Thames Road-Elimville United Church

P.O. Box 3, Exeter, Ont. N0M 1S6
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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.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM JUNE 7, 2017

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

Re. Jock reported that in addition to preparing and leading worship services, he connected with the families involved with the baptism service in May. Regular visits with the residents at local rest homes are ongoing. As we will not be meeting for worship over the summer months, please advise Rev. Jock or Helen Kadey of any pastoral care needs during this time.

The Finance Committee reported that the annual Strawberry and Ham Supper is Sunday, June 11th at the South Huron Rec. Centre in Exeter from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are adults $15.00, children 5 to 10 years old $5.00 and children under 5 free.

The Property Committee reported that the window over the front door has been repaired and reinstalled. The back door is not closing properly and seems to be a weather related problem. If you are the last person to leave the building, please ensure that the door has caught and is locked.

The Christian Education Committee reported the Sunday School wrap up at the Community Park on June 4th was a successful event with good attendance. Erin and Rebecca and the Sunday School were thanked for the delicious lunch that followed the service. The committee is tentatively planning a family ball game at the park sometime over the summer.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of June is the UCW and for September, the Christian Education Committee. The last worship service before the summer break will be at the Community Park on June 25th. Communion will be served and a pot luck lunch will follow the service. There will be no worship services at Thames Road-Elimville during the months of July and August. The Kirkton Agricultural Society is planning a Coffee House as part of their fair weekend on Sunday, September 10th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Kirkton-Woodham Community Centre. It will be a cafe style, free movement, come and go event with music, a social time, and more. A light breakfast will be available for purchase. The fair weekend outdoor activities for children will be ongoing during this time. There will be a worship service at our church on September 10th, our first Sunday back following summer break; however, anyone wishing to attend the Coffee House event is invited to do so.

The Outreach Committee reported that $125.00 was raised at the coffee hour on May 7th with proceeds going to the Mission and Service Fund. M & S givings to date are $3,235.58 towards our goal of $8,000.00. The next worship service at Exeter Villa will be on Wednesday July 12th at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Jock will be leading the service. Everyone is invited to come out and visit with the residents. If you consider yourself to be a volunteer at Exeter Villa, you are invited to an appreciation BBQ at the Villa on Monday, July 17th. Please let Judith Parker know if you will be attending by Friday, July 7th.

The Ministry and Personnel Committee reported that an employment agreement has been signed with Rev. Jock Tolmay for the period March 2017 to March 2018. The agreement can be renewed at the end of the term and can be terminated by either party with ninety days notice. Rev. Jock will provide worship leadership and pastoral care to our congregation during this time. Our former student minister Mike Coulter and his wife Karen attended the worship service at the Community Park on Sunday June 4th. Following the service Mike was given a gift of money, a card expressing our appreciation for his short time with us, and a copy of the Annual Report.

Mike responded by email the following day with these words – "Please extend my extreme gratitude to the congregation for the wonderful gift and the card which brought a smile to my face and once again reminded me of the thoughtful and caring community that I had the pleasure serving for my brief time. I want to wish you all the best wishes for the future in whatever path you walk upon. I know that with God's support, and the love of all at Thames Road-Elimville, you will triumph against all adversity that will come your way."

The Community Park Committee would like to remind everyone that South Huron Communities In Bloom is sponsoring a contest within the municipality and is inviting families, individuals, groups and businesses to create a commemorative garden that celebrates Canada’s 150th year. Deadline for photo entries is July 15th. The Garden of the Week program will take place again this year running from July 1st to August 31st. The Communities In Bloom judges will be in the area from July 23rd to July 25th and the park committee will be providing a BBQ supper for them and other guests on Monday, July 24th at the park. The barn quilt is near completion and will be erected in the park in the near future. There will be 20-25 barn quilts erected in the Municipality of South Huron. Red and white geraniums to commemorate Canada’s 150th year will be planted in the flower beds at the entrance to the park. The annual family fireworks event at the park will be held on Sunday, July 2nd this year. Please bring a donation for the fireworks display, hot dogs, marshmallows and beverages for your family, and lawn chairs. Condiments will be provided. The campfire will be lit around 8:00 p.m. with the fireworks display beginning at dusk. Everyone in the community is invited to attend this event.

