2019 Annual Report
Orleans United Church
1111 Orleans Blvd.
Orleans, Ontario K1C 7C8
Members at end December 2018: 1010
By Transfer 2
By Profession of Faith 0
Adult Baptism 0
By Transfer 0
By Death 5
Other (Roll Review) 377
Members at end December 2019 630
Non Resident Members 112
Resident Members 528
Funerals/Memorial Services 8
Elijah Donald Lamoureux-Davis
Asher Jack Mike Fournier
Maitri Rumi Ngo
Flora Marie Charlie Sales
Kate Shin Mei Leung
Evelyn Marcela Louise Giroux
Makayla Ann Deen
David James Logan
Larkin Aveda Holt
Joshua Winfield Vanderzwan Simpson and Olivia Margaret Irene Best
Gary Paul Joseph McKenna and Audra Ann MacIntosh
In 2019, we grieved the passing of several beloved members of our church. It was a blessing to journey with them as they were dying, and join with our faith community as we mourned their deaths and celebrated their lives. We are grateful for all those who have come to rest with God eternally in this past year and we hold their families and loved ones in our prayers.
Tammy Tanya Rose Cameron
“And I will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn,
make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of my hand.”
(Muriel Rukeyser, American Poet)
Throughout the 40th anniversary year of Orleans United Church, we were blessed by the stories shared by congregants reminding us that faith, friendship and ministry has held us together over generations. From the vision of building a United Church in Orleans, shared by Dave Patterson, to the steadfast determination of our founding families, bolstered by the talents and gifts of many, their stories rejoiced that our faith community is family and we are strong.
Their stories resonated during our Worship series on Stewardship. Together, they reminded us that we must share our time, talent and treasure to be good stewards, and with that our congregation succeeded in “bringing down the Tower”, and all that it entailed. We are grateful to George Teather, the Tower team, our Property Committee, and the many volunteers and fundraisers who ensured this major building repair project was completed.
Like our world, our congregation and the work of our ministry teams is woven together by stories. This year’s Annual Report will offer snapshots and vignettes of our life together in 2019. While we rejoiced the baptisms, weddings and the incredible fundraising accomplishment of this year’s Bazaar, we were also saddened with the news of illness and of those who passed. Amongst our stories, we acknowledge with gratitude the late Rose Legace for her substantial Legacy Gifts to our choir, music program and general stewardship. And, Council is delighted with the 2019-2022 Goals Assessment work conducted under the guidance of Paul Whynacht, Heather McGrath and Betsy Chaly over the summer. To learn that over 100 ideas were suggested by a broad spectrum of voices speaks loudly to the effort being made to inform OUC’s future direction.
Looking to the future, Council encouraged OUC‘s participation in the Healthy End of Life Project (HELP) with Carleton University. Through this pioneering community-based initiative, our faith community will become empowered to build connections and grow a renewed culture of compassion in Orleans with outreach to those living with chronic illness, frailty and those approaching end of life.
As Council Chair, I found my place in the order of things with the support of Ron Hunt (Incoming Chair), John Gibson (Past Chair), Lynn Stoudt (Secretary), Bernie Eisener (Treasurer); Debbie Burch, Paula Hilton, Twylla Hodgins and George Teather (Members-at-Large) and our clergy. Together, Council nurtured enhanced collaboration amongst our ministries and reinforced Council’s partnership in ministry. I am pleased to report with the prayerful guidance of our Committees and ministry teams, the voice of our congregation was realized and as this Report will illustrate it was “a joyful noise unto the Lord”.
In closing, Council wishes to acknowledge the ministry of Twylla Hodgins on Council. Twylla began her Council journey as an Elder in 2008 and following 11 consecutive years on Council will be taking a well-deserved sabbatical. On behalf of your congregation, we are grateful for your many years of prayerful guidance.
Yours in Christ,
This past year has been one which has encouraged a creative and flexible approach to ministry at OUC. With Rev. Caroline away for most of the month of May, and Rev. Molly on Sabbatical until September, followed by a medical leave until December, the staff and elected lay leaders worked together throughout 2019 to ensure that the quality of worship, the delivery of programs, and the responsiveness of our pastoral care continued to be our top priorities. We are delighted and grateful that so many people offered their assistance and leadership in various ways to ensure that things continued to run smoothly around OUC.
While Molly was on Sabbatical, we welcomed Paul Whynacht, a candidate for ministry and student of United Theological College, to our staff team on a part time basis for three months. Paul recently completed a career serving in the Canadian Military. He naturally fit right in at OUC, and commented that he found our community of faith to be most welcoming and friendly and that he was happy to be serving among and with us. Paul oversaw our Vacation Bible School, wielding a super soaker water gun at times, and he enjoyed sharing in worship leadership most Sundays. We bid him a fond farewell late in August as he prepared to resume classes at UTC.
