Annual meeting

Annual Meeting – Highlights of the Annual Meeting held last Sunday, 10 February:

– The financial statements for the General Fund and the Endowment Fund were adopted, as was the proposed budget for 2019. 

– An allocation of $3,000 for Presbyterians Sharing for 2019 was accepted.

– Lisa Sneesby and Keith Kelly were appointed to the Endowment Committee for a further three-year term.

– Raymond Reichelt and Bruce Sneesby were appointed as Congregational Trustees for a two-year term.

– A request from “Rest-A-Bit” to use the church hall temporarily as a shelter for homeless people, for three nights a week during the winter months, was discussed.  Unfortunately, noone from Rest-A-Bit was available to answer questions, so it was left to the Session to follow up on this matter.

– Two small amendments were made to the constitution of the Endowment Fund, following from the decision we made two years ago to decrease the size of the Endowment Committee from 8 voting members to 5.

– A discussion was had on whether to continue having the annual Stewardship Visitation in the spring, or return to having it in the fall, since we have completed the 3-year trial period.  It was decided to keep it in the spring (April-May).

– The future of the Robbie Burns Dinner was discussed.  A number of suggestions were made for dinners we could hold in place of one focusing on Robbie Burns and Scottish culture.

– John presented information on the “Inter-Mission” (sabbatical) he hopes to take in the spring.  He is requesting permission from the Presbytery to take this Inter-Mission for eight weeks in May and June.

– A suggestion was made that, as a fundraising activity, we try screening Christian movies, since we have a projector and screen in the sanctuary.

– We thank Raymond Reichelt for serving as secretary for the meeting, Lisa Sneesby for organizing the lunch, and Margaret McNutt-Reichelt for playing the piano for the opening and closing worship.

Coming up – week of Feb. 17

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday, following the service – Choir Practice

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, at Gwen’s home

– Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 24 February – Deadline for returning ballots

Coming Up

This Week in First Church:

– Feb. 10, following the service – Lunch, followed by the Annual Meeting

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, at Gwen’s home

– Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – Finance & Maintenance Committee meeting

– Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast

Coming Up:

– Wednesday, 20 February, 5:00 p.m. – Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper

– Sunday, 24 February – Deadline for returning ballotsI

Annual Meeting – Our congregation’s Annual Meeting will be held today (the 10th).  We will have a lunch following the service, and the meeting will begin after the lunch, starting between 12:15 and 12:30.  In the meeting, we will review the Annual Report, consider the proposed budget for 2019, appoint two people to serve as congregational Trustees, and appoint two people to serve on the Endowment Committee.  In addition, we will consider two small amendments to the Constitution of the Endowment Fund; we will discuss whether to keep the annual Stewardship Visitation in the spring, or go back to having it in the fall; and we will discuss the future of the Robbie Burns Dinner.  Hard copies of the Annual Report are available on the table at the south entrance for those who don’t have e-mail.  Everyone else should’ve received their copy by e-mail last weekend.  Many thanks to Lisa Sneesby for putting the Annual Report together, and to Gwen Henwood for printing the hard copies. Presbyterians Sharing – In the Annual Meeting today, we will decide on what amount we will accept as our allocation for Presbyterians Sharing for this year.  Last year, we accepted an allocation of $3,000, and the Session is recommending that we accept the same amount this year.  When we accept an allocation, we commit to donating that amount by the end of the year.  Please see the annual Presbyterians Sharing brochure, which we are distributing today, for information on the ministries of our national church that our givings to Presbyterians Sharing support.

Notes and Upcoming Events

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday following the service – Choir practice

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, at Gwen’s home

– Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. – Women’s Missionary Society (WMS).  Please bring your January/February issue of Glad Tidings

– Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – Prayer Time

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 10 February, 11:30 – Lunch, followed by the Annual Meeting

– Sunday, 24 February – Deadline for returning ballotsI

PWS&D – Today is PWS&D Sunday, the Sunday on which we highlight and pray for the work of Presbyterian World Service and Development, our national church’s relief and development agency.  PWS&D works through ecumenical partner agencies to provide funding for both emergency relief and longer-term development projects all around the world.  All of these projects aim to assist people in need in a variety of ways, as an expression of God’s concern and care.  Because of government regulations, PWS&D receives no funding from Presbyterians Sharing; rather, it raises its funds separately.  Last year, our congregation gave $715 to PWS&D.

