Coming up week of Feb. 24

This Week in First Church:

– Feb. 24, following the service – Choir practice

– Tuesday, Feb.26, 7:00 p.m. – Bible study, at Gwen’s home

– Thursday Feb. 28, 7:00 p.m. – Session meeting

– Saturday Mar. 2, 9:00 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast

Coming Up:

– Sunday, 10 March – Daylight Savings Time begins

Election of Elders – Feb. 24th is the deadline for returning ballots in our election of elders.  They can be given to Margaret McNutt-Reichelt, Debbi Miles, or John Zondag. The ballots will be counted following the service today.  Those who receive the largest numbers of votes will be “vetted” by the Session at its meeting this week; and those who are deemed suitable will then be contacted to see if they are willing to serve, beginning with those who received the largest numbers of votes, until we have three people who are willing to serve.

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.