Thames Road-Elimville United Church

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

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CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM 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.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM OCTOBER 5, 2016

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

Our student minister Mike reported he has led four worship services to date, one being a service at the site of the former Elimville United Church, and one being a World Wide Communion service with assistance from Rev. Alun Thomas. He presided over a funeral in September. Mike is working at setting up regular office hours at the church when he will be available by appointment or for a drop-in visit. It was uplifting to hear these words from Mike - “I love being here”.

The Finance Committee reported that both a Jerry Rader pie sale and a cheese sale will take place with delivery in November. Order forms will be available shortly.

The Property Committee reported that repairs are needed to the stained glass window above the front door of the church and to the floor in the closet by the back door. Both repairs are being looked into. Some mortar repair around the foundation stones will be undertaken. The kitchen door that opens into the basement meeting area will be removed for the time being. If it is found that the door is needed, it will be reinstalled to swing against the Sunday School cupboard.

The Christian Education Committee reported that 22 adults and children enjoyed picking apples and sampling apple cider on October 2nd at Ingram's Orchard near Zurich. The annual Halloween Party is planned for Friday, October 28th at the church beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please bring potluck snacks. The annual Christmas concert, country supper and silent auction are planned for Sunday, December 4th. Silent auction items will be accepted anytime between now and December 4th. There is no Sunday School scheduled for October 9th.

The Worship Committee reported that greeters for the month of October are the Trustees and for November, the Christian Education Committee. Thanksgiving Sunday is October 9th. The covenanting service for Mike will take place at the church on Sunday afternoon October 16th at 3:00 p.m. The U.C.W. ladies will serve refreshments following the service. Arrangements are being made to cover worship services for two weeks in late October and early November while Mike is away at his learning circle.

The Outreach Committee reported that $95.00 was collected at the coffee hour held on October 2nd. This brings the Mission and Service Fund balance to $4,126.74, just over half way to our goal of $8,000.00. The next M & S coffee hour will be on November 6th. The Exeter and Area Food Bank continues to be appreciative of our donations to the food bank. Please remember to bring your food bank items to church on the first Sunday of each month. The next Exeter Villa service will take place on Wednesday, October 12th at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and visit with the residents. A ladies night is tentatively planned for Friday, November 18th with a different focus than the vendor market that has taken place in recent years. More details will follow as plans are made.

The Community Park Committee reported that the red and white tulip bulbs commemorating Canada's 150th birthday have arrived and will be planted at the park this fall. As well, red and white flowers will be planted in the two beds by the road next summer. A thank you is extended to everyone who took park in the “Garden of the Week” program over the summer. The project was well received by the community and a photo display of the gardens will be organized and set up at the Home and Garden Show in the spring. The Communities in Bloom organization in South Huron is wanting to initiate a Barn Quilt Trail in the municipality for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 and may be calling on the park committee to begin this event at the park. On September 13th the U.C.W. ladies met at the church in a beautifully decorated room for a delicious Hawaiian Luau supper catered by Nat Glavin. Following supper the ladies were given hula lessons. A travelogue on the Hawaiian Islands was presented by Connie Elliott and friends. Volunteers are needed for sick visiting from September to December. Please contact Sharon Passmore is you can be of help. The ladies meet next on October 11th.

Presbytery met in Listowel on September 27th. Nine cooking camps for kids were held throughout the Presbytery over the summer. All were full with a waiting list. It is hoped to expand the camps next summer to accommodate more kids. A Pastoral Support Minister has not yet been hired as no suitable candidates have applied to date. The guest speaker at the meeting was from Five Oaks. Following the announcement that Five Oaks would be closing in November 2016 after 66 years of programming, many people interested in keeping it open came forward. As a result, the organization is now in a transitional period and conversations are going on about the future of Five Oaks. Five Oaks as we now know it will still close on November 15th, 2016. This transitional period will continue until the Annual General Meeting in June 2017 when the future direction of Five Oaks will be determined. Supporters are asking for continuous prayers for whatever God has planned for Five Oaks. Donations are still needed as programs are ongoing until November. After that, there will be continuous monthly costs until June 2017. Four members of Presbytery took part in a skit called "Fun with Remits." It was an informative and humorous look at the remit process that will be taking place over the next two years. Presbytery meets next on October 25th in St. Marys.

The Foodgrains Committee reported the white beans grown for this year’s project have been harvested. An additional member is needed to represent our church on the Foodgrains Committee. Contact Larry Lynn if you can take on this position or know of someone that might be interested.