A pamphlet on PWS&D is being distributed today.  In the past couple of weeks, we distributed as well copies of PWS&D’s annual report for 2017, additional copies of which are available on the table at the south entrance.  As well, copies of the Gifts of Change catalog are available from the pamphlet rack at the south entrance.  Gifts of Change is a program that allows both individuals and groups to make donations to specific projects.  Further information on PWS&D can be found online at www.WeRespond.ca.

Today’s sermon was written by Lara Scholey, the minister of St. Columba by the Lake Presbyterian Church in Pointe-Claire, Qué., and a past convener of the PWS&D Committee.

Upcoming: the week beginning Jan. 27

This Week in First Church:

– Jan. 27, following the service – Choir practice

– Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, at Gwen’s home

– Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 10 February, 11:30 – Lunch, followed by the Annual Meeting

– Sunday, 24 February – Deadline for returning ballots

Election of Elders – We will be holding our biennial election of elders in February.  Ballots will be distributed to all professing members beginning next Sunday.  Enclosed with the ballots will be a letter explaining the voting procedure.  Ballots should be returned to the church by Sunday, 24 February.  They can be given to Margaret McNutt-Reichelt, Debbi Miles, or John Zondag, or sent to the church by mail.  Only professing members of the congregation are eligible to vote in this election, or to be elected to the eldership.

Annual Meeting – Our congregation’s Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, 10 February.  We will have a lunch following the service, and the meeting will begin after lunch, between 12:15 and 12:30.  A casserole will be provided for the lunch, so all that needs to be pot-luck are salads, buns, and desserts.  As for the meeting itself, we will review the Annual Report, consider the proposed budget for 2019, appoint two people to serve as congregational Trustees, and appoint two people to serve on the Endowment Committee.  In addition, we will be considering two small amendments to the Constitution of the Endowment Fund, and will discuss whether to keep the annual Stewardship Visitation in the spring, or go back to having it in the fall.  We plan to have the Annual Report ready in time for next Sunday, so that everyone has time to read it prior to the meeting on the 10th.

Thank You!  Many thanks to everyone who participated in our annual Robbie Burns Dinner on Saturday the 19th!  Special thanks to the organizing team of Mardine Garnham, Margaret McNutt-Reichelt, and Lisa Sneesby!

Weekly Prayer Focus – At its meeting this past week, the Session decided that our Weekly Prayer Focus this year will be Refugees.  We will therefore be praying for refugees in various parts of the world in our Prayers for the People every Sunday.

Coming Up

This Week in First Church:

– Today, following the service – Choir practice

– Today – Deadline for reports for the Annual Report

– Thursday, 7:00 p.m. – Session meeting

– Saturday, 7:00 p.m. – Hymn Sing

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 10 February, 11:30 – Pot-luck lunch, followed by the Annual Meeting

Annual Report – Those writing reports for the Annual Report are asked to submit them to Lisa Sneesby today, January 20, if you haven’t already.  We aim to have the Annual Report ready for distribution in time for Sunday, 3 February, a week prior to the Annual Meeting on Sunday the 10th.  Those on our e-mail list will receive their Annual Report by e-mail; a sufficient number of hard copies will be printed for everyone else.

Coming Up

This Week in First Church:

– Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper

– Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – Prayer Time

– Saturday, 7:00 p.m. – Hymn Sing

Coming Up:

– Wednesday, 16 January, 6:30 p.m. – Finance & Maintenance Committee meeting

– Saturday, 19 January, 6:00 p.m. – Robbie Burns Dinner

– Sunday, 20 January – Deadline for reports for the Annual Report – Sunday, 10 February, 11:30 – Pot-luck lunch, followed by the Annual Meeting

Coming Up in First Church:

This Week in First Church:

– Monday, 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve service

Coming Up:

– Saturday, 5 January, 9:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast

– Wednesday, 9 January, 5:00 p.m. – Meal-in-a-Bowl Supper

– Thursday, 10 January, 1:30 p.m. – Prayer Time

– Saturday, 19 January, 6:00 p.m. – Robbie Burns Dinner

Coming Up

Coming Up: – Monday, 24 December, 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve service Newsletter – A few extra copies of the December issue of the congregational Newsletter are set out on the table at the south entrance for anyone who may not have received a copy. Feel free to take one home with you. Reading – If you would like to take a turn reading the scripture readings in our service on Sunday, 30 December, please speak to John. Good News – The work on the heating system in the church basement was started this past Tuesday, the 11th. We hope it will be finished in time for Christmas!

