Thames Road-Elimville United Church

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

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.


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