More discussion took place on the vertical lift project and details are continuing to be investigated. More information will be brought to the November Council meeting and further discussion on the project will take place at that time.

The new 2016 United Church Manual states updated quorum requirements for congregational meetings. For congregations such as ours with 100 or more full members, at least 20 full members must be present at a congregational meeting in order to form a quorum.

Robert and Kathy Bray, Judith Parker, and Larry and Sharon Lynn took part in the webinar on Remit 6, "One Order of Ministry," that took place on September 28th. Remit 6 is one of five remits that members of Church Council will be voting on between June, 2017 and February, 2018 as we 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 on the remit process has been set for Sunday, November 20th following the worship service. This will be an opportunity for members of the congregation to learn about the remits and the questions that will be voted on in the months ahead. For information on the remits, visit www.gc42.ca/remits.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on November 2, 2016.

PLAN ON ATTENDING MIKE'S COVENANTING SERVICE ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16TH AT 3:00 P.M. AT THE CHURCH

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

Dave Williams was our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor for the meeting. Helen Kadey introduced Mike Coulter, our new student minister, to Council members. Mike officially started with us on September 6th and is working at getting settled in and organized. He expressed appreciation for our patience these past few months, allowing him the time he needed.

The Finance Committee reported that profit from the Strawberry and Ham Supper in June was $3,774.32. A Jerry Rader pie order is planned for November and possibly a cheese order as well.

The Property Committee reported that the door replacements in the basement and the improvements at the back entrance have all been done. A handrail has been installed at the bottom of the stairs going up to the choir loft. Fresh gravel and paving stones will be placed outside the back entrance as time allows. If anyone is looking for the Blue Box, it has been relocated to the cupboard under the choir stairs.

The Christian Education Committee reported that 26 adults and children enjoyed a ball game and pizza party at the Community Park on September 3rd.

The Worship Committee reported that greeters for the month of September will be the U.C.W. and for October, the Trustees. On September 18th, the worship service will take place at the former Elimville United Church site. Please bring your lawnchair and your potluck dish for lunch at the church following the service. Dishes, cutlery and beverages will be provided. World Wide Communion will be celebrated on October 2nd.

The Outreach Committee reported they led the worship service at Exeter Villa on August 3rd. A thank you is extended to Jean Hodgert for playing the organ, Janis Richardson and Sharon Lynn for their assistance with the residents, Beth Cooper for leading the children’s choir, and to Katelyn Parsons, Natalie Parsons, Janelle Parsons, Clara Hern, Will Parsons, and Clayton Hern for singing some songs familiar to the residents from their Sunday School days. The next Villa service will take place on Wednesday, October 12th at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and visit with the residents. Following the worship service on October 2nd, a Coffee Hour will take place with proceeds going to the Mission and Service Fund. Our M & S target is $8,000.00; to date donations are $3,652.35. Please remember to bring your donation for the Exeter and Area Food Bank to church on the first Sunday of the month.

The Ministry and Personnel Committee reported that Rev. Jock Tolmay did some pastoral care visiting during the month of August and his time with us is now finished. Discussion took place on plans for the covenanting service for Mike. Presbytery will be contacted with a tentative date for the service. A social time will follow the service this morning to meet Mike and welcome him to our congregation.

The Community Park Committee reported they had a busy summer beginning with the raising of the timber-frame pavilion on June 4th. Three newly planted trees were dedicated at the worship service on June 26th. Around 40 people attended the fireworks display and wiener roast on July 1st. The Communities In Bloom judges were at the park on July 26th and the Park Committee served a barbeque supper to 59 people. In preparation for the judges' visit, the trees around the park were newly mulched. Two new timber frame constructed picnic tables were delivered to the park the day of the BBQ and were used by the guests. The committee plans to purchase two additional timber frame tables which will be wheelchair accessible. If anyone would like to get a group together and sponsor a table, the cost is $1,000.00 per table. When funds allow, a sign for the park will be erected.

The U.C.W. ladies met on June 14th. Joy Hogg spoke on her 22 trips to Cuba and the outreach she extended to the Cuban people by taking items with her each time she visited. She made many close friendships with the local people over the years. The ladies served 387 people at the Strawberry and Ham Supper on June 12th. Twenty dozen cookies and rice krispie squares were taken to Camp Bimini on July 21st. The ladies meet next on September 13th for a Ladies Only Hawaiian Luau evening with a catered supper beginning at 6:00 p.m. Entertainment will follow the meal.

