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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

March 24, 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.


MEETINGS & EVENTS

Week of March 24

Sun.       Mar. 24       Noon         Lay Support                                                      Parlour

Mon.      Mar. 25       5:00pm      English Class                                                   Parlour

Mon.      Mar. 25       7:00pm      CDNC of Churches                                         Parlour

Tues.     Mar. 26       7:30pm      Church Council                                                    DMR

Wed.      Mar. 27     10:00am      Pastoral Care                                                   Parlour

Wed.      Mar. 27       7:30pm      Book Study                                                       Parlour

Thurs.    Mar. 28       7:30pm      Choir Practice                                             Sanctuary

Week of March 31

Mon.      Apr. 1          5:00pm      English Class                                                   Parlour

Thurs.    Apr. 4          7:30pm      Choir Practice                                             Sanctuary

 

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

The Annual Congregational meeting will take place on Sunday, March 31st, 2019 in Lynn Hall after the morning worship service.

Copies of the annual report are available in the narthex and on the credenza outside the minister’s office. 

Thank you to all who submitted reports and especially to Donald Buchan for formatting and pulling it all together, and to Beverly Levine for printing & Paul Stanfield for helping to collate and staple.

 

LES CULTES EN FRANÇAIS

Nous avons hâtes d’introduire les cultes interculturel en français à Mont-Royal United Church commençant le 31 mars 2019 à 13:30 le dimanche après-midi.  Chefs de culte seront Rev. Marie-Claude Manga, Prosper Bitchoka et Lydie Ngo Balepa.  L’initiative a été récemment approuvé par le Conseil de l’église MRUC et nous offre un temps et format alternatif pour les cultes.  Tous et toutes sont invité à y assister.

WORSHIP IN FRENCH

We are looking forward to French intercultural worship services at Mount Royal United Church beginning March 31, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.  Worship leaders will be Rev. Marie-Claude Manga, Prosper Bitchoka and Lydie Ngo Balepa.  The initiative was recently approved by the MRUC Church Council and offers us an alternative time and format for worshipping.  Everyone is welcome to attend. 

 Slide/Video Show

On April 7:   Slide & video presentation of MRUC 2018 activities with Donald Cho on Sunday after worship in Lynn Hall.   Set aside some time and enjoy some happy moments.

Do you recall participating in any of the following activities? 

Seoul for Soul Olympics, Jazz Quartet,  Youth Band, Arrival of newcomer Fedaa at worship, Tea & Scones, apple picking, Sunday school picnic, Halloween Turkey Dinner, bazaar, Christmas Pageant, Santa Breakfast etc. Bring a snack.

 

EASTER SERVICES

Sunday, April 14 10:00 a.m. Palm Sunday, choral presentation

Thursday, April 18 6:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday at St. Peter's with a

                        light supper followed by communion service

Friday, April 19 10:30 a.m. Good Friday

Sunday, April 21 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, holy communion


Coordinator, Children and Youth Ministry

We are looking for someone to fill the part-time position of coordinator of our children and youth.  If you have the appropriate background and experience working with children & youth you can find the job description on a separate insert and on our website and facebook page.  Send your resumé to Mount Royal United Church, attention: Christian Development Committee.

 

1PHOTOSHOOT

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.  

                                                                                                 THE OBSERVER

Last month’s issue of The United Church Observer was it’s last under that name.  Next month it will appear with the name Broadview.  It was felt that with the restructuring of the United Church of Canada it was a good time to make a change that would have wider appeal and reflect the ‘open-mindedness and inclusivity that define the United Church today.’

  Book Study  at MRUC

The book study « The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism » by Timothy Keller begins January 23.

Sessions will be held on January 23, February 6 & 20,March 13 & 27, & April 17, at 7:30 pm in the Parlour

« The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism » by Timothy Keller. Keller is a theologian, pastor, and Christian apologist. His book was ranked in the seventh position on The New York Times Best Sellers list for non-fiction books in March 2008. Keller addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics and non-believers bring to religion. He makes use of the literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture, and intellectual reasoning in order to explain how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a rational one. To true believers, he offers a solid platform on which to stand against the backlash toward religion spawned by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.

For more information please contact our student minister, Raphaël Pérusse, at perusseraphael21@hotmail.com


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!


 INFORMATION FLYER

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 TESTIMONIALS

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.

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.

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.”

 

BOOKS ON PALLIATIVE CARE

 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)

COFFEE HOUR

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! 


FRIDGE REMINDER
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

“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)

 


          COMMUNITY NEWS

ST. PATRICK’S DAY TEA

 Thursday March 14th, 2pm at the TMR Town Hall : 

the activity will include a performance from the Siamsa Ceili Band and an afternoon tea. Spaces are limited. Tickets must be purchased no later than Thursday, March 7. Price is $8. Transportation will be provided from Le Russell at 13:15 and Le Graham at 11:30;


SENIORS AND SECURITY CONFERENCE

 Thursday March 21 at the TMR Town Hall

: your safety is our concern. The activity is free but the 5$ lunch must be reserved by Thursday, March 14.

French session: 10:00 – 12:00

Lunch: 11:30 – 12:30

English Session: 13:00 – 15:00

For further information please contact the Recreation Centre offices at 514-734-2928.

 

CHICKEN WITH A CAUSE

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 programing, 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


 

Deepening Ministry

 

Supervised ministry education is an intentional learning experience that enables people preparing for ministry to deepen their pastoral identity, reflect theologically, and enhance their ministry skills. Mission & Service supports supervised ministry education by providing a grant to a learning site, like a congregation, for an eight-month placement.

The Rev. Maya Braithwaite recently completed a placement at Bloor Street United Church in Toronto, Ontario. One of her goals was learning about social justice in a congregational context.

“Ministry is about relationships. For me, it’s about collaborating with others and harnessing the creativity that God has gifted us, while letting it go and flow throughout the church. While at Bloor Street, I had the opportunity to share in the healing work of storytelling that is often involved in social justice work. I experienced what an Affirming church looks like and what an Affirming church does in its day-to-day functions and in worship. I learned about protocol as we welcomed and began the work of supporting a Syrian refugee family. I learned about conflict transformation as we grappled with ways of responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations. I also shared my love for contemplative prayer and a variety of spiritual practices. We danced, journalled, meditated, and the children and I started learning about Godly Play…together.”

Your gifts to Mission & Service help support candidates as they prepare for ministry and are equipped for leadership in our church.

If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service