There's always lots of things happening here at Bloor Street. This is where you can find what's on, and when.
1) Click here for Redevelopment News - upcoming meeting is on 21 Nov 2017
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: 2017
10:30 a.m. Worship Services in the Sanctuary
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)
4th Tuesday of the month
7:00 p.m. Church Council – Upper Club Room (back in September)
SAVE THE DATE: REDEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY MEETING #3
Tuesday, November 21st from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Bloor Street United Church has been examining its options regarding the redevelopment of 300 Bloor Street West. We are interested in hearing feedback on the current redevelopment proposal and encourage everyone to add their voice in the discussion.
We have assessed our operations and condition of the building and concluded that, given the need for substantial repairs, the building no longer meets our needs for current and desired programming. Over the past few months, the project architects, KPMB, have developed a built form proposal, which is available at www.300BloorStreetWest.com
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Introduction & brief presentation on traffic, parking and shadow studies
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Breakout sessions on traffic and parking; public realm and built form, community services (the church’s table) and shadow studies
Members of the project team will be at each session to share information and respond to questions. Each station will rotate every 20 minutes to allow everyone to participate in each breakout session.
Please plan to attend this important public meeting on November 21st from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Provide your input and show your support for our exciting and evolving mission at the corner of Bloor and Huron.
Come join us as we gather together again for
fall 2017’s Feeding the Spirit dinners:
November 21st, and December 12th.
The community will start gathering at 6:00 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. We hope that this will be a time for people to connect with friends and get to know their neighbours.
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. Please contact Jennifer Gordon, via NABSbloorstreet@gmail.com if you have any questions.
The Thursday morning lectionary group meets on Thursdays in the Board Room at 8:15 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
We welcome everyone who has read the books to our lively discussions in the Board Room at 1:30 p.m. For more information please contact Bob Farquharson, email: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.
Or just click following to go directly to our Facebook Page: Bloor Street United Church on Facebook
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. You may email email@example.com 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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
As many as 900,000 Rohingya people – by some estimates – are fleeing to Bangladesh, one of the poorest nations
in the world, with little capacity to respond to their needs and numbers.
The United Church works with several churches and agencies throughout Asia.
Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance, in part supported by contributions from The United Church of Canada, is
ACT Alliance is focused on food security, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, and shelter. These needs become more urgent with each new arrival and the approach of winter.
The Government of Canada has announced it will match eligible donations. For the next two Sundays, we are collecting contributions for this appeal and endeavouring to have them in to national office by the 28th of the month. Please place your cheque, made out to Bloor Street United Church (with Rohingya Appeal on the memo line) on the offering plate today, or drop it off in the main office.
PREPARATION FOR ADVENT APPEAL
Want to Suggest an Advent Appeal Beneficiary? Our congregation has a long tradition of sharing
with others during Advent. One way we do this is through our annual Advent Appeal.
The Social Justice Committee (‘SJC’) determines what organizations will receive monies from the Advent Appeal and usually tries to have 3 beneficiaries – one local, one national and one international. Factors considered selecting beneficiaries include:
1. the significance of the need being met,
2. linkages to our church,
3. that our money will make a difference, and
4. that there is a social justice focus
If there is an organization you would like the committee to consider, please send a submission of no more than 250 words to George Bartlett (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Monday, November 20th. A submission form is available in the church office and attached to the ebulletin, but an email with the requested information will be sufficient.
FOURTH SUNDAY EDUCATION EVENT
Sunday, November 26th 12:15 pm
Neil Hetherington is our guest speaker for our Fourth Sunday event this month. After serving many years as
CEO of Habitat for Humanity in Toronto and New York, and then as interim Executive Director of the Salvation
Army in Toronto, Mr. Hetherington was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services (DHNS), a multi-service agency serving thousands of needy and marginalized people living in downtown Toronto. It has over 50 programs focused on helping youth-at- risk, seniors and adults who are ill and/or disabled, the homeless and vulnerably housed, and those seeking training and employment.
Mr. Hetherington will speak to us about his lifetime in community service and how that informs his current work as DHNS launches a major capital campaign to raise funds to build a new centre for at-risk youth in Regent Park. Mr. Hetherington will speak to us in the sanctuary, starting at approximately 12:15 p.m.
REFUGEE FAMILIES CHRISTMAS PARTY PLANS
The Bloor Street Refugee Outreach Program (ROP) is combining efforts with the Mimico Library Settlement program to co-sponsor a Latin themed Christmas party on Saturday, December 16th.
ROP program participants will be invited to the Mimico party instead of the party we have hosted at BSUC in previous
years. ROP will also collect and distribute gifts to families in need of extra help to make their family Christmas a memorable one.
If you would like to volunteer with the December 16th daytime activities in Mimico (food and kids’ activities) or help to deliver family gifts in the week before Christmas, please speak with Francisco (416-671-6970). For more information, contact Sue Kaiser (416-599-0689).
STAMP OUT POVERTY – OXFAM
Save those stamps from your Christmas cards this season! Place them in the envelope marked “Oxfam” at Susan’s desk in the main office (note: domestic “P” stamps excluded, as they are plentiful). Oxfam Canada raises funds from the sale of the stamps for world development relief projects – the total contribution has been over $300,000.
To read more, visit the main hall bulletin board. For a list of all the projects the stamp program has participated in since it began over 30 years ago, go to: https://www.oxfam.ca/stampoutpoverty
Come lift your voices and your spirits. Our weekly rehearsals take place on Thursdays at 7:30 in the Music Room. If you would like more information, please contact David Passmore, Director of Music
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 (email@example.com) and Mary Sanderson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
TICH MAREDZA BAND CONCERT:
BATHURST UNITED FALL FUNDRAISER
Friday, November 24th at 7:00 p.m. A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (777 Bathurst Street). An evening of Zimbabwean traditional and contemporary fusion swing with Juno Award-winning Tich Maredza and his band. Tickets: $20 or pay-what-you-can. Please come! Supporting Bathurst United: an affirming ministry, living into Truth and Reconciliation, services at CAMH. For more information, call Jasper Miller at 416-424-2606 or email email@example.com
Jennie Cheng is taking part in this presentation of Haydn’s “The Creation” sung in English to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of The Association of Toronto Chinese Evangelical Church Musicians. Saturday, November 25th at 4:00 p.m. at Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church (3225 Kennedy Road – on the East side).
If travelling by TTC, eastbound subway train to Kennedy station, then take the 43A bus, or you can ake the 53A/B/E/F Steeles bus from Finch subway station. Walk south on Kennedy Road to the church.
LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND:
Ending Violence Against Women & Girls Saturday, November 25th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church (427 Bloor St. W.)
A panel discussion highlighting examples of positive change to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Raging Grannies will sing at 1:45 p.m. Wanda Whitebird, Mi’kmaq grandmother will give greetings. Panel participants include: Robyn Doolittle, Globe & Mail; Kim Bernhardt, The Equality Effect; Fazia Mohammed, Interval House. Moderator: Cheri DiNovo.
There is no charge but reserve through eventbrite.ca by clicking here.
Co-sponsored by local branches of Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) and the Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN).