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 February 25
Lenten Worship – On the Sundays in Lent we will be focusing on particular justice initiatives. Our guest this Sunday will be Rev. Philip Cable who is Chair of the Affirm Ministries Team for Living Waters Presbytery. Philip will speak about what it means to be an Affirming Ministry and how the church taking this step has affected him personally.
Youth Inc. Bake Sale – immediately following worship in support of Barrie Native Friendship Center.
Newsletter – submissions are due today. If you are not on our list to receive the newsletter, sign up in the foyer or contact the office.
Tuesday February 27
Book Club - The book we are reading for February is The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. We will meet at the home of Lesley Landry, at 7:30 pm. All are welcomed. In the coming months we will be reading the following: March - The House at Riverton by Kate Morton; April - The Unfinished Dollhouse by Michelle Alfano.
Friday March 2
Spring Fling Gala Dinner & Auction
This year’s theme “The Royal Wedding”
Appetizers at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Chef - Philip Leach – Georgian College Culinary Arts Programme Coordinator.
This is a Licenced Event.
Menu - Posted in the foyer and the assembly room *gluten free dessert available.
Tickets – $75 with a $40 tax recpt - Available from Harv Garraway – firstname.lastname@example.org Donate Auction Items – before Feb. 25 – contact Brenda Young - email@example.com or Harv Garraway – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday March 4
This Sunday in Lent our focus will be on the upcoming International Women’s Day.
Youth Inc. meets next on from 7-8:30 p.m. All youth grades 6+ welcome.
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Women’s Spirituality Group – meets next on Wed., Mar. 7 at 7:00 p.m. Angela Kerr will be leading us through a conversation on Affirming Ministry.
Memorial Easter Lilies - The Worship & Music Committee will taking orders for lilies that will be used for display in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday and then can be taken home after that service by the purchaser. A listing of the memorial names will be included in the Easter Sunday bulletin. See us downstairs at coffee hour to order on Mar. 4th, 11th and 18th. Cost is $18 each which includes the tax
March Break Camp - Road Trippin’ is a daily program for ages 5 – 13, where we will ‘travel’ across Canada learning new songs by Canadian artists, create art inspired by some of Canada’s landscapes and landmarks, perform dramas written by Canadian writers, play Canadian created games and learn about the many cultures and communities that make us uniquely Canadian. March 12th- 16th 9 am – 12 pm at Grace United Church. Free Admission, Please Pre-Register. Contact Jeffrey Dale, Youth Ministries Coordinator at Grace United Church: email@example.com(705) 734-0760
United Church Observer - is a great place to get to know what's going on in the larger church and other congregations. 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 your subscription. If you would like to begin a subscription please see Joan Carruthers after the service today or by Mar. 11th.
2018 Church Calendars – are now available from the church office to purchase for $7.
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 - You may have noticed changes in the options given on the front of the envelopes as to how you wish to direct your givings. If you wish clarification about the new format, please see Brenda Young. 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 as it makes it much easier for our office to record your donations for tax receipt purposes to have envelopes, please call 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 has need of boxer shorts and socks for males, as well as towels, sheets and blankets. Vegetable and mushroom soup, pasta & sauces, KD, and canned tomatoes would be greatly welcomed as well. The Barrie Food Bank is looking for any juices, jam, mayonnaise, canned vegetables and toiletries.
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.
Attention Sandwich Artists!!! The Outreach Committee is in need of volunteers to make/ deliver sandwiches to the Busby Street Centre on Wednesdays between 9:00 and 2:00! Each week we require a total of 40 sandwiches. The signup sheet is in the foyer. Thank you! **Find a group of 4 people and do 10 sandwiches each for four weeks!!
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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.
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