Burton Avenue United Church is a dynamic Christ-centred community of faith. For over 145 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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Staff Away – Andrea Wheaton is away from the office on study leave from May 21-27 and attending the AGM of Shining Waters Regional Council. is our Sunday Supply today and on May 26 it will be Bob Clay. During that time emergency pastoral care will be covered by Rev. Ruth McDonald (May13-22) or Cathy Manzato (705-828-5658).
BBQ season is coming soon, so in anticipation we are going to be selling McGregor's Meat this month. Pick up order sheets in the foyer today. Order forms and money due by next Sun., May 26. Tentative delivery date is June 4. For more information contact Devon Williams 705-220-2633 (text or call).
Sunday May 19
Join us and Rev. Ruth McDonald for Sunday morning service at 10:00am!
Children and Youth are invited to Rainbow Club after our Children’s Story. Caregivers with toddlers & babies can make use of the Lounge beside the sanctuary or go to the lower level Nursery where care is provided. An usher can help you find your way.
Refreshments are served downstairs after worship during a time of conversation and visiting.
Monday May 20
Office Closure – Please note the church office will be closed Mon., May 20 for Victoria Day.
Saturday May 25
Everyone is welcome to the Regional Council Celebration of Ministries Service taking place on Sat., May 25, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at Georgian College, Building J, One Georgian Drive, Barrie. It will include the ordination and admission of six candidates. The guest speaker will be Rev. Maggie Dieter, Executive Minister for Indigenous Ministries and Justice with the General Council Office. It is a meaningful and significant service in the United Church and in the lives of the six candidates. There will be a reception following the service Katie Pergau is the music director and many of our choir are participating.
Outreach Committee will be participating in the 9th Annual Suicide Awareness Walk on Sat., May 25. This walk is to raise awareness and to honour those we have lost to suicide. Please join us on bringing light to this issue. The walk begins at City Hall. Registration is at 5:30, walk begins at 6:00 pm. For more information, please speak to Christine Nayler.
Sunday May 26
Teen Confirmation Class – meets next on Sun., May 26 from 4-7:30 pm in the Lounge.
News and upcoming events
Message from the Barrie Mosque to all the Barrie Churches. We strongly condemn the terrorist attack on Churches and Hotels in Sri Lanka on a blessed Easter Sunday which killed and wounded many. This inhumane and cowardly act against innocent worshipers is crime against all of humanity. We join all around the world in condemning this atrocity and stand in solidarity expressing our profound sadness and we bow our heads in humble empathy with our Christian brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka. May the Lord guide humanity to live in Peace & Harmony.
UCW Conference at Burton: our thanks to all of those who volunteered their time and supplied food this past week as we hosted the annual regional meeting of the UCW. The organizers of the event told me that the hospitality received at Burton Avenue was truly amazing and they were very appreciative. A special shout out to the Congregational Life Committee and the men who helped with set up and ran the elevator over the two days. Our hosting of this event generated approximately $1,800 to be used for the mission of the church.
Open Hands Open – (formerly Nine for Nica golf tournament) – May 27 is our 9th annual golf tournament. Shotgun start is at 5:15 pm. Registration and silent auction begin at 4:30. It’s at Simoro Golf Course, 1045 Penetanguishene Rd. $80 includes golfing, cart, chicken dinner and a charity receipt of $25. Come for dinner only is $35 with a $10 charity receipt. Donations accepted for the silent auction or sponsor a hole. Contact John Sawyers or Miriam Oben. Sign-up downstairs after church. Click HERE for all the details
Book Club - Our next meeting will be Tues., May 28 at 7:30 when we will be discussing Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott. Sharon Butler will be hosting at her home. All are welcome.
Congregational Life Committee is organizing a spring cleanup on Tues., May 28 starting at 9:15 am for the two church kitchens (stoves, ovens, refrigerators, etc.) and a general decluttering including the pie room before the summer season. If you have any dishes left here please collect them now so they don’t get misplaced. Also we encourage other committees and groups to pick an area to tidy before summer. Please consider joining us on the 28th – the more hands, the more gets done. We usually buy our lunch out afterwards. Bring your pail and rubber gloves – no need to prearrange; just come. See Lynn Garraway or Linda Hudson for further information.