Last year also saw us complete a major capital project: the Tower Takedown! We give thanks to George Teather for his work in overseeing this project and to everyone who contributed financially either directly or via one of our many creative and fun Tower Takedown Fundraisers. Many thanks to Dianne Davis for her creativity in coming up with new and fun fundraising activities for this project. Well done, team!
We completed our 40th Anniversary celebrations, which we marked throughout the year in different ways. Most notably, we welcomed the Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey as our guest preacher late in September. We also heard from members throughout the year in a segment during worship called “A Member Remembers” and we heard many comments about how moving it was to hear someone’s first-hand story of why OUC means so much.
And last, but certainly not least, our OUC Fall Bazaar team knocked it out of the park this year, raising over $50,000 for our ministry and mission. We are so very grateful to each and every one of you who contributed materials, time, talent and countless hours to ensure that our biggest fundraiser of the year was such a huge success. Thank you to Jan Weatherston and Ken Richardson, in particular, for your project leadership.
As we look to the year ahead, we are excited to welcome Carleton University’s Healthy End of Life Project (HELP) to OUC. Rev. Molly will serve as the ministry team lead, working with Carleton staff and our lay advisory team to get this project fully launched early this year. We are honoured that OUC was selected to be one of the faith sites for this innovative research project.
In 2020, we will continue to employ creativity and flexibility as we ask how we can best accomplish the ministry we feel called to offer this year. We will ask ourselves, “what is the best use of our time, and of OUC’s resources in the coming year?” And most importantly, “what is God calling us to do, and what might God be calling us to set down?” We look forward to hearing from you and collaborating with you as we seek to live into these questions faithfully.
As your clergy, we continue to value the benefits and blessings that team ministry make possible and we delight in serving with this community of faith. We thoroughly enjoy working alongside Kim Gratton, who keeps the Office running so smoothly and helps to keep us grounded and organized, and Scott Richardson who helps to shape our worship services with his musical gifts, and the many lay leaders of our church who volunteer in so many different ways. We look ahead to the coming year, trusting that God goes the way with us each and every day. We welcome the many opportunities to worship, lead, care and serve. We feel blessed, affirmed and humbled to fulfill our roles as your ministers of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care and we acknowledge the responsibility that we hold to serve you with love.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Molly & Rev. Caroline
Providing a path for people of all ages to move along their own faith journeys in ways that feel comfortable and purposeful, and nurturing each other’s spiritual growth and faith in God. These learning ministries, reported below are: Children’s Ministry; Youth Ministry; Adult Ministries; and 8th Orleans Scouting.
OUC Sunday school team: Esther Clarke, David Clarke, Katherine Clarke (Helper), Suzanne Allen, Peter Holt, Sherri Eustace, Sheila Parisien, Samantha Carter, Julia Carter and our newest teacher Laura Cooper and many, many more substitute and summer teachers, Nursery helpers, Camp Awesome volunteers, Christmas Pageant volunteers and committed parents and grandparents!
Changes in 2019
All the classes were fortunate enough to have a set of co-teachers; it allowed the teachers to spend some time with the adults this past year. We are hoping for the same in 2020. A new curriculum was used for 2019. Esther and Dave Clarke stepped down at the end of 2019 as the superintendents for Sunday school. We would like to extend a huge thank you to them both for all the time, energy, support and love they brought to the Sunday school program during their time as superintendents. Sherri Eustace will step in to fill the role as of Jan 2020.
Nursery care is offered Sept to June for children up to 3 yrs. and is staffed with two paid support staff on a weekly basis. During the summer, the nursery is open for parents to stay with their child and listen to the sermon over the PA system. We continue to work to ensure that parents can leave their child in a welcoming, safe, friendly environment for the littlest members of our congregation so they can enjoy church worry free.
Sunday school classes were once again divided into 3 groups, PreK/JK, SK/Grade 1 & 2, and Grade 3, 4, 5, and 6. The grade 6 youth left the Sunday school in Sept and joined with the Youth programs, offering a welcome change for our oldest participants.
During the summer months, the Nursery remained open with the help of parent volunteers. With overall attendance lower in the summer months, we enjoyed a “One Room Sunday School” asking for parent volunteers to help out, We had a bin of activities ready to go to make it easy for the volunteers and used the Choir Room for the summer program. We need to thank all the volunteers who stepped up to help with the summer program as well as the other events during the year.
