What's Happening June 1 - 8, 2015

This coming Sunday June 7 at  10:30 am, our service will be Falling in Love with the World Again: Flower Communion Sunday presented by Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Sandra Hunt and Parts in Peace. This will be  a service to reflect on the power of beauty in our lives. Please bring a beautiful, fresh flower to share as part of our annual flower ceremony.

To kick off this busy week, Monday, June 1 at 7 pm, UCM, will hold its Annual General Meeting. On Wednesday, June 3 at 7:30 pm, the Concord Women's Chorus will be presenting " Women of the Americas". Join us Friday, June 5 at 6pm a potluck dinner and Birthday cake for Caroline Balderston Parry, our RE Director who will be retiring this month.

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

Monday, June 1, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
UCM Annual General Meeting

Please mark your calendars for our AGM. Each year, members and friends have a unique opportunity to get a brief update on the church's accomplishments over the past twelve months, ongoing projects that are helping to shape our community, as well as the challenges that confront us in the year ahead.  This is also an occasion to fête the church's Unsung Hero for 2014-15, someone who has made an outstanding contribution "behind the scenes" to our congregation.
This community is yours and mine. For this reason, it is so important for each of us to attend the AGM and to feel a personal connection to what goes on inside our walls. Please join us.

Following is the slate of candidates for positions on the Board of Management:
 President:  Stanislaus Mackiewicz
Vice-President:  OPEN
Treasurer:  Hélene Boucher
Secretary:  OPEN
Past President:   John Inder
Council Moderator:  Shoshanna Green
Members-at-large:  Harvey Shepherd and Sophie Beaudoin-Dion
Stewardship chair:  Prue Rains
Two positions remain open.  If you are interested, or know someone who might be interested in one of these, please contact Petrina Lee Poy, Membership chair.
Procedures for the presentation of Resolutions at Business Meetings are posted in Phoenix Hall for your interest prior to the meeting.

Tuesday, June 2, 10:00 to noon in the 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. Thursday session is cancelled due to poor attendance.
Contact:  Melani Litwack at 514-394-2043

Tuesday, June 2, 7:30 pm, Children's Chapel
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, June 3 at 7:30 pm
The Concord Women's Chorus of Concord, Mass., will perform "Women of the Americas"

This concert  highlighting dramatic music composed by women from Canada, the U.S.A.., Venezuela and Puerto Rico specifically for women's voices. The choir will perform twice in Montreal: at the UCM on June 3,  and at Christ Church Cathedral on Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 pm.where they will be joined by the Montreal- based chorus, Modulation, a benefit  for Chez Doris, a non-profit organization that offers educational and recreational activities, social services and professional services for women in need.  
Suggested donation: $20 per ticket. Students and children attend for free.
The Concord Women's Chorus has been in the forefront of performing music by women composers, who are often under-represented in the concert hall. The program will include works by two of Canada's most talented contemporary composers, Eleanor Daley and Ruth Watson Henderson; music by former Sweet Honey in the Rock member and prolific composer Ysaye M.Barnwell, and a number of contrasting and compelling works from Venezuelan and Puerto Rican women composers on the music scene today, Modesta Bor and Diana Sáez. "Women of the Americas"   shows CWC's dedication to presenting high-quality works for women's voices, a textured and varied program that brings new music--and especially music written by women--to life, and educates our communities about the relevance, power, and beauty of this repertoire. Here is their choir bio and a link to their website:  http://www.concordwomenschorus.org/cms/about-us

Friday, June 5, 6:00 p.m.
Potluck Dinner and Birthday Cake, Phoenix Hall

Join us to wish Caroline a Happy Birthday and to thank her for all she has done for our community over the past six years.  If you are able, please bring food to share. GIFTS?  In lieu of personal gifts, Caroline would love for us to make contributions to a special fund for the professional development of Canadian Unitarian Universalist Religious Educators.  Cheques should be made out to:
   CUC
   Memo line (important to include!!!):  CUURE FUND, in honour of CBP
Cheques can be given to Verna Litwak.  Tax receipts will be issued by the Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC).
MEMORIES?  If you have memories or pictures of Caroline to share, please send them to Yvette Salinas at yvette.salinas@yahoo.ca

Sunday, June 7, 10:30 am
Falling in Love with the World Again: Flower Communion Sunday

Rev. Diane Rollert
Music by Sandra Hunt and Parts in Peace
 A service to reflect on the power of beauty in our lives. Beauty can touch all our senses and bring us to tears. How do we recognize it? How can it strengthen us? This is a time to rededicate ourselves to the beauty we find in each other and in the world. Please bring a beautiful, fresh flower to share as part of our annual flower ceremony.

Sunday, June 7, 12:15 pm, Exploring a life of Beauty
Are you curious to know what it would be like to join an Exploration Group?  Small groups of about 10 members, led by a facilitator, meet once a month to talk about that month's theme. New groups will be forming in the fall. This spring, Rev. Rollert has offered a few gatherings to enable those interested to give the Exploration Group experience a try.  No need to sign up; just come and join us in the Thomas Room.