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    November 23, 2022

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd, 2022 - I’m Back … after a week without the internet - - - -

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26th, 2022 - Hope United Church, Jazz Vespers … 4:30 - featuring Laura Hubert, Peter Hill and Bob Brough

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27th, 2022 - First Sunday in Advent – join us for morning worship at 10.00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: Raamia fled to Pakistan with her daughter after divorcing her abusive husband in Afghanistan. As a single mother, Raamia made and sold handicrafts to support herself and her daughter. On their way to the city of Lahore, she and her daughter got into an accident. Her daughter was unharmed but Raamia was severely injured resulting in her arm having to be amputated. After the accident, she could not continue working on her handicrafts. Raamia and her daughter were selected to receive cash support from a project by Community World Service Asia, a PWS&D partner. “I was able to buy some food supplies with the money I received,” she said. This project is helping refugee families who have fled Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will meet at 7:00 via Zoom for in depth discussion.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the prayer room at 9:30

COMING UP: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th, 2022 - 3:00 - Reading of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.

NOTE: Debbie Murray will, once again, be organizing refreshments for the Christmas Carol event. Because of the pandemic she is planning to make up “treat” bags. She would appreciate any help with a variety of cookies, squares and scones. Treats must be small and nothing too moist or sticky in order to be safe in the bags. She is requesting that everything must be in the church kitchen by Sunday morning for her to have time to package them. She is also open to cash donations for purchasing some items.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th, 2022 - Advent 3 and Jazz Service

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th, 2022 - 7:30 – Beach Chorale present The Messiah at Kingston Road United Church

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13th, 2022 - 7:30 - Toronto Community Orchestra present a Christmas Concert at Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Avenue. Featuring music from Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Balmages, Anderson, and Royse.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21st, 2022 - Longest night service - 7:30


Outside a second hand shop - We exchange anything – bicycles, washing machines, etc. Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain?

Notice in a health food shop window - Closed, due to illness

Spotted in a safari park: Elephants, please stay in your car.

Seen during a conference: For anyone who has children and doesn’t know it, there is a day care on the 1st floor.

Notice in a farmer’s field: The farmer allows walkers to cross the field for free but the bull charges.

And the last one - Hospitals are sued by 7 foot doctors!!!

Have a good week - MB

    November 10, 2022

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10th, 2022 - “Mix a little foolishness with your prudence, it’s good to be silly at the right moment.”

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, 2022 - REMEMBRANCE DAY – Service at Kew Gardens - parade begins at 10:30 from Corpus Christie Church – service begins at 10:55

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

After worship, we are looking for volunteers to help rake and bag the leaves from our property. Rakes and bags provided.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, 2022 - 3:30 – Toronto Chamber Choir present a concert of music by Heinrich Schutz at the Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street, West. Tickets are $35:00 and are available at the door. Don Anderson, Heather and Michael Brett Crisp are members.

Refreshments following service supplied by George and Susan Kopulos.

MISSION CAPSULE: Village Safe Motherhood Committees are a vital part of PWS&D’s maternal, newborn and child health programming in Malawi. The people who run the committees work tirelessly to ensure that pregnant women and their partners are informed about the community services available to them before, during and after the birth of their child – and why these services are so important. Committee staff advise women to attend check-ups and deliver at a health-care facility, as well as encourage partner participation. They also educate parents about the importance of vaccination and proper nutrition. This is life-saving work for many pregnant women and infants in Malawi.

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS: Pat Fraser; Matt Hiraishi; Jim Olthuis

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will gather for a great discussion at 7:00 via zoom

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather at 9:30 in the prayer room.


Cold Wave linked to temperatures!

Enfield (London) couple slain. Police suspect Homicide

Red tape holds up new bridges….

Man struck by lightning: Faces battery charge.

New study of obesity looks for larger test group.

Astronaut takes blame for gas in spacecraft ..

Kids make nutritious snacks …

After tea break, staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board…

Have a good week - be careful out there MB

    November 3, 2022

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, 2022 - “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune it.”
George Washington Carver

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5th, 2022 - Jazz & Reflection at Beach United – 4:30 – cool jazz – East Coast meets West Coast….featuring The Octakats

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5th, 2022 - Change your clocks

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Gary Lyon preaching

MISSION CAPSULE: The Presbyterian Church in Canada has a long history of mission in nursing and health care in India. For over 150 years, over 250 missionaries have served in this work. Today, the PCC partners with the Graduate School for Nurses which is part of the Christian Medical Association of India. They offer hands-on education for nursing students that promotes and contributes to clinical and professional excellence. Shimy Mathew, Secretary of the Nurses League has asked for prayers “for wisdom to discern God’s will for the institution” in light of the recent challenges the school is facing due to government regulations. We join Shimy in prayer and give thanks for her deep faith in Jesus and for her perseverance.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will gather via Zoom at 7:00

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the prayer room at 9:30


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, 2022 - 3:30 - Toronto Chamber Choir – a concert of music by Heinrich Schutz at the Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street West. Tickets are $35:00 and are available at the door. (Don Anderson, Michael and Heather Brett Crisp are members)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th, 2022 - 3:00 – A Christmas Carol – a reading, at Beaches Presbyterian Church

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th, 2022 - 7:30 - Beach Chorale present The Messiah at Kingston Road United Church. Tickets available from Susan Kopulos or at the door. ( Susan and George Kopulos and Peter McKinnon are members)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13th, 2022 - Toronto Community Orchestra – 7:30 – a concert at East End United Church (formerly Eastminster) Danforth just west of Chester. Including Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Eine Kleine Nachtmusic as well as some Christmas favourites. This is a Free Concert. (Susan Kopulos is a member.)


Something went wrong in Jet Crash, Expert says!!

Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers!!

Panda mating fails; veterinarian takes over …

Miners refuse to work after death …

Juvenile Court to try shooting defendant …

War dims hope for peace …

If strike isn’t settled quickly, it may last awhile …

Advent is coming – be ready … and don’t forget to change your clocks MB

    October 27, 2022

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27th, 2022 - “If ever there is a tomorrow, when we are not together. There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we are apart, I’ll always be with you.”
Winnie the Pooh

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th, 2022 - Historic walk along Queen Street East with Gene Domagala – 1:00 – meet at Beaches Library.

