Merging Waters Mid-Week

May 17, 2017

                           UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES at 10:30 a.m. 

May 21st BUC

May 28th Union

June 4th  BUC Pentecost

June 11thUnion Aboriginal Sunday

June 18th BUC Father’s Day Salad Potluck Lunch

June 25th Baie-D’Urfé Town Hall Outdoor Ecumenical Service

July 2nd BUC 10:00 a.m.



We are looking for donations for the Union Bake Table at the Plant Sale on May 27th. If possible, please identify and package cookies by the dozen, muffins by the ½ dozen, fudge and squares 8 per package, different varieties of loaves, pies, etc.

Please deliver to Union’s downstairs kitchen on the following dates: Thursday May 25th from 11:30-3:30 p.m.; Friday May 26th from 6-9 p.m. or Saturday at 9 a.m.




This is an invitation to anyone who wishes to be part of the discussions about the United Church of Canada’s remits that were explained to many after the Merging Waters AGM on February 26, 2017 at the meeting of the Official Board of the Merging Waters Pastoral Charge on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 7:30PM at Union Church Adair Hall.

There were some members who spoke to me after the meeting following our Merging Waters AGM to say that they felt these decisions should have been voted on in a Congregational meeting. However, we are obliged to vote at the Official Board of Merging Waters.  It was decided to invite anyone who wishes to be part of the discussions prior to the Board’s vote to attend this meeting without having the right to vote.

If you wish further information about the remits to be voted on, please go to the United Church of Canada website and follow the links to General Council remits.

Please feel free to speak to me or to Lyle Cruickshank if you have any questions or concerns.

On behalf of the Merging Waters Official Board, Jan Langelier Co- Chairperson. 514-453-7103






It’s subscription renewal time for the Observer, the national magazine

of the United Church of Canada. Please consider renewing or starting a subscription to this

interesting and informative magazine at a cost of only $25 per year.

FOR UNION FOLK: You may pay by cash or cheque made out to the Observer and leave it in Ivy Lewis’ mailbox in Adair Hall by Sunday, May 21st. For further information, please contact Ivy Lewis, Union Observer Representative at 514-457-9139 or

FOR BEAUREPAIRE FOLK: You may pay by cash or cheque made out to the Observer and give to Jane during her office hours (Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:30-2:30) or slide an envelope under her door by Sunday May 21st.



It is Plant Sale Season!

  • Suitcases for Africa Plant/Bake Sale/Africa Market May 20th 61 Beaconsfield Court, Beaconsfield 9:00-noon This weekend!


  • Union Church May 27th

We welcome donations of perennials, herbs, annuals, veggies or house plants.

If you need help digging perennials please contact Jane Cowell



Plants may be brought to 61 Beaconsfield Court for Suitcases for Africa on

May 20th after 8 am or to Union Church May 27th after 8am.

To make other arrangements, call Jane.



May 20th at the Suitcases for Africa Plant Sale, there will also be a Bake Sale and an African Market

At Union Church at the same time as the Plant Sale on May 27th, there will also be a Bake Sale, & a BBQ – our delicious hotdogs and drinks will again be available for your lunch.  BOUTIQUE 24 will also be open.  Come and shop for great bargains on gently used clothing, books etc

Note: Pots, large and small are needed for potting of plants.  If you can bring them to the Church marked for Plant Sale that would be greatly appreciated.  They may be left inside Adair Hall door.









The May 6 joint concert held at Union and organized by the Summerlea Refugee Support Coalition’s four churches, music directors and choirs, was a huge success, and it raised over $1,700 to provide essential help to our Syrian family while they are still living in Saudi Arabia.


Then, on May 10th, we received this exciting news from Saudi Arabia, that Bilal Karnazi and his family finally had the all-important interview and now only await the medical and security checkup. When all that is done, and in, and OK’d, the Embassy in Saudi Arabia sends the final approval to Canada’s regional offices in Abu Dhabi.  They are the ones to issue the final travel visas and airline tickets. Although this process could be quick, experience shows that it usually takes a couple more months.


Our next task as part of the Summerlea Refugee Support Coalition is to ensure that we have all the ‘basics’ ready and waiting to furnish their apartment within a couple of weeks of their arrival.  Bilal’s brother Salman, our co-sponsor, and his family have already said they will host the new arrivals upon their arrival in Montreal and until a suitable apartment is found.  We will inform you of any needed items through the mid-week message, as soon as we have the list.



Spruce-Up Month – Calling all Union volunteers – once again May has been declared Spruce-Up Month and there is lots of raking, digging and pruning and window-washing to do. If you’re seasoned DIY’er we can assign you something a bit more specialized. For more details (or to arrange a loan of a rake, wheelbarrow, etc) contact Eric at 514-457-3568 or




Spring can be a time of re-birth of both body and soul. Feeling stressed and need to slow down and/or wanting to connect with God in the midst of life? Come to meditation Tuesday 4:30 p.m., Thursday 9:30 a.m. chez Vicki. For more information call Vicki 514-245-4103.



Are you in spring cleaning and decluttering mode? Please remember Boutique 24 when cleaning out closets and basements – your clothes, books, dishes, small appliances, lamps, jewelry, accessories, yarn and other craft supplies can all find a new home – and raise money for church and community projects through our Boutique.





Jon Davis & Friends

Saturday June 3rd, 8:00 p.m. Union Church

Tickets ($20) & Info: S. Davis 514-453-9154. 

($5 per ticket to Union Church charities, including flood relief)
Montreal-based singer/songwriter Jon Davis, who has sung as backup for Josh Groban and Cirque du Soleil, as well as singing in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Choir, will take you on a musical adventure that represents the musical experience that is his life. This diverse and eclectic evening will represent a wide variety of music from musical theatre to jazz, folk to gospel, musicals to cabaret. This wonderful evening will include Jon’s original compositions and arrangements and those of pianist Pierre Gallant, supported by a band, choristers, and a other musical friends and family.




Community News

Perennial Plant Sale at Summerlea United Church, 225 – 50th Avenue in Lachine, on Saturday, May 27th, 9am – Noon.  Come early, the plants go fast at very affordable prices.  For information, 514-634-2651.





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