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    December 20, 2019

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20th, 2019 - “The wonder of the Christ child, the miracle of new possibility, the spectacle of opening a new future” ……….

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21st, 2019 - Longest Night Service – 7:00 – a quiet service of reflection, prayer and healing …

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22nd, 2019 - Fourth Sunday of Advent - Join us for morning worship at 10:00, Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.



I love the kind of hugs where you can physically feel the sadness leaving your body

The less you respond to rude, critical, argumentative people, the more peaceful your life will become.

Worrying won’t stop the bad stuff from happening, it just stops you from enjoying the good.

I don’t have time to worry about who doesn’t like me .. I’m too busy loving the people who love me.

Have a Blessed Christmas MB

    December 13, 2019

DECEMBER 13TH, 2019 - “The crisp path through the field in this December snow, in the deep dark, where we trod the buried grass like ghosts on dry toast.” Dylan Thomas

December Lore: Forest animals can speak and understand humans on Christmas Eve. AND If snow falls on Christmas Day, Easter will be green, warm and sunny!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14th, 2019 - Holiday Market at St. Aidan’s Church, Queen & Silverbirch. 10:00 – 3:00 – baking, gifts, crafts and more ….

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 1029 - THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Julian Anderson Bowes and his group will be leading this Jazz Service. Come early for carols and coffee ….

MISSION CAPSULES: The Rev. Robinson Christian is a Doctoral student and a pastor in the Church of North India, a PCC partner. While researching material on the impact of the colonial legacy on preaching in India today, Robinson came across the Rev. Dr. Sarah Travis of Knox College in Toronto, author of “Preaching.” Robinson and Sarah began to correspond, and International Ministries invited Robinson to study in Toronto for two months. This is what mission is all about. Together we learn from the past, and God illumines a new understanding today. As partners in the Global Church, how can we not engage in these challenging conversations, learning from one another how God works through us?

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16th, 2019 - Theology on Tap continues at The Beacher Café at 7:00 – great discussions ….

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21st, 2019 - Longest Night Service - a quiet time of reflection – looking back, looking forward ….

COMMENT: ARISE – Hope Lives Here …. On Thursday nights I walk the streets of Toronto from 11:30 – 3:00 am with ARISE’s incredible staff and volunteers. No matter the weather, we walk, because no matter the weather, the women walk. We keep walking from corner to corner distributing little comforts, like gloves or water, and talking to those who are willing. Our presence every Thursday night is the first step to building trust with women who have been exploited by the sex trade. We first met Tina on a cold outreach night. After a sunny day the drop in temperature that evening had caught her off guard and she was grateful for gloves, hand-warmers, and our “pretty” outreach bags. We helped her access warm clothes and a food bank. Our relationship grew and Tina began meeting with us weekly for case management. Tina put her trust in ARISE, we explored possibilities, set goals, and found hope. Together, we journeyed on an uncertain path, trusting in God’s unfailing love. Because of support we are able to be present for women like Tina, and walk with them in a strong case management program. You give hope to the individuals we journey with and you remind the women we meet on Thursday nights that they have not been forgotten. Rev. Deb Stanbury

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24th, 2019 - Family service of readings and carols – 6:30 - Christmas Eve Communion – 10:00


There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real.

The smile on my face doesn’t mean my life is perfect. It means I appreciate what I have and what I have been blessed with.

As we grow up, we realize it is less important to have lots of friends and more important to have real ones.

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. Irish Proverb

You may feel lost and alone, but God knows exactly where you are, and He has a good plan for your life.

Have a good week - MB

    December 4, 2019

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4th, 2019 - “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Satchel Paige

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH, 2019 - Christmas in the Park Tree Lighting at Kew Gardens Bandshell. 5:30- 630 - Caroling, hot chocolate, entertainment

AND - Jazz & Reflection at Beach United Church. 4:30 – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” featuring Tom Reynolds Trio – Tom Reynolds, piano, George Koller on Bass and Lorne Nehring on drums

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7th & 8th, 2019 - Beach Guild of Fine Art Show & Sale at the Gardner’s Cottage, Kew Gardens. Saturday 10:00 – 8:00 and Sunday 10:00 – 5:00

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2019 - Deck the Trees with the Friends of the Glen Stewart Ravine. 10:30 – 11:30 – String the trees with our bird friendly decorations

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2019 - Second Sunday of Advent - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading. We will celebrate communion.

MISSION CAPSULE: For Ahmad and Sarah and their daughters Reem and Rana, each day brought distress thinking about what the future might hold. Their home in Al Raqqa, Syria had been bombed, and acts of brutal violence were taking place in their own neighbourhood. The family escaped to Kfarbo and forged a home in a cramped, unfurnished apartment. Navigating the streets of a brand-new city, in a country broken by over eight years of civil conflict, Ahmad and Sarah prayed each day for peace and relief from hunger. Their prayers were answered when the family received their first food and hygiene basket through a PWS&D supported project with Canadian Foodgrains Bank partners. “It came at the right moment,” says Ahmad.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2019 - Beaches Annual reading of Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol - 3:30 – featuring CBC’s Tom Allen, Derek Boyes and Zenna Davis-Jones with Wes Allen bass, Don Anderson piano, Julia Aplin voice & dance, Aaron Comeau guitar & pump organ, Lori Gemmel harp, Patricia O’Callaghan voice AND The Fezziwig Singers.

NOTE: It’s that time again and Debbie Murray is looking for goodies to serve at intermission for A Christmas Carol. She is looking for cookies; cakes, scones; and squares. Please keep them small – easy to pick up – nothing mushy……..

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9th, 2019 - Theology on Tap continues to gather at the Beacher Café at 7:00

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10th, 2019 - Toronto Community Orchestra, present a seasonal concert at 7:30 at Eastminster United Church, Danforth Avenue, east of Broadview. Free admission, donations accepted.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11th, 2019 - Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggeman is an Advent book Study – 1:00 in the Prayer Room.


The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. Albert Einstein

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Derek Bok

Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle. Robert Anthony

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. H.G. Wells

Have a good week - MB

    November 29, 2019

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29th, 2019 - “Last Will and Testament: Being of sound mind, I spent all my money.!” Anonymous

AND Light Up the Beach – begins at the foot of Leuty at 7:00 Dress warmly ….

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER , 30th, 2019 - Toronto Beach Chorale present Christmas Then – The Downton Era - British Choral Tradition from 1880 to the mid 20th Century. 7:30 – Kingston Road United Church.

AND - CHRISTMAS BAZAARS – Faith Presbyterian Church – 140 Dawes Road – 10:00 – 1:00 – Famous Philipino food; bake table; Christmas crafts and much more. Christmas Craft Market at Canadian Legion, Coxwell & Gerrard, 9:00 – 2:00: Christmas Bazaar at St. Davids & St. Andrews Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Avenue – 10:00 – 2:00 Jelly bean jar; cards and decorations; baked goods; tea room and more.
Craft Show & Sale at R.C. Legion 9 Dawes Road – 9:30 – 2:30 – 50 Artisans and food vendors.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1st, 2019 - FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: Sheila was just a few months old when her mother died and she went to live with her grandmother, Elube, in Malawi. Two years later, Sheila’s health began to sharply decline. Elube brought her granddaughter to the PWS&D supported Mulanje Mission Hospital where Sheila was diagnosed as HIV positive and acutely malnourished. Elube’s grief weighed a little less heavily when she learned that Sheila could receive treatment at a nearby orphan care centre,. Supported by PWS&D these centres provide vulnerable children with free medical care, school support and nutrition assistance. With a place to receive antiretroviral treatment and highly nutritious food, Sheila’s health is improving and Elube is better equipped to meet her granddaughter’s needs.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, 2019 - Theology on Tap meet at the Beacher Café at 7:00 –

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3rd, 2019 - Beaches Outreach Coffee hour – 1:00 – Narthex

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4th, 2019 - Celebrating Abundance - Beaches Advent Study – 1:00 – Prayer Room

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6th, 2019 - Women’s Pot Luck Dinner being hosted by Heather. Please let Heather or myself know that you are planning to join us.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2019 - 3:30 – Beaches Annual Reading of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 2019 - Jazz Service


Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. Herbert Henry Asquith

In case you are worried about what’s going to become of the younger generation, it’s going to grow up and start worrying about the younger Generation! Roger Allen

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog. Doug Larson

Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but television’s message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom and World peace pales by comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth and fresher breath. Dave Barry

Nobody understands anyone 18, including those who are 18. Jim Bishop

It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows. Erma Bombeck

Have a good week MB

    November 22, 2019

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd, 2019 - “Despite the cost of living, it’s still quite popular” Laurence J. Peter

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd, 2019 -- Christmas Bazaar & Luncheon at Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Road, 11:00 – 2:00 Home baking, preserves, jams & jellies, granny’s attic, country store, quilt raffle, and more.

Craft Sale at St. John the Baptist, Norway – 9:30 – 2:00 – local artisan will have crafts and gifts for sale.

Holiday Bazaar at True Davidson Facility, Dawes Road – 11:00 – 2:00 – Silent auction, baked goods, and much more.

Christmas Fair at St. Clair O’Connor Community Centre, - 10:00 – 2:00 – Crafts, bake table, collectibles, lunch.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

Concert – Cantemus Singers present “A Baby is Born” at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, Queen & Silverbirch – 3:00 – A concert of Christmas Motets and Carols. Tickets at Center 55 or at the door – General Admission $20.00

MISSION CAPSULE: For many years, Erskine Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ontario has been a congregation that deeply loves both Jesus and their neighbourhood, a church where the gospel is preached in word and action each week. Now Erskine has a vision to become a beacon for health and wholeness in the community – a “Neighbourhood Wellness Hub” where individuals and families can connect with services and groups that will lead them to greater wellness. Already partnerships are forming – with youth shelters, food banks, government agencies and other local churches – that will enable Erskine to offer new services to neighbours and to foster connection, community and well-being.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25th, 2019 - Theology on Tap meets regularly at The Beacher Café – 7:00 – join in the discussion all are welcome.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27th, 2019 - Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggeman -Beaches Advent Book Study at 1:00 – meet in the prayer room.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 2019 - Toronto Beach Chorale present Christmas Then – The Downton Era. - 7:30 - Kingston Road United Church.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2019 - 3:30 – Beaches Annual Dickens reading of A Christmas Carol.


If you want to see what a child can do, you must stop giving them things. Norman Douglas

A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life. Robertson Davies

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Every Child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso

Your children need your presence more than your presents. Jesse Jackson

I’ve never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It’s probably because they have forgotten their own. Margaret Atwood

Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots phony quicker than a child. Mary MacCracken

Have a good week - MB

    November 15, 2019

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15th, 2019 - “I don’t want to achieve immortality by being inducted into baseball’s hall of fame. I want to achieve immortality by not dying.” Leo Durocher

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 2019 - LOTS OF CHRISTMAS BAZAARS TODAY: Beach United Church, 10:00 – 2:00 - Hope United Church, 11:00 – 1:30 - St. Theresa’s, Kingston Road & Midland, 10:00 – 2:00 - Chester Village, Danforth & Warden – 10:00 – 3:00 - Woodbine Heights Baptist, 10:00 – 2:00 - Corpus Christi Church 10:00 – 1:30 - AND - Indigenous & Ingenious Show & Sale at Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St. East – 11:00 – 6:00 - Happy Shopping …

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: Today is World Toilet Day!!! Toilets are vital for improving sanitation and health in countries around the world. Without proper toilets, human waste can get into water sources and killer diseases spread quickly. That’s why the sudden loss of latrines in a disaster zone is such an urgent health issue. In Mulanje, Malawi, about 4000 toilets were damaged by rising water levels produced by Cyclone Idai, which swept through southeastern Africa in March. In the wake of the storm, families in the region – especially children under five – faced an increased risk of contracting cholera and typhoid. PWS&D responded by helping local partners rebuild latrines. Now with safe and working toilets available, 12,600 families in the hardest hit areas are looking towards a healthier future .

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18th, 2019 - Theology on Tap continues to meet at The Beacher Café at 7:00

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20th, 2019 - 1:00 – Advent Study begins for four weeks – Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggeman. In the prayer room – copies of the book are available from Katherine or Elisabeth - $14:00.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24th, 2019 - Cantmus Singers Christmas Concert – A Boy is Born – St. Aiden’s Anglican Church - 3:00 – Tickets at the door $20.00

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 2019 - Toronto Beach Chorale present their Christmas concert – “Christmas then – The Downton Era - at Kingston Road United Church - 7:30

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2019 - Beaches Annual Dickens Reading - 3;30


A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on. Carl Sandburg

People who say they sleep like a baby, usually don’t have one. Leo J. Burke

When I was born I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half. Gracie Allen

A two year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it! Jerry Seinfeld

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, generation after generation. Pearl S. Buck

The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any. Fred Astaire

Youth is that period when a young boy knows everything but how to make a living. Carey Williams

If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. Abigail Van Buren

Have a good week - MB

    November 7, 2019

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7th, 2019 - “The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you’ll grow out of it.” Doris Day

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9th, 2019 - Christmas Bazaar at Kingston Road United Church – 11:00 – 3:00 – bake table; books; jewellery; quilt raffle and tea room.

AND Holiday Bazaar at Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church - 10:00 – 2:00 - Tea Room; Silent Auction; Preserves; Baking; and much more.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10th, 2019 - Community Climate Conversation at 79 Hiawatha Road – 12:15 – 1:45 – Toronto has declared a climate emergency. The City is consulting on its Climate plan. Info –

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading. We will celebrate Communion.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10th, 2019 - Following worship on Sunday a team is preparing to rake the leaves. If you can help, and have a rake, that would be great. Thanks.

MISSION CAPSULES: During the Advent season, we celebrate God’s amazing gift – Jesus. This gift changed the world. Inspired by God’s overwhelming generosity, we work to make a difference for our people across the globe. Each week of Advent, PWS&D challenges individuals and congregations to share the gifts of hope, peace, joy and love with those living in some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. In the midst of poverty, injustice and disaster, the Christ light shines. To help create bright futures through the Advent Challenge, visit


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, 2019 - Theology on Tap will again meet at the Beacher Café – 7:00.


Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. Bill Watterson

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. Carl Sagan

There is a coherent plan in the universe, though I don’t know what it’s a plan for. Fred Hoyle

We a just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special. Stephen Hawking

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. Eden Phillpotts

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. Rachel Carson

Have a good week MB

    October 31, 2019


AND ……. “As long as you’re over the hill, you might as well enjoy the view.” Anonymous

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd, 2019 - 12:00 – 3:00 - - Christmas Bazaar at St. Nicholas Church, Kingston Road west of Warden – crafts; homemade baked goods; meat pies; preserves; books and more.


AND – Jazz and Reflections at Beach United Church – 4:30 – 5:15 – featuring Emily Steinwall and Nebyu Yohannes

AND – Paint the Narthex Day – if you can help call John Struthers.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: Around the Well is a new missional experiment of the Presbytery of Westminster that reaches out to people living on the University of British Columbia’s campus and its surrounding communities. The focus of this ministry is to gather a diverse group of Christians invested in connecting with neighbours as part of their commitment to intentional Christian living. With events that draw people in and initiatives that lead the group out, Around the Well ministry hopes to be a blessing to their community and introduce their neighbours to a life of Christ.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 2019 - Theology on Tap meets at The Beacher Café at 7:00 – join in the discussion.

ADVENT IS COMING: Katherine will be holding an Advent Study group to read and discuss Walter Brueggemann’s book “Celebrating Abundance” Devotions for Advent. Anyone wishing to participate please speak to Katherine or Elisabeth.

COMING UP: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 2019 - 7:30 pm - Toronto Beach Chorale presents “Christmas Then” The Downton Era - The British Choral Tradition from 1880 – to the mid 20th Century – including In Terra Pax - Leanne Kaufmann, Soprano and Joel Allison, Baritone. Kingston Road United Church

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2019 - 3:30 – Beaches Annual Dickens Reading


Lawyers believe a man is innocent until proven broke. Robin Hall

Having more money doesn’t make you happier. I have 50 million dollars, but I’m just as happy as when I had 48 million. Arnold Schwarzenegger

We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea. W. H. Auden

Home cooking. Where many a man thinks his wife is. Jimmy Durante

The first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone. George Roberts

If life were fair, Elvis would still be alive today and all the impersonators would be dead. Johnny Carson

Hollywood must be the only place on earth where you can be fired by a man wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a baseball cap. Steve Martin

Have a good week MB

    October 24, 2019

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24th, 2019 - “Youth is a disease from which we all recover” Dorothy Fuldheim

FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25th, 26th & 27th, 2019 - Beaches annual Studio Tour – featuring 19 artists and artisans. Friday – 6:00 – 9:00; Saturday and Sunday - 11:00 – 6:00

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26th, 2019 - Halloween on Queen at Ivan Forrest Gardens and Kew Gardens. 12:00 – 4:00 – come one, come al, including your dog! Come in costume for a chance to win prizes

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26th, 2019 - Rummage/Garage Sale at Scarborough Bluffs United Church – 9:00 – 11:30

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: Cyclical PCC is a church planting initiative within the Presbyterian Church in Canada that encourages presbyteries and leaders to take first steps towards beginning new worshipping communities. At the Spring 2019 Cyclical PCC Gathering, 46 leaders discerned ways that the Holy Spirit is calling the PCC to plant new ministries. Not only are people interested in starting new worshipping communities, but such communities are already beginning and there is a growing interest in taking part in this work. The task of starting new worshipping communities belongs to the whole denomination. Please pray for the leaders already engaged in this work and for new leaders as they discern their involvement.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28th, 2019 - Theology on tap continues to gather at The Beacher Café at 7:00.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd, 2019 - Paint the Narthex Day – sign up sheet in the Sanctuary.


The only reason they say “Women and children first” is to test the strength of the lifeboats” Jean Kerr

I’ve been married to a communist and a fascist, and neither would take out the garbage.” Zsa Zsa Gabor

I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it! Robert Benchley

The weather person is the only person that I know, that can be wrong 99.9% of the time and still have a job the next day. Johnny Carson

When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife. Prince Philip

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing Emo Philips

Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself. Harrison Ford

The best cur for sea sickness, is to sit under a tree. Spike Milligan

Have a good week - MB

    October 16, 2019

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16th, 2019 - “I am not young enough to know everything.” Oscar Wilde

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

A Congregational meeting will take place after worship to listen to thoughts and concerns from the congregation regarding the proposed changes to church doctrine related to inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in the church. The meeting will take place in the Sanctuary and will last no longer than one hour.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada has wrestled, for a number of years, with the issue of human sexuality and the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people. At the 2018 General Assembly a committee of past Moderators of the Church were charged with presenting recommendations to the 2019 General Assembly. The past Moderators provided options for consideration by the General Assembly and the option for full inclusion both in terms of an inclusive definition of marriage and the calling of clergy and elders was approved. Nevertheless, concerns over diversity of opinion and unity within the church led to a re-working of the recommendations to include parallel definitions of marriage and liberty of conscience on marriage and ordinations. By church governance, these proposed changes to doctrine (“remits”) have been sent to Presbyteries throughout the PCC to be voted on. If a majority of Presbyteries and the 2020 General Assembly pass these remits, then they become the law of the church.

At the congregational meeting we will provide copies of the respective remits as well as a pastoral letter from the 2019 Moderator, The Rev. Amanda Currie. The Presbytery of East Toronto will meet in January to discuss and vote on these remits. Session wishes to hear directly from you before the Presbytery vote.

ALSO – PLEASE NOTE THE ANNUAL SCOTIABANK MARATHON will be happening on Queen Street Sunday morning, we will need to park north of Queen.

MISSION CAPSULES: Heeding the PCC’s call for young adults to participate in the Reformed Church in Hungary’s Starpoint Youth Festival in July, Maya Kirstein (Prairie PC Winnipeg), Philip MacFie (Parkwood PC, Ottawa) and Hanna Yun (Kitchener-Waterloo Korean PC) jumped at the chance. Supported by Presbyterians Sharing … they joined thousands of Reformed young people between the ages of 14 and 35 from Hungary, Romania, Syria, Pakistan, Germany, Spain, USA, Scotland, Taiwan, Korea, UK and France for worship and fellowship in Debrecen, Hungary. As they praised God in one voice and discussed current issues in small groups under the theme of “Unity and Community,” they realized that they had more in common than differences. More importantly, that we are all part of God’s Global Church!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21st, 2019 - Theology on Tap – at the Beacher Café – 7:00

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd, 2019 - In concert at Beaches, Julie Fowlis, singer of traditional and modern Gaelic songs, mostly in Scottish Gaelic. For information contact M.J.Perry

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd, 2019 - Painting of the Narthex Day – signup sheet in the sanctuary or contact John Struthers.

COMING UP: Annual Dickens Reading – December 7th, 8:00 pm

Moments of Clarity:

As I sat, strapped in my seat waiting during the countdown, one thought kept crossing my mind ….. every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder! John Glenn

When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “let us pray” - we closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land. Desmond Tutu

America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real, but the moon landing was faked. David Letterman.

After the game, the King and the Pawn go into the same box! Italian proverb

Have a good week MB

    October 9, 2019

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9th, 2019 - “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Mark Twain

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10th, 2019 - Beaches Boarding Homes meeting - 6:00 – 7:30

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13th, 2019 - THANKSGIVING SUNDAY – Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – we will celebrate communion. THIS IS A JAZZ SERVICE LED BY JULIAN ANDERSON BOWES AND HIS GROUP. We will be accepting food in honour of Thanksgiving.


Yemen’s four year civil war has produced the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet and put thousands at risk of famine. Instability has disrupted food production and access, leaving women and men trapped in cycles of hunger and children facing acute malnutrition. Staggeringly, conflict is named as the cause of acute food insecurity in 18 countries around the world. PWS&D responds to hunger by delivering food and nutrition assistance in times of conflict or disaster. In Yemen, PWS&D is supporting members of Canadian Foodgrains Bank to provide 1,100 hungry families with packages of flour, beans oil, sugar and salt. “Hope has started to appear over the horizon,” says Wardan, who is relieved to be able to feed her daughters again.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, 2019 - Theology on Tap meets regularly at the Beacher Café at 7:00. As this is Thanksgiving Monday you should check with Erin or M.J.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20th, 2019 - Following worship there will be a Congregational Meeting to discuss the findings of General Assembly regarding the inclusion of our LBGTQ members. Please do consider attending, However, the same morning the annual Bank of Nova Scotia Marathon will be on which means we cannot park south of Queen Street. So come early to find a space north of Queen.


There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. Marshall McLuhan

We had the sky up there and we used to lay on our backs and look at them and discuss whether they was just made or just happened. Mark Twain

I don’t know what you say about a day when you have seen four beautiful sunsets. John Glenn

As long as the world is turning and spinning. We’re gonna be dizzy and we’re gonna make mistakes. Mel Brooks

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant, I felt very, very small. Neil Armstrong

Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine. Arthur Eddington

I am astounded by people who want to “know” the universe when it’s hard enough to find your way around Chinatown. Woody Allen

When they discover the Center of the Universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it. Bernard Bailey

Have a good week - MB

    October 3, 2019

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3rd, 2019 - “Life is like a dog sled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.” Lewis Grizzard

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3rd, 2019 - Candidates Meeting at Beach United Church – 7;00 – topics will focus on Environment, Health and Inequality.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th, 2019 - Jazz & Reflection at Beach United Church – 4:30 – 5:15 – featuring Gary Gregg , trumpet; Andrew Smith, Sax; Lorne Tepperman, piano; Jan Ravens, Bass and Mark Shannon, Drums.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th, 2019 - “The Music and Vegetable Experience” at Faith Presbyterian Community Church – 7:00 – Community dinner comprised of Ontario sourced vegetables grown within close proximity to the event – followed by a concert featuring the boardwalk pianist James Levac and a variety of local musicians. Tickets $25:00 available at The Big Carrot, Southwood & Kingston Road and Victoria Whole Foods 1450 Gerrard East.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship, Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading. We will celebrate Communion – it is World Communion Sunday.

MISSION CAPSULES: Many children around the world do not have the opportunity to go to school for a variety of reasons – one of them is a lack of trained teachers. To improve access to quality education that helps children escape cycles of poverty, PWS&D’s girls education project in Afghanistan runs workshops to strengthen the capacity of teachers. Teachers are educated about child rights, gender and peace, and trained in improved teaching methods to ensure that access to education translates to positive learning outcomes for girls and boys. “My lessons were difficult and sometimes boring for the students,” admits Ismatullah, a school teacher in Bamyan, Afghanistan. “After receiving this training, I learned interactive teaching methods that improve the teaching quality and engagement of the students during classroom activities.”

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7th, 2019 - Theology on Tap continues at the Beacher Café -7:00 – come, join in the discussion.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13th, 2019 – Thanksgiving Service – this will be one of our Jazz Services and we will accept donations of food.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20th, 2019 – Congregational Meeting following worship. The same day will be the annual Scotia Bank Marathon which ties up Queen Street, so we will not be able to park south of Queen.


Murphy’s Law of Lockers – If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Physical Surfaces – The chances of an open-faced jam sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

Law of the Logical Argument – Anything is possible IF you don’t know what you are talking about.

The 50-50-90 Law – Whenever there is a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there is a 90% probability that you will get it wrong.

Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy – As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it OR the store will stop selling it.

Doctors’ Law – If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there, you will feel better. But, don’t make an appointment and you will stay sick.

Have a good week - MB

    September 25, 2019

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2019 - “Middle age is when our hair starts turning from gray to black.” Anonymous

THURSDAY, SEPTEMEBER 26th, 2019 - Free Senior’s Movie at the Fox – “Yesterday” – doors open at 10:00 am, movie starts at 10:30 am

AND later the same day – The Vatican Deception at the Fox – Stark Productions present a documentary that examines exceptional prophecies published by the Vatican and an escalating conflict that prophecy says is leading to global ruin. Check East Metro News for more details.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 2019 - Historical Walk with Gene Domagala – 1:00 – This Norway Village Walk begins at the northwest corner of Kingston Road and Woodbine Avenue.

AND – Rummage and Book Sale at Hope United Church – Main & Danforth. 10:30 – 12:30

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: New church development Partnership. International mission staff. Theological colleges. Healing and reconciliation. Leadership development. Congregational support. And so much more! Today is Presbyterians Sharing Sunday, September 29th, a time to celebrate the impact our church’s mission and ministry programs are having across Canada and around the world. As we encourage and equip one another and teach about love, faith and hope, we proclaim the good news of the Gospel.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th, 2019 - Theology on Tap meets at the Beacher Café - 7:00 - all are welcome.

ALSO – Candidates Debate for Beaches-East York at Kingston Road United Church. 7:00 – 8:30 - Hosted by Balmy Beach Residents Association; Community Centre 55 and Beach Metro News. Moderator is Alan Carter with panel members from Beach Metro News and the Balmy Beach Residents Association. Questions will be asked by the panel members and from residents for the candidates can be emailed to

COMING UP: Our next Jazz Service will be Thanksgiving Sunday.

More “Laws”

Law of the Bath - when the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone will ring.

Law of Close Encounters – The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically when you are dressed totally inappropriately or you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

Law of the Result – When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work. IT WILL!!!

Law of Biomechanics – the severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Law of the Theater & Football Stadium - At any event, the people whose seats are farthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks on the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people are also very surly.

Coffee Law – as soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

Law of Physical Appearance - If the clothes fit, they’re ugly.

Have a good week - MB

    September 17, 2019

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th, 2019 - “Old age is when you know all the answers but nobody asks you the questions.” Anonymous

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th – OCTOBER 6th, 2019 - September at Studio 888, foot of Spruce Hill Road. Painted Pieces by Marina Hanacek inspired by natural and man-made forms and textures. Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 – 4:00

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20th – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2019 - “Art in the Beach” show and sale at Beach United Church. Friday 6:00 – 9:00; Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 5:00

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: For over 90 years, Tyndale St. Georges Community Centre has offered empowering supportive programs and services to the community of Little Burgundy in south west Montreal. As one of the few English community centres in the city, Tyndale’s programs include early literacy programs for preschoolers, after-school programming and day camps for school-aged children and life skills training for adults. Located in an area that faces challenges related to poverty and has a high concentration of single parent families, the centre is committed to ensuring that each member of the community has the opportunity and skills needed to realize their full potential.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2019 - Theology on Tap meet at the Beacher Café at 7:00. Think about joining in for great discussions.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2019 - Beaches Prayer Group – 9:30 in the Prayer Room

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2019 - Beaches Boarding Homes team gather at 6:00


Law of Centrifugal Malfeasance - The likelihood that a wrench will slip and mar the surface is directly proportional to the newness of the surface.

Law of Mechanical Repair – After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you will have to pee.

Law of Gravity – Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe.

Law of Probability – The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

Law of Random Numbers – If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal, someone always answers.

Variation Law – If you change lines (or traffic lanes) the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.

Have a good week - MB

    September 6, 2019

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th, 2019 - “We discovered the exact point, the dead center of middle age. It occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush up to the net.” Anonymous

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading. We will celebrate communion.

MISSION CAPSULES: With PWS&D’s support, children living in the neighbourhood surrounding Guatemala City’s garbage dump are accessing education at the Francisco Coll School. Students who excel qualify for scholarships to further their education. Other graduates pursue vocational training in order to achieve employment, a dream otherwise unachievable. A student from Francisco Coll will be continuing her studies in business administration at university. Her words of thanks are a testament to the importance of the project that is equipping students to pursue their dreams: “I give you thanks because with your extraordinary effort I will have a better future full of more opportunities to be able to help my family and grow professionally.”

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th, 2019 - Theology on Tap resumes at 7:00 at the Beacher Café.


The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…… is either a daring adventure or nothing. Helen Keller

The reason I love the sea I cannot explain – it’s physical. When you dive you begin to feel like an angel. It’s a liberation of your weight. Jacques Yves Cousteau

The best and the most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart. Helen Keller

When I was a boy, the Dead Sea was only sick! George Burns

Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean. Christopher Reeve

Electricity is just organized lightning. George Carlin

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans. Jacques Yves Cousteau

God does not play dice with the universe. Albert Einstein

God not only plays dice, he throws them in a corner where you can’t see them. Stephen Hawking

Have a good week MB

    August 29, 2019

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29th, 2019 - August 29th!!!! Well, where did that time go?

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31st, 2019 - LABOUR DAY WEEKEND – Annual Air Show

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

Note: The Narthex floors are finished and they look wonderful – they are slippery so please don’t run on them AND in spite of many hands cleaning the masses of dust from the sanding, the pews are still a tad dusty so don’t wear your Sunday best, but do come.

ALSO, we will need able hands to move the furniture back into the narthex AND our Food Bank Bin is full and needs to be delivered to Calvary Baptist. I’m just sayin ….

MISSION CAPSULES: For students in Central India, higher education is too often a distant dream. Many nurses who aspire to enhance their skills cannot afford the tuition. With support from Presbyterians Sharing … the MIBE Graduate School for Nurses in Indore offers partial scholarships which help to make advanced education accessible. This Christian school offers a Post-Basic Bachelor of Nursing degree, equipping men and women to become educators, administrators and leaders in nursing. It even attracts students from other faiths, as they appreciate the emphasis on academic excellence, learning in a collegial environment and compassion in health care. As anyone who has been ill knows, compassion and competence are essential skills to care for the whole person.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd, 2019 - Theology on Tap will not meet until September 9th, 2019


When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure. Alice Hoffman

They say atomic radiation can hurt your reproductive organs. My answer is, so can a hockey stick, but we don’t stop building them Johnny Carson

Life. Consider the alternative. Marshall McLuhan

Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think. Ambrose Bierce

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human Life. John F. Kennedy

Why isn’t there a special name for the tops of your feet? Lily Tomlin

One thing about baldness. It’s neat! Don Herold

Have a good week MB

    August 22, 2019

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22nd, 2019 - “A diplomat is a man who always remembers his wife’s birthday but never remembers her age.” Robert Frost

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24th, 2019 - Historical Walk with Gene Domagala – 1:00 – Ashbridge Estate – meet at Woodfield Road and Queen.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – elder Heather Crisp will be leading. Katherine is up north fishing with the boys……..AND please be aware, the narthex floors are being refinished, we cannot walk on them until well into next week SO, we will have to enter through the back door, from the driveway, and go right into the sanctuary from the back hall. THERE WILL NO ACCESS FROM EITHER OF THE FRONT DOORS ON GLEN MANOR. Because of this we will have no access to the kitchen or the two washrooms in the narthex. This means there will be no Sunday School, no refreshments following the service and we will have to use the washroom in the back hall…. AND IT MIGHT BE A TAD DUSTY ….. but we can still worship. The floors look great and it will be worth it!

MISSION CAPSULE: When her niece fell ill, Zenabu was accused by her sister of bewitching the little girl. Belief in witchcraft continues to be widespread in Ghana, and those accused can face relentlessly cruel treatment. Zenabu feared for her safety, until she found sanctuary at the PWS&D – supported Gambaga Camp – a refuge for women who have been accused of witchcraft. Zenabu has been trained in soap making and earns an income by selling her handiwork. She enjoys the self-reliance that comes with the chance to sell her goods. Even as PWS&D works with communities to help them see that misfortune is not a result of witchcraft, this support is giving women like Zenabu the chance to lead safe and meaningful lives.

