Thames Road-Elimville United Church

P.O. Box 3, Exeter, Ont. N0M 1S6
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Phone: 519-235-2803

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CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM DECEMBER 5, 2018

Dave Williams was our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor for the meeting.

Rev. Jock reported that pastoral care visiting is continuing. He shared how much he enjoyed the interaction with the kids at the Christmas concert.

The Finance Committee has organized a fundraising campaign to raise funds for the vertical lift project in the church. In response to the letter sent out to members and adherents of our congregation, $4,900.00 has been received to date. Your donation will ensure that our church building is accessible and will continue to be welcoming to all. Please be generous in supporting this important project. The 2019 Proposed Budget was presented and will be discussed further at the January Council meeting.

The Christian Education Committee reported the annual Christmas Concert held on December 2nd was a success with 78 people in attendance. Profit from the supper was $545.00, the silent auction - $895.00, and the Christmas Ball project - $60.00, for a total profit of $1,500.00 for the lift project. A movie/activity day for the children will take place sometime during the Christmas school break.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of December is the Outreach Committee and for January, the Trustees. The Advent season is underway with the 2nd Sunday of Advent being celebrated on December 9th and the 3rd Sunday of Advent on December 16th. The 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve will be celebrated jointly at the worship service on Sunday, December 23rd at 10:00 a.m. There will be no service at Thames Road Elimville United Church on Christmas Eve or on Sunday December 30th. Services will resume on Sunday January 6, 2019.

The Outreach Committee reported that 78 people enjoyed Supper in a Bowl following the Christmas concert on December 2nd. A thank you is extended to all those who assisted Judith and Marianne in the kitchen and by contributing crock pots of food. The Exeter and Area Foodbank serves 200 local families with food and community and moral support. Items you might want to consider donating to the foodbank are baby items such as diapers, baby food and wipes. A message received from Moderator Rev. Richard Bott extends a thank you to supporters of the Mission and Service Fund. Our M & S givings are now at $7,417.84 towards our goal of $8,000.00. Let's meet our goal by the end of the year. Please get your year end donations to Treasurer Mary Lou Thomson within the next couple of weeks to receive credit in 2018 business. The Gifts of Vision catalogue is available for Christmas giving. Check the back table for a copy. Seven Observer subscription renewals were received. The next Exeter Villa worship service is on January 23rd at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to come out and visit with the residents.

The 2019 Honoraria Report was presented by the Ministry and Personnel Committee and will be taken to the Annual Meeting for final approval. Rev. Jock will be away from December 26th to January 2nd. Helen Kadey should be contacted for any pastoral care needs during that time.

The Trustees reported that work on the vertical lift project has slowed down a little right now. Installing the lift itself will be the next big step in the process and that won’t be happening until the new year. Discussions on insurance coverage on the church building have been taking place at recent Council meetings and as a result our current coverage will be increased.

The U.C.W. ladies met on November 13th with several visitors from the congregation in attendance. Guest speaker was Greg Pfaff who spoke on his trip overseas to retrace his father’s footsteps during WWII. The wonderful presentation was enjoyed by all. The ladies will be making a visit to our shut-ins before Christmas and will meet next for our Christmas meeting on December 11th. Gifts in the amount of $5.00 will be exchanged.

Marianne Veldman and Sharon Lynn attended the final Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting on Tuesday, November 27th at Avondale United Church in Stratford. The Christian Resource Centre in Mitchell will be closed from December 21st to January 2nd. Pastoral Charge Supervisors were appointed for two congregations and a vacancy was approved at Zion United Church, Rostock. Two $10,000.00 Visionary Fund grants were approved. Funds remaining in the Visionary Fund and the General Fund will be transferred to the new Region 8 effective January 1, 2019. Following feedback for a name for Region 8, Western Ontario Waterways (WOW) has been chosen. The name clearly identifies where we are living out our faith to us and to others. Current Presbytery Representatives will continue to represent their congregation as the transition to Region 8 unfolds. Neil Lackey, a former Pastoral Support Minister in Huron-Perth Presbytery, was the guest speaker for this final meeting. His message was based on the theme "A Story of a Never Ending Journey" sharing that as followers of the way of Jesus, this time of transition is not an ending but a new beginning.

Corn was planted on approximately 10 acres of land donated by Ed Van Esbroeck for the 2018 South Huron Foodgrains project. $9,000.00 will be sent to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank where the Federal Government will match it 4 to 1 for a total of $45,000.00. The Foodgrains Committee has set the date of Sunday April 28, 2019 for their annual church service at Exeter United Church. One additional member to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee is still needed. Contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in the position or know someone who may be.

The Nominating Committee has organized for 2019. The committee consists of Joyce Fulton, Ken Kadey, Judith Parker, Kathy or Robert Bray, Sarah Govers and Larry Lynn. No one from the congregation came forward to stand as a member-at-large on the committee.

Our minister vacancy is posted on the London Conference website. Members of the Interview Team will be conducting interviews as resumes are received.

A Huron-Perth Presbytery archive audit took place on November 12th. All records were certified with no changes needed.

Reports for the Annual Report (typed if possible) are to be to Sharon Lynn by Sunday January 13, 2019. Reports will be available for pick up on Sunday January 27, 2019. The Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday February 3, 2019 with a snow date of Sunday February 10, 2019. The format will be a shortened worship service followed by lunch. The Annual Meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on January 9, 2019.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM NOVEMBER 7, 2018

Dave Williams was our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor for the meeting.

Rev. Jock reported that pastoral care visiting has been ongoing, particularly at Exeter Villa. He expressed a concern about not being notified in a timely manner about people needing pastoral care. Rev. Jock can be contacted directly about anyone that would benefit from a pastoral care visit. Helen Kadey can also be contacted.

The Finance Committee has organized a fundraising campaign to raise funds for the vertical lift project in the church. A letter containing information about the lift project has been sent to all members and adherents of Thames Road Elimville United Church. Your donation will ensure that our church building is accessible and will continue to be welcoming to all. Please be generous in supporting this important project.

The Christian Education Committee reported the Halloween Party held on October 26th at the church was a success with about 50 people in attendance. A haunted hayride was a highlight of the night. The annual Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday December 2nd, location to be announced. A movie/activity day for the children is being considered for sometime during the Christmas school break.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of November is the Worship Committee and for December, the Outreach Committee. Remembrance Day will be recognized at the worship service on November 11th. Items for the Huron County Christmas Bureau will be collected on November 18th and Communion will be celebrated on November 25th. December 2nd is the first Sunday of Advent. The fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve will be celebrated jointly at the worship service on Sunday, December 23rd at 10:00 a.m. There will be no service at Thames Road Elimville United Church on Christmas Eve or on Sunday December 30th. Services will resume on Sunday January 6, 2019.

The Outreach Committee reported that the coffee hour on November 4th raised $90.00 for the Mission and Service Fund. M & S givings are now at $6,765.74 towards our goal of $8,000.00. The next Exeter Villa service is on November 21st at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to come out and visit with the residents. Observer renewals are due on November 11th to Judith or Marianne. Cost for an annual subscription is $25.00. The committee will be preparing Supper In a Bowl to be served following the Christmas Concert on December 2nd. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6 to 12 years of age; 5 years and under are free. Donations of chili, stews or soups in a crockpot are welcomed.

The Community Park Committee has submitted an application to the Huron Heritage Fund for a grant to replace the original woven fence and gate posts at the park.

The Trustees reported that the rebar is in and the footings are poured for the hoist way for the vertical lift. Work on the project is progressing nicely.