30th Annual Pow wow will take place here in Barrie at Sunnidale Park on June 1st & 2nd. As part of an emerging partnership with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre, our Truth and Reconciliation Committee is taking responsibility for the hospitality tent. We’ve been teaming up with other local churches in the area who also have a vision of working toward right relations with the Indigenous people in our city. We are looking for people to donate and prepare food for the dancers and other performers. We need sandwich fillings and healthy snacks like muffins and cereal bars, as well as volunteers to help serve. Get in touch with one of our members (Pat and Colin MacDonald, Julie McGonegal, Jane Rees, Islay Scott and Selene Taylor) if you’d like to help.
The local Kairos group is sponsoring a new family from Syria. We have been asked to assist with ensuring they receive a warm welcome to Barrie by helping acquire items for their new home.
The Outreach Committee is collecting new and gently used kitchen essentials for this family set to arrive in Canada next month. We are looking for a kitchen table and chairs, a microwave cart, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishes... They are also in need of bedding, linens & furniture. These items can be new or gently used. They will be coming with nothing so they will need everything you can think of. If you can help out with kitchenware, speak with Christine Nayler. If you have large furniture items, speak with Ruth McDonald. Thanks in advance.
Welcoming New Members – If you have been attending for a time or are newer here and would like to have a conversation about membership, please be in touch with Andrea Wheaton as we would like to welcome new members next in June.
Camp Sparrow - As we get ready to head into summer, the Life Long Learning Committee is busy planning our fall camp weekend. Camp weekend is Fri., Sept. 13 – Sun., Sept. 15. The cost is $55 per adult and $45 per child. Kids under 5 are free. In order to help with the additional activity costs, we are going to have a fundraiser. $20 for a paddle (waterfront activities) & $10 for a bulls eye (archery). Sign up and fundraising begins May 26. If you are unable to afford camp and would like to go, please speak to Andrea. We look forward to another fun fall weekend!
Vacation Bible Camp - Save the dates for another fabulous camp here at BAUC from July 22-26. We will be looking for teen and adult helpers as we once again welcome Shining Waters Camp Awesome.
lend a helping hand
Barrie Food Bank - in need of canned goods, pasta and sauce, coffee, tea, etc…
Busby Street Centre needs us to make/deliver sandwiches to them on Wednesdays between 9:00 and 2:00! Signup sheet is in the foyer. They are now at their permanent location at 88 Mulcaster.
They are also in need of volunteers for dishwashing from 7-9 am and from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Youth Haven is currently in need of soup, canned meats, pasta sauce, school/work snacks, canned fruit/ veggies. They also need laundry detergent, dryer sheets, general cleaning supplies. As well as cutlery, towels and large Tupperware containers.
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.
ON THE WEB
Website Update – our website has been redesigned. Note that the address has changed from .ca to .com. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for corrections, changes, or additions to the website.
Burton Avenue United Church Facebook Page
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Name tags If you do not yet have a BAUC name tag (or have misplaced yours 😊) please add your name to the list in the foyer, or speak to Lois Delaforce
Treasurer Position After more than twelve years of service to our congregation Alan McGee has decided to resign the position of Treasurer effective Dec. 31, 2019. We are grateful for Alan’s hard-work and dedication to this role. The Ministry & Personnel Committee have drafted an updated version of the Responsibilities & Duties of the Treasurer. If you are interested in learning more about this role please speak to a member of the Stewardship Committee.
(Devon Williams, Sandy Davidson or Alan McGee) or Chair of the Board (Cathy Manzato).
2019 Church Offering Envelopes - in the mail-slots in the foyer. If you wish to have envelopes, please call Stacey at the church office. If you regularly use visitor envelopes, please consider asking for an envelope number as it makes it easier for our office to record your donations for tax receipt purposes.
Affirm Team In continuing to live into our commitment as an Affirming Ministry we will be forming a new team and invite you to participate along with some returning members. Speak to Angela Kerr for more information.
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.
Bibles - for those who wish to use a Bible during worship, there are several copies available at the front of the sanctuary near the entrance. Please return them to this location after the service.
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.
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. Please leave the parking spaces closest to the church for those who have difficulty walking a further distance.
People with hearing aids!! The sanctuary is equipped with a loop system which works with your hearing aids. You must have a “T coil” installed and activated. Set your hearing aid to “T coil”.