SouthWest Strawberry Social, July 7th

The weather’s warm, the berries are in season, and we’re celebrating a fresh start at SouthWest! Come for Pastor Beryl’s first service, stay for the strawberry shortcake!

Il fait beau, c’est la saison des fraises, et nous célébrons un nouveau départ ici à SouthWest. Soyez des nôtres pour une fête aux fraises! Dimanche, le 7 juillet, toute suite après la célébration.


Félicitations, Jean-François!

Vous l’aurez possiblement croisé à l’église en compagnie de sa femme Geneviève et de leurs deux fillettes. Mais saviez-vous que c’est Jean-François Major qui est responsable du «design» de notre site web, ainsi que notre logo et l’ensemble du «branding» de SouthWest?

C’est un gars talentueux qui, même s’il continuera à faire un peu de conception pour des clients existants, vient de se transformer en «rédacteur gentleman».

Depuis plusieurs années déjà il rédige des articles pour certains clients. Récemment il a décidé de se consacrer à ce métier à temps plein, ou presque.

Si vous avez accès à un iPad out une tablette, vous pouvez lire les contributions de Jean-François à un cahier récent paru sur La Presse + consacré au 40ième du Festival international de jazz de Montréal. Il a interviewé l’auteure-compositrice-interprète Montréalaise Charlotte Cardin.

Pour d'autres exemples de sa rédaction, vous pouvez visiter son nouveau site web ici.

You may have met him at church with his wife Geneviève and their two little girls. But did you know that Jean-François Major is responsible for the design of our website, as well as our logo and all the SouthWest branding?

He is a talented guy who, while continuing to do some design for existing clients, has just transformed himself into a "gentleman writer".

For several years now he has written articles for certain clients. Recently he decided to devote himself to this job full-time, or almost.

If you have access to an iPad or a tablet, you can read Jean-François’ contribution to a recent special section published on La Presse + dedicated to the 40th Montreal International Jazz Festival. He interviewed Montreal singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin.

For other examples of his writing, you can visit his new website here.

BBQ a good time for all!

A big thank you off the top to Dorothy Brown for organizing the food for SouthWest’s annual St-Jean barbecue last Saturday. Thanks also to Dennis (who somehow missed getting his picture taken) and Frank for manning the barbecue. And to everyone else who pitched in to make this SWU tradition a success. The weather was fine and the turnout was strong!

Beryl and Koji

Beryl and Koji

Lil, Ethel

Lil, Ethel



Frank, Sandy

Frank, Sandy



Thanks to Helen Pantridge for the pictures.

In Memoriam: Roy Sargent

Roy in front of SouthWest Mission, 2016.

Roy in front of SouthWest Mission, 2016.

Roy Horace Sargent, 1923-2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Roy Sargent, WW II Veteran, on May 6, 2019, at the age of 96. 

Beloved husband of the late Kathleen-Elizabeth Nolan, cherished father of Eileen, devoted grandfather of Kevin and Devlin.

Roy must have fibbed about his age in order to enlist at the beginning of World War II. He served in Canada’s Merchant Navy, an accomplishment he was justifiably proud of. Roy was part of SouthWest’s Remembrance Day services for 20 years, arriving in dress uniform (yes, it still fit) and placing wreaths on the altar along with fellow veterans.

Roy in his community garden, 2013. (Photo Mary Lamey)

Roy in his community garden, 2013. (Photo Mary Lamey)

Until about three years ago, Roy could still be seen almost daily riding his bike around Verdun, or working in his community garden plot, rain or shine. Many of his church friends were lucky recipients of fresh produce from the garden. His early rhubarb was especially coveted.

Roy attended services at the church and sang in the choir every Sunday until his health began to fail. He also faithfully attended Wednesday worship at the Mission until it ended a few years back. Roy was often charged with helping Rev. David choose the hymns. Roy will be sadly missed by his SouthWest family and all who knew him.

The family will receive condolences on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 10:30 am to 11:45 pm at Yves-Légaré Funeral Complex in Verdun (5784 Verdun avenue, corner Manning).

Rev. David will lead a Celebration of Life service Tuesday at 11:45, to be followed by interment at the Field of Honour cemetery in Pointe Claire.

Those wishing to offer condolences to the family can also do so on the Yves Légaré website.