The UCW met on May 9th and welcomed guest speaker Maureen Cole who shared highlights of her recent trip to Vimy with 30 high school students and their parents. A successful bakeless bake sale was held with proceeds going to the Mission and Service Fund. The ladies will be making cookies and rice krispie squares for campers at Camp Bimini in July. The next UCW meeting is on September 12th with a "Welcome Back" catered supper.

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.

This coming week representatives from our church will be meeting with representatives from Crediton United Church and Exeter United Church as we continue discussions on ways we can work together as a cooperative church community. These discussions are a conversation only and no decisions are being made at this time.

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

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM MAY 3, 2017

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

The Finance Committee reported that 366 Jerry Rader meat pies and 10 blocks of Jennard cheese were sold for the recent fundraiser with delivery of the orders taking place this past week. Advertising is being planned and tickets printed for the annual Strawberry and Ham Supper to be held on Sunday, June 11th at the South Huron Rec. Centre in Exeter from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are adults $15.00, children 5 to 10 years old $5.00 and children under 5 free; advance tickets only.

The Property Committee reported that the work on the floor in the closet at the back entrance and the installation of two additional grab bars on the choir stairs have been completed and the outdoor motion light repaired. As well, a handrail has been installed along the steps on the west side of the stage. Gravel deposited on the grass over the winter will be removed for easier and safer mowing.

The Christian Education Committee reported the Sunday School wrap up will take place in June, date to be determined.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of May is the Trustees and for June, the UCW. The Easter breakfast raised $138.00 for the church camps; $69.00 each for Camp Bimini and Camp Menesetung. A service of baptism will take place on Sunday, May 28th with four families participating. There will be no worship services at Thames Road-Elimville during the months of July and August. Services will resume on September 10th.

The Outreach Committee reported that a coffee hour will be held following worship on May 7th with proceeds going to the Mission and Service Fund. M & S givings to date are $2,120.30 towards our goal of $8,000.00. Around 25 residents attended the worship service at Exeter Villa on May 3rd. A thank you is extended to Janis Richardson, Sharon Lynn, Margaret Stewart and Jean Hodgert for assisting Judith and Marianne at the service. The next service is scheduled for Wednesday July 12th. Everyone is reminded to bring items for the Exeter and Area Foodbank on the first Sunday of the month.

The Community Park Committee introduced the design for the quilt block that will be erected at the park as part of the Communities In Bloom Barn Quilt Trail. There will be 15 other blocks erected in the municipality as part of the project. Painting of the block is to be completed by the end of May and volunteers are being recruited to help out. Speak to Robert, Kathy, Judith or Beth if you can assist with the painting. South Huron Communities In Bloom is sponsoring a contest within the municipality and is inviting families, individuals, groups and businesses to create a commemorative garden that celebrates Canada’s 150th year. Deadline for entries is July 15th. Speak to Beth for more information. There are still some trees available from the recent Communities In Bloom tree sale. Speak to a member of the park committee if you are interested in purchasing any. The Communities In Bloom judges will be in the area from July 23rd to July 25th.

The UCW met on April 11th and welcomed guest speaker Brennan Little who shared highlights of his recent mission trip to Jamaica. A Courtesy Car schedule has been drawn up for UCW meetings until December with nine passengers using the service. On April 22nd Joyce Fulton, Janis Richardson and Sharon Lynn attended the 55th Annual Gathering of London Conference UCW hosted by Huron-Perth Presbyterial at Brucefield Community United Church. The ladies will be making cookies for Camp Bimini again this summer. The next UCW meeting is on May 9th. Marianne Veldman and Sharon Lynn attended the Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting at Grace United Church in Tavistock on April 25th. Eleven active and three retired Licenced Lay Worship Leaders, including Dave Williams, were recognized. Three members of the most recent graduating class led the worship service. Youth minister Kathy Douglas is asking churches to contact her about setting up youth events at their church. A Missionfest will take place at the October Presbytery meeting. Congregations are invited to set up a display promoting their outreach projects. Mission and Service Fund givings by congregations in Huron-Perth Presbytery amounted to $466,002.00 in 2016. Two web design workshops for church websites are planned for October. Several approvals were given to congregations to proceed with renovation and building projects and several grants were approved from the Visioning Fund. The London Conference Annual Meeting will take place in London from Friday May 26th to Sunday May 28th. The next practice for the plowing match choir will be on Sunday June 4th at Clinton United Church beginning at 3:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to be part of the choir is invited to attend. The next Presbytery meeting will be on June 13th at Camp Bimini.