In Presbytery news, hours of business for the Christian Resource Centre beginning September 6th will be: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Presbytery last met on June 14th. The meeting began with a Memorial Service acknowledging Presbytery members who have passed away during the last year. Tracey was remembered in the service. Val Pitt, Pastoral Support Minister, retired June 30th and the vacant position will be filled for 20 hours per week. Rev. Mary Stewart is the new Chairperson for Huron-Perth Presbytery. June Hawtin, Designated Lay Minister from Exeter United Church, retired June 30th. Presbytery meets next on September 27th in Listowel.

The Foodgrains Committee reported that to date, the white beans have not been harvested. An additional member is needed to represent our church on the Foodgrains Committee. Contact Larry Lynn if you can take on this position or know of someone that might be interested.

Over the summer, members of the Property Committee met jointly with the architect and the engineer who have been working on the engineer's report in regards to the proposed vertical lift in the church. During discussion several questions arose. More information will be brought to the October Council meeting and further discussion on the project will take place at that time.

A young couple from Exeter will be getting married in the sanctuary on Sunday afternoon October 9th.

A webinar on Remit 6, "One Order of Ministry," will take place on Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m. Remit 6 is one of five remits we will be voting on between June, 2017 and February, 2018 as we do our part to shape the future of the United Church of Canada. For more information on the webinar, please speak to Sharon Lynn. Information on the remits will be shared with members of the congregation in the months ahead.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on October 5, 2016.

WELCOME MIKE! WE'RE GLAD TO HAVE YOU WITH US

Council report


CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM JUNE 1, 2016

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

The Finance Committee reported that profit from the Jerry Rader pie and Jennard cheese sales was $206.64. Tickets are now available for the Strawberry and Ham Supper to be held on Sunday June 12th at the South Huron Rec Centre from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 5-10 years of age. Preschool children are free. Speak to Joyce Fulton or Joan Skinner for your ticket.

The Property Committee extends a thank you to Lorne and Pat Ballantyne for cleaning up and mulching the flower bed around the church.

The Christian Education Committee reported that the bowling party will not be held this year but a family ball game will take place at the Community Park in July with pizza in the new pavilion. The Sunday School wrap up will take place on June 12th during the worship service.

The Worship Committee reported that greeters for the month of June will be the Outreach Committee. Sharon Lynn and Sharon Passmore will lead the worship service on June 5th. A coffee time will begin at 9:30 a.m. with proceeds going to the Mission and Service Fund and Kendra Craig will join us at 10:30 a.m. to lead an educational training session on the use of our newly purchased defibrillator. The Worship Committee will lead the service on June 12th and Rev. Jock Tolmay will be our worship leader on June 19th and June 26th. On June 26th the service will take place at the Community Park when the newly planted trees will be dedicated for Tracey Whitson-Bahro and Dave Williams. A pot luck lunch will follow the service.

The Outreach Committee led the worship service at Exeter Villa on June 1st. A thank you was extended to Beth Cooper for playing the organ and to Sharon Lynn for assisting the residents. The next service will take place on August 3rd.

The Ministry and Personnel Committee reported that Rev. Jock Tolmay has been in the area making visits to our members. If you know of someone who would benefit from a visit, contact Helen Kadey.

The Community Park Committee reported that it has been a busy week finalizing plans for the Community Build Day of the timber-frame pavilion at the park. The Communities In Bloom judges will be at the park on July 26th and the Park Committee will be serving a barbeque supper for up to 50 people.

The UCW ladies met on May 10th with the program committee focusing on Mother's Day. Rebecca Heessels shared her family’s story and told of the difficult times they had in dealing with Cole’s illness and of their fight to get government approval for the expensive medication that Cole requires. A donation was made to the Alberta wildfire victims. The ladies served the funeral lunch for Grace Pym. Planning for the Strawberry and Ham Supper is taking place and cookies and rice krispie squares will be delivered to Camp Bimini on July 21st. The ladies meet next on June 14th.

In Presbytery news, the Christian Resource Centre will be operating with volunteers on duty for the month of June and will be closing for the summer on June 23rd. The Resource Centre is scheduled to reopen on September 6th. Check the notice posted over the desk for more information on dates and times of operation.

