What's Happening April 13 - 19, 2015

Join us Sunday, April 19, 10:30 am for The Trees of the Field with Caroline Balderston Parry, Rev. Diane Rollert, the children and others. This will be our multigenerational celebration of Earth Day. As the earth heats up, what do the trees have to say? Music by Sandra Hunt with the Parts in Peace Choir.

Seeking the Sacred in Stories will be meeting at noon on Tuesday, April 14. Wednesday, April 15th will be our monthly Midday Meal starting at 12:30 pm. Friday, April 17 at 7:30 pm, there will a concert "Sur un air de folklore".

For anyone interested in trying out the exploration group experience, Rev. Diane Rollert will be leading A Taste of Exploration. The first meeting is this Sunday, April 19th at 12:30 pm. No need to sign up.

For more information about these and other events, continue reading below.

Tuesday and Thursday, April 14 and April 16, 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, April 14, Noon - 1:15 pm, Thomas Room
Seeking the Sacred in Stories 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 will be available from the office (upcoming dates: May 12, and June 9)

Tuesday, April 14, 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, April 15, 10:30 am
April Letter-Writing: Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group

Topic:  Canada's position on banning the asbestos trade. A draft text in support of listing chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous substance under global trade rules is on the agenda of the Rotterdam Convention conference in May.
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.
If you 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).  More information? Contact Carol Greene or call 514 933-4532.

Wednesday, April 15, 12:30 pm   
Midday Meal

If you were at the March 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.

Thursday, April 16, 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! Contact:  Sandra Hunt at 514-484-5559.

Friday, April 17, 7:30 pm/19 h 30, Sanctuaire
Concert de chant classique "Sur un air de folklore" avec Virginie Mongeau et Emanuelle Majeau-Bettez. La programme: Maurice Ravel -- Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques; Yehezkel Braun -- Sept Romances Sephardiques; Hector Villa-Lobos -- Viola Quebrada, Adeus Êma, Samba Classico (Ode); Alberto Ginastera -- Cinco Canciones Populares Argentinas.

Sunday, April 19, 10:30 am
The Trees of the Field

Caroline Balderston Parry, Rev. Diane Rollert, the children and others
A multigenerational celebration of Earth Day.  As the earth heats up, what do the trees have to say? Music by Sandra Hunt with the Parts in Peace Choir

Sunday, April 19, 12:30 pm
A Taste of Exploration - Led by Rev. Diane Rollert
Small groups of about 10 members, led by a facilitator, meet once a month to talk about the month's theme. New groups will be forming in the fall. This spring, Rev. Rollert is offering a series of gatherings to enable you to give the Exploration Group experience a try.  Sessions are open, come to one or come to all.  No need to sign up. Upcoming dates: May 24 at 12:15 pm, June 7 at 12:15 pm