Another successful South Huron Foodgrains worship service was held on April 30th at Exeter United Church. Guest speaker was Helen Keenliside from Mt. Brydges who spoke on her trip to Nicaragua in February 2016 with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Soup donated by Huron Restaurant was enjoyed for lunch along with squares and cookies for dessert. 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.

Over the past month several members of Church Council have been involved in discussions with representatives from Crediton United Church and Exeter United Church. The group is planning to meet again in June. These meetings are a conversation only and no decisions are being made at this time. It is anticipated that these meetings may assist us in making decisions on long term ministerial leadership for our church.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on June 7th. CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM APRIL 5, 2017

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

The Finance Committee reported that Jerry Rader meat pie and Jennard cheese order sheets are now available and can be found on the table at the back door. Orders are due April 17th with pickup on May 4th at the church between 4:00 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. The annual Strawberry and Ham supper will be held on Sunday, June 11th at the South Huron Rec. Centre in Exeter. Ticket prices will remain the same as last year – adults $15.00, children 5 to 10 years old $5.00 and children under 5 free.

The Property Committee reported that the round window above the front door has been removed and is in London for repair. The work on the floor in the closet at the back entrance and the installation of two additional grab bars on the choir stairs began this past week. An electrician has been contacted to investigate the problem with the outside light over the back door.

The Christian Education Committee reported there will be no Sunday School on Easter Sunday.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of April is the Outreach Committee and for May, the Trustees. Sunday April 9th is Palm Sunday and a Good Friday service will take place at the church on April 14th beginning at 10:00 a.m. Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 16th beginning with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. followed by the worship service at 10:00 a.m. Anyone wishing to place an Easter lily or Easter plant at the front of the sanctuary on Easter Sunday should contact Sharon Passmore by April 13th. A service of baptism is planned for a Sunday in May, the date still to be determined. At this time four families will be participating in the service. Any other families wishing to be included in the baptism service should contact Erin Parsons from the Christian Education Committee or Kathy Bray from the Worship Committee. Rev. Jock is looking for four or five readers to take part in the Good Friday service. Please speak to him if you can be of assistance.

The Outreach Committee reported that $85.00 was raised for the Mission and Service Fund at the coffee hour held on April 2nd. The next coffee hour is tentatively planned for May 7th. Thirty residents attended the worship service at Exeter Villa on March 15th. A thank you is extended to Sharon Lynn, Robert Bray, Kathy Bray, Beth Cooper and Judith Parker who took part with musical numbers. The Mission and Service givings to date are $1,518.22 towards our goal of $8,000.00.

The UCW ladies met on March 14th with the program being planned by the Christian Leadership and Development Committee. The program was based on Lent and its meaning and a humorous skit depicting duties of the Christian Leadership and Development Committee was enjoyed. The roll call was answered by 22 ladies. Tea and fruit bread was served to approximately 30 residents at Exeter Villa on March 20th. Several ladies attended the World Day of Prayer service at Exeter United Church on March 3rd. President Joyce Fulton participated in the service. On April 4th four of our members attended the Huron-Perth Presbyterial “Spring Fling” at Clinton United Church. On April 22nd three members will be attending the 55th Annual Gathering of London Conference UCW hosted by Huron-Perth Presbyterial at Brucefield Community United Church. In September our UCW will be assisting Virginia Warwick who is on the Queen of the Furrow Committee for the International Plowing Match. We will be providing some of the food and serving supper to the contestants. We will also be preparing snacks for the participants.

