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: 2019
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 starting September
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
DONATIONS 2018: Year End Top-Up
Just a quick reminder that the Administration Offices will be closed December 25th through January 1st. Regular office hours resume: January 2nd, 2019 (9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.). If you are planning to top up your Year-end Donations for the 2018 calendar year, please ensure they are postmarked no later than December 31st. Mindful of the impact from the recent Canada Post strike, mail delivery may be delayed in the weeks ahead. Please consider dropping off your donation through the mailbox or on the offering plate at worship services.
Join us for a congregational lunch on Sunday, January 6th.
This time of fellowship is special for all of us. Eat, chat and share in the spirit that is Bloor Street United Church. Vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options will be available. This lunch is prepared for you by the Congregational Care Committee. A donation towards the cost of the meal is always welcome. Any donations raised will go to the Congregational Care Committee. Please mark this date on your calendar. Everyone is welcome!
Choir rehearsal is held on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Room. If you are interested in joining the choir, please email David Passmore: firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with him after the service for more information.
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.
Or just click following to go directly to our Facebook Page: fb.me/bloorstreetunited
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.
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.
Sunday Flowers are a wonderful way to commemorate those we love and to celebrate milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries or important changes in your life. Bloor Streeters will also have the pleasure of sharing the enjoyment of your flowers for the service.
You can request flowers through Lisa Walter (firstname.lastname@example.org). Just let Lisa know the Sunday you would like to have the flowers placed.
There are three ways you can contribute:
1-You may order an arrangement through Lisa at approximately $125 or
2-You may choose to bring in your own floral arrangement or
3-Make a financial donation to support the weekly cut flowers at Bloor Street by placing a cheque to Bloor Street on the collection plate. Please mark “flowers” on the memo line of your cheque.
Thank you for considering a contribution towards flowers at Bloor Street!
OFFERING ENVELOPES – READY FOR PICK-UP
If you use offering envelopes to tithe, please come by the information table in McClure Hall after worship to pick up your set for 2019. If you would like to start using offering envelopes, please leave your name at the information table or call Susan in the office at 416-924-7439, ext. 21 and a set will be assigned to you.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
COATS – IN DEMAND
Thank you to everyone who brought their gently used winter coats for the Refugee Outreach cOC Program. Many of them have already been matched with families, including some who are SOCIAL JUSTICE linked to Bloor Street through the Jeremiah’s Field COMMITTEE loan program. Adult and children’s coats continue to be in demand, and we are happy to accept donations any time. Coats can be left in the office in the Refugee Outreach Program bin.
CAN YOU PRESS A BUTTON?
A few additional volunteers are needed to assist in showing the Sunday morning slides. Communications Committee is adding to its roster of people willing to “press the button” on the computer during the Sunday service. How often you will be called depends on the number of volunteers we have, and whether the preacher uses slides. A pre-printed “slide guide” waits for you, the computer is set up and running for you, the slides are preloaded for you… so all you have to do is press the button between slides. Please speak with Mary Louise or leave your name with Anne Hogg at the Information Table in McClure Hall if you’re interested. We’ll be in touch.
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 Harold webmaster @ bloorstreetunited.org
CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY LIFE
The Book Club meets the first Tuesday of the month.|
Next meeting on January 8th at 1:30 p.m. in the board room we will discuss Evan Osnos’ book:
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China.
Everyone who has read the book is welcome to attend.
Feeding the Spirit – Tuesday, January 15th.
Breaking bread and building community. Come join us to share thoughts and food at one of Bloor Street’s free monthly neighbourhood dinners. In the spirit of communion, all are welcome at this table. All are welcome – gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. – dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Dessert and coffee hour to follow.
This event is sponsored by the Ricker Fund.
Rise and Shine! – Lectionary
The Thursday Lectionary group meets at 8:15 a.m. in the Board Room. This time allows those who have day jobs to take part, and those who are retired to schedule other appointments. Everyone welcome!
GOOD NEWS’ DEADLINE: JANUARY 13TH
Happy New Year! Sunday, January 13th is the deadline for the winter issue of Good News on Bloor. If you’d like to submit a news’ item, people news or a short article, send it soon. Please remember not to format your submission or the title which should be plain text. Words should not be in bold text, italicized text or underlined. Our layout artist will enhance your report or news item. Please include your name as part of the text. Submissions should be sent to: email@example.com. Questions or concerns? Please contact the editor, Isabel Ward, at 416-463-2888.
Canadian Church Calendar 2019 “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” - 1 Corinthians 13.13 Come to the information table after worship to purchase this beautiful calendar for just $6 (2/$10). Showcasing United Churches from coast-to-coast-coast, this calendar has all the special Sundays listed as well as Holidays. Makes a great gift! Proceeds to the Communications Committee.
If you would like to get in touch with Nancy Gordon, Parish Nurse, RN, please feel free to leave a confidential phone message on her at 416-924-7439, ext. 29 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pledge Campaign 2019
It is not too late to make your pledge so that our congregation can continue to thrive. Please fill in the pledge form you have received (copies are also available at the information table) or call Susan Jennings at 416-924-7439, ext. 21 to let her know your giving plans for 2019 which Finance will use for budgeting purposes.
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
SERVE GOD GLADLY
Our gifts for Mission & Service support programs that empower women in the developing world. Over the past five years, United Church Women have supported the Traditional Birth Attendants program at the centre. Five hundred women have graduated from this program and are now able to assist mothers to give birth safely in communities that often lack a clinic or hospital. Traditional Birth Attendants, or midwives, play a significant role in reducing maternal and infant mortality through pre- and post-natal care and birthing techniques. Mothers and their children are alive thanks to this program and to the vision of the Morogoro Centre. At the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre in Dodoma, Tanzania, there is a sign that reads, “Serve God gladly.” Morogoro has been a Mission & Service global partner since the centre’s creation in 1979. The centre offers a variety of courses, from legal advocacy to agriculture to maternal health. The goal is to empower women to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Our ongoing gifts for Mission & Service enable core support for the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre. If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! Please consider making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.
Best of Ireland – Escorted by the Rev. Dan Benson
June 7th through 22nd, 2019 visit North and South Ireland on an escorted tour with the Rev. Dan Benson. 24 meals. For more details on this exciting journey to this fair green island with rolling fields, friendly people, dramatic coastlines and a history as long as any in the world, call 416-484-0926 to secure your spot on this tour. Book by December 20th and save $200 per person.