The U.C.W. ladies met on October 9th with 21 present. The Stewardship and Finance Committee presented a “Thanksgiving” program. A Bakeless Bake Sale took place at the meeting. The ladies provided lunch at the Warwick dairy dispersal sale on October 12th. At the next meeting on November 13th, Greg Pfaff will be telling about his trip oversees to retrace his father’s footsteps during WWII. An invitation is extended to all men and ladies of the congregation to attend the meeting that begins at 7:30 p.m. at the church.

Marianne Veldman and Sharon Lynn attended the Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting on Tuesday, October 23rd at Main Street United Church in Mitchell. 2019 church calendars are still available at the Christian Resource Centre in Mitchell. The Resource Centre will continue to offer services as it currently does after transition to Region 8 takes place on January 1, 2019. There will be 3 camps and 2 Resource Centres in the new Region 8. A request for vacancy was approved for St. Marys, Londesborough and Auburn, and Egmondville United Churches. About 1/3 of the pastoral charges in Huron-Perth Presbytery are currently without a permanent minister. 75% of the assessments have been received with the balance due by December 15th. 2019 assessments will be available by mid November. About $77,000.00 in Visionary Fund grants has been released so far in 2018. Huron-Perth Presbytery will meet next on Tuesday, November 27th at Avondale United Church in Stratford. This will be the final Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting before transition to Region 8. Neil Lackey will be the guest speaker at the meeting.

The South Huron Foodgrains Committee has set the date of Sunday April 28, 2019 for their annual church service at Exeter United Church. One additional member to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee is still needed. Contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in the position or know someone who may be.

The Nominating Committee has organized for 2019. The committee consists of the retiring member from the Finance, Property, Outreach, Worship and Christian Education Committees plus Council Chairperson and up to two congregation members or adherents at large. If you are interested in being a member or adherent at large on the Nominating Committee, please contact any member of Church Council. Positions to be filled include one member on the Finance, Property, Outreach, Worship, Christian Education, and Ministry and Personnel Committees. The Secretary position is also open.

Our minister vacancy is posted on the London Conference website. Members of the Interview Team will be conducting interviews as resumes are received.

A Huron-Perth Presbytery archive audit will take place on November 12th. The auditor will look at our Historic Roll, Birth and Marriage Register, and our Council and Congregational meeting minute book.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on December 5th.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM OCTOBER 3, 2018

Dave Williams was our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor for the meeting.

Rev. Jock reported that pastoral care visiting has been ongoing. He has been involved with several Presbytery meetings in September and led a worship service at Exeter Villa. Congratulations are extended to Rev. Jock for recently completing the 49 km. 2 day Maitland El Camino hike along the Maitland Trail between Auburn and Goderich.

The Finance Committee will be organizing a fundraising campaign to raise funds for the vertical lift project in the church.

The Christian Education Committee reported the “Bring Your Tractor to Church and Harvest Blessing Sunday” was a huge success with good attendance by young and old. Several tractors were driven to church on a beautiful warm sunny day. The annual Halloween Party will take place at the church on Friday, October 26th beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please bring pot luck snacks. All children in the community are welcome to attend this event.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of October is the Finance Committee and for November, the Worship Committee. October 7th is both World Wide Communion and Thanksgiving Sunday.

The Outreach Committee reported that the coffee hour on September 30th raised $100.00 for the Mission and Service Fund. M & S givings are now at $5,534.46 towards our goal of $8,000.00. The next coffee hour will be on November 4th. A thank you was extended to Rev. Jock for leading the worship service at Exeter Villa on September 26th and to Sharon Lynn, Janis Richardson, and Jean Hodgert for their assistance at the service. There were 27 residents in attendance. The next Villa service is on November 21st at 2:00 p.m. A newsletter will be sent out to all members in late October. The Foodbank has offered suggestions for donations that include pasta sauce (because they get lots of pasta) and children’s school lunch items.

Rev. Jock's employment contract with our congregation has been extended to March 12, 2019.

The Community Park Committee is happy to report that the park was used for a birthday party in September. An application has been made to the South Huron Community Grant Fund for $3,500.00 to cover grass cutting, maintenance and property taxes at the park.

The Trustees reported that the deeds to the three properties held by Thames Road-Elimville United Church have finally been received from the lawyer. Council met with an agent from Usborne and Hibbert Insurance to discuss options available to us to insure our properties. Work on the vertical lift project is continuing. The work permit and the final architect drawings have been received. It is anticipated that work will begin around the end of October. Huron-Perth Presbytery has approved a matchable $10,000.00 Visionary Fund grant and permission to use up to $90,000.00 of our manse funds for the installation of the lift.

The U.C.W. ladies met on September 11th for a catered dinner and entertainment at Thamesview United Church in Fullarton. The theme of the evening was centred around “New York, New York” and 911. Entertainment by the Thamesview choir was enjoyed by all. A tea was hosted at Exeter Villa on September 18th and the ladies will be providing lunch at the Warwick dairy dispersal sale on October 12th.

Sharon Lynn attended the Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting on Tuesday, September 25th at Trinity United Church in Listowel. Kevin Steeper, our Pastoral Support Minister, and Kathy Douglas, our Youth Minister, will both be retaining their positions in the new regional model effective January 1, 2019. The Christian Resource Centre has 20% off all in stock items except church supplies until mid October. 2019 church calendars are now in stock at the Resource Centre. Two applicants were accepted as candidates for ordained ministry and Pastoral Charge Supervisors were approved for three congregations currently without ministers. $22,000.00 in Visionary Fund grants was approved. Presbyters will be meeting for their first official regional gathering in Mount Forest on October 20th for a day of fellowship, lunch and worship. Huron-Perth Presbytery will meet next on Tuesday, October 23rd at Main Street United Church in Mitchell.

Corn planted for the South Huron Foodgrains Project is not yet harvested. One additional member to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee is still needed. Contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in the position or know someone who may be.

Our minister vacancy is posted on the London Conference website. Members of the Interview Team will be conducting interviews as resumes are received.

A committee has been formed to compose an up-to-date membership list for use by the minister. The confidential list will include phone numbers, addresses and other pertinent information needed to make contact with our members.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on November 7th.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM SEPTEMBER 5, 2018

Rev. Jock Tolmay was our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor for the meeting.

Rev. Jock reported he was able work around some holiday time to carry out pastoral care visiting over the summer. He also led the worship service at Exeter Villa on August 1st. He continues to find out about instances when he would have made a visit to someone had he been aware of the situation. Please let Rev. Jock or Helen Kadey know of anyone that would benefit from a pastoral care visit. Rev. Jock encouraged everyone to pick up a copy of Our Daily Bread. A supply of the daily devotional booklet can be found on the table at the back door.

The Finance Committee reported that a profit of $3,458.85 was realized at the Strawberry and Ham Supper in June. This is an increase of $200.00 from last year. The committee will be organizing a fundraising campaign to raise funds for the vertical lift project in the church.

The Property Committee reported that new CO and smoke detectors have been installed in the church.

The Christian Education Committee reported that Sunday School will start up again on September 16th.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of September is the Ministry and Personnel Committee and for October, the Finance Committee. The worship service on September 16th will take place at the site of the former Elimville United Church. Please bring a lawn chair. A pot luck lunch at the church will follow the service. A Bring your Tractor to Church Sunday will take place on September 23rd at the Community Park. Rev. Jock will lead a Harvest Blessing service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Please bring a lawn chair. In the absence of Rev. Jock, Rev. Louise Van Massow will lead the worship service on September 30th. October 7th is both World Wide Communion and Thanksgiving Sunday. Communion will be served that day and again on November 25th.

