There's always lots of things happening here at Bloor Street. This is where you can find what's on, and when.
Calendar of Events: 2014
Friday, October 24
6:30 PM Bloor Street Gala Fundraiser
Saturday, November 29
2pm to 5pm Have a Heart, Support Our Art
Unique Handcrafted Gifts and Grannies’ Baked Goods
Bloor Street Quilters & Togogo Grannies
A Fundraiser in support of Bloor Street United Church &
The Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers Project
Click here for a poster of the event
Come to the Bloor Street GALA!
A Fantastic Fall Fiesta
6:30 p.m., Friday, October 24th
Mark your calendars, because you won't want to miss out on the social event of the year. Come and enjoy a gourmet dinner with a dash of Latin American flavour, a glass of wine, lively entertainment and good company. This is our major fundraiser for 2014, and promises to be tons of fun! Look for your invitation in the mail.
If you would like to help out in any way, please contact Laurie Gordon at 416-537-0967 or email@example.com
REMARKS FROM LAURIE GORDON
Pre-launch of the Fall Stewardship Campaign
It’s Stewardship Season! For those unfamiliar with the ways of the United Church, this is our equivalent of when Captain Kirk calls up the engine room, and says “Scottie, we need more power!”
The congregation just wants to know two things about the stewardship campaign:
what am I looking to get, and how long can I procrastinate? Let me answer the second question first, because it’s simple. The final, drop-dead date for submitting your pledges is November 9th, so you have just over a month.
On the first question, we have decided to go green this year, save mailing costs and make it easier for you. So for everyone who is on the Bloor Street email list, your campaign package will be emailed to you in the
week before Thanksgiving. Then the pledge form will be emailed to you the following week. To make your pledge you will just have to respond to the email, and enter your numbers in the form in the email, and off it will
go to Susan in the church office. No hunting for envelopes or stamps, and no forgetting to bring it in on Sunday!
For those who are not on the church email list, the campaign materials will be mailed out next week. And for those not on either our email or our snail-mail lists, pledge forms will be available at the Information Table in coffee hour. Thanks in advance for your support!
FALL BOOK STUDY
on Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
4 Wednesdays: October 29, November 5, 19 and 26 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Best-selling author and former Episcopal priest Taylor returns with another thoughtful book. This time Taylor confronts head-on faith and, most significantly, the dark night of the soul. But really this is a meditation on darkness itself—more a journal, she emphasizes, than a manual. What does Taylor mean by darkness? Darkness, she
writes, is “shorthand for anything that scares me.” That could include something as profound as the absence of God, to the fear of dementia, to the loss of family and friends, as well as that “nagging” question of “what it will feel like to die?” She recounts how she became impatient with church teachings that accentuated the light while denying the existence of darkness, and comments on the difference between faith and belief, certainty and trust. An elegant writer with the common touch, Taylor is always a wonderful guide to the spiritual world, and this book is no exception. Here she encourages us to turn out the lights and embrace the spiritual darkness, for it is in the dark, she maintains, that one can truly see." --June Sawyers, Booklist
The book is readily available in bookstores or online, or in Kindle.
Please let Martha or the office know if you plan to join in.
READING THE BIBLE AS ONE LONG STORY
Bloor Street is reading the whole Bible as one long story over the course of the year. We began at Genesis 1 on September 7th and will end in June with Revelation. We are using resource materials called "The Story", which present the Bible as one narrative, condensed into 31 chapters. "The Story" is composed of long sections from the New International Version, linked by paraphrased material. The Sunday School and Youth programs will be coordinated to the same set of stories that we are considering in church and in lectionary groups. The Story is available through amazon.ca, Kindle and available through Chapters as well.
COME SING IN OUR CHOIR!
Come and join us Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Room!
Along with preparing music for Sunday services, we are starting to work towards our concert program with orchestra at the end of November: C. P. E. Bach’s captivating oratorio The Israelites in the Wilderness. (This will tie in with Bloor Street’s liturgical focus on the Old Testament in services this fall.) For more information, please speak with David Passmore after the service or contact him at 416-924-7439, ext. 30 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
NABS – Not [Just] a Bible Study
NABS is a group for 20- and 30-somethings that takes part in social and spiritual activities. New people are always
very welcome. Please see our blog for more information:
nabsatbsuc.wordpress.com. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA WILL AND ESTATE PLANNING WORKBOOK
The General Council Office has recently published an updated version of the Will and Estate Planning Workbook. This workbook is an excellent resource to document important information in our lives in one place. It is also a helpful tool when preparing to meet with a lawyer to draft a new or updated will. Copies of the workbook are available in the Narthex and the Information Table at conversation hour after worship. If you would like to learn more about how you can support Bloor Street United Church and the United Church of Canada through your will or via gifts of marketable
securities, contact Tom McCauley or Don Cooper.
Interested in sound technology? Our church needs a new audio volunteer to operate the sound system one Sunday per month.
It’s easier than it looks, and you’ll make a significant contribution to our worship services. Everyone appreciates good sound quality! Contact Harold Durnford for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. This includes anyone who has, or has never before helped with communion.
Prayers of the People – looking for volunteers!
If you would be willing to give the Prayers of the People some Sunday, please let Martha know (416-924-7439, ext. 44). Please do consider it! If you think you might be interested, but aren’t sure of what it would entail, a 1 ½ hour “how-to” workshop on preparing the Prayers of the People will be scheduled in May.
BOOK SALE NEWS
This fall's Giant Book Sale will be held on Saturday, November 8th, with a Coffee Hour sale the previous Sunday, November 2nd. Donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes are welcome, and can be left at any time at the church office. Please no magazines or journals, textbooks, or large sets.
ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS IN SEPTEMBER?
For the Refugee Outreach Program, Christmas is almost a year-round season! September is the time for thinking
ahead, recruiting volunteers and doing the "before hand" tasks that will make this year's Family Party on Saturday,
December 20th go well. How can you help? Mark your calendar to volunteer on the 20th, sign up as a lead or helper
in a particular area like food preparation or gift packing or McClure Hall decoration. If you want to help with a "do ahead" task like menu planning or buying gift bags, we are happy to dig into the job jar and share the work. Check the sign-up sheet at the information table in McClure Hall, or contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org / 416-599-0689 or
Francisco at 416-671-6970.
On Sunday, September 21st the Refugee Sponsorship Initiative held its first orientation meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to explain the process for obtaining security checks (which are necessary for people who plan to
work directly with any refugee) and outline the different tasks that will need to be done once the person arrives. The meeting was attended by a representative of AURA who explained that once Bloor Street had sufficient
numbers of volunteers who have security checks, she will submit Bloor Street’s application for a refugee. She advised that once the paperwork is submitted the refugee could arrive in Toronto within 4-6 weeks. This means we need to prepare to begin our sponsorship before the end of the year. The Co-Chairs of the Refugee Sponsorship Initiative are Liz Tinker (email@example.com) and Nadjib Alamyar (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you need assistance in obtaining a security check, please contact Nadjib. For all other issues, please contact Liz.
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
TORONTO WELSH MALE VOICE CHOIR
and Celtic Harpist Loril Shannik Brookbanks for African Grannies, The Old Orchard Blossoms and Toronto
Grandmothers Embrace invite you to enjoy this fundraising concert on Saturday, October 25th at 7:30 p.m. at Church of St. Timothy (100 Old Orchard Grove). A marketplace and light refreshments starting at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 in advance by calling 416-485-5011 or through email@example.com, also available at the door for $30 (cash or cheque). Proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.