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      Birchcliff Bluffs Buzz
         May 1, 2020
  Open Hands, Reach Out, Make a Difference
SPIRITUAL CARE SUPPORT
If you, or someone you know, would like spiritual care support,  please contact Rev. Greg by email at revgregbbuc@rogers.com or by phone at 416-694-4081, Ext 2.
VIRTUAL SUNDAY SERVICE
Log on to bbuc.ca on Sundays to view the virtual Sunday service.  Prior Sunday services are archived here.

VIRTUAL 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. and on Thursdays at 10 a.m., details will be distributed by email with Zoom connection instructions.  I welcome everyone to check it out.
Rev. Gregory Daly

iPAD/LAPTOP DONATION - NEW
Do you have an iPad or a laptop that is sitting around waiting for a new home?  There are many in our community for whom these luxuries are beyond the reach of everyday possibility.  If you have the capacity to let it go, please consider donating it to us here at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church so that we can pass it along to a willing recipient.  If you do, please contact Rev Greg Daly at revgregbbuc@rogers.com.  Thank you.

MINISTRY & PERSONNEL IS ASKING FOR YOUR HELP!
It is time to collect information in preparation for staff performance appraisals.  You can help with this process.  Send me your feedback on each staff member and especially if you have direct contact with a particular person.  Your feedback will be kept completely anonymous and will definitely help with Goal Setting and Feedback.  Please email Tricia at reidzoo@gmail.com or leave a message at 416 459 7724. Thank you! 
Tricia Reid
RECYCLING - NEW
Our recycle place continues to operate.  If your recycle contributions are stacking up, connect with me and I can arrange to pick up your donations. Thank you for saving your metal, batteries, and old electronics for the Recycle Fund.  Keep well.
Betty McCulloch - bjmcculloch72@gmail.com, 416.694.1228
TORONTO FIELD NATURALISTS PROGRAM - NEW

Hi Friends:

The Toronto Field Naturalists have started a program called "Toronto Nature Now".  Members of the TFN or other experts in their field volunteer to produce an audio with the assistance of CJRU 1280 at Ryerson University.  To date they have 76 episodes.  The most recent is about the 'Monarch Life Cycle and our Research at Rosetta McClain Gardens'.  Most tapes are 5-10 minutes in length.

Want to learn more about nature, just tap into the resource at https://torontofieldnaturalists.org/about-tfn/tfn-on-your-am-dial/.  Scroll down until you see CJRU The Scope at Ryerson - Toronto Nature Now Ep. 76: Monarch Life Cycle & Research.  Click on it and you will have the experience of listening to my voice for about 10 minutes.
 
With wet weather moving in, you may have time to listen to as many episodes as you would like.  
 
Betty McCulloch
                                                 ______________________________________

Even as we rest, the world continues.  Butterfly season begins and our friend the Monarch Butterfly delights us and challenges us to remember to care for creation.  Listen to their story as told to CJRU radio by Birchcliff Bluffs United Church and Toronto Field Naturalist member Betty McCulloch, part of a ongoing monitoring team that you may have seen at Rosetta McClain Gardens (last season in a pre-COVID time).  Thank you Betty for this insightful interview.

https://torontofieldnaturalists.org/about-tfn/tfn-on-your-am-dial/

Rev Gregory Daly
RAINBOW TEA TIME - FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2 P.M. - NEW
Image by Iona Williams
 
This is a friendly reminder that we will be gathering virtually on Friday, May 1.  Feel free to have a snack and beverage ready as we spend some time together.  Looking forward to seeing and/or hearing you at 2:00 p.m.  The link and instructions are always the same.  See below.

Dorothy's Place Virtual Meeting Instructions
You can use a computer, a phone with a camera, or call in from a regular landline. 

Time:  Friday, May 1, 2020, 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time

Computer or smartphone (video and audio settings)
https://zoom.us/j/892807890?pwd=WXlVUVpYak1ZQk04UCtoRDdLcnZZQT09
If prompted:  Meeting ID:  892 807 890

For call-in audio only from your phone:
Dial 647 374 4685 or 647 558 0588.
When prompted, use Meeting ID: 892 807 890 followed by #.
 
Download & Install Zoom
Click the appropriate link to download Zoom on your device.
Join a Meeting
Just click the link and follow the on-screen instructions to join the meeting. https://zoom.us/j/892807890?pwd=WXlVUVpYak1ZQk04UCtoRDdLcnZZQT09

Quick Tips for Using Zoom
  • If you are using an external camera and/or microphone be sure to plug them in before opening the Zoom application.
  • Be sure to mute yourself when you are not speaking
BBUC CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
Although the church office is closed until further notice, phone messages are being picked up, emails to BBUC are being read, and items for the Buzz are being accepted (click here to submit your item by Wednesday for the coming Friday Buzz).

MASKS
As you are aware, we are being encouraged to wear a mask when we are shopping or going to be in a situation where 6 feet may not be possible to maintain.   Ellen Bates, who loves to sew, is offering to make masks for anyone in the congregation.  She is offering to make them in three sizes -- Small for children, Medium for most women, and Large for most men.   Please sent your request with size to Ellen Bates at embgrades@rogers.com  or 416-691-7041.
BUZZ - SUBMISSION OF ANNOUNCEMENTS
If you wish to submit an item for the Buzz, click here to email your submission.  Items are due by Wednesday for the coming Friday Buzz.  Thank you.






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