The Outreach Committee reported that Rev. Jock, Joyce Fulton, Agnes Bray and Judith Parker enjoyed lunch and musical entertainment at the Exeter Villa Volunteer Appreciation BBQ on July 15th. Rev. Jock was thanked for leading, and Sharon Lynn, Marg Stewart and Jean Hodgert were thanked for assisting Judith and Marianne at the Exeter Villa worship service on August 1st. The next service at the Villa will be on Wednesday, September 26th at 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and visit with the residents. A very successful Summer Luncheon and Social for the senior members in our congregation was held at the church on August 8th with 24 people attending. Beth Cooper and six of our young ladies provided entertainment for the event. A thank you was extended to Clara and Lyla Hern, Katelyn Parsons, Natalie and Janelle Parsons, and Cora Schafer as well as to Joan Morgan and Anne Kernick for assisting Judith and Marianne with the meal. Following 30 minutes of singing by the girls, bingo and Dutch shuffleboard were played. Only positive comments about the event were heard at the end of the day. A coffee hour will be held following the worship service on September 30th with proceeds going to the Mission and Service Fund.

Rev. Jock's employment contract with our congregation has been extended to December 31, 2018.

The Community Park Committee reported the new sign at the gate was installed in July. The committee is open to receiving any "catchy sayings" or information that could be displayed on the sign. Contact Judith Parker if you have something to share. The annual family fireworks event on July 1st was the most successful to date with over 70 adults and children in attendance. The committee fed about 65 people at the Communities in Bloom BBQ on July 25th when the national judges were in the area. The seeds planted at the park for the giant pumpkin growing contest at Kirkton Fall Fair are producing lots of flowers, but unfortunately there will be no giant pumpkin for the fair this weekend.

The Trustees continue to work with a lawyer to update deed registrations for the properties held by Thames Road Elimville United Church. It is anticipated the project will be completed within the next couple of weeks. Work on the lift project has continued over the summer. The work permit has been received and the final architect drawings will be available mid September. It is anticipated that work will begin in mid October and continue for approximately 6 weeks. Repairs to the shed roof have been made following damage by high winds.

Over the summer, the UCW ladies made cookies and rice krispie squares for Camp Bimini. They will host a tea at Exeter Villa on September 18th. The ladies meet next on Tuesday, September 11th for a catered dinner and entertainment at Thamesview United Church in Fullarton.

Sharon Lynn and Marianne Veldman attended the Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting on Tuesday, June 12th at Camp Menesetung. Camp Menesetung is celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2018. Kathy Douglas, Youth Minister, is willing to talk to Christian Education Committees and Sunday School teachers to give some direction for curriculum and other ideas. Several grants were approved from the Visionary Fund. Presbytery to Region transition meetings are being held regularly in an effort to meet people from other Presbyteries and to share hopes and express concerns. A memorial service was held for a minister recently passed and three ministers were honoured in their upcoming retirement. Huron-Perth Prebytery will meet next on Tuesday, September 25th at Trinity United Church in Listowel.

Corn has been planted for the South Huron Foodgrains Project this year. One additional member to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee is still needed. Contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in the position or know someone who may be.

Our minister vacancy is posted on the London Conference website. Members of the Interview Team will be conducting interviews as resumes are received.

Robert and Kathy Bray and Larry and Sharon Lynn attended a meeting facilitated by London Conference at Clinton United Church on August 22nd. The meeting addressed the new Regional model, and how pastoral relations and the search for a minister will work within it following transition.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on October 3rd.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM JUNE 6, 2018

Dave Williams was our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor for the meeting.

Rev. Jock reported pastoral care visiting is ongoing and that he led the worship service at Exeter Villa on June 6th. He has put together a reusable communion service booklet that will be used for the first time on June 24th.

The Strawberry and Ham Supper will take place Sunday, June 10th at the South Huron Rec Centre in Exeter. Ticket prices remain the same as last year at $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 5-10 years of age; children under 5 are free.

The Property Committee reported that four spare breakers have been added to the electrical panel and an electrical outlet has been installed in the basement in the TV monitor area. Wind damage to the shed roof will be addressed and repairs made as needed.

The Christian Education Committee reported that the grilled cheese lunch on May 20th was a success with a good number attending. The Sunday School windup at the Community Park on Sunday June 3rd was enjoyed by all in attendance. A hot dog barbeque and pot luck lunch followed the service.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of June is the Property Committee and for September, the Ministry and Personnel Committee. Communion will be served at the community park on Sunday June 24th. This will be the final worship service before summer break. A pot luck lunch will follow the service. Beverages, plates, cutlery and cups will be provided – just bring your food and a lawn chair. There will be no worship services during July and August at Thames Road Elimville United Church. Services will resume on Sunday September 9th. On September 16th the worship service will be held at the site of the former Elimville United Church. Members of our congregation have been invited to attend worship services over the summer at Exeter United Church.

The Outreach Committee reported that 30 residents attended the worship service at Exeter Villa on Wednesday June 6th. A thank you is extended to Rev. Jock for leading the service and to organist Jean Hodgert for her assistance. Exeter Villa is hosting a volunteer appreciation barbeque on Friday July 13th for anyone who brings pastoral services to the residents. RSVP to Judith or Marianne if you are interested in attending. About 50 ladies attended the Mom’s Night Out on May 3rd. $200.00 was raised for the Mission and Service Fund, $200.00 for the Community Park Gateway Sign project, and $170.00 was raised at the Sunday School bake sale. The Sunday School has donated its proceeds to the park gateway project. Mission and Service Fund givings to date are $3,301.14 towards our goal of $8,000.00. A Summer Tea Party for our most experienced members may be brewing. Watch for details as plans unfold.

The Community Park Committee reported the new sign is expected to be installed at the gateway in the very near future. The 4th annual Wiener Roast and Fireworks in the Park event will take place on Sunday July 1st beginning at 8 p.m. Bring your own hotdogs, marshmallows, beverage and lawnchair. Condiments and campfire will be supplied. Contribute some fireworks and all will be pooled together for the show at dusk. Plan on attending this great family event. The park committee will once again be hosting a barbeque for the Communities In Bloom judges when they are in the area on July 25th.

The Trustees continue to work with a lawyer to update deed registrations for the properties held by Thames Road Elimville United Church. Work on the lift project is continuing. Drawings have been received and cost estimates for the project are being pursued.

The UCW ladies met on May 8th. The program committee focused on Mother's Day with several theme related poems and stories. Nine U.C.W. members and eleven guests took the Food Handling Course at the church on Saturday May 5th. Cookies and rice krispie squares are being made for campers at Camp Bimini in August. The ladies will be operating a food booth at the Warwick sale in October. The ladies meet next on September 11th when a catered supper will be enjoyed.

Huron-Perth Presbytery meets next on Tuesday, June 12th at Camp Menesetung.

A well attended South Huron Foodgrains church service was held at Exeter United Church on May 27th. About 85 people enjoyed a soup and sandwich luncheon following the service. The lunch generated over $600.00 in donations. Donation envelopes generated over $2,100.00 for a total of over $2,700.00. When matched by the Federal government this amount becomes $13,500.00 for World Hunger. A big thank you is extended to everyone who supported this project in any way. One additional member to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee is still needed. Contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in the position or know someone who may be.

Our minister vacancy is posted on the London Conference website. Members of the Interview Team met for training on Wednesday May 9th and are set to interview potential candidates as resumes are received.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on September 5th.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM MAY 2, 2018

Dave Williams was our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor for the meeting.

Rev. Jock reported that pastoral care visiting is ongoing and asked that he be notified of anyone needing a visit.

The Finance Committee reported that 200 Jerry Rader meat pies were sold for a profit of $122.50. The Strawberry and Ham Supper will take place on Sunday, June 10th at the South Huron Rec Centre in Exeter. Ticket prices remain the same as last year at $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 5-10 years of age; children under 5 are free. Tickets are available now from Council members. This is our churches biggest annual fundraiser and everyone can sell tickets - so let's sell, sell, sell!

