Thanksgiving 2019 Letter

Dear Members and Friends of Bayview United Church,

Today Bayview United Church celebrated our 5th Anniversary! From one point of view, it seems like only yesterday that Oriole-York Mills and Centennial-Japanese United Churches amalgamated to form Bayview United Church. From another point of view, we have done so much together and are so comfortable and familiar with each other that it feels like we have been one congregation for a much longer time.

As part of the service today we were privileged to watch a slideshow of events from the past five years. The images brought back many wonderful and fond memories of our time together. I also evoked many emotions for me personally and I’m sure those in attendance felt their own emotions. Although the range of thoughts and feelings were surely different for each person, I am confident that all shared the feeling of gratitude. Gratitude for the church and, specifically, for the people and all their time and effort dedicated to the church to make it such a wonderful congregation and community to be a part of.

In this time of Thanksgviging, let us all be thankful for the church and what it means to our lives.

In addition to our regular services, please join us on the following upcoming dates:

Sunday October 13, 2019 – 11:00amThanksgiving Sunday Worship Service. 1:00pm – Japanese Language Service.
Saturday October 19, 2019 – 2:00pmFestival on Bayview Fundraiser musical concert and silent auction Baking, preserves, Japanese food, crafts and refreshments will be sold during the intermission. Tickets are $20 (children under 12 are free). Please invite your family and friends to attend and offer your assistance to make this event a success.
Sunday October 27, 2019 – World Food Day Worship Service We will also be commemorating Orange Shirt Day, a day to remember the former students of residential schools.
Sunday November 3, 2019 – 11:00amMemorial Sunday Worship Service to remember loved ones who have passed away since September 2018. Everyone is invited to a complimentary lunch following the service. If you have had a loved one or friend pass away this past year, please let Rev Cindy know their name and date of passing by October 27.

Michael Kitagawa, Chair, Board of Trustees