The Foodgrains Committee reported that for the 2016 project white beans are being planted on land owned by Brent Dawson. An additional member is needed to represent our church on the Foodgrains Committee. Contact Larry Lynn if you can take on this position or know of someone that might be interested. The engineer's report has been received in regards to the proposed vertical lift in the church. The next step will be to obtain the architect’s drawings and a quote for the electrical work required.

Several members of Council participated in webinars on two of the remits that will be voted on as we help to shape the future of the United Church of Canada. Information on the remits will be shared with members of the congregation in the months ahead.

Mike Coulter, our new worship leader, will be starting with us on September 6th. His first Sunday service will be on September 11th. There will be no worship services at our church from July 3rd to September 4th. Over the summer months members of the congregation are encouraged to attend worship services at a neighbouring place of worship.

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

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM MAY 4, 2016

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

The Finance Committee reported that we sold 191 Jerry Rader pies and 23 blocks of Jennard cheese. The orders are to be picked up at the church on Thursday May 12th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. The Strawberry and Ham Supper will take place on Sunday June 12th at the South Huron Rec Centre from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 5-10 years of age. Preschool children are free. Tickets will be available next week. The 2016 list of fees for use of the church and church property was approved and is posted on the wall above the desk.

The Property Committee reported that the new replacement doors have been ordered for the basement and the back entrance. A couple of other small projects in the basement will be completed as well when the doors are installed.

The Christian Education Committee reported that the wagon ride on April 10th was enjoyed by many children and adults. A thank you is extended to Barry Miller and Bill Jennison for providing the ride. The bowling party is to be rescheduled with the date to be announced. The committee has decided not to participate in the town wide yard sale this year. The Sunday School wrap up will take place on June 12th at the church. Certificates will be handed out during the worship service. The Sunday School will be running a BBQ for breakfast and lunch during the pavilion raising on June 4th.

The Outreach Committee reported that $70.00 was raised for the Mission and Service Fund at the coffee hour on May 1st. A certificate has been received from the United Church of Canada acknowledging our 2015 donation of $9,267.00 to the Mission and Service Fund. The next worship service at Exeter Villa will take place on June 1st. Suggestions for food bank donations include: cereal, toilet paper, toiletries, canned fruits and vegetables, kids lunch snacks, complete pancake mix (just add water), ketchup, salad dressing and instant coffee.

The Community Park Committee reported that a flyer is now available sharing information on the upcoming Community Build Day of the timber-frame pavilion on Saturday June 4th at the park. The one day pavilion raising starts at 7:30 a.m. and will be finished in time for a Celebration Supper at 7:00 p.m. There are several ways you can volunteer; help at a work bee to paint sealer on the 100+ timbers (bring a 3” brush) on Saturday, May 21st and May 28th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; sit and sand and wax the 140 wooden pegs on May 21st at the work bee; be a “Timber-Framer for a Day” (bring hard hat, safety boots/glasses); take a turn cooking at the Sunday School BBQ (breakfast and lunch); assist with children’s activities at the playground; contribute food for the Celebration Supper (eg. salads); play the guitar? bring it for a sing-song around the campfire at day’s end. The Celebration Supper will be a time to gather in appreciation of what can be accomplished when working together. Everyone is welcome. Tickets are $10.00 for adults; $5.00 for children 5 to 10 years of age; under 5 is free. Event details and online registration is available at www.thamesroadelimvillecommunitypark.weebly.com. For more information, contact Beth Cooper, Judith Parker or Robert and Kathy Bray. The cement pad base for the pavilion was started this week by Doug Geoffrey Construction who is donating $2,500.00 worth of labour and equipment to the project. Brander Steel donated the wire mesh and Rona provided tile at a discounted price. Murray and Beatrice Dawson are donating a permanent port-a-pottie for the park. Our partnership agreement with the Municipality of South Huron has not been renewed. Municipal Council approved a $1,000.00 grant per year for three years in lieu of the agreement. As we are now responsible for grass cutting, the committee has made arrangements to have that done. The playground equipment has been inspected. The Communities in Bloom judges will be visiting the area from July 25th to July 27th and the park will be a stop on their tour. 100 red and white tulip bulbs will be planted in the park this fall to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

The UCW ladies met on April 12th with the Christian Leadership and Development Committee leading the program. Several stories on leadership were read. A report from Camp Bimini was shared advising of their fundraising projects and improvements made at the camp. Camp Wish Lists for both camps are posted on the wall above the desk in the basement. Wish List items will be collected at the May meeting. The ladies will be hosting afternoon teas at Exeter Villa on May 16th and September 26th. A thank you was extended to Anne Kernick and Pat Ballantyne for their work in making storage bags for the dishes in the kitchen. The ladies will be making and donating cookies and rice krispie squares to Camp Bimini in July.