The Property Committee is in the process of installing CO and smoke detectors in the upper and lower levels of the church. The grass has been swept and prepared for cutting. Options for upgrading the exterior landing at the back entry of the church were discussed. Further information is being investigated.

The Christian Education Committee reported that a grilled cheese lunch and a movie are planned following the worship service on May 20th. The Sunday School windup will be at the Community Park on Sunday June 3rd. A pot luck lunch will follow the service. In the event of bad weather, activities will move to the church. The committee worked with the Outreach Committee in organizing a Mom's Night Out Vendor Market and Bake Sale on Thursday, May 3rd. Eight vendors participated and proceeds from the market will go to the Mission and Service Fund. The Community Park Committee provided refreshments for the event with proceeds going to the park gateway project and the Sunday School hosted a bake sale with proceeds going to the Sunday School. It was a well attended fun evening of shopping, chatting and food.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of May is the Christian Education Committee and for June, the Property Committee. A service of baptism will take place on Mother's Day May 13th. Communion will be served on Sunday June 24th. This will be the final worship service before summer break. There will be no worship services during July and August at Thames Road-Elimville United Church. Services will resume on Sunday September 9th. Members of our congregation have been invited to attend worship services over the summer at Exeter United Church.

The Outreach Committee reported that the next worship service at Exeter Villa will be on Wednesday June 6th at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Jock will lead the service. Everyone is invited to come out to assist and visit with the residents. Exeter Villa is hosting a volunteer appreciation barbeque on Friday July 13th for anyone who brings pastoral services to the residents. RSVP to Judith or Marianne if you are interested in attending. There is a coffee hour following the service today with proceeds going to the Mission and Service Fund. Mission and Service Fund givings to date are $2,544.84 towards our goal of $8,000.00.

The Community Park Committee reported that fundraising is ongoing for the gateway sign project. The committee is waiting for the sign to be installed.

The Trustees continue to work with a lawyer to update deed registrations for the properties held by Thames Road-Elimville United Church. The architect’s proposal pertaining to the vertical platform lift has been received and approved by Council. The proposal states the architect’s fees and the services to be provided as well as the terms and conditions of the agreement. The lift project has been approved by Huron-Perth Presbytery.

Requests for a $10,000.00 Visionary Fund grant and permission to use investment funds from the sale of our manse for the project, were approved in principle by Presbytery and are expected to be given final approval at the June Presbytery meeting. As the Visionary Fund grant is a matchable grant, a fundraising project will be organized to raise the $10,000.00 our congregation is responsible for.

The UCW ladies met on April 10th. Guest speaker at the meeting was Susan Dill who shared information on Huron County Second Stage Housing. Nine U.C.W. members and eleven guests took the Food Handling Course at the church on Saturday May 5th. Joyce Fulton, Judith Parker, Janis Richardson, Anne Kernick and Sharon Lynn attended the Huron-Perth Presbyterial Annual Spring Fling on Monday April 11th at Lakeshore United Church in Goderich. Our U.C.W. was responsible for the worship service and the offering. Several ladies served tea to the residents at Exeter Villa on April 17th. The ladies meet next on May 8th.

Marianne and Sharon attended the Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting on Tuesday, April 24th at Wingham United Church. Betsy Exley, Faith Formation, Youth and Young Adults Minister for London Conference was the workshop speaker sharing information on new rules regarding Police Records Checks that came into effect in July 2017. Kevin Steeper, Pastoral Support Minister, continues to meet with several church clusters that have formed in various areas of the Presbytery. He is hopeful that more cluster groups will be formed before transition. Rev. Laurie O'Leary from Exeter United Church will be the new chair of the Pastoral Relations Committee until the end of 2018. A vacancy was approved for a full time ordained minister for the congregations at Wingham and Bluevale. 30% of assessments have been received by Finance and Administration. Cavan United Church, Winthrop was given approval for a $2,500.00 Visionary Fund grant for their church furnace and water heater. Camp Menesetung was given approval for a Visionary Fund grant for $10,000.00 for their dining hall roof. Thames Road Elimville United Church was given approval to proceed with the installation of a vertical platform lift in the church. Sebringville United Church was given approval to list their church building for sale. Avondale United Church, Stratford was given approval for a Visionary Fund grant for $6,500.00 for several miscellaneous projects. As of April 24, 2018, no further applications for Visionary Fund grants will be accepted as funds are running low. Once transition takes place, London Conference unrestricted funds will be divided between Regions 6, 7 and 8. Representatives from Huron-Perth have been reaching out to other Presbyteries that will be joining together in Region 8. They expect to be meeting in early June to discuss transition. Avondale United Church in Stratford voted 94% in favour of becoming an Affirming Congregation. Huron-Perth Presbytery meets next on Tuesday, June 12th at Camp Menesetung.

The rescheduled South Huron Foodgrains church service is on May 27th at Exeter United Church at 10:30 a.m. There will be no worship service at Thames Road Elimville United Church that day. The speaker at the service will be Steve McInnis, a Foodgrains Bank board member and a leader in the Woodstock growing project. Lunch will follow the service. One additional member to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee is still needed. Contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in the position or know someone who may be.

Our minister vacancy has been posted on the London Conference website. Members of the Interview Team will meet for training on Wednesday May 9th.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on June 6th.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM APRIL 4, 2018

The Finance Committee reported a Jerry Rader pie fundraiser is underway. Orders are to be in to Joyce or Joan by April 10th with pick up at the church on Thursday, April 26th from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Order forms are on the table by the back door. The Strawberry and Ham Supper will take place on Sunday, June 10th at the South Huron Rec Centre in Exeter. Ticket prices remain the same as last year at $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 5-10 years of age; children under 5 are free.

The Property Committee is in the process of installing CO and smoke detectors in the upper and lower levels of the church. An additional electrical outlet is being installed in the TV monitor area in the basement. The cemetery grass area will be cleaned up for cutting when weather permits.

The Christian Education Committee reported that a movie morning with a grilled cheese lunch is planned for May. The committee is working with the Outreach Committee in organizing a Mom’s Night Out Vendor Market and Bake Sale planned for Thursday, May 3rd from 7 to 9:00 p.m. Proceeds from the market will go to the Mission and Service Fund. The Community Park Committee will be providing refreshments for the event with proceeds going to the park fund and the Sunday School will be hosting a bake sale with proceeds going to the Sunday School. It will be a fun evening of shopping, chatting and food. Plan to attend this great fundraising event. The Sunday School will be participating in a giant pumpkin growing contest this summer sponsored by the Communities In Bloom organization. The pumpkin seeds will be planted at the community park and tended to by the Sunday School families over the summer. Judging for the contest will take place at the Kirkton Fall Fair in September. The contest is open to individuals as well, so watch for more details on this event. The Sunday School has been meeting in the sanctuary in recent months to allow worship services to be held in the basement.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of April is the U.C.W. and for May, the Christian Education Committee. As in recent summers, Council has once again decided to forego worship services during July and August at Thames Road-Elimville United Church.