MONDAY, AUGUST 26th, 2019 - Theology on Tap will not be meeting this week.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27th, 2019 - Summer Worship at Fallingbrook. Their last summer service – dinner at 6:00 service at 7:00 led by The Lost Pilgrims

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29th, 2019 - Free Seniors Movie – “Late Night” starring Emma Thompson - Fox Theatre – doors open at 10:00 am movie starts at 10:30.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30th to SEPTEMBER 2nd, 2019 - 20th Annual International Busker Fest – Woodbine Park


Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘let’s party’ … Robin Williams

In the spring, at the end of the day you should smell like dirt. Margaret Atwood

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. Anton Chekhov

God gave us a memory so that we can have roses in December. James M. Barrie

There are only two seasons – winter and baseball. Bill Veeck

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water. Carl Reiner

Have a good week – and stay off the floor! MB

    August 15, 2019

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15th, 2019 - “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” Oscar Wilde

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15th, 2019 - 6:00 – 7:30 - Beaches Boarding Homes visit

SATURDAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 17TH & 18TH, 2019 - Jamaica Summer Games and Wellness Festival at Ashbridges Bay dawn to dusk. The event includes Music, sports activities, Caribbean market and more.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18th, 2019 - Music in the Park – 2:00 – 4:00 – Kew Gardens, featuring Whiskey Jack.

MISSION CAPSULE: In communities ravaged by violent conflict, people are driven from their homes and left without access to food water and safe shelter. The horror of life disrupted by conflict has become a tragic reality for Alifa from Myanmar. She still feels numb with shock nine months after being forced to flee her home when the military opened fire on her village. Alifa and her family managed to find shelter in Bangladesh, but the uncertainty of life keeps her in darkness. What does bring comfort is that she has been able to feed her children through support from PWS&D and members of Canadian Foodgrains Bank. This support is keeping Alifa’s family alive until they can return to a peaceful home.

MONDAY, AUGUST 19th, 2019 - Theology on Tap will not meet, and will take a break until September 9. We are studying Set the Captives Free: Liberation Theology in Canada.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20th, 2019 - Summer Worship at Fallingbrook – 7:00 – Rev. Jim Kitson leading

AND ….

All the good ideas I ever had came to me while milking a cow. Grant Wood

Look at those cows and remember that all the greatest scientists in the world have never discovered how to make grass into milk. Michael Pupin

A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty and the importance of turning around three times before lying down. Robert Benchley

Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul – chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we are the greatest hunters on earth! Anne Tyler

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function. Garrison Keillor

Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow. Jeff Valdez

The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it. Doug Larson

Have a good week - MB

    August 8, 2019

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8th, 2019 - “I’m at the age now where just putting my cigar in its holder is a thrill.” George Burns

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th, 2019 - Historical Walk with Gene Domagala – 1:00 – meet at Kippendavie & Queen and walk along Queen to Kingston Road.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11th, 2019 - Leslieville Flea at Ashbridge Estate – 10:00 – 5:00 – food, beer, music, vintage & handcrafted goods.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading. We will celebrate communion.

MISSION CAPSULE: Just as the early disciples travelled to share the good news of the gospel, Cariboo Presbyterian Church is working to spread the love of Christ to rural and remote regions of British Columbia, with support from Presbyterian Sharing … The ‘southern’ part of the ministry is made up of five house churches around the 100 Mile House and Lac La Hache areas. Combined, the house churches reach more than 150 people who reside in areas that are considered beyond the reach of the traditional church. Bruce Wilcox has served as the southern region’s leader for the past several years and credits the ministry’s consistent growth to the work of the Holy Spirit and the desire for God’s family to gather in community despite geographical challenges.

MONDAY, AUGUST 12th, 2019 - Theology on Tap will gather once more at the Beacher Cafe at 7:00 The new book is To Set the Captives Free – Liberation Theology in Canada. Hope to see you there.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13th, 2019 - Summer worship at Fallingbrook – 7:00 – Rev. Angela J. Cluney leading.

I’M JUST SAYIN…………some of our neighbours are not wonderfully happy with us of late. As we all know, weeds grow better and faster than regular plants and they need to be pulled. The north entrance on Glen Manor is looking just a bit stupid at the moment because of the weeds. Perhaps one or two of you could join the rest of the members who have been busy this summer cutting the grass and weeding on Avion and pull of few of these and make it look a bit better.


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Alva Edison

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Vidal Sassoon

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Scott Adams

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without. Cecil B . DeMille

When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it. Sigmund Freud

Have a good week - MB

    July 31, 2019

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31st, 2019 - “After thirty, a body has a mind of it’s own.” Bette Midler

AUGUST - Every full moon has a name given to it by Native tribes. August’s full moon – August 15 – was named the sturgeon moon by fishing tribes. That is because sturgeon, a large fish are easily caught during this month.

AUGUST was named for Emperor Augustus Caesar, the grandnephew and adopted son of Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. Originally, August had only 30 days. But legend has it that the Roman senate wanted the month to be named after Augustus and wanted it to have as many days as July, which was named after Julius. Therefore, one day was taken from the month of February and added to August.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading

MISSION CAPSULE: In addition to providing skilled and compassionate care during pregnancy and delivery, PWS&D’s maternal newborn and child health program is improving the well-being of children during their first few years of life. Part of this is ensuring that newborns access postnatal care and necessary vaccinations. In Afghanistan, Fatima hadn’t had her ten month old seen by a health worker since the day she was born. She is filled with gratitude for the community health worker who visited her home and told her about the importance of protecting newborns against infection through vaccinations. The health worker also told Fatima that this care is provided at a new PWS&D supported health facility only two kilometres away. “I would not have known how important vaccinations are for children,” shares Fatima.

MONDAY, AUGUST 5th, 2019 - Theology on Tap will NOT be meeting this evening – will meet again August 12th – the new book is To Set the Captives Free.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6th, 2019 - Tuesday worship at Fallingbrook – Rev. Angela J. Cluney

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8th, 2019 - Senior’s Day at Kew Gardens – 10:00 – 2:30 - games, fitness, lunch, gardening workshop, line dancing and bingo. $2:00 includes lunch.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th, 2019 – Historical walk with Gene Domagala - 1:00 – meet at Kippendavie & Queen – the walk takes us west on Queen to Kingston Road.


Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist. George Carlin

I don’t have pet peeves, I have whole kennels of irritation. Whoopie Goldberg

We boil at different degrees. Clint Eastwood

Freud: If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother. Robin Williams

If you have an ounce of common sense and one good friend you don’t need an analyst. Joan Crawford

There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. Oscar Levant

Have a good week MB

    July 25, 2019

THURSDAY, JULY 25th, 2019 - “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like and do what you’d rather not.” Mark Twain

BEACHES ANNUAL JAZZ FESTIVAL – STREETFEST – THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY July 25TH, 26TH & 27TH, 2019 - Beech Avenue to Woodbine from 6:00

SUNDAY, JULY 28th, 2019 -- Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading …

MISSION CAPSULE: When Thoko’s husband left her to care for their six children alone, she felt like she was sinking. But support PWS&D was providing in her Malawian village helped her rise above challenging circumstances. Thoko joined a self-help group – an organized way to come together with women in her village to save money and distribute loans. With the loan she received, Thoko bought farming supplies to grow more food. After selling the produce she harvested she began earning enough to pay school fees for her children. Soon, she could afford supplies to repair the roof of her home and was also able to purchase a goat and a pig, which will be an additional source of income. Today, little trace of that hopelessness is left. Thoko feels empowered – and it all began with a loan.

MONDAY, JULY 29th, 2019 - Theology on Tap finished discussing Calvin@500 this past Monday. Our new book To Set the Captives Free: Liberation Theology in Canada will not be arriving until sometime next week. Therefore, we will not be meeting on Monday July 29th. We had planned not to meet on the Civic Holiday so our next get together at the Beecher will be August 12th. As usual, we have ordered a couple of extras – so if you’d like to join us, or if you’d like to read the book on your own, please speak to Erin or M.J.

TUESDAY, JULY 30th, 2019 - Summer Worship at Fallingbrook – 7:00 – Rev. Jim Kitson


If you want to make enemies, try to change something. Woodrow Wilson

The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him. Robert Benchley

There is only one way to defeat the enemy, and that is to write as well as one can. The best argument is an undeniably good book. Saul Bellow

Common sense is not so common. Voltaire

I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head. Theodore Roosevelt

Too often we …. enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. John F. Kennedy

Have a good week - stay cool MB

    July 18, 2019

THURSDAY, JULY 18th, 2019 - “Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.” Lord Asquith

FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 19th, 20th & 21st, 2019 - Beaches Jazz Festival – Main Stage Performances at Woodbine Park.

SUNDAY, JULY 21st, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. M.J. Perry leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: Throughout his ministry, Jesus preached on the importance of caring for people living on the margins of society. Responding to a need in their local community, the grant-receiving congregation of St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church in Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L. has constructed a “community clothesline” in their sanctuary. At each of their monthly services, the congregation hangs new adult socks, hats, mitts, scarves and underclothes on the clothesline, which are later distributed by the Salvation Army’s Community and Family Services division. At each service, the clothesline cannot hold all of the items, due to the generosity of its church members, and extra bins must be set up to collect all of the donations.

MONDAY, JULY 22nd, 2019 - 7:00 - Theology on Tap at the Beacher Café – all are welcome …

TUESDAY, JULY 23rd, 2019 - Summer worship at Fallingbrook - 7:00 – Rev. Jim Kitson,

THURSDAY, JULY 25th, 2019 - Free Seniors’ Movie – Fox Theatre – “Late Night” starring Emma Thompson. Doors open at 10:00 am – movie begins at 10:30

THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JULY 25th, 26th & 27th, 2019 - BEACHES JAZZ FESTIVAL - Streetfest from Beech Avenue to Woodbine

SATURDAY, JULY 27th, 2019 - Historical Walk with Gene Domagala – 1:00 – This Kingston Road walk is dedicated to the late Ted Randall and starts at the S/W corner of Victoria Park and ends at Main Street


Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism. Carl Jung

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues. Elizabeth Taylor

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy. Edgar Bergen

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. A.A.Milne

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. Erma Bombeck

Enemies are so stimulating. Katherine Hepburn

Have a good week - stay cool MB

    July 11, 2019

THURSDAY, JULY 11th, 2019 - “As for me, except for an occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did.” Robert Benchley

BEACHES BOARDING HOMES MINISTRY - Our team have recently taken on a Boarding Homes group and meet with them every second Thursday from 6:00 – 7:30. Beaches has been involved in this ministry for many years and is very important and rewarding to the members of our team and to the members of the particular boarding home.

SUNDAY, JULY 14th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship – we welcome Rev. Kate McGee who is Chaplain and Executive Director of Boarding Home Ministries. We will celebrate communion.

MISSION CAPSULE: When 35 cm of rain fell over five days in Malawi in March, the presence of PCC mission staff was invaluable. Vivian and Blair Bertrand gave us first-hand accounts of the devastation experienced by over 900,000 Malawians. They recounted the harsh realities faced especially by subsistence farmers who lost their entire crops. They grieved together with their friends and colleagues when roofs collapsed, walls caved in, latrines were washed away and family members died. Amid the darkness, Vivian, working with Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD), has been very busy writing proposals for CARD’s relief efforts. Proposals include providing emergency items such as food, plastic sheets, cooking pots, water buckets and chlorine to treat water and agricultural support to help people reclaim their livelihoods after the loss of crops and livestock. Presbyterians Sharing … supports the Bertrands whose presence opens a window into this widespread tragedy.

