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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Sunday, February 17
Join us for worship starting at 10:00am!
Visitors or new-comers we are so glad you are here! Please make yourself known to one of us and sign our guest book in the foyer or at the front door. There is a gender-neutral and accessible washroom on the main level through the doors at the front of the sanctuary. Other washrooms are in the lower level.
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.
United Church Observer - is a great place to get to know what's going on in the larger church. Read stories about people with similar hopes, needs and questions as your own. Many articles focus on living in hope and faith. Timely cover stories and interesting columnists appear monthly. And of course there's the letters to the editor, clearly demonstrating that there's more than one point of view in the United Church. For only $25/year you'll receive this award-winning magazine delivered to your home. For those who already subscribe, it is time to renew. If you would like to begin a subscription please see Joan Carruthers after the service today & Feb. 24. Please note - The Observer will be renamed Broadview this spring.
Spring Fling Gala Dinner & Auction – Fri., Mar. 1. This year’s theme “Flower Power” – the 60’s. Appetizers and refreshments - 5:30 p.m.
Dinner – 6:30 p.m. Tickets – $80 per person with a $50 tax receipt. Tickets available from Devon Williams after church today & Feb. 24. Gluten free dessert available. Please indicate gluten free when buying your ticket. This is a licenced event. Non-alcoholic punch is available.
Menu - posted on the Rainbow Club glass partition. Donate Items for Auction - see Brenda Young
Click HERE for more details!
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.
Monday, February 18
Office Closed – Please note the office will be closed Mon., Feb. 18 for Family Day.
Wednesday, February 20
Women’s Spirituality Group meets on Wed., Feb. 20 at 7:00 pm in the Lounge. Come and learn or watch some liturgical dance with Linda Morris.
News and upcoming events
Lent begins on March 6. The new United Church Lenten study, Everyday Skeptics: Devotions for Spiritual Growth, offers reflections from global and Canadian partners on how the prophets' words are relevant today. It includes daily readings for Lent, questions for reflection and discussion, prayers, a study guide, and more. Let Nicole Masuda know by Feb. 22 if you would like to order a print copy for $15.00 or go to UCRD to order an ebook for $7.95.
Calling all volunteers! Lucy's Place, a David Busby/Housing First Initiative project is looking for painters, cleaners, trimmers, kitchen assemblers, and other types of helpful folks who want to be part of getting Lucy's Place open. They have a couple scheduled Saturday work days Feb. 23 and Mar. 9. There are also opportunities to join the teams working through the week. If you are interested in volunteering your time and talents contact Christine email@example.com or speak with a member of the Outreach committee after church. We are hoping to get a group of BAUC volunteers to help out for both Saturdays.
Coldest Night of the Year - The Local & World Outreach Committee invites BAUC friends & family to join us as we walk to raise funds & awareness for those experiencing homelessness in our community & around the country. The Coldest Night of the Year takes place in over 100 communities across Canada on Feb. 23. Funds raised are used locally to support people in that community that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Many of us will again be walking in support of Youth Haven. If you want to join this year’s team or supporting our fundraising efforts contact Christine Nayler at firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with a member of our committee after church.
Church Membership – if you would like to take the step into full membership in our congregation please be in touch with Andrea Wheaton. We would love to welcome you at our next New Member Sunday.
Truth and Reconciliation Committee encourages you to actively support the programming and events offered by the Barrie Native Friendship Centre. The BNFC will have a strong presence at Winterfest 2019 from Feb. 2 to 3. There will be First Nations snow and ice sculptures, a maple syrup teaching at Heritage Park, traditional songs and stories by Ernestine Baldwin at the Barrie Public Library, and a rough-cut film screening and talk-back session by film producer and actor Jennifer Podemski, also at the BPL. For more details, check out the City of Barrie website.
Shrek the Musical - Come join the cast and crew of KCP’s annual spring musical. It’s a fun and magical tale about an Ogre, a princess and a donkey who meet some fairy tale misfits on their journey to love and friendship. The show opens on Feb. 7 and runs until Feb. 17 at the Georgian College Theatre. Visit kempenfeltplayers.com or the City of Barrie Box Office for more information on tickets!
Teen Confirmation Class – a time of fun-filled exploring of our faith that will help you decide if you want to become a full member of the United Church. We will determine our schedule of about 8 classes based on the availability of those interested in the class. We also attend a Confirmation Retreat with other United Churches on Feb. 22-23 (5 pm on Fri. - 4 pm on Sat.) here at the church. Email Andrea Wheaton if you are interested or have questions.
Book Club - Our next meeting will be Tues., Feb. 28 at 7:30 pm when we will be discussing The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Linda Morris and Lesley Landry will be hosting at Linda's home. Our March selection is Becoming by Michelle Obama. All are welcome.
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.
Rev. Patricia Gale-MacDonald has retired after 35 1/2 years of ordained ministry. We are so grateful for the 18+ years of her ministry with and among us. A retirement celebration will take place on Sun., May 5!
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 - canned goods, peanut butter, dry foods such as cereals, milk, cheese, yogurt, meats and lunch items. They are always happy to receive pre-made dinner donations to feed 20 youth (pre-made bulk dinners such as lasagnas, spaghetti dinners, chili, turkey suppers, casseroles, baked goodies).
Busby Center - in need of winter outerwear.
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 email@example.com for corrections, changes, or additions to the website.
Burton Avenue United Church Facebook Page
Please feel free to invite your friends and family to like the page and join us at our events.
2019 Church Calendars – are now available from the church office to purchase for $8.50 each
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”.