In Presbytery news, several congregations were approved for grants from the Visioning Fund. Rev. Colin Snyder is the chair-elect of Presbytery from June 2016 to May 2017. An interesting refugee workshop was presented with the purpose of providing information on refugee sponsorship and sharing information on current projects in Huron-Perth Presbytery. Representatives from refugee projects in Goderich, Wingham, Tavistock and St. Marys shared their stories. Presbytery meets next on June 14th.

A successful Foodgrains service was held on April 17th at Exeter United Church. Guest speaker was David Epp, Ontario Regional Director of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Soup donated by Huron Restaurant was enjoyed for lunch along with cookies and squares for dessert. An additional member is still needed for the Foodgrains Committee. Please speak to Larry Lynn if you can take on this duty or know of someone who may be interested.

Members of the Property Committee have met with an engineer at the church in regards to the proposed vertical lift. We are awaiting a follow up report on the visit.

A defibrillator has been purchased and plans are being arranged for a training session. This session will be open for anyone to attend.

A new vacuum cleaner has been purchased to replace the old one that has quit working.

Due to financial reasons, Five Oaks will be ceasing operations effective November 15, 2016.

Council has hired Rev. Jock Tolmay to provide pastoral care support and limited pulpit supply to our church family for the immediate future. Rev. Jock will be available for pastoral care for the balance of May, the month of June and the month of August. If you know of someone that would benefit from a visit, please contact Helen Kadey. Rev. Jock will be leading worship services on May 29th, June 19th and June 26th.

The meeting closed with prayer. Council will meet next on June 1, 2016.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM APRIL 6, 2016

Dave Williams was our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor for the meeting. A thank you note was read expressing thanks from Greg and the Whitson family for the donation of trees to the Community Park in memory of Tracey.

The Finance Committee reported that Jerry Rader pie and Jennard cheese order forms are available on the table at the back entrance. Orders are due May 1st with delivery and pickup at the church on May 12th between 4 and 5:15 p.m. Contact Joyce Fulton at 519-229-6289 or ljfulton10@hotmail.com or Joan Skinner at 519-235-1379 to place your order.

The Christian Education Committee reported that proceeds from the grilled cheese lunch on March 6th amounted to $147.75 which supported the swimming outing that followed at Vanastra. The Sunday School wagon ride will take place during worship time on Sunday, April 10th. Pizza and a bowling party are tentatively planned for May 27th and the Sunday School wrap up will take place in June. Plans are to participate in the Exeter town wide yard sale on June 18th.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of April is the Finance Committee and for May, the Worship Committee. Approximately 55 people enjoyed the Easter Sunday breakfast with proceeds amounting to $122.00. Camp Bimini and Camp Menesetung will each receive $61.00. A thank you is extended to Miller’s Country Store and Miller Farms for donating the eggs. The worship service on April 3rd was led by Rev. Jock Tolmay and communion was served. Rev. Jock will lead the service again on April 10th. A coffee hour will follow and will be a time to share old memories with Rev. Jock. April 17th is the annual Foodgrains service at Exeter United Church beginning at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will follow the service. There will be no worship service at Thames Road Elimville that morning. Camp Sunday will be celebrated on April 24th. The service will take place in the basement of the church and a hot dog lunch will follow.

The Outreach Committee reported that $85.00 was raised for the Mission and Service Fund at the March coffee hour. The committee’s next coffee hour will be on May 1st. Judith and Marianne led the worship service at Exeter Villa on March 30th. Marianne shared her heritage by reading the scripture passages in Dutch. A thank you was extended to Sharon Passmore, Sharon Lynn and organist Jean Hodgert for their assistance at the service. The Exeter and area Community Meals group have hosts for the 2016 monthly schedule except for November. The July meal will be served in Huron Park by the firefighters. Transportation is being arranged between Exeter and Huron Park. The new Minute for Mission booklet is now available. The new booklet contains You Tube videos on mission projects that we may see on our big screen in the future. The Exeter and area Food Bank held an open house in March at their new location on Baldwin Street across from Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church. They continue to be thankful for our monthly donations to the Food Bank.

