Worship: Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Please join us for Sunday Worship at 10:30am in the Sanctuary.
2014 Advent Calendar Events:
First of Advent - HOPE - November 30th
10:30 a.m. - Holy Communion
Second of Advent - PEACE - December 7th
10:30 a.m. - White Gift Sunday
3:00 p.m. - A Christmas Celebration Carol Concert
Third of Advent - JOY - December 14th
10:30 a.m. - Sunday Worship
Fourth of Advent - LOVE - December 21st
10:30 a.m. - Sunday Worship
Christmas Eve - December 24th
8:00 p.m. - Pageant / Holy Communion
1st after Christmas - December 28th
10:30 a.m. - Service in Leslie Hall
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Minister: The Rev. John Forster B.A., M.Div., M.Th.
Director of Music: Margaret de Castro B.A., B.Music., M.Music, M.Ed
Chair of Session: Ramon Vicente
Vice Chair of Session: Lynne Dawson
Clerk of Session: Carolyn Walsh Dawson
The Application for November 2, 2014 - All Saints
1 John 3: 1-3 Research keeps pouring in on the amazing range of emotions we social mammals share. Remember this research includes not just humans but the primates and most mammals living in communal social groups. It is over turning centuries of cultural assumptions. ‘Survival of the fittest’ is being replaced by evidence that it is ‘survival of the kindest’ that counts, even with rats. The Old Testament terms of loving kindness and tender mercy. The New Testament concepts of compassion and love your neighbour as yourself, find support in our very physiology. We are made this way. We are born to be good. Forget the selfish gene hypothesis and the competitive model of red tooth and claw; we humans are born to be compassionate and sympathetic and so are many of our mammalian cousins. Our challenge is to widen the circle of our compassion, love and sympathy beyond our initial family circle. The challenge in each person’s life is to expand our circle of concern to include the stranger, and so move from sympathy to empathy. This is what John’s epistle reading is talking about. We are now part of God’s widened and widening family circle. We are Children of God and so by definition we care for others beyond our initial family units. As God’s family circle continues to expand by our love and compassion for those beyond our immediate kin, we are changed. We evolve. Empathy is established. Our society transforms, blessing abounds. God’s New Day becomes manifest. Who knows just how far this will take us? Now I don’t know for sure if Jesus was much of a singer but to recite the scriptures was actually to sing them back then. So at the least he chanted. We do know from the gospels that Jesus felt love and compassion for everyone never worrying about getting hurt for it and even forgiving other when he did get hurt. We all remember his final words from the cross. “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.” We see in the life of Jesus one who lived heaven on earth every day. He even taught us to pray expectantly “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. So one way we can live as Children of God evolving spiritually and expanding daily the circle of God’s blessing is: and this is The Application for Today. Sing like nobody is listening! Love like you’ll never get hurt! Live like there’s heaven on earth! That is what the Saints do in every age. Amen. Matthew 5: The Beatitudes Our passage from Matthew is the one selected for All Saints Day. Saints for us are faithful folk who have shaped and blessed our lives. By definition, most of these people are senior to us and have already died. Saints are not perfect people. They can even be difficult to live with. However, saints are those who open their lives to God’s wisdom and learn the Spirit’s lessons of love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance and self-discipline. Maybe not all of these lessons or all of them all of the time, but they walk the walk and not just talk the talk. In their generosity and forbearance they seek to pass these spiritual learnings on to us and others. In terms of the Beatitudes, they learn to recognize where true blessedness lies. This is what I mean. The Saints in our lives learn the lesson that: You are blessed when you see that it is no longer all about you, your wants and needs, but more and more about God. What God seeks or offers in any given situation. Then you can start being a blessing. They understand that: You are blessed when you see and accept all things in God and God in all things. You see that everyone and everything is necessary and participates in God’s present moment. You recognize that we are all in this together, no one is expendable or to be overlooked with God. You see this clearly now to start being a blessing. The Saints in our lives live out the wisdom that: You are blessed when you are finally willing to just become the change God want to see in the world. Forget about other people’s responses, just become what is needed. It is amazing how that changes things for the better. You become a blessing. Finally, they reveal that: When you do this, you will no longer sweat the small stuff. And it is all small stuff! You discover that in time being a blessing just flows forth with effortless effort. No sweat. When we pass from being blessed to becoming a blessing, we fulfill the Beatitudes. We become saints for others. But as our scripture reminds us: it isn’t all sweetness and light. God’s wisdom is hard won and roundly resisted in our world. There is a cost in learning the Spirit’s lessons and a cost in sharing the Spirit’s lessons. We know the saying “When the going gets tuff, the tuff get going.” Well the saints are the one’s who tuff it out for others. Application for Today The saints are the ones who know the cost pay the price and become a blessing anyway! Amen.