AND Jazz Vespers at Hope United Church – Main & Danforth – 4:30 – featuring Beachside Brass, a variety of jazz, pop, and funk.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – in person please, masks are optional – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: When the war in Ukraine started, Irina’s family was torn apart. Her husband joined the territorial defence force to serve his country, while Irina and their two children sought refuge at her parents house. The sound of bombs exploding nearby made it clear that the situation was still unsafe and Irina was determined to find a safer place for her family. On their way to the evacuation point, bombs started falling on the settlement. Irina was fortunate to see a convoy of cars passing by, which her family hastily joined. Eventually, they were able to catch a train to western Lviv, where they found safe shelter at a refugee centre run by Hungarian Interchurch Aid through the ACT Alliance, supported by PWS&D.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31st, 2022 - HAPPY HALLOWEEN – AND Theology on Tap will gather at 7:00

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the Prayer Room at 9:30.

THE WORD – For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us.

Thanks be to God.


Toilet out of order, please use floor below ..

IN A LAUNDROMATt: Automatic washing machines: please remove all your clothes when the light goes out! ..

IN A LONDON DEPARTMENT STORE: Bargain basement upstairs ..

In AN OFFICE: Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday please bring it back or further steps will be taken ..

ON A LEAFLET: If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons ..

ON A REPAIR SHOP DOOR: We can repair anything. (please knock hard on the door – the bell doesn’t work) ..

MAN KILLS SELF BEFORE SHOOTING WIFE AN DAUGHTER: This was caught in the SGV Tribune and they called the editorial room to ask who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible …. They put a correction in the paper the next day….

Have a good week, be careful, it’s still out there. MB

    October 20, 2022

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20th, 2022 - “Old age is like everything else … to make a success of it you’ve got to start young.” Fred Astaire

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23rd, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – masks optional – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

Refreshments to be provided by Tineka Jorritsma

MISSION CAPSULE: The importance of elders who serve in congregational leadership is often understated. But the Bible describes elders as playing a very important role – they are leaders that Christ has appointed to oversee the church. Elders are at the heart of Cariboo Presbyterian House Church Mission in British Columbia, continually providing prayer, comfort and support to the congregation and community. The authentic and humble ways in which the elders live out their faith is a compelling testimony and example for other members. Their wisdom teaches about God’s deep love and purpose for their lives. Presbyterians Sharing … supports congregations serving remote communities.

WORD PUZZLE - What is the meaning of the word “Derecho” - 1. A musical term meaning “to repeat”,
2. unusually chatty 3. An echo that keeps repeating 4. A damaging windstorm 5. Flexible


MONDAY, OCTOBER 24th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will gather via Zoom at 7:00

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the prayer room at 9:30

Sunday, October 23rd, is the anniversary of Chanie Wenjack, who died of hunger and exposure in 1966 after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School, which the Presbyterian Church in Canada operated. We pray for Survivors and all those who carry deep pain and trauma from that experience.

WORD PUZZLE. The correct response is #4. A damaging windstorm. The full definition is “a line of intense, widespread, and fast moving windstorms and sometimes thunderstorms, that moves across a great distance and is characterized by damaging winds.”


The “na na na” and “la la la” which don’t really have any meaning in the lyrics of any song, are called vocables.

When you combine an exclamation mark with a question mark ( ?! ) it is referred to as an interrobang.

The armhole in clothes, where the sleeves are sewn, is called armscye.

The condition of finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning is called dysania.

Illegible hand writing is called griffonage.

The dot over an “I” or a “j” is called a tittle.


Have a good week. MB

    October 13, 2022

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13th, 2022 - “All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.” Henry Miller

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14th, 2022 - Councillor Candidates Meeting for Beaches East York – Hope United Church, Main & Danforth 7:00 pm

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16th, 2022 - Councillor Candidates Meeting for Beaches East York – Kingston Road United Church, 7:00 pm – Moderated by Alan Carter of Global News.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Masks optional – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

Refreshments offered by Sheila MacDonald and Marlene Barnett …..

A reminder - the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon will be happening this Sunday morning. If you are commuting to the church please note that Queen Street East, the Gardiner and parts of Lakeshore will be closed to cars.

MISSION CAPSULE: In Pakistan, after repeated and prolonged droughts, Rano and her husband, Jeevo, were left with land that was unable to produce a harvest. As they were contending with worries about how they would feed their family, the situation turned worse when Jeevo’s mother died, and they had to take on significant debt in order to pay for the funeral expenses. Jeevo went to Karachi to work, while Rano purchased food and necessities for the family on credit. Unfortunately, Jeevo’s earnings were only enough to pay their debt and nothing else. Things finally improved when Rano and Jeevo’s family were selected to be part of a PWS&D food assistance project, where they received food packages of oil, wheat, rice, sugar, tea and salt. As a church our Christian response to hunger is put into action through PWS&D and Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will gather at 7:00 via Zoom

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the prayer room at 9:30

A LITTLE HISTORY: Several years ago the congregation would take on a Lenten Project, oddly enough, during Lent. The painting at the front of the sanctuary was one of those projects. Every Sunday the board would be set up at the front of the sanctuary with a good supply of paints and brushes and everyone was invited to paint one of the taped off areas to represent a prayer. It took many Sundays and finally, when completed, Tim removed all the tape to reveal the white lines. One of the things that the event accomplished was to make us a little more aware of our prayers and how we imagine them.

Please keep in mind our Pantry at the Glen Manor entrance.


The cry of a new born is called a vagitus.

The prongs on a fork are called tines.

The tiny plastic table placed in the middle of a pizza box is called a box tent.

The day after tomorrow is called overmorrow.

Your tiny toe or finger is called minimus

The wired cage that holds the cork in a bottle of champagne is called an agraffe.

So there!

Have a good week, come to Church it’s better when we are together. MB

    October 5, 2022

OCTOBER 6th, 2022 - “Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you have to start young.”
Fred Astaire

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9th, 2022 - Join us for morning Jazz worship at 10 – masks are optional. We will celebrate communion. Refreshments will be served following worship.



The first I heard of the Boarding Homes Ministry was when Rev. Rodger Hunter came to Beaches to speak about it. There was one part of his talk that stuck with me. He said the people who live in these homes are some of the most forgotten people in our society. I joined the group that very Sunday.

We were assigned to a home on Edgewood Ave in the Beach. With some guidance from Rodger we showed up with snacks and sat in a common room of the home. It was awkward at first. Only 2 or 3 would show up and they didn’t really want to talk. As time passed friendship and trust set in and the guys welcomed our arrival and more came to join us. One of the residents who was the most quiet was the one who would open the door to let us in with a big smile on his face. I’m not sure if it was all the cookies we consumed but we had some lively discussions. We talked about everything - current events, sports, religion. In some cases they shared very personal stories and some of those were heartbreaking. We weren’t there to counsel, just to listen and offer prayers.

