What's Happening Dec 1 - 7, 2014

Sunday, December 7 at 10:30 am, Rev. Diane Rollert will be presenting In Praise of Grouches and Grinches: A Bidnite Sermon. The topic was chosen by last year's Bidnite raffle winner. Stories of those grouches in our lives whose gruff, even forbidding exteriors hide generosity and glimpses of tenderness. Music will be by Sandra Hunt and Tara Bisset.

Last week, Sue Montgomery invited everyone to attend the #BeenRapedNeverReported Event coming up this Thursday, December 4th starting at 7 pm at La Cabaret Tulipe. There are more details on the event's Facebook Page.

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

Tuesday and Thursday, December 2 and 4, , 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, December 2, 7:30 pm,  Phoenix Hall
Carmina 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.
Thursday, December 4, 7:25 - 9:00 pm, Phoenix Hall
Parts in Peace Choir rehearsal 
Everyone is welcome to join the UCM's designated Sunday Service Choir! All that is required is enthusiasm, a certain commitment to attend rehearsals in order not to let your colleagues down, and a binder and pencil. Our goal is to learn beautiful, accessible and fun songs from all styles and periods. We offer these songs to complement the service themes, generally once a month at a Sunday morning service.  Recordings of voice parts for many of the songs we learn are available online at http://www.ucmtl.ca/ucm-music-resources
Contact:   Sandra Hunt, Director of Music, at 514-484-5559.

Saturday, December 6, 10 am - 4 pm, Garden Room
Open Collage Workshop - (1st Saturday of the month)

Caroline Balderston Parry anchors this workshop, held almost monthly. Drop in any time! The room (on the nursery level) will be set up with supplies and quiet music for the duration, but plan to give it at least two precious, soul-restoring hours. Bring a bag lunch if you want and any photos or other images you especially like. All are welcome!
Contact:  Caroline at 514-622-2173 (cell) or 514-481-8462.

Sunday, December 7, 10:00 - 10:25 am
Children's Choir rehearsal
(in preparation for singing during Chalice Lighting on December 14) with Sarah Albu.  Come as you can, parents included!

Sunday, December 7, 10:30 am
In Praise of Grouches and Grinches: A Bidnite Sermon
Rev. Diane Rollert
Music: Sandra Hunt, piano, and Tara Bissett, vocals
A topic chosen by Elizabeth Forbath, last year's BidNite sermon raffle winner. Stories of those grouches in our lives whose gruff, even forbidding exteriors hide generosity and glimpses of tenderness. To be accompanied by some favourite songs about grinches.
Sunday, December 7, after the 'Time for all Ages'  
R.E.: Preparations for the Multi-generational Service on December 21 will be underway with some Hannukah-related stories and activities.