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MUCH to be Thankful For:
On September 6th, 1914, the first worship service was held in what we now know as Leslie Hall. We are planning to make 2014 a year to rejoice and to remember ... and you can help!
We all have our own special memories of our church life – whether that church is Dominion-Douglas, St. Andrew’s, St.Andrew’s – Dominion-Douglas or Erskine American. We are asking that you commit to paper a short memoir and send it to Felicitas at the office.
-by Betsy & Tom Zukow September 28, 2014 A Warm Welcome We arrived in Montreal in 1967 from New York City. After getting settled in, we started a “church search”! Unimpressed by the reception we had received at several Westmount churches, we made a last ditch effort at Dominion-Douglas United. Betsy was in the narthex when we arrived and we received a very warm welcome. At the beginning of the service, from the raised pulpit, Dr. Smith announced that two visitors were in the congregation and hoped that everyone would welcome them at the coffee hour. Lo and behold, everyone came up and welcomed us and hoped that we would return. We did, with much pleasure. It was not too long after that we bought our house at 657 Lansdowne. We became members of the church and soon we were very involved and given keys to the church so that the Meals on Wheels metal containers could be dropped off for washing and returned to the kitchen. We have been very involved ever since. We’re the proof of what a warm welcome means. ============================================================ - by Beverley & John Lough October 5, 2014 The church was not above trying something new. Our son, Richard, and his wife, Michelle, were married here by Reverend Bob Shank in February of 1991. At that time the first few rows of pews were removed and replaced perpendicular to the alter. As I recall, this was not popular and the change did not have a long life. ======================================================================= - by Diane Harper Oct 12, 2014 We enjoyed Young Peoples at Dominion Douglas before we were married & then the Couples Club after marriage. In 1961 we decided to join D.D. as we really felt at home here. We had many great New Year’s eve parties at the church with Couples Club. It really was a special group. When Keith Eddy was assistant minister, Edwina(his wife) & I started a C.G.I.T. group. It was around 1966 that Eunice Tees, myself& a few other young mothers decided that we needed a group where we could get together & take turns looking after one anothers children while the moms could have some adult time together. This eventually evolved into the nursery school. For many years there was a Christmas morning service that featured a family doing it. In 1971 our family took our turn. A great experience for our children as well as ourselves. In the 70’s Unit 10 organized a cooking school with Mary Murray who was a volunteer cook for MOW & had experience & knowledge in nutrition. We would meet once a week. The result of this was a cookbook, “The Genuine Good Old-Fashioned Everyday Gourmet Cookbook”. Better known as the Dominion Douglas cookbook. When Phyllis Smythe was minister here, she had the Young Peoples group, of which Stephen was a member, do the Christmas eve service – our family would drive down to the country afterwards so we would have our Christmas there. Over 55 years of wonderful memories & great friends.
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DR. FREDERICK JAMES TEES M.D.C.M., F.R.C.S., F.A.C.S., M.C. Miriam Tees begins a biography of her famous father, Dr. Frederick James Tees, with a touch of pride. But it is not about the leadership roles which Dr. Tees assumed, his athleticism, or even the honours with which he was showered, but rather, with an affecting personal note. Born on January 6, 1880, “he was educated at Victoria School,” she writes, “and Montreal High School, where he was never late or absent during the whole four years.” Was this an early life-lesson for his children, an illustration of his fundamental approach to excellence? If so, it was a successful one. As an undergraduate at McGill (Hons. B.A. 1901) and President of his class, Dr. Tees had a distinguished academic and athletic record. He was keen on sports, especially in track and field. Canadian intercollegiate broad-jumping champion, he held the record for hurdling for many years. He was also President of the University Athletic Association. Climaxing a brilliant scholastic career, he received the Medical Society's Senior Prize upon graduation in Medicine in 1905. He was an intern at the Montreal General Hospital until he went to England, France, and Germany (1907/1908) for post graduate studies in surgery. Returning home he joined the staff of the MGH as Senior Associate Surgeon and Medical Superintendent, remaining connected there all his life. After entering private practice in 1911 he was appointed lecturer in surgery at McGill. Continuing his interest in athletics, he was instrumental in founding the Amateur Athletic Association of Canada, serving as President for several years. At the outbreak of World War I, Fred joined the 9th Field Ambulance Corp, and served in Canadian military hospitals in England and at the front. Attaining the rank of Captain, he