By constitution, Council is composed of the chairs of the church's administrative committees. It also includes the chair of the UCW plus the church's representatives to Presbytery, the Director of Music, the Minister of Worship & Congregational Life, an appointed secretary and the church adminstrator (ex officio). The current chair is George Jolink and the past chair is Bob Swartman.
Check out the Archive of Recent Past Council Minutes below. For older minutes, consult the Church office
The committee welcomed Steve Elson who reviewed what has transpired to date, as well looked into the future on creating a new branding model that will grow with the changes. Several ideas and templates were shared, and the committee felt that a new logo would evolve from the reorganization of the church.
Several events are being promoted in conjunction with the chairs responsible: The spring music concert has been out on several platforms, the ad on Facebook has reached 3441 accounts, and 175 of these have clicked on the FSA link. Of those 175, 134 female, 37 male, 4 unknown. Age breakdown is as follows;
65 + 85
The posters for Living on, A seminar on effective estate planning have been printed and being distributed. An event on Facebook has been created inviting several members to this event. I would ask that other share and invite your friends to this event.
The committee has decided to drop the monthly face to face meetings, and will meet at minimum 4 times through out the year. We will continue to collaborate electronically, and when the need arises conduct conference calls.
Note that Worship has combined with CD as a single committee
Look for their report in the alpha list of committees as Worship/Christian Development
1. The monthly financial statements for January, February and March will be distributed separately.
• The format has been changed but is a work in progress.
• Sunday givings are below budget, as might be expected for this time of year, the monthly budget
breakdown being somewhat artificial.
• The 2017, low-key, Stewardship Campaign resulted in the total amount pledged being up 1.2%
over the 2016 campaign. We gained a net increase of 8 in the number of contributors using PAR.
• The 3 week Easter Appeal resulted in contributions of $1,815. The Christmas Appeal will have to do
very well to hit our budgeted total for the two appeals.
2. The “unaudited statements” will not be ready until May, since our external accountant has FSA on his
back burner until the end of tax season. There has been a lot of back and forth with Rick Scarborough
concerning our way of accounting for several items in past years.
3. The external Electronic Sign initiative has been halted since the City will not allow the kind of sign we
hoped to install. Three alternative projects have been suggested to donors to the sign fund raising
campaign: the Garden Project, an internal electronic messaging system, and a projection screen/system
for use in the sanctuary.
4. New signing officers have been established at TD Bank.
5. 2018 Stewardship Campaign
Rev. Michelle has developed a five-week worship plan for fall 2018 focused on the stewardship theme,
with Sunday October 21 being “Stewardship Sunday”. The Finance Committee will dovetail its
Stewardship Campaign accordingly. Planning will begin in May.
6. Data Base planning: the Finance Committee will continue to research data base solutions that might
offer improvement over “Donor Perfect.”
7. Members of the Finance Committee, along with Heather Vouvalidis and guests from Presbytery and
area churches are participating, here at FSA, in a four program Webinar Series produced by the UC of
Canada. A single program on Stewardship will be streamed by the UCC on Wed, April 25, 1:00-2:30 pm.
It is free and can be tuned in at home or at the church. If you are interested in joining us for pop and
popcorn at FSA, please speak to Rev. Michelle or Kerry Hill (contact info below).
8. FSA Fund Raising Coordination
This issue was raised at Council earlier this year. An FSA Standard Operating Procedure is already in
place which gives the Finance Committee responsibility for reviewing and approving new fund raising
initiatives. Members feel that there are currently too many “pop-up” fund raisers, sometimes with little
thought given to their timing. Many feel we have our hands out far too often. A separate note will be
circulated in this regard.
Finance Committee Report to Council & Trustees – April 2018 page 2
10. Cash Handling at FSA
An FSA Standard Operating Procedure is already in place regarding the logistics of handling
money; that is, how money is collected at various events and then is counted and/or transported
within the church. (E.g worship collection, ticket sales, sales of merchandise including gift cards,
cash paid for meals and money collected at small fund raisers.) The SOP has been reviewed by the
Finance Committee and a note will be sent to all units of the church in this regard.
11. Second Safe for Office
Currently, some money is left in the Administrator’s office (which has a security alarm) after an
event if the safe in not accessible. A second safe or a revised procedure concerning the current
safe will be considered.
12. Next Finance Committee meeting is Monday, May 14 at 7:00 pm. We would love to hear about
any concerns you may have.
Following the Amnesty International Write-a-Thon in March there were 50 letters written by members of the congregation to be mailed to political prisoners and $87.30 was submitted to Amnesty International
The campaign to raise money for the Canadian Food Grains Bank began on Sunday, April 8 and will culminate again this year with hot dogs and corn in September. Envelopes are available in the atrium and narthex for your financial support
Our 12th annual fundraising Golf Tournament will be held on June 9 at the Ironwood Golf Club. Registration forms will be available for Golf, Dinner and the Nature Walk every Sunday until then after the church service.
This year we will donate money to Camp Kee Mo Kee from the proceeds of the golf tournament
Report from meeting held April 8, 2018.
1. Arts after 5
An email invitation has been sent to those people who attended the October Community Round
Table to come to an informal wine and cheese reception on May 8, 5:00-6:30pm. This will be the
first gathering for this group since the round table.
