What's Happening Sept 15 - Sept 21, 2014

Our Sunday service, September 14 at 10:30 am, will be If I Could Do It All Over Again with Rev. Diane Rollert. How do we live our lives fully present to what is so ephemeral? RE registration will be open after the service. Social and Environmental concerns will also be meeting at 12:15 pm.

Later in the week the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group will meet. The Midday Meal with Music takes place this week.  Friday, September 19, 7:30 pm, there will be A Special Concert Of Cello And Piano Music.

For more information and details, see below.

Sunday, September 14, 10:30 am  
If I Could Do It All Over Again
Rev. Diane Rollert
Greg Brown sings this about his first kiss: "If I had known, I might have stopped kissing right then. It's just as well we don't know when things'll never be that good again." How do we live our lives fully present to what is so ephemeral?
Music by Sandra Hunt 

Sunday, September 14, after the' Time for All Ages'
Preschool children, younger and older grade school classes will begin R.E. lessons geared to complement our September exploration theme of "engagement."
The R.E. Registration Table in the foyer will be available before and after R.E. classes and this will continue through Thanksgiving Sunday, October 12.

Sunday, September 14, 12:15 pm, Thomas Room
Social & Environmental Concerns Committee
First meeting of the church year.  Everyone welcome.  For more information, contact Patricia Philip at 514-342-6118.

Tuesday & Thursday, September 16 & 18, 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, September 16, 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, September 17, 10:30 am
Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group: September Letter-Writing
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!
More information? Contact Carol Greene, 514 933-4532

Wednesday, September 17, 12:30 pm, Phoenix Hall
Midday Meal with Music
If you were at the June 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.
Our free music concerts begin at 1:30-1:35 pm featuring piano recitals by advanced music students. Today's special guest is Michael Finlay who will play the Prokofiev Sonata No. 4 in c minor Op. 29 (17 min.); a Beethoven Sonata in E-Flat Major Op 81a (15 min. without repeats, 18 min. with); a Chopin Barcarolle in F-sharp Major Op. 60 (8 min.); and Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit (23 min.). Please plan to stay for this wonderful music!   
Thursday, September 18, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, Sanctuary
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 in a Sunday morning service. For instance, this fall we're singing "Wood River" by Connie Kaldor and a beautiful choral blessing by Toronto UU Music Director, Susanne Maziarz. Recordings of voice parts for many of the songs we learn are available on line at www.ucmtl.ca/choir-practice/
Contact:  Sandra Hunt, Director of Music, at 514-484-5559.

Friday, September 19, 7:30 pm, Sanctuary     
A Special Concert Of Cello And Piano Music
The Hunt-Russell Duo, consisting of Sandra Hunt, pianist, Director of Music at the UCM, and Gary Russell, a principal cellist with the Montreal Symphony (and her husband), will play a broodingly romantic minor sonata by Brahms and an ecstatic, joyful Beethoven Sonata. Hoping to see you and play for you!
Suggested donation is $25 for adults, $10 for students, children 12 and under, free.

Sunday, September 21, 10:30 am
Voices from the Congregation: Living a Life of Engagement
Music by Sandra Hunt.  
Members of the congregation share their own stories of finding purpose and passion in their lives, while Rev. Diane and others engage in the People's Climate March in New York City.
If you'd like to join the March, see our Facebook page or go to our website for more information (or ask our minister!)