Easter celebrations at SouthWest


SouthWest invites you:
2019 Easter Celebrations

SouthWest Mission, 631 Melrose St., Verdun

April 19, 11am service
followed by a light lunch

SouthWest United Church, 1445 Clémenceau St., Verdun

Stewart Burrows with invited guests
April 19, Dinner at 6PM, Concert at 7PM,
$20 suggested donation for both



8:30AM: New Fire (front lawn)

9:00AM: Resurrection Breakfast

10AM HALLELUJAH Easter service

Easter Egg Hunt! (following service)

United Church Condemns Mosque Attacks in New Zealand

The United Church of Canada strongly condemns the horrific attacks by a suspected White nationalist on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019. At least 49 people were killed and another 48 injured in this act of terrorism while Muslim worshippers were at Friday prayers.

The people of the United Church are deeply saddened and many are weeping alongside the families and friends of the people who were killed and injured. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul writes: “rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:15–16a). People in the United Church are joining with people around the world in mourning the lives of the innocent victims lost in this abhorrent attack.

The United Church recognizes Islam as a religion of peace, mercy, justice, and compassion and has affirmed that the church wants to journey towards reconciliation, understanding, and cooperation with our Muslim neighbours. The church is deeply committed to working with Muslims and others for peace and justice for all humanity and to seeking ways to build right relationships among us.

SouthWest Mission to Close/ La Mission fermera ses portes


SouthWest Mission, with support from SouthWest United Church, has served the Verdun community since 2007 with a vision of hospitality and inclusion. In a space rented from Lester B. Pearson School Board located in Verdun Elementary School, SouthWest was able to form many community partnerships which enabled us over the years to support:

-the Breakfast Club for Verdun Elementary students
-clothing room for children
-community meals, children’s community Christmas, Boxing Day turkey meal
-Mini Market, Verdun Mobile Market and other food programs 
-use of space for our community (AA groups, CLSC breastfeeding clinics, etc.)

Facing financial and personnel constraints, the SouthWest United congregation voted in January to “withdraw its administration and support of the Mission by the end of this school year, 2019.”
We thank SouthWest congregation and the United church for 12 years of financing and leadership, and our community for being part of our vision, of “providing a table where all are welcome, with food for body, mind and spirit.”

We sincerely hope to see what is currently SouthWest Mission continue being used as a community  space. Discussions are underway with partners to hopefully find a way to continue certain programs such as community meals and Mini-market.

We celebrate endings and believe in new beginnings as a community of faith. 
We celebrate life, always!

Rev. David Lefneski and
SouthWest Council


La Mission du Sud-Ouest, avec le soutien de l’Église unie du Sud-Ouest, sert la communauté de Verdun depuis 2007 dans une vision d’hospitalité et d’inclusion. À partir d’un espace loué à la commission scolaire Lester-B-Pearson dans l’école primaire de Verdun (VES), SouthWest a formé de nombreux partenariats communautaires qui lui ont permis, au fil des années, de soutenir :

- le Club des petits déjeuners pour les élèves de VES
-un vestiaire de secours pour enfants
- des repas communautaires, une fête de Noël annuelle pour enfants, un repas de dinde le lendemain de Noël
- un mini-marché, le marché mobile de Verdun et d’autres programmes alimentaires
Par ailleurs, d’autres membres de la communauté se servent de l’espace (AA, halte allaitement du CLSC, etc.).

Confrontée à des contraintes financières et de personnel, la congrégation SouthWest United/ Église unie du Sud-Ouest a voté en janvier de «retirer son administration et son soutien à la Mission d’ici la fin de l’année scolaire 2019».

Nous remercions la congrégation pour ses 12 ans de financement et de leadership, ainsi que notre communauté d’avoir fait partie de notre vision : «procurer une table où chacun trouve de la nourriture pour le corps, l’âme et l’esprit; une table où tous sont les bienvenus».

Nous espérons sincèrement que l’actuel local de la Mission continuera à servir d’espace communautaire. Des discussions se poursuivent avec nos partenaires pour trouver un moyen de préserver certains programmes tels que les repas communautaires et les mini-marchés.

Nous célébrons les fins et croyons en un nouveau départ en tant que communauté de foi.

Nous fêtons la vie, toujours!


 Pasteur David Lefneski, et
Le Conseil de l’Église Unie SouthWest

Church Notes

Sunday Feb 10, Beryl Barraclough will preach, as well as lead the monthly Women's Circle following worship. There will be soup after the service and we're having a “treat drive” for Manna. Looking for donations of pre-packaged dessert items (no home baking this time), with Valentine’s Day in mind. 

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.

 He wrote: "I've gone for 30 years now, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons, but for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time, and the preachers and ministers are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all".

