Église unie Summerlea United Church
225 50 Av, Lachine, Québec, H8T2T7, Canada. 514-634-2651
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Community Activities
2011/11/02

Meals On Wheels
St. Columba House
Miles of Pennies for St. Columba House (2010-02-25)
Badminton (2010-03-15)
Scouts (2010/03/15)
Guides (2010/03/15)
Tai Chi (2006-11-30)
Piano Lessons
Alcoholics Anonymous©
West Montreal Readaptation Centre (2010/03/14)
West Island Saxophone Quartet (2010/03/14)

Meals On Wheels


Lion to mate, on spying two hunters in a jeep - "Meals On Wheels!"


Livraison / Delivery Preparation Since 1969, Meals On Wheels has served two hot meals each week to those who are recovering from hospitalisation, on the recommendation of a doctor, or to those who are identified as needing help by the CLSC or West Island Volunteer Bureau, either temporarily or on a long term basis. Meals consist of a main course and dessert and are delivered to the recipient's home around noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Approximately 30 meals are provided twice each week. A fee of two-dollars and a half is charged but this fee is waived for Veterans or those who might find the fee difficult. It is interesting to note that the cost of a meal in 1969 was set at 60 cents.

There is a slate of officers who keep things running smoothly. In 2010 Pierrette Grégoire (not shown) is taking over the reins from long-time co-presidents Lucy French and Margaret Hendery (in photo at left). Howard Harvey is the treasurer (and a chef).

The supporting team of some 80 workers shop weekly (usually one person or couple per month), cook (8:30 - noon), drive and deliver (team of two from 11:15 - 12:30 or so) and clean up, (usually two from 12:00 - 1:00 or so).

As you can see many hands are needed for success and new volunteers would be so very welcome. If you are interested, call the church office at 514-634-2651.

Financial support for this venture comes from the Legion, the City of Lachine, individual companies and caring people. These funds, as well as bringing a tasty meal and friendly contact to individuals in need of support, have been used to improve the kitchen facilities at Summerlea for more efficient meal preparation.

Meals On Wheels on the West Island was initiated in 1969 by the West Island Volunteer Bureau and V.0.N. to assist people who were unable to shop and / or prepare food for themselves. Summerlea was selected as the site from which delicious meals have been regularly produced ever since. During the growing pains of this service, Lois Pavlasek and Betty Russell played a very significant role. Over the years Lucy French, Dorothy Black (now deceased) and many others have worked tirelessly to bring the team to a well-honed format. The fine organization of people, food and facilities has greatly contributed to such a successful venture.
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St. Columba House
For many years Summerlea has supported St. Columba House in Pointe St Charles. This is a United Church community service that attempts to "help people to help themselves". Meals are served at a nominal cost to some 150 people each noon hour. Self-help activities include a furniture re-upholstering service run by the local folk.
Among Summerlea's support functions is the Miles of Pennies collection (see following item).
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Miles of Pennies for St. Columba House (Updated 2010-02-25)

At the back of the Church at Summerlea, hangs an old maple sap bucket used for collecting pennies. This is the collection point for contributions to the MILES OF PENNIES program, which was started in 1982 to provide help for St. Columba House. Each Sunday people put their rolled or loose coins in the maple syrup tin at the back of the Church. They are collected and counted.

On Sunday, February 14th, 2010, Ruth Heim representing the Outreach Committee, gave a cheque in the amount of $845.00 to the Rev. Patricia Lisson, Director of St. Columba House. This amount was the result of your generosity to the Mile of Pennies, thus starting a new mile. We are working on Mile 21 as of now. Thank you one and all.

This is to express a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have contributed your coins so faithfully over the years. Many are now also contributing silver coins, and that is a great help, because a penny in 2010 does not go as far as it did twenty-eight years ago, and so it is hoped that the trend towards nickles and dimes etc. will continue to grow.

