There's always lots of things happening here at Bloor Street. This is where you can find what's on, and when.
Calendar of Events: 2014
Saturday, May 10
2:00 p.m. A Spring Festival of Words and Music to Celebrate the
Life and Ministry of David Allan - Sanctuary
Sunday, May 11
10:30 a.m. Worship - Sanctuary
After worship Conversation Hour - McClure Hall
Blood Pressure Clinic - McClure Hall Lounge
12:15 p.m. Togogo Grannies - Upper Club Room
Monday, May 12
6:30 p.m. Refugee Outreach - Music Room
Tuesday, May 13
12 noon Seniors & Friends Spring Luncheon - McClure Hall
Wednesday, May 14
2:00 p.m. Community Café – McClure Hall
5:00 p.m. Lectionary – Narthex - suspended
Thursday, May 15
8:15 a.m. Lectionary – Board Room
5:30 p.m. Christian Development/Community Life - Staff Lounge
7:30 p.m. Choir – Music Room
Tuesday, May 20
6.00 p.m. Potluck Supper, followed by
7.00 p.m. Congregational Annual Programme Meeting
Wednesday, May 21
2:00 p.m. Community Cafe - McClure Hall
4:00 p.m. Prayers of the People Workshop - Board Room
The Giant Bloor Street Book Sale takes place on Saturday, May 24th.
Details in poster found by clicking here.
Anyone who has read the book to be discussed is welcome to join in with
the Book Club. We meet next on Tuesday, June 3rd at 1:30 p.m. in McClure
Hall to discuss Road Ends by Mary Lawson.
Questions? Contact Bob Farquharson at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Spring Festival of Words and Music to Celebrate the Life and Ministry of David Allan will be held on Saturday, May 10th at 2:00 p.m.
Nancy Gordon, Parish Nurse, will hold a blood pressure clinic at Bloor Street after worship on Sunday, May 11th in the McClure Hall Lounge. If you would like to leave her a confidential voicemail message, call 416-924-7439, ext. 29 or email email@example.com
The Congregational Care Committee is planning a lunch for Bloor Street U.C. seniors and friends on Tuesday, May 13th. Mark the date and join us for a springtime celebration and a grand trip to Myanmar (Burma) with Don Payne, who will share pictures and anecdotes from his recent trip there. Please speak with Ann Cooper or Anne Farquharson or call the church office if you would like to come.
WEDNESDAY LECTIONARY – TAKING A PAUSE
The Wednesday lectionary group will be taking a pause for the next few weeks. Please join in on Thursday morning at 8.15 a.m.
GOOD NEWS ON BLOOR - DEADLINE
Sunday, May 18th is the deadline for the summer issue of Good News on Bloor. Short news items, recent or future, about our church community, events and people are welcome. Have you recently read any interesting books? We'll be publishing summer reading suggestions. Have you heard of a church-related event for this summer or early fall? This will be the last issue for the church year. The subsequent issue will appear in November.
Questions? Please contact Isabel Ward. The maximum length for most articles is 260 words. Please send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to receive Good News electronically and save the church the cost of paper and postage? Send your complete name and email address to Isabel.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING TUESDAY, MAY 20th
On Tuesday, May 20th, the 2013 Annual Meeting will take place in McClure Hall. Please plan to attend. Reports are available at the information table.
A congregational potluck will start off the evening at 6:00 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Congregants are asked to bring a dish according to this legend (by first letter of last name):
NABS – Not [Just] a Bible Study
NABS is a group for 20- and 30-somethings that takes part in social and spiritual activities. New people are always
very welcome. Please see our blog for more information:
nabsatbsuc.wordpress.com. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
YouthonBloor is a program of Bloor Street, Trinity-St. Paul’s and Bathurst United Churches for youth aged 13
to 17. We meet on Sundays during worship and every other Friday evening. For more information, contact
Greg Powell, Community Builder, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in sound technology? Our church needs a new 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.
Prayers of the People – looking for volunteers!
If you would be willing to give the Prayers of the People some Sunday, please let Martha know (416-924-7439, ext. 44). Please do consider it! If you think you might be interested, but aren’t sure of what it would entail, a 1 ½ hour “how-to” workshop on preparing the Prayers of the People will be scheduled in May.
Camp Scugog can use these items during the summer season to support their programs for families and kids. All items should be gently used and in good condition. Single bed sheets, sleeping bags, pillow cases, towels, craft supplies, indoor games and summer sports equipment. You can leave them in the "Camp Scugog" box in the office during the month of May.
For more information, contact Sue (416-599-0689 or email@example.com).
THANK YOU TO BRITTANIE, FOR BEING A SPECIAL VOLUNTEER
Thanks to Brittanie Sweetnam, kids in the Refugee Outreach Program's Yachayhuasi/Knowledge House
program have enjoyed a year's worth of Spanish lessons every Saturday morning. Brittanie asked "Santa" for Spanish language teaching aids for Christmas, and her young students have benefited from her great supply of engaging resources. Brittanie is a student at University of Toronto, and will spend her May to September break in Spain, pursuing her interest in other cultures and honing her Spanish language skills.
