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Calendar of Events: 2016
Monday, May 2
6:00 p.m. Social Justice Committee – Music Room
Tuesday, May 3
1:30 p.m. Book Club – McClure Hall
4:30 p.m. Worship Committee - Board Room
Wednesday, May 4
2:00 p.m. Community Café – McClure Hall
Thursday, May 5
8:15 a.m. Lectionary – Board Room
7:30 p.m. Choir – Music Room
Sunday, May 8
10:30 a.m. Worship - Sanctuary
After worship Conversation Hour - McClure Hall
Monday, May 9
12:00 noon Seniors & Friends Luncheon - McClure Hall
Wednesday, May 11
2:00 p.m. Community Cafe - McClure Hall
6:00 p.m. Jeremiah's Field - Staff Lounge
Saturday, May 14
9:30 a.m. NABS Career Day - McClure Hall
Monday, May 16
3:00 p.m. Grandmothers Advocacy Network - Trans Pacific Partnership Information Session
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For its next meeting, Tuesday, May 3rd, the book group is reading Wab Kinew's the Reason You Walk. It is a memoir by a Winnipeg indigenous writer and broadcaster about re-connecting with his father and his father's reconciliation with his nation.The Trinity-St. Paul’s Choir presents St. John Passion by J.S. Bach with Talisker On Tuesday, June 7th, we're reading My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning Olive Kitteridge. It's a novel about the difficult love between a mother and a daughter. Reviews: "A book of great openness and wisdom." Both meetings are at 1:30 p.m. in McClure Hall. Everyone is invited who is reading the books.
SPRING LUNCH and TIMELESS TUNES
The Congregational Care Committee is planning a lunch for Bloor Street seniors and friends on Monday, May 9th at 12:00 noon in McClure Hall. Mark the date and join us for a springtime celebration with the Rev. Don Gillies on piano and Randi Helmers signing and leading in a 'sing-song' of timeless tunes. RSVP to email@example.com or call the main office at 416-924-7439 and leave a message. Feel free to speak with Chuck Baker, Chair of Congregational Care, if you have any questions.
WELL EDUCATED, BUT JUST CAN'T GET A FOOT IN THE DOOR?
Saturday, May 14th from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
NABS will be organizing a free career day for university students and young adults seeking guidance on how to maneuver the work world. We hope to provide a mixture of practical and spiritual advice. Panels and workshop topics include: 1) finding your niche, 2) job market research, 3) networking, and 4) staying motivated. Our event will include lunch and opportunities to network. Participants will also have an opportunity to sign up for a mentorship program where they can partner up with an older and wiser professional in a field they are interested in to get advice and support as they pursue their own path. Cost: free, lunch included. Find out more as they pursue their own path. Cost: free, lunch included. Find out more and sign up online at http://nabs.eventbrite.com
DOORS OPEN 2016
When we last hosted Doors Open we had about 300 visitors coming through including Torontonians, people from outside Toronto and some international visitors from China, Korea, India and Europe. The volunteers used handouts, guidelines (where what is), a brochure about Bloor Street United Church. The anniversary booklet about the Great South Window was used for additional information for the guides and was for sale at the book table.
Bloor Street is participating in the 2016 Doors Open on Saturday, May 28th organized by the City of Toronto. The visitors will be shown the stained glass windows seen from the sanctuary and narthex, and the inside of the sanctuary with several artifacts such as our BSUC logo, the Celtic Cross and the High Anxiety art installation, as well as the quilt, the sculpture, historical pictures.
To make Doors Open a success we are asking for your ideas and time volunteering. We also ask for our home bakers to bring in some cookies. There will be volunteer sign-up sheets at the information table in McClure Hall after worship. We hope you will participate and make the Bloor Street United Church "2016 Doors Open" a big success. - Robert Thoen / firstname.lastname@example.org
LECTIONARY – WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY
ere are two weekly opportunities to join others to discuss the lectionary readings in a relaxed setting. Everyone welcome.
The Thursday morning group meets at 8:15 a.m. in the Board Room.
QUILTERS, KNITTERS, CRAFTERS AND OTHER ARTSY TYPES!
