What's Happening, Jan 19 - 25, 2015

Join us this Sunday, January 25 at 10:30 am for Dancing with Hope with Rev. Diane Rollert and Rev. Carole Martignacco, music by Roger Haughey and Sandra Hunt. Life is always a dance.  How do we dance with our own dreams and expectations?

There is a Town Hall style meeting at 12:30 pm after the service sponsored by the DRE Search Committee. The committee is inviting input concerning candidate selection for the post of DRE with Caroline Balderston Parry's retirement at the end of June, and to share your needs, ideas, and vision for RE in the future. Please plan to attend!

The rest of the week is chock-full of activities including the Midday Meal and the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group on Wednesday, the first gathering for UCM Pub Ministry this Thursday evening, les activités en français vendredi, and the restart of the Unitarian Drum Circle on Sunday.

For more information and details about these and other activities this week, continue reading below.

Tuesday and Thursday, January 20 and 22, 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, January 20, 7:30 pm, Phoenix Hall
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, January 21, 10:30 am
January Letter-Writing - Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group

All are welcome at our monthly letter-writing meetings. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month 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's topic is "In defense of active participation in the international community".  
 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 or call 514 933-4532.
Wednesday, January 21, 12:30 pm, Phoenix Hall
Midday Meal with Music

If you were at the December 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.
There will be no Music at Midday in January due to Royal Conservatory exams.

Thursday, January 22, 7:25 - 9:00 pm, Phoenix Hall
Parts in Peace Choir rehearsal

The UCM's service choir, meets to sing all kinds of genres of music from the Indian National Anthem to French chansons, rounds and four-part harmonies.  We are committed to singing at least once a month at Sunday services so our musical choices reflect the message of the service. Bring a binder for your music and a pencil with eraser. Non-music readers are enthusiastically welcomed along with seasoned choristers.  You just have to love to sing -- or want to find your musical voice.  It's a great way to participate in the life of our church!  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.

Thursday, January 22, at the Drinkerie (2661 Notre Dame West -- near the Atwater Market)
Hello fellow friends and members of the UCM,
For those who don't know me, my name is Amber and I have been a member of the UCM since 2010 (A UU for over a decade). Presently ,I am the VP which means I get to do a lot less work than everyone else on the Board. So I thought I would take the extra time to get to know all of you!This is an ongoing invitation to what I am calling the" UCM Pub Ministry." That's right! Church at the Pub.Once a month (for now) on a Thursday, I will host a 5 à 7 (happy hour) in a different pub on the island of Montreal for an informal check in and centering. There is no sign up sheet, confirmation or fee for this un-program. The only cost goes toward the pint and poutine (optional).
Please come if you are willing and able. It is a BYOS --Bring Your Own Self.... as you are, to share or listen as the moment calls.
Thursday, January 22 will be our kick off at the Drinkerie, 2661 Notre-dame Ouest, Montreal (near the Atwater Market)I understand that, for some, the pub atmosphere may not be appealing - but have no fear! When Diane returns from the Philippines, she will be promoting a Café Ministry.
Finally, my two favourite things under one roof!  UUs and a cream ale :)
I look forward to connecting with you!
Peace, Amber Dawn Bellemare at 514.686.0763

le vendredi, 23 janvier à 18 h  00
Les activités en français
recommenceront dès aujourd'hui. Nous avons réservé les quatrième vendredis de septembre à juin pour des soupers communautaires où chacun(e) apporte un repas à partager. Vers 19h30 nous nous organiserons pour  recevoir des conférenciers, ou visionner des films toujours suivis d'une discussion. Si vous avez des suggestions pour des conférenciers et des films, laissez-le-moi savoir pour mieux organiser les soirées,
Amenez vos ami(e)s, c'est une façon de leur faire partager les valeurs de notre communauté unitarienne universaliste en français. Hannelore Poncelet 450-653-5694

Sunday, January 25, 10:30 am
Dancing with Hope

Rev. Diane Rollert and Rev. Carole Martignacco
Music by Roger Haughey and Sandra Hunt
Life is always a dance.  How do we dance with our own dreams and expectations?

Sunday, January 25, 12:15 - 1:45 pm
R.E. Town Hall-style meeting

As many of you know, our beloved Director of Religious Education (DRE), Caroline Balderston Parry, will be retiring at the end of June. The DRE Search Committee needs your input at this important time, to guide us to select the most suitable candidate as our next DRE. While this meeting is open to all friends and members of UCM, we are especially attentive to the voices of families with children in R.E. So please consider sending at least one family representative to this meeting to share your needs, ideas, and vision for R.E. in the future. Child care will be available. For more information or if you cannot attend but wish to express your views, contact Susan Gyetvay or call 514-369-8192.

Sunday, January 25, 4-6 pm
Unitarian Drumming Circle

The Unitarian Drum Circle (which meets once a month) is starting again. We are going to meet at a new time - 4:00-6:00 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month, from January to June.  We meet to share the joy of rhythm, celebrate community, and connect to the heartbeat of Mother Earth.
Here are the dates, so you can put them in your calendar:Jan. 25; Feb. 22; Mar. 22; Apr. 26; May 24; June 28.The Circle meets in Phoenix Hall. Please bring your own drum if you have one; otherwise, you are welcome to share ours.There is no charge, but each month we will have a donation box for a local charity.Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Ann Beer or 514-426-1204