One important aspect of our visits was music. After some chatting and a few snacks the guitar and songbooks would come out. This is part of the ministry I miss the most. I had put together my own songbook filled with a mix of uplifting pop and gospel songs. These songs brought a positive energy into the room. Not all the men would sing along, some would sit quietly and read the lyrics. Once in awhile the music would draw out one of the staff members who would sit and join us. I was always glad when they took part as I’m sure their job was not easy.

As a religious based group the gospel was also part of our discussions and of course a big part of the music. I never felt we were there to proselytize but we certainly had many talks about religion. I wanted to hear about their own experiences with the church if they had any and we would share our own. We ended every visit with a prayer and they were always respectful of that whether they believed or not. Those moments of prayer were some of the most deeply felt I have ever experienced.

Our church team and two homes as Edgewood was sold and the residents scattered to live at other homes. That was deeply saddening as we had developed a real bond with the guys there. So we made new friends at the home on Enderby Ave. It took a bit longer to connect at this home as it was larger and the guys mostly stayed in their rooms. Not sure if it was the snacks, the music or just curiosity but they slowly emerged to join us. Our experiences were very similar at this home. Friendships were made, prayers were said, songs were sung, snacks were consumed and topics were discussed. We also had a lot of laughs which is also important.

The other aspect of this ministry that should be mentioned was how it brought together the members of our congregation who were involved. We had a fantastic team and I think we will always miss being together as part of this group. I don’t know yet what type of service the Lord has planned for me in the future but I will be forever thankful that I was steered towards this one.

Respectfully submitted, your brother in Christ. Tim Murray

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10th, 2022 - Theology on Tap usually meets at 7:00 via Zoom but as this is a holiday I am not sure.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11th, 2022 - Funeral Service for Stephen vonGemmingen at 11:30

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather at 9:30 in the Prayer Room.


Winston Churchill was born in a ladies room during a dance.

Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur.

On average, in your lifetime you will spend approximately six months waiting at red lights.

It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Leonardo DaVinci invented scissors.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

Happy Thanksgiving - MB

    September 30, 2022

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th, 2022 - “I handed in a script last year and the studio didn’t change one word. The word they didn’t change was on page 87.” Steve Martin

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st, 2022 - Jazz & Reflection at Beach United Church – 4:30 – featuring Jane Bunnett and Danae Olano

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th, 2022 – 6:00 – 9:00 / SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st, 2022 - 10:00 – 3:00 - Beach Guild of Fine Art Show and Sale at Beach United Church.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2nd, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – masks are optional – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading. Blessing of animals – in person or photos.

MISSION CAPSULE: After Mikabens’s first birthday in Haiti, his health began to deteriorate rapidly, showing signs of severe malnutrition. His parents brought him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition and was admitted for therapeutic nutrition treatment. He has since gained close to two kilograms and will shortly be able to return home. PWS&D along with Partners in Health and Canadian Foodgrains Bank is helping many young children in Haiti overcome critical malnutrition.

A LITTLE BEACHES HISTORY. Approximately 20-22 years ago, a young Korean woman contacted libraries, churches etc all over the world to put in place a movement which would encourage children to draw pictures telling what they thought about the world, about God, about what they wanted to be when they grew up. Each child was to draw on an 8” x 11” paper. These drawing were submitted and reduced in size to about four inches square and mounted on wood. The end result was a display at the United Nations in New York City. Mary Rae Shantz was part of our Sunday School at the time and she had our children submit their drawings. I happened to be in New York and went to see the display. It was something I will never forget. Thousands of drawings from almost every country. Canada submitted a great number. The children’s messages were full of hope for the future. My friend and I thought we would spend perhaps an hour, but we couldn’t stop looking at them all and were there for many hours. I found the drawings that our Beaches children had submitted – and that was exciting to see.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3rd, 2022 - Theology on Tap will gather at 7:00 via Zoom

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the prayer room at 9:30.



Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Typewriter is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: abstemious and facetious

There are more chickens than people in the world.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

The words ‘racecar’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

The sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.

Have a good week MB

    September 22, 2022

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2022 - “Never look down on anybody, unless you are helping him up.” Jesse Jackson

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 - in person – masks can be worn or not, it’s up to you and your comfort level - Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.


Word game: “Voldemorting”

Which one of these is the correct definition: 1. To avoid using a name or word. 2. A type of wild boar. 3. To cast a spell on someone. 4. Hunting for voldemorts. 5. Writing in code.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will gather via Zoom at 7:00

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the prayer room at 9:30

COMING UP: Thanksgiving Sunday – Jazz Service

Beaches is happy to be taking part in the Toronto Little Free Pantries Project. At the front of the building along Glen Manor there is a wooden pantry where you can donate any non-perishable food items for people in need in our community.

The answer to the word game is #1. To avoid using a name or word.


I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me

This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore

When chemists die, they barium

I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can’t put it down

I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

Velcro – what a rip off!

What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus

Broken pencils are pointless

Have a good week - MB

    September 15, 2022

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th, 2022 - “A woman is like a teabag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th, 2022 - Beach Studio Tour Show and Sale, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm featuring 13 Artists and Artisans.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – in person – there is lots of room – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

Last Sunday’s pot luck luncheon was a big success – it was nice to see people going from table to table visiting and catching up with each other. A great start.

Hospitality - Susan and George Kopulos will be hosting this week.

MISSION CAPSULE: Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) works to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities. John, who had a limb amputated when he was younger, is a participant in a livelihoods program at the Garu Community Based Rehabilitation Centre. As a participant, John was able to attend a workshop on vegetable production. “I can’t thank the program and their partners, like PWS&D enough. I can produce enough food now to feed myself and my family because of the training and the seed that I received from the program. Thankfully, the training and the seed I received came at the right time and has proven to be the game-changer. Thank you so much for the timely intervention” shared John. This livelihoods program with the Garu Community Based Rehabilitation Centre is supported by PWS&D through the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.

NOTE: Beaches is looking to replace our weed-eater. Ours is old and broken – does anyone happen to have an old one that they would like to donate to help with property upkeep? …

A STORY: While watching many hours of the coverage of the Queen this week, I saw an interview with one of her photographers who has been with her for many years. The event took place at Balmoral and as it has been open to tourists for some time, on one of those days this happened. An American couple were there with other tourists and happened – by mistake – to wander into the flower garden. The Queen happened to be there along with the photographer. The photographer had left her alone to enjoy the garden when he noticed the couple approaching her. The man walked up to her and commented on what a great estate this was and how pleased they were to be in Scotland and how they were not expecting it to be so beautiful. While he rambled on, a staff member witnessed this and quickly came along to stand beside the Queen. The American handed her his cell phone and asked if she would take their picture, which she did, and then took hers. Then he said, “is it true the Queen lives here”? She said yes, and he said “have you ever met her?” She replied, “no, but he has!” The couple left and the staff member said to the Queen and the photographer, “I would like to be a fly on the wall when they go home and show these pictures and someone tells them that it was the Queen.”