The sap bucket is ready and waiting, so it would be great to hear the coins dripping in faster. Please tell others about it, your help is most appreciated. Not only do members of Summerlea contribute, but so do relatives, friends, neighbours, congregations of other denominations and other organizations as well. It has become a community activity, making many aware of St. Columba's needs.
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Badminton (Updated 2010-03-15)
Badminton The ladies' badminton group began at Summerlea church in the early seventies. At the beginning, it was held on Tuesday mornings and grew to 16 members, which was all that could be accommodated at one time. In 1973, with interest growing, the Thursday morning group was formed with another 16 players, of whom 4 are still playing. In later years Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon groups have been added. All four groups have brought together a great contingent of men and women from the community for exercise and wonderful friendship.
In recent years outside groups have also taken advantage of Acadia hall to enjoy badminton.
Mondays, 9 AM - noonBernd Hoffman634-3041
Mondays, 4:45-6:00 PMNovartis633-7880x7508
Tuesdays, 9 - 11:30 AM Kathy Pryce631-1748
Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 PMConnie Simmons637-0305
Wednesdays, 4:45-6:00 PMNovartis633-7880x7508
Thursdays, 9-11 AMAnn Cockhill634-3835
Fridays, 9 AM - NoonBernd Hoffman634-3041
Fridays, 7-10 PMAnn Cockhill634-3835
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Scouts (Updated 2010/03/15)
Scouting units meet in the Summerlea church halls weekly from September to May.
Beavers5-7 yrsThursdays, 6:00-7:45 PMJanet Lawrence639-5312
Cubs8-10 yrsTuesdays, 6:30-8:45 PMAlain Gosselin637-1200
Scouts11-14 yrsMondays, 6:30-9:15 PMBob Dubé637-9734

2006 Beaver Sleepover
2006 Beaver Sleepover
For some years now, the Summerlea Beavers have had a Friday sleepover in St. Andrew's Hall. While they sleep, the leaders fabricate a vehicle of one type or another from card-board boxes in Acadia Hall, as a surprise for the Beavers when they awaken Saturday morning.
In 2006, the vehicle was a fire engine. We got a shot of it at coffee break after service on Sunday.

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Guides (Updated 2010/03/15)
Weekly meetings of Guiding units are held from September to May.
Sparks and Pathfinders meet at Summerlea United Church, 225 50th Avenue, Lachine.
Brownies and Guides meet at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 377 44th Avenue, Lachine.
Rangers meet at Carol Cole's house.
UnitDay, TimeLocationLeaderContact
SparksWednesdays, 6:15-7:00 PMSummerleaMichelle McKenzie637-7605
BrowniesWednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PMSt. Paul'sSandy Tilling637-8077
GuidesTuesdays, 6:30-8:15 PMSt. Paul'sDiane Beaulieu927-2207
PathfindersWednesdays, 7:00-9:00 PMSummerleaS. Harris / D. Vitols514-634-2651
RangersThursdays, 7:00-9:00 PMLeader's houseCarol Cole634-1567

Girl Guides is for all girls and women over the age of 5. General Information on Guiding in Lachine

GGC - Lachine District 2008
By Diane Beaulieu

September 2008 – to date we have registered 43 girls and are expecting more to register in the coming weeks. We sent flyers to the schools and had 16 new girls join. So, if you were in any of the units last year and missed registration you can still do so. Call Diane Beaulieu, District Commissioner 514-927-2207 for information as to when the Guides, Brownies and Rangers meet. If you wish to volunteer as a leader contact Diane.

Unit Guiders are looking forward to presenting an exciting program that will include program work, camping, outings and community service.

February 22nd is Thinking Day around the world as Guides and Scouts celebrate the joint birthdays of Lord & Lady Baden-Powell. We will attend a Thinking Day Church service with the Scouting movement. This is a non-denominational service to have all Girl Guides, Scouts and Leaders renew their Promise made when they are first enrolled.

Girl Guides are always involved in community services such as: Singing Christmas Carols in Senior's Homes, providing tray favors for Meals-on-Wheels and collecting for the Guignolée, just to mention a few.

Cookie selling is the only approved fund-raising activity for GGC. Mint Cookies are available starting in October. Whereas, the Vanilla & Chocolate cookies become available in April. Call Sinclair Harris 514-634-2774 or Diane Beaulieu at 514-927-2207 if you wish to purchase some. Help support Girl Guides in Lachine.

We also hold an annual Artisan Fair in conjunction with The Summerlea United Church's Outreach Committee (an organization that helps the needy within our local community). Our share of the profits is used to help subsidize campers who need financial help: buses for camps and any needed camp equipment.

You can email ggc-lachine@sympatico.ca for further information regarding Guiding in Lachine.

For more information about the Quebec Girl Guides of Canada, check out their web site at:
http://www.guidesquebec.ca
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Tai Chi
Relaxed fitness of body and mind under the leadership of Rick Ippersiel.
Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9 PM.
For information and registration call the church office at 514-634-2651.
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Piano Lessons
Piano lessons are offered in the Summerlea parlour. Call the office at 514-634-2651 for further information.
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Alcoholics Anonymous©

Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.

Our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
We find the ambience of Fellowship Hall (now St. Andrew's Hall) very spiritual, and A.A. is a spiritual programme.
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West Montreal Readaptation Centre
WMRC uses the Summerlea nursery room year-round Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM, for readaptation of adults from the west Montreal area.
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West Island Saxophone Quartet
The West Island Saxophone Quartet uses the Summerlea sanctuary twice a month on Wednesday evenings for practice sessions.
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