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      Birchcliff Bluffs Buzz
         January 8, 2021
  Open Hands, Reach Out, Make a Difference
Time:  Available all day on Sunday
 
Go to the BBUC website on Sunday to access the online YouTube service.  A printable follow-along bulletin is also available.
 
View past services and bulletins at https://www.bbuc.ca/archives.
SPIRITUAL CARE SUPPORT
If you, or someone you know, would like spiritual care support,  please contact Rev. Greg at revgregbbuc@rogers.com or by phone at 416-694-4081, Ext 2.
4C's - COFFEE, CONVERSATION, COMPASSION, & CARE
To find ways to virtually connect with each other, we can share coffee (and tea) in a virtual world with our Zoom account.  Before the meetings on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., details will be distributed by email with Zoom connection instructions.  Contact Rev. Greg at revgregbbuc@rogers.com for more information and/or to participate.
CHRISTMAS MIRACLES: THE MAGIC OF HOPE
We did it! Our first virtual Christmas Miracles production raised our Church’s profile in the community and was a big success as a fundraiser for the Bluffs Food Bank.  We sold 208 tickets and received more than $2,600 in additional donations through the ticket selling site.  As well, the Bluffs Food Bank’s Treasurer has estimated, based on a comparison to prior years and the pattern of donations since the pandemic started, that this year’s show probably boosted donations made directly to BFB in December by $6,000 or more. 

Many people contributed to the event’s success, but without the filming and editing skills of Randy Vancourt the production would not have happened, so an extra special thank you to Randy.  He also arranged for the opening message from Mayor John Tory and the guest musicians who added so much to our program.

Special thanks also to:
  • our storytellers, Doly Begum, Avis Favaro, Don Gray and Lloyd Robertson,
  • Jessie Gordon and Ann Ward of Herongate Barn Theatre for Ann’s Herongate Duck Tales story, written and performed by Ann and beautifully illustrated by Jessie, and
  • our musicians, Randy Vancourt, Kayin Paul, Loralie Vancourt, the senior choir of St. Michael’s Choir School, Voiceworks, from Perth, Australia, and Sultans of String.
And a big thank you to Rev. Greg Daly, June Davison and all the church and Bluffs Food Bank volunteers who participated in the program, helped with publicity, supported the event by buying tickets and making donations, or helped out in other ways. 

Once again we took on a new challenge and proved that we’re the little Church that could!
Even though the doors are closed our community work continues.  Each week Toby’s Place offers safe(r) space to 2SLGBTQ+ youth in our community.  Some youth confront barriers to access traditional food supports, and we hope to offer a response that meets this need.  If you are able to assist, please contact Rev. Greg regarding specific ways that you can be of service - revgrebbbuc@rogers.com.
 
Toby's Place is once again virtual.  For more information, connect with Toby's Place at tobys.place33@gmail.com or 647-915-2475.
BLUFFS FOOD BANK
The Bluffs Food Bank is OPEN with limited service on
Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm
Clients should bring their Daily Bread registration number and register outside.  Clients will be given a hamper of groceries (non-perishable foods only for now). 
Appointments are not required.
Entry to the facility along with the Meal Program, the Boutique, and fresh and frozen products will continue to be suspended until further notice.  Please note that no items are to be left inside the Boutique.


BLUFFS FOOD BANK TAX CLINIC
The Bluffs Food Bank tax clinic is OPEN.  Tax returns will be completed virtually by email. 
We are expecting a large volume so please be patient.  We will respond to your email.
#shareifyoucare
❤️SSW

BASEMENT USE
Men's Washroom:  To reduce the need for cleaning and sanitizing during COVID, the men's washroom in the church basement has been closed.  Please use the women's washroom which is now designated as a generic washroom.
Contact Tracing:  If you are accessing the church basement, please make sure to sign in and out on the Contact Form on the table near the inside ramp doors.
KEEPING EACH OTHER SAFE
When you are visiting the church for ANY reason and at ANY time:
  1. Wear your mask properly over both your mouth and nose.
  2. Sanitize your hands on the way into the church and several times throughout your visit.
  3. Just prior to exiting, wipe down all touch points, even if you just ‘popped in’ to pick something up.
  4. And don't forget to complete the contact information form on the Welcome Desk.
Not only are you keeping yourself safe, but you are keeping our staff and other members of our church family safe.  Plus, wearing a mask indoors is the law.  Let’s take care of each other in this crazy time!  Thank you.
MASKS
On November 3, 2020, Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, updated standards for non-medical/cloth masks.  She now says that cloth masks should be 3 layers.  My masks are 3 layers with a pocket where you can insert a fourth.  She feels they should be upgraded to this now that we’re all heading indoors for the winter.
 
I have made stock so I have a variety of sizes - S (teenager petite woman), M (average woman, smaller man), L (large man/woman).  On December 3, I can go back to making masks if you want a specific print.
 
If times are tough, $5 (covers cost of materials/machine maintenance).  If you can afford it, $10 pays for some of my time).
 
Ellen Bates
Landline:  416-691-704    Cell/Text:  416-629-1776    Email:  
embgrades@rogers.com (email to see selection; I’ll email it to you, no web page)
Due to the ongoing church closure, here are ways you can submit your offerings:
  1. Send an e-transfer from your bank using the finance email address:  finance.birchcliffbluffsuc@gmail.com.  Money received at this email address is automatically deposited into the church’s bank account.  Any amounts received in this way will be included in your tax receipt at year end.
  2. Make your donations using PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance).  The United Church of Canada will withdraw an amount you specify from your bank account once each month - typically on the 20th of the month.  If you are interested in going on PAR, please complete and sign the PAR authorization form.  Send the form, along with a void cheque to the following address:  The United Church of Canada, c/o Rose Cambourne, 8 Switzer St., New Lowell, Ontario, L0M 1N0.
  3. Mail a cheque (not cash) or a series of post-dated cheques made payable to Birchcliff Bluffs United Church and stating where the offering is to be distributed (e.g., General), to the church at 33 East Road, Scarborough, ON, M1N 1Z9.
  4. Drop off an envelope with your offering (cheque only, not cash) in the secured mailbox on the front door of the church entrance.  Envelopes are retrieved during the week.
  5. Go to Canada Helps to make a donation:  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/4051.  Canada Helps will issue a tax receipt for any amounts received.  Or give online by visiting the church website at  www.bbuc.ca/donate.
Thank you for your ongoing generosity and support during these difficult times.
BBUC CHURCH OFFICE
BBUC's office is currently a virtual office.  The office will continue to be here to support your needs remotely via phone and email.  If you require any administrative assistance, please call 416-694-4081 or email us at bbucoffice@bellnet.ca and we’ll be happy to assist you.

BUZZ - SUBMISSION OF ANNOUNCEMENTS
To submit an item for the upcoming Friday Buzz, email your item to bbucoffice@bellnet.ca by Wednesday.
ACOUSTIC HARVEST

Acoustic Harvest has been offered the opportunity to collaborate with Third Row Live to present the acclaimed and renowned voices of an African-American acappella ensemble for your listening pleasure. So to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, on Jan 17th, please welcome:
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK -
https://sweethoneyintherock.org

To purchase TICKETS please visit:
https://thirdrow.live/presenters/acoustic-harvest

USEFUL LINKS
BBUC
Website
Facebook
Email
The United Church of Canada
Bluffs Food Bank
Dorothy's Place
Toby's Place
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