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The Perfect FUNdraiser in the Heart of Toronto at BLCF Cafe!

 

 

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Thanks to all those who support the BLCF Cafe Community Dinner’s cause of feeding the homeless and marginalized in the heart of Toronto, including Cold Water Roots who definitely put the FUN in FUNdraising! 😉

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A Cup of Cold Water Will Perform A Bluegrass Music Concert To Feed The Homeless In Toronto

Bluegrass Music Concert To Feed Toronto’s Homeless

  

  

 

Thumbs Up and Thanks to Our TEAM of  Volunteers at the BLCF Café!

Thumbs Up and Thanks to Our TEAM of

 Volunteers

at the BLCF Café Community Dinner,

in the heart of Toronto! 

 

    

Thanks to all our dedicated volunteers who helped serve meals at the BLCF Café  throughout 2016 and into 2017 which is the 9th year that the BLCf Cafe has served Wednesday evening dinner to  100 or more homeless and marginalized guests in the heart of Toronto. 

 

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BLCF Café needs volunteers to help feed the homeless and marginalized in the heart of Toronto. If you or your group is interested in helping at the BLCF Café Community Dinner, contact Sophie at blcfcafe@yahoo.ca or 416-535-9578. Here is a link to our info brochure: BLCF Cafe Info Brochure

 

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Cold Water Roots FUNdraiser For The Homeless May 17, 2017

Cold Water Roots FUNdraiser For The Homeless May 17, 2017

BLCF Cafe Community Dinner serves dinner to upwards of 150 homeless and marginalized men, women and children of all ages every Wednesday evening since January 2008. BLCF Cafe receives no government funding or corporate sponsorship, relying on private donations from semi-annual fundraising events. The Blue Grass / Gospel group Cold Water Roots will play a Benefit Concert at the BLCF Cafe Community Dinner on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 between 6:00PM and 8:00PM, (at the dinner). Come and bring a friend, enjoy an evening of music, song, and dinner at the BLCF Cafe on May 17, 2017, at 1307 Bloor Street West, 1 block south and west of the Lansdowne Subway Station (Bloor Line West). Parking available on St. Helen’s, just west of the church. All proceeds to benefit homeless and marginalized guests of the BLCF Cafe, located in the heart of Toronto.

BLCF Cafe was established in January 2008 by BLCF Church and is run solely under the auspices of Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church. BLCF Cafe Community Dinner serves dinner to over 150 homeless and marginalized people every Wednesday evening,(over 7,500 annually). If you or your group are interested in helping the cause of feeding the homeless in the heat of Toronto, contact us: BLCF Phone: 416-535-9578  BLCF email: blcfcafe@yahoo.ca * BLCF Web Page: http://www.blcfchurch.ca

Why Did Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship Start A Community Dinner Instead Of Sandwich Run Or A Food Bank?

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Why Did Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship Start A Community Dinner Instead Of Sandwich Run Or A Food Bank?

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Most of us have heard the Chinese Proverb: ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’

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Sandwich runs and to a lesser degree Food Banks offer scant opportunity to fellowship with or establish a meaningful dialogue with the homeless and marginalized. Both can make it awkward and embarrassing to those on the receiving end of a sandwich or food from a relative stranger. This can be a great stumbling block to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the ‘volunteer’ may appear condescending or patronizing to a homeless or marginalized person.

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It is extremely difficult to share how faith in Jesus’ sacrifice allows all to be equal in the eyes of God, especially if they find out that volunteers are paying a fee to give a sandwich to them! At the cafe, there are no fees required to volunteer.

BLCF Cafe Community Dinner guests, who are the homeless and marginalized, are treated with dignity and respect, served a warm meal with music, and fellowship. These conditions are perfect for meaningful dialogue and to establish friendships as a launching point to witness as equals at the same dinner table.

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A short testimony and shared scripture are given as the dinner’s second course, served between the main and dessert. Over time, our guests develop an appetite and appreciation for spiritual sustenance as much as the dinner served at the cafe.

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Through the power of the Holy Spirit some of our guests now help to serve others at the dinner, giving of themselves, showing that they have learned to become fishermen/women and embracing the Mission Statement BLCF Cafe Community Dinner:

‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.’

– Matthew 25:40.

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A number of our guests have made a decision to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour, which demonstrates how marvelous and great the work of the Lord is when we trust him to transform a simple function as serving and sharing a community dinner into a meeting of faith and worshiping of our Lord. Many returning guests feel that the community is their church meeting. Jesus knew what He was doing when he fed the multitude as He shared His message on the mount.

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BLCF Café Contact Info: Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship 1307 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON | Phone: 416-535-9578 | Email: blcfcafe@yahoo.ca | BLOG: blcfcafe.blogspot.com | Facebook: BLCF Cafe Facebook | Web Page: blcfchurch.ca

The Passing of Our Brother, Val

In Celebration of

Val “Valentyn” Polakiwsky

May 23, 1934 –  March 8, 2017



Went to be with his Lord! Val Polakiwsky, God’s servant passed away peacefully in the presence of God to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Husband to his beloved wife Valentyna, a constant to his adoring sons Yuri and Marko and dotting “Dido” to his favourite grandson Terrance (Tarasyk). He was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, 1934. He was a fiery volleyball player, skier and tennis player, a designer for Ontario Transport Systems. A singer of the gospel, faithful churchman and BLCF Cafe Community  Dinner volunteer. A great soccer fan. He will be remembered as a joyous investor of the Kingdom of God. Inspired by Christ’s love he supported orphans, provided a cup of water for the thirsty, supporting God’s work throughout the world in hope of seeing God’s justice be done. As always, who in his last final days would say, “remember it’s the small things.” His greatest desire was that everyone would come to know Jesus Christ on a personal level. To have known him, would have been to experience God’s love.


Visitation – Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of Jane subway on Friday from 5-9 p.m.


Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Interment York Cemetery.


His wish that in lieu of flowers donations could be made to his beloved “Father’s House”, a refuge for orphans and forgotten children in Kyiv, Ukraine. (For more information, contact Turner and Porter – see link, below).

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The Coming of the Lord

 
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.            
 – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (ESV)

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