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: 2019
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
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: [email protected] 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 protected] 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.
Sunday Flowers are a wonderful way to commemorate those we love and to celebrate milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries or important changes in your life. Bloor Streeters will also have the pleasure of sharing the enjoyment of your flowers for the service.
You can request flowers through Lisa Walter ([email protected]). Just let Lisa know the Sunday you would like to have the flowers placed.
There are three ways you can contribute:
1-You may order an arrangement through Lisa at approximately $125 or
2-You may choose to bring in your own floral arrangement or
3-Make a financial donation to support the weekly cut flowers at Bloor Street by placing a cheque to Bloor Street on the collection plate. Please mark “flowers” on the memo line of your cheque.
Thank you for considering a contribution towards flowers at Bloor Street!
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Refugee Sponsorship Arrivals!
The Social Justice Committee is pleased to announce that the Syrian family of 7 is arrived on Tuesday, May 21st. Plans are underway to establish them in a 3-bedroom apartment and help them to begin their first steps as new Canadians. The family consists of parents and 5 children – 3 boys and 2 girls. It is an exciting time for them.
As well, we are pleased to announce that the LGBTQ young man from Senegal is arriving on Thursday, May 30th. He will take some time to establish his rental accommodations and then set out to learn more about our community. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to support these individuals.
We are still looking for funds to support our families. In the case of both arrivals the federal government will help us to some extent as our families are coming to us through the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR).
We have received a very generous donation to support the Syrian family from Lifeline Syria. However, we are still in need of about $30,000 for our part of the support. If you are able to help us with funds, you can make a donation directly to our refugee sponsorship fund. Your cheque should indicate on the memo line that it is for refugee sponsorship. Another way of donating is to add to your regular PAR offering. If doing so, please contact Susan in the main office to indicate what part of your PAR is going to refugee sponsorship ([email protected]).
For further information about how you might donate, please speak with any member of the Social Justice Committee. We are still looking for some items to set up the households. If you have kitchen items or furniture that the families might use, please contact Ron Kentner ([email protected] gmail.com)
Refugee Outreach Program: Summer Camp Fundraising
Refugee Outreach Program fundraising for summer camp sponsorships is continuing. We now have $3,490 of our $7,000 annual goal.
Why do we sponsor families for camp? The challenges for Refugee families do not end when they arrive safely in Canada. Families need time and support to rebuild community and recover from traumatic experiences.
The United Church’s Lake Scugog Camp offers several one-week sessions for mothers and children that give families opportunities for different experiences – a different place, different activities and different ways to be together as family. Camp is particularly helpful for refugee and immigrant families that face challenges of abuse, neglect, separation, ill health and other traumatic life experiences. After a week away, mothers and children return to Toronto rejuvenated and more able to tackle their challenges.
Cheques can be made out to Bloor Street United Church, with ROP camping in the memo field, and placed on the offering plate or delivered to the church office.
For more information, contact Sue Kaiser at [email protected]
Since the beginning of 2019, the Refugee Outreach Program has helped nine families move from shelters into housing. Thank you to everyone who has helped out with donations of bedding, furniture, towels and kitchen items.
Thank You – from Pond Inlet
On April 10th the Mittima Food Bank Society posted “Bloor Street United Church Toronto Qujannamiik! Thank you for your generous $4,000 donation”. This was in response to our Advent offering gift and the proceeds from our March luncheon. The Mittima Food Bank supplies both “country” food and food from the south to many families who suffer from food scarcity.
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 meets the first Tuesday of the month.
On Tuesday, June 4th at 1:30 p.m. in the board room we will discuss Miriam Toew’s Women Talking. Everyone who has read the book is welcome to attend.
Save the Date! The Knitting Pilgrim Actor, writer and fibre artist Kirk Dunn, will be presenting his one-man play, The Knitting Pilgrim, featuring his Stitched Glass tapestries at Bloor Street on Sunday, July 7th at 3:30 p.m. The large tapestries, designed in the style of stained glass windows, look at the commonalities and conflicts of the Abrahamic Faiths, and took 15 years to knit. His play tells the story of his spiritual and artistic journey working on this ambitious project.
Tickets are being offered to the BSUC congregation free-of-charge and will be available from the main office in June. For more information, please see the featured articles in the Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/life/2019/05/07/knitting-pilgrim-project-appearing-at-aga-khan-explores-religious-commonalities.html and NOW Magazine: https://nowtoronto.com/stage/theatre/best-toronto-stage-shows-may-2019 Please stay tuned for more updates in June.
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!
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 protected]
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
Construction on Bloor Street West from Bathurst to Spadina Avenue
Expected End Date: December 2019
The City of Toronto will replace the 142-year-old watermain and the City-owned portion of substandard water services on Bloor Street West between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue. The project will also involve replacing the sidewalks, constructing permanent cycling facilities, streetscaping and installation of five new parkettes on side streets. For more information, visit https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/infrastructure-projects/bloor-annex-construction/
Come and See Palestine & Israel November 18th – 28th
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: $2,300 plus airfare.
Contact George Bartlett at [email protected] sympatico.ca for further information.