Worship: Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Please join us for Sunday Worship at 10:30am
Note: our Sunday morning services will be held in the Sanctuary starting February 2nd, 2014.
The February 2014 issue of Rapport is now available for download.
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Dates to Remember:
Sunday March 2, 11:30am - Annual General Meeting immediately following the service.
*Tuesday March 4, 6:30pm - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.
Sunday Mar 9 10:30am - MUCH to be Thankful For - Centennial Celebration Sunday - Special Speaker: David Webster
Sunday April 13th, 10:30am - Palm Sunday Palm Procession.
Thursday April 17th, 7:30pm - Maundy Thursday Communion Service/Tenebrae
Friday April 18th, 10:30am - Good Friday Service in the Sanctuary
Sunday April 20th, 10:30am - Easter Sunday Communion Service in the Sanctuary
Saturday April 26th, 7:00pm - Kids 4 Kids concert
Tuesday, March 4th, at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $6.00 adult $4.00 children (10 & under)
$15.00 per family
If you can help out, please sign-up in Tees hall after the service.
Old Brewery Mission Visit
Mountainside is booked for Sunday, March 23, 2014 to send 15 volunteers to serve supper at the Old Brewery Mission’s Webster Pavilion. Contributions are needed towards the big cheque ($1500?) we hope to take with us.
Lenten Study ‘Thank God for Evolution’ DVD series
March 5th to April 9th, Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. in the Sunshine Room.
Typhoon Emergency Appeal Nets $4165!
On November 8th Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan wiped out a Tacloban village in the Philippines, killing over 6100 people. Proceeds from a bake sale by the Filipino members of the congregation and donations from the congregation totalled $4165! This was given to a Filipino organization recommended by Filipinos in our congregation. Through Gawad Kalinga (Community Builder for Hope) we hope to help in the reconstruction of sturdy homes. Our donations qualified for the Canadian government matching donation program.
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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 January 26, 2014 - Third Sunday of Epiphany
Matthew 4: 12 – 23
‘Fishing for People’
Near the beginning of every season of Epiphany, we spend a week or two focusing on the calling of the first disciples. Last week in the gospel of John, some of John the Baptist’s disciples became Jesus’ first disciples. This week in the gospel of Matthew, it is fishermen becoming Jesus’ first disciples. We are more familiar with the story of the calling of the fishermen, right? There were lots of unemployed folk around back then. Up to 15% of the rural, peasant population was landless and unemployed in Jesus’ day. So, why fishermen when there are so many landless and unemployed about? There are 3 contributing factors: 1. Prophecy enacted 2. The kinds of work fishermen do 3. The socio-economic hot spot for fisher folk at that time 1. Prophecies Enacted In Jeremiah and Isaiah’s day, many of the Judeans were in exile far away from their homeland. There, they began to worship the idols and gods of their new surroundings. Jeremiah tells the people God is upset with them, and will bring them home to be punished. The people aren’t interested. So Jeremiah declares that God will send for many fishermen and “they shall catch my people.” So Jesus sending out fishermen to catch God’s people in the religious borderlands seemed to embody the prophecy. It also suggested Isaiah’s prophesy that the same religious borderlands would finally see the light, see the sun rise of God’s presence. So Jesus goes to the borderland and settles in Capernaum. Jesus’ intension to call fishermen would easily be recognized as provocative, attention getting; real headline stuff, prophecy enacted. 2.The kind of work fishermen do. Fishermen catch cichlids, carp and catfish in the Sea of Galilee. Catfish are unclean! Catfish have fleshy fluke not transparent fins. Catfish have skin not scales. These two distinctions make them unclean to touch let alone eat. If fishermen handle the unacceptable catfish they will be prepared to do the unacceptable, to interact with the unclean gentiles of the borderlands, the diseased and destitute of the countryside as well as the ritually clean Judeans from the south. So Jesus looks for fishermen. 3.The socio-economic hot spot. The Sea of Galilee lies directly west of the Decapolis: The territory of the Ten Roman Towns being built to Romanize the area. Special Roman taxes had just been levied on fishing in the sea to pay for the new construction. This new tax burden was bankrupting the fishermen. Tensions were high, social and economic unrest surrounded the Sea. This is another reason for Jesus to set up shop there. It also provides strong motivation for the fishers to follow a new vocation, with new possibilities. So, with the prophetic implication of Jeremiah and Isaiah being enacted and the local social economic unrest looking for an avenue of expression and a crew of men use to doing the dirty work, Peter, Andrew, James and John see, hear and understand, and then drop their nets and follows Jesus. Now, Jesus’ new band isn’t taking hostages to be punished by God. Rather they are compassionately gathering in lives to be restored by Jesus to their communities. They are carefully managing mixed crowds in the borderlands, who hope for their loved ones to be healed. In a time of crippling taxation they are compassionately assisting desperate people, helping Jesus feeding the poor, the hungry. In an era of surplus population, they are quietly doing the dirty work, the heavy lifting, to create a safe place, a community of care and concern for those dispossessed. Healing, feeding and creating a safe place. Sound familiar? So, why call us? Well, I think it is pretty obvious. We have the talents and abilities to help and heal one another. We are deeply sensitive to the plights of others less fortunate, and we remain resistant and resilient to the present system of political exploitation. We are willing to roll up our sleeves, to do the heavy lifting, to handle the unacceptable situations, “the unacceptable people”, and do what it takes to see things through to a faithful outcome. Jesus called fishermen to create a fisher folk community: A community with all the talents, abilities, experience and motivations to establish God’s New Day. Jesus calls us to be a Creative Engaged Community bringing compassion to our challenging times to renew God’s New Day. Application for Today We are a Creatively Engaged Community, when we recognize Jesus calling on our talents, our experience, our motivations, our compassion. We are Creatively Engaged Community, when we recognize Jesus calling and we take action. Healing, feeding and creating a safe place, this is how we worship our God in the beauty of holiness. I give thanks for this Creatively Engaged Community.
