Thames Road-Elimville United Church

P.O. Box 3, Exeter, Ont. N0M 1S6
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CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM MAY 1, 2019

Dave Williams was our Western Ontario Waterways Pastoral Charge Supervisor for the meeting.

Rev. Jock has stepped back from his duties for the time being to spend time with his wife Pam. Since April 14th, Rev. Louise von Massow has been preparing and leading worship services and providing pastoral care. We thank her for stepping in on short notice and are grateful for her presence. In recent weeks, Rev. Louise has been kept quite busy providing pastoral care to our church family.

The Finance Committee reported that an Epicure fundraiser will be held at the Mom’s Night Out event on May 3rd. The Fundraising Committee has been busy making plans for the Strawberry and Ham Supper that will take place on June 9th at the Rec. Centre in Exeter. The committee meets next on May 6th.

The Property Committee reported the lawn has been swept and is ready for cutting. Several quotes pertaining to the demolition of the church shed were presented for consideration. Following a good discussion, it was decided to wait until the lift project is completed and all bills are in before making a decision on whether or not to proceed with the project.

The Christian Education Committee reported that an excursion to Sawyer's Bush is planned for May 26th. The Sunday School windup will take place in June, date to be determined.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of May is the Ministry and Personnel Committee and for June, the Finance Committee. The Easter breakfast raised $216.00 for our church camps. Camp Bimini and Camp Menesetung will each receive $108.00. A service of baptism will take place at the church on Sunday May 5th. As the vertical lift has been inspected and turned over to us to use, Sunday worship services, which have taken place in the basement for the past 17 months, will resume in the sanctuary on May 5th. There will be no worship services at Thames Road Elimville United Church from June 30th to September 1st. Worship services will resume on Sunday September 8th.

The Outreach Committee reported that Exeter Villa worship services were led by Rev. Louise on April 24th and May 1st. About 25 residents attended each service. A thank you is extended to Rev. Louise for her leadership and to Beth Cooper and Agnes Bray for being our pianists. The next worship service at Exeter Villa will be on June 19th at 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out to assist and to visit with the residents. A Mom's Night Out Vender Market, Community Park Cafe and Sunday School Bake Sale is planned for Friday May 3rd from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the church. Nine venders are lined up to attend. Proceeds to the event will go to the Mission and Service Fund and the Community Park fencing and gatepost project. Donations to the M&S Fund to date are $2,942.55 towards our goal of $8,000.00. The committee reminds everyone to bring their donation for the Exeter and Area Food Bank to church on the first Sunday of the month.

The Community Park Committee reported that grass cutting services at the park have been arranged for the coming year. A signed copy of the Memorandum of Understanding agreement negotiated with the Municipality of South Huron has been received. The agreement will have the municipality provide $4,000.00 annually towards grass cutting, clean out of the port-a-potty, property taxes and insurance at the park.

The Trustees reported that the vertical lift installation has passed TSSA inspection. The lift has been turned over to us and is now operational. Training on the use and operation of the lift is now taking place. Work on the outside area at the back door of the church is expected to begin within the next couple of weeks. A dedication of the lift will take place at the church on Sunday June 23rd.

The U.C.W. ladies have not met since our last Council meeting; however, it was reported that a church cleaning bee is currently taking place. The ladies meet next on May 14th when Mary Ellen Zielman from the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre will be the guest speaker at the meeting.

Notice has been received from the Western Ontario Waterways regional office that Dave Williams will continue to act as our Pastoral Charge Supervisor. A joint Region 7, 8 and 9 Annual Meeting will take place from May 24th to May 26th in Port Elgin.

The South Huron Foodgrains annual church service was held on Sunday April 28th at Exeter United Church with a good crowd in attendance. Guest speaker at the service was David Epp, Ontario Regional Coordinator for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. A soup and sandwich lunch followed the service with proceeds going to the South Huron Foodgrains 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.

The possibility of reprinting one of our church cookbooks is being investigated.