The Outreach Committee reported that the March coffee hour raised $125.00 for the Mission and Service Fund. The next coffee hour will be on May 6th. A newsletter was sent to church families in mid March. Rev. Jock led the worship service at Exeter Villa on Wednesday, April 4th. About 25 residents were in attendance at the service. A thank you is extended to pianist Beth Cooper and to Margaret Stewart, Agnes Bray and Sharon Lynn for assisting with the residents. The next worship service at the Villa will be on Wednesday, June 6th. A reminder about the Loblaw gift cards - if you haven’t applied yet, there is still time to do so: Each adult 18 years of age and over can register for a $25.00 gift card from Loblaws as repentance for their price fixing scandal on bread. Registration is done online; the website to register is www.loblawcard.ca/en/register . Card recipients are being encouraged to donate their card to the Foodbank. Anyone wishing to register and donate their gift card can drop it off at the Foodbank or give it to Judith or Marianne to deliver when the food items are taken in monthly. Gift cards will be mailed out within 6 weeks of applying. The deadline to register is May 8th. If even 40 people from our congregation applied and donated their cards, a total of $1,000.00 would be raised to benefit our local Foodbank.

An employment agreement has been signed with Rev. Jock to extend his time with us until August 31, 2018. The Community Park Committee reported that fundraising is ongoing for the gateway sign project. The committee is going ahead with the project and the sign will be installed as soon as weather permits.

The Trustees are in the process of working with a lawyer to update deed registrations for the properties held by Thames Road-Elimville United Church.

The UCW ladies met on March 13th. Guest speaker at the meeting was Cara Templeman, an optometrist who makes an annual one week mission trip to Guatemala to provide eye care for residents there. 1500 pairs of eye glasses and other items were taken for distribution to the local people. Eyeglasses can be dropped off at Bardecki, Klein & Templeman in Exeter for next year’s trip. Our U.C.W., under the leadership of Joyce Fulton, will be providing the worship service at the Huron-Perth Presbyterial Annual Spring Fling on Monday April 11th at Lakeshore United Church in Goderich. Joyce Fulton, Janis Richardson and Sharon Lynn participated in the World Day of Prayer service at Exeter Pentecostal Tabernacle on Friday March 2nd. The ladies meet next on April 10th.

Marianne and Sharon attended the Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting on Saturday, March 24th at Lakeshore United Church in Goderich. The Resource Centre has a big sale on now and into May. Check out the catalogue on the table by the back door. A Licenced Lay Worship Leader training session will take place over four weekends between September 2018 and September 2019. Half-time vacancies for ministry personnel were approved for Zion United Church, Crediton and Thames Road-Elimville United Church. Two grants totalling $18,000.00 were approved from the Visionary Fund. The final report from the Boundaries Commission indicates that with the restructuring of the United Church of Canada that is currently underway, there will be 16 regions formed across the country. We are in Region 8 with 138 pastoral charges. Provisional Executive Ministers have been named to work with elected leadership in each region to prepare for the transition that takes effect January 1, 2019. Cheryl-Ann Stadelbauer-Sampa, Executive Secretary of London Conference, has been named the provisional Executive Minister for Regions 7, 8, and 9. Historian Paul Knowles led an interesting workshop on the 50th anniversary of the union between the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the United Church of Canada on January 1, 1968. Emmanual United Church in Sebringville will be closing on December 31, 2018. Huron-Perth Presbytery meets next on Tuesday, April 24th at Wingham United Church.

The annual South Huron Foodgrains church service is on April 15th at Exeter United Church at 10:30 a.m. There will be no worship service at Thames Road Elimville United Church that day. The speaker at the service will be Steve McInnis, a Foodgrains Bank board member and a leader in the Woodstock growing project. One additional member to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee is still needed. Contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in the position or know someone who may be.

Discussion took place on the installation of the vertical platform lift in the church. The Trustees and the Property Committee have met with the architect and are awaiting his report.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on May 2nd.

REPORT FROM THE CONGREGATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING FEBRUARY 11, 2018

Dave Williams was our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor for the meeting. 29 members of our community of faith were in attendance at the meeting.

The reports from 2017 were reviewed and accepted as printed in the Annual Report booklet.

Motions were passed to:
-Approve the 2018 Honoraria Report for non-salaried employees as presented.
-Approve the 2018 Proposed Budget as printed in the Annual Report booklet.
-Approve the 2018 Mission and Service Fund Budget for $8,000.00.
-Approve Sharon Lynn and Marianne Veldman as Huron-Perth Presbytery representatives for 2018.
-Approve Helen Kadey and Carolyn Johns as Financial Examiners for 2018.
-Approve participation in the South Huron Foodgrains growing project in 2018 and to name Larry Lynn and Brent Dawson plus one additional person to the committee.
-Approve Robert Bray as a member of the Trustee Board for a 4 year term.
-Approve a full slate of members for the 2018 Church Council.

The Ad Hoc Exploration Committee gave a report on the meetings with representatives from Crediton (Zion) United Church that have been taking place in recent months. Following the presentation, those in attendance at the meeting voted to decline from entering into a shared ministry partnership with Crediton.

The profiles required to declare a vacancy for a minister were reviewed. Congregation members voted to accept the documents as presented with additions as discussed. Our search will be open to candidates from all streams of ministry including students, working 50% time (20 hours per week). A request will be made to Huron-Perth Presbytery to declare a vacancy for Thames Road Elimville Pastoral Charge, to be effective April 2, 2018. Amy Parsons, Erin Parsons, Marianne Veldman, Helen Kadey and Beth Cooper were named as members of the Interview Team.

A presentation on the installation of a vertical lift in the church was made. The proposed lift would be installed in the southeast corner of the building opening into the sanctuary on the second level of the church. The lift would be supplied and installed for a cost of $23,500.00. The total cost of installation including the lift and related construction costs is estimated at $70,000.00. It is anticipated the work would be undertaken in July/August 2018. A request will be made to Huron-Perth Presbytery for a $10,000.00 Visionary Fund grant and for permission to use investment funds held from the sale of our manse to fund the project. Dan Gill Construction will be contacted to do the construction work related to the installation.

Margaret Stewart offered to the church copies of Annual Reports dating back to 1957. The donation was gratefully accepted.

A thank you was extended to Reverend Jock Tolmay in his absence for the leadership and support he has provided to our congregation over the past 11 months. A thank you was also extended to Dave Williams, our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor, for his continued work and his ongoing support of our church family.

A thank you was extended to the members of the Exploration Committee for their work and also to all those who have worked on gathering information on the vertical lift project.

Larry Lynn extended a thank you to the members of Church Council for their hard work and dedication in dealing with the work of Council. A thank you was also extended to the members of the congregation for their participation at worship services and other church activities and for their ongoing support in every way.

The first meeting of the new Church Council will be on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 with the committees meeting at 7:00 p.m. and Church Council meeting at 8:00 p.m.

The meeting closed with prayer.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM FEBRUARY 14, 2018

The Finance Committee reported that fees for use of church buildings and equipment will remain the same as 2017. The fee schedule and related information is posted on the bulletin board above the desk. Contact a member of the Property Committee to book the church or to rent equipment.

The Property Committee will be looking into upgrading and installing CO and smoke detectors in the church.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of February is the Outreach Committee and for March, the Trustees. February 18th is the first Sunday of the Lenten season.

The Outreach Committee reported that the January coffee hour raised $70.00 for the Mission and Service Fund. The next coffee hour will be on March 4th. The luncheon prior to the Annual Meeting raised $160.00 for Camp Bimini and Camp Menesetung. Funds from the Outreach Committee budget will top up that amount to $200.00 so that each camp will receive $100.00. A thank you is extended to those who made sandwiches and cookies for the luncheon. Huron-Perth Presbytery is promoting and bringing awareness to congregations that each adult 18 years of age and over can register for a $25.00 gift card from Loblaws as repentance for their price fixing scandal on bread. Registration is done online; the website to register is https://www.loblawcard.ca/en/register . Card recipients are being encouraged to donate their card to the Foodbank. Anyone wishing to register and donate their gift card can drop it off at the Foodbank or give it to Judith or Marianne to deliver when the food items are taken in monthly. Gift cards will be mailed out within 6 weeks of applying. The deadline to register is May 8th. If even 40 people from our congregation applied and donated their cards, a total of $1,000.00 would be raised to benefit our local Foodbank.

