What's Happening Nov 10 - 16, 2014

Coming up this Sunday, November 16 at 10:30 am, Finding a Voice with  Rev. Diane Rollert and special guest Rabbi Arik Ascherma, co-founder and director of Special Projects for Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel. Music will be by the Raging Grannies and Sandra Hunt.

It's going to be a busy week at UCM with Sacred Stories, the Council meeting and the Book Discussion Group along with other events running through the week. Join us for Bidnite, UCM's annual fundraising event, Saturday, November 15 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.

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

Tuesday and Thursday, November 11 and 13, 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, November 11, 12:00 - 1:15 pm, Thomas Room
Seeking the Sacred in Storie
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 are available from the office.  

Tuesday, November 11, 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.
Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Garden Rm.
Council Meeting  

The agenda will focus on discussion of the budget.
Contact:   Shoshanna Green at 514-426-0843

Wednesday, November 12, Thomas Room - 7:00 pm, tea; 7:30 pm, discussion,
Book Discussion Group

Dorothea Lange's 1936 portrait of a mother with her children, her tired eyes gazing past the camera, became a timeless representation of suffering during the Great Depression. That image inspired author Marisa Silver's transfixing new novel, Mary Coin, a re-casting of the life of the photograph's subject. Silver creates a raw and emotional tale that leaves readers with a lingering question: Do photographs illuminate or blur the truth? New members welcome.
Contact: Kathy Douglas at 514-488-9608
Thursday, November 13, 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, November 15, 5:30 - 9:30 pm, Phoenix Hall
BidNite 2014

Join us for UCM's annual fundraising auction. Good fun and good food will surround the evening's offerings of Fixed Price items, Silent Auction opportunities, and Live Auction temptations -- all donated by UCM members and friends. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and dinner for everyone, with child care provided for younger guests.
Contacts: Petrina Lee Poy at 514-485-5555 or Maychai Brown at 514-487-3236.

Sunday, November 16, 10:30 am
Finding a Voice

Special guest Rabbi Arik Ascherman with Rev. Diane Rollert.   
Music:  Raging Grannies and Sandra Hunt, piano.
Rabbi Arik Ascherman is co-founder and director of Special Projects for Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel. A human rights and political activist, he appeared in the documentary Israel vs Israel.  He has graciously offered to join us for our worship service to speak from a spiritual perspective about having the courage to find your voice in the midst of conflict.  Rabbi Ascherman will also be speaking at the Gelber Conference Centre at 7:00 pm tonight (Nov. 16).
Speaking of Courage: There's a display of poems of courage for the month of November next to the Nursery.  Take a look!
Sunday, November 16, after the 'Time for All Ages'
R.E.: The second French Funday for Grade School and Junior Youth.

There's still time to sign up for Mystery Friends. Adults/youth and youth/children wanted. Exchange mystery friend "real" letters from November 16 until our "Reveal Party" on February 15. See David Horan, Frank Greene or REA Yvette to enroll.
Sunday, November 16, after the service
l'Abri en Ville
, which provides a stable and fulfilling environment for persons with a mental illness, will be selling seasonal notes and cards.

Sunday, November 16, 12:15 pm, Sanctuary
Pre-Budget Meeting

Those interested in a more detailed exploration of the budget may wish to join us for a congregational meeting to preview the church's draft budget for the 2015 calendar year and to be updated about our current financial situation.   
Contact: Patricia Philip