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

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on June 5, 2019.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM APRIL 3, 2019

Dave Williams was our Western Ontario Waterways Pastoral Charge Supervisor for the meeting.

Rev. Jock continues to provide pastoral care to our church family. Please let him or Helen Kadey know of anyone in need of a visit or a phone call.

The Finance Committee reported that the fundraising campaign to raise funds for the vertical lift project in the church has generated $13,507.00 to date. Donations can still be forwarded to Treasurer Mary Lou Thomson or placed on the offering plate. The Fundraising Committee will be meeting in the near future to begin planning for the Strawberry and Ham Supper that is planned for June 9th at the Rec. Centre in Exeter.

When weather permits, the Property Committee will be sweeping the lawn in preparation for lawn cutting. As well, the yard area at the back of the church will be tidied up when construction work is complete. Council is considering the demolition of the church shed to make way for more parking at the rear of the church. Several quotes for the work were presented for consideration. More information will be gathered and brought to the next Council meeting for discussion before any decisions are made.

The Christian Education Committee reported that about 15 kids enjoyed a pizza lunch at the church followed by swimming at Vanastra on Sunday March 17th. An Easter activity is planned for Easter Sunday and an excursion to Sawyer’s Bush is planned for late May.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of April is the Property Committee and for May, the Ministry and Personnel Committee. April 7th is the 5th Sunday of Lent and April 14th is Palm Sunday. A Good Friday service will take place at the church at 10:00 a.m. on April 19th. Easter Sunday will be celebrated on April 21st beginning with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. followed by the worship service at 10:00 a.m. April 28th is the South Huron Foodgrains service at Exeter United Church. There will be no service at Thames Road Elimville United Church that day. A service of baptism will take place at the church on Sunday May 5th.

The Outreach Committee reported that the coffee hour on March 24th raised $115.00 for the Mission and Service Fund. Donations to the M&S Fund to date are $2,047.60 towards our goal of $8,000.00. The next coffee hour will be on April 7th. The Exeter Villa worship service planned for Wednesday March 13th was cancelled due to illness in the Villa. Upcoming services at the Villa will be on Wednesday April 24th and Wednesday May 1st at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out to assist and to visit with the residents. A Mom's Night Out Vender Market and Cafe and a Bake Sale is planned for Friday May 3rd.

The Community Park Committee reported that the Memorandum of Understanding agreement negotiated with the Municipality of South Huron has been approved. The agreement will have the municipality provide $4,000.00 annually towards grass cutting, clean out of the port-a-potty, property taxes and insurance at the park. A grant of $1,000.00 has been received from the Huron Heritage Fund. The committee will be proceeding with the new roadside fence project this year.

The Trustees reported that work on the vertical lift project is continuing in preparation for the TSSA inspection. The inspection is required before the lift can be used. We are still hopeful it will be operating by Easter Sunday. The removal and modification of some of the pews for wheelchair access and the installation of laminate flooring behind the pews are projects currently being worked on in the sanctuary.

The U.C.W. ladies met on March 12th with the Stewardship and Finance Committee in charge of the program. The Leadership and Development Committee presented the program at the April 2nd meeting. The procedure for cleaning the church was discussed for when the time comes to do so. The ladies meet next on May 14th. Mary Ellen Zielman from the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre will be the guest speaker at the meeting.

No recent correspondence has been received from the Western Ontario Waterways regional office. There is a Facebook page that is posting announcements for upcoming events within the region. Regional youth events planned by Kathy Douglas can be found here as well as upcoming events that congregations in the region have planned. A regional website is expected to be up and running by mid April. A joint Region 7, 8 and 9 Annual Meeting will take place from May 24th to May 26th in Port Elgin.

The South Huron Foodgrains Committee has set the date of Sunday April 28, 2019 for their annual church service at Exeter United Church. Guest speaker at the service will be David Epp, Ontario Regional Coordinator for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. A soup and sandwich 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 continues to be posted on the London Conference website. Members of the Interview Team will be conducting interviews as resumes are received.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on May 1, 2019.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM MARCH 6, 2019

Dave Williams was our Western Ontario Waterways Supervisor for the meeting. The meeting was the first meeting of the 2019 Church Council as the February meeting was scheduled twice and cancelled due to wintery weather.