The Community Park Committee reported that a cheque has been received from Libro Credit Union in the amount of $5,000.00. This donation had been pledged last fall. The committee is busy making plans for the upcoming pavilion build day on June 4th. The marked timbers will be delivered during the third week of May and will need to be stained before the build day. Contact any member of the Park Committee if you are able to assist with the staining or with one of the many other jobs that volunteers will be needed for on June 4th.

Several of our Trustees and Cemetery Board members attended a workshop on Saturday, April 9th at Brucefield Community United Church.

The UCW ladies met on March 8th. The theme of the program was "Part of the Family." Diane Waun and Suzanne Strang from Exeter United Church were guests and shared information on the Syrian refugee family that will be coming to Exeter under the sponsorship of the church. Across Canada in 2015, UCW groups raised 1.4 million dollars for the Mission and Service Fund. The United Church Women will be celebrating 55 years of service in 2017. The Mission and Outreach Committee continues to collect used postage stamps for the Bible Society. Ten pounds of stamps provides five bibles. Place your stamps in the box above the coat rack in the basement; instructions for clipping around the stamps are on the box. The ladies made donations to the Exeter Syrian Refugee group and sponsored a child for one day of camping at Camp Bimini. Pat Ballantyne and Anne Kernick have been busy making new cloth bags for the storage of dishes in the kitchen. Thank you ladies for a job well done. Be sure to check out their handiwork. The ladies meet next on April 12th.

In Presbytery news, a cost increase was announced on the Accessible Washroom Project at Camp Menesetung. Originally estimated to be $175,000.00, the expected cost is now $250,000.00. Congregations are encouraged to support this project. Congregations are able to access a grant of up to $10,000.00 from the Presbytery’s Visioning Fund for capital renovation projects. Our vertical lift project will qualify for the grant. Information will be available soon on the Kids Cooking Camps that will be taking place throughout the Presbytery over the summer. The Resource Centre in Mitchell will have reduced hours of operation from April 14th to May 30th. It will only be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A Syrian refugee workshop will take place at the next Presbytery meeting on April 26th in Tavistock.

The Foodgrains Committee is still looking for someone to join their team. Please contact Larry Lynn if you are interested in this position or know of someone who may be.

An engineer has been contacted and we are awaiting an appointment for an assessment before proceeding with the vertical lift project.

A defibrillator is being purchased and will be placed in the basement of the church when received.

The remit voting process will be used to record the decisions of pastoral charges across the country as we help shape the future of the United Church of Canada. Over the next two years, Church Council will be studying and voting on five proposals that were determined at the 42nd General Council in August 2015. More information will be forthcoming on the remits as we approach the voting deadlines.

The meeting closed with prayer.

Council will meet next on May 4, 2016.

CHURCH COUNCIL REPORT FROM FEBRUARY 24, 2016

Dave Williams was our Huron-Perth Presbytery Supervisor for the meeting. A thank you note was read expressing thanks from Dave and Eleanor for the gift certificates received at the Annual Meeting for dinner and theatre in Blyth, as well as for the honour of having a tree planted in Dave’s name at the community park.

The Finance Committee reported there will be Jerry Rader pie and Jennard cheese sales taking place in March with deliveries in April. Watch for more information as it becomes available. New upgraded accounting and receipt programs are being purchased for use by the treasurer.

The Christian Education Committee reported that the horse drawn wagon ride planned for February has been rescheduled for April 10th. A rotation schedule for Sunday School teachers has been set up until the end of April. The children have been practicing under the direction of Beth Cooper and will be singing at the Easter Sunday worship service. The Sunday School is purchasing an online curriculum to be used over the next year. On March 6th a grilled cheese lunch will be served after the worship service with swimming in Vanastra to follow at 1:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this event.

The Worship Committee reported that greeting for the month of March is the Ministry and Personnel Committee and for April, the Finance Committee. A Palm Sunday service is planned for March 20th. A Good Friday service will take place at our church on March 25th at 10:00 a.m. The Worship Committee will be serving Easter breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday. The worship service will begin at 10:00 a.m.

The Outreach Committee reported a profit of $200.00 from the luncheon served prior to the Annual Meeting. $100.00 will go to each of the church camps, Camp Bimini and Camp Menesetung. A thank you is extended to Judith and Marianne for organizing the lunch and to all those who assisted in any way. The next worship service at the Exeter Villa will be on Wednesday, March 30th at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come out and visit with the residents. There are tentative plans for a coffee hour sometime in March. Bruce Delbridge has retired as our Presbytery Representative. A thank you is extended to Bruce for his many years of dedication to this position. As we are allowed two representatives, at the Annual Meeting Sharon Lynn and Marianne Veldman were named as his replacements. The next Presbytery meeting is on Saturday February 27th at Hensall United Church.

