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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
1st Tuesday of the Month
1:30 p.m. Book Club - McClure Hall
2:00-4:00 p.m. Community Cafe - McClure Hall
8:15 a.m. Lectionary - Board Room
7:30 p.m. Choir Practice - Music Room
Tuesday, April 18
6:30 p.m. Feeding the Spirit, free Community Supper – McClure hall
Monday, April 24
7:00 p.m. Communications Committee – Music Room
Tuesday, April 25
7:00 p.m. Church Council – Upper Club Room
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, May 2nd we will discuss Charlotte Gray’s book The Promise of Canada.
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: email@example.com
Join us for a free community dinner. Feeding the Spirit - breaking bread and building community on April 18th, May 16th and June 13th in McClure Hall. All are welcome - gluten free and vegetarian options available. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., dinner served at 6:30 p.m., dessert and coffee hour to follow. For more information, contact Jennifer Gordon at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org Feeding the Spirit is a community event sponsored by the Ricker Fund.
“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.
NABS - Not [just] a Bible Study: Easter Vigil Service & Pub Night
Saturday, April 15th from 9 - 11 p.m. (Vigil - Sanctuary) & 11:30 pm - 1 a.m. (pub)
The Vigil service is perfect for those who wish to have some time to contemplate and reflect on the meaning of Easter. It is also one of the more creative services of the year, as the young folks like to push the boundaries. Afterwards, anyone is welcome to get together with NABS attendees and go to one of the local pubs on Bloor Street to discuss the Vigil, faith, and just life in general.
NABS is a group of 20 and 30 somethings who meet in the Lower Club Room after worship every second Sunday of the month.
If you would like to see what they’ve been up to, visit https://nabsatbsuc.wordpress.com
We welcome Emma Ceruti as the NABS Spiritual and Administrative Co-ordinator. You may email Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
EXTREME HUNGER APPEAL
People across Africa are facing extreme drought. A principal cause is one of the most powerful El Nino events in recent history. Already, people are facing food and water shortages. Crops are drying up, and soil is eroding. Livestock are dying off, and communites are struggling. According to the World Food Programme about 14,000,000 people in southern African countries... will need food assistance this year. The United Church of Canada has launched an Extreme Hunger Appeal as the humanitarian crisis reaches grave levels. Starvation and extreme hunger are reaching a scale the world has not seen before. If you would like to contribute to this appeal, leave a cheque made out to Bloor Street U.C. on the offering plate, or in the main office with "hunger appeal" on the memo line.
BOOK SALE NEWS
Our next book sale will be on Saturday, June 3rd. It will be a much scaled down sale, chiefly of the best books left over from our "Giant Book Sale" last fall - fiction and popular non-fiction, recently published and in good condition. We are happy to receive contributions of such books. If we have enough really good ones, we will have the usual Coffee Hour sale at the end of May.
LENDING LIBRARY – INDIGENOUS TITLES & AUTHORS
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
KEEP UP WITH GEORGE!
George Bartlett's blog is up and running - he sends this note:
Here is the link to my blog which is finally up and accessible: https://seeingthroughmytears.wordpress.com/
People can read what's there and sign up to receive mroe. Thanks, George.
An exciting 10 day trip to The Holy Land is being sponsored by the BC Conference of The United Church of Canada and led by Marianna Harris and Lisa Reinders.
The dates are April 18th – 28th. During this time, George Bartlett, Chair of our Council, will be there. There will be an opportunity to visit George and witness the work he is involved in. Please see the poster by clicking here for more info.
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.
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 & COMMUNITY:
QUEEN OF KATWE - Free Movie Screening for Youth
Come meet Phiona and get inspired. Monday, April 3rd from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. Youth are invited to a free movie screening and Q&A with special guests Phiona and her coach Robert from the Disney movie Queen of Katwe. Hear an inspiring story from a real hero! Phiona has overcome great obstacles. For free tickets, go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/beautiful-world-canada-foundation/events/movie-screening-with-the-queen-of-katwe/
COLOUR-CODED: Decolonizing Hearts, Minds & Spirits
A training in race, racism and decolonization out there and in here; in awareness and disruption. Facilitators: LeeAnn McKenna and Michael Blair. April 21st from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m., and April 22nd from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Cummer Avenue United Church (53 Cummer Avenue). $60 per person (PWYC option available). Toronto South West Presbytery is one of the sponsors of this event.