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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
Sunday School and Youth Ministry: Leanne MacLachlan 
Designated Congregational Outreach Minister at COCLA: Julio Rivera

December 10, 2017
 

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.

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MEETINGS & EVENTS

Week of December 10

Sun.     Dec. 10     10:30am   Christmas Pageant

Wed.    Dec. 13      1:30pm    MRUC Women                                 Parlour

Thurs.  Dec. 14      7:30pm    Choir Practice                              Sanctuary

Fri.        Dec. 15     5:00pm    Christmas Caroling

Sat.       Dec. 16 7    :30pm    Youth/Y.A. movie marathon & sleepover

Week of December 10

Sun.     Dec. 17    8:30 am    Santa's Breakfast                    Lower Hall

Sun.     Dec. 17    10:30 am    Choral Christmas Service

Sun.     Dec. 17    Noon        Pop-up lunch

Sun.     Dec. 17    1:30 pm    Blue Christmas Service

Thur.    Dec. 21    7:30 pm    Choir Practice                           Sanctuary

Week of December 24

Sun.     Dec. 24     10:30am   Family Christmas Service

Sun.     Dec. 24       8:00pm   Candlelight, Communion Service

 

Blue Christmas

Blue? Yes, blue as in the blues. As in "I am feeling blue." Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other circumstance that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people in our congregations and communities. There is a growing awareness that many people have needs beyond the “jingle bell rock” presentation of Christmas, especially those who are blue at Christmas. That is why Mount Royal United Church tries to create a sacred space for people living through dark times with a quiet contemplative, yet hopeful, worship service that offers space to remember and reflect.

Our Blue Christmas Service will be held this afternoon

December 17 at 1:30 p.m.

following our regular morning service

and there will be an informal ‘pop-up lunch’ at 12:15.


CHRISTMAS AT MRUC FOR ALL

Dec. 3 – Advent I - Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal 10:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Full pageant rehearsal with lunch provided for all.   For those playing music, please bring your sheet music and musical instrument with you on this day.  Except the piano of course!

1st of Advent Worship Service with Communion

Dec. 8 – Family Night Out 6:30 p.m.

With all the hustle & bustle of the season, treat yourself to a casual get-together and join us for Christmas crafts, fellowship, fun and food!


Dec. 10 - Christmas Pageant Performance 9:30 a.m. (performed during service)
We would like to invite everyone performing in the pageant to arrive early at 9:30 a.m. sharp so they have time to get into costume and warm up fotheir songs.

Dec. 15 (Friday) - Christmas Caroling 5:00 p.m. 
Meet us at the church on Friday evening for Christmas caroling!  We’ll be singing at Le Graham, and for a few other friends.   Young and old, our voices will ring out old carols and new favourites!  We’ll end the evening warming up with a light supper, hot chocolate and treats.

Dec. 16 (Saturday) - Youth and YA Movie Marathon + Sleepover 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the season with a sleepover, and bring a few of your favourite movies. We’ll play some games and do a lot of
laughing. Please note, dinner will not be provided but there will be lots of snacks though
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Dec. 17 (Sunday) - Santa’s Breakfast for ALL - 8:30 a.m.
A long time tradition, we’re inviting everyone to join us for breakfast in support of Elizabeth House. There will be pancakes, sausages, bagels, juice, coffee & tea.  Tickets:  $8.00 per person or $30.00 per family of 4.
 

Dec. 17 - The Carols of Christmas 10:30 a.m.

The choir presents the beautiful Carols of Christmas. 

Dec 17 - Blue Christmas Service 1:30 p.m.

We recognize that this time of the year may be difficult for some.  It is not the season of joy for everyone.  We care about you and invite you to join us in this quiet and reflective service.

Dec. 24 - Advent IV - A Family Christmas Service

10:30 a.m.

Children & youth are invited to join Leanne for a special Christmas activity. 

Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service 8:00 p.m.

Join us for carols, communion and remembering the reason for this season of Christmas.


COFFEE HOUR

Do you enjoy the coffee hour after Sunday service?

We are looking for volunteers to help serve the coffee.

It takes about 20 minutes and is a good time to chat with friends.

The sign‑up sheet is ready for your signature.


 

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.)

       

White Gifts

Donations to our White Gift Fund will be used to support:

Christmas Hampers distributed through St. Pauls’ Anglican Church

St. Columba House

Montreal City Mission

Multi-Caf’s Christmas Care

COCLA’s Community Christmas Party

       

Through the work of your Mission Strategy and Outreach Committees,

and with the kind support of our Members, Council, & Board of Trustees

we have supported these organization over the last twenty-four months:

Women on the Rise

‘Empty Bowls’ Project

Côte-des-Neiges Council of Churches (ecumenical)

Côte-des-Neiges Area Summer Day Camps

HIPPY (literacy program)

PEYO (Park Extension Youth Organization)

SAVA (Soutien aux Aînés victimes d’abus)

Elizabeth House

       

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:

NDG Food Depot; Multi-Caf; COCLA

       

Yes, with your generosity, we are looking forward to the arrival of our

Syrian Refugee Family, hopefully in January!



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.

UNI-FRAIS

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.


  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!


          COMMUNITY NEWS


MEDICINES FOR CUBA

Ministry Student’s Mission Trip to Cuba

Each year, the In-Ministry Year Students of the Montreal School of Theology of which the United Theological College is part, are required to participate in a Mission Trip.  On this trip we have the opportunity to meet numerous groups, medical and otherwise who work tirelessly to provide health care to Cubans.  Each year we take medications to assist the various projects of the churches, missions, and communities we visit. These are distributed through the doctors associated with the seminary at Matanzas, our Cuban host.

In the past few years, we have partnered with Health Partners International to prepare the medication packs. Each pack is packaged by Health Partners and approved for entry into Cuba. For each pack, we need to raise $575 to cover the costs to Health Partners for shipping, storing, and packing the medications. However, because the medications themselves are donated by Canadian Pharmaceutical companies, each pack includes more than $5,000 worth of medication.

Each student is asked to seek the financial support of the congregation in which they are serving to help pay for one pack.  As such, Cindy is asking that those who are able and willing, to make a financial donation to MRUC allocated for Medicines for Cuba.  This donation is 100% tax receiptable.  Please speak with Cindy following worship if you have any questions.


Multicaf - Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers meals to individuals at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. Because they are housebound, many of the recipients are the elderly, and many of the volunteers are also elderly but able-bodied and able to drive automobiles.

The average age of our clients is 80 and above. For this program, a driver and a helper are needed. The driver’s task is to drive from one location to another by following an address chart. The driver also helps the helper place the required meal for delivery in a bag. Once the bag which contains the meal is ready, the helpers are the ones who bring the food to the client on their own.

We need volunteers Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00pm.

No experience necessary, just a desire to help others.

Drivers must have their own vehicle; we will reimburse you for gas.

Helpers are needed to accompany the driver and deliver the meals.

Please call 514.733.0554 ext.206 for more information.


COCLA’S NEW VENTURE

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.