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Mount Royal United Church

1800 Graham Blvd., Town of Mount Royal, QC H3R 1G9

Phone & Fax: 514-739-7741, E-mail: mruc514@gmail.com

Keep up to date with our website: www.mountroyalunited.ca

You can now find us on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/MountRoyalUnitedChurch
Ministering to the Congregation:  David Clinker
Organist/Choir Director:  Michel Gauthier
Designated Congregational Minister (DCM) - Lauren Boivin 
DCM - Outreach at COCLA: Julio Rivera-Gamarra

May 5, 2019

All are welcome at Mount Royal United Church!

If you are a newcomer, please introduce yourself to the greeters and join us for refreshments in Lynn Hall following the service.


Tous et toutes sont bienvenue à l’Église Unie Mont-Royal.

Si vous êtes un nouveau venu, veuillez-vous présenter aux personnes qui accueillent. Après le service venez prendre des rafraichissements avec nous et faire connaissance.

Today we say farewell and thank you to Laurence Gauthier

for sharing her musical gifts with us for over seven years.

She will be missed. 

We wish her well as she embarks on a new chapter of her life.


Week of May 5

Thurs.    May 9         7:30pm      Choir Practice                      Sanctuary

Week of May 12

Wed.      May 15     1:30pm        MRUC Women                          Parlour

Thurs. May 16           7:30pm           Choir Practice           Sanctuary




The Côte des Neiges Council of Churches’ annual campaign to raise funds for local area summer day camps is underway and will continue throughout May.  You may be receiving a letter in the mail or in your elder’s box very soon.  We will also be putting the Camp Fund envelopes in the bulletin in subsequent weeks.  Please get your donations in by May 31 so the camps can plan their activities for the summer.

Bake Sale & Raffle for Summer Day Camp 2019 Fundraiser

Sundays May 5th & 12th, 2019

The next 2 Sundays the Sunday School will be raising funds to support local area day camps for underprivileged children.  Each year, funds donated by MRUC and the Cote des Neiges Council of churches send well over 220 children to day camps. 

Let's continue this worthy tradition and send more children to camp!  Enjoy some delicious homemade goodies, donate to the camp fund and buy your raffle tickets!  All proceeds from the Bake Sale and Raffle will go to the camp fund.  Grand prize for the raffle is a beautiful Swarovski & sterling silver necklace and earring set created by Cindy Musgrave.  Raffle tickets:  $2.00 each

Raffle draw date:  Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12th noon.  


MRUC Women will not be holding a bazaar in the future.  Please do not bring any clothing for the Boutique, articles for Treasures or used jewellery.  You can take them to Village des Valeurs, Renaissance  or other charitable organizations.  Thank you for your past generosity.


1620 Graham - in Connaught Park

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 11:00am-2:00 pm

Once again MRUC is partnering with the TMR Pottery Studio to raise funds for local food banks.  Enjoy tasty homemade soup served in a one-of-a-kind handmade bowl and take home the bowl for $25.  This year, in partnership with Leonidas Chocolatier, ice cream sundaes will also be available for $10.


We are always happy to receive photos to grace our bulletin, especially for special seasons of the church year ~ Lent, Easter, Advent, Christmas ~ so if you have any you think would be appropriate, please send them to the church office by email with the subject Photoshoot.  


Newcomers’ Welcome Form / Update of our Church Directory:  

·  We invite you to provide us with general information in order for us to communicate with you and your family. The information you provide will be used for our church directory only.

·  For those that would like to update their church info, please also fill in this form.

·  Please ask an usher for this form. 

·  For any inquiries, contact Donald Cho (Thank you.)

 Let’s keep in touch!


A  New Information Flyer for Mount Royal United Church is available for you to show your friends and to invite them to worship with us on Sundays.  You can ask your friendly usher for it. 


Uni-Frais is the name chosen for out Mission Strategy Food Project. The response from COCLA, MultiCaf and the NDG Food Depot has been very positive after the first three months of contributions. Anyone who is interested in volunteering, please contact Lex or Ingrid for MultiCaf, Ann for COCLA or Robin for the NDG Food Depot.


Testimonial of an employee:
Christine - is a young woman who immigrated to Canada from Haiti in October 2017 with her husband and child.  She speaks excellent French and good English.
She started working at Fogo in January 2018 where she soon demonstrated an exceptional work ethic, self motivation and a charismatic personality which draws both co-workers and clients to her.
When the position of manager/cashier became available at COCLA, Christine was transferred there.  In a short time, her skills and dedication endeared her to one and all.
As happens with the best employees, Christine left COCLA in September 2018 to attend a restaurant school to become a professional chef.  Lucky for COCLA, she continues to work at Fogo and COCLA when classes permit.
As Christine has been a gift to COCLA, so COCLA has been a gift to her as she applies her new skills cooking at Fogo and working Saturdays at COCLA - working together for mutual benefit!
Clients’ testimonials:
Ricardo, Caterina and child are new arrivals from Venezuela.  They love the beautiful fresh fruits and veggies from Uni Frais they received on their first visit.  They assured everyone that they will be back every week!
Maya, a frequent client from India, comes regularly with her two children.  She especially appreciates it when we offer cilantro!  Her children each eat a banana while mom “shops”.
Sebastian, an older local man, is always looking for foods that are easy to chew for him and his wife who is too ill to accompany him.  He was delighted to share his recipe for vegetable ratatouille that he will make with Uni Frais veggies!

