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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 December 14, 2014 - Advent 3
Isaiah 61: 1, 8-11 ‘Rescuing Joy’ We all know the joy in rejoicing that a family member or friend is expecting. Most of us know it first hand as we began or expand our own family. We all know the immediate joy of what we hold precious, we all know the irresistible joy in honouring a new beginning and valuing a new generation. We can only guess at the pain and anguish when a couple desperately wants to be, but can’t be part of the procreation party, especially at Christmas. And yet we know when it comes to having babies, there are no guarantees, and heartbreak might be just around the corner. Well, it’s here for us this Christmas and we are not alone. We have discovered that fertility clinics are doing a booming business. In such situations joy becomes scarce, illusive. All too often we think joy must be put back in the box until everything is finally in place. You know, “I’ll be happy when. I’ll rejoice when.” Instead of “I’ll be happy as. I’ll rejoice as.” So in our faintheartedness we actually create the dulling heartbreak of missed joy. You see joy stays in the present moment. Joy lives in the moment. Joy calls us to the moment of God’s grace. Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out on Joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary. We risk showing up late, we risk being left with only a second hand experience. We miss the irresistible joy in honouring what is precious and valuing what is still in danger of being lost. I hear in Isaiah 61 the same irresistible joy in honouring what is precious and valuing what is in danger of being lost. Isaiah hears and proclaims a message that, what they fear is being lost will be rebuilt and renewed. Isaiah proclaims to the exiles in Babylon, to the people far from home and in need of homecoming: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. God has anointed me, to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to proclaim the year of God’s favour, to give a garland instead of ashes, to give oil of gladness instead of mourning, to give the garment of praise instead of a faint heart.” There is immediacy to this joyful announcement. It brings the hearer into the present moment with images of rejoicing, garlands, oil and garments. The people gripped in grief soon will be released. Their holy city will be restored and they are filled with joy. They rejoice as it is being foretold. They rejoice as it remains a long way off. They rejoice in the moment of God’s grace. Application for Today Advent and Christmas call for the rejoicing no matter what. In our relationships we rescue joy with the gift of garlands instead of ashes. We rescue joy with the oil of gladness instead of mourning. We rescue joy with the garments of praise instead of a faint heart. We find a way to rescue joy. Luke 1: 47-55 Are we all up to speed on the now annual debate as to how we should greet one another this Advent Christmas? Is it “Merry Christmas” or the politically correct flavour of the year? A few years ago it was “Happy Holidays”. Apparently “Season’s Greetings” is the politically correct greeting for this year. As a Christian, I choose to be consistently correct every year and stick with the original. How about you? Are we up on the latest excesses in Christmas commercials? Apparently Santa’s elves are now making Nissan cars at the North Pole. Just put one on your wish list. It’s quite a jump from making toys for good girls and boys. I just can’t get my head around the sales pitch. At what age do we graduate from the designation of good girls and boys? I came across this cartoon this week: Christmas Group Therapy. Santa is having an identity crises, saying “I don’t believe in myself.” Frosty the snowman thinks he is bi-polar. Rudolf the red nose reindeer complains, “that all of the other reindeer laugh and call me names.” And one of Santa’s elves angsts about being “trapped in a dead end job.” It says a lot about what’s going on these days at Christmas. Are we frustrated by all this social and commercial confusion? Do we worry that the real meaning and message of Christmas is long since lost on the general public? Do we still hear, still feel the Joy of Christmas? We certainly hear joy in Mary’s Song as she and Elizabeth share the sheer joy of new life stirring in their wombs; the irrepressible joy of new beginnings, new promises being fulfilled by God. One too old to bear a child and one too young to bear a child, still find joy to sing about. There is still much to fear and feel faint hearted about, still much to guard against heartbreak, but instead they rejoice. They rejoice as the process unfolds. “My soul proclaims God’s greatness, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour for you have looked with favour on your lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed.” What I hear is the irresistible joy in honouring what is precious and valuing what is still in danger of being lost. Rescuing joy is what we do in worship. We close the gap of wait time, we fill in the delay, we stay in the moment of rejoicing in God’s goodness and the year of God’s favour. In our relationships we rescue joy with the gift of garlands instead of ashes. We rescue joy with the oil of gladness instead of mourning. We rescue joy with the garments of praise instead of a faint heart. The Application for Today At Christmas, we rejoice as everyone in their varied ways mark the season. We rejoice with the irresistible joy of honouring the gospel that is, valuing and celebrating the mystery of ‘God with us’. We rejoice as Christ is being born anew in our hearts. Friends, that is what Christmas is about. 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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