MONDAY, JULY 15th, 2019 - Theology on Tap – Beacher Café – 7:00 - Our evening with John Vissers was wonderful and we are very grateful to him for joining us. We went beyond our time without realizing it but fortunately, everyone was enjoying the discussion so much that no one minded. Because we spoke about Calvin in general we did not deal with any specific issues in Chapter nine. If you have anything pressing to discuss about this chapter we will include it with Chapter ten this coming Monday. We are beginning to consider our next book……we are suggesting “To Set the Captives Free: Liberation Theology in Canada” by Oscar Cole-Arnal. We can get a discount with an order of ten books. If you are interested let either Erin or M.J. know.

TUESDAY, JULY 16th, 2019 - Summer worship at Fallingbrook - 7:00 - Rev. Jim Kitson – The Encouragers, Test Preparation

SIGN UP SHEETS are in the coffee area of the Narthex – for Summer Refreshments AND/OR lawn cutting/weeding. If you are thinking about weeding do check out the Glen Manor side of the church, the weeds there are ridiculous.

STUFF – Crime and Drink

Obviously crime pays, or there’d be no crime. C. Gordon Liddy

Everybody has a little bit of Watergate in him. Billy Graham

It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story. Agatha Christie

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer. Henry Kissinger

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. Ray Bradbury

Sometimes too much drink is barely enough. Mark Twain

A woman drove me to drink and I didn’t have the decency to thank her. W.C.Fields

If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt. Dean Martin

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading. Henny Youngman

Have a good week - MB

    July 4, 2019

THURSDAY, JULY 4th, 2019 - Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We’re unrehearsed. Mel Brooks

SUNDAY, JULY 7th, 2019 - The Leslieville Flea at Ashbridge Estate, 10:00 – 4:00 – Food, beer, music, Vintage and handcrafted goods.

SUNDAY, JULY 7th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: PWS&D helps to ensure access to medical care and training in disease recognition and prevention so that families and communities can grow healthier. Through timely diagnosis, medical care and health education, people affected with leprosy and other illnesses in an impoverished region of Nepal are improving their health with support from PWS&D partners at the Shining Hospital. Dal is one person receiving support. A reaction to the medication Dal was prescribed for his leprosy left him very sick. Every hospital he visited couldn’t provide treatment, until he visited the Shining Hospital. There, Dal received the support he needed to restore his health and the life he enjoyed. This story of hope is shared by 158 patients who received treatment for leprosy over the past year.

MONDAY, JULY 8th, 2019 - 7:00 - Theology on Tap continues at the Beacher Café. Tonight we will be welcoming the Rev. Dr. John Vissers to join us. John is the current principal of Knox College. He is interested in the history and theology of the Reformed tradition and its significance for the church in a global context today. He teaches and writes widely in the areas of Reformed theology, spiritual formation, theological education, Biblical preaching, missional leadership and congregational renewal. His areas of academic research and writing focus on the theologies of John Calvin and Karl Barth, Trinitarian theology, Reformed spirituality and Canadian Protestant theology in the 19th & 20th century. He is co-editor of the book we are currently reading, Calvin@500 and he is just a plain nice guy.

COMING UP: BEACHES JAZZ FESTIVAL July 12 – 14 Latin Carnival at Woodbine Park. July 19 – 21 Main Stage Performances at Woodbine Park. July 25-27 Streetfest along Queen Street East – Beech to Woodbine – July 26-28 main Stage Performances at Woodbine Park

MOVIE NIGHTS IN THE PARK – July 10th – Bohemian Rhapsody (Ivan Forrest) Movie begins at dusk 9-9:30


Pikes Peak summit reached for the first time – July 15th, 1820

First swimming school in US opened in Boston – July 23, 1827

First rodeo for cash prizes held – July 4, 1883

Uruguay wins the first FIFA World Cup - July 30, 1930

First MLB All Star Game played - July 6, 1933

First Solo flight around the world completed - July 22, 1933

Althea Gibson becomes first African American to win the Wimbledon tennis tournament - July 6, 1957

Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak ends at 56 games - July 14th, 1941

Have a good week - MB

    June 28, 2019

FRIDAY, JUNE 28th, 2019 - Erma Bombeck’s requested gravestone epitaph – “Big Deal! I’m used to dust!”

SATURDAY, JUNE 29th, 2019 - Historical Walking Tour with Gene Domagala – 1:00 – meet at the NW corner of Main and Danforth and explore Historic East Toronto.

MONDAY, JULY 1st, 2019 - CANADA DAY – Celebrate!! FIREWORKS at Ashbridges Bay – 9:45 –

SUNDAY, JUNE 30TH, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULE: As we mark Canada Day, let us also celebrate Canada’s contributions around the world. International aid plays an important role in addressing poverty, hunger and inequality in vulnerable countries. Support from the Government of Canada for PWS&D’s maternal, newborn and child health programs in Afghanistan and Malawi maximizes Presbyterian contributions to projects delivering life-saving healthcare to mothers and babies. Let’s continue sharing Canadian compassion and generosity throughout the world. Through the I Care campaign, Canadians can sign a postcard addressed to the prime minister, letting him know that they care about and support Canada’s role in ending global hunger and poverty.

MONDAY, JULY 1st, 2019 - Theology on Tap will not be meeting this evening but will resume next Monday.

SUNDAY, JULY 7th, 2019 - Scarborough Garden & Horticultural Society Annual Garden Tour – 12:00 – 4:00 with afternoon tea starting at 3:30. Passports $10.00 available as of 11:00 in the parking lot of Scarborough Village Recreation Centre – Kingston Road and Markham.


My wife has a slight impediment in her speech, every now and then she stops to breathe. Jimmy Durante

You must come again when you have less time! W.S. Gilbert

I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means put down! Bob Newhart

Jerry Ford is a nice guy, but he played too much football with his helmet off! Lyndon Baines Johnson

I may be drunk Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly! Winston Churchill

I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception! Groucho Marx

Have a good week - MB

    June 21, 2019


SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd, 2019 - Beach party at the Leuty Boathouse - 11:00 – 4:00 – featuring live music and demonstrations

SUNDAY, JUNE 23rd, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

AND – PRIDE PARADE – for those of you who are walking – gather at 2:30 at 250 Bloor Street, East.

MISSION CAPSULE: With support from Presbyterians Sharing … Two Rivers Church in Guelph, Ontario is exploring new ways of being the church. A recipient of the PCC’s Supporting Ministry Grant, the ministry is made up of “Living Rooms,” where people gather together in homes for meals and conversations that draw them deeper into friendship in Christ. They recently began The Prayer Project, which encourages spiritual depth, wisdom and maturity among it’s members through prayer. The Prayer Project is a multi-faceted approach to forming missional apprentices of Jesus, through a variety of initiatives that include a weekly contemplative prayer walk, a Healing prayer Team, as well as special events dedicated to communal prayer.

MONDAY, JUNE 24th, 2019 - Theology on Tap continues at The Beacher at 7:00


The discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb is a topic of conversation in 1922.

Women’s winter coats are selling for $18.95 while Men’s overcoats sell for $12.95

Clark Gable begins his Hollywood career in 1931.

The 1923 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine goes to Canadian Doctors Banting and Best for the discovery of Insulin.

In 1908 Lucy Maud Montgomery writes Anne of Green Gables. Young girls wish for lockets - $1.25 and boys long for pocket knives – 10 cents.

In 1916 Jazz is the rage and 1918 marks the end of WW1

In 1922 Canadians are talking about the feats of the world’s faster fishing schooner, The Bluenose

Have a good week - MB

    June 13, 2019

THURSDAY, JUNE 13th, 2019 - “Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.!” French Proverb

SATURDAY, JUNE 15th, 2015 - Treasure Find at Calvary Baptist

SUNDAY, JUNE 16th, 2019 - Plant sale and garden tour at Beach United Church. - 9:30 - See what is growing in our garden and pick up some plants and gently used garden tools.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16th, 2019 - FATHER’S DAY – come join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading. We will celebrate communion.

MISSION CAPSULES: Inspired by God’s promise of abundant life, PWS&D envisions a world where no one has to live in danger or exile. Because of the efforts of congregations, presbyteries and other groups involved in refugee sponsorship, those forced to flee their homes out of fear for their lives and liberty are experiencing peace in Canada. This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Presbyterian Church in Canada as a Sponsorship Agreement Holder with the Government of Canada. This World Refugee Day, we are celebrating the partnership between PWS&D and sponsoring groups and the life-giving work that welcomes refugees to Canada. Together, we continue to journey alongside refugees as they search for peace and security.

MONDAY, JUNE 17th, 2019 -- Theology on Tap continues at the Beacher Café – 7:00 – join us for great discussions.

SUNDAY, JUNE 23rd, 2019 - Pride Parade – 50 Presbyterians have signed up to walk in the parade under the banner of “Presbyterian Pride”

COMING UP: Beaches Jazz Festival - AND Movie nights in the Park


1922 – Tennis becomes the ‘sport of the year’ when King George V opens Wimbledon stadium. Ladies can purchase a dress for $22.50 – an exceptionally good value!

The 1951 mid century census reports Canada’s population is 14,009,429: women are discovering the comfort of slacks and men’s suits feature wide lapels. AND you can pick up a five piece chrome and plastic dinette set for $69.95 – four chairs plus table.

The world awaits the 1927 release of the first “talkie”. The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson. Toronto shops feature straight-line dresses from Paris and New York for $25.00 and $35.00 buys a “Sunday Best” men’s suit.

Before WW1 hostilities erupt in 1914. In Canada you can own a portable three room canvas bungalow – 20 ft.long x 10 ft wide for $185.00.

December 17th, 1903 – air flight becomes a reality as Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully take to the skies.

Have a good week - MB

    June 6, 2019


FRIDAY, JUNE 7th, 2019 - The Kingston Road Community will be planting all the planters and tree wells with pollinator plantings today – helpers welcome.

SATURDAY/SUNDAY, JUNE 8th & 9th, 2019 - Beaches annual Arts & Craft s Show at Kew Gardens – 10:00 – 6:00 – 150 local artists and artisans

SUNDAY, JUNE 9th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – it’s Pentacost Sunday AND it’s a Jazz Service hosted by Worship and Arts and featuring Julian Anderson Bowes and his group.

General Assembly comes to a close.

MISSION MOMENTS: Brothers Kevin and Ionut live in rural Romania. When their mother died, their father, unemployed and devastated by his wife’s death, felt that there was no other option but to put his boys into a state-run orphanage. A local minister approached Csilla Bertalan, the Director of Samuel House, asking her to help the boys. Samuel House is a Christian social ministry of the Reformed Church in Romania that receives support from Presbyterians Sharing … 36 children from struggling families, some at risk of being put into orphanages, are cared for in a loving and stable environment. Education is key and the tutors of the after-school program ensure the children will succeed. Csilla shares, “ we are grateful to God who sends us generous supporters such as the PCC, who are thinking of and caring for the kids that live and study with us.”

