Important Announcement to the BLCF Community

Sadly, for the first time since we first opened January 2008, the BLCF Cafe Community Dinner will suspend operations due to the threat of the COVID-19 Virus, in order to protect the vulnerable.

BLCF Cafe has suspended operations as we are not equipped for take-out service and are unable to safely serve a eat-in dinner involving a group of some 100-150 guests and volunteers during the pandemic.

Please follow our social media channels for postings of when BLCF would be able to safely reopen in accordance to the guidelines set forth by Public Health Agency of Canada and local health officials allowing for operations within current social-distancing guidelines. Our goal is providing a safe environment for all.

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COVID-19: Letter to faith community leaders from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer

April 3, 2020

Dear Faith Community Leaders

I am reaching out to you today to thank you for your efforts to date in helping Canada delay the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Over the past few weeks, we have seen the number of COVID-19 cases increase in Canada. To reduce the spread of COVID-19 in communities across the country, governments and health officials have asked the public to practice social distancing. This means staying home, avoiding crowds and refraining from common social greetings like handshakes. This is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak.

I am asking you to follow the advice of your local, provincial, and territorial public health authorities with regards to social distancing and restrictions on mass gatherings, which likely includes suspending all regular services for the time being.

Social distancing involves creating a two-metre zone of protection around ourselves—the distance that infected droplets can spread from a cough or sneeze. It is only through social distancing that we can protect our communities, including older adults and medically vulnerable Canadians, who are most at risk of severe illness.

Many community members may want to use this opportunity to host small gatherings in their homes, apartments, and multipurpose rooms. I urge you to use your leadership role to discourage these gatherings, in order to protect the safety and health of your congregants and community.

I know this is not easy. It is an uncertain and difficult time for many and people in your communities are likely turning to their faith for support. I ask that you continue to provide leadership and encourage all of your community members to stay home. I have been encouraged seeing many stories of faith leaders across Canada who have adopted innovative alternative options to reach their communities, from offering services online to using social media. I hope to see more of this as we stay the course in our collective efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at the community level.

We can only respond to the challenge COVID-19 places on our country with your support and leadership.

For more information on Canada’s response to COVID-19, including awareness resources and guidance documents, visit Canada.ca/coronavirus.

Thank you,

Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-letter-faith-community-leaders-from-canada-chief-public-health-officer.html

 

Luke 4:12 (ESV)

And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’ 

 

Be Safe!

 

To our Guests, Volunteers, and Friends of BLCF Cafe,


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, BLCF Cafe Community Dinner, located in the heart of Toronto, has suspended operations on March 16, 2020. As we are not equipped for take-out service and are unable to provide Personal Protection Equipment to our vulnerable volunteers and guests as a sit-down dinner. Please follow our social media channels for postings of when BLCF would open after health officials post the all clear for reduced social-distancing guidelines which are currently in place. 

Be safe.

Sophie Mickelson

Director-Coordinator BLCF Cafe Community Dinner

 

Volunteers Needed for the BLCF Cafe Community Dinner

 
For more information: Contact Sophie Mickelson at blcfcafe@yahoo.ca 416-535-9578. See us on facebook under BLCF Cafe: BLCF Cafe Facebook Link or our BLOG: BLCF Cafe BLOG. BLCF Cafe Community Dinner was established in January 2008 by and is operated under, the auspices of,  Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church: http://www.blcfchurch.ca/  BLCF Church Web Page
Please Note: While BLCF Cafe is willing to complete school, college and university community service volunteer forms, in order to ensure both the safety and protection of young volunteers, BLCF will neither supervise nor fill out forms or letters for volunteers required by the courts or social services. 

BLCF Cafe Community Dinner Fundraiser June 26, 2019

Join us at the  BLCF Café on Wednesday June 26, 2019 at 6:30 PM, featuring Music by Coldwater Roots 100% of all Donations go to feeding the homeless and marginalized in the heart of Toronto, Come and support a worthy cause at the BLCF Café Community Dinner,1307 Bloor St West at Lansdowne Ave  416-535-9578

Volunteers needed to help feed the homeless at the BLCF Cafe

 

Volunteers, (individuals or groups), are needed to help at the BLCF Cafe Community Dinner, a weekly dinner that feeds over 100 homeless and marginalized people, every Wednesday Evening. Relying on fundraisers and private donations, BLCF Cafe receives neither government grants nor corporate sponsorship. BLCF Cafe does rely on the dedication of volunteers to serve over 7,500 dinners, annually.  Volunteers serve each guest a wholesome dinner, with dignity and respect.

