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Calendar of Events: 2017
10:30 a.m. Worship Services in the Sanctuary
2nd Sunday of the Month - Free Blood Pressure Clinic - McClure Hall Lounge
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
Tuesday, January 17
6:30 p.m. Feeding the Spirit – McClure hall
Monday, January 23
7:00 p.m. Communications Committee – Music Room
Tuesday, January 24
7:00 p.m. Church Council – Upper Club Room
15 January 2017 10:30 am Second Sunday after Epiphany
Welcoming the TRC Youth Project Steering Committee
We are delighted to welcome the members of the Steering Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Youth Project that was formed with a generous grant from the congregation from The Helen Ricker Fund. This project will
bring indigenous youth (14, 15, 16 years old) from northern United Church communities together with the same aged youth from Toronto churches.
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.
Tuesday, February 7th we will discuss Kurt Palka’s book The Piano Maker.
We will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Room. Everyone is invited who is reading the book. For more information email Bob Farquharson: firstname.lastname@example.org
FEEDING THE SPIRIT
Join us for a free community dinner. Feeding the Spirit - breaking bread and building community on January 17th, February 21st, and March 21st in McClure Hall. All are welcome - gluten free and vegetarian options available. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., dinner served at 6:30 p.m., dessert and coffee hour to follow. For more information, contact Jennifer Gordon at Jennifer.email@example.com Feeding the Spirit is a community event sponsored by the Ricker Fund.
“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.
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.
Seeking the Spirit – Join us for a weekend retreat at Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga (www.qoa.ca) from 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 10th 2017 to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 12th. We will prepare ourselves for Lent by exploring spirituality and opening ourselves to finding God in the everyday. Per person cost is $250 which covers two nights accommodation (single room with bathroom) and five meals. We encourage you to contribute what you are able towards the cost. If you think you would be interested in attending please speak with Chuck Baker, Heather Hilliard, or call Susan in the office at 416-924-7439, ext. 21 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-sponsored by the Worship and Congregational Care Committees.
BLOOR STREET IS GETTING A DEFIBROLATOR
Take the course: on Saturday, January 14th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wouldn't it be a good idea if we knew how to use our new defrillator?
Please speak with Nancy Gordon, Parish Nurse, RN if you'd like to join the course. We'd like to have several people who have taken the training just to be prepared. Email: email@example.com or call and leave a message at 416-924-7439, ext. 29.
A free blood pressure clinic takes place in McClure Hall Lounge after worship every second Sunday of the month.
NABS – Not [just] a Bible Study Free Lunch & Board
Games Sunday January 15th!
20 and 30 somethings are meeting today after worship in the Lower Club Room to welcome in the New Year.
We will be having lunch (free) and playing board games. If you would like to see what we’ve got planned
for the future, visit https://nabsatbsuc.wordpress.com
Once again the Worship Committee is sponsoring a booklet of reflections written by members of the congregation for our use during Lent.
The theme this year is ‘Finding God in The Every Day’ and the scripture passages will focus on the Psalms. This
will tie in with our Congregational Retreat in February.
On three consecutive Sundays – January 15th, January 22nd and 29th there will be an opportunity in the Conversation
Hour to sign up to be part of this year’s Lenten Reflections.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
There will be no Fourth
Sunday Event in
January. We look forward to welcoming
El-Farouk Khaki as our guest speaker in
El-Farouk Khaki is a refugee and immigration lawyer and human rights activist on issues including gender
equality, sexual orientation, and progressive Islam. In 1991, he founded Salaam, a support group for gay Muslims. Recently, he was featured in The United Church Observer (September 2016) for co-founding of the Unity Mosque,
a worship and community space that welcomes people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or faith.
Please join us for an engaging discussion in the Upper Club Room after coffee hour. Light refreshments
will be served.
LENDING LIBRARY – INDIGENOUS TITLES & AUTHORS
We have added some new titles to our lending library of books by indigenous authors. Newer titles on First Nations topics have also been donated by members. Books can be borrowed on Sundays at the
Information Table. Some titles to check out:
* Gord Downie The Secret Path;
* Joseph Boyden Wenjack;
* Lee Maracle Memory Serves;
* Drew Hayden Taylor Take Me to Your Chief;
* Duncan McCue The Shoe Boy;
* Edmund Metatawabin Up Ghost River;
* Gail Anderson-Dargatz The Spawning Grounds
DAILY BREAD FOOD BIN
Bloor Street is running a trial of having a Daily Bread Food Bank bin on the premises for food contributions. You can find the bin just outside the main office door, by the parking lot entrance.
The most needed food items are: canned vegetables, pasta/pasta sauce, canned fruit, 100% fruit juice, rice, oatmeal, flour, granola bars, canned meat in water, canned fish (tuna in water), high fibre/low sugar cereal, dried/canned beans, peanut butter, baby food (vegetables and fruit)/baby cereal/baby formula.
To have a peek at Daily Bread’s annual Who’s Hungry Report on hunger in Toronto, please visit http://www.dailybread.ca/whoshungry/index.html
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
COFFEE & BOOKS
All book lovers welcome! The Spadina branch of the Toronto Public Library is holding a one hour presentation by library staff of a variety of books from their collection. Drop in – no registration required. Wednesday, January 18th
from 2-3:00 p.m. at 2 Spadina Road. For more information, call 416-393-7666.
VITAL DISCUSSIONS OF HUMAN SECURITY – WINTER 2017
Science for Peace invites you to our weekly series of free public lectures on global issues. On Wednesday, January 18th – Fergus Watt, Executive Director, World Federalist Movement of Canada – Building a World Community:
Principles, Strategy, Advocacy. Come to Room 144, University College, 15 Kings College Circle, University of Toronto from 7-9:00 p.m. Upon request a certificate of completion is offered to anyone who attends 8/12 lectures this
Saturday, January 28th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Toronto SE Presbytery (963 Pharmacy Avenue). Remember working on your congregation’s Ministry Articulation Profile (MAP)? Whether you are clergy or lay, follow
up with additional resourcing and support. Leadership was the most common priority. Hosted by MAP team with facilitation by Janet Marshall, TUCC.
RSVP: Wendy Miller at 416-241-2677, ext. 6250.
AMALGAMATION – MODELS FOR NEW LIFE
A UCC-Toronto-wide discussion on new and imaginative models for amalgamation. Mr. David Raymond, the foremost expert on how to do amalgamation for growth rather than as surrender will be the speaker. Learn various models for amalgamation, get experience based guidance, voice your ideas and engage in the conversation while connecting, learning and sharing with colleagues all across Toronto! Free. (Donations to the cost of lunch appreciated). Register through:
SPRING RETREAT – CALLING ALL YOUTH & LEADERS
Registration deadline is March 1st. SouthWest Presbytery is holding a Spring Retreat for Youth and Leaders at Camp
Trillium, Rainbow Lake, Waterford. Cost: $120. To receive a registration package: contact Paige Fraser at 416-239-1131, ext. 31 or email email@example.com