MONDAY, JUNE 10th, 2019 - Theology on Tap continues at the Beacher Café – 7:00

MORE: “Insults”

She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B. Dorothy Parker on Katherine Hepburn

I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it. Mark Twain

I heard his library burned down and both books were destroyed – and one of them hadn’t even been coloured in yet. Robertson Davies

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. Winston Churchill

What’s on your mind, if you will allow the overstatement? Fred Allen

He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met Abraham Lincoln

Sometimes when you look in his eyes you get the feeling that someone else is driving. David Letterman

Have a good week - there is sunshine, don’t miss it MB

    May 31, 2019

FRIDAY, MAY 31st, 2019 - Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. Simone Signoret

SATURDAY, JUNE 1st, 2019 - Spring Festival on Kingston Road east of Main. 11:00 – 3:00

SATURDAY, JUNE 1st, 2019 - Affirm - second annual gathering today at Knox Waterloo 1:00 – 4:00

SUNDAY, JUNE 2nd, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

Annual Presbyterian General Assembly begins today.

SUNDAY, JUNE 2nd, 2019 -- St. John’s Norway Parade and Memorial Service – commemorating the 75th anniversary of D. Day. Parade starts at 1:30 at Norway Public School and proceeds west along Kingston Road, north on Woodbine to the St. John’s Norway veterans area in the cemetery through the gates off Woodbine Avenue.

MISSION CAPSULES: Today begins General Assembly – the annual gathering of commissioners from across Canada who meet together to worship and discuss, debate and vote on matters that affect our denomination. This year’s theme is “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Last year, a first time commissioner shared, “ I came home feeling very blessed and encouraged about our Church. I loved the music and the praise team. They added so much to worship. The speakers and the messages were just what I needed to hear. It was an incredible experience and one I would gladly repeat.” Please pray for those gathered as they work together to plan the future of our church with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

MONDAY, JUNE 3rd, 2019 - Theology on Tap continues at 7:00 at the Beacher Café.


You make the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.
Joan Rivers

The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.
George Jessel

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring close knit family in another city.
George Burns

Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster Than you is a moron.
George Carlin

Are we having fun yet?
Carol Burnett

I base my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch.
Gilda Radner

I can’t take a well-tanned person seriously.
Cleveland Amory

She got her looks from her father. He’s a plastic surgeon.
Groucho Marx

Have a good week - MB

    May 23, 2019

THURSDAY, MAY 23rd, 2019 - “Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough” Groucho Marx

FRIDAY, MAY 24th, 2019 - Moonlight Madness along Queen Street – 4:00 – 9:00 – Neville Park to Lockwood.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 24th, 25th & 26th, 2019 – Beach Guild of Fine Arts presents Small Paintings for Small Spaces, show and sale, Gardener’s Cottage. Info.

SUNDAY, MAY 25th, 2019 - Doors Open Toronto

SUNDAY, MAY 26th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: With support from Presbyterians Sharing … Family Church of Heritage Green in Stoney Creek, Ontario is a community of faith offering family style worship that includes all. From songs and prayers written with kids in mind to interactive activities that draw the gathered community into God’s presence, every service brings families together while putting Christ at the center. All programs in the church, such as kids club, youth leadership-in-training and parent support groups, work towards the goal of supporting local families while building lasting relationships.

MONDAY, MAY 27th, 2019 - Theology on Tap continues at 7:00 at the Beacher Café.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28th, 2019 - 9:30 am - Beaches Prayer Group - in most of the pews there are prayer cards and if you wish prayers for family members; for the community; for friends fill one in and put it on the offering plate OR give it to one of us. We gather, talk about our week, read the scriptures for the following Sunday, talk about that and then we go through the prayer cards and pray for everyone there.


Fashion is what you adopt when you don’t know who you are. Quentin Crisp

I think the most important thing a woman can have – next to talent, of course, is her hairdresser. Joan Crawford

Darling, the legs aren’t so beautiful, I just know what to do with them. Marlene Dietrich

Plain women know more about men than beautiful women do. Katharine Hepburn

A little bad taste is like a nice dash of paprika. Dorothy Parker

Going hungry never bothered me – it was having no clothes. Cher

Have a good week - MB

    May 9, 2019

THURSDAY, MAY 9th, 2019 - “Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” Oscar Wilde

SATURDAY, MAY 11th, 2019 - Springfest at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, Warden & Kingston Road, - 9:00 – 12:45 – plants; treasures; baking; books; breakfast sandwiches; BBQ lunch and yummy treats.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 11th & 12th, 2019 - Spring Plant sale fundraiser at 14 Lyall Avenue. 10:00 – 6:00 Michael Erdman and Cantemus Singers annual sale of garden perennials to raise funds for the Emergency Food Bank, Regent Park. Over one thousand well grown perennials are sold at reasonable prices. Sale continues May 18th – 20th and May 25th & 26th.

SUNDAY MAY 12th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 - Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading. We will celebrate communion.

MISSION CAPSULES: In Thimalala village in Malawi, Jimmy Gondwe was not sleeping well. He was concerned about the mosquitoes inside his home, fearing they carried the deadly malaria virus. While malaria rates have gone down in Malawi, it remains a significant health challenge, especially among pregnant women and children. Malaria-carrying mosquitoes mostly bite at night, with more than 80% of transmission occurring indoors. To help ensure more households stay healthy and malaria free, a PWS&D project is helping to safely treat homes with insecticide. Jimmy reports that since the project, he feels safer inside his home – a now mosquito-free environment. “I am grateful for the support,” Jimmy said.

MONDAY, MAY 13th, 2019 - 7:00 Theology on Tap meets at the Beacher Café – they are studying a book about Calvin.


Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. … Salvador Dali

To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time. Leonard Bernstein

I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish. Michelangelo

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. Winston Churchill.

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Henry David Thoreau

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it! Jonathan Winters

Do something. If it doesn’t work, do something else. No idea is too crazy. Jim Hightower

If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased. Katharine Hepburn

Have a good week - MB

    May 2, 2019

THURSDAY, MAY 2nd, 2019 - “You’re at that age when everything Mother Nature gave you, Father Time is taking Away.” Milton Berle

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MAY 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2019 - Beaches Annual Studio Tour. Friday, 6:00 – 9:00; Saturday 10:00 – 6:00 and Sunday 11:00 – 6:00 – featuring 18 local artists. Info –

SATURDAY, MAY 4th, 2019 – 4:30 – Jazz & Refections at Beach United Church. Jazz pianist Danae Olano, joined by Jane Bunnett on Saxaphone.

SATURDAY, MAY 4th, 2019 - 8:00 - Academy Concert Series present “A Poe Cabaret” at Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Avenue – featuring Tom Allen, Lori Gemmell, Sheila Jaffe, Bethany Bergman, Emily Eng and Kerri McGonigle – tickets $20:00

SUNDAY, MAY 5th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: The Stewards By Design conference wraps up today after three days of intensive keynote presentations and workshops. The conference focused on connecting stewardship to the mission and ministry of the church and growing generous givers. Led by enthusiastic and abundant living; expand and strengthen their mission and ministry; make generous giving an ongoing, joyful experience; and develop a concrete plan suited for their unique situation. A past participant shared, “ the sessions were a true blessing for us all. We learned much and now we have much to teach.”

MONDAY, MAY 6th, 2019 - Theology on Tap will be meeting at the Beacher at 7:00. The study is a book about Calvin … to quote M.J. “the warm fuzzy side of Calvin”

TUESDAY, MAY 7th, 12019 - 7:30 - Toronto Community Orchestra – their Spring Concert at Eastminster United Church, north side of Danforth at Jackman, Free admission – donations gratefully received.

More Lexophiles

Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He’s all right now!

A bicycle can’t stand alone. It’s just two tired …

The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered …

He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed …

When she saw her first strand of gray hair she thought she’d dye ….

Acupuncture is a jab well done. That’s the point of it …

And the New York Times winner was - Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end…..

Have a good week - I need more items to draw from - MB

    April 25, 2019

THURSDAY, APRIL 25th, 2019 - It’s not raining – enjoy!!

SATURDAY, APRIL 27th, 2019 - Earth Day Celebration in Glen Stewart Ravine – 10:00 – noon – Meet at the Beech Avenue Entrance – (Dress to get dirty) Ravine clean-up. Meet local bee and butterfly experts. Native seed giveaway.

AND – Historical Walking Tour with Gene Domagala - 1:00 - Meet at NW corner of Danforth & Woodbine for this Danforth walk….

AND – Spring Thaw Concert – Hot Jazz for cool nights – BPC – 7:30 – featuring Julian Anderson Bowes and Anthony Fung. Proceeds go to the church’s refugee fund. Tickets $20.00

SUNDAY, APRIL 28th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – we welcome Anna Muir who will be giving a presentation on PWS&D.

MISSION CAPSULE: In Malawi, Lucia and her husband care for their six orphaned grandchildren. It’s a lot of work to meet the needs of a large family, but Lucia was earning a good income running a grocery store – a dream she’d always had. When her husband fell ill, Lucia used all her earnings to pay hospital bills and could no longer afford her grandchildren’s school fees. When her husband was discharged, Lucia had no money left to rebuild the business she loved. An answer to her prayers, Lucia received a loan to get her store running again through a PWS&D supported self-help group. “I was worried about how I would pay school fees and provide for my grandchildren’s basic needs,” Lucia said. “Self-help groups have really helped.”

MONDAY, APRIL 29th, 2019 - Theology on Tap resumes at the Beacher at 7:00.


This girl today said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I’d swear I’ve never met herbivore!

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

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.

I got some batteries that were given out free of charge.

A will is a dead giveaway.

A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

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

Have a good week - MB

    April 18, 2019

THURSDAY, APRIL 18th, 2019 - It’s Maundy Thursday, come to dinner at 6:00 – soup, cheese, fruit & bread, followed by worship in the sanctuary……Tennebrae and Communion.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19th, 2019 - GOOD FRIDAY service at 10:00.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19th, 2019 - Toronto Beach Chorale presents “Requiem” at St. Aiden’s Church - 7:30 – tickets $25:00 in advance, at the door $30:00 cash only.

AND second annual Beaches Easter Egg Hunt in Kew Gardens from 11:00 – 2:00 …

SUNDAY, APRIL 21st, 2019 - EASTER SUNDAY - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading – we will celebrate communion . . . .

AND – 2:00 - Beaches Annual Easter Parade on Queen Street – Queen Street will be closed from Munro Park to Woodbine from 1:30 to 4:30.

MISSION CAPSULES: On Earth Day – April 22nd – we reflect on the uniqueness of God’s creation and the ecosytems that nourish us. Unfortunately, contributions to greenhouse gas emissions continue to take a toll on the planet’s health and trigger extreme weather patterns such as prolonged drought and heavy rains. These weather patterns can make it difficult for small scale farmers in the global south to meet their food needs and earn liveable incomes. The need to adapt to these challenges is now a reality and PWS&D is providing support. In Guatemala, Haiti, Malawi and Nicaragua, PWS&D is empowering farmers to learn sustainable, environmentally-friendly farming techniques that both heal the earth and improve crop yields.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27th, 2019 -- 5th ANNUAL BEACHES SPRING THAW JAZZ CONCERT – 7:30 – featuring Julian Anderson Bowes and Anthony Fung. Tickets $20:00 – in support of Beaches Refugee Program


No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery!

If you don’t pay your exorcist you can get repossessed!

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

I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now

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

Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.