MULTICAF  The unifying program, set up in collaboration with Mount Royal United Church, allows for the purchase and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables for meals in the cafeteria and through the food bank. Nearly 20,000 servings of fresh fruit were served during lunches and more than 15,000 servings of fresh vegetables were distributed through the food bank through this partnership.

The Depot (NDG Food Depot) Participants have noticed the change and are very appreciative. Here is what they have to say about our emergency basket program:

“It has a feeling that the world can be kinder, you can keep your standards, even having less money, but still eat well.”

“The sense of how you can turn giving out food into a more interactive community. It’s hopefully going to get us away from stigmatizing people.”



 The following book list was offered our student minister, Cindy Casey.  The first five books were recommended to her by Dr. Bernard Lapointe of the Jewish General Hospital's Palliative Care Ward, and are primarily directed to those providing a variety of services in the Palliative Care setting.  The last book, written by the son of a terminally ill woman, has been used for a Book Study, and is patient/family/friend oriented.

 Dying Well: The Prospect for Growth at the End of Life (by Ira Byock, MD)

 Final Gifts:  Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs &  Communications of the Dying. (Maggie Callanan & Patricia Kelley)

 The Best Care Possible. (Ira Byock, MD)

 Crossing Over:  Narratives of Palliative Care.      (David Barnard, Anna Towers, Patricia Boston, Yanna Lambrinidou)

 Whole Person Care: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century.      (Tom A. Hutchison)

 The End of Your Life Book Club.  (Will Schwalbe)


Volunteers are needed to help serve coffee and tea after church each Sunday. All that is required is to leave church before the last hymn, and help serve the coffee and clean the table after. This takes about 15minutes of your time. Please sign the sheet that will be on the coffee table with your availability. Men welcomed! 

Don’t forget, the refrigerator is cleaned out on a regular basis.  Please label your food and drink with your name or the name of your group and the date, so we know how long it has been there.  
A pen and labels are provided.  Thank you for your cooperation.


“Roofs for the Roofless” is a small organization working in tandem with rural leaders and councils in small communities in Southern India.  Its primary   goal is to restore dignity to the  people of these communities by liberating them from the endless cycle of  poverty, starvation and death.  Through various projects in housing, health care, education, sanitation and water supply which touches the hearts of the people,

          Although the “Roofs” I know you care

          Our little jar remains quite bare

          Ten cents provides a bowl of rice

          Without ten pennies, a dime would be nice

          Your gift of silver would be a loving touch

          Sent to “Roofs” with thanks......so much!

Dear Mount Royal Family,

How grateful I am for your generous ‘Roofs’ donation that was collected during your 2018 ‘coffee hours’ on Sunday mornings! Your gift of $250.22, when converted to Indian rupees, will be SO appreciated for this ‘Life-Giving’ organization! On behalf of Roofs for the Roofless, thank you for your thoughtful contribution.

------- with Sincere Gratitude and many New Years’ Blessings ------

 Joan Cooke   ( Roofs Canadian Ambassador)




Saturday May 8th from 8:30 am to 12:30pm

Cost: $15:00 adults & $6 for 5-12 years, 4 years and under free.

at St. Thomas Church Hall, 6897 Somerled Ave., NDG

(Rosedale entrance)

Menu:  Pancakes, eggs, sausages, bacon, potatoes, fresh fruit,

hot and cold beverages (halal options available).

Raffle prizes, door prizes and musical entertainment.

For tickets contact Grace or Marla at 514-485-7814

or see Lex Green.


Watch out for our 3 young figure skaters from our MRUC Sunday school.  They will be performing with national winning figure skating stars Laurence-Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen.

at the TMR arena on Friday May 10 at 7 pm and May 11 at 2 pm.

Come out and cheer  our young Korean athletes 

Yaena Nam, and twins Gaeun and Sieun Kim.

There is a gate fee of $15. 


Grillades Portugaise FOGO, 825, boul. Décarie, VSL

You might enjoy tasting the delicious grilled chicken that is available at COCLA’s new community based restaurant, FOGO –

a venture intended to provide us with succulent Portuguese chicken (with a Peruvian twist) and also to provide work experience for community members.  The chicken is delicious and the cause is worthy.


Thank you for your ongoing financial support,

as well as for your gifts of time and talent.

Our congregation can continue our ministry through your generosity.

(We receive no government or corporate funding

for programming, or, the upkeep of our building.)


Of course, we continue to donate not only non-perishable food, but $1,200 a week for fresh fruits and vegetables to these local food banks:

The Depot (NDG Food Depot); Multi-Caf; COCLA

A Minute for Mission