Rev. Jock continues to provide pastoral care to our church family. Please let him or Helen Kadey know of anyone in need of a visit or a phone call.

The Finance Committee reported that the fundraising campaign to raise funds for the vertical lift project in the church has generated $13,507.00 to date. Donations can be forwarded to Treasurer Mary Lou Thomson or placed on the offering plate. The 2019 fee schedule for the use of church buildings and equipment was approved and will remain the same as 2018. The schedule will be posted on the church web site. Contact a member of the Property Committee if you wish to rent equipment or book the church for an event. The annual Strawberry and Ham Supper will take place at the South Huron Rec. Centre on Sunday June 9, 2019.

The Christian Education Committee reported that a successful grilled cheese lunch and bowling party was held on Sunday February 24th.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of March is the Christian Education Committee and for April, the Property Committee. March 10th is the first Sunday of Lent. In the absence of Rev. Jock, Rev. Louise will lead the worship service on March 24th. A service of baptism will take place at the church on Sunday May 5th. Please contact a member of the Worship Committee by March 31st if you wish to be a part of the baptism service.

The Outreach Committee reported that the Annual Meeting Luncheon raised $200.00 for the two church camps. Camp Bimini and Camp Menesetung will each receive $100.00. A thank you is extended to Anne Kernick, Beth Cooper, Janis Richardson, Sarah Govers, Joan Morgan, Joan Skinner, Joyce Fulton, Kathy Bray and Erin Parsons for contributing sandwiches and cookies for the luncheon. The next Exeter Villa worship service will be on Wednesday March 13th at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out to assist and to visit with the residents. Upcoming coffee hours will take place following worship services on March 24th and April 7th with proceeds going to the Mission and Service Fund. Donations to the M&S Fund to date are $1,186.16 towards our goal of $8,000.00. A Mom's Night Out is planned for Friday May 3rd.

Rev. Jock's employment contract with us has been extended for one year to March 2020.

The Community Park Committee has met with representatives from the Municipality of South Huron and have arranged a Memorandum of Understanding with the municipality. The Memorandum of Understanding is an agreement that would have the municipality provide $4,000.00 towards grass cutting, clean out of the port-a-pottie, property taxes and insurance at the park. The agreement is currently before the Municipal Council working its way through the approval process. The committee would like to thank those who recently purchased “Thirty One” totes. The fundraiser raised $250.00 for park projects.

The Trustees reported that although installation of the vertical lift itself has been completed, Dan Gill Construction has some work to finish up before the TSSA inspection can take place. The lift cannot be used until the inspection has been done. Council decided to remove the two middle pews at the back of the sanctuary to make a passageway for wheelchairs, allowing access to the west side of the church. As well, rows four and five in the middle section of pews will be modified to allow wheelchairs to sit on both sides of the sanctuary beside the aisle. The outdoor entrance at the rear of the church will be upgraded to make the entrance wheelchair accessible.

The U.C.W. ladies met on February 19th, one week later than planned due to wintery weather. The ladies participated in the World Day of Prayer at Caven Presbyterian Church on Friday March 1st. The ladies meet next on March 12th.

The first communication from the Western Ontario Waterways Regional Office (formerly Huron-Perth Presbytery) was received on January 19th and included a Governance Handbook. The handbook sets out the structure and purpose of the Regional Council and how it will fulfill its responsibilities. The region will receive a Mission and Service Fund grant of $289,000.00 in 2019. Regional ministries that will receive funding from the grant include Camp Bimini, Camp Menesetung and the Christian Resource Centre in Mitchell. The regions Annual Meeting will take place from May 24th to May 26th at Port Elgin. Sharon Lynn and Marianne Veldman continue to be Regional Representatives from our congregation.