Marianne Veldman and Sharon Lynn attended the Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting at Hensall United Church on Saturday, March 25th. Camp Bimini is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017 and a fundraising drive is on to raise funds to build a new cook’s cabin and a new Christian Education leader's cabin. A 70th anniversary celebration is planned for Sunday August 27th. The Christian Resource Centre still has lots of Lenten and Easter books and supplies on hand. The centre is currently looking for new members to sit on its board. Contact Dave Williams if you are interested. Presbytery will host a Missionfest at a meeting in the fall. Congregations are welcome to set up a table promoting the congregation’s outreach and mission projects. The United Church of Canada has launched an "Extreme Hunger Appeal" for the famine crisis in parts of Africa and the Middle East and is asking for financial donations to the cause. A workshop led by Rev. Dave Jaggar, the new Stewardship and Gifts Officer for Hamilton and London Conferences, was interesting and informative. The presentation focused on stewardship and a congregational giving program called “We Sing Thanksgiving”. A celebration for Licenced Lay Worship Leaders will take place at the next Presbytery meeting. Several grants were approved from the Visioning Fund and large renovation projects were approved for two congregations. Calvary United Church in Dashwood is closing. The International Plowing Match interdenominational worship service will take place on Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 p.m. in the RV Park entertainment tent. The first choir practice for the service was held on March 26th with the next practice being on Sunday June 4th at Clinton United Church beginning at 3:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to be part of the choir is invited to attend. The next Presbytery meeting will be on April 25th at Grace United Church in Tavistock.

The annual South Huron Foodgrains worship service will be held on April 30th at Exeter United Church at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will follow the service. There will be no worship service that day at Thames Road Elimville. One additional member to represent our church on the Foodgrains Committee is still needed. Contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in the position or know someone who may be.

There are opportunities for our church to volunteer as a group at the International Plowing Match near Walton in September. Please speak to Sharon Lynn if this is something you think you may like to be a part of. There is potential for compensation to the church for volunteer hours worked.

Discussion took place on options available to our congregation for immediate and long term ministerial leadership. For the immediate future Rev. Jock Tolmay will be providing worship leadership and pastoral care in a casual supply position. Further discussion will continue at the May Council meeting when it is anticipated more information will be available to assist us in making our decisions on long term leadership.

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

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM MARCH 1, 2017

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

The Finance Committee reported that meat pie and cheese sales will be organized in the spring.

For safety reasons the front door of the church is to be unlocked and accessible whenever a gathering of people is taking place within the building. A key to the front door has been placed on the right side of the doorway so it is available to anyone at anytime to unlock the door. Please ensure the door is locked again before leaving the building.

The Christian Education Committee is planning a grilled cheese lunch after the worship service on March 12th. Swimming will follow at Vanastra beginning at 1:00 p.m. Also that day there will be a Bake Sale in support of the Heessel Family fundraiser "Make A Wish Foundation Rope-for-Hope". On June 16th, Rebecca and her team will be rappelling down One London Place. Each team member must raise $1,500.00 so come prepared to purchase some home baked goodies and support the Sunday School Bake Sale. Anyone wishing to donate items for the bake sale is welcome to do so.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of March is the Worship Committee and for April, the Outreach Committee. Kate Monk will be leading the worship service on March 5th and a movie Sunday is planned for March 12th with the viewing of the family movie "Behind the Waterfall". It appears that March 12th is going to be a busy fun filled day that you don’t want to miss. A service of baptism is being considered for sometime before the summer break. Families should contact Erin Parsons from the Christian Education Committee or Kathy Bray from the Worship Committee if they are interested in being a part of the baptism service.

The Outreach Committee will be hosting a coffee hour following the worship service on March 5th with proceeds going to the Mission and Service Fund. The next coffee hour will be on April 2nd. The Outreach Committee is leading the worship service at Exeter Villa on Wednesday March 15th beginning at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and visit with the residents. Everyone is reminded that items for the local Food Bank are to be brought to the church on the first Sunday of the month.

The Community Park will be the site of an 8' by 8' quilt block as part of a Barn Quilt Trail planned for Huron County. The event is sponsored by the South Huron Communities In Bloom Committee.

The UCW ladies met on February 14th with the program theme based on Valentine’s Day and Love. A program of song and verse was presented by Joan Morgan, Kathy Bray, Judith Parker and Sharon Lynn accompanied on the piano by Jean Hodgert. The UCW led the worship service on January 29th using the theme “Celebrate Spirit” in celebration of the 55th anniversary of the forming of the UCW in 1962. A donation of $70.00 is being sent to Camp Bimini in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the camp. A courtesy car program is being implemented for transportation to and from our meetings for the ladies from town. We have several riders interested in the program and some drivers; however, more drivers would lighten the load of the volunteers that have come forward. Please speak to Sharon Lynn if you are able to help out. Our men are also invited to offer their services as a driver. The ladies meet next on March 14th.