Rev. Jock will be back in the pulpit on Sunday February 18th following vacation time in South Africa.

The UCW ladies did not meet in January but did meet on February 13th. The Mission and Outreach Committee was in charge of the program, presenting the theme by means of several skits and readings. Valentine poems were read followed by a game of Valentine Heart Smart Bingo with prizes awarded to the lucky winners. The World Day of Prayer will be on Friday, March 2nd at Exeter Pentecostal Tabernacle. The ladies meet next on March 13th.

Marianne and Sharon attended the Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting on January 27th in St. Marys. Youth Minister Kathy Douglas is working on plans for a girl’s retreat themed “Finding Me”, at Clinton United Church, a winter fun day at Whyte’s cabin during spring break, group theatre tickets for “To Kill a Mocking Bird” in Stratford, and a bus trip to the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford to visit the museum that was at one time the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School.

As Kathy is currently on a leave of absence, contact Sharon Lynn if you are interested in any of these events, and contact with the person in charge of the event will be arranged. The Resource Centre has lots of Lent and Easter resources available. A workshop on the proposals in the draft statement from the Boundaries Commission was presented. 13 Conferences across the country will be replaced with 17 Regions. Huron-Perth Presbytery has remained intact and will be part of Region 9 along with Bruce Presbytery, Waterloo Presbytery and the part of Northern Waters Presbytery located north of Highway 9. Regional Councils will be comprised of all ministry personnel and lay representatives from each community of faith within the region. The new regions will meet in the fall of 2018 to organize. The last Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting will be in November 2018. Huron-Perth Presbytery meets next on Saturday, March 24th at Lakeshore United Church in Goderich. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the union between the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the United Church of Canada. Paul Knowles will be giving a presentation on this union.

The annual South Huron Foodgrains church service is on April 15th at Exeter United Church at 10:30 a.m. There will be no worship service at Thames Road Elimville United Church that day. The speaker at the service will be Steve McInnis, a Foodgrains Bank board member and a leader in the Woodstock growing project. One additional member to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee is still needed. Contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in the position or know someone who may be.

Discussion took place on the installation of the vertical lift in the church. The Trustees and the Property Committee will act jointly to work their way through the installation process.

Joan Morgan and Joan Skinner were thanked for operating a Courtesy Car for the ladies from town on the day of the Annual Meeting. The ladies were very thankful for the service.

Judith Parker and Marianne Veldman were thanked for organizing the lunch before the Annual Meeting.

The Exploration Committee was disbanded as the work of the committee is completed.

We have some excess items that need a new home. Be sure to check out the large coat rack and the tablecloths on display in the basement. They are free for the taking.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on March 7th.

Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul
and sings the tune without the words
and never stops at all.

- Emily Dickenson -

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM JANUARY 3, 2018

Rev. Jock Tolmay was our Huron-Perth Presbytery representative for the meeting.

Rev. Jock reported that feedback from the Christmas worship services has been positive and those attending the services quite enjoyed the format in which they were presented. Pastoral care visiting will continue when Rev. Jock returns from his holidays.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of January is the Worship Committee and for February, the Outreach Committee. In Rev. Jock's absence, the UCW will lead the worship service on January 14th and Greg Bahro will lead the service on January 28th. On February 4th, the Worship Committee will lead a shortened worship service followed by lunch and the Annual Meeting.

The Outreach Committee reported that Mission and Service Fund donations in 2017 amounted to $8,850.50 surpassing our goal of $8,000.00. A recommendation will be taken to the Annual Meeting that $8,000.00 be set as our goal again in 2018. The next worship service at the Exeter Villa will take place on Wednesday, January 31st at 2:00 p.m. In the absence of Rev. Jock, Judith and Marianne will lead the service. Everyone is invited to come out and visit with the residents. Judith and Marianne will organize the luncheon before the Annual Meeting on February 4th. Volunteers are welcome to contribute sandwiches and cookies for the lunch. Please speak to Judith or Marianne if you can help out in this way. Proceeds from the luncheon will support Camp Bimini and Camp Menesetung. A Happy New Year coffee hour will follow the service today, January 7th, with proceeds to the Mission and Service Fund. Everyone is reminded that items for the Exeter and Area Food Bank are still being collected on the first Sunday of the month. Also, the Book Exchange is still ongoing – leave a book, take a book and leave a donation for the Mission and Service Fund.

Rev. Jock will be absent from the pulpit from Sunday January 14th to Sunday February 11th while he enjoys vacation time in South Africa. During Rev. Jock's absence, please contact Helen Kadey in the event of a pastoral care emergency.

The Community Park Committee reported that fundraising is ongoing for the new gateway sign at the park. The cost of the sign is around $4,000.00 installed. Donations to the project are being accepted now.

The UCW ladies met on December 19th following a weather delay of one week. The program committee presented a seasonal Christmas program and Alma Ballantyne shared her musical talent on the piano. A Christmas gift exchange was enjoyed by all. There will be no UCW meeting in January. The ladies meet next on February 13th.

The South Huron Foodgrains Project has sent $9,500.00 to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in Winnipeg. This represents the proceeds from the 2017 growing project. With the 4 to 1 ratio given by the Federal Government, this amount becomes $47,500.00. One additional member to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee is still needed. Contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in the position or know someone who may be.

A report pertaining to the installation of a vertical lift in the church will be made at the Annual Meeting. A time for questions and discussion will follow the report.

The Exploration Committee of Thames Road-Elimville Pastoral Charge will be meeting with representatives from Crediton United Church on Wednesday, January 10th. A report on our recent discussions with Crediton will be presented at the Annual Meeting.

Reports (typed if possible) for the 2017 Annual Report are due to Sharon Lynn by January 14th. The report booklets with be available for pickup on Sunday January 28th. The 2017 Annual Meeting will take place at the church on Sunday February 4th with a snow date of Sunday February 11th. A shortened worship service beginning at 10:00 a.m. will be followed by lunch. The Annual Meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on February 7th.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM DECEMBER 6, 2017

Mary McIntosh was our Huron-Perth Presbytery representative for the meeting.

Rev. Jock reported that his pastoral care visits are ongoing and are being well received. He led the worship service at Exeter Villa on November 29th.

The Finance Committee reported that 395 Jerry Rader pies were sold for a profit of $231.00 and 31 pieces of Jennard cheese were sold for a profit of $206.00. Total profit from the fundraiser amounted to $437.00. The 2018 Proposed Budget was presented and accepted and will be taken as a recommendation to the Annual Meeting in February.

The Sunday School Silent Auction held at the Christmas Social on December 3rd was again a success with proceeds in excess of $700.00.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of December is the Finance Committee and for January, the Worship Committee. Worship services for the month of December are taking place in the basement of the church to allow those who have difficulty with the stairs the opportunity to attend Christmas services. A combined 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas worship service will take place on Sunday December 24th at 10:00 a.m. at the church. There will be no Christmas Eve service at Thames Road-Elimville United Church this year nor will there be a worship service on Sunday December 31st.

The Outreach Committee reported the Coffee Hour following the worship service on November 5th raised $80.00 for the Mission and Service Fund. Eighty people were served supper at the Christmas Social on December 3rd raising a profit of $530.00 for the Mission and Service Fund. A thank you is extended to all those who donated soup, stew and chili for the event and also to those who assisted in the kitchen. Twenty-five residents attended the worship service led by Rev. Jock at Exeter Villa on November 29th. A thank you is extended to Janis Richardson, Jean Hodgert, Margaret Stewart and Helen Webber for assisting Judith and Marianne at the service. Eight subscriptions were renewed for the Observer and a newsletter was sent to every household on November 16th. Mission and Service Fund contributions to date amount to $7,410.00 - almost $600.00 short of our budget of $8,000.00. Let’s try to meet our goal by December 31st!