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will gather at 7:00 via Zoom.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather at 9:30 in the prayer room.

COMING UP - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2nd, 2022 - Blessing of Animals…. (if you wish you can bring a photograph of your pet)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9th, 2022 - Jazz Service


One nice thing about egoists is they don’t talk about other people.

If one synchronised swimmer drowns, do the rest drown too?

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Would a fly without wings be called a walk?

If a turtle doesn’t have a shell – is it homeless or naked?

Is there another word for synonym?

If a deaf child signs swear words does it’s mother wash it’s hands with soap?

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

I went into a book shop and asked where the help section was. The saleswoman said, if I told you it would defeat the purpose.

Have a good week MB

    September 9, 2022

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th , 2022 - “When someone is impatient, and says, “I haven’t got all day,” I always wonder, how can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading. We will celebrate communion. If you are choosing to stay at home and join by Zoom, have at the ready some bread and wine/juice.

Following service we will be gathering for a Welcome Back Pot Luck Lunch – do plan to be there and bring something to share.

MISSION CAPSULE: Inspired by the early apostles, the Rev. Mike Veenema launched REACH, a ministry that takes place on the streets, screens, homes and public institutions of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. REACH focuses on gathering people to worship and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Central to this ministry is Mike's willingness to go out and draw people together in worship where they are. As the Rev. Mike himself described, “whether they are in custody, in long-term care, struggling on the streets, or in their homes, I go to where they are.” Mike receives coaching and training support through Cyclical PCC, a church-planting initiative that is supported by gifts to Presbyterians Sharing

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will get together via Zoom at 7:00 - the new book is Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the Prayer Room at 9:30

PLAN AHEAD: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th, 2022 - Music for the Soul at Beach United 4:30 – 5:00 featuring Rebekah Hawker with Michael Eckert.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th, 2022 - Terry Fox Run Beaches – Register 8:30 Start 9:00

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th & 18th, 2022 - Beach Studio Tour featuring 13 artists and artisans. 11:00 - 6:00
Info –


Marathon runners with bad shoes suffer the agony of de feet.

If you ever get locked out of your house, talk to your lock calmly, because communication is key.

Diet tip: eat food off other people’s plates. Those are their calories – they don’t count.

I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

I changed my ipod’s name to titanic. It’s syncing now.

They told me I had type A blood, but it was a typo.

I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

Venison for dinner again? Oh deer.

Why is there an expiry date on sour cream?

Whose cruel idea was it for the word ‘lisp’ to have an ’s’ in it.

Have a good week - MB

    September 2, 2022

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd, 2022 - “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” -- Winston Churchill


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – do come in person – Cole Kim leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: Vanea is 15 years old and lives in Malawi with her parents and four siblings. When Vanea finished primary school, she wrote an entrance exam for secondary school and was selected to attend the Neno Girls School, supported by the PCC through PWS&D. Sadly, Vanea’s parents could not afford the school fees and she was forced to withdraw. PWS&D recognizes the importance of education for young girls to achieve their dreams and gain self-confidence. PWS&D provides scholarships for orphans and vulnerable girls in Malawi to attend the Neno Girls School, who otherwise could not afford to due to financial constraints. Vanea was one of the students selected for this scholarship and is now completing her high school education.

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS - Sheila MacDonald, Jackie Ogier and Emma Kraay

JUST BECAUSE: I was on Queen Street this week and noticed all the empty stores – sad – AND the barbershop just east of Waverley on the north side, that has been boarded up for many years, is finally gone and work is being done.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will NOT be meeting this week. BUT - the group will be gathering again on September 12th via Zoom. M.J. will be joining in from Nova Scotia. We will be reading the book “Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean.” There are still a couple of people who have not picked up a copy – I will leave them with Erin. M.J.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather at 9:30 in the prayer room


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th, 2022 - Welcome back Potluck Lunch.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2nd, 2022 - Blessing of Animals service

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9th, 2022 - Jazz Service


The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption!

If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?

Don’t join dangerous cults: Practice safe sects.

The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

No matter how much you push the envelope, it’s still stationery.

Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

Atheism is a non-prophet organization!!

Have a good week MB

    August 25, 2022

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25th, 2022 - “Let a smile be your umbrella and you’ll end up with a face full of rain!” George Carlin

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – come in person – Cole Kim preaching.

MISSION CAPSULE: The Respite Ministry of St. Columba – a parish of the Presbyterian Church of Mauritius – supports families who care for people with intellectual and physical challenges by giving guardians and family members an opportunity to have a break while trained volunteers help take care of their children or dependents. Presbyterians Sharing … supported renovations to make the parish more accessible, including modifying washrooms and installing ramps where there were only stairs. The Rev. Rodney Curpanen of St. Columba shared, “We are very grateful for the support extended to us by the Presbyterian Church in Canada that enriches and heightens our hospitality ministries to strangers, poor, needy and marginalized. Thank you for your partnership.”

Anyone ever used the word “Spuddle”? It could be –
1. A wonky lawn mower wheel.
2. To work ineffectively.
3. A slang word for insomnia
4. To spin your wheels on wet ground.
5. To weave on a loom.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31st, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the prayer room at 9:30

We are happy to be taking part in the Toronto Little Free Pantries Project. There is a beautiful wooden pantry on Glen Manor at our front door. You can donate any non-perishable food items for the community.

Spuddle - the correct answer is #2 – to work ineffectively, or to be extremely busy while achieving absolutely nothing…


Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

When you’ve seen one shopping centre you’ve seen a mall.

If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine.

When she saw her first strands of grey hair, she thought she’d dye.

Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.

Acupuncture: a jab well done.

Marathon runners with bad shoes suffer the agony of de feet.

Have a good week - MB

    August 18, 2022

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18th, 2022 - “Somebody has to do something, and it’s just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us”
Jerry Garcia

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading….

MISSION CAPSULE: When the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August 2021, an atmosphere of uncertainty prevailed. Among the many issues that have surfaced since the Taliban takeover are rapidly spreading hunger and restrictions to education. International sanctions on the Taliban make it challenging to provide assistance in Afghanistan. When possible, PWS&D provide emergency food assistance with the support of other members of Canadian Foodgrains Bank PWS&D’s partner in Afghanistan has also established 12 education centres to safely support students while restrictions on education are in place.

