What's Happening April 6 - 12, 2015

Join us for Sunday, April 12, 10:30 am for Arise and Face the Day with Rev. Diane Rollert for
a morning of rousing music and reflection looking at the many facets of awakening, from darkness to light. Music by Sandra Hunt and the Yellow Door Choir led by Roxanne Martel.

The church offices will be closed on Monday, April 6. The Book Discussion Group meets on Wed, April 8 at 7 pm. There will be a Passover Seder held on Friday, April 10 at 5:30 pm. The Lesbian Social Discussion Group meets that same evening at 7 pm.

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

Tuesday and Thursday, April 7 and April 9, 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 7, 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, April 8, 7:00 pm tea; 7:30 pm discussion, Thomas Room
Book Discussion Group

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan is about two old friends, Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday, both former lovers of the late Molly Lane, who meet to pay their last respects and make a pact that will have unforeseen consequences. The novel won the 1998 Booker Prize.
 "A supremely crafted novel. Good satires are rare ... Amsterdam however is a small masterpiece of the genre. McEwan has a remarkable facility for making the unpleasant sides of humanity funny." - National Post  New members welcome. Contact: Kathy Douglas, 514-488-9608

Thursday, April 9,  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, April 10, 5:30 pm, Phoenix Hall.
UCM Passover Seder  

A family-friendly observance of the last night of Passover.  Supper is included but participants are asked to bring either a dessert or wine that is Kosher for Passover. We are also looking for volunteers to help with preparations. Please use the sign up sheet on the door to Phoenix Hall or contact Melani Litwack at 514-775-2043. Suggested donation: adults $8, children $3, families $20   

Friday, April 10, 7:00 pm, Thomas Room
Lesbian Social Discussion Group  

A Lesbian Social Discussion Group is underway at the Unitarian Church. It meets monthly on Friday evenings to socialize, to discuss topics of interest, and to provide a friendly place for lesbians to meet. This is a primarily English speaking group, although francophones are certainly welcome. We will have a different topic each time (e.g., discussion of lesbian books, films we've seen, topics of interest in current gay culture; we may also occasionally plan a potluck meal). I am facilitating the beginning of this group, but topics will evolve according to members' interests. I'm starting the group because I've found there's a scarcity of places in downtown Montreal for lesbians to gather on a regular basis.
Two more gatherings are planned in this first series, always on the second Friday of the month, i.e., May 8 and June 12. For more information and to offer suggestions, don't hesitate to contact me, Carole Tenbrink at 514-563-2429.

Sunday, April 12, 10:30 am
Arise and Face the Day

Rev. Diane Rollert
A morning of rousing music and reflection looking at the many facets of awakening, from darkness to light. Music by Sandra Hunt and the Yellow Door Choir led by Roxanne Martel.

Sunday, April 12, noon, R.E. Office
R.E. Committee Meeting

Sunday, April 12, 12:15- 12:45 pm, Darwin Room
Family Choir practice with Phoebe Warren

Come practice as often as you can for our Earth Day Multi-gen service on April 19.
 
Sunday, April 12, 12:15 pm. Thomas Room
Centennial of the Armenian Genocide: Film and speaker

This month, the eyes of the world are on Turkey as it marks (or, more likely, denies) the centennial of what is often referred to as the first genocide of the 20th century. What sets the Armenian genocide apart from other mass atrocities is that the country responsible has never officially acknowledged its actions. At our next meeting, the Social and Environmental Concerns Committee (SECC) will show "1915 The Armenian Genocide", a compelling one-hour documentary telling the story of the over one million Armenians who died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. Berdj Garabedian, a descendant of genocide survivors, has kindly agreed to give a brief talk before the film,followed by a question and discussion period. A few copies of Turkey and the Armenian Ghost: On the Trail of the Genocide (translated from the French by Debbie Blythe) will also be available for purchase at that time. This book has just been published by McGill-Queen's University Press and is now available both online and at select independent bookstores, including Paragraphe. All are welcome.

Sunday, April 12 and 26, and May 10, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Children's Chapel
Kim's Aerobics Class on Alternate Sundays

After the success of her BidNite offer to lead one Hip Hop/Dance Workout/Aerobics class, Kimberly de Jong began a biweekly class open to the public and all ages. Suggested donation ranging from $10-20 with half the proceeds for UCM. Come with running shoes, yoga mat and a desire to get fit for spring! For more info or to tell her you will attend, call (514) 561-3654 or email kimcdj@gmail.com