Presbyterians Sharing – Givings to Presbyterians Sharing totaled $2,235 as of last Sunday, which is just $765 short of the allocation of $3,000 that we accepted at our Annual Meeting in February. If our givings don’t reach $3,000 by the end of December, we will need to make up the difference out of our congregation’s General Fund. Presbyterians Sharing provides funding for the work of the national church — mission work in Canada and overseas, the national office in Toronto, the work of the General Assembly and its various committees, our three theological colleges, and so on. Many thanks to all who have contributed to Presbyterians Sharing so far this year!

Cleaning the Sanctuary – We’re looking for a few volunteers to take a turn vacuuming the sanctuary from time to time. If you are interested, please sign up on the sheet on the music stand at the south entrance. The sanctuary needs to be vacuumed once a week, either following the service or at some other time. We thank those who have already taken one or more turns this fall, particularly Lalaine Buan and Rob McPherson!

Remembrance and Hope – The annual ecumenical “Service of Remembrance and Hope” will be held on Monday, 17 December, at 7:30, at St Mary’s Anglican Church (36 2nd St. SW). This is a service for people who find Christmas difficult because of bereavement, loss, or any other kind of difficulty. It is organized jointly by the Anglican, Roman Catholic, United, and Presbyterian congregations in town. Everyone is welcome. Each congregation is asked to contribute three dozen cookies or “dainties” for the fellowship time afterward. If you can contribute some, please let John Zondag know — otherwise he’ll have to contribute them all! Lessons and Carols – St. Mary’s Anglican Church (36 2nd St. SW) will be holding a service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas on Thursday, 20 December, at 7:30 p.m. See the poster on the bulletin board in the Church Hall.

Christmas Eve – Our annual Christmas Eve service will be held on Monday, 24 December, at 7:00 p.m. Join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus in word and song! Soup Kitchen Volunteers – Everyone who volunteers in the Soup Kitchen is required by the Leading With Care Policy of our national church to fill out a “Teacher/Leader Form” and to read and sign a “Covenant of Care Form” (two sides of a single sheet of paper). If you haven’t done so already, please do so as soon as possible. Forms are available from John Zondag.

Soup Kitchen Offering – The special offering for the Soup Kitchen received at our Soup Kitchen Sunday service last month totaled $465.00! Many thanks to everyone who gave in support of the Soup Kitchen!

Christmas Kettles – The Salvation Army is appealing for additional volunteers to staff their Christmas kettles in various stores this week, especially on Friday and Saturday. If you are interested in taking a shift, or have questions, please call the local Salvation Army at 239-7213.

Bible Study – Beginning in the New Year the study will be “Peter: Learning to be like Jesus”, by Robbie Castleman (cost about $11.00). It is a 12-week study (Life Guide Series). Please sign the sheet at the back of the sanctuary if you are interested.

Next week

This Week in First Church:

– Sunday, following the service – Choir practice

– Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – Finance & Maintenance Committee meeting

– Saturday Dec. 15, 9:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast

– Saturday Dec. 15, 7:00 p.m. – Hymn Sing (sanctuary)

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 16 December – Communion Sunday

– Monday, 17 December, 7:30 p.m. – Service of Remembrance and Hope, at St. Mary’s Anglican Church

– Monday, 24 December, 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve service

Christ Candles – If you would like to light the Christ Candle and lead the accompanying responsive reading in our service on Christmas Eve, please speak to John.

Hymn Sing – There will be only one Saturday evening Hymn Sing this month, this coming Saturday, the 15th, from 7:00 to 8:00.  We will be singing a variety of favorite Christmas hymns.  Further Hymn Sings are planned for Saturdays, 12 and 26 January, and 9 and 23 February.