MONDAY, Theology on Tap …….will not be meeting again until Monday, September 12th, 2022

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather at 9:30 in the Prayer Room …

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21ST – TO SUNDAY AUGUST 27th, 2022 - Presbyterian Music Camp will meet this year after a Covid break.
This is their 50th Anniversary - and a good time will be had by all

More Moron the same theme:

The guy who fell onto in upholstery machine was fully recovered.

A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France resulted in Linoleum Blownapart.

You are stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.

He broke into song because he couldn’t find the key.

A calendar’s days are numbered.

A lot of money is tainted: ‘Taint yours, and ‘taint mine.

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

The short fortune teller who escaped from prison: a small medium at large.

Have a good week - MB

    August 12, 2022

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12th, 2022 - “Moving fast is not the same as going somewhere.” Robert Anthony

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13th, 2022 - 11:00 am – 10:00 pm – Wheels on the Danforth Street Festival. Danforth Avenue and Danforth Road. Lots of entertainment, vendors, food, buskers, lots of wheels. In support of Wounded Warriors Canada

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – do join in person – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading. We will celebrate communion.

MISSION CAPSULE: The Raw Carrot Soup Enterprise is a growing social enterprise that is doing so much more than making soup - it is changing lives by employing individuals living with disabilities and mental illness. Meagan is one of the many people who have found meaningful employment at the Raw Carrot. Her work has helped her to gain confidence and skills and to feel proud of who she is and what she can contribute. Meagan is a huge Raw Carrot fan, as she put it, “The world should have more Raw Carrots, not just because they have good soup, but because it’s a good place to work.” With support from Presbyterians Sharing … The Raw Carrot is transforming lives.

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS - Bruce Dinsmore; Bill vanZanden, Lori Gemmell

MONDAY, AUGUST 13th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will gather via Zoom at 7:00

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the Prayer Room at 9:30

NOTE: Cole Kim, our student, will be leaving us the beginning of September. He has been reassigned to another church. We wish him well with his studies and his future. Before he leaves us he will be preaching while Katherine is on vacation.

FARMERS MARKET at Fairmont Park – Wednesday’s 3:30 – 7:00 – celebrate local food – market runs until October 6th, 2022.

OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHTS at Kew Gardens – Wednesdays from sunset to 11:00 -


A bicycle can’t stand alone - it is two tired.

A will is a dead giveaway –

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana –

A backward poet writes inverse –

In a democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism, it’s your Count that votes –

A chicken crossing the road – poultry in motion –

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress -

When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds -

Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I’ll show you A-flat minor.

Have a good week - MB

    August 4, 2022

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4th, 2022 - “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” The Dali Lama

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5TH, SATURDAY AUGUST 6th, 2022 - Riverdale Art Show & Sale at Saint Barnabas Anglican Church, 361 Danforth Ave. Friday 6:00 – 9:00, Saturday 11:00 – 6:00 – art works by local artists.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – do come in person – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: Conflicts in Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan and, most recently, Ukraine have caused mass displacement of millions of people. As a result, many struggle to make ends meet and severely lack food, causing some to experience extreme hunger and malnutrition. Through PWS&D the church is responding to these urgent needs. In Syria, food baskets are provided to internally displaced people and their host communities. In Yemen, local partners supply food vouchers to help the most vulnerable families meet their basic needs. In response to the war in Ukraine, food assistance is being provided to those displaced in the country as well as to those who have fled to neighbouring countries. This emergency food assistance is done in collaboration with its ecumenical partners at Canadian Foodgrains Bank, where funds are matched.

MONDAY, AUGUST 8th, 2022 - Theology on Tap gather at 7:00 via Zoom

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group gather in the prayer room at 9:30

NOTE: Please keep our “Little Free Pantries Project” in mind – this morning it was completely empty. It is attracting community attention and local residents have been participating quite regularly. You can donate any non-perishable food items for people in need.

AND - Please keep our declining financial position in mind. Throughout COVID and the many months when we did not come to church in person our weekly givings dropped drastically. We are now in a position of playing catch up.


TOOTHACHE - The pain that drives you to extraction

TOMORROW - One of the greatest labour saving devices of today

YAWN - An honest opinion openly expressed

WRINKLES - Something other people have, similar to my character lines

Have a good week MB

    July 28, 2022

THURSDAY, JULY 28th, 2022 - “ It is possible to fill the mind with millions of facts and still be entirely uneducated.”
Alec Bourne

SUNDAY, JULY 31st, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – in person please – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

SUNDAY, JULY 31st, 2022 - Jim and Arvilla are welcoming people from Beaches to an “open back yard” from 2:00 – 4:00 this afternoon. This is to celebrate Jim’s new book – they are 204 Ashdale Avenue, just south of Gerrard & the public library on the north west corner. …. East of Coxwell.

MISSION CAPSULE: God has done amazing things at Montreal West Presbyterian Church in Quebec! Over the past few years, with support from Presbyterians Sharing … the church has transitioned into a thriving multicultural ministry filled with energy and hope. Though the congregation has already done much good work in bringing a new vision and vitality to the church, they aren’t stopping there. They have their sights set to the future, wholeheartedly embracing youth ministry and seeing and treating their youth as the leaders of tomorrow. This new focus on youth ministry has youth participating in all levels of governance and worship leadership and the transformation continues.


Session Position and Plans for Hybrid Worship at Beaches.
Over the past couple of months we have received communications from members of the congregation expressing some dissatisfaction with the experience of the Sunday morning worship both from the standpoint of those attending remotely and those attending in person. Session has spent a lot of time discussing and grappling with the various issues involved and it seemed right to share our current position and plans with the congregation along with some of the thinking behind it.

When the pandemic hit we took the position that we would offer Sunday worship in a way that was accessible to as many of the congregation as possible as lockdown restricted not only our ability to gather, but also to travel outside our homes. For this reason we started simply using a conference call facility. As other remote meeting options became more familiar and available we moved to a Zoom service, with music prepared and recorded beforehand for the services, but with readings and the sermon in real time so as to emphasise the ability of all to participate, rather than to just view proceedings. We even instituted virtual breakout rooms so as to maintain contact among those who joined in with worship. As time went on the slide show presentation evolved so that the virtual experience was enhanced. Many people contributed to this effort and it proved very successful.

