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.
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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.
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.
For the Information of Council
The Planning Committee met on October 1st and will meet again on October 29th.
Service and Social Action
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.
Planning the future use of FSA space – to ensure sustainability
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday Worship at 10:30
Order of Service
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