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 27 Sept 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)
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)
The United Church works with several churches and agencies throughout the Caribbean region.
Our membership in the global ACT Alliance will provide multiple ways that the church can assist people
affected by Hurricane Irma.
ACT members are organized in various regional and national forums (including the Dominican Republic,
Haiti, and Cuba) that are working quickly to assist with evacuations and emergency shelter where necessary, and to plan the post-storm response.
In addition, the United Church will assist bilateral partners such as the region-wide Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA), the Cuban Council of Churches, and the Karl Leveque Cultural Institute in Haiti as they organize their responses.
If you would like to contribute to this Appeal, place your cheque on the offering plate made out to Bloor Street United Church with “Hurricane Irma” on the memo line. Or you may drop it off at the main office, or place it in the mailbox on the courtyard door after hours.
WELCOMING CITY SHUL to their New Home at 300 Bloor Street West
We will formally welcome the City Shul congregation into their new home at BSUC on Sunday, September 17th.
We are also planning a Get-to-Know-You evening on Tuesday, November 14th.
OPEN STREETS TO
Bloor Street West will be closed to vehicular traffic from Grace/Christie to Sherbourne from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 17th for Open Streets TO. Side streets, like Huron, will still be open to car traffic.
The Book Club chose our reading for the next several months:
We welcome everyone who has read the book 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, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
LUNCH & BOARD GAMES – NABS
Sunday, September 17th from noon to 2:00 p.m.
Join NABS after the service on Sunday in the Upper Club Room for lunch and some board games! Relax, enjoy some free food, and make some new friends!
Questions? Contact Emma Ceruti, NABS Coordinator email: NABSbloorstreet@gmail.com
or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nabsbloorstreet/
Fall Book Study, starting Wednesday Sept 20, 2:00 pm
“The headlines are clear: religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows up her acclaimed book Christianity After Religion [with Grounded] by arguing that what appears to be a decline actually signals a major transformation in how people understand and experience God. The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world.
This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us—and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well.”
Come and join with others to discuss this interesting and readable book. Wednesday 2-3:30 p.m. in the Board Room. Orders of the book are being taken at the Information Table, the cost is $15. The book is also available on Kobo and Kindle.
Maya Brathwaite has sent an invitation to share in her covenanting service on Sunday, September 24th at 2:00 p.m. at Queensville Holland Landing United Church (20453 Leslie Street). Rev. Michael Blair is preaching. All are welcome!
NORTHBOUND! CELEBRATING THE ARCTIC IN STORY AND SONG
Saturday, October 14th at 7:30 p.m. at Bloor Street United Church. Featuring:
• folk music ensemble David Newland (Host) & Uncharted Waters,
• Inuit throat-singing due Siqiniup Qilautu – Sunsdrum,
• Performance Artist Evalyn Parry
• Best-selling Author Alanna Mitchell
• The Choir of Bloor Street United under David Passmore
Purchase $25 tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/northbound-bloor-street-tickets-37343158392
“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.
Are you interesd in learning Therapeutic Touch?
Therapeutic Touch (TT) is a complementary therapy which brings relaxation, and helps to speed healing and reduce the perception of pain. We have arranged for a teacher to give us the “Level 1” training on Saturday, November 4th (this course takes one day). The cost will depend on how many sign up but we will have a pay- what-you-can option as well. If you are interested in taking TT or if you want more information, please speak with Nancy Gordon or phone 416-924-7439, ext. 29 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Feeding the Spirit: Neighbourhood Dinners at Bloor Street
Come join us as we gather together again for fall 2017’s Feeding the Spirit dinners:
November 21st, and
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.
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
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
Supporting Multi-Faith Climate Change
Free event with Keynote Speaker Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Sushi & Sandwiches (Change in Date)
Conversation Hour hosted by Alpha Korean United Church.
As a thank-you and farewell to the Bloor Street congregation from Alpha Korean United Church, Alpha Korean United will host Conversation Hour after worship on Sunday, September 24th with sushi and sandwiches for everyone!
Remake the Church - Change the World
Toronto Southeast Presbytery presents an event of disruption and new possibilities with Alan Roxburgh - priest, seminary professor and internationally respected consultant with more than 30 years experience leading congregational and system change. He is the founder of The Missional Network, a partnership of practitioners and academics who are discerning the shape of the church in changing contexts. Everyone is welcome on Saturday, October 28th. For more information, contact Anne Shirley Sutherland, Conference Minster for Healthy Communities of Faith at 416-241-2677, ext. 6252.
Call for 2019 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.