The Ministry and Personnel Committee reported that the Interview Team has had a second interview with one of the applicants for ministry personnel and is ready to move forward. A Congregational Meeting has been called for Sunday, March 20th immediately following the worship service to discuss and vote on a recommendation from the Interview Team for the appointment of a worship leader.

The Community Park Committee reported that the renewal of our partnership agreement with the Municipality of South Huron was due the end of January. The committee is awaiting official word from the Municipality on the outcome of the renewal request. The County of Huron has been contacted about placing the park on their tourism map. The park has been confirmed as a "point of interest" and will be marked as a rest stop when the next version of the map guide is printed. The park committee will order the three trees to be planted in the park this summer - two in memory of Tracey and one to show our appreciation to Dave Williams.

At the Annual Meeting Beth Cooper was appointed to the Trustee Board for a further four year term. Robert Bray has been named as the Trustee Representative to Church Council. Renewal of our insurance coverage and liability insurance is due and the Trustees have met with a representative from the Usborne and Hibbert Mutual Fire Insurance Company.

The U.C.W. ladies met on February 16th for their Valentine's meeting after a weather delay from February 9th. The Stewardship and Finance Committee had previously made peppermint favours for the residents of Exeter Villa and delivered them to the Villa for Valentine’s Day. At the meeting the ladies made more of the favours that were shared during lunch. A Bakeless Bake Sale netted $320.00 for the Mission and Service Fund. The World Day of Prayer service will be held on Friday, March 4th at Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church in Exeter beginning at 7:00 p.m. The service this year is written by the women of Cuba. Judith Parker and Joyce Fulton will represent our church and take part in the service. Everyone is welcome to attend. The ladies meet next on March 8th.

With the retirement of John Miner, one additional person is needed to fill the vacant position on the South Huron Foodgrains Committee. Brent Dawson has filled the vacancy left by the retirement of Murray Dawson and Larry Lynn remains as a member of the committee. Please contact Larry if you are interested, or know of someone that may be interested in this position. The annual Foodgrains church service will be held on April 17th at Exeter United Church at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will follow the service.

The Nominating Committee reported that a full slate of officers for Church Council was approved at the Annual Meeting. A complete listing of the 2016 committees and boards of Thames Road Elimville Pastoral Charge is attached to this report.

Direction was given at the Annual Meeting to investigate and proceed if possible with the installation of a vertical lift in the church. Robert Bray will begin the process by obtaining an engineer’s report on the proposed project.

There are still several copies of the 2015 Annual Report available at the church. Feel free to pick one up if you haven’t received one or contact Sharon Lynn to make other arrangements to obtain a copy.

Church Council will not meet in March but will meet next on Wednesday, April 6th.

The meeting closed with prayer.

THAMES ROAD-ELIMVILLE PASTORAL CHARGE 2016

Council Chairperson Larry Lynn

Council Secretary Sharon Lynn

Treasurer Mary Lou Thomson

Council Standing Committees:

Finance Committee Joyce Fulton, Joan Skinner

Property Committee Rick Parker, Dave Passmore

Christian Education Committee Erin Parsons, Rebecca Heessels Worship Committee Kathy or Robert Bray Sharon Passmore

Outreach Committee Judith Parker, Marianne Veldman

Ministry & Personnel Committee Helen Kadey, Joan Morgan, Janis Richardson

Trustee Representative Robert Bray

U.C.W. Representative Joyce Fulton

Presbytery Representative Sharon Lynn or Marianne Veldman

Council Ad-Hoc Committees:

Community Park Committee Beth Cooper, Jack Hodgert, Judith Parker, Ryan Parker, Kathy Bray, Robert Bray, Brad Cann, Kristy Bray

Other Boards and Representatives:

Board of Trustees Robert Bray (2013), Lorne Ballantyne (2014), John Miner (2015), Beth Cooper (2016)

H-P Presbytery Representatives Sharon Lynn, Marianne Veldman

Foodgrains Project Representatives Larry Lynn, Brent Dawson

Elimville Cemetery Board Gerald Johns, Joyce Fulton, Dennis Rowe


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