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Happy Mother's Day!!
  Birchcliff Bluffs Buzz 

Friday, May 6th, 2022 

Open Hands, Reach Out, Make a Difference
In Person Worship Has Returned!

Sundays at 10:30am.

, vaccination status and masks are required.
The windows will be open for ventilation so dress accordingly.

Please remember to sign up for Sunday morning volunteers needed on the roster on the bulletin board . Thanks


We have a guest musician this Sunday -
Violinist Daniel Giverin will be accompanying Randy.

You may remember him from the St. Patrick's music services he has done with Randy for several years.
Worship Services will be streamed live at 10:30am every Sunday morning.

Please use the link below to access.

A notice will also be sent Sunday Mornings with a read along bulletin.

A recorded version of the service will be posted to the BBUC website on the Tuesday following the service.

Contact: if you need to sign up to receive the notice.

If the livestream isn't playing properly, please refresh the page.
Link for LiveStream


What’s the Buzz … tell me what is happening …

Faith can be like a spring that both refreshes us and helps us to refresh others when it is shared.

The faithful recognize the Shepherd’s voice and follows where called to go inspired by the Holy Spirit.

The peace, joy, hope, healing, unity, and purpose found in a life of faith connects us to the waters of eternal life and we are restored to renewed beginnings.

Think of the times in your life that you needed to be carried.

Lectionary for This Week

Women in the Bible
Join Rev. Ellen on Zoom,

Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
starting May 10, 2022

Join Ellen for three Tuesdays to learn about and to discuss the stories of three pivotal women in the Bible.

It isn’t often women come to the forefront of stories in the Bible.

This is  your opportunity to find out what makes three of these women stand out from the crowd. Each teaches us something different and gives each of us something to reflect on in our own lives.
  • May 10 – Mary Magdalene
  • May 17 – Ruth
  • May 24 – Esther
See you there!!

Link for Discussion

Let the Bidding Begin!!

Click Here

 10 days of Online Springfest Auction!   
May 1 to May 10, 2022

Notes for Bidding.
Use the link above or go to
Click on the green tab that says link for auction.

Please sign in on Kambeo site (top right hand corner).

If it is your first time bidding, please register on Kambeo and start biding.
You do not have to re-register again as Kambeo is the same company from last year.
If you participated in last year’s auction, please use your email address and password from last year.  

Ends on May 10 at 10:00 pm.

Many interesting items:  gift cards, gift baskets, speciality and collector’s items and more!

If you need help please contact anyone on the Springfest Committee:  Linda, Janet, Norma, Betty, Jessie, Beth, Michelle & Adriana.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Springfest auction and to all people who are bidding.
Thank you to everyone who is spreading the word and telling everyone in the community about the Springfest event.
Everyone’s contributions are so important!!!


Thank you very much.
Springfest 2022 Committee

On May 14,
(Day of Winning Auction Pick/Ups)
there will be an
IN PERSON Bake Sale, Barbecue and Lawn Sale
at the church

The hours are from 10 am to 1 pm.


Notes for Bake Sale:

A Bake Table will be available May 14, 10:00 - 1:00 pm when all the lucky winning bidders are popping into the church to pick up their new treasurers. 

We are happy to accept all home baked food items. We ask that you bring your donations to the church by 9:15 on May 14.  The folks working at the Bake Table will love you if you remember to label the food item. 

Please include key ingredients. As well as the usual ingredients that are not used eg gluten free, no eggs, lactose free. 
Remember, BBUC is a nut free environment that includes peanut butter. 

If you know that your recipe is in our brand new

Birchcliff Bluffs Favourite Heavenly Recipes please 'star' the label too. 
Judy will be selling the cookbook at the sale.  ($15.00) 

To help you with how to present your food items if it is squares,cupcakes, tarts etc please have 6 on the tray/container.  For cookies 6 if they are larger and 12 if they are smaller on a tray. 
Please bring your items boxed, plated etc. 

Our Baked Table prices will be reflecting our current prices for raw ingredients.  This will be our first increase in 5 years for delicious home baked items. 

