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Calendar of Events: 2016
10:30 a.m. Worship Services in the Sanctuary
1st Sunday of the Month Congregational Lunch - McClure Hall
2nd Sunday of the Month Free Blood Pressure Clinic - McClure Hall
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
The United Church of Canada is communicating with Mission & Service partners in Haiti and Cuba, but it is a challenge for these partners to reach people in some of the most remote and heavily damaged areas, particularly in Haiti.
We continue to pray for all affected by Hurricane Matthew, including those in the Caribbean and southern United States. We welcome your donations. They will be shared with partners on the ground.
ACT Alliance reports: The latest figures suggest that more than 900 people have been killed by Hurricane Matthew... The most affected departments are the Sud and the Grande Anse, where OCHA reports that about 75% of each respective population is in need of Humanitarian Aid. Nippes was also hit hard, with up to 50% of its population in need of humanitarian aid. Apart from loss of lives and a number of injuries, significant damage has been reported on infrastructure (bridges, roads, hospitals, schools, churches and housing, as well as water and sanitation infrastructures), agricultural land and livestock. The potential for trauma is also high, due to the destructive force, long duration of passage and significant damage to lives and livelihoods. Medium and long term impact of Hurricane Matthew relates in particular to loss of livelihoods in agriculture and business, and seasonal difficulties to re-plant in time for the upcoming harvest season. Besides, there is a serious threat about the spread of waterborne disease such as cholera.
If you would like to contribute to this appeal, please make your cheque out to Bloor Street United Church with “Hurricane Matthew” on the memo line. Cash contributions should be clearly marked as same.
THE SONG OF THE MOTHERS
Sunday, November 6th at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
A dramatic narrative based on letters of mothers whose sons fought in World War I:
Mary Elizabeth Stratford (Canada);
Kathe Kollwitz (German);
Madame Mailaret (France).
Assembled and narrated by R.H. Thomson. This is part of the worship service.
A poster of the event can be opened by clicking here.
If you would like to leave Nancy Gordon, RN, Parish Nurse a confidential voicemail message, call 416-924-7439, ext. 29. A free blood pressure clinic takes place in McClure Hall Lounge after worship every second Sunday of the month.
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.
Wednesday evenings, November 9th – December 14th (snow date December 21st). Further details: TBD
You are invited to take part in an Advent Contemplative Prayer group with Maya Brathwaite.
Together we will attend to our prayer life as we explore and practice prayer though imagination and other forms of Ignatian contemplative practices (first started by St. Ignatius of Loyola).
The “Christmas season” is often a busy and noisy time; come, let’s be silent and re-connect with the Holy.
ATTENTION ALL YOU 'CRAFTY' PEOPLE
(Quilters, Knitters, Sewers, Painters, etc.) Saturday afternoons from 1:00-4:30 p.m. we have a room with good natural light to work on projects. Come and go as suits your schedule. N.B. Most days we are in the Upper Club Room but some days in the Music Room - check room listings.
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.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
BOOK SALE NEWS
Remember the Coffee Hour Book Sale Sunday, October 16th. Recent publications, good as new, $2.
The Giant Book Sale is on Saturday, October 22nd. Anyone who has 2 hours to help on the day, or to help set up on the previous Wednesday or Thursday, should speak with Dianne Johnson or Christine Mosser.
Please click here for a detailed flyer for the event.
WE ARE ALL TREATY PEOPLE - WALKING THE TALK OF RECONCILIATION with Stan McKay
We are invited to a special weekend which begins Friday, November 11th at Bloor Street with a dramatic reading of a story by Bob Havelock. In the story, creatures take Manitoba Hydro to court over the flooding of their lands and those of First Nations.
On Saturday, November 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stan McKay will lead the discussion on the theme of Treaties and Reconciliation at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church.
On Sunday, November 13th we will join Trinity-St. Paul's United for worship followed by a session led by Stan McKay.
