Merging Waters Mid-Week

September 27, 2017

Our sympathies are extended to the family and friends of long-time Beaurepaire member Sandra McKie who passed away this past week. The funeral will be held at Beaurepaire United Church Monday afternoon (October 2nd) at 4:00 p.m., the Rev. Murdock McFarlane officiating.


October 1st BUC World Wide Communion

October 8th Union Thanksgiving

October 15th BUC World Food Day

October 22nd Union

October 29th BUC Stewardship & Reformation Sunday

November 5th Union Communion



This Friday! Coffee House September 29th show will be Opening Act: Kim Adams and the House Cats, Main Act: Rob Lutes. Fantastic blues music, delicious cakes from TWIGGS and shopping at B24! Come early to get a seat. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. $10.00 admission at the door. Also note Boutique 24’s longer hours during Coffee House weekends…Friday September 29th from 6-9 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.



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!


Our MP, Francis Scarpaleggia, and his office staff, check 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


News flash: The family has now had their medical checks.  We still await further news.

However, in the meantime, our committee was able to help out one of the Haitian families which recently crossed the border. Stay tuned for further news…



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



Meditation chez Vicki -Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.! Individuals who meditate seem to feel better, do better, and find that the practice sustains them in their personal and professional lives. Why not give meditation a try?



Save the Date: Saturday Nov. 18 and Sunday Nov. 19

Pierre Gallant is planning another fabulous Road Show! This one will be based on the Danish concept of ”Hygge” and the Charter for Compassion.  Further details to follow in the weeks to come.



Hello future chair yogis/yoginis,

A chair yoga course will be offered in Union’s Adair Hall starting Friday October 6th. Every Friday from 4:30-5:15, you are invited to join us for a gentle class of modified poses, sun salutations, and breathing exercises for rest, renewal and positivity! No yoga mat required. This is a free yoga course done as outreach so you do not need to bring money to the class. If you are interested simply show up for 4:30 on October 6th or call Bryson Davis at 514-980-0905 or email:

NB: On the last Friday of every month there will be no class offered because of coffee house in Adair hall.


Do you like to spread good news on a Sunday morning? Union Church could use a couple of new volunteers to stand up at the mic and deliver the Community News at the start of worship, only a few times during each liturgical year. Prerequisite: willingness to speak concisely in public and show up a few minutes before the service to receive last-minute additions. Please contact Christine at to add your name to the roster!




                              Yoga for the mind, body and soul:

The gentle Hatha yoga course is still on-going!. Classes are from 7:00-8:00pm on Tuesdays in Adair Hall. (NB: For days when there is soup pot in Adair Hall arrangements will be made to have yoga in the sanctuary at 6pm.) There are a couple of options for payment. You can pay 7.50$/class and pay as you go. The other option is 80$ paid on the first class for 12 classes.

I look forward to seeing old and new faces. 🙂 Bryson Davis Cell: 514-980-0905     Email:










Union Walking Group

We had a good group of 4 walkers this week, and enjoyed an invigorating walk. From now on we meet in front of the Simon Fraser House, on Ste-Anne near the bridge, always at 10:00 A.M on Mondays. Come join us -an opportunity for those in the community of Union and Ste-Anne to walk together to improve fitness and endurance, while in the company of like-minded individuals. For certain people, it may serve as preparation for more challenging hikes, either locally or internationally.

Participants should dress for the weather and bring a water bottle.

Contact us if you are interested in walking with us. Susan Hawker  514-512-1793



Montreal and Ottawa Conference – Travelling Road Show – Come! Discuss! And Ask!

A workshop directed at Treasurers, Trustees, Board/Council Chairs, Mission and Service, Stewardship and Outreach Committees, Clergy and lay! Saturday November 4, 2017. Summerlea United Church, 225 50th Avenue, Lachine. 8:45 am – 3:30 pm. Free event, lunch included (Donations appreciated) If you have any questions or to register call Paul Sales 613-841-9291.



Our second Soup-pot of the Fall will be the new animated version of ”The Little Prince”. We will be showing it on Tuesday Oct. 10th at 7:00 in Adair Hall, Union Church, 24 Maple, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Hoping you can join us. Please email us back with your offering of soup, bread or ice cream.

The Little Prince (2015) 7.8 stars; Fantasy/Drama  1 hour 50 min. G

A little girl (Mackenzie Foy) lives in a very grown-up world with her mother (Rachel McAdams) , who tries to prepare her for it.  Her neighbour, the Aviator (Jeff Bridges), introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of the Little Prince (Paul Rudd). The girl learns that it is human connections that matter most, and that it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.  Based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, directed by Mark Osborne.

Suggested donation: $7 per person, but not if you bring soup or bread or ice cream.
We need: 5 soups: (large pots)
6 bread: (3 people, please bring 2 bread each and butter or margarine):

Individual ice creams: (Enough for 15 people):

Popcorn: Susan

DVD: Susan







What with the abundance of veggies in the local markets these days, we thought it would be a good time to make up some wonderful, tasty soups to put in the freezer for a cold day or a day when you are too busy to cook.  We are looking for both Soup makers and soup buyers.  Helen Fyles and Bonnie Norris  have a list of tried and true Soup Recipes you can use or perhaps you have a favourite chili, bean or soup of your own to make.  Just contact Bonnie at or 514-457-3568  if you can help and you will receive a copy of the recipes and free containers for freezing during the next week or so.   The date of the Sale will start Oct. 22nd, 11:30 a.m. following Union’s Church Service.  Please bring your soups to Union Church’s freezer clearly labelled on or before Oct. 22nd.   Proceeds to go to the work of Union Church.




Opera Appreciation

Our talented Union Church musical director Pierre Gallant is giving a course in Opera Appreciation “Meet the Met” at John Abbott starting this Saturday morning Sept. 30th 10:00-12:00.

There are 4 classes: Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Nov. 11, & Jan. 20. You may register online at or in person.

Info (Continuing Education, JAC): 514-457-5036





Community News


Ste-Genevieve United Church – 4697 Boul St Jean, D.D.O., QC – are holding our Annual Fall Garage Sale on Saturday September 30, 2017, between 10:00 am – 14:00 pm – There will be lots of Toys, Books, Jewellery, Furniture and much more.  Come out and enjoy fellowship, shopping and lunch .  We look forward to seeing you!   For information, contact the church office at 154-626-4795



A Military Whist will be held at Ste-Genevieve United Church, 4697 Boul St-Jean, Dollard des Ormeaux on Wednesday, October 18th 2017 at 12:30 pm.  Donation of $15.00.  Lunch will be provided and there will be door prizes.  Please bring your own playing cards.  Bridge players are welcome. For further information, please contact the church office at 514-626-4795.



Expo 67 Mission Impossible (English version) This film thriller invites us to relive the incredible adventure of the men and women behind Man and His World. Meet the filmmaker Eric Ruel following the screening. Sunday October 1st from 2-4 p.m. at Beaconsfield High School. Presented in collaboration with the Beaurepaire-Beaconsfield Historical Society.


Child Haven Fundraiser to support orphanages in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and Nepal: Sat. Nov. 4th 6:00 p.m.  3350 Sources, DDO Indian Buffet, Silent Auction,Bazaar treasures for sale, cash bar

Info: Conny Belanger. 514-542-3381

Tickets: (Montreal Dinner)





Smile Corner

(Thanks to Phyllis Holtz for the submission)