We now find ourselves in a very different situation. While the pandemic is not done, most of the restrictions to travelling and meeting have been removed. The focus of official public health guidance is on individuals taking actions to reduce their risk of serious symptoms by maintaining an up-to-date vaccination status and their risk of infection by masking or avoiding crowded spaces, especially if indoors. Many in the congregation miss the fellowship associated with worshipping and meeting in-person. The hybrid services endeavour to provide meaningful, in-person worship for those wishing to return to the Sanctuary while providing the option to continue remote participation for those who deem in-person worship too risky or difficult attend. The recent concerns have highlighted some of the shortcomings in our current approach necessitated by the compromise between the two options.

At the current stage of the pandemic, Session is determined to remain consistent with all public health guidelines as well as to maintain the principal of reaching as many members as possible. Our aim is to move forward now to emphasise in-person worship on a Sunday while still maintaining the option for remote participation. We want to demonstrate the activity and vitality of the congregation to our neighbouring community as well as to ourselves. Our approach is necessarily constrained by our ability as a small congregation to resource all that we would like to do; a small number of individuals have kept our virtual and hybrid services going for over 2 years and requests for others to help out have yielded only limited response.

Given the nature of the pandemic, Session has chosen to take a phased approach to in-person Sunday Worship and to assess the results of each phase prior to moving to the next. As well, while we are planning for the future, in the event of a significant change in the public health situation we will pivot to a “Plan B”.

For this next phase Session is not making any changes to our policy concerning vaccination or masking (both strongly encouraged), as well, the Sanctuary will continue to be marked off for social distancing and ventilation maximised by the use of open doors and windows. What we will do is:

  • Use the screen in the Sanctuary to broadcast the faces of the Zoom participants to those present in-person
  • Encourage all elders and most especially the Duty Elder for that month, to be present in the Sanctuary
  • Encourage all those reading in the service to be present in the Sanctuary (this is not intended to exclude any who make the decision to attend via Zoom). If reading remotely we request that the individual’s camera be turned on so that all can fully participate in the shared experience.
  • Sing hymns live in the Sanctuary
  • Have coffee available before the start of the Sunday service and refreshments afterwards for enjoying during fellowship inside or outside the church
  • Plan for the choir to return to in-person performing after Labour Day
  • Plan for a post-worship brunch for the first Sunday after Labour Day
  • Plan for a possible blessing of the pets service
  • Plan for a Thanksgiving pot-luck in association with donations for our little pantry

As always, Session welcomes your feedback. Michael Brett, Clerk of Session

MONDAY, AUGUST 8st, 2022 - Monday at 7.00,

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST, 3rd, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the prayer room at 9:30

NOTE: please keep in mind our Community Pantry at our front steps. There is lots of activity so far.


MOSQUITO - An insect that makes you like flies better

RAISIN - A grape with a sunburn

SECRET - Something you tell to one person at a time

SKELETON - A bunch of bones with the person scraped o

Have a good week - come to church - MB

    July 21, 2022

THURSDAY, JULY 21st, 2022 - “Christianity is about helping others and controlling yourself. When it becomes about controlling others and helping yourself, it ain’t Christianity. Anonymous

THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, JULY 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 2022 - Beaches Jazz Festival – Streetfest.

SUNDAY, JULY 24th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship, in person please, at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: In Afghanistan, Samaaneh was born with a form of muscle paralysis that affects one side of the body. Her father worked as a teacher and earned enough money to support his wife and three children, and also pay for Samaaneh’s physiotherapy. After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the family fled to Pakistan. While they were able to find refuge in a cramped one bedroom house, Samaaneh’s father couldn’t find work and the family had very little access to financial resources. Through PWS&D in collaboration with ACT Alliance, Samaneh’s family received financial assistance to help with purchasing essential items. Samaaneh’s father has used some of the money to arrange for his daughter to have physiotherapy as well.

NOTE: Elizabeth Adam has stepped up to organize after service refreshments once again. This Sunday will be the first Sunday it will be in place….

MONDAY, JULY 25th, 2022 – Theology on Tap will gather at 7:00

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather at 9:30 in the prayer room.

SUNDAY, JULY 31st, 2022 - Jim Olthuis has published a new book and to celebrate this event, Jim and Arvilla will be welcoming people to an “open back yard” on Sunday afternoon 2:00 – 5:00. If you are interested please join in, have a drink and some conversation – and of course Jim will have some copies of his book available at a good price. They live at 204 Ashdale Avenue, south of Gerrard west of Coxwell. Look for the library at Ashdale & Gerrard.


ADULT - A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle

BEAUTY PARLOUR - A place where women curl up and dye

CHICKENS - The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead

COMMITTEE - A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours

DUST - Mud with the juice squeezed out

EGOTIST - Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation

INFLATION - Cutting money in half without damaging the paper

Have a good week - come to church - MB

    July 14, 2022

THURSDAY, JULY 14th, 2022 - “The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong.”
David Letterman

SATURDAY, JULY 16th, 2022 - Blues Festival at East York Civic Centre, 12 noon – 9:00 pm – music, food, beverages, artisan tables

SUNDAY, JULY 17th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship, in person please – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHTS – in Kew Gardens – Wednesdays – from sunset to 11:00 - info

MISSION CAPSULE: “We left our home after a severe drought destroyed our crops and caused us to lose all of our livestock,” shared Hodan Hassan, who lives with her husband and their three children in Somalia. As a result of not having enough food, Hodan’s 14 month old child Suheyb became severely malnourished. When a community nutrition worker performed a home visit and screened Suheyb and his siblings for malnutrition, it was confirmed that his life was in danger and that he needed immediate treatment. Two weeks after enrolling in an outpatient program that provided therapeutic nutrition support, Suheyb’s weight was healthier. “I am very happy to see my child’s health improve,” expressed Hodan. This project is supported by PWS&D in partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

MONDAY, JULY 18th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will gather at 7:00 via zoom

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather at 9:30 in the prayer room


SUNDAY, JULY 24TH, 2022 - Lost Pilgrims will be leading worship at Fallingbrook Presbyterian – service 10:30

NOTE: In front of our ramp on Glen Manor is a new “box” to house food and other items for community outreach. This is a good way to let the community know that we are still here, open and ready to serve. I looked at it this week and it was empty. It seems not much stays in it for very long.

MORE Strenuous exercise ….

