BLCF Cafe needs chairs!

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Last Wednesday, BLCF Cafe served 150 homeless guests, and we have purchased 3 more tables. We need up to 50 stackable chairs to accomodate the increased need. Contact Sophie at BLCF at 416-535-9578.Bloor Lansdowne Community Dinner renamed in December 2009 BLCF Cafe established in January 2008 by Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church. BLCF Cafe feeds over 100 homeless people weekly, over 5,000 annually. BLCF Cafe is run under the auspices of BLCF Church. Volunteers and donations to help feed the homeless are welcome. BLCF Cafe Info Brochure

Q: WHEN IS A CHURCH MORE THAN JUST BRICK AND MORTAR?

A: WHEN THE PEOPLE OF THE CHURCH DECIDE TO PROVIDE FOR THOSE WHO ARE HOMELESS AND DISADVANTAGED WITH A WARM MEAL IN A ENVIRONMENT THAT IS SAFE AND FRIENDLY RIGHT IN RHE HEART OF TORONTO.

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

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.’

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. This makes it 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!

In a Community Dinner 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. At BLCF Cafe, 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 food served at the dinner. Through the power of the Holy Spirit many 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, you did it to me.’ – Matthew 25:40.

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 when He shared His message on the mount.

Bloor Lansdowne Community Dinner Renamed December 2009 As BLCF Cafe
Bloor Lansdowne Community Dinner Renamed December 2009 As BLCF Café

Bloor Lansdowne Community Dinner, renamed in December 2009 as BLCF Cafe, was established in January, 2008 by and is run under the auspices of Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship Church. On Wednesday evening’s BLCF Cafe Community Dinner feeds and fellowships with over 150 homeless and marginalized people weekly, (over 7,500 a year).

This is not a “soup kitchen’ program. It’s more like inviting neighbours over for dinner. The tables are set, the ambiance is friendly and we serve our guests at the table restaurant-style, hearty and homemade meals and tasty desserts, with a spiritual break in-between. Dinner is served from 6 to 8 PM. Throughout the dinner,there is live music: Folk, Blue Grass, Gospel, usually featuring our friend Terry Sywanyk, guitarist / vocalist and songwriter with the duo ‘A Cup of Cold Water’.

Bloor Lansdowne Community Dinner – BLCF Cafe Needs Volunteers To Help Feed The Homeless

For more info Contact BLCF Cafe Director: Sophie at 416-535-9578 or email: blcfcafe@yahoo.ca

BLCF Cafe BLOG: http://blcfcafe.blogspot.com/2011/02/bloor-lansdowne-community-dinner.html?spref=fb
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
– Matthew 25:40

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A Church in the Heart of Toronto – BLCF – Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship

A Church in the Heart of Toronto - Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship

Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship –  A Church in the Heart of Toronto

Last Wednesday, BLCF Cafe served 150 homeless guests, and we have purchased 3 more tables. We need up to 50 stackable chairs to accomodate the increased need. Contact Sophie at BLCF at 416-535-9578.Bloor Lansdowne Community Dinner renamed in December 2009 BLCF Cafe established in January 2008 by Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church. BLCF Cafe feeds over 100 homeless people weekly, over 5,000 annually. BLCF Cafe is run under the auspices of BLCF Church. Volunteers and donations to help feed the homeless are welcome. BLCF Cafe Info Brochure

Bloor Lansdown Community Dinner Question

Why have a Community Dinner instead of a Sandwich Run or Food Bank?

Why does Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship operate a Community Dinner for homeless people?

BLCF Cafe Community Dinner

Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship Church runs a Community Dinner

Q: Why Did Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship Start A Community Dinner Instead Of Sandwich Run Or A Food Bank?
A: 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.’ 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. This makes it 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! In a Community Dinner 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. At BLCF Cafe, 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 food served at the dinner. Through the power of the Holy Spirit many 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, you did it to me.’ – Matthew 25:40. 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 when He shared His message on the mount!
BLCF Café
Established in January 2008 and operated under the auspices of BLCF Church, BLCF Café feeds 100+ homeless and marginalized people every Wednesday evening. BLCF Café has the following mandate: Provide all guests with a nourishing meal; to treat our guests with dignity & respect; augment meals with music & fellowship; establish significant relationships; and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
HOW YOU CAN HELP THE CAUSE OF THE BLCF CAFÉ? A $150 donation will enable the BLCF Café to feed 100 guests. Donations of non-perishable bulk food items to will help make meals. Volunteers for the BLCF Café are welcome. Tax receipts are available upon request.
BLCF Café Contact Info: Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship 1307 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, Phone | 416-535-9578 Email | blcfchurch@yahoo.ca BLOG | blcfchurch.blog.ca Facebook | BLCF Cafe Facebook | BLCF Church

FACTS ABOUT BLOOR LANSDOWNE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – BLCF: A Church with a vision in the heart of Toronto.

