What's Happening March 16 - 22, 2015

This Sunday, March 22 at 10:30 am, the sermon will be Dare to Surrender led by Rev. Diane Rollert with special guest Susanne Maziarz, music director at Toronto Neighbourhood UU Church. Diane Rollert says, "All religions include a prescription for surrender. What could surrender offer to us as UUs?" On this Sunday we'll change the configuration of the sanctuary, we'll do some small group sharing, and we'll also seek the sacred through movement, singing, and silence.

Other activities this week include the March Letter Writing with the Marie-Berthe Dion Actions Group on Wednesday, March 18 at 10:30 am. The Midday meal will follow at 12:30 pm. Sunday, March 22 at 12:15 there will be a congregational meeting to review the 2014 financial statements, please attend. The Unitarian Drumming Circle will meet later that Sunday at 4 pm.

For more information about these and other events, continue reading below.

Tuesday and Thursday, March 17 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, March 17, 7:30 pm, Phoenix Hall
Carmina Choir

Ability to read music is not necessary as learning aids are provided. A sense of humour is an advantage. For further information, please contact the director, Brian Brice, or call at 514-843-6497

Wednesday, March 18, 10:30 am
March Letter Writing - Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group

All are welcome at our monthly letter-writing meetings. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month around a table for a brief, friendly and informal discussion of a current global concern. Background information is provided, including suggestions for action, usually letters to government officials or the media. Following the discussion, we may write individual letters or send e-mails. The responses to our letters indicate that our concerns have been noted.
If you prefer an evening meeting, please reply to that effect and it will be arranged. Email copies of the briefing documents are also available upon request. Join us! Bring writing paper and envelopes (or your laptop). More information? Contact Carol Greene, 514 933-4532.

Wednesday, March 18, 12:30 pm
Midday Meal with Music

If you were at the February 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. Visitors are always welcome. Please let Elizabeth know if you could help out by setting table, serving, clearing up, etc.
Music at Midday
Every third Wednesday of the month following the Midday Meal and starting about 1:30 p.m., a student or students from Montreal's advanced music schools provides us with a free hour-long concert. It’s an easy and interesting way to meet young musicians and enjoy some glorious music.

Thursday, March 19,  7:25 - 9:00 pm, Phoenix Hall
Parts in Peace Choir rehearsal

Susanne Maziarz, Music Director, Totorton Neighborhood UU Church 

Sunday, March 22, 10:30 am
Dare to Surrender

Rev. Diane Rollert with special guest Susanne Maziarz
Diane Rollert says, "All religions include a prescription for surrender. What could surrender offer to us as UUs?" On this Sunday we'll change the configuration of the sanctuary, we'll do some small group sharing, and we'll also seek the sacred through movement, singing, and silence. Come prepared to take some risks. You may not like everything that happens, but you may learn something new about yourself or someone else that may make it all worthwhile.
Special guest Susanne Maziarz is music director at Toronto Neighbourhood UU Church.

Sunday, March 22, 12:15 pm, Sanctuary
Congregational meeting

This meeting will be held to review the 2014 financial statements, to confirm the appointment of the church's professional accountants for the 2015/16 calendar year, and to confirm the slate of delegates to the Canadian Unitarian Council's annual meeting and conference (ACM) to be held in Ottawa May 15-17, 2015.  
Voting members, your presence at this meeting is especially important since it is an opportunity for you to play an active role in the life of this community. Non-voting members and friends are also welcome to attend. For further information, please contact: Patricia Philip, Secretary, Board of Management
 
Sundays, March 22 & 29, 12:15 to 12:45 pm
Family Choir

The experimental Family Choir will shift its rehearsal time to accommodate March break absences. We will have a run of four weeks -- March 22 & 29 then April 5 & 12. Note that our History Multi-gen on March 29, and Earth Day Multi-gen on April 19, will feature songs learned during the Family Choir practices.
 
Sunday, March 22, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Phoenix Hall
Unitarian Drum Circle

The Drum Circle meets once a month at 4:00-6:00 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month, from January to June.  We meet to share the joy of rhythm, celebrate community, and connect to the heartbeat of Mother Earth.
Here are the dates to come Apr. 26; May 24; June 28.   Please bring your own drum if you have one; otherwise, you are welcome to share ours. There is no charge, but each month we will have a donation box for a local charity. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Ann Beer.