What's Happening May 18 - 24, 2015

Sunday, May 24 at 10:30 am, the service will be The Long Haul People: Celebrating Our Volunteers presented by Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Sandra Hunt. Following the service, SECC will sponsor a fundraising lunch. At 12:15 pm, Rev. Rollert will lead A Taste of Exploration - Exploring a Life of Character. There will also be a concert: An Afternoon of Trombone and Piano Music with Matthew Russell, trombone, and pianist, Sandra Hunt. To wrap up the day, the UCM Drumming Circle will meet between 4 and 6 pm.

The Midday Meal with Music will be held this Wednesday, May 20, at 12:30 pm. The April Letter-Writing sponsored by the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group will take place at 10:30 am before the Midday Meal.

The UCM office will be closed Monday, May 18.

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

Monday, May 18 - UCM closed

Tuesday and Thursday, May 19 and 21, 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, May 19, 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, May 20, 10:30 am
April Letter-Writing - Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group

 More information? Contact Carol Greene or call 514 933-4532.

Wednesday, May 20, 12:30 pm   
Midday Meal
with Music
If you were at the April 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.
Music: Featuring pianist Alison Kilgannon playing a Ballade by Quebec composer, Jacques Hétu; Préludes, by Gabriel Fauré; Franz Liszt’s transcriptions of songs by Schumann and Schubert; and the Piano Sonata by the Hungarian Unitarian, Bela Bartok!

Thursday, May 21,  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.

Sunday, May 24, 10:30 am
The Long Haul People: Celebrating Our Volunteers
Rev. Diane Rollert
Music by Sandra Hunt

Sunday, May 24, noon, Phoenix Hall
The Social and Environmental Concerns Committee Fundraising Lunch

Come enjoy a bowl of homemade soup and a tasty dessert. Christina's Seville orange marmalade is on sale and also heritage tomato plants, especially chosen for early fruiting in a cool climate. These plants hail from Nepal, Germany, China, France, Russia, Poland & Ukraine as well as a heat- loving Cherokee purple from the USA.  All funds collected will go to the VIVA! MUSICA! program at two schools--
Kahnawake and St Gabriel's School in Pointe St Charles. Donations of all kinds greatly appreciated..
For more information, please call Christina at 514-630-7523.
We hope to see you there! 

Sunday, May 24  12:15 p.m.
Taste of Exploration - Exploring a life of character

Are you curious to know what it would be like to join an Exploration Group?  Small groups of about 10 members, led by a facilitator, meet once a month to talk about that month's theme. New groups will be forming in the fall. This spring, Rev. Rollert is offering a few gatherings to enable you to give the Exploration Group experience a try.  Sessions are open (no need to sign up) and will meet on May 24 and June 7.

Sunday, May 24, 2:00 pm, Sanctuary
An Afternoon of Trombone and Piano Music  

with Matthew Russell, trombone, and pianist, Sandra Hunt
On exactly the same date last year, my son Matthew and I played a concert at the Unitarian Church for our music supporters.  This year,the 24th falls on a Sunday  and we hope the weather will be just cloudy enough to persuade people that a trombone concert is what they need for an afternoon pick-me-up! Matt is preparing a Sonata by Paul Hindemith from 1945  plus two lushly romantic May songs by Brahms, and two modern and spritely French pieces by Castèréde and Dutilleux.He is now building funds and preparing for some major competitions at which a win would help defray the costs of his second year of the Master's inMusic program at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Suggested Donation:  $20.

Sunday, May 24, 4-6 pm, Phoenix Hall
Unitarian Drum Circle

The Drum Circle meets once a month 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. To come:June 28. 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 call 514-426-1204.