What's Happening Nov 17 - 23, 2014

Join us Sunday, November 23 at 10:30 am, for Stories of Courage. Sue Montgomery, Montreal Gazette reporter and member of this congregation, will speak to us in the wake of her courageous launching of #BeenRapedNeverReported. Sue will join Rev. Rollert to explore what it takes for us to bring healing and empowerment to ourselves, our loved ones and the wider world. Music by the Greater Goods and Sandra Hunt.

Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group letter-writing group will meet Wednesday, November 19, at 10:30 am before the Midday Meal with Music, which starts at 12:30. The annual UCM budget meeting begins at 12:15 pm after the service and the Social and Environmental Concerns Committee's (SECC) fundraiser lunch.

 Rev. Rollert's Remembrance Day sermon from November 9, Bon Courage Mes Ami(e)s, is available to read or download.

For more information and details about all of the week's activities, continue reading below.

Tuesday and Thursday, November 18 and 19, 10:00 am - noon, Nursery
Play Group    

We welcome children under five on a drop-in basis accompanied by a (grand)parent or caregiver. Pack a snack for your child(ren). Coffee is provided. Open to all, whether church members or not. No charge but a donation of $3/session per family is suggested.
Contact: Melani Litwack at 514-394-2043
   
Tuesday, November 18, 7:30 pm,  Phoenix Hall
Carmina Choir rehearsal  

The choir will be preparing music for a December seasonal concert, which will include excerpts from Carmina Burana, HMS Pinafore, light works, humorous music and a sing-along. To be a member of Carmina, no ability to read music is necessary as learning aids are provided. A sense of humour is an advantage.
Contact: Brian Brice at 514-843-6497.
 
Wednesday, November 19, 10:30 am
Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group letter-writing sessions

Join us for a brief discussion in a congenial setting. All are welcome.
Those attending the morning session may wish to stay for the Midday Meal (see below).
Information: Carol Greene or call 514-933-4532
 
Wednesday, November 19, 12:30 pm, Phoenix Hall
Midday Meal with Music

If you were at the October Midday Meal, there is no need to register.  Otherwise, please contact  Elizabeth Anglin at 514-937-4095 to register for this month's lunch. Cost is $5.00. Visitors are always welcome. Please let Elizabeth know if you could help out by setting table, serving, clearing up, etc.
Free music concert at 1:35 pm featuring Polina Gubnitskaia playing Schubert's Drei Klavierstücke and Sara Rezki playing Rondo in A minor by Mozart and selections by Liszt.
Thursday, November 20, 10:00 am - noon, Nursery
Play Group
 
Thursday, November 20, 7:25 - 9:00 pm, Phoenix Hall
Parts in Peace Choir rehearsal   

Everyone is welcome to join the UCM's designated Sunday Service Choir! All that is required is enthusiasm, a certain commitment to attend rehearsals in order not to let your colleagues down, and a binder and pencil. Our goal is to learn beautiful, accessible and fun songs from all styles and periods. We offer these songs to complement the service themes, generally once a month at a Sunday morning service.  Recordings of voice parts for many of the songs we learn are available online at http://www.ucmtl.ca/ucm-music-resources
Contact:   Sandra Hunt, Director of Music, at 514-484-5559.
    
Sunday, November 23, 10:30 a.m.
Stories of Courage

Sue Montgomery and Rev. Diane Rollert
Music:  The Greater Goods, and Sandra Hunt, piano
Sue Montgomery, Montreal Gazette reporter and member of this congregation, will speak to us in the wake of her courageous launching of #BeenRapedNeverReported.  Tired of hearing people ask why the women who had accused Jian Ghomeshi of assault had never come forward to press charges, she and a friend created a Twitter hashtag that has gone viral with more than ten million views.  All around the world, women and some men have been tweeting brief notes about their experiences of sexual assault and why they remained silent.  Sue will join Rev. Rollert to explore what it takes for us to bring healing and empowerment to ourselves, our loved ones and the wider world.
 
Sunday, November 23, 12:15 pm, Sanctuary
Budget Meeting

Please join us for a congregational meeting to approve the church's budget for the 2015 calendar year. It is crucial that voting members be present at this meeting since the life of our community depends in great part on the financial decisions in place at this meeting.
Following the service, the Social and Environmental Concerns Committee (SECC) will host a fundraiser soup lunch.  
Contact: Patricia Philip, Secretary, Board of Management