Burton Avenue United Church is a dynamic Christ-centred community of faith. For over 135 years, we have served the community of Allandale and the surrounding Barrie area, through meaningful worship, spiritual nurture and outreach into the community and wider world. We are inclusive, open, welcoming, willing to push the boundaries and take risks in order to be the hands and voice and heart of Christ. If you are looking for a church home where you will be welcomed, nurtured and challenged, Welcome to Burton Avenue United Church!
What's Happening this week!
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Sunday June 24
Come join us for worship at 10:00 am!
"Come From Away" bus tour - organized by Hamilton Tours, we are departing from BAUC parking lot at 11:30. Dinner 4:30-6:45 p.m. at the Hot House Restaurant after the show. The orchestra level tickets will be distributed on the bus. Return to Barrie at approximately 8:15 p.m. Looking forward to a wonderful day!
Monday June 25
Staff Away – Andrea Wheaton will be away on study leave from Mon., June 25 to Mon., July 2. For emergency Pastoral Care please contact Rev. Pat MacDonald at 705-795-9438. Bob Clay will be here for Pulpit Supply.
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Vacation Bible Camp at BAUC!
Aug. 13 - 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more info, contact Julie McGonegal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click HERE for all the details and registration forms!!!
Voluntary Associate Minister We are pleased to welcome Rev. Ruth McDonald as a Voluntary Associate Minister (VAM). This role is a formalized relationship between ministry personnel and a local congregation. It is a provision to allow for appropriate exercise of ministry functions (such as celebrating weddings) on a voluntary basis. Ruth and Todd have been members here since February of 2017.
Pulpit Supply – Many thanks to our members who are stepping forward to offer summer pulpit supply. We are looking forward to your energy and messages. Blessings to you.
July 15 – Chelsea Skanes
Aug. 5 – Bob Clay
Aug. 12 – Women’s Spirituality Group
Aug. 19 – Cathy Manzato
Your Givings Are Safe With Us – If you plan to be away from church over the summer, please consider the use of preauthorized remittance (PAR) or leaving your church envelopes with post-dated cheques in a larger envelope available from the church office, Alan McGee or Brenda Young. They will be stored in the office floor safe and put on the offering plate on the appropriate Sunday.
Powerpoint – Are you interested in running the powerpoint on Sundays for July & August? It will be prepared for you, so you just have to set up the laptop and run it. Speak to Brad Hampshire or Andrea Wheaton for more information.
Kitchen Club - Good things happen when people gather to cook for themselves, and for each other. They make new friends. They expand what they know about nutrition, so they can eat better. They learn basic kitchen skills that enable them to provide for themselves while saving money. They develop the spirit of teamwork, because the dishes that each kitchen club makes are divided among its members at the end of each kitchen session – everyone goes home with the feeling of a job well done, and with well-made food for that evening or days to come. (Or longer still, when dishes can be frozen.) Or perhaps they can be frozen in the church freezer to help those who might need a meal when the unexpected happens. Would you be interested in being part of a kitchen club at Burton Ave United? Call Peggy Gemmell at 431-2390 and leave a message if I’m not there, please. I will get back to you.
Fall camping weekend will be at Sparrow Lake United Church Camp in Severn Township for the fourth year in a row! The dates are Sept. 7 - 9. This year we are excited to announce that we will be sharing our camping experience with Northwest Barrie United Church, joining us on Sat., Sept. 8 for the day! Camper fees are $125 for a family or $60 for an individual for the weekend. If you want to join us for the Saturday only, it will be $60 for a family or $25 for individual. If you are interested, please pick up an information sheet and registration form from a Life Long Learning Committee Member after church in the lower hall. Registration due by Sun., June 10. We hope to see you at camp!
In the Great Wide Open… Living Waters Presbytery is inviting us to participate in a celebration of ministry and mission on Sat., Sept. 22 from 11 am - 5 pm. This celebration will be in the tradition of a “fall fair” at Camp Big Canoe. There will be carnival games, good food, music, and more. They are also hoping that churches like ours will come and be a part of the celebration as well. Mark the date and watch for info.
Congregational Photo Directory – new family pages were printed a few weeks ago and can be found on the shelving unit in the foyer. There is also another page containing updated addresses and phone numbers.
Rides to Church – Are you able to occasionally offer rides to church for those needing them? We are wanting to collect a list of those able to offer rides. If you wish more information or are able to offer rides, please speak to Andrea Wheaton.
Our Daily Bread – This daily devotional is available outside the sanctuary doors. Pick one up and spend a few moments each day reading a scripture passage and a reflection.
2018 Church Offering Envelopes If you have not received yours yet, they are available for pickup in the mailslots in the foyer. If you are regularly using visitor envelopes, please consider asking for an envelope number by calling the church office.
Pre-authorized remittance program (PAR) - It is a convenient way to replace having to remember to bring envelopes to church or playing catch-up at the end of the summer while you were away. Forms are available in the foyer or call the office.
Parking Lot - Did you know that on Sundays there is parking on the other side of the school next door to us? There is also the lot behind the school which can be accessed from Cumberland St. or there is now a road from our lot to it.
lend a helping hand
Youth Haven - in need of men’s and women’s underwear & men’s clothing (shorts, shirts & t-shirts) as well as toilet paper.
The Open Hands Mission Team is supporting a number of projects in Nicaragua including the building of a school. Donations in support of the Nicaragua Mission should be made payable to "Open Hands United Mission.
Busby Street Center - in need of tents and sleeping bags.
Busby Street Center still needs us to make/deliver sandwiches to them on Wednesdays between 9:00 and 2:00! For the summer we are going to try a different approach. If we could get 4 people each week to sign up for 10 sandwiches each and one driver to coordinate (which could also be a sandwich maker). We are also looking for a list of drivers and people interested in donating supplies (we could find a sandwich maker). Each week we require a total of 40 sandwiches. Signup sheet is in the foyer.
Barrie Food Bank - in great need of canned goods, pasta and sauce, non perishable goods etc…
Leftovers to Share - Are you able on occasion to make a little extra to share? We are accepting meal donations to have on hand in the freezer for people in our congregation, who for a variety of reasons, would be happy to receive a home cooked meal, either on a temporary or more long term basis. If making a soup, stew, chili or any other meal that freezes well, why not make an extra portion or two. Please label it, with what it is and your name and date, and leave in the church freezer. We will make sure it gets delivered to someone. If you have a question, or know of someone who would benefit from receiving a meal, please speak with Lois Delaforce.
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