Merging Waters Mid-Week

August 23, 2017


Note from Jane: I am looking for a copy of Abobe Acrobat on CD for a project I am doing for Merging Waters. If anyone has a copy, I would be delighted to hear from you!


August 23rd Union 7:00 p.m. (Wednesday evening) Tonight!

September 3rd BUC 10:30 a.m.

September 10th Union 10:30 a.m.

September 17th BUC 10:30 a.m.

September 24th Union 10:30 a.m.




UNION FOLK: Should the need arise to add individuals to the Prayer List during the summer, you can email your request to Ivy Lewis  Although Ivy will be in Newfoundland until early-mid October, she will, nonetheless, ensure that the prayer list is sent to the Prayer Circle if she receives the names. If you know of anyone who needs a sympathy or get well card during the summer, please call or email Cheryl Miller 514-695-2950


Youth Singing Together
Merging Waters is known for its diverse musical talent and musical events. And now there are even more possibilities, as Keith Whittall and Victoria Moulton, known for their musical expertise and experience with youth, have offered to coordinate a youth singing group for Merging Waters in the Fall -an opportunity for young people (8 and up) to sing together. It would be very collaborative, with the young people helping to make decisions as to the music. Please spread the word. Those interested should contact Keith Whittall or Victoria Moulton at 514-425-2136 or


 Still Awaiting our Syrian Family

September 2017 will be the second anniversary of beginning the process to sponsor a Syrian refugee family to come to Canada.  So much has happened since then – we formed the Summerlea Refugee Support Coalition, with the support of Action Réfugié Montréal we were matched with a co-sponsor, Salman Karnazi, to bring his brother Bilal and family to Montreal.  We found volunteers and furnishings to fill an apartment when they arrive, and we raised our financial commitments, PLUS some funds to help the family while they are still in Saudi Arabia.  On May 10, we rejoiced when they received the official approval of their refugee applications by Canadian officials.  And yet, they are still “in process”, which means not here!


Bilal is waiting for medical forms to be sent to him (by email) from Canadian officials in Abu Dhabi.  Once those are sent to him, he and the other members of his family take them to a local doctor where they are living to have health checkups.  That seems to be the only missing “piece” in their process……and is the source of frustration for those of us here in Montreal who are anxious to welcome them to Canada!


We have support from our MP, Francis Scarpaleggia, and his office staff, who have checked regularly with government officials through their diplomatic channels.   We are hopeful that their contacts with overseas officials will soon result in progress for Bilal and his family.


And our spirits were buoyed over the summer when we were contacted by the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild.  They had heard about our SRSC group and the family we are sponsoring during the winter, and they decided to create a Welcoming Quilt for our family!  In June, two of the Quilt Guild members showed the completed quilt to our SRSC committee, and we were thrilled – it is a uniquely beautiful quilt!


We asked them to keep it until Bilal and his family are in Montreal, at which time we plan to have a welcoming celebration for them.  The members of our four SRSC congregations (Summerlea United, Beaurepaire United, Union Church and Lakeshore UU Congregation) will be invited to attend, as will everyone who donated funds, furniture and their time to our efforts.  So we keep cheerful by looking ahead – to the day that will come when we can celebrate our family’s arrival in Montreal with a great party!

Susan Hawker, Wendy Buchanan, Libby Monaco



Potluck at Union Sept. 10th!

Merging Waters Social Fellowship Committee would like to welcome you back with a true Potluck to be held at Union on Sept. 10th  after the service. We welcome your main course meals, salads and desserts. Please put any items requiring refrigeration in the fridge in the basement kitchen, and mark it ‘potluck’.  Looking forward to seeing everyone again and hearing about your                             Summer!

Community News

The Garlic Festival de L’Ail returns for it’s 11th year on August 26th – THIS SATURDAY! This time there will be more garlic products, more ethnic meal stalls and more educational workshops.


Check out the new Garlic Festival website for more information:


And don’t forget if you are coming from further away – you can park for free on John Abbott Campus just inside the gates (and to the right) off Maple Street (follow our YELLOW Parking signs) OR head to the huge North parking lots of McGill and then jump on the FREE Shuttle Bus to bring you over to the market. It runs every 20 minutes.
BEFORE I Die initiative from ORA – Loss & Living Outreach Program

ORA Loss & Living Outreach Program, a new support service being implemented in the West Island of Montreal and surroundings, is presently working on the Before I die… initiative which is a “worldwide public art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public spaces.”

This project goal is to promote life. “It’s easy to get caught up in our day-to-day and forget what really matters to us.” This initiative is to make people stop and take time: time to think about what is important to them, think about their goal in life, think about what they want to accomplish.  It doesn’t cost anything and we hope that passersby will find meaning and pleasure in writing on this temporary wall. This wall will travel throughout the city for the next month.          The wall will be at Montreal City Mission/ St. James United Church, 463 Ste. Catherine West, Montreal (Qc) H3B 1B1 from August 20 to August 26, 2017. We’re hoping for a positive response from our community.

About ORA – Loss & Living Program ORA, a Maori word meaning “life”, is a program dedicated to helping individuals and groups move through grief and loss in order to lead full – and fulfilling – lives by creating spaces for conversations around grief. The ORA – Loss & Living program is about piecing broken fragments together to renew life. For more information, contact Mrs. Lisa Byer-de Wever at (514) 501-5525 or at

We Need your help to support our Before I die Project… ! We are looking for volunteers to be present for 1 hour shifts and to take photos at one of these sites. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Tevyaw ant

August 20 to 26 – Montreal City Mission / St-James United – 463 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal

September 16 to 17 – St-Luke’s Parish – 106A Avenue Anselme-Lavigne, D.D.O



The United Theological College has a number of continuing education offerings during the up-coming school year. More information can be found on posters at both churches, but here is a taste of what is available:

Education in the Church with Alyson Huntly In Person sessions September 5-9 from 9am to 4 pm, as well as Webinars on October 12th and December 14th from 1-4 pm Cost: $275.

Children’s and Youth Ministry in the Way of Jesus with David Csinos Friday September 29th from 9 am – 4 pm. Cost: $75 including lunch.

Cuba Study Tour January 4-11, 2018. Deadline for reservations: September 30th. Tour Orientation and Briefing October 11th 7 pm to 9 pm. Cost: $2500.

Ancient Christian Tales about Jesus: (His) Story through the Eyes of Peasants, Bards and Biographers with Frederick S. Tappenden. Webinars Wednesdays at 6:30 pm from January 10th to April 11th, 2018. Cost $355.

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