The Foodgrains Committee has set the date of Sunday April 28, 2019 for their annual church service at Exeter United Church. There will be no worship service at Thames Road Elimville United Church that day. 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 thank you was extended to everyone who took a position on the new Church Council.

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

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on April 3, 2019.

REPORT FROM THE CONGREGATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING FEBRUARY 3, 2019

Dave Williams was our Western Ontario Waterways Regional Council Supervisor for the meeting. 36 members of our community of faith were in attendance at the meeting.

Remembered in prayer were Marion Johns, Muriel Parsons and Jean Duncan, members of Thames Road Elimville Pastoral Charge who passed away in 2018.

The reports from 2018 were reviewed and accepted as printed in the Annual Report booklet.

Motions were passed to:
-Approve the 2019 Honoraria Report for non-salaried employees as presented.
-Approve the 2019 Proposed Budget as printed in the Annual Report booklet.
-Approve the 2019 Mission and Service Fund Budget of $8,000.00.
-Approve Sharon Lynn and Marianne Veldman as Western Ontario Waterways Regional Council Representatives for 2019.
-Approve Helen Kadey and Carolyn Johns as Financial Examiners for 2019.
-Approve participation in the South Huron Foodgrains growing project in 2019 and to name Larry Lynn, Brent Dawson plus one additional person to the committee.
-Approve John Miner as a member of the Trustee Board for a 4 year term.
-Approve a full slate of members for the 2019 Church Council.

Upcoming plans for the Sunday School program were shared by the Christian Education Committee. Sunday School, that will now be split into two age groups, will take place on the first and third Sunday of the month with an event of some sort planned following the service on the third Sunday. These events will be open for everyone to attend, not just the Sunday School children. The children are encouraged to come out to church every Sunday. An activity table will be available in the front corner when services resume in the sanctuary.

The Community Park Committee has received a $1,000.00 grant from the Huron Heritage Fund. The money will be used to replace the original woven fence and gate posts at the front of the park. This will be the committee's 2019 project. A Thirty One tote bag fundraiser is taking place until February 10th. Each tote is $44.00 (including tax and shipping) and $10.00 from each tote will support continued revitalization of our community park. Speak to Kristy Bray or any member of the park committee if you are interested in purchasing a tote.

Approximately 10 acres of wheat planted east of Exeter on the Kirkton Road on land donated by Doug Prout is planned for the 2019 South Huron Foodgrains project. The annual Foodgrains church service will be held on Sunday April 28, 2019 at Exeter United Church at 10:30 a.m.

Robert Bray gave an update on the vertical lift project. The installation of the lift itself is to begin on Wednesday February 6th and will take about one week to complete. A TSSA inspection is needed before the lift can be put into service. Training will be required for those operating the lift.

Helen Kadey gave an update on our search for a permanent minister that began in April 2018. To date there has only been one applicant who withdrew his application following his interview. Under the new church structure a ChurchHUB, when it becomes operational, will be a resource for accessing ministers that are available for hire.

A good discussion took place on the future of the annual Strawberry and Ham Supper as a fundraiser for our church. The discussion resulted in the formation of a Fundraising Committee that will look into fundraising opportunities that are available to us, including the possibility of a restructured Strawberry and Ham Supper format. The members of the committee are Judith Parker, Marianne Veldman, Greg Bahro, Sarah Govers, Amy Parsons, Dave Govers, Barry Parsons and Rick Parker.

A thank you was extended to Reverend Jock Tolmay for his leadership and for the care and concern he has shown for our church family. We are very appreciative of the time and energy he has given to our congregation over the past two years. A thank you was extended to Reverend Louise von Massow for her assistance at worship services in 2018. We feel blessed that she is sharing her faith and her talents with our community of faith. A thank you was also extended to Dave Williams, our Western Ontario Waterways Regional Council Supervisor, for his dedication and his ongoing support of our church family.

Marilyn Rohde was thanked for the extra work she has been doing because of the construction taking place in the church due to the installation of the vertical lift.