The annual South Huron Foodgrains worship service will be held on April 30th at Exeter United Church at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will follow the service. There will be no worship service that day at Thames Road Elimville.

Further discussion took place on options available to our congregation for long term worship leadership. Discussion will continue at the April Council meeting when it is anticipated more information will be available to assist us in making our decisions.

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

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM FEBRUARY 8, 2017

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

The Finance Committee reported bank balances as of January 31, 2017. As the result of a discussion that took place at the Annual Meeting, clarification was made on taxes paid in 2016 on the church shed and the community park property. Total taxes paid were $742.07.

The Property Committee presented a quote for repairs to the stained glass window above the front door of the church. Council voted to proceed with having the window removed, rebuilt and reinstalled. Two new windows have been installed at the front of the church. Old cans of paint and obsolete light bulbs have been removed from under the kitchen counter and disposed of.

The Christian Education Committee is tentatively planning a grilled cheese lunch after the worship service on March 12th. Swimming will follow at Vanastra; date to be confirmed.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of February is the Finance Committee and for March, the Worship Committee. Worship services on February 12th and February 19th will be led by the Worship Committee. Kate Monk will lead services on February 26th and March 5th.

The Outreach Committee was thanked for hosting the lunch before the Annual Meeting on February 5th. $140.00 was raised for Camp Bimini and Camp Menesetung with each receiving $70.00. The January coffee hour raised $65.00 for the Mission and Service Fund. The next coffee hour will be on March 5th with proceeds again going to the Mission and Service Fund. The next worship service at Exeter Villa will be on Wednesday March 15th at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and visit with the residents. Judith Parker will be sending the 2016 Annual Report out by email to people on the church contact list.

As reported at the Annual Meeting, one of the two 12 foot timber frame picnic tables has been stolen from the Community Park. Judith Parker was thanked for the well written letter that appeared in the Exeter Times Advocate recently expressing our frustration and disappointment over our loss. It was suggested that all those active on social media spread the word about the missing picnic table.

Ken Kadey was welcomed as the newest member on the Trustee Board. Robert Bray will represent the Trustees on Church Council.

The UCW ladies did not meet in January but did lead the worship service on January 29th during which the Installation of Executive took place. The theme of the service was “Celebrate Spirit”, celebrating the 55th anniversary of the formation of UCW in 1962. The ladies meet next on Valentine’s Day February 14th.

In Huron-Perth Presbytery news, 80 kids on 6 teams participated in the church hockey tournament held in Blyth in January with Clinton being named the winner. Kathy Douglas is leading a “Faith Seekers” program, a confirmation class that includes 16 youth from 6 churches. There are lots of different devotionals, books, and children's activity books for Lent and Easter available at the Christian Resource Centre in Mitchell. The London Conference Annual Meeting will take place in London from Friday May 26th to Sunday May 28th.

The Foodgrains Committee is organizing for the 2017 project and one additional member is needed to represent our congregation on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee. Please speak to Larry Lynn if you can fill this position or know of someone that may be interested in doing so. The annual South Huron Foodgrains worship service will be held on April 30th at Exeter United Church at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will follow the service. There will be no worship service that day at Thames Road Elimville. The Nominating Committee brought forward a full slate of executive and committee people for approval at the Annual Meeting. Larry Lynn extended a thank you to everyone who took a position on Church Council.

With the future status of our church unknown at this time, Council has made the difficult decision to put the vertical lift project on hold for the time being. The project can be revisited as details of our future direction unfold.

A discussion took place on options available to our congregation for long term worship leadership. Council members were asked to consider in the days and weeks ahead the options that have been brought forward. Further discussion will take place at the March Council meeting.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on March 1, 2017.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM JANUARY 11, 2017

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

The Property Committee presented a quote for repairs to the stained glass window above the front door of the church. Further discussion on the project will take place at the February Council meeting.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of January is the Ministry and Personnel Committee and for February, the Finance Committee. Communion will be served on Sunday January 15th with assistance from Rev. Jock Tolmay.