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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 Kiki Tremain, February 23, 2014 "In 1975, we came to Montreal to buy a house. As a stranger to Montreal, I called our church on Sunday to find out the time of the service. We were not only welcomed on arrival, but were invited to lunch in the garden of Anita and Eric Mountjoy. Bal Mount, his wife, and Carolyn Cronk rounded out the welcoming group who reached out to us."
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On April 18, 1948 Leslie Hall, in Mountainside United Church, was named for Mr. John Leslie. This signal honour was in recognition of Mr. Leslie's devoted lifetime commitment to, and participation in, the work of the congregation for sixty-three years. His vision and leadership provided the impetus for the location and building of the new church, then called Dominion Methodist, which opened for services in September 1914. In 1925 Douglas Methodist joined to form Dominion-Douglas, part of the United Church of Canada, which came into being on June 10 that same year.
Since 1901 Mr. Leslie had been a member of its Board of Trustees (serving as its Secretary since 1904) and Chairman of the Building Committee during the early years of the present church which was built in 1927.
John Leslie was born in Toronto on June 20, 1861. At age sixteen he became a junior clerk in the service of the Toronto Grey & Bruce Railway. For fifty-three years a “railroader”, he rose quickly in the business. After holding the position of Auditor and General Accountant he moved on to the Ontario and Quebec Railway as auditor. After the Canadian Pacific Railway took over Grey and Bruce Mr. Leslie was moved to Montreal in 1884, where he became Auditor of Disbursements. He quickly moved up through the management ranks becoming Comptroller in 1914 and by 1928 Vice-President, Finance and Treasurer. He retired in 1932. He established an intriguing link with the past when, in an interview with R.E. Knowles, he acknowledged that he had known some of the company's outstanding figures, Sir George Stephen (Lord Mount-Stephen), Sir William Van Horne, and Lord Shaughnessy.
During most of his career Mr. Leslie lived in Montreal and was a prominent member of the community. He belonged to the Saint James Club, Canadian Club, Montreal Club and Beaconsfield Golf Club, he was one of the founding directors of the Old Brewery Mission, and afterwards honorary president, a member of the American Railway Accounting Officers Association, a governor of the United Theological College and a trustee of Dominion-Douglas Church. He also served on the board of Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd.
The Certified General Accountants Association owes a great deal to Mr. Leslie, whose vision was behind its founding. With two fellow railway accountants, E.B. Manning and F.A. Cousins, he created a new accountancy fraternity, in Montreal, becoming its first president.
Its purpose was to “encourage improvement in skills and job performance” among those working in the profession. In 2008 CGA-Canada and its provincial and territorial affiliates jointly celebrated the national association’s remarkable first century. The small accounting club under the leadership of John Leslie in 1908 went on, in 1913, to receive a federal charter from the government of Canada. Today, CGA is the fastest-growing accounting designation in Canada with 68,000 members and students with affiliates in every Canadian province and territory as well as in Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Hong Kong, and has representation offices in China.
On November 6, 1890 John Leslie married Victoria Ada Alexander at Dominion Square Methodist Church in Montreal. He had two children, a daughter, Ada Pearl Leslie, in 1891 and a son, Eric Alexander Leslie in 1894. A pioneer in business computing his son contributed to the railway's integrated data processing operations, becoming the CPR's Vice-President and Controller from 1943 to 1955. Eric's son, Jack, also joined the CPR and remained an employee for forty-six years. When he retired in 1989 he was the railway's chief of transportation. John Leslie died at home, 74 Summit Circle, on December 7, 1949 at age 88.