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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

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2016

January
February
March
April
May
June
July - no meeting
August - no meeting
September
October
November
December - no meeting
Note that C & M no longer functions as a committee but rather is a serice provided to other Committees by the Church Council


Note that Worship has combined with CD as a single committee

Look for their report in the alpha list of committees as Faith Development

November 2018

 

See Nov. Income Statement

November 2018

 

November 2018

  • Jo Ann Silcox reported on her attendance at Boomerfest at Siloam United Church October 17-19. Ten members of FSA attended and found it very rewarding.
  • The photo directory is almost ready to be sent off to IPC.  Special thanks to all who participated and especially to Pat Tripp and Annabelle Logan for calling people who did not book photos to confirm their contact information and willingness to have their information shared, Kathryn Skelly for her work on the address roster, Willis Buckingham for developing the collage of photos about church life and Jim Silcox for designing the front cover of the directory.
  • Glenna Hall reported on a meeting she had with Deanne Pederson and Heather Locking-Cusolito to generate ideas about how to strengthen our welcome of new members.  Glenna suggested new or reinstated activities such as a small social gathering the week before membership service to connect our new members with possible mentors, profiling new members in Tidings, adding photo directories and time and talent questionnaires to the package we give to new members. We all feel strongly that finding a niche in the life of congregation will enhance new members’ sense of connection and community. We also think that the opportunity that Michelle offers new members to tell the congregation a little bit about themselves is important and should continue.
  • The Volunteer opportunity survey developed by Jo Ann Silcox was distributed to mail boxes on Sunday.  Once returns are summarized, committee and activity leaders will be given the names of people willing to volunteer or participate in their programmes.
  • We discussed the possibility of an open sanctuary.  Colborne Street’s experience with the open sanctuary was discussed. They held the open sanctuary only once a month from 7:00 AM- 1:00 PM and had volunteers in one hour time slots. They usually played some quiet music and had a  small water feature operating.   In our discussion we thought that 3 hours from 10:00 AM - 1 PM would offer an opportunity for people on their lunch hour to come in for a time of quiet reflection. We also talked about ways to advertise the open sanctuary. At present we have decided to wait until the New Year to pursue any further planning for this venture.
  • Aria Khalili attended our meeting to inform us of plans that he, Martha Morrison and Bob Swartman are pursuing for another Young Adult party. The Halloween party attracted only 7 people.  They hope to have another event in early December with a Christmas theme.  Our committee advised Aria about ways to advertise the event through our facebook page, eblast and how to connect with Pat Tripp  and Jim Silcox for Marketing advice.

November 2018

 

November 2018

  • Bridges out of Poverty The Ontario Government is making an announcement on November 22   It is feared by a number of social service agencies that their funding will be cut including Ontario Works which supports the Bridges Program .  We will not pursue anything further on this issue until we see if the Bridges Program will continue.  There will be a motion taken to the December meeting of Council .  An article will be in the Advent issue of Tidings.
  • Presbytery Division of Mission & Outreach Fall Connections Workshop was organized by Linda Badke.  Marilyn and David Beach, Laurel, Barb, attended this very worthwhile and informative event which was focused on affordable housing for Indigenous, Disabled and Vulnerable populations. Laurel has since talked to Stuart Eberhard about his connection with the London  Affordable Housing Foundation.  Gary Allen Price from Riverside UC has also been in touch with Linda re indigenous housing initiatives.
  • FSA Roundtable on Service included representatives from 48 various outreach and social action agencies as well as a number of FSA members.  Marilyn and David Beach, Laurel and Barb attended.  We found it to be a very interesting morning.
  • Mission Sunday will be Jan. 27th Jim Hodgson, the United Church coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean  will be our speaker.
  • Food drive Jan Hendry suggested a Food Drive for St. Paul’s in memory of Jean for the second Sunday in December the 9th
  • Grow-A-Row The total for this year is $5754.75 
  • Anne MacPhail, ELUCO  introduced us to gift cards she has designed to be used for any celebration or memorial.   Barb will present this initiative to Council next week.
  • Christmas Share for ELUCO Margo Christodoulou is organizing the gift cards well.
  • Christmas Eve offering  A request has been made that it go to ELUCO the motion was made by Linda Badke and seconded by Jan Hendry.\
  • Mitten Tree will be put up in the Atrium for December.
  • Amnesty Messages of Hope- - will be distributed on Sunday, December 2 for people to sign.