 

If you are able, why not contribute a few hours of your time for a great cause? You will be glad you did when you see the smiles on the faces of the people we serve. For more information: Contact Sophie Mickelson at blcfcafe@yahoo.ca 416-535-9578.

 

See us on facebook under BLCF Cafe: BLCF Cafe Facebook Link or our BLOG: BLCF Cafe BLOG. BLCF Cafe Community Dinner was established in January 2008 by and is operated under, the auspices of,  Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church: http://www.blcfchurch.ca/  BLCF Church Web Page

 

Please Note: While BLCF Cafe is willing to complete school, college and university community service volunteer forms, in order to ensure both the safety and protection of young volunteers, BLCF will neither supervise nor fill out forms or letters for volunteers required by the courts or social services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brrr… Extreme Cold in the Heart of Toronto to Start 2019

Brrr… Extreme Cold in the Heart of Toronto

January 2019 marks the eleventh anniversary of BLCF hosting a community dinner, serving the homeless and marginalized in the heart of Toronto at the BLCF Cafe.

 

And with the advent of bitterly cold weather, Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship is asking for donations of socks, gloves, scarves, and toques for our homeless and marginalized guests in the heart of Toronto at the BLCF Cafe Community Dinner.

 

Donations may be brought to the BLCF Cafe Community Dinner, (Wednesdays between 6 and 8 PM). To arrange delivery at a different time, contact Sophie by email: blcfcafe@yahoo.ca or call BLCF at 416-535-9578.

 

Not a bread line, food bank or soup kitchen, BLCF Café has been serving wholesome dinners to upwards of 150 of Toronto’s homeless every Wednesday evening since January 2008. Individual and groups of volunteers are welcome.

 

BLCF Cafe/BLCF Church, 1307 Bloor Street West, one block west of Lansdowne Avenue. Help bring some warmth to those in need.

 

Why host a Dinner and not a Food Bank or Sandwich Run?

Why does BLCF Church (Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship)​ establish a Community Dinner for the homeless and marginalized? Why not a food bank or “sandwich run”?

Mark November 7, 2018 On Your Calendar – BLCF Cafe Fall FUNdraiser Time

 

Well, it is that time of year. BLCF Cafe announces that the date for our Fall FUNdraiser is set to November 7, 2018, at 6:30 PM. Support the BLCF Cafe’s cause of serving dinner to Toronto’s homeless and marginalized, right in the heart of the city.

Invite a friend for an evening of great Bluegrass music performed by Coldwater Roots, who are able to put the FUN into FUNdraising.

BLCF Cafe, 1307 Bloor Street West, Toronto – 1 Block west of Lansdowne Subway Station (Bloor West TTC Line). 416-535-9578

 

Volunteers, (individuals or Groups) Needed

Volunteers, (individuals or Groups) Needed Volunteers, (individuals or groups), are needed to help at the BLCF Cafe Community Dinner, a weekly dinner that feeds over 100 homeless and marginalized people, every Wednesday Evening. Relying on fundraisers and private donations, BLCF Cafe receives neither government grants nor corporate sponsorship. BLCF Cafe does rely on the dedication of volunteers to serve over 7,500 dinners, annually. 

Volunteers serve each guest a wholesome dinner, with dignity and respect. If you are able, why not contribute a few of hours of your time for a great cause? You will be glad you did when you see the smiles on the faces of the people we serve. 

For more information: Contact Sophie Mickelson at blcfcafe@yahoo.ca 416-535-9578. See us on facebook under BLCF Cafe: BLCF Cafe Facebook Link or our BLOG: BLCF Cafe BLOG. BLCF Cafe Community Dinner was established in January 2008 by and is operated under, the auspices of, Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church: BLCF Church Web Page: http://www.blcfchurch.ca/

Please Note: While BLCF Cafe is willing to complete school, college and university community service volunteer forms, in order to ensure both the safety and protection of young volunteers, BLCF will neither supervise nor fill out forms or letters for volunteers required by the courts or social services. 

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly. I say as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.’  – Matthew 25:40