  

 
Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship -BLCF Church in the heart of Toronto

BLCF Cafe Community Dinner – serving the homeless in the heart of Toronto

BLCF Café Community Dinner Motto: ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’           – Matthew 25:40

Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church
A Church with a Vision in the Heart of Toronto
Some 70 years ago, a group of believers embarked on a mission to bring the message of the gospel to the Bloor Lansdowne area in a relevant and meaningful way. The membership moved into a converted truck garage on Bloor Street near Lansdowne Avenue establishing the Church of the Crusaders. Now seven decades later the church, now known as Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship, continues to meet the challenges of actively preaching and practicing the message of the gospel in relevant and meaningful ways to the local community, such as Bloor Lansdowne Community Dinner, renamed December 2009 as BLCF Cafe, a weekly Community Dinner feeding upwards of 150 homeless and marginalized guests weekly, over  7,500 annually.
 
BLCF Cafe was established in January 2008 by and is run solely under the auspices of Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church with the help of a dedicated core of volunteers. The Bible says that a church is not mortar, brick and wood, but the body of believers who gather together to worship, pray, sing, teach and celebrate God’s path of salvation, through accepting Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross at Calvary.

Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church, 1307 Bloor Street, Toronto, ON, M6H 1P1 or 416-535-9578.

http://www.blcfchurch.ca blcfchurch@yahoo.cablcfcafe@yahoo.ca – twitter: @blcfca

Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Cafe Community Dinner Disclaimer – January 18, 2011

Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship: Joe Elkerton Disclaimer

 

Disclaimer: Joe Elkerton resigned from Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLF Church in November 2009 and is no longer employed by or involved with BLCF Church, BLCF Cafe (Bloor Lansdowne) Community Dinner or any of BLCF Church’s outreach ministries. And Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church was never partnered with Project 417, UA – Urban Adventures, Ekklesia Inner City Ministries or any of its affiliates. Contrary to information still posted on several BLOG’s and Web Pages, Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church and its Community Dinner is not now, nor never has been, partnered with Project 417, UA – Urban Adventures, Ekklesia Inner City Ministries or any of its affiliates.

On several occasions, a message sent by a representative of the Board of BLCF Church to the author/administrator of these various BLOGs and web pages with a request to remove or correct these inaccurate statements regarding Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church having been partnered with Project 417, Urban Adventures (UA), et al and only once received a response, a sarcastic email reply questioning just who the Board of BLCF Church is to tell him what to publish; showing no apparent regard as to whether what was posted is accurate or truthful. And so the fautious statements continue and BLCF must continue to post this disclaimer against claims of fictional partnerships that never happened, nor never will.

We do not know any good reason why the author continues to refuses to correct or remove his  fatuous postings about a church and its mission to help Toronto’s the homeless. Unfortunately, as long as the various BLOGs and web pages maintain a the fatuous position that part or all of Project 417 was ever or is currently in any partnership with Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship, we are forced to keep this disclaimer.   

The Web sites making such fatuous partnership claims may be found if you Google search: ‘Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship Partnership Project 417’. Some of the web pages that inaccurately claim past or current partnership with Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship that never existed are:

TO Streets – Homeless BLOG – (http://tostreets.wordpress.com/)

missionlog BLOG –  (https://missionlog.wordpress.com/tag/project-417/)

The Restaurant at the End of the Internet BLOG – (http://restaurantattheendoftheinternet.blogspot.ca/2009_05_01_archive.html)

Further, Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship Church and BLCF Cafe Community Dinner for the homeless and marginalized uses no outside web-based donation service; receives no government funding; has no corporate sponsorships; and maintains a strict policy of not charging any participatory fees to its volunteers. Finally, since its inception in January 2008, BLCF Cafe, (also called Bloor Lansdowne), Community Dinner was established by and is operated solely under the auspices of Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church.

Please direct all volunteer enquiries and donations to Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church, 1307 Bloor Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 1P1 or 416-535-9578, www.blcfchurch.ca . Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church, January 18, 2011

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. Hebrews 13:18

 

Andy Coats and Joe Elkerton's fatuaous postings about partnerships.

Fatuous BLOG postings claiming a partnership between Project 417 and Bloor Lansdowne Christian Fellowship – BLCF Church. Never happened and never will. BLCF does not know why the author continues with these partnership myths, refusing to correct or remove them?