What's Happening Oct 13 - Oct 19, 2014

This coming Sunday, October 19th at 10:30 am, we welcome Nelly Trocmé Hewett and Henry Aubin with Rev. Diane Rollert for our Sunday service, A Story of Collective Heroism. There will be a light lunch after the service followed by conversation with our guests at 1 pm in the Sanctuary.

The Seeking the Sacred in Stories group meets at noon this coming Tuesday, October 14. Wednesday,  the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group meets at 10:30 am followed by the Midday Meal with Music at 12:30 pm.  The UCM Knitting & Craft Group will be meeting Saturday, October 18 at 12:30 pm.

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

Tuesday, October 14, and Thursday, Oct 16, 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, October 14, noon - 1:15 pm, Thomas Room
Seeking the Sacred in Stories
facilitated by Rev. Diane Rollert
Bring your own brown bag lunch and join this ongoing group, as we deepen in community and search for meaning in the stories we read. Copies of stories will be available from the office.
Tuesday, Oct 14, 7:30 pm. Phoenix Hall
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, October 15, 10:30 am
Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group
All are welcome at our monthly letter-writing meetings. We meet 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. We benefit from sharing ideas and leave with a feeling of satisfaction that we have acted on our often unfulfilled good intentions. The responses to our letters indicate that our concerns have been noted.
This month, we will briefly review developments on last year's topics, the letters we received in response, current and continuing urgent issues.
If you would prefer an evening meeting, please reply to that effect and it will be arranged. E-mail copies of the briefing documents are also available upon request.
Join us! Bring writing paper and envelopes (or your laptop). Bring a friend!
For those wishing to stay for the Midday Meal with Music at 12:30, see below.
More information? Contact Carol Greene at 514 933-4532.
Wednesday, October 15, 12:30 pm, Phoenix Hall
Midday Meal with Music
If you were at the September 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 1:30 pm (see below) featuring piano recitals by advanced music students.
Music at Midday
Every third Wednesday of the month following the Midday Meal and starting about 1:30 pm, a gifted 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 hear about their lives. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, October 16, 7:25 - 9:00 pm, Phoenix Hall
Parts in Peace Choir rehearsal   
Sarah Albu will conduct weekly rehearsals to prepare the choir for our November Remembrance service.
Contact:  Sandra Hunt, Director of Music, at 514-484-5559.

Saturday, October 18, 12:30 - 4:30 pm, Nursery Level
The UCM Knitting & Craft Group
A special meeting for families! We will meet in the nursery so that kids can play while grownups knit. Beginning knitters and crafters without kids are welcome!  A great opportunity to work on home-made Hallowe'en costumes!  Coffee provided -- drop in for as long as you want during the afternoon.
Contact: Katherine Childs at 514-481-9116
Sunday, October 19, 10:30 am
A Story of Collective Heroism
Guests Nelly Trocmé Hewett and Henri Aubin, with Rev. Diane Rollert.
Music by Jean Séguin, piano, Denis Barsalo, guitar, Jane Critchlow, vocals, Stuart Edding, bass
Nelly Trocmé Hewett, the daughter of two heroes of the Second World War, now lives in Minnesota  and, as a teenager in the early 1940s, she saw and experienced first-hand the amazing work of her parents, Rev. André and Magda Trocmé, who led a network of Christian pacifists in the Massif Central of southern France. This network saved the lives of thousands of French Jews. André and Magda Trocmé were officially honoured as "Righteous Among the Nations" by the state of Israel. 

Sunday, October 19, after the 'Time for All Ages'
R.E.: The first French Funday of the new year will include Younger and Older Grade Schoolers, plus the Junior Youth group.  Come hear the story of our awesome minister, Diane Rollert, en français, in the Children's Chapel.  Preschoolers and Senior Youth will meet separately.
Mystery Friends:
Sign up all this month at the Registration Table or with the R.E. office. Note that letter exchanges begin on Sunday, November 16.

Sunday, October 19, 1:00 pm, Sanctuary
Nelly Trocmé Hewett : A Very Special Guest
Today, we welcome the daughter of two heroes of the Second World War.  Her parents led a network of Christian pacifists who saved the lives of thousands of French Jews.   
The Trocmés were deeply involved in social justice campaigns in France before and after the war. They travelled widely, meeting Indira Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Elie Wiesel and other prominent figures, and working tirelessly for world peace and nuclear disarmament. This year, McGill-Queen's University Press published a translation of their selected writings over several decades, André and Magda Trocmé: Resistance Figures, which will be available for purchase.
All are encouraged to stay. A light lunch will be available in Phoenix Hall. We look forward to welcoming local members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and members of Mountainside United Church to this presentation.