 This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column.

 Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: "I've been married for 30 years now.  In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals.  But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals.

But I do know this:  They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.

 Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"

 Thank God for our physical and our spiritual nourishment!

 (The origin of this story is unknown. We found it on

Méli-Mélo February 17 février

What is Méli-Mélo?

A community celebration for the whole family. Food, Fun, Friendship! The third Sunday of every month at 12:30.

Une célébration communautaire pour toute la famille. On mange, on s’amuse ! Le troisième dimanche de chaque mois à 12h30.

Una celebración comunitaria para toda la familia.  Comemos y nos divertimos! El tercer domingo de cada mes a las 12.30 del día.

Where? Où? Dónde?
SouthWest Mission du Sud-ouest,
631 rue Melrose, coin av. Verdun

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Job Offer: Un plant de tomate à la fois - offre d'emploi

Un plant de tomate à la fois est à la recherche de deux personnes de qualités qui ont des connaissance et expérience dans le domaine  de l'animation , le jardinage et l'environnement.

TechnicienE en éducation à l’environnement et en jardinage

Un plant de tomate
(Urban gardening and education program in Verdun) is seeking two people with experience in group workshops/ animation, as well as in gardening.

Environment Education end Gardening Technicians

Church Notes

Is it me, or did anyone else find January loooooong?

Well, we’re into February now, and it’s a short month, so it should fly by, right? Don’t forget to go to Bingo tomorrow in the church basement. There’s some snow in the morning forecast but temperature-wise, things are going to be a little better over the weekend.


As you know, Saturday, February 2nd is Groundhog Day. This little fella’s praying for sunny skies and cleared streets by Sunday!

There’s a special guest and worship leader for this Sunday’s service: musician and lay minister Stewart Burrows.

Next Week:

The Board of Stewards are finally meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6th at the church, 1:30PM. Welcome back to Vernon Turner who has just about shaken the pneumonia.

Sunday Feb 10 will be a Soup Sunday and “treat drive” for Manna. Looking for donations of pre-packaged dessert items, especially for Valentine’s Day. 

Looking ahead: Rev. David is back in action Sunday, February 17.
SouthWest Council meets Tuesday February 19, 6:30 at the church. 

The following comes to us from our friend Liz Colford:

Recherche d'emploi de rêve / looking for a dream job
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Greetings friends and colleagues,

I'm writing to ask for your help in my search for new opportunities. As many of you know, a few years ago I made a big career shift and went to cabinetmaking school. Then I went and got a job in a doors and windows company. But I always knew that I wanted to bring those skills back into an educational context. I'm looking for opportunities to lead woodworking workshops, or to be a technician in a school or museum wood shop.  

So if you hear of anything bringing together woodworking and education, please think of me and let me know. This isn't an urgent request so even if you see something in 6 months, I'd still like to know about it. Thank you so much for thinking of me!

Salut ami.e.s et collègues,

Je vous approche en demandant un coup de main dans ma recherche de nouvelles opportunité de carrière. Comme en sachent beaucoup parmi vous, il y a quelques années que j'ai fait une grande transition en allant à l'école de l'ébénisterie. Et par la suite je suis allé travailler dans un atelier de portes et fenêtres. Mais je savait dès le début de cette transition que j'allais retourner en éducation avec ces nouvelles habiletés à partager. Je cherche maintenant des postes d'animer les ateliers en bois ou des postes de technicien dans un atelier de bois d'une école ou un musée. 

Je vous demande si jamais vous entendez des postes en lien avec le bois et l'éducation de s'il vous plait me partager ces infos. Ceci n'est pas une recherche urgente alors même si vous voyez de quoi en 6 mois, j'aimerai savoir. Merci de penser à moi et je vous souhaite une magnifique 2019 plein de rêves qui se réalisent!


Verdun Vigil planned for 2nd anniversary of Quebec Mosque shooting

On January 29th, it will be two years since six men were gunned down in their place of worship in Ste-Foy, Quebec. Many events are planned across Canada to commemorate the tragedy. Here in Verdun, a vigil is planned, just as it was following the shooting, in front of Verdun metro station (right next to Verdun borough hall), on Tuesday, January 29 at 5:30PM. This day is being named a day of Action Against Islamophobia and Racism. You are invited to bring your own candle in a show of solidarity among communities.

This week (Jan. 25-31) has been named the first annual Muslim Awareness Week in the Montreal area, with a number of interfaith events planned. the goal is simple: Getting to know each other/ Apprendre à se connaître.