November 2018

Music Budget and Dr. Elmer Butt Shekinah Fund Budget - 2019

The Music Budget for 2019 has been submitted to Finance.  The committee has also submitted a budget for the Dr. Elmer Butt Shekinah Fund to the Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees.

Sibelius Notation Software

Terry is using the Sibelius notation software to create some manuscripts for senior choir music used in worship, and music used by the junior choirs and the new youth handbell choir.

Senior Choir

The senior choir sang for the “Celebration of Life” Service for Jean Knowles on Nov 13.  During the Advent season the senior choir will be singing in the Advent Lessons and Carols service on Dec 2.  Some choir members will sing in the combined choir for the RCCO Lessons and Carols at Metropolitan United on the evening of Dec 2.  The choir will sing in the annual Salvation Army Citadel Band Concert at Centennial Hall on Dec 3.

Laudamus Bells

The Laudamus Bells will perform in the Dec 2 Advent Lessons and Carols service.  As well, they will perform in concert at the Friday Advent Noon Recital on Dec 14. 

Junior Choirs

The Youth Handbell choir of 14 young people will perform for the first time in service on Nov 25.  The Junior Choirs are preparing music for the Advent season and will perform, with Sunday School children, in the Children’s Pageant on Dec 16.

FSA Strings

The FSA strings gave their Fall Concert on Wed. Nov 14.  Guest artists were Sonja Gustafson, soprano and George Laidlaw, saxophone.  There were performers with the strings from the Laudamus Bells and others on percussion instruments.    

Advent Concerts and more

The Friday Advent Noon Concerts, followed by lunch ($8) are – Nov 30 – King’s University College Chamber Choir, Janet Loo, Director;  Dec 7 – Sonja Gustafson, soprano and Kathleen Gahagan, harp;  Dec 14 – Laudamus Bells, Terry Head, Director.  Nov 18 was the third Organ Recital celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the FSA Casavant Organ.  Stillman Matheson was the organist.  The second Woodfield Jazz concert, featuring the Ariel Kasler Quintet, is on Friday, Nov 23.  The Singalong Messiah, open to all, is on Friday, Dec 21.

November 2018

November 2018

                                                The final meeting of Middlesex Presbytery will take place next Tuesday Nov. 20th. It will be a full event with an Open House from 2-3, a Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration from 3-4:30, dinner from 5-6:30 and the final meeting from 7-8. A reception will take place from 8-9. The Division of Mission and Outreach held a successful Fall Connections event on Housing For Vulnerable Persons on Nov. 3rd. We had good representation from FSA and some very positive feedback. The overall turnout was lower than we would have liked but there were a number of church events going on that day.

November 2018

  • The steeple LED light that was not working was replaced by ABC Electric. The new light is brighter than the other 3 because an exact replacement could not be found. The fixture is under warranty but not the labour.
  • The window air conditioning units were removed by Martin Air Conditioning for winter storage and service.
  • Alarmtech completed the installation of the Atrium door camera and (2) office 7" digital colour monitors (Reception and Administrator Offices).
  • Security door alarm was activated October 19 at 11:48 pm. Chubb monitoring services called London police but they would not respond unless there were multiple alarms. Chubb also contacted the FSA Facilities Manager. Video recordings show the east Narthex door opening and closing but no one entered or exited. The door was inspected the next day and found to be latched and locked.
  • Chubb verified alarm door labels and updated.
  • Ceiling fluorescent light covers were inspected by Netenergy for safety.
  • Security camera stickers installed on doors and windows. 2 signs to be installed on walls.
  • Security Notes
    • A minor theft occurred from Jane Dockrill's unlocked car on Sunday October 28 during service.
    • MOW's called police about a man lying on the front entrance porch. The man walked away after a short altercation with police.
  • Chancel (Sanctuary) ceiling lamp socket broke and was replaced by ABC Electric
  • Many lights are being left on overnight. How can we notify users to turn off lights?
  • The south Narthex roof ornamental cross fell down during a wind storm
  • Exterior signs (2) have been upgraded to LED lighting

November 2018

See report

November 2018

Note that Worship has combined with CD as a single committee

Look for their report in the alpha list of committees as Faith Development

 

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