was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in the field at Zellebeke (November 1916), where he administered aid to the wounded in battle for 60 hours without a rest. He later reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Returning to Canada he resumed his practice in Montreal as attending surgeon at the MGH and also linked up with Eaton's. He served as a school commissioner for the City of Westmount and also as a member of the Metropolitan Board of the YMCA. An enthusiastic photographer, he joined the Montreal Camera Club, becoming president, and exhibiting many of his photographs at salons around the world. Not only were well-earned honours bestowed continually on Dr. Tees, he was willing always to take on many extra responsiblities. He was elected president of the Canadian Association of Clinical Surgeons at their 1936 annual meeting in Winnipeg. From the time he returned to Montreal from the war, he had served without honorarium as surgeon to McGill athletic teams, attending many football and hockey games and track meets. Also, as honorary adviser for the Victoria Hockey Club, he handled difficult surgical cases for Canadian athletes including members of Les Canadiens. On March 31, 1938, the prominent Montreal surgeon was the guest of honour at the third annual banquet of the McGill Graduates' Athletic Club. At the Dinner Dr. Tees was presented with a replica of The Sprinter sculpted by world-famous Canadian-born Sculptor, Dr. R. Tait McKenzie, R.C.A. Fred Tees was the model for the arms of The Sprinter, and Percy Molson, who was killed in the war, modelled the legs. On June 24, 1942 with Dr. Tees as guest of honour, sportsmen from all branches of sport, athletes, and businessmen gathered at the Country Club at St. Lambert for the annual golf tournament of the Sportsmen's Association, the largest turnout in its ten year history. Each season the executive nominated an outstanding personality of this city to receive tribute from other sportsmen. For more than forty years Dr. Tees, distinguished lecturer and surgeon, had been associated with many phases of athletics in Montreal, particularly at McGill, where he was known as “Daddy Tees” to graduates and undergraduates alike. On this occasion he was presented with the British Consul Shield. As mentioned, Dr. Tees had a long association with the Montreal General Hospital. At the time of his return from Europe in 1908, Dr. George Armstrong became his mentor there. Before long Fred was betrothed to Dr. Armstrong's second daughter, Beatrice. Miriam reports that her Father was able to afford to get married “in part because of the generosity of Mr. William Goodwin, then President of Goodwin's store and an active member of Dominion Square Methodist Church. Mr. Goodwin engaged Fred as attending physician to the store,” which was purchased by Eaton's in 1925. As strongly committed members of the same church, Beatrice and Fred were married there on September 5, 1911. They had two children, Miriam, still a devoted parishioner of Mountainside United Church, and Fred, a retired United Church minister who lives with his wife, Eunice, at Lac des Iles in the Laurentians. Dr. and Mrs. Tees were very involved with the founding of Dominion-Douglas Church. Miriam tells us that, “they would often have Sunday tea with Mr. Leslie, who was in charge of the building of the new church, and the Tees and the Leslies would pour over plans.” Dr. Tees was Clerk of Session for over twenty-five years, and he and his wife served in many capacities including teaching Sunday School. They were regular attendants throughout their lives. Dr. Tees died on October 30th, 1946. Dr. A. Lloyd Smith conducted the funeral service, one of the largest ever held at Dominion-Douglas. There was standing room only in the sanctuary and the gallery was crowded. He was a man beloved by all who knew him. His wife, Beatrice Mary Armstrong Tees, died on July 2, 1983 in her one hundredth year. She had attended worship service every Sunday until her health declined at the age of ninety-nine. She was active in all of the groups of the church and in particular the Women’s Missionary Society. After his death, the DR. FRED TEES MEMORIAL TROPHY was established and is given annually by Athletics Canada to the outstanding male athlete of the year, enrolled at a Canadian university. TEES HALL at Dominion-Douglas Church (now Mountainside United Church) was named in honour of Dr. Tees, in grateful remembrance of the many years of service which he had contributed throughout his life. The MIRIAM H. TEES SCHOLARSHIP was established in 1989 by friends, family, alumni, and colleagues to honour their daughter, Miriam H. Tees, B.L.S. 1951, M.L.S. 1975, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, McGill University. Their son, Frederick Armstrong Tees, graduated from Selwyn House School (Class of '44). After his tour of duty with the Royal Canadian Navy, he studied for a B. Comm. and his High School Teaching Diploma (HSTD) (McGill). He became a teacher and athletic director at Selwyn House School for sixteen years. Returning to his studies he received his M. Div (Divinity) in 1974 from the United Theological College, and, after his ordination, served in several churches in Ontario and Québec.
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