Rev. Jock will be absent from the pulpit from Sunday January 14, 2018 to Sunday February 11, 2018 while he enjoys some time in South Africa. Our very capable Worship Committee will be scheduling substitute worship leaders to cover for these Sundays. During Rev. Jock’s absence, please contact Helen Kadey in the event of a pastoral care emergency.

The Community Park Committee reported that fundraising is underway for the new gateway sign at the park. The cost of the sign is around $4,000.00 installed. Donations to the project are being accepted now. Maybe this would make a nice gift for someone on your Christmas List!

The UCW ladies met on November 14th. Mary Lou Thomson showed pictures and gave a wonderful commentary on the cross Canada trip she and Jack took this past summer to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. The presentation was enjoyed by a large group of UCW ladies, several men from the congregation, and other guests. Items were collected for the Huron County Christmas Bureau. The ladies meet next for their Christmas meeting on December 12th when gifts will be exchanged.

Marianne and Sharon attended the Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting held at Thamesview United Church in Fullarton on Tuesday November 28th. A lengthy discussion on Remit 6: One Order of Ministry took place. The remit as proposed was not supported; however, it was suggested that the remit could be reconsidered at a later date after some tweaking in the area of education. There are lots of Advent resource materials available at the Resource Centre in Mitchell. Kathy Douglas, Presbytery Youth Minister, reported that her position will be discontinued with the restructuring that will be taking place within the United Church at the end of 2018. Licence renewals were approved for 4 Licenced Lay Worship Leaders, one of which was Kate Monk. A vacancy was approved at Dungannon/Union Pastoral Charge for a full time minister. Designated Lay Minister Bryan Hymers was appointed as the full time minister at Dungannon/Union Pastoral Charge. A vacancy was approved for a full time minister at Brussels United Church to serve Brussels and Blyth congregations. The 2018 Huron-Perth Presbytery budget was approved. Total assessments to congregations amount to $233,000.00 in 2018. Our assessment will be $2,229.00 which is down from 2017. Huron-Perth Presbytery meets next on Saturday January 27th at St. Marys United Church in St. Marys.

One additional member to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee is still needed. Contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in the position or know someone who may be.

The Nominating Committee is looking for people to fill the position of Council Chairperson and one position on the Property Committee. Please speak to any member of Council if you are interested in either of these positions.

Investigation of details pertaining to the installation of a vertical lift is ongoing. Progress is being made and we are currently gathering cost estimates for the project. In the months ahead some of the worship services will be held in the basement to allow those who have difficulty with the stairs the opportunity to attend worship services.

The Exploration Committee of Thames Road-Elimville Pastoral Charge met on November 23rd with representatives from Crediton United Church. A representative from Huron-Perth Presbytery attended the meeting to answer questions and provide insight on shared ministry. Another meeting is planned for mid January.

We all know the pews in the sanctuary can cause discomfort after sitting for a period of time. If you have a cushion around the house that you are no longer using, please consider bringing it to church to share with others. The cushions will be stored on a back pew in the sanctuary and will be available to anyone who would benefit from their use. 

The 2017 Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday February 4, 2018 with a snow date of February 11, 2018. Reports (typed if possible) for the Annual Report are due to Sharon Lynn by January 14, 2018. The report booklets with be available for pickup on Sunday January 28, 2018.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on January 3rd.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM NOVEMBER 1, 2017

Rev. Jock Tolmay was our Huron-Perth Presbytery representative for the meeting.

Rev. Jock reported he continues to prepare and present weekly worship services and that pastoral care for members of our faith community is ongoing.

The Finance Committee reported that Jerry Rader meat pies and Jennard cheese is being sold again. Orders are due Sunday November 12th with delivery on Wednesday November 29th. Order forms are on the table at the back door.

The Christian Education Committee reported that the annual Halloween Party at the church on Friday, October 27th was a success with 47 children and several adults in attendance. The annual Christmas Concert event will take on a new format this year. In its place, a Christmas Social, Supper and Silent Auction is planned for Sunday, December 3rd in the basement of the church beginning at 5:30 p.m. The evening will begin with entertainment for the kids, followed by a visit from Santa, supper and the silent auction. Donations to the silent auction are welcomed at anytime. In response to the request for leadership assistance for the Sunday School, the committee is happy to report that people have come forward to offer their help. If you are interested in helping the Sunday School in any way, please speak with Erin or Rebecca.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of November is the Ministry and Personnel Committee and for December, the Finance Committee. The Remembrance Day service will take place on November 5th. On November 19th, items for the Huron County Christmas Bureau will be gathered during the worship service. Communion will be celebrated on November 26th and December 3rd is the first Sunday of Advent. Worship services for the month of December will take place in the basement of the church to allow those who have difficulty with the stairs the opportunity to attend Christmas services. A combined 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas worship service will take place on Sunday December 24th at 10:00 a.m. at the church. There will be no Christmas Eve service at Thames Road-Elimville United Church this year nor will there be a worship service on Sunday December 31st.

The Outreach Committee reported there will be a Coffee Hour following the worship service on November 5th with proceeds going to the Mission and Service Fund. The Gifts With Vision gifting catalogue is now available for the Christmas season. Several copies of the catalogue can be found on the table at the back door. Observer subscription renewals are due. If you wish to renew your subscription or if you would like to begin receiving the Observer, contact Judith or Marianne by November 19th. Cost for one year is $25.00. A newsletter will be sent to all households in November. Submissions for the newsletter should be sent to Judith no later than November 11th. The next worship service at Exeter Villa will be on Wednesday November 29th at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Jock will lead the service and everyone is invited to come out and visit with the residents. The Outreach Committee will be hosting the supper for the Christmas Social, Supper and Silent Auction event on Sunday December 3rd. Please contact Judith or Marianne if you would like to contribute a slow cooker full of your favourite soup, stew or chili to the menu. Proceeds from the supper will go to the Mission and Service Fund. Rev. Jock thanked contributors for the almost $200.00 that was donated for Pam’s South African orphanage project.

The Community Park Committee reported that fundraising is underway for the new gateway sign at the park. The cost of the sign is around $4,000.00 installed. Donations to the project are being accepted now.

The UCW ladies met on October 10th. Harold and Aileen Burgin from Kirkton spoke on their various mission and outreach projects, in particular their many trips to a remote part of Cuba that is quite poor and backward in its ways. Harold and Aileen each stuff a hockey bag with items to take and deliver to the people in the area. The ladies brought items to contribute to their next trip to Cuba in November. Three loaves of quick bread were provided for the Huron-Perth Presbyterial Fall Rally held in Exeter on October 16th.

Marianne and Sharon attended the Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting held at Avondale United Church in Stratford on October 24th. The Division of World Outreach and the Division of Stewardship and Mission in Canada Committee presented a meaningful and informative worship service centering on the refugee family that was settled in Goderich in February 2016. A representative from London Conference led a workshop on the new United Church governance structure that will be coming into effect in the future. Presbyteries have been asked to contribute suggestions on the number and size of the new Regions. A final report from the Boundaries Commission is due by March 15, 2018. Exeter United Church was granted approval to proceed with the addition of a barrier free vestibule in the church. Huron-Perth Presbytery meets next on November 28th at Thamesview United Church in Fullarton.

One additional member to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee is still needed. Contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in the position or know someone who may be.