Balancing the books
Running around in circles
Blowing your own horn
Climbing the ladder of success
Pulling out all the stops
Adding fuel to the fire
Putting your food in your mouth

Have a good week - MB

    June 23, 2022

THURSDAY, JUNE 23rd, 2022 - “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

FRIDAY, JUNE 24th, 2022 - ENLIVENED – A Service of worship celebrating Pride….8:30pm ADT / 7:30pm EDT Zoom link:

SATURDAY, JUNE 25th, 2022 – Historic Walk with Gene Domagala – 1:00 meet at the N/W corner of Woodbine and Queen near the fire station and continue along Queen to the Ashbridge Estate.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 in person or via Zoom. Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: In Malawi, Winson is the sole guardian of his 11 year old grandson, Emmanuel. Emmanuel who is HIV positive was often sick in the first nine years of his life despite being on antiretroviral drugs to treat his HIV status. One day, Winson attended a workshop on making backyard gardens, where he learned how these gardens can improve nutrition. Inspired Winson planted his own backyard garden with various vegetables. The garden has not only improved his family’s diet but has also become a source of income. Now, Emmanuel is not getting sick as often as he used to. This project, providing assistance to vulnerable children and their caregivers, is supported through the church by PWS&D.

FOR FUN: A church was celebrating it’s 100th anniversary and several former pastors and the bishop were in attendance. At one point the minister had the children gather at the altar for a talk about the importance of the day. He began by asking, “Does anyone know what the bishop does?” There was silence. Finally, one little boy answered – “He’s the one you can move diagonally.”

MONDAY, JUNE 27th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will gather via Zoom at 7:00.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather at 9:30 in the prayer room.

Strenuous activities without physical effort:

- Beating around the bush

- Jumping to conclusions

- Climbing the wall

- Swallowing your pride

- Passing the buck

- Throwing your weight around

- Dragging your heels

- Pushing your luck

- Making mountains out of molehills

- Hitting the nail on the head

- Bending over backwards

- Jumping on the bandwagon

Have a good week - I will be away … MB

    June 17, 2022

FRIDAY, JUNE 17th, 2022 - “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”
Bertrand Russell

SUNDAY, JUNE 19th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 in person or via Zoom – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading. If you come in person you can check out our new front steps.

MISSION CAPSULE: Evangel Hall Mission, a mission of the Presbytery of East Toronto, offers welcome, sanctuary and hope to people experiencing homelessness and poverty and struggling with mental health and additions. A recent initiative of the mission if the Peer Worker Program. Employed by Evangel Hall Mission, peer workers are living role models. They share their own struggles and journeys and act as bridges to help others access Evangel Hall’s community resources. It is through gifts to Presbyterian Sharing … that peer workers are able to share and inspire hope.

COMING UP: JUNE 26th, 2022 - Stewardship Sunday AND coffee hour to resume in the narthex.

MONDAY, JUNE 20th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will gather at 7:00

Wednesday, JUNE 22nd, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the prayer room at 9:30


Kara Walton, of Claymont, Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Evan though Ms Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the cover charge of $3.50. The Jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000. and dental expenses.!!

This year’s runaway First Place Stella award winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma who purchased a new 32 foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home from an OU football game, having driven onto the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich.

Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also, not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually leave the driver’s seat while the cruise control was set. The jury awarded her $1,750,000. PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.

Have a good week - MB

    June 10, 2022

FRIDAY, JUNE 10th, 2022 - “Don’t give up on your dreams. If cauliflower can be pizza and zucchini can be noodles, then you too can be anything you want”

SUNDAY, JUNE 12th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – in person, masked, or on Zoom. Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: In the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in August 2021, PWS&D responded through the ACT Alliance. The emergency response supported 400 families in rebuilding their homes. This response was modeled after successful rebuilding projects following Hurricane Matthew in 2016. In addition, non-food items, including shelter and hygiene kits, were provided for 1500 families, nutritious food for 1300 families and agricultural support and supplies for 500 farmers. Community leaders and local volunteers also learned about community based humanitarian action when confronting a crisis. This knowledge sharing is meant to ensure that when future disasters happen, communities will know how to implement an effective response.

NOTE: Beaches is happy to be taking part in the Toronto Little Free Pantries Project. At the front of the building along Glen Manor by the ramp, there is a beautiful wooden pantry where you can donate any non-perishable food item for people in need in the community.

MONDAY, JUNE 13th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will be meeting on the Balmy Beach Club Patio to discuss “The Covid Collection” I will provide a list of those titles we have read on Zoom since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. We will also need to make a few decisions.

Last summer and the summer before we continued to meet on Zoom because people could not go places and in many cases were isolated. This year things are different. Many of our members have travel plans and will be spending multiple weeks away. Should we continue to meet through the summer months, or should we postpone reading Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean until September 12th?? If you are unable to attend next Monday, please let either Erin Sclisizzi or M.J.Perry know your views on what we should do during the summer. Thanks. M.J. PERRY

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the prayer room at 9:30


Jerry Williams of Little Rock Arkansas, garnered 4th place in the Stella’s when he was awarded $14,500. Plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbours beagle – even though the beagle was on a chain in it’s owner’s fenced yard. Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun.

Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania wins third place because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500. after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor; Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.!!!

Have a good week - MB

    June 3, 2022

FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd. 2022 - Ho Hum here we go again, another ford years……..

SUNDAY, JUNE 5th, 2022 - D-Day Parade and Memorial Service at St. John’s Norway. Parade begins at 1:00 at Norway Public School – marching along Kingston Road to St. John’s Cemetery.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – in person or on Zoom - Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading. This will be a special kind of service with music and readings.

MISSION CAPSULE: The Central Alberta Shared Ministry initiative is a collaborative partnership that enables support and resource sharing between Knox Presbyterian Church and West Park Presbyterian Church in Red Deer and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Innisfail. Together the three congregations are embarking on a journey of education about congregational vitality and are developing plans to renew their ministries. The aim of the partnership is to support one another as they work towards congregational health. Once the Shared Ministry has attained stability, the partnership will welcome a new congregation. It is through gifts to Presbyterians Sharing … that the Presbytery of Central Alberta is able to experiment with this model of ministry.

JUNE BIRTHDAYS - - Jay Stryker, Rosemary Brett-Horn, Pam Williamson, Alexander Murray, Julian Anderson Bowes, Kevin McCloskey

I was reading about Toronto’s early days this morning and came across this information. In 1901 yearly building permits amounted to 3.5 million and by 1909 they had risen to 18 million. Interesting …..

MONDAY, JUNE 6th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will gather via Zoom at 7:00

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the prayer room at 9:30

The latest “Stella Awards”

For those of you who are unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81 year old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and sued McDonalds where she purchased the coffee. You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. These were awards for the most outlandish lawsuits in the U.S.

SEVENTH PLACE: Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.

SIXTH PLACE: Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbour ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn’t notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal the hubcaps.

FIFTH PLACE: Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn’t re-enter the house the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut.
Forced to sit for eight days and survive on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner’s insurance company claiming undue mental anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish.