Have a good week - MB

    April 12, 2019

SUNDAY, APRIL 14th, 2019 - Join us for our PALM SUNDAY SERVICE at 10:00 – Julian Anderson Bowes leading us through one of our Jazz services. We will celebrate communion.

MISSION CAPSULE: Life in Christ Ministry provides support and assistance for Arabic and Farsi speaking refugees living in the Greater Toronto area. Each year, the ministry offers a New Beginnings Training Program that provides practical workshops aimed at helping refugees adapt to local Canadian communities, including learning English and developing other life skills. By offering games and activities for children at the same time as adult workshops, the program responds to the need for parents to attend programs with their children. In addition, the program provides meaningful job opportunities for students and volunteers.

MONDAY, APRIL 15th, 2019 - Theology on Tap will not be meeting again until after Easter.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18th, 2019 - Join us for our Maundy Thursday dinner and service – dinner is simple, soup, fruit, bread.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19th, 2019 - Join us for Good Friday service 10:00.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21st, 2019 - Join us at 10:00 for our Easter Sunday service

COMING UP: SATURDAY, APRIL 27th, 2019 - 7:30 - SPRING THAW Concert - featuring Julian Anderson Bowes and his band, plus other guests. $20:00 – proceeds in support of our Refugee Ministry

Have a good week – come to church - MB

    March 29, 2019

FRIDAY, MARCH 29th, 2019 - “I don’t date women my age. There aren’t any.” Milton Berle

SATURDAY, MARCH 30TH, 2019 - Fair Trade Fayre at Beach United Church, 12:30 – 3:00 - Shop the world and support Fair Trade vendors - there will be Fair Trade coffee, olive oil, chocolate and baking ingredients for sale.

AND Scarborough Seedy Saturday and Green Fair at Blessed Cardinal Newman High School, Brimley Road south of Kingston Road. - 11:00 – 4:00 - Heirloom seeds for sale and trade, seed exchange, vendors, gardening booths and advice, green living ideas and more. $2:00 or pay what you can

SUNDAY, MARCH 31st, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing … support the mission and ministry we do together in Canada and around the world. Together as a church we equip, support and encourage leaders – lay and clergy – to do effective ministry. We send mission staff, short-term volunteers and grants to accompany international and Canadian mission partners. We assist new church developments and support, encourage and enrich congregations as they renew and grow their ministries. Together we speak on issues of justice and support healing and reconciliation ministries between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. As we encourage and equip one another to teach about love, faith and hope, we are proclaiming the good news of the Gospel.

MONDAY, APRIL 1st, 2019 - Theology on Tap at the Beacher Café – 7:00 – we are studying a book by Romeo Dallaire.

COMING UP: Our next jazz service will be Palm Sunday.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19th, 2019 - GOOD FRIDAY - 7:30 - Church of St. Aidan, Queen & Silver Birch. Tickets from a choir member or at the door. $25:00 in advance $30:00 at the door – cash only.

Toronto Beach Chorale invites you to enjoy music to soothe your soul as we proudly present our final concert of this season …. Maurice Durufle’s Requiem along with works by Founod, Faure and Poulene. With professional musicians and guess soloists. The music combines elements of Debussy, Messiaen and Faure into a masterpiece of choral music with a subtle orchestration and a focus on peace and rest.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27th, 2019 - Spring Thaw concert

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I want to die while asleep like my grandfather, not screaming in terror like the passengers in his car!

Corduroy pillows are making headlines!

Dyslexics have more Nuf…

In just two days from now tomorrow will be yesterday.

Kentucky : five million people, fifteen last names …

When your gecko is broken you have a reptile dysfunction …

I didn’t say it was your fault! I said I was going to blame you!

Have a good week MB

    March 21, 2019

THURSDAY, MARCH 21st, 2019 - SPRING – I saw a robin yesterday morning!!!

“Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.!” George Bernard Shaw

SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH, 2019 - 3:30 - A production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat will be presented at St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue. Tickets - $15:00 in advance – At the door - $20.00 Note – the interior of this church was painted by the Group of Seven.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24th, 2019 - Third Sunday of Lent – join us for morning worship at 10:00 Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Picton, Ontario is building relationships with Indigenous people through the celebration of Indigenous art and culture. The church is now home to the largest Indigenous mural on a church in Canada. The congregation received permission by award-winning Metis visual artist and author Christi Belcourt to reproduce her Art Gallery of Ontario commissioned piece, Wisdom of the Universe. A team of Toronto muralists spent one week recreating the 37’ x 36’ mural on the church’s north exterior wall. The entire mural is comprised of dots to represent beadwork, which is a common theme in much of Belcourt’s work.

MONDAY, MARCH 25th, 2019 - 7:00 - Theology on Tap continues at The Beacher Café

THURSDAY, MARCH 28th, 2019 - Free Senior’s movie at the Fox - “Green Book” doors open at 10:00 am

MONDAY, APRIL 1st, 2019 - Valuation Clinic at Community 55 – 2:00 – 4:00 – Treasures Antiques and Appraisals of Oakville will be onsite to evaluate antiques, heirlooms, artwork, jewellery etc. Find out what your items are worth. $5:00 fee.


Did you know they won’t be making yardsticks any longer?

I used to be allergic to soap but I’m clean now

The patron saint of poverty is St. Nickeless.

What is a thesaurus’s favourite dessert? Synonym Buns.

There was a big paddle sale at the boat store. It was quite an oar deal.

How do they figure out the price of hammers? Per pound!

Have a good week MB

    March 14, 2019

THURSDAY, MARCH 14th, 2019 - “I’m not afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Woody Allen

SUNDAY, MARCH 17th, 2019 - 2nd Sunday of Lent – join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: Called to respond to suffering caused by disasters and conflict across the globe, the mission and outreach committee of Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church in Ontario hosted a pancake breakfast fundraiser last year in support of PWS&D emergency relief projects. Generous contributions totaled $300.00 for PWS&D, which will help save and improve the lives of those living in crisis situations throughout the globe. “Helping communities around the world overcome poverty is what God wants us to do,” shared Susan Johnson, elder at Richmond Hill and organizer of the event. “We are humbled and grateful to be able to assist the Presbyterian Church in Canada in furthering God’s work.”

MONDAY, MARCH 18th, 2019 - Theology on Tap gathers at the Beacher at 7:00.

NOTE: Last Sunday during our very moving Jazz service, we were asked to break up into small groups and discuss “What are you giving up for Lent?”. So, what are you giving up? Let’s share our stories –


The meaning of opaque is unclear ...

I wasn’t going to get a brain transplant but then I changed my mind ...

Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It’s very time consuming ...

A man tried to assault me with milk, cream and butter. How dairy! ...

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

So what if I don’t know the meaning of the word ‘apocalypse” ? It’s not the end of the world ...

Police were called to the day-care center. A three year old was resisting a rest ...

Atheism is a non-prophet organization ...

Have a good week - it’s almost spring ......MB

    March 6, 2019

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6th, 2019 - “Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.” Oscar Wilde

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6th, 2019 - WELCOME TO LENT – Ash Wednesday service at 7:30 – Rev. M. J. Perry leading.

WINTER STATIONS along the boardwalk between Ashbridges Bay and Balmy Beach until April 1st. This year’s theme is “Migration”.

Small Paintings Show and Sale by local artist Robert Kane at Cliffcrest Library, S/E corner of Kingston Road & McCowan – scenes from Haliburton, the Kawarthas and Toronto. Show runs through March and April.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9th, 2019 - DON’T FORGET TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR – but don’t be late for church, it’s a Jazz Service.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – A Jazz service has been planned, Julian is back from China and his group will join him. We will celebrate communion.

MISSION CAPSULES: Sending people to serve internationally is one of the ways the PCC nurtures relationships with partner churches. Claire Fowler, a first-year medical student at the University of B.C. and a member of Langley Presbyterian Church in BC, volunteered with David Gordon Memorial Hospital in Malawi for four weeks in June 2018. Working alongside Malawian doctors, nurses and clinical staff, she gained valuable experience and built relationships. The hospital staff and patients appreciated Claire’s enthusiasm and dedication. Claire is grateful for the PCC’s support and for the opportunity to gain a more global perspective on medical work.


SARCHASM (N) The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

INOCULATTE (V) To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

HIPATITIS (N) Terminal coolness.

OSTERPORNOSIS (N) A degenerate disease. (this one got extra credit)

KARMAGEDDON (N) It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

DECAFALON (N) The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

ARACHNOLEPTIC FIT (N) The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

CATERPALLOR (N) The colour you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you are eating.

Have a good week MB

    February 28, 2019

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28th, 2019 - “Just remember, once you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.” Charles Schultz

SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd, 2019 - Jazz & Reflections at Beach United Church, Wineva, featuring Bill McBirnie, flute and Bernie Senensky, piano. 4:30 – 5:15

SUNDAY, MARCH 3rd, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: Access to information and services for reproductive health rights remains a significant challenge for women around the world, especially in poor communities. Many women are not able to decide if or when they have children, or how many girls forced into early marriages are made vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections and early pregnancy. It is proven time and again that empowering women helps improve economic growth and development – part of this must be access to necessary health services and the ability to make decisions about their bodies. PWS&D is responding in India to raise awareness of sexual and reproductive health and provide women and girls with a network of support so they can decide their own futures. PWS&D ensures health, education and safety for women.

MONDAY, MARCH 4th, 2019 - Theology on Tap will not be meeting this week. We will resume March 11th and will be studying Shaking Hands with the Devil by Romeo D’allaire

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6th, 2019 - WELCOME TO LENT – Ash Wednesday service at 7:30 – a reflective service of prayers and readings led by Rev. M.J. Perry

NOTE: So far, 50 people have committed to march in this years Pride Parade on June 23rd, under the banner of “Presbyterian Pride” – our goal is to have 100.


GARGOYLE (N) olive flavoured mouthwash

FLATULENCE (N) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller

BALDERDASH (N) a rapidly receding hairline.

TESTICLE (N) a humorous question on an exam.

OYSTER (N) a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms

FRISBEETARIANISM (N) (back by popular demand) The belief that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

BOZONE (N) The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

CASHTRATION (N) The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

GIRAFFITI (N) Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

Have a good week - MB

    February 20, 2019

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20th, 2019 - “My health is good; it’s my age that’s bad.” Roy Acuff

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd, 2019 - Kids program Open House at Beaches Recreation Centre, Williamson Road. 11:00 – 2:00 showcasing programs available for kids ages 0 – 16 and learn more about the variety offered including Sports, Arts, Music, Camps and more.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 2019 - Toronto Beach Chorale present a concert to warm the winter’s chill “Maple Sugar Music” a toe tapping salute to Canadian folk music featuring La Messe Quebecoise…….a work for choir, folk, fiddle and spoons. 3:00 – Beach United Church, Wineva Avenue - $25:00 in advance $30:00 at the door (cash only)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: Jesus showed care and compassion to those living on the margins of society, teaching us how to be a neighbor to everyone in need. In the same way, Boarding Homes Ministry strives to build community in the Greater Toronto area. Volunteers practice inclusion by visiting and sharing meals with people living in low-income housing, who are often isolated due to the stigmas of mental illness, addictions and poverty. The ministry also provides educational workshops for faith communities on how to be more welcoming and supportive to people who have experienced mental illness and trauma.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH, 2019 - This week Theology on Tap finished reading Mere Christianity. We are now taking a two week break and will begin our Lenten book, Shake Hands With the Devil by Romeo Dalaire. Most people either own a copy of have access to one, therefore we will not be doing a group order.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd, 2019 - Jazz & Reflection – featuring Bill McBirnie, flute, Bernie Senensky, piano. 4:30 – 5:15 at Beach United Church


FRIDAY, MARCH 8th, 2019 - Night of Inspiration at the Balmy Beach Club – 7:00 – 11:00. Celebrate International Women’s Day with an intergenerational group of women speakers from a cross section of professions. Live music, activities and a pop-up market featuring local artisans and entrepreneurs. Delicious food included in your ticket price.