The Nominating Committee is organizing in preparation for 2018. Our bylaws allow for up to two congregation members or adherents at large to be part of the Nominating Committee. Please contact Larry Lynn or any member of Church Council if you would like to volunteer for one of these positions.

Investigation of details pertaining to the installation of a vertical lift is ongoing.

The Exploration Committee of Thames Road-Elimville Pastoral Charge met recently with representatives from Crediton United Church. Council has given approval to proceed with another meeting with Crediton. The meeting is tentatively planned for late November.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on December 6th.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM OCTOBER 4, 2017

Dave Williams was our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor for the meeting.

Rev. Jock reported that he continues to make regular visits to our seniors and shut-ins. He led the worship service at Exeter Villa on September 27th.

The Christian Education Committee reported the Sunday School program has started up again following summer break. A Harvest Blessing Service will be held at the Community Park on Sunday October 15th at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to bring their tractor and join the Sunday School in blessing the 2017 harvest. The annual Halloween party will be held at the church on Friday, October 27th.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of October is the Property Committee and for November, the Ministry and Personnel Committee. On October 8th the Thanksgiving service will take place at the former Elimville Church site. Please bring a lawnchair. On October 15th a Harvest Blessing worship service will take place at the Community Park. The Remembrance Day service will take place on November 5th.

The Outreach Committee reported that the Coffee Hour on October 1st raised $125.00 for the Mission and Service Fund. The next Coffee Hour will be held on November 5th. Observer subscription renewals are due. If you wish to renew your subscription or if you would like to begin receiving the Observer, contact Judith or Marianne by November 19th. Cost for one year is $25.00. 35 residents attended the worship service at Exeter Villa on September 27th. Rev. Jock led the service. A thank you is extended to Jean Hodgert, Margaret Stewart and Sharon Lynn for assisting Judith and Marianne at the service. The next worship service will be on Wednesday November 29th at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and visit with the residents. A newsletter will be sent to all households in November.

The Community Park Committee reported they will be meeting in the near future to discuss fundraising plans for the new gateway sign at the park. The Communities In Bloom Barn Quilt Trail will be launched on April 22, 2018 at the Parkette in Exeter.

The UCW ladies met on September 12th, beginning with appetizers and a catered supper. Sharon Passmore commented on Barb Rau’s repurposed glassware that was on display. Everyone enjoyed the entertainment by the Gee Gees, a group of four very talented female singers and musicians from the St. Marys area. The ladies provided tea, fruit bread, cheese, and grapes to approximately 32 residents at Exeter Villa on September 18th.

A Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting was held at Trinity United Church in Listowel on September 26th. The meeting began with an impressive service of acknowledgement and acceptance of Brian Hymers as a Designated Lay Minister to Huron-Perth Presbytery. The new London Conference President, Joyce Payne, was in attendance and shared that the theme of London Conference this year is "Bloom where you are planted". The theme is meant to encourage us to grow and love in our own communities. She challenged us to stretch our imaginations to come up with ways to do that. The new Pastoral Support Minister, Rev. Kevin Steeper, is hired for 20 hours a week from September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018. The Resource Centre has lots of resource materials available. Youth minister Kathy Douglas asked to be contacted by anyone interested in a Conference wide Confirmation Program. London Conference has begun meeting for discussions on the boundaries for the regions under the new structure. Around 1000 people attended the International Plowing Match worship service near Walton on September 17th. Huron Shores United Church in Grand Bend was recently recognized as an Affirming Church. Huron-Perth Presbytery meets next on October 24th at Avondale United Church in Stratford.

The annual Foodgrains worship service will be held at Exeter United Church on April 15, 2018. One additional member to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee is still needed. Contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in the position or know someone who may be.

The outcome of the informal meeting held during Coffee Hour on October 1st was discussed. During the meeting, the young moms commented that they find it a challenge to prepare a Sunday School lesson every Sunday. If anyone is interested in assisting with the Sunday School program, please contact Erin Parsons or Rebecca Heessels for more information. The invitation is open to individuals from both the church community and the wider community. Council has decided to reconsider the vertical lift project. Updated pricing is being sought and further details of the project are being investigated. As a result of the discussion that took place at the meeting, Council felt assured that our members are in favour of continuing the discussions that have been taking place with Crediton and Exeter United Churches and talks will continue.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on November 1st.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

Dave Williams was our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor for the meeting.

Rev. Jock reported that he has been doing regular visits to our seniors and shutins over the summer months.

The Finance Committee reported that 341 tickets were sold for the Strawberry and Ham Supper with a profit of $3001.84. This represents a drop in ticket sales by 46 and a drop in profit by $772.48 from 2016.

The Christian Education Committee reported the Sunday School program will start up again on September 17th.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of September is the Christian Education Committee and for October, the Property Committee. Worship services will resume on September 10th with the service being held in the basement. Worldwide Communion will be celebrated on October 1st. On October 8th the Thanksgiving service will take place at the former Elimville Church site. Please bring a lawnchair.

The Outreach Committee reported that 35 residents attended the worship service at Exeter Villa on July 12th. Rev. Jock led the service. A thank you is extended to Janis Richardson, Margaret Stewart and Sharon Lynn for assisting at the service. The next worship service will be on Wednesday September 27th at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and visit with the residents. A coffee hour is planned following our worship service on October 1st with proceeds going to the Mission and Service Fund. M & S givings to date are $4,505.64 towards our goal of $8,000.00.

The Community Park Committee reported on a busy summer at the park. The annual family fireworks event was held at the park on July 2nd. The newly completed barn quilt was erected. A barbeque supper was prepared and served to the national Communities In Bloom judges as well as 65 other guests. A new fundraising project for a gateway sign has been launched. Two large groups booked use of the park over the summer and many families and individuals stop by the park on a regular basis.

The UCW will meet next on September 12th with an "End of Summer" evening. A catered supper will be followed by entertainment.

A Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting was held at Camp Bimini on June 13th. Rev. Colin Snyder was installed as the new Chairperson of Huron-Perth Presbytery. Reverend Kevin Steeper has accepted the position of Pastoral Support Minister effective September 1st. Youth minister Kathy Douglas reported that she will help any church that wishes to host a day or overnight cooking retreat. Susan Campbell was thanked for her many years of dedicated service as the director for the Resource Centre and presented with a gift. Main Street United Church in Mitchell had an official ground breaking for their new church building on June 18th. Thamesview United Church in Fullarton hosted a dedication event on June 25th for the new accessible addition to their church. Huron-Perth Presbytery meets next on September 26th at Trinity United Church in Listowel.

One additional member to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee is still needed. Contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in the position or know someone who may be.

Voting results for Remits 1 to 4 have been received. All four remits were approved by a majority of the 84 voting presbyteries and 2136 voting pastoral charges of the United Church. The remits include Three Council Model, Elimination of Transfer and Settlement, Office of Vocation and Funding a New Model. Final approval of the remits will be voted on at the 43rd General Council when it meets in July 2018.

An interdenominational worship service will be held in the RV park tent at the International Plowing Match near Walton on Sunday September 17th beginning at 3:00 p.m. A mass choir of over 140 participants of all ages and denominations from Huron County will be part of the service. Guest minister will be Pastor Stephen Hildebrand from Seaforth.

Representatives from our church have been meeting with representatives from Crediton United Church and Exeter United Church in recent months to discuss ways in which we may be able to work together as a cooperative church community. Council now feels that we have come to a point of needing input from our members before further discussions take place. Therefore, an informal information meeting will be held during Coffee Hour following the worship service on October 1st. Please plan to be a part of the discussion by sharing your thoughts on the future direction of our church.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on October 4th.


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