This summer, OUC embarked on our own version of a Camp Awesome adventure. With the help of Paul Whynacht, Sherri Eustace and a crew of fabulous youth volunteers, OUC ran a half day camp for ages 4 to 10. The camp was deemed a success by all who attended. There were lots of tired and happy kids by Friday afternoon.
The OUC Christmas pageant celebrated the 40th anniversary of the church by having a multi-generational cast. Marni Hunt-Stephens and a cast and crew of volunteers, along with the children, shared the meaning of Christmas with our congregation.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had fewer family based activities in 2019. Sunday Sundae was a great success as always and the year-end children’s Christmas party was very popular with a hot chocolate bar, popcorn, a movie, crafts and everyone wearing their PJ’s.
We look forward to adding more events in the 2020 calendar year.
Report by Sherri Eustace on behalf of the OUC Sunday school team
OUC Youth Ministry provides opportunities for Youth and Young Adults to gather in faith, fellowship, and fun. Youth Ministry seeks to meet the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the Youth members of Orleans United. Youth Ministry consists of the following programs: Sunday Morning class, Young Adults, Youth Elders, Confirmation, Mission and Outreach, OUC Youth Leader Training, and Youth Employment. This report covers all the activities that are the responsibility of Youth Ministry.
Some of the outstanding achievements for 2019 include:
· Youth Ministry welcomed Lucas Parsche in a Youth Leader Event coordinator role
· We continue to be served by Youth Leaders: Sarah Benfield, Kim Francoeur and Rev. Molly Bell. Thank you very much for helping to deliver quality programs to the Youth of Orleans United Church
· Youth Ministry continues to be financially self-sufficient, generating more revenue than expenses. Youth Ministry has been a self- sufficient program since 2018.
Unfortunately, the number of Youth involved in the Youth programs decreased in 2019. The Youth Ministry leadership team will be addressing this in 2020 through a thorough program review which is expect to make some program recommendations between Easter and the summer of 2020.
Michael Parsche, Chair, Youth Ministry
The Adult Ministries Committee supports educational programs which focus on adult members of the congregation. In 2019, we ran two sets of a UCC and Anglican Church sponsored web-based series called Sanctuary Mental Health. This proved to be very useful to a number of members of OUC.
Men’s Breakfast on Wednesday mornings at 7 AM continues to attract 10 to 14 men every week to consider the lectionary readings, while Java Jive on Thursday at 10 AM usually fills the Library with men and women who share a similar focus on the upcoming Sunday worship.
Our renamed UCC monthly magazine, Broadview, is available for a reduced rate through OUC, and we currently have a subscription list of 50 people.
The Adult Ministries Committee welcomes any and all suggestions for involving adult members of OUC in learning more about our faith.
Shirley and Peter Holt
There has been in increase in the number of people signing out books in the Library. There are four large print Bibles on the upper left shelf, and we will soon be adding a health category. This is your library. Feel free to browse and borrow, no library card required! Please sign out your books in the black binder on the counter. Happy reading!
In the Spirit,
Heather McGrath, Chair
8th Orleans Scouts is celebrating its 25th Anniversary year. We sincerely thank Orleans United for providing us with the environment and sponsorship. Orleans United provides a loving and welcoming community, one of three meeting spaces, opportunities for service, assistance with our spiritual foundations and a space for our equipment. Youth members have opportunities to participate in a leadership role in the church as the program overlaps Children’s Ministries, Youth Ministries and Outreach. Youth members of Scouts participate in the life of Orleans United Church including conducting the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and helping with the Men’s Roast Beef dinner; in the congregation’s observances of Remembrance Day and other services; Religion in Life programs; in local camps including Camp Awesome; and in community projects.
The 8th Orleans Scouting program continues to be based on the three tenets of the Scouting program, duty to God, duty to others and duty to self. In 2019, 8th Orleans sections held over 30 camps and the youth participated in numerous other outdoor day activities and environmental activities such as Scout trees through the Canadian Path program which offers the youth more opportunities for leadership than ever before. Scouters are screened and oriented to their roles and have had the opportunity to participate in one of two standard first aid courses this season.
Orleans United Church’s sponsorship of the 8th Orleans Scout Group allows the Group to provide one of the largest and best youth programs in our community, and to include boys and girls, men and women aged from five through 26 years – focused on developing good citizens who have the opportunity to explore their own spirituality, help others and develop their own life skills in an outdoor environment. At the end of 2019, the membership includes 141 registered youth and approximately 40 adult members in eight sections; so we have grown since last year. On Monday evenings, Beavers, Scouts, Venturers and Crew meet at Orleans United Church (A). Crew meets occasionally at the church, and sometimes at the homes of one of the participants. On Tuesday’s our Beavers and a new Cub pack (B) meet at Convent Glen Catholic School. Our newest site of Beavers and Cubs (C) meet at St. Dominic’s Catholic School in Avalon; an area of significant population growth and which was underserved in regards to scouting. 8th Orleans plans to open a Troop at that site next season.
