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Calendar of Events: 2016
10:30 a.m. Worship Services in the Sanctuary
1st Sunday of the Month Congregational Lunch - McClure Hall
2nd 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
6:00 p.m. Advent Contemplative Prayer Group - McClure Hall
8:15 a.m. Lectionary - Board Room
7:30 p.m. Choir Practice - Music Room
Carols in a Minor Key - Tuesday Dec 13th 7 PM
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LECTIONARY – THURSDAY
There is an opportunity to join others to discuss the lectionary readings in a relaxed setting. Everyone welcome.
We meet at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday mornings in the Board Room.
Tuesday, December 6th we will discuss Richard Wagamese’s book Indian Horse.
We will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Room. Everyone is invited who is reading the book. For more information email Bob Farquharson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you looking for a good read, then look for farther than an issue of the United Church Observer. Each year at this time Bloor Street United Church remits congregational contributions towards annual subscriptions, so if you’re thinking of subscribing now is the time to act. If you haven’t already done so, please consider placing your payment, made out to Bloor Street United with “Observer” on the memo line of your cheque, on the offering plate or in the church’s mailbox on the courtyard door. The cost is $25.
(Quilters, Knitters, Sewers, Painters, etc.) Meet on Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. We have a room with good natural light to work on projects. Come and go as suits your schedule. N.B. Most days we are in the Upper Club Room but some days in the Music Room – check room listings.
“PREPARE THE WAY”
(Come to one or all sessions – stay as long as you’re able)
Wednesday evenings, December 7th, 14th, 21st in McClure Hall.
You are invited to take part in an Advent Contemplative Prayer group with Maya Brathwaite.
Together we will attend to our prayer life as we explore and practice prayer through imagination and other forms of Ignatian contemplative practices (first started by St. Ignatius of Loyola).
The “Christmas season” is often a busy and noisy time; come, let’s be silent and re-connect with the Holy.
WHO IS JESUS?
We know a lot about the story of Jesus’s birth around Christmas but who was he really? Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all have different versions of who this man was and the significance of his life. On Sunday, December 11th, following the service, we will have a Rabbi, Imam, and our own Maya Brathwaite discuss this topic with the group and think about how our own individual ideas about Jesus influence how we live our own faith-based lives. Join us for a
light lunch and discussion in the Upper Club room.
DONATIONS 2016: Year End Top-Up
If you will be topping up your year-end donations for the calendar year 2016, the deadline for receipt is Saturday, December 31st. Any donations received through the mail after that date must be postmarked December 31st to be credited towards 2016.
FEEDING THE SPIRIT
As part of the generosity of Helen Ricker, Bloor Street voted to use some of the Ricker Fund to support a new initiative in January: Feeding the Spirit.
Feeding the Spirit will be a series of monthly dinners intended to knit together a cross section of our community, including regular Sunday service attenders, members of the ROP, students
at the University of Toronto, frequent building users, neighbours, and anyone who wishes to walk through our doors. The dinners will be free of charge.
If you are interested in volunteering with this project, please join us for a meeting in the Chapel after the worship service on Sunday, January 18th, 2017.
“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
BUILDING AND OFFICE: Christmas and New Year’s
The building and office will be closed Monday, December 26th and Tuesday, December 27th, and Monday, January 2nd.
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.
Seeking the Spirit – Join us for a weekend retreat at Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga (www.qoa.ca) from 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 10th 2017 to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 12th. We will prepare ourselves for Lent by exploring spirituality and opening ourselves to finding God in the everyday. Per person cost is $250 which covers two nights accommodation (single room with bathroom) and five meals. We encourage you to contribute what you are able towards the cost. If you think you would be interested in attending please speak with Chuck Baker, Heather Hilliard, or call Susan in the office at 416-924-7439, ext. 21 or email@example.com
Co-sponsored by the Worship and Congregational Care Committees.
FIRST AID, CPR & DEFIBROLATOR USE
Is there anyone interested in taking a first aid course?
Please speak with Nancy Gordon, Parish Nurse, RN. If there is enough interest, we can arrange a group rate with St. John’s Ambulance.
If you would like to leave a confidential voicemail message for Nancy, call 416-924-7439, ext. 29. Or you may call and leave a message at 416-537-0967 (this is not confidential).
A free blood pressure clinic takes place in McClure Hall Lounge after worship every second Sunday of the month.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
REFUGEE OUTREACH PROGRAM'S FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY
Saturday, December 17th is the date for the Refugee Outreach Program's Family Christmas party. You can join in the fun by helping with preparation tasks or volunteering on the day of the party. Stop by the information table after worship on Sunday to find out more or add your name to the volunteer list. We are keen to find a few 'crafty' people to plan some creative, Christmas themed (not too messy?) activities for the kids. Questions? Speak with Sue Kaiser (416-599-0689) or Francisco (416-671-6970).
DAILY BREAD FOOD BIN
Bloor Street is running a trial of having a Daily Bread Food Bank bin on the premises for food contributions. You can find the bin just outside the main office door, by the parking lot entrance.
The most needed food items are: canned vegetables, pasta/pasta sauce, canned fruit, 100% fruit juice, rice, oatmeal, flour, granola bars, canned meat in water, canned fish (tuna in water), high fibre/low sugar cereal, dried/canned beans, peanut butter, baby food (vegetables and fruit)/baby cereal/baby formula.
To have a peek at Daily Bread’s annual Who’s Hungry Report on hunger in Toronto, please visit http://www.dailybread.ca/whoshungry/index.html
Are you interested in helping with serving Communion, one or two or more times in the coming months? If so,
please contact Gaye-Frances Alexander (416-698-8669) or firstname.lastname@example.org. This includes anyone who has, or has never before helped with communion.
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.
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
NOON AT MET
Silvester Kirby organ scholar Stefani Bedin will be playing a short, informal solo organ recital on Thursday, December 8th from 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. at Metropolitan United (56 Queen St. E.) These recitals are part of the Noon at Met concert series. Free admission.
Adult Winter Coat & Boot Drive for CRC
The CRC (Christian Resouce Centre) needs your used and good quality winter coats and boots for their Community Clothing Program!
As the cold weather arrives, they are in need of adult winter coats and jackets that are warm and machine washable – suitable for the bus stop on a cold winter day. Also, adult winter boots that are warm and weather resilient.
Please contact email@example.com or call 416-363-4234, ext. 243 for details about how to get contributions to them.