COFFEE HOUR BOOK SALE
Next week at coffee hour there will be a table of specially chosen books from the Book Sale. They are in mint or very
good condition. Some are still on the bestseller list! All are just $2.
The Giant Bloor Street Book Sale takes place on Saturday, May 24th.
There will be thousands of books for sale. Thank you for all your donations.
Details in poster found by clicking here.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GROUPS 50, 63 and 164 INVITE YOU TO
UNFREE IN PALESTINE
A presentation about the registration, documentation and movement restriction of Palestinians takes place on Saturday, May 24th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:50 p.m.) at Beit Zatoun (612 Markham St. - one block west of Bathurst subway station).
Through a visual tour and narrative presentation, Prof. Nadia Abu- Zahra (Assistant Professor of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa) will share the highlights of her book, Unfree in
Palestine: Registration, Documentation and Movement Restriction (Pluto/Palgrave Macmillan) which chronicles how millions of Palestinians have been denationalized through the Israeli bureaucratic tools of census, population registration, blacklisting and a discriminatory legal framework.
Based on first-hand accounts and extensive fieldwork, Unfree in Palestine shows how identity documents are used by Israel as a means of coercion, extortion, humiliation and informant recruitment. Movement restrictions tied to IDs and population registers threaten Palestinian livelihoods, freedom of movement and access to basic services such as
health and education.
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
DREAMS MAY COME
An exhibition of paintings, Dreams May Come, including some by Randi Helmers, are at the MadHus Cafe (982 Kingston Road) for the month of May. Opening takes place Sunday, May 11th from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. with a
performance at 3:00 p.m. (RSVP to Audrey Jolly by May 7th at firstname.lastname@example.org).
COME TO THE LAST CONFESSION
WITH OTHER BLOOR STREETERS
On Wednesday, May 28th at 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King St. W.). The cost will be only $77 per person including all fees and taxes for some of the best seats in the house. Nenke Jongkind has been able
to hold 3 blocks of seats totalling 26 seats, and must have 15 for a minimum order. Let Nenke know before Monday, May 12th if you would like to go.
If you can give her cash or cheque that would be most helpful as she will be paying for the tickets on Monday. Nenke can be reached at 416-302-5817 or via email at email@example.com
The Last Confession delves into the mystery shrouding the sudden death of Pope John Paul I in 1978. Starring David Suchet (Agatha Christie's Poirot) as Cardinal Benelli and eminent British actor Richard O'Callaghan as Pope John Paul 1, Roger Crane's thriller comes to Toronto following sold out runs at the Chichester Festival Theatre and the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London.
2014 HEART & VISION AWARDS
Toronto United Church Council has announced the recipients of the 2014 Heart & Vision Awards: Shirley Douglas - actor, civil rights and anti-war activist, and advocate for Canada's public health care system; Jackie Richardson, soulful musician and tireless supporter of innumerable Toronto-based community organizations. Monday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m. at Metropolitan United Church (Queen St. E. and Bond). Tickets: $150 (performance/reception), $95 (performance only) available by calling Ali Hayes at 905-771-5124, ext. 31 or http://heartandvision6.eventbrite.com (a
charitable receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price.) Musical guests include Thom Allison, Alana Bridgewater, Jacob MacInnis, Kim Richardson, Joe Sealy, and Broadsway. Heart & Vision proceeds support Council's work in social justice and environmental stewardship.
JUSTICE FOR THE WATERSHEDS
Learn more about the resource extraction struggles facing Canada's North and East at an evening with indigenous elders and activists on Tuesday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Charbonnel Lounge, St. Michael's College at
University of Toronto (81 St. Mary's St.) Speakers: Dene Chief Francois Paulette, Alma Brooks of Maliseet Grand Council and Warren Allmand, former Solicitor-General. The film Cold Amazon will be shown. Sponsored by KAIROS and Aboriginal Rights Solidarity Group. Flyers will be available at the information table in McClure Hall.
HERE'S TO SONG!
The Toronto Singing Studio proudly presents Celebration Choir, Vivace Vox, Vocal Mosaic in Here's To Song! on Sunday, May 25th at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul's U.C. (427 Bloor St. W. at Robert St.). Bloor Street's Tina
Edwards sings with Vocal Mosaic. Tickets: $15 general; $10 seniors and students, are available at the door.
ORDINATION SERVICE FOR DAN BENSON
At the 2014 annual meeting of Toronto Conference on Saturday, May 31st, Dan Benson, a member of our congregation for many years, will be ordained as Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care. You are
invited to the service which takes place at 7:00 p.m., North Bramalea U.C. (363 Howden Blvd, Brampton).
NOT WORTH THE RISK
This compilation of the strongest arguments and information presented at the National Energy board hearings on the reversal of Line 9 is now available. Copies of Not Worth the Risk will be at the Information Table in McClure Hall. A contribution of $1 is suggested for printing costs.