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: 2016
Sunday, January 17
Blue Sky (brainstorming) session on enhancing our website
After the service
Wednesday, January 20
2:00 p.m. Community Café – McClure Hall
Thursday, January 21
8:15 a.m. Lectionary – Board Room
5:30 p.m. Christian Development & Community Life – Staff
Saturday, January 23
Tbd Marmalade Making – McClure Hall Kitchen
1:00 p.m. Crafters – Upper Club Room
Sunday, January 24
10:30 a.m. Worship – Sanctuary
After worship Conversation Hour – McClure Hall
Tuesday, January 26
7:00 p.m. Church Council – Upper Club Room
Tuesday, February 9
Tuesday, February 9 Pancake Supper
You don’t want to miss it. Pancakes and all the toppings and REAL maple syrup! Come one, come all, and bring your friends – but please let us know at the information table how many are coming so we can have enough pancakes ready.
BLOOR STREET BOOK CLUB
The Book Club meets at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Room on the first Tuesday of every month. Please plan to join in!
The Book Club will meet on Tuesday,
February 2nd at 1:30 p.m.
in the Board Room to discuss Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis.
This book, the Giller prize winner last year, is available in paperback and as an e-book, as well as from the library if
you're lucky. It's about what happens when the gods grant human consciousness to a group of dogs at a veterinary clinic, and the way the dogs use this gift raises questions about what it means to be human. Anyone who has read the book is welcome.
For more information, please contact Mary Sanderson (email@example.com)
or Pat Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org).
LECTIONARY – WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY
There are two weekly opportunities to join others to discuss the lectionary readings in a relaxed setting. Everyone welcome.
The Wednesday evening group meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room.
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.
THANK YOU DONATION
The office is in receipt of a kind donation made by Gladys Xiong who came from China three years ago as a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto and “ventured into Bloor Street United Church” one day. Gladys has since
returned to her homeland but emailed these kind remarks:
“It was in the middle of winter when I first arrived. As soon as I arrived, I felt the warmth from different people there. Some Chinese friends showed me around and provided me with orientation and invited me to take part in their activities, which relieved my home-sickness.
Then I ventured into Bloor Street United Church in order to have a glimpse at people’s lifestyle. As a stranger, I did not expect that I would receive warm treatment from so many people in the church. Ellen, Tom and Mary oriented me in the church service which helped me to avoid embarrassment. This first-time visit made me at home.
Then I got to know more people like Brian and Marjorie, Emily, Lisa and many other people in the church. They all showed me their hospitality by inviting me to take part in their family activities and other local social activities, trying to integrate me into the local culture. Because of the kind people in the church, I did not suffer from loneliness and homesickness as expected. And the one year passed by within a blink… the one-year stay in Canada turned out to be one of my best experiences in my life, because of the people I met. I am deeply grateful for this country and its people, and I wish to do some contribution as well.
Wish you all the best!”
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
GRANNIES’ MONEY POT
(Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign Fundraiser)
The Togogo Grannies would appreciate anyone saving their coins in a Grannies’ Money Pot to bring it to McClure Hall and the Togogos’ table following worship on Sunday, January 24th. Some people have faithfully continued to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation African Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign by putting your loose change into our jars. Thank you for this ongoing support.
While preparations for sponsoring a refugee family by Bloor Street are proceeding well, there has been some
delay by our partner, the Anglican United Refugee Alliance (AURA), in providing us with a profile of a
family to sponsor. We do not know the reason for this delay, but suspect it has to do with the reorganization of roles between AURA and the United Church of Canada (UCC). We have contacted the UCC about this delay and hope to receive a family profile sometime in January.
In the meantime, Bloor Street has raised over $28,000 for the sponsorship and a member of the congregation has offered the use of her house for the first few months after the family arrives.
In response to a request from AURA, Bloor Street agreed to increase the size of the family we could take from 4 to 5 people. Bloor Street also agreed to assist a group called Roncesvalles Refugee Relief (whose members include Abby Bushby and Rosemarie White) to bring in another refugee family. Once Bloor Street receives a profile of a family to sponsor, it is possible that the family will arrive within days or weeks, not the original 2 to 6 months. Consequently,
the Social Justice Committee is planning a meeting on January 24th after church in the Upper Clubroom to discuss preparations. While this meeting is primarily for volunteers with the Bloor Street Sponsorship Initiative,
anyone who is interested in refugee sponsorship is welcome to attend. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact Liz Tinker at 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 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
Faith Communities and Mining Activism
Thursday, January 21st at 6:10 p.m. the University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Avenue) is holding this event. Join Connie Sorio and Shannon Neufeldt of KAIROS with Rachel Small of Mining Injustice
Solidarity in a lively discussion of the ethics and social responsibility of Canada’s mining companies.
ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation on Friday, February 5th at 7:30 p.m. at the Sony Centre. The ballet, written by acclaimed author Joseph Boyden, about residential schools
“turns darkness into beauty” (Paula Citron, G&M).
Discounted tickets are $70.30 and must be ordered now. Speak with Dianne Johnson at the information table or you can email her at email@example.com
Go to this link, for more information: http://www.rwb.org/whats-on/show/going-home-star
WEDDING BELLS TO RING
Mark your calendars! After 25 years, Dan Benson and Grant Campbell have decided to make their union official! A wedding service will be held on Saturday, February 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary at Bloor Street United. Everyone welcome.
A GALA OF SONG
Fundraiser for 2016 Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church Choir tour to France A delightful evening of operatic and classical favourites featuring former soloists of Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church: Soprano Jane Archibald,
Tenor Lawrence Wiliford and many more…
Hosted by Mary-Lou Fallis. Sunday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m. (427 Bloor St. W.)
Tickets: $50 at 416-922-8435 ext. 21.
ANNUAL RETREAT –
INTERCHURCH HEALTH MINISTRIES
InterChurch Health Ministries Canada (ICHM) will hold its annual retreat at the Salvation Army
Jackson's Point Centre on March 4th (evening), 5th and 6th (morning).
The spiritual retreat is open to parish nurses, congregants, health committee members, clergy, lay leaders and other individuals interested in the health and healing ministry. Luba Rascheff, MDiv, is the retreat facilitator. The leadership
worship team includes the Rev. Henry Fischer and Janis Constable, PN.
This year's retreat theme is "Vital Connection," based on the "seasons of spirituality" of Brian D. McLaren's book, Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words.
The last day to register is February 15, 2016. For details and to register visit: http://www.ichm.ca/2015-ichm-retreat/