Here’s just one event:
“Montreal City Mission & St. James United Church are organizing a public talk with Montreal youth leaders for Muslim Awareness Week. The panelists come from diverse backgrounds and are involved in concrete projects that respond to needs in our community. They will share how they replace the mind set of exclusion with one that embraces the 'other' as friend.”
Sonali Kamick from the CBC Radio show 'All in the Weekend', will be their mistress of ceremonies.

Find out more here:

Job Offer: Agent(e) de milieu TCFV

Sandra Bustamante, who has held the position of Agente de milieu with the Table de concertation famille de Verdun for the last year and a half, is moving on to a position with the Centre Social d’Aide aux Immigrants. Sandra has been a frequent presence at the Mission, whether at Welcome Wednesday, Meli-Melo or the Halte allaitement on Fridays, all in the interest of getting to know our families and their needs. We will miss her but wish her all the best in her new position. We look forward to working with whoever takes over as agent(e) de milieu. Could it be you?

Sandra Bustamante quitte son poste d’agente de milieu à la Table de concertation familiale de Verdun (TCFV) pour occuper un poste au Centre social d’aide aux immigrants. Sandra a été fréquemment présente à la Mission, que ce soit au repas communautaire Mercredi M’attend, au Méli-Mélo ou à la Halte allaitement de vendredi, dans le but de mieux connaître nos familles et leurs besoins. Elle nous manquera, mais nous lui souhaitons le meilleur dans ses nouvelles fonctions.
Nous sommes impatients de travailler avec la personne qui prendra la relève en tant qu’agent intermédiaire. Sera-ce vous? 


La Table de concertation Famille de Verdun (TCFV) est un regroupement de partenaires issus des milieux communautaires, institutionnels, municipal, scolaires et des services de garde de Verdun. Ces partenaires se sont mobilisés autour de la mise en place d’actions préventives visant le bon développement global des toutpetits et le soutien aux familles vulnérables dont les enfants ont moins de 5 ans.

PROFIL DU POSTE : Sous la supervision de la coordonnatrice, la personne agente de milieu aura les responsabilités suivantes :
➢ Connaître et travailler en collaboration avec les ressources de Verdun ;
➢ Identifier et investir les lieux de fréquentation des familles ;
➢ Rejoindre les familles isolées et/ou vulnérables sur le territoire ;
➢ Déterminer avec elles leurs besoins et les soutenir dans leurs démarches pour y répondre ;
➢ Orienter et référer ces familles vers des ressources et, si nécessaire, les accompagner ;
➢ Accueillir ces familles lors d’activités et les soutenir dans leur intégration ;
➢ Participer aux réunions et comités lorsque demandé ;
➢ Représenter la TCFV lorsque mandaté ; ➢ Réaliser toutes autres tâches connexes à la fonction.

➢ Domaine d’étude et d’expérience en lien avec l’emploi ;
➢ Expérience en intervention familiale et animation de groupe ;
➢ Grande capacité d’écoute, beaucoup d’entregent et de respect ;
➢ Sensibilité aux problématiques sociales ;
➢ Capacité à intervenir en contexte multiculturel ;
➢ Bilinguisme obligatoire ;
➢ Autonomie et aptitude au travail d’équipe ;
➢ Connaissance de la suite Microsoft Office et d’Internet ;
➢ Permis de conduire et voiture : un atout
➢ Connaissance du milieu communautaire de Verdun : un atout.

CONDITIONS : Contrat débutant dès que possible et renouvelable annuellement
Horaire variable de 28h par semaine comprenant des soirs et fins de semaine.
Salaire de 20 $ à 23 $ de l’heure selon expérience et compétence.

Veuillez faire parvenir votre lettre de motivation ainsi que votre curriculum vitae au plus tard le 3 février, à l’attention du comité de sélection, par courriel : . Entrevues dès que possible.

Veuillez noter que seules les personnes retenues pour les entrevues seront contactées.

SouthWest Children’s Christmas Celebration: Seeking Stocking Stuffers!

For eleven years now, SouthWest Mission in Verdun has focused its energy on reaching out to the community. Once again this December, we are organizing a Christmas Celebration for approximately 100 children in the Verdun area.

Our goal this year is to provide each child with a Christmas stocking that they will “stuff” themselves. At the party, children will participate in fun-in-the-spirit of Christmas activities that in return will give to others (i.e. prepare a Christmas card or message for someone in a seniors’ residence) and then have the opportunity to select “stocking stuffers” for their own stocking.

 In order to make this happen, we are looking for donations of NEW and GENTLY USED stocking stuffers: action figurines, Barbies, games, colouring books, legos,  candies, new mitts and socks… anything that could fit in a stocking! We’re asking you to go through your toy boxes and see what you might pass along. Or what about setting up a box at your workplace? Donations will be received at church on Sunday, or at the Mission during activities there. It’s never a bad idea to call ahead.