COUNCIL HAPPENINGS: January 2014

 
A Summary of Items Discussed, Decided and Acted Upon at the last meeting…

1.      Wendy Davidson opened the meeting with a reflection on the nature of the church based on Kelly Fryer’s book on Lutheranism: The church is not a noun, but a verb. In other words, we don’t go to church, we are church wherever we are.
2.      On Sunday, February 16 during the worship service, Rachel Ringland – the new chaplain at Carlington Community Chaplaincy – will be our guest speaker.
3.      On Sunday, March 23, during the worship service, Tom Haight – program chair at Lutherlyn Camp & Conference Centre – will be our guest speaker. He comes on behalf of the Lutherlyn Scholarship initiative to raise funds to qualify and train counselors for this year’s children’s camp in July. The Faith Chapter of FaithLife Financial will host the Pancake/Shrove Tuesday supper on March 4 to raise funds for this Scholarship.
4.      The Council thanks the membership and all financial supporters of Faith for their generosity in 2013 – for the $20,000 income during the month of December which put us solidly in a surplus at year-end. Thank you!
5.      The annual Faith Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 14th. Faith will also collect e-waste; e-waste is any unwanted items with a battery or a plug. Closer to the Yard Sale date, we will temporarily install a bin to collect these e-waste items. After the sale, a salvage company will pick up the bin and return a portion of the proceeds to Faith. As well, Faith will collect any large appliances and BBQs. For now, please keep your stuff at home; items will not be accepted on the church property prior to June 1st.
6.      The new 60” flat screen TV will soon be installed on the wall above the pulpit (to the left of the banner); it will provide multiple uses for the purpose of enhancing the worship service and facilitating meetings via laptops and wifi.
7.      The Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2014. Reports from the committees and groups are due Monday, January20. The annual reports will be available to the membership on Sunday, February 9. One of the items that the council will ask the congregation to adopt is the “Synod Covenant” which was made available for congregational comment since August. This document is not meant for legislative purposes, but for aspiration.
8.      The new storage room downstairs at the end of the hallway is basically complete. Thank you to the Rileys and Fortiers for going through some of our archived, stored items in the Sunday School / storage rooms – sorting them/getting rid of some stuff.
9.      The Sunday worship nursery will be available upon request. Please contact Marla Degraaff.
10.  Midweek (Wednesday) services this coming Lent will focus on the theme of healing, and will follow the liturgy for healing in the Evangelical Lutheran Worship Book (EvLW), p.276. Pastor Martin will also be looking for volunteers to share a brief witness, during those services to an experience or event of healing in their lives. If you would like to offer such a testimony, please speak with the Pastor soon. Thank you!
11.  The nominating committee (Bruce Riley, Michael Koch, Pastor Martin, Cecily Skuce) is busy at work searching out willing members to serve a term on Council, to replace three outgoing Councilors. Their search is based on demographics (i.e. balancing age, gender and background) as well as sought-after skills (i.e. social, communication, theological sensitivity). We want to thank Wendy Davidson, Brian Wirth and Carol Essenburg for their many years of capable, dedicated service.
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