Our continued growth and success can be attributed to our excellent and enthusiastic Scouters as well as the support that we receive from Orleans United Church.
8th Orleans Scout Group
Ministry Of Spiritual Direction
In this first full year of Spiritual Direction ministry within OUC’s Spirituality and Faith Formation work, we continued to build on the wonderful response received when we introduced it in the Fall of 2018.
The ministry reached 7 individuals over this year in 43 private monthly sessions, and one cluster of 7 participants who met 7 times. In addition, as an extension of this ministry, I continued to consult with our congregation’s visioning group, the “Circle of Wisdom,” meeting 3 times throughout the year. It is noteworthy that many of those participating in individual and group spiritual direction here, make free-will donations to OUC “with appreciation for the ministry of spiritual direction,” which this year amounted to $3205.
New opportunities to reach out to others on behalf of our Spiritual Direction ministry included: presenting two Spiritual Direction experiences for 24 men at OUC’s Men’s Retreat in September; interacting with 9 folks who expressed interest in Spiritual Direction at OUC’s Ministry Fair in October; teaching a 5-week course on Spiritual Discernment to 24 ecumenical students at the Ottawa School of Theology and Spirituality in November; and leading an Advent Spiritual Direction Workshop for 12 individuals at Rideau Park United Church in December. Raising the profile of this ministry has encouraged the awareness and appreciation of Spiritual Direction to many new people both within our congregation and beyond.
Looking ahead to 2020:
We are beginning a second group at OUC (a men’s circle) in January with 5 participants. Of note here is that the group will be co-facilitated, with Paul Sales joining me in a leadership role. Paul was in my original Group Spiritual Direction cluster during my certification program in 2018. This is an effort to encourage lay leadership for future Group Spiritual Direction clusters.
Similarly, OUC’s first group (7 women), which met from September 2018 to June 2019, discerned to resume again in the Fall with leadership coming from within the group. Heather McGrath and Carla Jackson are working hard at convening and facilitating the “Spirit Sisters” circle in consultation with and regular guidance from me.
I thank God for Paul, Heather, and Carla, who have embraced this vision with me.
My current level of activity fully meets the time commitment I have made for this volunteer ministry and I find it spiritually enriching and encouraging. I appreciate Rev. Molly’s and Rev. Caroline’s support, as well as the interest and enthusiasm shown by many.
Celebrating God’s love together with others who share our faith; discerning God’s wisdom and will for our lives; nurturing our spirits to go forth into the world around us, rejuvenated and refreshed in God’s spirit. These Worship ministries, reported below are Worship Committee and Music Director.
The Worship Ministry Team has seven members, including clergy. Because the Elder component was changed, oversight for Lay Readers, Ushers, Hospitality, Worship Coordinators and Sacrament and Sanctuary Helpers now lies with the Worship Team. The team has a coordinating function and normally has four meetings a year according to liturgical seasons.
We have responsibility for worship items such as: Bibles and certificates in sacrament, communion table and Advent candles, poppies, wreaths, and other worship enhancements.
In keeping within budget restraints, we did not buy potted palms this year, partly because there was no care for them during the season or after. This year we also provided an early Easter service followed by breakfast.
There was variety in several services led by our five Licensed Lay Worship Leaders, by Paul Whynacht, by Paul Sales, and by special invitation, the Reverend Doctor Anthony Bailey (Parkdale United Church). Variety continued into the fall when a dramatization and reflection took the place of a sermon on Remembrance Sunday.
Because 2019 was a year to commemorate our 40th anniversary, we introduced a monthly “A Member Remembers”, wherein members of the congregation shared how they had come to be a part of OUC. We also celebrated 40 years of youth with a service led by former youth member and current United Church minister Rev. Mike Perrault (Rothwell United Church), and a former youth group leader, featuring former and present youth in a 30-year-old skit written by a former member of the OUC clergy team, Rev. David Kai.
We welcome anyone who would like to join us!
Marni Hunt Stephens
Many thanks to the choristers and volunteer musicians who helped provide meaningful and uplifting music for worship in 2019, week in and week out. OUC is blessed with a wealth of talent.