ANNUAL NEOLOGISM CONTEST. Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to it’s yearly contest in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words. The winners are:

COFFEE (N) the person upon whom one coughs.

FLABBERGASTED (Adj) appalled over how much weight you have gained.

ABDICATE (V) to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach

ESPLANADE (V) to attempt an explanation while drunk.

NEGLIGENT (Adj) decribes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

LYMPH (V) To walk with a lisp.

Have a good week - MB

    February 13, 2019


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th, 2019 - “They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad to realize that I’m going to miss mine by just a few days. Garrison Keillor

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 2019 -- Beginner Adult Shinny Hockey and Family Skate at Kew Gardens rink, by the Boardwalk. 1:00 – 2:30 – hosted by Beach United Church. No hard pucks or hockey sticks; we will provide safe plastic sticks and a soft ball. Skinny takes one half of the rink, other half is free skating.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: Ayishetu Abu had not seen her family in eight years. She was living at the Gambaga Outcast Home in Ghana – a shelter for women facing accusations of witchcraft. In many Ghanaian communities, there is a tendency to suspect witchcraft as the cause of crop failure, the death of the child or any other unexplained event. In addition to improving living conditions at the shelter, PWS&D works to foster social acceptance among these communities and educate village leaders about human rights, mental illness, disabilities and other health issues often mistakenly attributed to witchcraft. To ensue more women like Ayishetu can embrace opportunities that are the right of every person, PWS&D will continue working for justice and peace.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18th, 2019 - 7:00 – we gather at the Beacher Café to continue our reading of Mere Christianity by C.S.Lewis. Our next book will be Shake Hands With the Devil by Romeo Dallaire and will begin on March 11th. It will be our Lenten study.

Note: Rainbow Communion is The Special LGBTQI Listening Committee made up of Seven members drawn from across the church reflecting the diversity of the denomination and includes two members who identify as LGBTQI. Their mandate is to offer a safe and respectful environment in which confidentiality is assured, in order to encourage people to tell stories of harm done to them within and by the church because of homophobia, heterosexism and transphobia; and to share stories of God’s grace experienced by them and through them in Christian ministry, even in the midst of the challenges they have faced. To invite people to submit their stories orally or in writing (face to face, video conference, phone call, email, traditional mail, or other means.) With permission, shared stories may be included in the committee’s report to a future General Assembly. To provide, after the listening process is completed, an appropriate response to the issue of homophobia within the Presbyterian Church in Canada with recommendations for concrete actions addressing homophobia to the General Assembly for implementation within the church.

Beaches Presbyterian has been offered the opportunity to act as a connector site on behalf of this process. For further information please contact Rev. Katherine or Marlene.

RAINBOW COMMUNION LISTENING COMMITTEE MEMBERS Co-Conveners: The Rev. Bob Faris (Toronto) Ms. Sue Senior (Waterloo) Members: The Rev. Dr. Tim Archibald (New Minas, NS) The Rev. Joseph Bae (Thornhill,) The Rev. Dr. Jean Morris (Calgary) Ms. Sydney O’Brien (Waterloo) Ms Bassma Younan (Aurora) Trained Rainbow Communion listeners from across Canada (some fluent in additional languages) will be deputized and added to the roster of the listeners. These names will be made available on the website.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 2019 - Toronto Beach Chorale present a concert to warm the winter’s chill “Maple Sugar Music” a toe tapping salute to Canadian folk music featuring La Messe Quebecoise. A work for choir, folk fiddle and spoons by Quebec composer Pierick Houdy with award winning violinist Christian Vachon. PLUS Un Canadien errant and many other Canadian folk songs. There will be a special Silent Auction including a hand made quilt and an original numbered print by Canadian artist Doug Comeau and Giant Gift Baskets of all things comestible and libatious from coast to coast. Beach United Church, Tickets $25:00 in advance $30:00 at the door, cash only.


Is there another word for synonym?

Is it possible to be totally partial?

Is Marx’s tomb a communist plot?

If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?

Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground and I’ll show you a man who can’t get his pants off!

It’s not an optical illusion. It just looks like one.

Is it my imagination, or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?

Have a good week – stay warm MB

    February 6, 2019

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 2019 - “Middle age is when you know all the answers and nobody asks you the questions.” Bob Phillips

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 - Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading. We will celebrate communion and following worship we will gather for our annual general meeting.

MISSION CAPSULES: For Stephanie Chunoo, mission is “God’s people helping those who are in need.” Stephanie, a young adult intern, works with dedicated staff and volunteers at Kalunba, a refugee ministry of the Reformed Church in Hungary. Stephanie has been putting into action God’s call to welcome the stranger since October 2018. At Kalunba, refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon attend Hungarian language classes and receive assistance in finding employment and housing. The goal is to have these new members well integrated within one year of their arrival in Hungary. Stephanie assists with child care, teaches English classes and helps plan activities for the children. A member of Leaside Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Stephanie is appreciative of support and prayers from Canada.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11th, 2019 - 7:00 - Theology on Tap continues with Mere Christianity by C.S.Lewis at the Beacher Café. Theology on Tap will be reading “Shake Hands With the Devil” by Romeo Dallaire for its Lenten book. March 6th is Ash Wednesday and we will begin the book on March 11th. Many people already have this book and so we would like to know how many would like to purchase it before we approach the Book Cellar for a discount.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th, 2019 - Soup Tasting Competition at Community 55 - 4:30 – 6:00. Sample and choose your favourite soup from participating restaurants. The winning restaurant takes possession of the Silver Ladle for one year. $5:00 per person with proceeds going to CC55’s year round programs.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14th, 2019 - Valentine’s Spaghetti Lunch at St. David & St. Andrew Anglican Church, 49 Donlands Avenue, across from Donlands subway. 12 noon – 2:00 ….. $6:00 all welcome


A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.

What was the greatest thing before sliced bread? (Betty White?)

I used to be indecisive, now I’m not sure.

The cost of living hasn’t affected it’s popularity.

How can there be self-help “groups”?

Where do forest rangers go to “get away from it all”?

Have a good week – stay warm MB

    January 30, 2019

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30th, 2019 - Old age is when you know all the answers but nobody asks you the questions……Anonymous

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading

MISSION CAPSULES: Life is difficult in Romania. The monthly salary of a school teacher is the equivalent of about $250.00 USD, so many people feel forced to leave in search of work in other EU countries. This economic migration is creating new challenges for the Romanian society. There are over 300,000 migration orphans and a growing number of elderly people who are left behind. The good news is that they are not left alone. Since 2011, Diakonia Christian Foundation for Social Work of the Reformed Church in Romania has been reaching out to Roma children, people living with disabilities, and the elderly. In 2017, the foundation’s social workers and volunteers made over 8,200 visits to the elderly, providing services such as helping with personal hygiene, cleaning and providing medical care or devices. Your gifts to Presbyterians Sharing … are helping to accompany and care for vulnerable people in Romania.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4th, 2019 - 7:00 - Theology on Tap at the Beacher Café, Queen & MacLean. Last week was cancelled due to bad weather, at time of writing, it is on for next week.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th, 2019 - Following worship we gather for our annual congregational meeting. The annual reports have been printed and are ready for pickup.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 2019 - 3:00 - Toronto Beach Chorale present a concert to warm the winter’s chill. MAPLE SUGAR MUSIC, a toe-tapping salute to Canadian folk music featuring La Messe Quebecoise. A work for choir, folk fiddle and spoons by Quebec composer Pierick Houdy with award winning violinist Christian Vachon. A special Silent Auction includes a hand made quilt and an original numbered print by Canadian artist Doug Comeau plus giant gift baskets.
At Beach United Church – tickets $25:00 in advance or $30.00 at the door (cash only)

Idle Thoughts of a Retired Person

I had amnesia once - - or twice.

Protons have mass? I didn’t even know they were Catholic!

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.

What is a “free” gift? Aren’t all gifts free?

Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when they grow up they will never be able to merge onto a freeway.

Two can live as cheaply as one, for half as long.

Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

Have a good week, stay warm MB

    January 22, 2019

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22nd, 2019 - “I don’t believe in an afterlife, although, I am bringing a change of underwear.” Woody Allen

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: Whenever Jumai went out into his Nepali village, he would be cruelly mocked because of his ulcers, sore patches and swollen legs. Jumai was living with leprosy and could not afford to pay for ongoing treatment. Visiting the PWS&D supported Shining Hospital changed everything. When Jumai was admitted, he was struck by something more than the timely service and quality medical care - the love and acceptance he felt was a welcome relief after years of shame and judgement. “I feel at home in this hospital,” says Jumai. “I receive such good care.” Filled with thanks for PWS&D Jumai looks forward to a better future.

MONDAY, JANUARY 28th, 2019 - Last Monday, for various unavoidable reasons, a number of people notified us at the last minute, that they would be unable to attend Theology on Tap. When only three members were still available it was decided, due to the meatiness of the section, to postpone this week’s discussion to next week. So, January 28th, Book III of Mere Christianity will be discussed. Please hold members of Theology on Tap in your prayers.

Puns for Educated Minds

Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly, it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.

Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, “I’ve lost my electron” The other says “Are you sure?’ The first replies, “Yes, I’m positive.”

Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.

When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

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

Have a good week - MB

    January 1, 2019


SATURDAY, JANUARY 5th, 2019 - 7:30 - Heather Crisp will be giving a free concert of various types of music. Heather is preparing for an exam. Everyone is welcome.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6th, 2019 - Join us for morning worship, Rev. Katherine McCloskey leading.

MISSION CAPSULES: Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing … reflect the joint efforts and witness of Presbyterians across Canada who live out the gospel message in all aspects of life. Together, we put our faith into action by equipping congregations, ministries and presbyteries; engaging in evangelism, outreach and discipleship; embracing local, national and international mission work; living out God’s call to justice; empowering youth; engaging in healing and reconciliation; creating new faith communities and supporting congregations – and so much more! Dr. Nick Bauman, who spent the past two years serving as PCC mission staff in Nepal, shares, “our lives are not our own, but are gifts, and we are entrusted by God to be stewards of these gifts.” Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing … are making a difference, thanks to the generosity of Presbyterians across Canada. Every gift matters!

MONDAY, JANUARY 7th, 2019 - 7:00 – Theology on Tap will reconvene , we are reading C.S.Lewis Mere Christianity.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019 - 7:30 – Beaches Coffee House – do plan to attend and support our own talent. It promises to be a fun evening.


I had amnesia once - - - or twice.

Protons have mass? I didn’t even know they were Catholic!

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.

What is a “free” gift? Aren’t all gifts free?

Two can live as cheaply as one, for half as long!

Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and when she grows up, she’ll never be able to merge her car onto a freeway.

Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

Blessings MB