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The 2014 Kids 4 Kids concert of April 26th was well received by all who attended and a great financial success as well. We raised a total of $5879.00 for Sun Youth's children's programs and had a great time in the process. A thousand thanks to all who helped out - ushering and directing traffic on the evening of the concert, handling the financial arrangements, and assisting with the advance planning of the concert. A special thanks is due to all our loyal sponsors who made the event possible.
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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 September 14, 2014 - Pentecost 14
Matthew 18: 21,22 In this short gospel reading is an external take on Jesus’ teaching instead of an internal take. The law of forgiveness is still an external, imposed thing, and Peter standing in for all the believers in Matthew’s community is counting how long it takes before he or they can self-righteously do what they really want to do! A religion remains external, formal, outside us when it only holds us back from doing the thing that we really want to do. When it’s internalized, lived from within, we find that our wants gravitate away form our mismatched instincts and towards God’s dream for us. The people in Matthew’s community aren’t there yet. They have already counted to 7 and are now negatively reacting to those who differ or pester them. The old “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you seven times…” or is it 100 times? Oh, a 1,000 times. So Matthew, realizing that folks are missing the boat seeks to correct this counting or provisional forgiveness. The present standard within the faith communities is 7 times. Matthew has the question posed to Jesus with the standard expectation of 7. Matthew’s Jesus responds with a multiplying factor for emphasis, seventy-seven (77) times. In other words, as many times as it takes. Or, simply, more times than we want. How many times do you forgive a person who hassles you 7 times in a day and asks forgiveness 7 times? You do the holy thing – you forgive. So Matthew wanting to stress the internal aspect of the teaching has Jesus add the multiplier effect – 77 times. This means as many times as it takes to remain holy. Or, simply, more times than we like. The bottom line is that forgiveness is a holy act and a holy act comes from internalizing the holy. It comes from the heart, a heart connected to God. Forgiveness is a holy requirement and therefore requires an endlessly holy number of times. In other words as many times as it takes. And fulfilling that can only come from the heart, not from a rule. Counting is not the point. Forgiving is!!! Matthew 18: 23-34 Matthew, still struggling with the difference between external and internal religion, unwittingly misuses Jesus message. He presents a parable of Jesus to make the point about forgiveness, but at the end adds his own erroneous interpretation to fit his concern. “So my heavenly Father will also do to everyone of you, if you do not forgive your brothers or sisters from you heart.” What?! This last sentence is all Matthew. The parable is all Jesus. Matthew is like the preacher banging the pulpit and yelling, “So, you’ve got to love, damn it!” Parables point at a profound insight. They offer parallels to be connected in the hearer’s mind. They are open ended and unsettling insights to a new way of living. Look how no one in the story takes forgiveness seriously enough to stick with it!! The king doesn’t. He throws forgiveness away the same day in an angry fit. The forgiven slave doesn’t take forgiveness seriously. He fails to pass on the forgiveness, to pay it forward to another slave in need of the same forgiveness. The other slaves don’t take forgiveness seriously. They failed to recognize any responsibility to correct their fellow slave and safe guard this precious forgiveness that has been given to him. We see that by the end of the story no one knows how to forgive, so no forgiveness survives. Look what happens when we fail to learn God’s standard of forgiveness. Friends, forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wounds we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace of mind without forgiveness. And what’s more forgiveness needs even more forgiveness. As Jesus taught, Forgiveness given requires forgiveness to be given, or else the forgiveness will be squandered.
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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 Jackie Ross, June 1, 2014 Our family , myself with late husband, Ian, and our two young children, Heather and little Ian, attended St. Andrew's church. Heather loved loved her Sunday School teacher, Mrs Minty, wife of Westmount contractor Jack Minty. We learned about the fire at the church while sitting on the beach at Kennebunk. Heather was very upset, “Oh No! Mrs Minty’s house burned down!” =================================================== - by Dennis Dwyer, May 25, 2014 One of my most memorable times at DD was in the very early 50s when still a teenager I occasionally turned pages for our wonderful organist John Robb. I loved organ music and was glad that our organist wasn’t frightened of the instrument. I’d been to churches of friends where the organist did what was required and no more. The time I remember best was when Walter Zeller had sent 10,000 white lily blooms from Bermuda in time for the Easter Sunday service. As was normal, there were additions to the choir as well as a string section and some trumpets. But the earth-shaking moment was when after the recessional John played the Vidor Toccata from the 5th Organ Symphony --- and used the big reeds! What I can only describe ( from a 15 year old’s perspective ) as a blast of celestial noise virtually lifted us off the pews. My later professor of Christology, Dr. Doug Hall ( DFD @ McGill & UTC 1978-1981) would have put this down as “imperial Christianity”, but the smell of the lilly blooms covering all the pillars, the front of the balcony, and all over the chancel, combined with the Vidor played “all out” by John Robb was truly a mind-blowing experience. The closest similar feeling I’ve experienced was years later as a young S/Lt in the RCN(R) in a howling gale aboard a small 150’ minesweeper watching the 30’ waves smash against the wheel house. In both cases, the reality of God was unquestioned. =================================================== - by Donna Fraser, May 18, 2014 About 25 years ago I received a call from the church secretary. A man was waiting in the office to see a Mr. Hall. His meeting had something to do with the Scouts who could not be reached. Our secretary hoped that I could convince him that we did not have a Mr. Hall in the congregation. I talked with him and he was very sure he was to meet with a Mr. Hall but did not know where the meeting would take place. The man he was to meet he was SURE was a member of our congregation. He seemed quite irritated that we couldn't help him. Then something began to stir my mind. I asked, “Please give me Mr. Hall's first name.” The answer, “MR. LESLIE HALL - LESLIE HALL that is his name and I know I am to meet with him in this church.” He was very sure he had the correct information. Our secretary showed him to Leslie Hall where someone from the Scouts would probably be there to meet him.
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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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