The Outreach Committee reported that the 2016 Mission and Service Fund target of $8,000.00 was surpassed with total donations being $8,323.58. A thank was extended to all supporters and to the U.C.W. for helping us meet our goal. The committee will be hosting lunch before the Annual Meeting on February 5th. Please contact Judith or Marianne if you are able to contribute a loaf of sandwiches, cookies or squares. Proceeds will be in support of Camp Bimini and Camp Menesetung. The next worship service at Exeter Villa will be on Wednesday March 15th at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and visit with the residents. We are reminded that items for the Exeter and Area Food Bank are to be brought to church on the first Sunday of the month.

Our student minister Mike Coulter has withdrawn from the Designated Lay Minister program and as a result is unable to continue on as our minister effective January 16, 2017. Please keep Mike, his family, and our congregation in your prayers as we move forward from here.

Items for the Annual Report are to be to Sharon Lynn (typed if possible) by Sunday, January 15, 2017. The reports will be available on Sunday, January 29, 2017. The Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, February 5, 2017 with a snow date of Sunday, February 12, 2017. A shortened worship service will be followed by a light lunch prior to the meeting that will begin around 11:30 a.m. Proceeds from the lunch will go to the two church camps, Camp Bimini and Camp Menesetung.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on February 8, 2017.

Annual Meeting Sunday February 5th - Plan to attend -CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM DECEMBER 7, 2016

Rev. Alun Thomas was our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor for the meeting.

Our student minister Mike reported he is very happy with the response he is receiving from his worship services and is enjoying creating the Advent season services. As time goes on he is finding himself becoming more involved with congregants as well as other people in the community. He has begun to get into a schedule of working at the church at least two days of the week and is looking forward to visiting with residents at Exeter Villa in the near future. Mike is working with his educational supervisor to try and accomplish the requirements set out for his educational experience.

The Finance Committee reported that 533 Jerry Rader pies were sold for a profit of $317.50. Profit from the Jennard cheese sale was $147.83. The 2017 Proposed Budget was presented and accepted and will be taken as a recommendation to the Annual Meeting in February.

The Property Committee continues to work on several small projects around the church. The kitchen door has been removed and old paint cans stored under the kitchen counter will be disposed of. An additional grab bar on the choir stairs is being considered and a problem with the back door not closing properly is being investigated. A water cooler has been donated to the church and can be found on the west counter in the kitchen.

The Christian Education Committee reported that profit from the recent Silent Auction was $862.00 after expenses. The children will participate in fun Christmas activities during Sunday School in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of December is the Property Committee and for January, the Ministry and Personnel Committee. The Christmas Eve service on December 24th will be a family friendly service beginning at 7:00 p.m. It will be a service of lessons and carols with an extended children's time. There will be no worship service at Thames Road-Elimville on December 25th and January 1st. Services will resume in the new year on January 8th at 10:00 a.m. The Christian Resource Centre will close at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 23rd for the Christmas break and re-open on Monday, January 9th at 10:00 a.m. If something is needed in that period of time, email the Resource Centre at hpprc@quadro.net and Gayle will help out if she can.

The Outreach Committee reported that the coffee hour held on November 6th raised $100.00 for the Mission and Service Fund. Ten Observer subscriptions were renewed and a newsletter was sent out to 130 households the end of November. The Country Supper following the Christmas Concert served 91 people and raised $665.00 for the Mission and Service Fund. A thank you is extended to all who contributed food and to Greg Bahro for assisting in the kitchen. The Women’s Night Out had 25 ladies attend. Guest speakers at the event were Julianne Dunn, Erin Parsons and Marianne Veldman. The Cider, Tea and Sweets Bar raised $150.00 for the Community Park Fund and a Book Exchange that evening raised $35.00 for the Mission and Service Fund. There is still a good selection of books, including some newly donated children’s books, so the Book Exchange will remain in place for the time being. In the last month Outreach Committee events have raised $800.00 for the Mission and Service Fund. Mission and Service Fund givings to date are now $6,239.31, $1,700.00 short of our 2016 goal of $8,000.00. Your donations to the Mission and Service Fund can help meet that goal by the end of the year. The next worship service at Exeter Villa will be on Wednesday, December 14th at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come out and visit with the residents. Judith and Marianne have had a very busy month, so please take a minute to thank them for their efforts.