REFUGEE OUTREACH PROGRAM UPDATE
Refugee Outreach Program is starting now to plan for the December Family Christmas party which will happen on
Saturday, December 17th this year. The hall is booked, the chefs are lined up and the storage room is being tidied up
to make room for kids’ toys. Right now we want to recruit some lead volunteers to help plan the main components of
If you have an interest in sharing your time and skills in any of these areas, please speak to Sue Kaiser (416-599-0689) or Nenke Jongkind or Francisco Venegas for more information.
Lead volunteers plan ahead for these main activities:
Craft room activities for kids, Food service and clean-up,
Kids gifts (packing and distributing), Welcome and hospitality,
Set-up and decoration of McClure Hall, Clean-up,
Entertainment and House Manager.
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 AND COMMUNITY
COME BREAK BREAD WITH A FAMILY OF STRANGERS
A worshipful dinner party for young adults ages 19-40. Friday, October 21st from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by Toronto Southeast Presbytery and taking place at St. Andrew's United (117 Bloor St. E.), those 19-40 years of age can register through https://torontoconference.ca/events/76/ministry-with-19-40s/ On Saturday, October 22nd from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Dr. Roger Nishioka is holding a workshop which focuses on equipping pastors to be teachers and leaders in the church's educational ministry. All who care about ministry with young adults are welcome! Snacks and lunch included. Register online: https://torontoconference.ca/events/77/servicing-the-19-40s.
INDIGENOUS JUSTICE & RIGHT RELATIONS
A Reflection with The Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell on Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm with lunch provided at Toronto Conference Office (65 Mayall Ave.). Registration: contact Donna Rutz at South West Presbytery (firstname.lastname@example.org / 416-241-2677, ext. 6263).
Sunday, October 23rd at 4:00 p.m. University Settlement Music & Arts School presents ‘Faculty Favourites’, a
concert in support of United Way Toronto York Region.
Join faculty & friends of the Music & Arts School as we come together for our favourite music, featuring Bloor Street United soloists Emily Ding and Michelle Simmons. St. George the Martyr Anglican church (197 John Street), pay-
what-you-can at the door fundraiser / suggested minimum $10.00.
WELCOME AND ADIEU
Our supply director of music, Peter Tiefenbach, invites you to a recital of songs of ‘hail and farewell’ on Sunday, October 23rd at 2:00 p.m., at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Mazzoleni Concert Hall. Peter will be joined
by sopranos Monica Whicher and Nathalie Paulin, and shares duties at the piano with Robert Kortgaard. The program of English and French song includes music by Purcell, Fauré, Delibes, Poulenc, Chaminade, Chausson, Britten, Bernstein and Lauridsen. More information available here: http://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/welcome-adieu-2016
CRC - BUILDING LIVES BENEFIT
Monday, October 24th - Gala event at Daniels Spectrum (555 Dundas St. E.) for CRC (Christian Resource Centre) and its work in Regent Park. Highlights: entertainment by gospel and jazz singer Jackie Richardson, Canadian blues artist Shakura S'Aida, and actor/singer Juan Chiora, all directed by pianist and music directro David Warrick and MC Ross Petty. Food: tasty items prepared by the CRC chef included in the price of admission. Objective: $250,000 for the ongoing work at 40 Oak Street. Price: $200 ($125 eligible for a tax receipt as a charitable donation). Tickets: order by email or by post ghrough www.buildinglivesmatter.ca Accessibility: underground parking below Daniels Spectrum, or take the Dundas streetcar east from Yonge Street to Sackville Street (one stop east of Parliament Street). Further Info? Speak with Don Cooper or Tom McCauley.
SENIOR-2-SENIOR: "Stop Elder Abuse"
Sunday, October 30th from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel at Trinity-St. Paul's United (427 Bloor St. W.) A free presentation on elder abuse identification prevention, response and community supports led by three Seniors Leaders, trained by Leslie Bubeloff, Elder Abuse Specialist, York Region. Registration: email@example.com. A Bathurst Street United and Bloor Street United Joint Parish Nursing Committee Event. Refreshments will be served.