Birchcliff Bluffs Buzz
February 21, 2020
Open Hands, Reach Out, Make a Difference
February 23, 2020 - Transfiguration Sunday / Mardi Gras Music Service

Welcomer - Barbara Merritt
Life & Work - Shirley Scott
Scripture - Shirley Scott
Offering - Beth Moore, Barry Moore, Shirley Scott, Barbara Merritt
Elevator - Keith Scott
Sound - Mary Cannings
PowerPoint - Mary Cannings
Security Check - Mary Cannings
Wonder Café - Shirley Scott
If you, or someone you know, would like spiritual care support,  please contact Rev. Greg by email at or by phone at 416-694-4081, Ext 2.
FEB. 11, 2020

Refugee Sponsorship – Barb Merritt and Greg Daly advised the Board that both Ivan and Sherry have found accommodation in Toronto.  Ivan has moved in and Sherry will be doing so at the beginning of March.  This is an exciting project, and we appreciate the work of Barb Merritt, Reena Tabing, Manuel Goehring, and Rev. Greg Daly as our representatives on the sponsorship committee. 
Our Living Faith Story – We are moving ahead with the process to have the appointment of Rev. Greg Daly turned into a long-term call.  The first step is for the congregation to approve our Living Faith Story, the story of how we, as a congregation, live out our faith.  A draft was approved by the Church Board and will now come to the congregation for approval at our Annual Meeting on March 8, 2020.  It has been posted on our website, along with the Minister’s Position Description (  Some printed copies will be available on Sunday, February 23, 2020, for those who are not able to access them online.  Please take the time to read them and think about all the ways you contribute to our ministries as we strive to be a congregation that reaches out and makes a difference. 

Please note that the Vision and Mission Statement in the Living Faith Story includes an extra point about our affirming ministries (Toby’s Place and Dorothy’s Place) which began after we originally approved our Vision and Mission Statement in 2015.  The congregation will also be asked to approve that change at our Annual Meeting.
2020 Annual Meeting – Our Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 8, following our Worship Service.  We will ask congregation members to pick up a snack quickly and return to the sanctuary so that we can get the meeting underway promptly after the service ends.  The Annual Report will be distributed prior to the meeting.  If you didn't received a printed copy of the report and would like one, please contact the church office -, 416-694-4081.

There will be an enhanced coffee hour that day and assistance is kindly requested.  Please see the sign-up sheet on the Welcome Desk.
We wish to extend a special thanks to all who made such generous donations during the Christmas Season.  Your generosity was "over the top" and our shelves are full.
WHITE SUGAR is the requested food item for January and February.  This will be a SWEET treat for our families in January and February.  Sugar has been "on sale" in recent weeks, so you may even find a bargain for your bucks.
Please visit us at our website for more information about how you too can make a financial donation and receive an automatic income tax receipt.  We will gratefully use these donations to purchase sugar and fill some of those nutritious holes to complete hampers when we find things for wholesale and sale prices.
Gail Barkic (Volunteer CEO)

The film is launching on Monday, February 24, and shows the diversity of a 2SLGBTQ+ community which, until the space came along, had nowhere to meet and talk.

The film captures youth at Toby’s Place, a drop-in centre in the basement of the Birchcliff Bluffs United Church.  They speak about gender identity, sexuality, and other subjects.  Scarborough’s queer youth “aren’t a monolith” but “a lot of smaller things” and very diverse, says Paisley Sears, who edited the film and shot most of the video footage.

Please visit the following page for the full story:
Film event organizers (front row) Dee Stoicescu, left, and Ai Yamamoto sit with film participants, in back row, Paisley Sears, left, Christina Dewar, Atlas Rockburn, and James Stewart at Toby's Place in Birchcliff Bluffs United Church.  The films, made by youths, are about the 2SLGBTQ+ experience in Scarborough.
--- Dan Pearce/Torstar
Today at Rainbow Tea Time we will be screening coming out stories.

There is no worship service at BBUC on March 1.
Travel Sign-Up Sheet
There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church for people to coordinate travel to the United Church in Scarborough service on March 1 at Woburn Collegiate.  There is space for those who can offer a ride and space for those seeking a ride.  Let's make sure that everyone is able to participate!


"A Serious Man"

Coen Brothers film starring Michael Stuhlbert & Richard Kind

Date:  Friday, March 27

Time:  7:30 p.m.

Cost:  Free



Emma Thompson film starring Emma Thompson & Christopher Lloyd

Date:  Friday, May 1

Time:  7:30 p.m.

Cost:  Free


Join us at Birchcliff Bluffs UC for some popcorn and snacks with conversation to follow.

The Worship Service sign-up roster is posted on the bulletin board.  If you would like to participate in any of the roles, please add your name to the list.  These roles are an important part of the church’s ministry and your participation and service are greatly appreciated.  If you are unavailable for the date for which you have signed up, please contact others to see if they can substitute for you.
Upcoming Openings - UPDATE

Mar 8
Welcomer, Life & Work, Scripture, Elevator, PowerPoint, Security Check, Wonder Café

Mar 15
Welcomer, Life & Work, Scripture, Offering (1), Elevator, Sound, PowerPoint, Security Check, Wonder Café

Mar 22
Welcomer, Life & Work, Scripture, Elevator, PowerPoint, Security Check, Wonder Café

Mar 29 - Music Service
Welcomer, Life & Work, Scripture, Elevator, PowerPoint, Security Check, Wonder Café
Please forward your announcements to the church office ( or 416-694-4081) by Wednesday at noon to have them included in Friday's Buzz and the Sunday Service bulletin.
Help us clean up after worship each week by taking your bulletin home or leaving it on the Welcome Desk for recycling.
Acoustic Harvest is pleased to present David Newland's Northwest Passage in Story and Song - a musical and spoken-word performance of original songs inspired by the sights and sounds of the Canadian Arctic, its history, and its contemporary realities.  Combining photography, storytelling, and live original songs, this performance conveys the emotional and spiritual impact of Arctic travel.

Date:     Saturday, February 22
Time:     8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Place:    St. Paul's United Church, 200 McIntosh St., Scarborough
Tickets:  $25 in advance ( or $30 at the door
Learn about the oils used in the Bible.  Open to all.

March 6 - Samson, The Fiery Furnace, the Lions' Den
April 3 - The Sea of Galilee, Crucifixion, Burial and Resurrection

Time:   7:00-9:00 p.m.
Place:  Church of the Holy Trinity, Guildwood, 85 Livingston Rd.
Cost:    Free

Please register at 416-261-9503 or

Kirk Dunn will be presenting his one-man play, The Knitting Pilgrim, featuring the Stitched Glass tapestries, at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Avenue, on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 8 p.m.  Tickets - $20 (show to benefit Community Centre 55).
The large knitted panels, designed in the style of stained-glass windows, look at the commonalities and conflicts of the Abrahamic Faiths – and took Kirk an incredible 15 years to knit.  The play tells the story of Kirk’s artistic and spiritual journey working on this ambitious project about interfaith empathy, and has been seen across Ontario at theatres, churches, and the Aga Khan Museum.
For info or to buy your tickets, please email, or call 416.751.9733.
Birchcliff Bluffs United Church
33 East Road, Scarborough, ON  M1N 1Z9
Tel:  416-694-4081

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