The Ministry and Personnel Committee presented the Minister's Remuneration Report for 2017. The report was accepted as presented and will be taken to the Annual Meeting in February for approval.

The Trustees reported that a settlement has been received from our insurance company in regards to the accident in front of the church in September. The two windows at the front of the church will be replaced with a portion of the insurance proceeds. The Trustees will be doing a risk assessment on all church properties in the spring of 2017.

The U.C.W. ladies met on November 8th with a Remembrance Day theme. Guest speaker Bonnie Sitter spoke about the 100th anniversary events that were held recently to remember Huron’s 161st Battalion. It was a very interesting and informative presentation. The ladies meet next on December 13th for their Christmas meeting when a gift exchange will take place.

Mike, Marianne Veldman and Sharon Lynn attended a remit workshop at Siloam United Church in London on Saturday, November 19th. Three remits, being voted on by Presbyteries only, were presented, discussed, and voted on. Huron-Perth Presbytery met on November 22nd at Blyth United Church. The Church Cup hockey tournament for kids will be held on January 4th in the Blyth Community Centre. The travelling summer cooking camps will not be held this year as Kathy Douglas has other commitments. Kathy will help facilitate a one week program for kids if a congregation is interested. London Conference President Rev. Kenji Marui led an interesting interactive worship workshop based on the story of the prodigal son. Six Licenced Lay Worship Leader licences were approved, one being Kate Monk from Exeter. The 2017 Budget was approved with total assessments to congregations being $221,000.00. Presbytery meets next on Saturday, January 28th at Brucefield Community United Church.

The Foodgrains Committee reported that one additional member is still needed to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee. Contact Larry Lynn if you can take on this position or know of someone that might be interested.

The Nominating Committee has organized for 2017 and is looking for volunteers to fill several positions on Church Council. Please speak to any Council member if you would like to volunteer for one of the positions or would like more information on what is involved in being a part of Church Council.

There was nothing new to report on the vertical lift project as details are continuing to be investigated.

Members of Church Council have voted in favour of all five remits that are currently before pastoral charges as we do our part to shape the future of the United Church of Canada.

To satisfy safety and insurance concerns, in the future both the back door and the front door of the church will be unlocked and accessible at all times when a gathering of people is taking place within the church building. If you are the last person to leave the building, please ensure that both doors are locked.

Items for the Annual Report are to be to Sharon Lynn (typed if possible) by Sunday, January 15, 2017. The reports will be available on Sunday, January 29, 2017. The Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, February 5, 2017 with a snow date of Sunday, February 12, 2017. A shortened worship service will be followed by a light lunch prior to the meeting that will begin around 11:30 a.m. Proceeds from the lunch being prepared by the Outreach Committee, will go to the two church camps, Camp Bimini and Camp Menesetung.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on January 4, 2017.CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM NOVEMBER 2, 2016

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

Our student minister Mike reported he has performed the worship service eight times now and is finding it a little easier with each week. He is beginning to put some thought into the upcoming Advent season. In October Mike attended his first Huron-Perth Presbytery meeting as well as a workshop sponsored by London Conference. He hopes to get an opportunity soon to do some pastoral care visiting at Exeter Villa. Mike extended a thank you for the wonderful covenanting service held for him on October 16th and for the show of support from our congregation. He also extended a thank you for all the prayers and thoughts for his family following Karen’s recent surgery.

The Finance Committee reported that the Jerry Rader pie sale and Jennard cheese sale orders are due November 6th. Delivery will take place on Thursday, November 24th at the church from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

The Property Committee continues to work on several small projects around the church. The outdoor sign has been recently updated and freshly painted.

The Christian Education Committee reported that about 50 children participated in the Halloween Party at the church on October 28th. The Sunday School is busy preparing for the Christmas Concert to be held on December 4th. Items for the silent auction can be brought in any time.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of November is the Christian Education Committee and for December, the Property Committee. Remembrance Sunday is November 6th. November 27th is the first Sunday of Advent and also White Gift Sunday when items will be collected for the Christmas Bureau. There will be no worship service at Thames Road-Elimville on December 25th and January 1st.

