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: 2018
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
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
UPCOMING LENTEN BOOK STUDY:
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS FEBRUARY 14 – MARCH 28 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Join with Martha and other Bloor Streeters to read The Rebirthing of God by John Philip Newell.
"The walls of Western Christianity are collapsing. In many parts of the West that collapse can only be described as seismic.... There are three main responses or reactions to this collapse.
The first is to deny that it is happening.
The second is to frantically try to shore up the foundations of the old thing.
The third, which I invite us into, is to ask what is trying to be born that requires a radical reorientation of our vision. What is the new thing that is trying to emerge from deep within us and from deep within the collective soul of Christianity?" ―from the Introduction
Available from Amazon. Copies may be available to buy at the information table next Sunday at $15 while supplies last.
The Thursday morning lectionary group meets on Thursdays in the Board Room at 8:15 a.m. Everyone is welcome.The lectionary group is taking a break until January.
SAVE THE DATE for our amazing
It’s early this year. Write it in your agenda now. Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00 p.m. (latecomers welcome). You don’t want to miss it. Pancakes with all the toppings and REAL maple syrup! Strictly made, delicious, gluten-free pancakes too! Come one, come all, and bring your friends – but please let us know how many are coming so we can have enough pancakes ready. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and are available in Conversation Hour today. Also, there are sign-up sheets at the table, if you’d like to help out on the day.
Craddock Weekend February 24-25 click here for downloadable
Bloor Street United Church is delighted to welcome The Very Reverend Stan McKay Former Moderator and 2017 Leader of the Gibimishkaadimin Paddlers
Saturday 2.30 - 4.30 pm Workshop on cultural learning: Indigenous Wisdom Meets the Love of Church Missions Sunday Worship 10.30 am The Craddock Lecture: Reconciliation is a Counting of Blessings
All are Welcome Saturday workshop is free. An offering will be taken at the Sunday Worship.
The Book Club next meets on Tuesday, February 6th to discuss Brother by David Chariandy.
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
UPDATE ON THE PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT
OF OUR CHURCH
We’re excited about the proposed redevelopment of our church’s property. As you may know, on December 27th, 2017 we submitted a rezoning application to the City of Toronto and want to take the opportunity to provide an update on what to expect in the New Year.
Progress to Date
Over the course of the past six months, BSUC has hosted three community meetings, which have resulted in substantial feedback on the proposal and future direction of the project. Our submission of the rezoning application to the City of Toronto for approval to proceed with the project marks the beginning of the formal process of working with the City on the details of what redevelopment of the property will look like.
The City of Toronto will begin processing our application by circulating it to various City Divisions for specific comment. Simultaneously, the application will also enter a formal, mandatory community engagement process, which will include a City-led Community Consultation meeting, as well as a Councillor-led Working Group process. We expect that this stage of the process will last several months. We will update the congregation on our progress moving forward and keep you informed about opportunities to participate in consultation process.
Over the coming months, we’ll be using this space to provide more in-depth information about specific aspects of the planned development including:
• The benefits of intensification
• Our Church’s heritage
• Social justice and community support and programing
• Enhancing accessibility
In the meantime, for more information please visit www.300bloorstreetwest.com
Thank you for your continuing support!
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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. 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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
NEW TITLES – INDIGENOUS LIBRARY
We have purchased new titles for our Lending Library which are available at the Information Table. Books by Indigenous authors include prize- winning fiction and non-fiction.
Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson was a finalist for the Giller Prize.
When We Are Alone by David Alexander Robertson won the Governor General's Literary Award for illustrated books.
The Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Simpson was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.
The Reconciliation Manifesto by Arthur Manuel and Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga are essential reading.
Pemican Wars by Katherina Vermette is a short graphic novel.
Bearskin Diary by Carol Daniels is a story based on the Sixties Scoop of indigenous children.
INDIGENOUS RIGHTS SOLIDARITY GROUP
The Indigenous Rights Solidarity Group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month (except for December, July, and August.) Our focus is to educate ourselves and others about Indigenous issues and to provide resources and information for people who want to communicate with politicians, supporting Indigenous control of land and resources. We also respond to requests for solidarity from Indigenous organizations and communities. If you'd like to find out if we're a group that would interest you, please "try us out" in the Memorial Room at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church (427 Bloor St. W.).
LEARN – TAKE ACTION “Colonialism’s Impact on Children – Palestinian and Indigenous Canadians”
A three-part series planned for March 2018.
Might you be interested? What time(s) would you prefer?
E-mail George Bartlett (email@example.com) indicating your interest and your preferences between: a) 3 Sundays after church b) Evenings – specific c) Afternoon – specific d) Mornings – specific
Please invite your friends and neighbours.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mary Sanderson (email@example.com).
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
A ROOM OF YOUR OWN 19+
An interactive book club targeted primarily at women 19+ years of age and older of all races and ethnic backgrounds. Share fun, feelings, and opinion with friends and with your favourite authors. This new generation book club is 60
minutes in length and will be held once a month and streamed live through YouTube.
Lilian H. Smith Auditorium Toronto Public Library (239 College Street). Live Stream Site: YouTube channel A Room Of your Own 19+.
Questions: visit www.aroomofyourown.org
DAVENPORT PERTH COMMUNITY MINISTRY (1900 Davenport Road)
Tuesday, January 30th a film screening and panel discussion, featuring Joshua Tribbell of the Toronto Inuit Association, is taking place from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Award-winning documentary director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, this group is bringing its own voice into the conversation and presenting themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.
Refreshments by NishDish.
Wednesday, January 31st from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Kairos Blanket Exercise in the sanctuary. Join this walk through pre-contract, treaty-making, colonization and resistance covering over 500 years of history. A talking circle follows this exercise.
For more information on either event, contact Tina Conlon at 416-654-3726 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ORCHID SHOW & SALE
John Spears has passed along information on The Southern Ontario Orchid Society’s (SOOS) Orchid Show & Sale on February 10th and 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Toronto Botanical Garden (777 Lawrence Ave. E. – corner of Lawrence Ave. E. and Leslie).
6,000 square feet of exotic orchids will be on display! General Admission $12 (cash only).
Supervised children under 12 are free. The SOOS is a not-for-profit organization – proceeds support conservation. For more information, visit www.soos.ca or call 905-640-5643.
Our gifts for Mission & Service support new ministers.
United Fresh Start is a program offered by the General Council Office through trained presbytery- based facilitators. The goal of the program is to nurture the pastoral relationship between a minister and key congregational leaders, especially at the beginning of a pastoral relationship after a new minister is called or appointed. Over two years, a facilitator works through pieces of the United Fresh Start curriculum with the minister and key congregational leaders to facilitate effective leadership, cooperation, mutuality, creative problem solving, and potential reductions in conflict.
“The program enables shared learning and growing as a tool for strengthening and enhancing the new ministry relationship,” reports Bob Wallace a facilitator in South Alberta Presbytery. Brenda Watt, a facilitator in Foothills Presbytery, says, “I have watched relationships and attitudes be transformed with renewed enthusiasm and awareness. I have experienced creativity and collaboration emerge from inspired participants who are willing to step outside of their comfort zones and their typical boxes to seek new ways of reflecting on, behaving, and leading in their relationships with others. I am especially grateful for Mission & Service funding and to our church leadership for having the foresight to bring this program into our midst!”
A vibrant ministry that shares in God’s mission of love with our neighbours is often rooted in a healthy pastoral relationship. Thanks to Mission & Service for supporting United Fresh Start and other programs for vital ministry personnel and their healthy pastoral relationships.
Please join in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.