The Upper Club Room is booked for us from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoons January 23rd and 30th. If you are working on a project that would benefit from good natural light and camaraderie – colouring too – feel free to come
and go during as suits your schedule.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Bloor Street along with Bathurst and Trinity - St. Paul’s. The shawl represents a comforting arm or
hug that surrounds a person. It is a reminder of divine love as well as the love and care that went into the making of the shawl itself. The group meets once a month at Bloor Street to create the shawls. If you’re interested in joining in this group and would like more information, please speak with Nancy or phone 416-924-7439, ext. 29.
If you, or someone you know, has a stash of yarn and would like to donate it to this new ministry we are happy to receive it. We plan to make shawls/mini-blankets, which can be delivered to people within the congregations. The most suitable yarns for these gifts are made of synthetic fibers as they can be cared for more easily than natural fibers. Contributions can be dropped off at BSUC’s office during regular business hours. Speak with Tina or phone 416-924-7439, ext. 22.
“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.
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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
REFUGEE OUTREACH PROGRAM - SUMMER CAMPING FUNDRAISING
Thanks to everyone who has contributed already to the Summer Camp Sponsorship fund for the Refugee Outreach Program. So far, $2,500 has been contributed to our $7,000 goal for 2016. We are very lucky this year to have 3 teen volunteers from the Saturday program accepted into Camp Scugog's Leader-in-Training program, providing a wonderful opportunity for them to learn and contribute. Donations are welcome at any time and can be put in the offering plate on Sunday or left with the office staff Monday through Friday. Cheques can be made out to Bloor Street United Church, with "Camping" on the memo line of your cheque. For more information speak with Sue Kaiser 416-599-0689 or Francisco Venegas 416 671-6970.
CONSULTATION PROCESS FOR POSSIBLE NEW SOCIAL JUSTICE PROJECTS
Helen Ricker, a long-time member of Bloor Street, left approximately $200,000 in her will for mission and outreach work at Bloor Street. Some of the money will be used to hire a part-time social justice staffperson and some money will be held back for projects relating to the Truth and Reconciliation process. The congregation will decide how the remainder will be used during a consultation process guided by the Social Justice Committee. The first meeting of this consultation process took place on April 3rd. An outline of the presentation given during that meeting is available at the information table in McClure Hall after worship on Sundays. The next meeting will be held in the Upper Club room on May 1st, (not April 24th as originally scheduled to avoid a conflict the Togogo Grannies speaker.) At the May 1st meeting, people presenting proposals will explain them in detail followed by a discussion with the congregation. Proposals will be finalized during a meeting in the Upper Club room on May 8th after which selected proposals will be presented to Council on May 17th and the Congregational Meeting on May 24th. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Tinker, Chair of Social Justice / email@example.com
COME SING IN OUR CHOIR!
Come and join us Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Room!
For more information, please speak with David Passmore after the service or contact him at 416-924-7439, ext. 30 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in sound technology? Our church needs another audio volunteer to operate the sound system one Sunday per month.
It’s easier than it looks, and you’ll make a significant contribution to our worship services. Everyone appreciates good sound quality! Contact Harold Durnford for more details: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
THANH CAMPBELL, "ORPHAN 32"
May 14th from 12 noon - 3:00 p.m. - Thanh Campbell, author of "Orphan 32" - Peoples Church Room E102 - 374 Sheppard Ave. E.
The focus of InterChurch Health Ministries (ICHM) Canada's Annual General Meeting will be refugee sponsorship at the grassroots level. Education Event Speaker, Thanh Campbell, born in Vietnam, who came to Canada as part of the last flight out of Saigon in 1975 with 56 other orphaned children. The 57 Orphans' story was covered by many newspapers and Thanh was a guest on CBC News and other television programs. Lunch is included in the price of a ticket. For details and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thanh-campbell-orphan-32-tickets-24239810927.
HEART & VISION
The Toronto United Church Council’s 8th Annual Heart & Vision Gala takes place on Monday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m. (concert at 7:30 p.m., reception to follow 9:15 p.m.) at Metropolitan United Church. 2016 Award Recipients are: Dr. Roberta Jamieson, the first First Nations woman to earn a law degree in Canada, and the President of Indspire, Canada’s premiere Indigenous-led charity. She was the first woman to serve as the Province of Ontario’s Ombudsman; Dr. Marie Wilson, journalist and media professional, and one of the Commissioners who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, examining the impacts of more than a century of forced residential schooling for Aboriginal children.
$60 concert / $150 concert and reception available through Ali Hayes 905- 771-5124, ext. 31. Proceeds support Toronto United Church Council’s Community Relief Fund.