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.
4) Info on the REDress project is available by clicking here.
Calendar of Events: 2018
We welcome Trinity-St.Paul’s Church this month to our services @ 10:30 a.m, Sunday mornings in August.
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
Join us in the Board Room on the first Tuesday of each month for a live discussion.
September 4th: Naim Stifan Ateek, A Palestinian Theology of Liberation
The subtitle describes the book: “The Bible, Justice and the Palestine-Israel Conflict"
For more information please contact Bob Farquharson, email@example.com
Sing with Bloor Street – Tenor Lead/Soloist
Bloor Street Choir is looking for a tenor lead/soloist to start in September, principally needed for Thursday night rehearsals and Sunday morning rehearsals and services. For more information: David Passmore, Music Director (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call 416-924-7439, ext. 30.
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.
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
Save the Date!
Togogo Grannies – Steve Paikin, Host of ‘The Agenda’
Monday, October 22nd in the sanctuary. Togogo grandmothers and grandothers invite you to hear Steve Paikin, host of ‘The Agenda’ on TVO. Reception and Marketplace at 6:00 p.m., talk, followed by Question & Answer session at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available from Togogos and Eventbrite starting Monday, August 13th. Proceeds donated to The Stephen Lewis Foundation, Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.
REFUGEE OUTREACH PROGRAM
Francisco Venegas is on leave. The Refugee Outreach Program conversation groups will continue on Saturdays. Please contact Sue Kaiser for program questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-709-0723.
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.
BE THE WELCOMING FACE OF BLOOR STREET –
On Sunday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 10th we will have sign-up sheets available at the Information Table in McClure Hall after worship for Sunday Greeting for the remainder of the year (June, August through December). This is a two- part volunteer opportunity: greet worshippers and distribute hymnals and bulletins, then assist with receipt of the offering.
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 (email@example.com) and Mary Sanderson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
Congratulations to Bill and Velma Davis, and family on the recent renaming
of the playground at Cottingham Square to the "Bill R. Davis Playground" in
recognition of Bill’s 60 years running the Boys and Girls Club in the Summerhill
community. The clubs have operated out of Cottingham Public School since a
United Church was destroyed by fire in 1971. Councillor Josh Matlow was on
hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony; a picture of which is posted on the bulletin
board in the main floor hallway by McClure Hall. The park is located between
Yonge Street and Avenue Road, on the north side of Cottingham and the south
side of Birch Street.
Summer Program at Knox College
Susan Gaby-Trotz has co-ordinated this program of eight courses running from August 13th-17th or August 20th-24th at Knox College (59 St. George St.). Topics include: The Renaissance Christian Imagination with lecturer Domenico Pietropaolo; Shelter from the Storm: Perspectives on Global Migration with lecturer Jerry Flores; The Focusing Appliance: How the camera transforms the photographer and the rest of us with lecturer David Hlynsky; and Not the Water but the Fire Next Time: Extreme weather in a rapidly changing climate with lecturer Monica Havelka. If you would like more information or to register: www.knox.utoronto.ca/summer-program or call 416-946-8425.
HEART & VISION – AWARDS CONCERT
Monday, October 15th at 7:30 p.m. with reception to follow at 9:15 p.m. Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen St. E.).
Musical line-up features Jackie Richardson, Cylene Marie Morrison, and an ensemble of First Nations dancers and drummers.
Tickets: $150* – performance and reception, $25 – performance only. *Note: A charitable receipt will be
issued for a portion of the $150 ticket price. Proceeds support Council’s Community Relief Fund which partners ministries across South Central Ontario. To reserve your ticket, call Ali Hayes at 905-771-5124, ext. 31 or order online through:
Bulletin – Call for Photos
Please consider submitting photos for United Church bulletin covers. The deadline is October 30th and the themes are Christian symbols, outdoor and indoor architectural details of United Churches, symbols of liturgical seasons and special Sundays, and people involved in intercultural activities. An honorarium of $100 is paid for every photo chosen and a photo credit will be given. For more information, the entry from can be found on the shelf just inside the church office. You may submit photos in one of two ways:
via united-church.formstack.com/forms/bulletin submission, or
send entry form and photos on USB key to: Bulletins, Communications Unit, The United Church of Canada, 3250 Bloor St. W., #200, Toronto, ON, M8X 2Y4
Come and See Palestine & Israel
October 31st – November 10th
Join Rev. Marianna Harris and George Bartlett on a pilgrimage to see for yourself what is happening in Palestine and Israel. Learn about the effects of the occupation on the lives of ordinary people. Discover how Jewish Israeli and Palestinian activists are seeking to create change. Visit key holy places as we reflect on Jesus’ life and teachings. Cost: $2,800 plus airfare. The brochure is attached to this email. Or contact George Bartlett at email@example.com for further information.