Birchcliff Bluffs Buzz
March 13, 2020
Open Hands, Reach Out, Make a Difference
March 15, 2020 - Lent 3, PIE Day

Welcomer - Linda McKay
Life & Work - Betty McCulloch
Offering - Tables will be set up to collect the offering
PowerPoint - Beth Moore
Wonder Café - Cancelled until further notice

Other Opportunities - Scripture, Elevator, Sound, Security Check

In response to COVID-19, Birchcliff Bluffs United Church is now implementing the United Church of Canada Pandemic Response Plan which asks us to modify activities at the church.  As of today, all non-essential gatherings are cancelled until further notice.  We will continue to monitor this situation.
Worship will continue with modifications and precautions that protect all of us and ensure that vulnerable populations are fully cared for.  These changes include:
  • Social Distancing (people are asked to sit away from each other)
  • No handshaking or hugging at welcome
  • No passing of the offering plate (we will have tables set up)
  • No passing of the peace
  • No communion
  • No food sharing or coffee hour
We ask that everyone respect these protections for the benefit of all.  If there is any escalation of events that requires a further response, we will notify people to the best of our ability.  This may include emails, Facebook notifications, and/or messages on the church answering machine.  We are here to care for each other and appreciate your consideration of these measures.  We are not alone; we share God's world in community.

Rev. Greg Daly
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.
News from our Annual Congregational Meeting on March 8, 2020,
and our March 10, 2020, Board Meeting

Annual Meeting

Our worship service and Annual Congregational Meeting were held downstairs on Sunday, March 8, because the furnace was offline for repairs.  We had electric heat, music, microphones, PowerPoint, and a light lunch, so all went well.  Thanks to everyone for making the necessary adjustments so we could hold our service and meeting.  Good news:  The furnace was repaired and running well by Monday afternoon.

At the annual meeting we approved:
  • a change in our Vision and Mission Statement to acknowledge our commitment to our Affirming Ministries,
  • our Living Faith Story,
  • the position description and terms of call so that Rev. Greg Daly’s one-year appointment can be changed to a call as of July 1, 2020,
  • the reports about our Church’s life and work in 2019 printed in our annual report,
  • our 2019 financial statements and budget for 2020, and
  • nominations for our Church Board and other leadership positions.
Thanks to everyone who contributed so much to our Church’s life and work during 2019, and a special thanks to our very dedicated staff and to all those who serve in leadership positions in our congregation.
Board Meeting News

Our Outreach Ministries - Our discussion topic for our March meeting was our outreach ministries.  In addition to our Affirming Ministries (Dorothy’s Place, Toby’s Place, and refugee co-sponsorship), which was our discussion topic in February, our outreach ministries include the Bluffs Food Bank, the Bluffs Boutique, and support of a foster child.  We support the Bluffs Food Bank by housing it and providing volunteers who serve on the Board of Directors and work at the Food Bank.  While the Bluffs Boutique is mainly staffed by Food Bank volunteers, it is a Church outreach project.  Volunteers are needed to help receive and sort donations of clothing and household items on Wednesday morning and to pick up bags of unsaleable donations to take to drop boxes or Value Village between noon and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays.  If you can assist with either of these tasks, please speak to Gail Barkic.  The sale proceeds from the Bluffs Boutique (approximately $10,000 in 2019) support our foster child and our Church’s ministries.
Pride Day - Our Church will be participating with other United Churches in decorating and riding in a double-decker Pride Day float.  A financial contribution of $250.00 to the cost of the float was approved.  If you would like to help with decorating the float or want to ride in the parade (or both), please speak to Rev. Greg Daly.  We hope he will get through this year’s parade without any broken bones!

Help Wanted! - While we were able to fill most of the leadership positions in our congregation at our annual meeting, we still need volunteers who are willing to work on our Ministry and Personnel Committee and a Chair to coordinate that work.  We also need a Property Coordinator to coordinate (not do) property maintenance/repairs.  If you would be willing to consider helping with either of these tasks, please speak to Beth Moore or Rev. Daly.  All offers of help are most welcome.

Have you wondered what it means to be – 2 Spirit?

Join us this Sunday – PIE Day – for a thought-provoking conversation with respect to Indigenous Spirituality.

Jess Swance is offering their wisdom, and we hope that you can be with us.

The Ten Thimbles are moving into new digs in the church.

We are clearing out the ante room adjacent to the chancel for the storage and use of our quilters.

At present the space is providing storage for some goods that were intended for our refugees.  The items that can be used have been, and the remainder needs to be, sorted and locations determined.  Some of this will go back in the Bluffs Boutique, some will find its way into SpringFest, and the rest will need to be removed offsite.

This Sunday, March 15, after our PIE Day learning session, we need some strong hands to do this work.

Thank you for volunteering.
Do you know the difference between gingham or a smock, cashmere or cotton?  Then you are our person!  The Bluffs Boutique is looking for volunteers to assist in sorting clothing and other items received for the Bluffs Boutique.  This is a significant piece of the outreach work that we are engaged in here at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, and it also provides essential financial supports for the ongoing work of the church.  The sorting happens on Wednesday mornings.  If you are interested, please contact Gail Barkic or June in the church office.
Spring is coming.  That means we need to start planning for SpriingFest on May 30.  Our first planning meeting will be March 29 [note change of date] after the service.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  The more the greater creative the ideas.  If you are unable to attend, please forward your suggestions to Betty McCulloch - 416-694-1228,  Thanks in advance for your willingness to participate.
Saturday May 9 @ 7 p.m.

Maggie Cassella returns to host our Annual Comedy Gala in support of Dorothy's Place and Toby's Place.  If you would like to volunteer, please send an e-mail to Cathy Williamson at (note change of contact and correction to email address).
Special thanks to all who made such generous donations of sugar in January and February.  By last week you donated enough sugar that we were able to add sugar to each and every hamper.  That means that we received over 325 bags of sugar.  WOW!
For March we are requesting donations of canned vegetables, specifically corn, carrots, potatoes, yellow beans, green beans, and peas.
Due to the recent blockade of railway trains, the usual supply of commercial donations of fresh vegetables is limited.  We hope you will help us address this shortage with donations of the canned vegetables that are listed above.

Currently, we have a plentiful supply of tomatoes, protein, beans, and beans in sauce.
Your generosity is sincerely appreciated.
Gail Barkic (Volunteer CEO)


"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 15
Scripture, Elevator, Sound, Security Check

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

Mar 29 - Music Service
Welcomer, Life & Work, Scripture, Elevator, PowerPoint, Security Check
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.
Learn about the oils used in the Bible.  Open to all.

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
Acoustic Harvest is pleased to present two songwriters whose shows characterize their easy stage banter and stellar songwriting, eliciting comparisons to legendary folk duo Makem and Clancy.

Date:     Saturday, March 14
Time:     8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Place:    St. Paul's United Church, 200 McIntosh St.,
Tickets:  $25 in advance ( or $30 at the door
Birchcliff Bluffs United Church
33 East Road, Scarborough, ON  M1N 1Z9
Tel:  416-694-4081

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