The Outreach Committee reported that the next Mission and Service coffee hour will take place following the worship service on November 6th. Observer renewals are due by November 23rd. Let Judith or Marianne know if you wish to renew your subscription or have your name added to the list. Cost is $25.00 for the year. A newsletter will be sent out by the end of November. Please submit items for the newsletter to Judith by November 20th. More information on the Ladies Night to be held on November 18th is now available. Be sure to pick up a poster for all the details. The committee will serve “Supper in a Bowl” at the Country Supper following the Christmas concert on December 4th. Volunteers are being asked to help supply the food. If you can assist by making a crock pot of stew, chili or soup, please contact Judith or Marianne. Proceeds from the supper will go to the Mission and Service Fund. Our Mission and Service Fund donations to date are $4,620.20, down $2,000.00 from this time last year. The Gifts with Vision catalogue is now available for your Christmas giving.

The Ministry and Personnel Committee presented the Honoraria Report for 2017. Volunteers are being welcomed to assist Robert and Kathy with running the sound booth during worship services. Please speak to them if you think you might be interested in helping out as a fill in when needed.

The Nominating Committee is organizing for 2017 and is looking for two congregation members or adherents to be part of the committee as members-at-large. Please speak to any Council member if you would like to volunteer for one of the positions.

The Community Park Committee reported that over 100 red and white tulip bulbs were planted along the rail fence at the park recently. A thank you is extended to Robert and Kathy Bray, Judith Parker and Sharon Lynn for assisting with the planting. Red and white flowers will be planted in the two beds by the road next summer to commemorate Canada's 150th birthday. Projects being considered for the park in 2017 include a roadside sign, two accessible picnic tables, a design for the memorial garden, and additions to the playground. The South Huron Communities in Bloom recently received five blooms in the national competition. The community park is a partnership project with Communities in Bloom and was part of the tour in July when judging took place.

The U.C.W. ladies met on October 11th for their Thanksgiving meeting. The program committee shared several stories and readings based on the theme "Thankfulness to God." A Thinking of You card was signed by those present and sent to Dorothy Webber who is now residing in Stratford. The Christian Leadership and Development Committee served tea to 35 residents at the Exeter Villa in September. The ladies provided bread loaves and hosted the covenanting service in October. A financial donation was made to the recent Radiothon in support of Jessica’s House. Huron-Perth Presbyterial will be hosting the London Conference Annual Gathering on April 22, 2017 at Brucefield United Church. The ladies meet next on November 8th.

Presbytery met in St. Marys on October 25th. An interesting worship workshop was presented based on the 30th Anniversary of the United Church’s Apology to First Nations Peoples that took place in 1986. Congregations are encouraged to continue to work at building and repairing relationships with indigenous communities. Discussion and voting took place on Remit 3: The Office of Vocation. This remit is also one to be considered by congregations. Mike Coulter, Marianne Veldman and Sharon Lynn will be attending a remit presentation on Saturday, November 19th at Siloam United Church in London. Three remits, to be voted on by Presbyteries only, will be discussed and voted on that day. Presbytery meets next on November 22nd at Blyth United Church.

The Foodgrains Committee reported that one additional member is still needed to represent our church on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee. Contact Larry Lynn if you can take on this position or know of someone that might be interested.

There was nothing new to report on the vertical lift project as details are continuing to be investigated.

Members of Church Council will be voting on five remits between June, 2017 and February, 2018 as we as a pastoral charge do our part to shape the future of the United Church of Canada. To gather input that will assist Council members in making their decisions, an information meeting has been set for Sunday, November 20th following the worship service. It is important for members of the congregation to attend this meeting so that they are informed about the remit process and the questions that will be voted on in the months ahead. Church Council will use the input from this meeting to assist in making decisions that reflect the opinions of our members. For information on the remits, visit www.gc42.ca/remits.

In the days ahead, Council will be sending a letter to London Conference personnel expressing our support of our student minister Mike and the current situation he is in with his education program. It will be stressed that we want to continue to have Mike here as our minister at Thames Road-Elimville.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on December 7, 2016.


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