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: 2018
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 for a congregational lunch on Sunday, November 4th. 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. A donation towards the cost of the meal is always welcome. Any proceeds raised will be given to the Worship Committee to use towards future congregational events.
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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
KEEP THE DATE!
Professor Peter Russell, OC, FRSC, author of Canada’s Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests, is our guest speaker for Craddock Sunday, November 18th. Keep the date!
Can Canada’s Three Foundational Pillars Slay the Pernicious Claim of Sovereignty? Professor Peter Russell, OC, FRSC, author of Canada’s Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests, is our guest speaker for Craddock Sunday, November 18th.
Peter H. Russell is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He was the second Principal of Innis College and the foundling Principal of Senior College, the U of T’s youngest college for its oldest scholars. He has published widely in the fields of judicial, constitutional, Aboriginal and parliamentary politics. His most recent book, published by the University of Toronto Press in 2017, is Canada’s Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests.
He is now working on a book that will be entitled, Sovereignty: A Pernicious Claim Whose Day is Done. Peter Russell is a past President of the Canadian Political Science Association and past Chairman of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy. He chaired the Research Advisory Committee for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and co-chairs the Canadian Political Science Association’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Refugee Outreach Program Christmas Party
The Refugee Outreach Program is looking for volunteers for the annual Christmas celebration for about sixty people on Saturday, December 15th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. We will need four people to work with the chef to begin at 2:30 p.m., four to set up McClure Hall as the dining room and help serve the buffet, the set up must be ready at 5:00 p.m., and four to wash dishes and clean up! You may also get a chance to meet Santa Claus! Email Nenke Jongkind at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you can help.
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 has chosen books for discussion for the fall. Plan to join us in the Board Room on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Room for a lively discussion. Tuesday, November 6th: Anya Talaga, Seven Fallen Feathers, investigates the deaths of seven Indigenous students of Thunder Bay High School who died in the first decade of this century.
Feeding the Spirit – Tuesday, November 20th
Come join us to share thoughts and food at one of Bloor Street United’s free monthly neighbourhood dinners. In the spirit of communion, all are welcome at this table. We hope you come to fill your belly and return for the friendship and enriching discussions. 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!
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.
Parish Nursing Event Understanding Mental Health & Providing Support
Sunday, November 4th after worship. Understanding Mental Health and Providing Support, with speaker Purple Yip, M.Div., R.P. and Convenor of the Working Group for the Promotion of Mental Health in Faith Communities. 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 email@example.com
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
Tea and Dessert Fundraiser: Turning Entitlement into Respect
Tea, treats and conversation! Hear Dr. Peg Herbert, Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross recipient, speak to What does it take to engage boys and men in gender equity? Dr. Herbert’s experience in gender equity training is real, informative and exciting. Founder and Executive Director of Help Lesotho, an organization that has educated over 160,000 orphans, girls, young mothers, women, boys and grannies in Lesotho, Dr. Herbert’s unique insights from 14 years of working in rural Africa will fascinate and inspire. Saturday, November 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s (227 Bloor St. E.). Tickets: $25 each or table of 8 for $200 available through this link: https://www.helplesotho.org/teadessertfundraiser?goal=0_9a9470f3b8-16ba38363d-26453349&mc_cid=16ba38363d&mc_eid=6f43c9f2dc
Bill 262 – KAIROS Canada
You may want to consider joining KAIROS in urging all Senators to vote in favour of Bill-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. KAIROS is part of a coalition of faith based organizations that is focused on ensuring that the Bill is enacted. Learn more through this link: https://www.kairoscanada.org/bill-c-262-provides-principled-framework-implementing-un-declaration-rights-indigenous-peoples
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