What’s in store for 2019? We look forward to the completion of the lift project that will provide accessibility to the sanctuary for everyone. The outside area at the back door entrance will be upgraded to improve the area in times of wet weather and to make the entrance accessible. Designated parking signs will be erected at the same time. We pray that we will be blessed with a permanent minister to lead us and guide us as we continue on our faith journey.

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 13, 2019 (postponed one week due to wintry weather) 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 JANUARY 16, 2019

Dave Williams was our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor for the meeting. The meeting was delayed one week due to wintery weather.

The Finance Committee reported that the fundraising campaign to raise funds for the vertical lift project in the church has generated $13,407.00 to date. Donations can be forwarded to Treasurer Mary Lou Thomson or placed on the offering plate. The 2019 Proposed Budget was discussed and approved for presentation at the Annual Meeting.

The Property Committee reported that repairs to the eavestroughing on the church will be needed in the spring.

The Christian Education Committee would like to thank Beth Cooper, the Outreach Committee, and all others who contributed to the success of the annual Christmas Concert and Silent Auction. The movie event planned for the Christmas break was postponed.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of January is the Trustees and for February, the U.C.W.

The Outreach Committee reported that the Foodbank items were delivered and were much appreciated. The next Exeter Villa worship service is on Wednesday January 23rd at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to come out and visit with the residents. The committee will be hosting the luncheon prior to the Annual Meeting again this year. Donations of sandwiches and cookies would be appreciated. Please speak to Judith or Marianne if you can help out. Proceeds from the lunch will be split between Camp Bimini and Camp Menesetung. 2018 donations to the Mission and Service Fund amounted to $8,316.14, exceeding our goal of $8,000.00. A recommendation of $8,000.00 for the 2019 allocation will be taken to the Annual Meeting for approval.

The Community Park Committee has made grant applications to the South Huron Community Grant Fund and the Huron Heritage Fund and are awaiting a response from both organizations.

The Trustees reported that the installation of the lift itself will be the next step in the vertical lift project. It is anticipated that installation will take place in the very near future. Council members discussed several finishing touches for the lift area.

The U.C.W. ladies met on December 11th for their Christmas meeting. Gifts in the amount of $5.00 were exchanged. $500.00 donations were made to the Ausable Bayfield Jones Bridge Project and to the vertical lift project at the church. A discussion took place on alternative fundraising projects to replace the Strawberry and Ham Supper. A recommendation will be taken to the January Council meeting for further discussion. The Nominations Committee presented a partial slate for the executive with one group leader still needed. The Courtesy Car to U.C.W. meetings will run for another year. The ladies do not meet in January and will meet next on February 12th.

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. Our minister vacancy is posted on the London Conference website. Members of the Interview Team will be conducting interviews as resumes are received. Information has been received from the new Region 8, now referred to as Western Ontario Waterways Region, on how the vacancy process will be handled under the new structure.

Anyone wishing to let their name stand for a position on the 2019 Church Council should contact a member of the Nominating Committee. The committee consists of Joyce Fulton, Ken Kadey, Judith Parker, Kathy or Robert Bray, Sarah Govers and Larry Lynn.

A good discussion took place on replacing the Strawberry and Ham Supper with an alternative fundraising project or projects. Further discussion will take place at the Annual Meeting. Please come prepared to take part in the discussion by sharing your thoughts on the issue.

Custodian Marilyn Rohde will be paid a bonus for the extra work she has been doing as a result of the construction related to the vertical lift project. Please extend your appreciation to Marilyn for the hard work and dedication she gives to keep our church building clean and comfortable on an ongoing basis.

It was reported that the Christian Resource Centre in Mitchell is in danger of closing due to funding cuts beginning in 2020. Congregations are being asked to support the Resource Centre by making use of the centre and by contributing financially. This will assist in ensuring the centre is available to fill our needs in the future.

Reports for the Annual Report are now due to Sharon Lynn. 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 February 6, 2019.

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.


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