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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, February 21
6:30 p.m. Feeding the Spirit – McClure hall
Monday, February 27
7:00 p.m. Communications Committee – Music Room
Tuesday, February 28
7:00 p.m. Church Council – Upper Club Room
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.
SAVE THE DATE - for our AMAZING PANCAKE SUPPER!
Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00 p.m. (latecomers welcome).
You don't want to miss it. Pancakes with all the toppings and REAL maple syrup!
Come one, come all, and bring your friends - but please let us know how many are coming so we can have enough pancakes ready.
Tickets: available at conversation hour in McClure Hall, after worship on Sundays.
Tuesday, March 7th we will discuss Douglas Coupland’s book Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent.
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: email@example.com
FEEDING THE SPIRIT
Join us for a free community dinner. Feeding the Spirit - breaking bread and building community on 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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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@example.com or call and leave a confidential message at 416-924-7439, ext. 29..
NABS – Not [just] a Bible Study
20 and 30 somethings meet in the Lower Club Room after worship every second Sunday of the month.
If you would like to see what they’ve been up to, visit https://nabsatbsuc.wordpress.com
We welcome Emma Ceruti as the NABS Spiritual and Administrative Co-ordinator. You may email Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Finance and Administration
On Tuesday, March 7th we are holding our annual finance and administration congregational meeting in McClure Hall.
Potluck dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. and meeting at 7:00 p.m.
(Refer to this legend for what dish to bring by the first letter of your last name:
Q-Z main dish.)
The agenda, previous minutes, reports from relevant committees, plus the proposed 2017 church budget should be available February 26th. (Note to affected committee chairs – Susan requires your reports by February 16th at the latest at email@example.com).
We will also discuss two more remits from General Council on changing how the United Church works:
* Remit #2 proposes to eliminate processes for settlement and transfer of ordered ministers.
* Remit #3 proposes to establish an "Office of Vocation" to oversee training of ministers and standards for fitness and readiness to become a minister in the United Church.
This discussion will provide our church Council with advice for its vote on these remits. For more detail, check out www.gc42/remits.
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
We look forward to
welcoming El-Farouk Khaki as our guest speaker
after worship on February 26th.
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.
GEORGINA JOLIBOIS - MP - COME AND MEET HER!
Georgina Jolibois is the MP for Desenethe-Missinippi-Churchill River, Saskatchewan. She will reflect on her experience of being an indigenous woman in Ottawa, and tell us about the challenges of serving a remote, northern riding.
Sunday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m. in McClure Hall, Bloor Street United. This is a free event.
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
TRIP TO PALESTINE/ISRAEL
An exciting 10 day trip to The Holy Land is being sponsored by the BC Conference of The United Church of Canada and led by Marianna Harris and Lisa Reinders.
The dates are April 18th – 28th. During this time, George Bartlett, Chair of our Council, will be there. There will be an
opportunity to visit George and witness the work he is involved in. Please see the poster by clicking here for more info.
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 & COMMUNITY:
FINDING 19TH CENTURY BLACK HISTORY IN TORONTO
Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at Northern District Library (40 Orchard View Blvd - near Yonge and Eglinton). Free admission.
In 1799 the little Town of York's Black population numbered 25. By the time of the US Civil War, there were 200 or more Blacks living in Toronto. Their business included Toronto's first cab company, a blackmith's shop, barber shops, grocery stores and a hotel. Historian Hilary Dawson will look at the families of African descent who lived in the Toronto area in the 19th centure and the challenges they faced.
For further information, contact Lynda Moon email@example.com
U-TALKS: For the Love of the World - Stories to Inspire, Transform & Empower
With the support of Toronto Southeast Presbytery of the United Church of Canada, Knox United Church (2569 Midland Ave. at Sheppard) presents this event on Saturday, February 25th at 7:15 p.m..
Mounir Nasri - a social entrepreneur and advisor in the field of community development. His multicultural background as well as his wide-spread organizational network in different coutnries around the world have helped him build several refugee settlement programs in the Middle East prior to his arrival to Canada under the Syrian refugee sponsorship program.
Ian McBride - has been the Exec. Director of AURA, the Anglican United Refugee Alliance for over 15 years. An expert in the field of refugee sponsorship, he dedicates almost all of his time to facilitating the private sponsorship of refugees and supporting their resettlement in Toronto.
Nai Syrian Children's Choir - a unique space for refugee children to learn to express their grief, yearning, love and hope through singing in their mother tongue and in the official languages of their new country. Recently arrived Syrian refugee children aged 6-12 receive free weekly music education. The word Nai means "the sound of the flute" in Arabic.
Tickets: $10 each / 17 and under free. Presented by Knox and Ebenezer United Churches.
SHARE AND PREJUDICE: A Story of Resilience
To March 4th at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto (15 King's College Circle). The exhibition narrates a story of Canada through the lens of First Nations' resilience.
Kent Monkman's new, large scale project takes the view on a journey through Canada's history that starts in the present and takes us back to a hundred and fifty years before Confederation. With its entry points in the harsh urban environment of Winnipeg's north end, and contemporary life on the reserve, the exhibition takes us all the way back to the period New France and the fur trade.
As both artist and curator, Kent Monkman's first major solo-exhibition includes his own paintings, drawings and sculptural works, in dialogue with historical artefacts and art works borrowed from museum and private collections from across the country.
EXPLORING SACRED SPACE: Regenerating Places of Faith
Saturday, March 11th from 10 a.m. - 3:30 pm at the Multi-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Avenue).
Many established faith communities are declining in strength, and find their houses of worship under-utilized, they are sruggling to maintain their traditional role of caring for the community. Aspirations and values are not well understood by society, and in a fearful age, sometimes met with suspicion. This forum will bring together people from a variety of religious traditions to explore the challenges presented to faith communities by changing demographics. It is hoped it will stimulate thought as to how we can creatively transform and use our regligious institutions for the next generation.
Highlights: Keynotes - Dr. Stephen Scharper (School of the Environment, University of Toronto), and Dr. Mike Wood Daly (The Halo Project) on Sacred Space in religious thought and measuring the social impact and value of faith communities.
Workshops: focus on diverse building regeneration case studies.
Interactive Presentations: find winning ideas for re-purposing and regenerating your faith building.
Cost: $35 (includes lunch).