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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




July - no meeting
August - no meeting
December - no meeting



October 2019

The Faith Development Committee continues to explore where the spiritual growth of the congregation can or cannot be best met by the amalgamation of the CE and the Worship Committee.
CE continues to hold to the hope that Jane Dockrill will return as CE Director after her current cancer journey. In the interim a mix of ad hoc paid and volunteer persons are carrying her role with a great spirit of co-operation in evidence.
A modest budget has been developed for 2020 recognizing decreasing budgets and congregational givings.
George Jolink has graciously offered to continue to co-ordinate Chancel decorations.
An AV policy was approved asking that persons requiring AV assistance in programme presentation contact Jim Silcox no later than Wednesday for Sunday preparations so that appropriate equipment can be assured.
Configurations of Worship services for the remainder of the calendar year were discussed with Michelle.
The increasing need for co-operation in programming and staffing of the core UCC churches is recognized.

October 2019


October 2019


October 2019

October 2019

Christmas Share—purchasing gift cards for families in the ELUCO area will begin on November 3 and will run for 4 weeks
We have changed the name of the Mitten Tree to “Warm Hearts” as we collect socks and underwear as well.  It will be in the atrium for the four Sundays in December.
We are looking for volunteers to help deliver food to St. Paul’s after church on Sundays
$1000 was sent from the White Squirrel Golf Tournament to Los Quinchos School in Managua
Mission Sunday will be January 12, with Joan Tuchlinsky minister for social justice for the Antler River Watershed
Four members of our committee attended panel discussion on the housing crisis at St John, the Evangelist
Some of our committee will attend Mission Services Annual Fall Banquet….Rotholme is being highlighted this year.

October 2019

October 2019

For the Information of Council
The Planning Committee met on October 1st and will meet again on October 29th.

Service and Social Action

  • The committee continues to investigate opportunities to contribute to affordable, supportive housing in the City of London. Bob Swartman continues to be the “point person” on this issue. Bob, Michelle Down, Joyce Payne, Barb Dalrymple, Pat Pettit and Linda Badke all attended a panel on supportive housing and Housing First at St. John’s Anglican Church on October 2nd.
  • The City of London has scheduled a meeting on affordable housing at Goodwill Industries on October 17th
  • In related news Mission Services attended a meeting of Bible Study at FSA and the Salvation Army attended a meeting of the UCW.

Eco-Meditation Garden

  • As has been mentioned in recent eBlasts and notices to the congregation, the contracted landscaping work is now complete – some additional planting is required and several trees will need to be replaced. Discussions with the City of London regarding the stage area continue.
  • A number of signs will be installed in the near future (if not already)
  • The Eco-meditation garden has been nominated for an award to be given by the Historic Woodfield Community Association (of which FSA is a member). The award will be announced at the annual Pot-Luck of the Association to be held on November 19th

Arts after 5
The next Arts after 5 event will take place on November 5th where playwright Adam Corrigan-Holowtz will be the guest speaker.

Text Box: For Discussion by Council  Social Innovation Challenge  §	In the aftermath of the success of the Social Innovation Challenge the committee is interested in knowing if there is a way to stay connected with the participants. There may also be interest in staying connected with social enterprise initiatives here in the city – we are thinking there may be a member (outside the Planning Committee) who might be interested – thoughts?




Planning the future use of FSA space – to ensure sustainability
Text Box: “We will be giving thought to further opportunities to make FSA more inviting to others – opportunities to use and adapt our physical space in new and different ways – ways that could generate additional income and expand our church community in rich and diverse ways.”    From the 2019 AGM of First-St. Andrew’s United Church



Recent steps

Western University

Two students – Joy Tigchelaar and Aaron West will be working with us over the fall under the supervision of teaching assistant Alexander (AJ) Wray. They will be introduced to the congregation on Sunday, October 20th. The main focus of their work will be a literature search of what similar churches have done in situations like ours and a survey of the congregation, neighbours, staff, renters and other users of FSA. They will be collecting data on current church usage and Kathryn Skelly will be helping them out. Their final report will be completed in December.

Text Box: For Discussion by Council  In preparation for establishing the Task Force, a description of the work to be undertaken and the time commitment etc. will be developed. We plan to make the opportunity to volunteer widely known to the congregation through the weekly bulletin and eBlast etc.     We know that this will be a multi-phase undertaking and therefore people may not want to participate for the duration. The opportunity to opt in and out will be available as phases are completed.  AJ Wray has volunteered to help define the stages involved. If there are specific groups that you think are important to have represented, the Planning Committee would appreciate this input from Council.







The Planning Committee at its last meeting decided to move ahead and establish a task force to focus specific attention on the future use of FSA space.

For the Information of Council
Leadership of the Planning Committee – Given my pending role as Chair of Council, I have served notice to the Planning Committee that Steve Elson will be stepping down as Chair of the Planning Committee at the end of the year – although he will continue to be an active member.

October 2019

October 2019

The Board met on September 19th, 2019. Two key elements of that meeting were an overview of the financial commitments and available cash as well as developing a strategy to encourage legacy contributions to assist the Trust funds to meet the increasing demands for FSA’s operating budget.

1. Long Term Giving Sub-Committee – John Eberhard

  • Over the next months, this committee will be expanded to assist in developing the next stages for enhancing knowledge and support of the Legacy program. 
  1. Investment Sub-Committee – David Manness
  • The Trust funds provided funds for the commitments for $25,000 to FSA for assistance of the 2019 Operating Budget, $25,000 as the first of 3 annual installments to our commitment for the revitalization of Camp Kee-Mo-Kee; $10,000 as a not-interest loan to increase the Shopping Card Inventory from $15,000 to $25,000, $7,167 for the Eco-Mediation Garden, and $4,139 towards the completion of the restoration of specific stained glass windows.
  • After some volatility of investments in the summer, our 2019 year to date portfolio performance is 10.11%. This is a significant recovery from the negative returns of 2018. The 10-year return to September 30, 2019 is 4.32%.
  1. Insurance Committee Sub-Committee – Bill Peel
  • The annual Insurance Policy was renewed in June, with valuable assistance from Heather Vouvalidis and our insurance broker.
  • It was confirmed with our Insurance Company that neither the new Eco-Meditation Garden, the size of the Gift Card inventory and the sponsorship of the Syrian family would not impact our insurance premium.
  1. Memorials Sub-Committee – June McKay
    • The Memorials Sub-Committee is tasked with developing a proposal, in concert with the Legacy Sub-Committee, for a policy regarding recognition of donations to the assets of FSA which would not already be covered with the Legacy Policy.

Our next Board meeting is scheduled for the morning of November 19, 2019. At this meeting, the Board will also be exploring potential nominations for the January 2020 Annual Meeting.

October 2019

No report


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