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By constitution, Council is composed of the chairs of the church's administrative committees. The current chair is George Jolink, the chair elect is Steve Elson, and the secretary is Katherine Wonfor. Council membership also includes the chair of the UCW plus the church's representatives to the Regional Council, the Director of Music, the Coorinator of Youth and Young Families, the Minister of Worship & Congregational Life, and the Church Adminstrator (ex officio). Council has an ad hoc committee, which acts as an oversight body for expenditures from the Jean Brown Fund. Current membership of that ad hoc group includes Katie Glaves, Merran Neville, David Manness, Ian Wright, Christina Lindsay, Kerry Hill and Jane Dockrill. The Planning Committee also currently functions as an ad hoc committee to Council.
Check out the Archive of Recent Past Council Minutes below. For older minutes, consult the Church office
The Faith Development Committee, under the joint chairpersonships of Katie Glaves and Jo Ann Silcox, continues to explore ways in which we might work between generations (children/youth and adult) and across constituencies (congregational and community needs).
Our June meeting focused largely on planning for coverage of the Christian Development portfolio in light of Jane Dockrill’s medical leave and on securing guest preachers during Michelle’s vacation and CE leaves.
Spring/Summer initiatives include:
The Finance Committee met on June 10, 2019. Following is a summary.
1. Monthly financial statements
The financial statements for May and 2019 YTD indicated that givings are still down cf same period 2018. “Rentals – contracts” are lower than budgeted, although “Rentals – other” are up. Meals on Wheels will be paying an additional $400/month now that they have expanded their operation to a space in the Fireside Room.
2. The GivePoint kiosk is still earning its keep after 2 months operation. Instructions are being drafted and will be made available at the kiosk. Users must register on line as indicated in the acknowledgment email to receive a receipt.
3. Gift card program: To the end of May, profit is up 57% over last year. David Manness and Kerry Hill are hoping to promote cooperation between FSA and other churches.
4. Stewardship Campaign: a small task group will be formed in the coming weeks to spearhead the campaign, which will utilize ideas from the UCC “Loving Our Neighbours” program. The campaign will dovetail with a worship service series designed by Rev. Michelle.
5. Jazz Series: The 2018-19 Jazz Series lost a little money and was not effective as a fund raising activity. At one point, the series was estimated to make $5-10,000. Is there reason to believe that ticket sales will increase substantially next year to make this a viable fund raising activity? Or should it be become part of the Friends of Music program and run as an outreach project?
5. Other concerns: Finance Committee expressed considerable concern about several matters.
(a) Budget updates/forecasts: Only two budget updates have been received from committees – thanks to Barb Dalrymple (MO) and Heather Locking-Cusolito (M&N). Others: please look after this in June.
(b) Fund Raising: Members are reminded that all fund raising activities must be vetted by the Finance Committee. At least two major fund raisers are/were delinquent in this respect in recent months.
(c) Handling money: Members are reminded that two people must participate in the collection, counting and movement of all funds collected at worship services, fund raisers and ticket sales. Please take this seriously; it is for the protection of the money handlers as much as it is for the church.
6. The next Finance meeting will be Monday, Sept 16, 2019. The Committee will be kept informed of financial matters and consulted as necessary.
7. Notice of motion: that the Treasurer of First-St. Andrew’s United Church be allowed full access to the donation records, for the purposes of:
• planning the stewardship campaign;
• sending personalized thanks to donors for initial gifts, special donations, increased pledges.
Our most recent meeting was held Wednesday June 12, 2019.
The Laudamus Bells participated in the very successful Ontario Handbell Festival 2019 at Fanshawe College, June 6-8, 2019. The Festival concert on Saturday evening was a sellout. Claire Jones-Fright on violin was the guest soloist for “Peace in Our Time,” a three movement piece for which she also performed at “The Peacemakers” concert on May 4. Margaret Trethewey was the guest soloist for “The Lord’s My Shepherd”. Terry Head accompanied “Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace” on piano.
FSA was very well represented!
The FSA Strings Spring concert on May 29 was the last concert for Bruce Richardson as director of the strings. Tributes to Bruce were made by Terry Head and Paul Merritt.
As reported at the May meeting, Robyn Marie Butt, poet and author, will become the FSA Writer-in-residence in September.
June 2019 Facilities Report
Items to be completed before September:
Sunday Worship at 10:30
Order of Service
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