What's Happening Jan 12 - 18, 2015

Join us for our service, Building a Community of Hope led by Rev. Diane Rollert, on Commitment Sunday, January 18 at 10:30 am. This is a day to make our final financial commitments and to celebrate the UCM community through music, art, and food. Music will be by the Parts in Peace Choir, The Greater Goods, Deirdre McCay, Sandra Hunt and others. There will be a light lunch and dessert after the service.

We gather to celebrate the generosity and commitment of our community.  If you haven’t had a chance to make a pledge yet, you can use the online pledge form. Everything you do for our community is something to truly celebrate!  You keep us alive and thriving through your presence and the hours you volunteer, as well as the gifts you give. 

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

Tuesday, January 13, Noon - 1:15 pm, Thomas Room
Seeking the Sacred in Stories  facilitated by Rev. Diane Rollert
(also February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, and June 9)
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 and Thursday, January 13 and 15 , 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 13, 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 14, 6:30-8:30 pm, Garden Room
Council Meeting

For Information: moderator@ucmtl.ca

Wednesday, January 14, 7:00 pm, tea; 7:30 pm, discussion, Thomas Room
Book Discussion Group
The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the "cemetery of lost books," a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead to. New members welcome. Contact: Kathy Douglas, 514-488-9608

Thursday, January 15, 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.

Saturday, January 17, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
First Aid Training

for R.E. staff and anyone else interested -- with Bob Green from Life Links.  Please register with the R.E. Office. Various rates apply.

Saturday, January 17, 7:30 pm
ina ensenble concert
Tickets are available at the door, sliding scale/by donation, suggested donation is $10-20. Proceeds go to the UCM music fund.
 Sarah Albu's six-voice ensemble vocal ina presents a special mid-January concert exploring Canadian and Northern landscape through song. Works by Canadian composers R. Murray Schafer, Gayle Young, Rita Ueda and Kathy Kennedy are paired with improvised pieces and madrigals to paint delicate and detailed pictures of the many faces of our winter reality.
The concert will also feature the world première performance of a new work by Montreal composer and musician Nick Lavigne. Say The Names was written specifically for the ensemble and developed in close collaboration over the autumn months.
Sarah Albu and sound artist Paul Scriver have also been working together to create an audio installation that will be exhibited alongside the concert. Song Forest is a sonic collage of prerecorded children's voices diffused through speakers mounted in tree sculptures. Children from the community were asked to sing a) a song about a tree b) a song a tree would sing if it could c) sounds one might hear coming from a tree. Audience members are invited to walk through the space and experience the shifting soundscape coming from the trees before and after the concert.

Sunday, January 18, 10:30 am
Building a Community of Hope

Commitment Sunday
Rev. Diane Rollert
Music by Parts in Peace, The Greater Goods, Deirdre McCay, Sandra Hunt and others
This is a day to make our final financial commitments and to celebrate the UCM community through music, art, and food.