What's Happening April 27 - May 3, 2015

Join us Sunday, May 3, 10:30 am for the Célébration de la lumière/ Celebration of Light - Programme bilingue/Bilingual service presented by Rev. Diane Rollert, Pascale Frémond with interfaith guests and choirs. Before we embark on May’s theme of “Character,”  we welcome an interfaith gathering to celebrate UNESCO’s declaration of 2015 as the international year of light.  This service is hosted by Religions pour la paix and the Unitarian Church of Montreal as the culmination of the conference, Light within Religious and Spiritual Traditions (Le Congrès sur la Lumière dans les traditions religieuses et spirituelles), May 1-3, 2015.

Please bring non-perishable food items to share with the NDG Food Depot. Half of the unidentified cash in this month's collection baskets will be donated to the Generations Foundation which provides nutritious breakfasts, hot lunches, and a snack daily to over 7,700 schoolchildren in 96 schools and learning centres.

In addition to our regularly scheduled weekly events, there will be a Pathway to Membership meeting at 6 pm of Friday, May 1. There will be a light dinner and childcare will be provided. Saturday, May 2 from 11 am until 2 pm, UCM will host Empty Bowls: Fundraiser to Fight Hunger.

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

Tuesday and Thursday, April 28 and April 30, 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, April 28, 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

Thursday, April 30,  7:25 - 9:00 pm, Phoenix Hall
Parts in Peace Choir rehearsal

The UCM's service choir, meets to sing all kinds of genres of music from the Indian National Anthem to French chansons, rounds and four-part harmonies.  We are committed to singing at least once a month at Sunday services so our musical choices reflect the message of the service. Bring a binder for your music and a pencil with eraser. Non-music readers are enthusiastically welcomed along with seasoned choristers.  You just have to love to sing -- or want to find your musical voice.  It's a great way to participate in the life of our church! Contact:  Sandra Hunt at 514-484-5559.

Friday, May 1, 6:00 - 8.45 pm, Garden Room
Pathway to Membership

Would you like to know more about Unitarian Universalism? Would you like to become a member? Join our minister for our new member orientation program and learn about our Unitarian and Universalist heritage and the meaning of membership. A light dinner and child care will be provided. Dinner will be served from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. RSVP- call 514-485-5555.
   
Friday, May 1
R.E.
:Evening visit to Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, the Reform Jewish Temple on Sherbrooke for their Family Friendly First Friday Shabbat Service. Details from the R.E. Office.
 
Saturday, May 2, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Empty Bowls: Fundraiser to Fight Hunger

www.emptybowlsmontreal.org
Tickets are $25 for a ceramic bowl, one ladle of soup and a piece of bread ... a simple meal to remind us of those in our community struggling to feed themselves and their families. Children can have a bowlful of soup for $5 but no bowl to keep. To volunteer to help out, please contact Trudy Blumstein via email or call her at 514-486-2567.

Sunday, May 3, 10:30 am
Célébration de la lumière/ Celebration of Light - Programme bilingue/Bilingual service

Rev. Diane Rollert, Pascale Frémond with interfaith guests and choirs
Before we embark on May’s theme of “Character,”  we welcome an interfaith gathering to celebrate UNESCO’s declaration of 2015 as the international year of light.  This service is hosted by Religions pour la paix and the Unitarian Church of Montreal as the culmination of the conference, Light within Religious and Spiritual Traditions (Le Congrès sur la Lumière dans les traditions religieuses et spirituelles), May 1-3, 2015.
 Rev. Diane Rollert will also participate in a round table during the conference, focusing on a Unitarian and transcendentalist perspective on light (Friday, May 1, 13:30-15:30 at the Centre de ressources communautaires de Côte-des-Neiges, 6767 chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges). The conference will be in French, but our service at UCM on Sunday will be bilingual. For more information about the conference, please go to: http://www.congreslumiere2015.com   

Sunday, May 3, noon-12:30 pm:
R.E.:
Maypole dancing is planned for all ages. (Heavy rain will mean postponing to May 10). Maypoles are a variation of a sacred tree, related to the Tree of Life or the World Pillar. Dancing around it and weaving the ribbons to connect sky and earth is not only fun, it is richly symbolic. Come enjoy Caroline's last time to dance with us!