2. Tuskegee Golden Voices Choir Concert – March 7
Two hundred and forty four tickets were sold. Costs were covered and the balance went to the
concert organizer Tom Mawhinney.
3. Friday Lenten Noon Recitals and Lunches
Recitals and lunches went well. Thank you to our wonderful performers and a big thank you to
the willing volunteers without whom these events would not be possible.
4. Elijah Performance – April 21 @ 7:30pm
This concert is fast approaching and a huge amount of effort has been put into its preparation by
Terry and the 80+ singers. The collaboration between the FSA Senior Choir and the London Pro
Musica Choir is indicative of the long term planning goals for the “Arts at FSA” initiative. The
performance will be dedicated to the memory of Dr. Elmer Butt a long-time supporter of the
music program. Members of Dr. Butt’s family have been given tickets to the performance.
5. Chapel Organ move
The Chapel organ, now named the Chancel organ, is in place in the Sanctuary and received its
first performance on Good Friday when Paul Merritt played on it for the Rutter Requiem.
6. Music Matters – April 27-29
Billets have volunteered to accommodate the out-of-town executive for this event. Only
breakfast needs to be provided by billets. This event is in collaboration with Revitalize 2 at
Metropolitan United - http://metropolitanchurch.com/files/met/Jeff%20Crittenden/rev2.pdf
7. 50th Anniversary of the FSA Casavant Organ
Terry is inviting Isabelle Demers to be the guest organist for an anniversary concert in March
2019. This will be in partnership with the RCCO. Link to Isabelle Demers website:
8. Eberhard Vocal Scholarship
Terry has advertised the Eberhard vocal scholarship to students in the Don Wright Faculty of
Music. There is one potential soprano for the fall so far. A brochure about how to apply is on
the FSA web site at http://www.fsaunited.com/PDFs/Miscellaneous/Brochure-
9. Senior Choir
The Good Friday service with the combined choirs of FSA and Metropolitan United went very
well. The choirs performed the Rutter Requiem (as mentioned above) accompanied by the
Chancel organ, harp, flute, oboe, cello and percussion. The senior choir will have the
opportunity to participate in workshops being given during “Music Matters”, April 27 & 28.
10. Laudamus Bells
The Laudamus Bells will be playing next on May 13 - Mother’s Day, and at the Ordination
Service on May 26.
11. Junior Choirs
The Junior Choirs sang in the service on Apr 8 and will sing on May 6.
12. FSA Strings
The FSA strings will be transitioning their leadership this year. They are planning their spring
concert for May 30. Bruce Richardson will be assisted by Bob Kennedy and Igor Saika-Voivod
The Nominating Committee will be totally new this year. The new Chair is Bob Swartman, past-chair of Council, and the representative from the Membership & Nurture Committee is the new Chair of that committee, Heather Locking-Cusolito.
Also we will be seeking replacements for Bob Slater, Bev Lindsay and Katie Glaves, all of whom have resigned for personal reasons.
Presbytery met on Feb. 27th at Siloam United Church. The Chair of Council, Ric Graham welcomed us to Siloam. He spoke of the Arva Atrium that was named to honour their recent amalgamation. The atrium includes a stained glass window from Arva United Church. Worship included a covenanting service for Rev. Krista Elizabeth Winn who serves Fairmount United Church. We broke into three different groups to discuss and brainstorm about three areas where we’ll need to form relationships when we move into the new regional model. The breakout groups included Mission/Outreach led by Carolyn Murray and Linda Badke, Clergy Networking facilitated by Anne Beattie-Stokes as well as Children/Youth led by Betsy Exley. Mary Ann Hodge and Jane Dockrill attended the meeting as guests. Dave Whiting gave a presentation on Camp Kee Mo Kee’s capital Fundraising Project, Revitalize Kee-Mo-Kee-Building Tomorrow Together. The daycare project in South Africa spearheaded by Pam Tolmay and the formerly Division of World Outreach is now open and running thanks to much work on the part of Pam who spent a great deal of time in South Africa working to ensure that all was in order.
Maintenance & Improvements
The Board of Trustees last meeting was held on April 11, 2018 and here are the highlights of that meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for June 13, 2018, with an additional Trustee meeting to be scheduled re. the Camp Kee-Mo-Kee request for capital and endowment funding in the interim.
The Board of Trustees will present an important Estate Planning Seminar on May 15, 2018.
The Communications and Marketing Committee are assisting with the promotion of the event and a pamphlet and poster are being developed.
The following speakers have been confirmed:
The Co-Chairs of Trustees will be contacting the members of Council to encourage their individual attendance and to promote attendance by their respective Committee members. This event is important to the future of our church. Individual Trustees will help make others aware of this initiative. Information about the seminar will continue to be included in the weekly FSA e-blast and bulletin.
Camp Kee Mo Kee has embarked on a $1.5 million fundraising campaign.
John Eberhard circulated a memo outlining FSA’s history with Kee Mo Kee, their request for a donation of $150,000 from FSA and feedback to date received from members of the Trustees and congregation of FSA.
A donation of $100,000 was proposed, with a financing plan to meet this request.
Trustees discussed the donation and have requested answers to the following questions / concerns:
A special meeting of Trustees, to include CD and MO, will be scheduled as soon as answers to the above are available.
Sunday Worship at 10:30
Order of Service
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