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      Birchcliff Bluffs Buzz
         May 15, 2020
  Open Hands, Reach Out, Make a Difference
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.
Log on to on Sundays to view the virtual Sunday service.

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
BOARD BUZZ - MAY 12, 2020 - NEW

Once again the Church Board met by ZOOM video conference for our May meeting.  Many of our ministries have been able to continue through the use of online resources.  Our worship services on YouTube have been well received and have reached former members of our congregation who live as far away as Cape Breton, as well as members of other congregations whose churches are unable to offer online worship.  Thanks to Rev. Greg Daly, Music Director Randy Vancourt, and all those who have been participating in the services for the creative worship services we are all enjoying. 
Our Church Treasurer, Cathy Williamson, has been working very hard behind the scenes to figure out what financial supports our Church may be eligible for during the emergency shutdown.  While some help is being offered by The United Church of Canada and Shining Waters Region, the many changes that continue to be made in the financial support programs as they are introduced and implemented have made this work complicated and frustrating.  Thank you Cathy for doing this work on our behalf. 
We also appreciate the work of our other Board and congregation members and staff who are continuing to keep our pastoral care, outreach, affirming ministry, and other programs active in new and evolving ways.  Many in the neighbourhood have said they enjoy hearing our Church’s peace bell ringing at 7:30 p.m. to acknowledge the work of frontline workers.  Thanks to Gail Barkic for getting this initiative underway. 

The Church Board has asked Betty McCulloch, with support from Rev. Greg Daly, to lead a task group that will start looking ahead to how we will begin to reopen our Church building and resume our Church activities as Ontario begins to lift the emergency orders.  The task group will make recommendations about the timing as well as the changes needed to protect the health and safety of all who use the Church building.  Thank you Betty for agreeing to take this on.  If you have ideas, suggestions or concerns relating to the reopening, please email them to Betty and she will start compiling them as the planning process begins.  If you want to join the task group, please contact Betty (, 416-694-1228).
Image by Barb McCutcheon
This is a friendly reminder that we will be gathering virtually on Friday, May 15.  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 15, 2020, 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time

Computer or smartphone (video and audio settings)
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.

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
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).
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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