Enjoy the week - MB

    May 27, 2022

FRIDAY, MAY 27th, 2022 - “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” Arthur Rubinstein

AND – “The Flame Eternal.” A musical meditation for “Peace, Love and Understanding” at Kingston Road United Church – 7:30 pm – Written and produced by guitarist Mark Battenberg and featuring flute, cello and violin. This is a free event. Please bring non-perishable food items for the food bank and please wear a mask.

SUNDAY, MAY 29th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – in person, masked or on Zoom. Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: In Ghana, 25 year old Dominic Anane was born with a congenital hearing disability. Like many in Ghana who have disabilities, Dominic was discriminated against. His family and community denied him formal education as a result of negative cultural attitudes associated with his disability. One day, Dominic was identified during a survey by a community based rehabilitation staff member and enrolled in a program where he was provided with a sewing machine and vocational training in tailoring and dressmaking. Today Dominic has established his own business and makes dresses for customer s in his community. Dominic expressed his gratitude “I feel privileged to have benefitted from the community based program, which has truly made my life meaningful.” This livelihood program is supported by the church through PWS&D.

MONDAY, MAY 30th, 2022 - Beaches-East York Candidates Meeting at Kingston Road United Church – 7:30 – 9:30 pm

MONDAY, MAY 30th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will gather via zoom at 7:00

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1st, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather at 9:30 am in the Prayer Room


Cattle farmers aren’t terribly excited about magpies, as they will peck at a cow’s hide, looking for grubs and other parasites. Magpies are also known to be (1) mischievous, and (2) a problem for small animals and children – they will swoop down and attack anything they perceive as being a threat to them.

Remarkably, magpies can recognize the faces of as many as 30 people, which is the average number who live within a magpie’s territory. Very rarely do magpies attack more than one or two people out of the 30…it’s the same individual people that they attack each time. Why? It seems they perceive some individuals as threatening and if that’s you then you are in for it!

Magpies also have long memories. A research assistant reports being attacked upon his return after 15 years away from one bird’s territory. To give them their positive due, magpies have a beautiful song of extraordinary complexity. And they are smart. In fact, the Australian magpie is one of the cleverest birds on earth.

Recently, the results of scientific experiments were published in the journal Australian Field Ornithology. The study showed just how clever magpies really are and, in the process, revealed a highly unusual example in nature of birds helping one another without any apparent tangible benefit to themselves. Dominique Potvin, an animal ecologist at University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, set out to study magpie social behavior. She and her team spent around six months perfecting a harness that would carry miniature tracking devices and thus track their behavior.

The birds flew off without any indication of distress, but then those wily magpies went to work to foil the plan. “The first tracker was off half an hour after we put it on,” Potvin said. “We were literally packing up our gear and watching it happen.” In a remarkable act of cooperation, the magpie wearing the tracker remained still while another magpie worked at the harness with its beak. Within 20 minutes, the helping magpie had found the only weak point – a single clasp, barely a millimeter long – and snipped it with its beak. Dr. Potvin and her team later saw different magpies removing harnesses from two other birds outfitted with them. Whereas it took the scientists six months to “perfect” the tracking devices, the magpies had removed all five with three days!

Interesting ….

Have a good week - MB

    May 20, 2022

FRIDAY, MAY 20th, 2022 - “Some men see things as they are and ask Why? I dream things that never were and ask Why not?”
Robert F. Kennedy

SATURDAY, MAY 21st, 2022 - Historic Walk with Gene Domagala – 1:00 – meet at the NW corner of Woodbine and Danforth. See the site of one of the oldest hotel buildings in the area and hear stories of the Danforth. Learn about the Massey Harris estate.

SATURDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, MAY 21ST – 23rd, 2022 - Annual Spring Plant Sale at 14 Lyall Avenue. 10:00 - 6:00 each day. Garden perennials – to raise funds for local food banks etc.

SUNDAY, MAY 22nd, 2022 - Noon Hour Recital at Kingston Road United Church – 12:00 – Classical Guitar and Flute.

SUNDAY, MAY 22nd, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – in person, masked or on Zoom. Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MONDAY, MAY 23rd, 2022 - Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay – 10:00

Anyone play Balderdash?? OK – the word is skelf – s k e l f …..

The definitions are; A sliver; A type of Shellfish, similar to a scallop; A cheater; A brash talker; A scraper. One of these is correct. You have to read to the bottom!!

MISSION CAPSULE: living Waters is a mission of the Presbytery of Lindsay-Peterborough that reaches out to marginalized people in downtown Peterborough. The Rev. Jonathan Baird regularly visits people living on the streets and invites them to the two drop-in programs that Living Waters Mission runs in partnership with the Bridge Youth Centre. The program offers meals, support, counseling and Christian fellowship. One woman, who struggles with mental health and addiction, expressed her appreciation. “I come here because it is the only place where I feel loved.”

MONDAY, MAY 23rd, 2022 - Theology on Tap meet regularly on Mon days at 7:00 via Zoom. I am not sure they will meet this coming Monday due to the holiday.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the prayer room at 9:30

Well, Skelf is NOT a type of Shellfish; nor is it a cheater; or a brash talker; or a wood scraper; it turns out that is a sliver!!

AND for those of you who think they know everything ….

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5.00 bill.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain.

Babies are born without kneecaps - they don’t appear until the child reaches 2 – 6 years of age.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about ten.

“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”,

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

Have a good week - be alert, be masked – in my building we currently have 18 cases of COVID!!

    May 13, 2022

FRIDAY, MAY 13th, 2022 - “One of the great pleasures in life is doing what people say you cannot do” Author unknown

SUNDAY, MAY 15th, 2022 - Join us for morning worship at 10 - Zoom or in person. In person requires a mask, Zoom requires coffee. Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: In Malawi, unreliable rainfall patterns are a significant issue affecting farmers. As a result of climate change, these unpredictable rains greatly impact food security and limit what farmers can and cannot plant. To assist farmers in Malawi’s Karonga District, workshops that teach conservation agriculture techniques are held. Farmers learn how to use mulch and make compost to nourish the soil and grow better crops. Farmers also learn other essential techniques, including weed and pest management, to address the ongoing challenges of climate. Since implementing a conservation agriculture approach many farmers have increased their crop yields. This project us supported by PWS&D in partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

NOTE: We have a place for food contributions for the neighbourhood. It is found on Glen Manor at the base of the ramp.

MONDAY, MAY 16th, 2022 - Theology on Tap will gather via Zoom at 7:00.

Wednesday, MAY 18th, 2022 - Beaches Prayer Group will gather in the prayer room at 9:30.


A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A crocodile cannot stick out it’s tongue

A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

Have good week - MB