Mini-Market and Baked Goods

Tuesday, May 7th is the first Mini-Market to be held at Dawson. The list of produce that will be available is below. In addition, Sheila sends this message:

For those of you who have enjoyed my pies, cakes etc at the Southwest Mission I will still be baking but upon request only. If you would like some “goodies” please do not hesitate to send me an email at Thanks for all your support while we were at the Mission!

SouthWest wishes all the best to the Mini-market and Community lunch teams as they continue serving community in their new location.

Mini-market Tuesday, May 7, 2019

PRODUCE                                 EACH                LB.                KG


CHEF WHITE POTATOES                                .44 LB           .97 KG

COLOSSAL CARROTS                                    .68 LB          1.50 KG

SPANISH ONIONS                                           .60 LB          1.31 KG

TOMATO VINE RED                                       2.05 LB          4.51 KG

APPLES (SMALL)                                              TBA

BANANAS, TURBANA                                     .54 LB.         1.18 KG

RED MED GRAPES                                         2.28 LB         5.03 KG

CLEMENTINES                                                1.30 LB         2.86 KG


MIXED PEPPERS  #2                                      1.80 LB         3.96 KG

WHITE MUSHROOMS                                    2.70 LB        5.95 KG

Story of Esther on stage at Summerlea

This comes from our friends at Summerlea United Church, 225 – 50th Avenue, Lachine, H8T 2T7 :

Mark your calendars!   Our returning cast and some enthusiastic newcomers will be putting on another musical this spring, Malice in the Palace. It is the story of Esther in the Bible, told in a way that is both humorous and thought-provoking.  First performance is on Sunday, May 12th @ 10:30am.  A great Mother’s Day treat!  A second performance will take place on Sunday, May 26th @ 3:00pm.  A freewill offering to help defray our costs would be greatly appreciated.  We hope you will invite your friends and families to come out to either or both performances!


Farewell to Rev. David

Rev. David Lefneski’s final Sunday service at SouthWest is on June 2nd at 10AM. All are invited to join the congregation in sending him off with the pot luck to end all pot lucks!

Rev. David has been in Verdun since 1998 when he took over as Minister of both Verdun United and Crawford Park United. He oversaw the amalgamation of those two congregations in 2007 and the transformation into SouthWest United. It was his vision that created and sustained SouthWest Mission for twelve years.

Rev. David has been a minister not just for his congregation but for the whole community. His vision for SouthWest was of a radical hospitality. When it came to baptisms, marriages, and celebrations of life, all were welcome. There was no judgment based on past religious affiliations or lack thereof. He actively sought ties with our Muslim and Sikh neighbours.

Rev. David will be missed by a broad range of people, some of whom never attended a service at Southwest United, but knew him as a partner in community organizing, as Padre to the Legion, or as a comforting presence in their time of grief . We hope as many of them as possible will come by the church on Sunday, June 2nd, to share our table and say goodbye and good luck to David.


Where?: Southwest United Church, 1445 Clemenceau, Verdun

When?: Sunday June 2nd, starting at 11:30AM

What should I bring?: your best dishes and your best wishes!

Offre d'emploi marché mobile

Bonjour à toutes et tous,

 Le Repaire jeunesse Dawson est à la recherche d’unE agentE de développement pour le projet Marché Mobile Verdun/ Mobile Market. Sous la responsabilité de la direction du Repaire jeunesse Dawson et du comité de suivi, l’agentE assumera la mise en place du projet de marché mobile à Verdun, notamment dans les HLM du quartier. Le projet aura pour but d’améliorer l’accessibilité à des fruits et légumes frais pour les populations les plus vulnérables de Verdun.

 Merci de faire circuler dans vos réseaux!

 Bonne journée,


Eve St-Laurent
Agente de concertation
Concertation en développement social de Verdun - CDSV
3972 rue de Verdun, Montréal
514-769-2228, poste 110

Palm/ Passion Sunday April 14

Worship this Sunday, led by Beryl Barraclough, will take us through the Passion story, from the Last Supper to the crucifixion and burial. Versions of the Passion can be found in all four Gospels, but this year we will be hearing readings from Luke.

 Volunteers are preparing a bake sale to take place directly after the service. There will also be sandwiches available to buy and raffle tickets for various prizes.

Beryl will also lead a Women’s Circle in the sanctuary at about 11:30.

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)