@gmail.com
The Book Club chose our reading for the next several months:
Tuesday, September 5th - The Right to be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier. The author has devoted her life to fighting for the Inuit culture of her childhood and for the entire planet threatened by pollution and climate change.
Tuesday, October 3rd - The Break by Katherena Vermette. A gritty tale of the indigenous people of Winnipeg and on the res. Winner of the Governor General's Award and a Canada Reads Book for 2017.
Tuesday, November 7th - The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. As a community forester in Germany, Peter Wohlleben spent thirty years tending, and more importantly, emphatically observing trees. He came to see them as social beings aware of family relationships and sensitive to the needs of their arboreal community.
Tuesday, December 5th - Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thein. Marie, a ten-year old in Vancouver, hears from her friend Ai-ming the story of three musicians who have to live through the Cultural Revolution in China while still staying true to their passion for music. Winner of the Giller and shortlisted for the Man Booker.
Tuesday, January 2nd - Life on the Ground: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine by James Maskalyk. A Canadian doctor relates with humour, compassion and dedication the stories of his emergency room experiences in Toronto and Addis Ababa.
We welcome everyone who has read he book to our lively discussions in the Board Room at 1:30 p.m. For more information email Bob Farquharson: email@example.com
“LIKE” US ON FACEBOOK!
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.
Check out the fascinating pictures, articles and other items posted by Stephen Milton.
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COURTYARD DOOR LOCKED AT 7 P.M. WEEKDAYS
In an effort at security measures, we will be locking the courtyard door at 7:00 p.m. on weekdays. Please use the parking lot door off Huron as an entrance. If you are already in the building after that time, you can still use the courtyard door as an exit.
Nancy Gordon, Parish Nurse, RN holds free blood pressure clinics in the McClure Hall Lounge after worship on the second Sunday of the month (except July and August). You may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a confidential message at 416-924-7439, ext. 29.
SUSHI & SANDWICHES (Keep the Date!)
Conversation Hour hosted by Alpha Korean United Church. As a thank-you and farewell to the Bloor Street congregation, Alpha Korean United Church will host Conversation Hour after worship on Sunday, August 20th with sushi and sandwiches!
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
SUPPORTING STRONG FAMILIES
Jeremiah's Field and Refugee Outreach Program are working together to support several mother-led families to bring their children to join them in Canada. In addition to the loan and pastoral care we are now providing, contributions of gently used household items can help welcome these kids to Canada. If you have gently used bedding, towels, winter coats, hats and gloves for kids and teens, desk lamps, kitchen items, school supplies or knapsacks, they can be left in the ROP bin in the Bloor Street United Church office. Sorry, we cannot take furniture or large items. For more information, contact Sue Kaiser (email@example.com) or Francisco Venegas (416-671-6970).
LENDING LIBRARY – INDIGENOUS TITLES & AUTHORS (back in August)
We have added some new titles to our lending library of books by indigenous authors. Newer titles on First Nations topics have also been donated by members. Books can be borrowed on Sundays at the
Information Table. Some titles to check out:
* Gord Downie The Secret Path;
* Joseph Boyden Wenjack;
* Lee Maracle Memory Serves;
* Drew Hayden Taylor Take Me to Your Chief;
* Duncan McCue The Shoe Boy;
* Edmund Metatawabin Up Ghost River;
* Gail Anderson-Dargatz The Spawning Grounds
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 the Volunteer Coordinators - Pat McPhee (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mary Sanderson (email@example.com).
CHURCH & COMMUNITY:
SpiritPRIDE - LGBTQ+ Spirituality Conference (July 28 - 30 Vancouver, BC)
The SpiritPRIDE 2017 and the Affirm United Annual Conference will take place in Vancouver on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples including the Musqueam, the Squamish, and the Tsleil-Waututh Nations, as part of Pride Vancouver's celebrations. SpiritPRIDE precedes and is one expression of Vancouver Pride which takes place over the August long weekend. There's a week left to register at the early bird rate through www.spiritpride.org (last minute registrations will be accepted, as well as at the door). On the website there's also a contact for billets. Visit the website to find out more about the conference schedule, speakers, and registration. If finances are an issue, email firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know you need financial support - discount codes and bursary funding available.
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, beginning in August. Thanks, Worship Committee
Top Up Givings for the Summer
While we go on holidays, our church expenses don’t. When you give to the life and work of Bloor Street and the Mission and Service Fund using PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) you need not worry about being away on holidays – your gift will still be received. However, if you give weekly or monthly using offering envelopes and you plan to be away for part of the summer, please consider making your donation to the church before you leave. Thank you, from the Stewardship and the Finance and Administration Committees.
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.
Call for 2019 Bulletin Photos
Want to see your photos on United Church bulletin covers? The Bulletins, Communications Unit of the United Church of Canada is looking for your best photos of Canadian scenery and nature. Especially needed are symbols of special Sundays and church seasons. A photo credit will be printed on the bulletin cover and $100 will be paid for each photo used. Please go to https://unitedchurch.formstack.com/forms/bulletin_submission to use the online submission form or you can pick one up in the main office of Bloor Street United. Deadline for submissions is October 30, 2017.