Bake Table Sub-Committee
Shirley Scott, Shirley Schwind, Janet Bawcutt, Linda McKay, Vicky Kennedy, Betty McCulloch

Birchcliff Bluffs Favourite Heavenly Recipes

I would like to thank all of the wonderful members who sent recipes for the cookbook. It looks fantastic!

Thank you Jane for working with Staples to help make the best deal for the book for the printing costs.

Thank you everyone for your purchases and donations.

More copies will be available at the spring Fest.
Thanks Judy

Note from Church: Big thanks to Judy for putting the book together. Huge job over many months!


Tuesday, May 10


Birchmount Community Centre

Click here for more information.



The BBUC Clothing Boutique is getting ready to reopen…

Except…We need one key ingredient….YOU!!

We are looking for one or two volunteers who are willing to be responsible for managing the Boutique, with help from other
volunteers to get it ready to open in the Fall.

The Boutique manager(s) will need to:
  • Decide what volunteer help is needed and advertise, in the church and the community, for new volunteers
  • Go in before the Fall and survey what is there, clean it up and set it up for business (with help from other volunteers as necessary)
  • Determine when to open the Boutique in the Fall - available days are Mondays (excluding Dorothy's Place and Toby's Place meeting times) and weekends - determining when and how often to be open will be one of the management tasks
  • Coordinate with Toby’s Place and Dorothy’s Place staff for program access during their meeting times (their staff and/or volunteers will be responsible for staffing and supervision of their participants unless Boutique volunteers are available to assist during their meeting times)
  • Coordinate the financial arrangements with the Church Treasurer and Church Administrator - eg. arrange for a float, who will count the money, when and by whom it will be deposited to the church account etc.
  • Coordinate the work of other volunteers to arrange for donation days, pricing and hanging/display of clothing, disposal of unsuitable or out of season donations etc.
Other volunteers could take on one part of this project, all of it, do a couple of things – it is really up to you. What is important to know is that the Boutique is a key source of income for the church and provides sustainable fashion items and housewares to food bank clients as well as clients of Toby’s Place and Dorothy’s Place.

Recycle and reuse!

Can you help today?
Please contact the office at if you are interested in helping out.

If anyone has a cartoon or amusing funny they would like to see in the Buzz, please forward to the church office.
New Photocopier in the Church

Just a heads-up that we have received a new photocopier in the church but don't panic....all the pass codes and the basics for copying are the same as the old one.

If you have any questions, contact Jane in the church office.
The Ten Thimbles Quilters have decided not to meet as a group with the high numbers of COVID cases right now. 
Yet, we still want to have connections with folks, so we decided to organize a chat time through Zoom. 

We would like to invite you to share a
"Craft and Chat Time" with us, 
Tuesday from 1:00 - 3:00 by zoom. 

Everyone is welcome to join the group to chat. And bring a craft project, if you wish. Or ask for help with your project. Our plan is to meet weekly. 

The weekly zoom link is below. 
A reminder will also be sent on Tuesdays.
Hope to see you!

Click Here to Join Meeting

Meeting ID: 895 7070 3225
Passcode: 1234

If you, or someone you know, would like spiritual care support,  please phone 416-694-4081, Ext 2.
We're excited to announce that our drop-in has reopened for
in-person programming.

Drop-in hours: 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Where: 33 East Rd.
Who: 2SLGBTQIA+ identifying youth
COVID protocols: Masks are required. Prepackaged snacks will be provided. PPE will be available. 
Registration required:
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. 
 For more information, connect with Toby's Place at or 647-915-2475.
Dorothy's Place

Looking forward to seeing you virtually Mondays
@ 11:30 am.

E-mail if you would like to be added to the Zoom e-mail list.
The Bluffs Food Bank is OPEN with service to clients on
Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm
Clients should bring their Daily Bread registration number. 
They will be provided with a hamper full of nutritious groceries.
Appointments are not required."

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. Contact the church office for information. 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:  Canada Helps will issue a tax receipt for any amounts received.  Or give online by visiting the church website at
Thank you for your ongoing generosity and support during these difficult times.
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 and we’ll be happy to assist you.

To submit an item for the upcoming Friday Buzz, email your item to by Wednesday.
The United Church of Canada
Bluffs Food Bank
Dorothy's Place
Toby's Place
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