Merging Waters Mid-Week

March 8, 2017



March 12th Union, Lent II. Spare Parts

March 19th BUC, Lent III

March 26th Union, Lent IV

April 2nd BUC, Lent V

April 9th     Union Palm Sunday, True Potluck Lunch

April 14th   BUC Good Friday

April 16th   Union Easter Communion Continental Breakfast


Morning Intention Setting:

  • Sit comfortably on a chair or lie in bed before getting up in the morning.
  • Close your eyes and take several long, deep breaths through your nose.
  • Ask yourself: “What is my heart’s desire? What do I wish for myself, for my loved ones, and for the world?”   The Dalai Lama has a simple way of testing our intentions: “Is it just for me, or for others? For the benefit of the few, or for the many? For now, or for the future?”
  • State your intention for the day. For example: Today may I greet everyone with the love that is in my heart.

You might like to repeat the following four lines adapted from the traditional Tibetan prayer of the Four Immeasurables:

May all beings attain happiness.

May all beings be free from suffering.

May all beings never be separated from joy.

May all beings abide in equanimity.

REMINDER! Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, March 12th at 2:00 a.m.

The Merging Waters Lenten Project

Since Lent is about change, why not try some of these ideas during the next forty days? In order to be awakened to the change, write down your actions on your c

alendar each day. Come every Sunday during Lent and be willing to share your actions with a friend during coffee time.

Possible suggestions:

  • Every day, put a non-perishable food stuff in a bag or box for the local food bank or St Columba House
  • Declutter your house a little bit every day. Get rid of the clothes that don’t fit, those kitchen plates, gadgets or pans you never use. The books that you are continuously dusting. All these things can be donated to Boutique 24 or another charity of your choice.
  • Give away a smile or a compliment every day of Lent.
  • Forgive a long-held grudge. Forgiving someone else will bless you as much – if not more – than the person you forgive.
  • Write a letter to the editor about a social justice issue.
  • Volunteer an hour of your time or contribute an hour’s salary to a group or organization that is seeking to make peace in the local community or in the world.

Or come up with your very own wonderful ideas


West Island Lenten Lunches are being held each Wednesday between 11:30 & 1:00 from March 8th to April 5th in the hall at Christ Church Beaurepaire. Lunch is $8 per person. BUC & Union Churches are responsible for preparing the lunch on March 29th. . A signup sheet for volunteers to make soup and/or squares & help during the Luncheon will be posted in each church.  Our designated soup is “Beef & Barley”.  Please see copies of the recipe with the signup sheet.

The second annual Variety Show at Beaurepaire will be on Friday, March 17th starting at 7:30. If you have a story, song, dance, skit or poetry to share in an informal setting, please confirm with Victoria. A free-will donation is part of the evening to raise funds for Caring for Kenya and Saint Columba House. For questions and information please contact Victoria or Keith at 514-425-2136 or Invite you friends and neighbours for a lovely evening of fun.

Merging Waters Easter Continental Breakfast – Sunday April 16th from 9 – 10 a.m. at Adair Hall, Union Church. Tickets $5 per person will be available following the April 2nd service at BUC and the April 9th service at Union.


                                Yoga with Bryson Davis

Until further notice, chair yoga class on Fridays from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm is cancelled. We will advise you if anything changes.

Regular yoga is still ongoing 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Adair Hall – $7.50 per class If you wish to participate, you must call Bryson at least 24 hours before each class to confirm your participation at 514-980-0905.



“Cabaret du Chat Noir” Saturday April 22nd , 8 :00 p.m. 

Le Cabaret du Chat Noir    with Pierre Gallant & Guests

A festive evening. Colourful and rich with emotion, with variety, humour and MUSIC as a backdrop to a classical, popular and operatic repertoire. Adair Hall, Union Church.Tickets ($20) and info: Jan Langelier. 514-453-7103;

Just a friendly reminder that bulletin covers can be sponsored. You can sponsor a bulletin to celebrate or congratulate someone, in memory of a loved one or for no reason at all! Cost of sponsorship is $25. Look for forms at the back of the sanctuary or call or email Jane at either church office. All Sundays between now and the end of the year are currently  available.

A number of people have been asking about the Pierre Gallant/Nadia Theobal Nina Simone show. Here are the details: Saturday, April 8, at the Upstairs Jazz Club, 1254 Mackay St. (off Ste Catherine, near Guy). Three sets: 8:30, $15 cover charge for the whole evening; 10:15, $10 cover charge for rest of evening; 11:30, free. Singer, piano, bass, drums, guitar.

Vicki’s Reading Corner

Some suggested articles from our Minister:

Embracing the Spirit:

59 Percent of Millennials Raised in a Church Have Dropped Out—And They’re Trying to Tell Us Why:


March Coffee House Isabelle Young Trio is opening for the John Speed Band. March 31st. Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8 p.m. Also, don’t forget the extended Boutique 24 hours on Coffee House Weekends. Boutique 24 will be open from 6- 9 p.m. Friday March 31st and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday April 1st.


Community News

“Livin’ the Moment” Workshop Series

Mindfulness and the “slow living movement” are gaining popularity across the globe because of their many physical and mental health benefits.

Learn practical tips and techniques to integrate mindfulness and “slow living” into everyday life.

 how to get rid of A.N.T.’s (automatic negative thinking)

 how to be more present

 how to simplify

 mindful eating

 cultivating gratitude

 digital detoxing

 and more

Experience a chocolate meditation, a mindful walk,

guided and silent meditations, mindful music and art explorations.

Led by Terri Coyle on behalf of The Family Life Centre

4 Thursdays, March 16, 23, 30, April 6

1:30 – 3:30 PM

Cedar Park United Church

204 Lakeview, Pointe-Claire H9S 4C5

$40 per person (for the series) Register at 514 630-7794 or

The Lakeshore Light Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore – The Witch’s Curse. March 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m. and March 5 & 11 at 2 p.m. Lakeside Academy Theatre, 5050 Sherbrooke, Lachine. Tickets $15-$28 or 514-804-4900


March 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm–  Loss & Living:  Making Room for Hope – ” To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time come to let it go, to let it go. Mary Oliver ”  This experiential workshop will explore ways to let our own grief and loss have their say; to acknowledge and validate our experiences so we can receive consolation, find hope and in so live vitally.  RSVP: Donna Olinik – 514-626-4795 or by March 13, 2017 – This event is co-sponsored by: Montreal City Mission and Ste-Genevieve United Church Bereavement Program.

Dorval Strathmore United Church Players present their annual murder mystery dinner show,“MURDER ON THE BLUENOSE TO VALDOR 11”, written and directed by Steve Gillam.

Five Saturdays in April:  1st. 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th.Doors open at 6:00 pm.  Show starts at 6:30.Tickets are $40 & $35 (students & seniors) Tickets includes the 4 Act play and a 4 course meal.Cash bar.

The year is 2236.  Earth is part of the Intergalactic Alliance.

The crew of the starship Bluenose is taking a group of settlers (the audience) to help establish a new colony on Valdor 11. 

But someone seems determined to sabotage the mission and the work of the IA! All tickets sold in advance.  Call 514-631-9879 Or order online:

All Seniors who are residents of Beaconsfield are invited to a free party in the library of Beaconsfield High School-Thursday April 6th from 1:15 to 3:00 p.m. Refreshments and entertainment by the students. Drivers and escorts are welcome to stay for the event.

St Columba House will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary Gala April 27th at the Paradoxe Theater,5959 Monk, Ville Emard. Cocktails at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment by Sylvie Desgroseilliers and Silent Auction. Tickets are $125 (tax receipt of $95.)