Our collaboration with Army Voices and their director Barbara Clark for our November Remembrance service was a special Sunday; we seem to have established a tradition of marking Remembrance Day this way, and will certainly try to make it happen again in future years. The December choir-led service of readings and carols was a personal highlight for me. Thank you to the Senior Choir for all of their hard work throughout the busy Advent season.
Once again, our choirs participated in the annual Orleans Choirfest at the start of Advent. The 35th anniversary Choirfest took place, as it has for many years, at Community Pentecostal Church (CPC), but 2019 marked the last time CPC would be hosting it. Orleans United has offered to be the venue for the 2020 event, hopefully enabling it to continue into the future as an Orleans ecumenical tradition. A team of OUC volunteers consisting of Janet Quirt, Gloria MacArthur, Sandra Sales, and Cheryl Holden have stepped forward to organize logistics for the event. We are grateful for their willingness to help make this continue to happen for the community
We attempted to restart our Junior Choir in Fall 2019. The efforts of the children and their parents and grandparents were greatly appreciated by the congregation. Running a Sunday children’s choir has again proved challenging, given the way young families are committed to other activities on weekends. We will carry on with the project in 2020, but likely as a group that comes together for a particular period in preparation for a special Sunday, rather than as a regular weekly activity.
Many thanks to all of the dedicated congregation members who offered their gifts of music in 2019. Thank you to Pat Messier, Lori Lynn Penny, and Paul Sales for filling in at the piano at various times. Through the summer ‘choir holiday’, we were glad to have solos from Jasmine Vesque, Bob Hobbs, Gail Waterman-Worrell, Katie Gratton, and Sarah Benfield. We were also thrilled to have help throughout the year from some amazing musical youth: Andrew Parsche, Ian Richardson, Claire Mallard, Meriel Bruer, Callum Gauld, and Alan Moen. My apologies to anyone whose name I have missed.
Weekly attendance at Senior Choir was low through Fall 2019. Some of this was due to a ‘perfect storm’ of individual circumstances, but some of the difficulty is a longer-term problem concerning our membership numbers. It is a tribute to the dedication of our choristers that our weekly music selections remained at such a high level despite frequent challenges in fielding a balanced ensemble. 2020 will need to see a real push in terms of choir recruitment in order to continue to provide the kind of moving and exciting weekly selections the congregation has come to expect.
Submitted by Scott Richardson,
OUC Music Director
Expressing God’s love for us all by supporting people in our church through our prayers and deeds; and choosing to share God’s compassion with the wider community. These Care ministries, reported below are: Care and Support Team; Coffee Hour; and Communications.
The Care and Support Team of Orleans United Church is comprised of six members, including Rev. Caroline Penhale, who advises the group in its work. The mandate of the Committee is to assist and support congregational members who are facing challenges and/or celebrating accomplishments or significant milestones.
During the past year the members assisted at funerals and memorial services. Members also made and delivered casseroles/meals to individuals and families who were celebrating joyful events or experiencing stress, grief, and illness. All recipients expressed gratitude for these gestures of caring, as it allowed them to focus on more important issues. Much appreciation is extended to Denise Connors for co-ordinating this aspect of the group’s work.
The CST ministry sends cards of congratulations/condolence/thinking of you to congregants. Catherine Hodgins has assumed this task from our retiree, Bev Arnott. Both ladies are to be commended for the warmth and caring that is expressed in their writing. Recipients have conveyed their gratitude for this gesture.
Last year also saw the resignation of six valued members: Bette Blore, Denise Connors, Bev Arnott, Judith Tompkins, and Anne & Pierre Castricum. All of these wonderful people contributed significantly to the work of CST and I extend to them my gratitude for having served CST so faithfully.
On a regular basis, members of the group also made phone calls to congregants expressing congratulations, sympathy, and support.
There were four funerals at OUC in 2019. Members of CST were present at the services to offer tangible care, sympathy and encouragement to the families and friends who had gathered to mourn.
Alcove/Email Prayer Ministry:
Every Sunday after service, CST members are present in the Alcove to chat with those who wish to connect or have concerns to share. Congregants may also request prayer support through our confidential email prayer ministry; address – firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure confidentiality, first names only are provided.
Andrea Fisher, OUC’s Parish Nurse, has been involved with families and individuals to help them navigate a health crisis, and to understand the health care system better. She also partners with other health professionals in the congregation and outside it to coordinate health promotion events. This ministry serves the OUC family very well.
We look forward to welcoming new members to the team in 2020 and to continuing to serve OUC at times of sorrow and of celebration.
MaryLou Robillard, Chair
Our team is now up to 10 members.
Our Facebook account (Jennifer Hirst) and Instagram (Kassandra Dowell) accounts see a lot of traffic. Pictured of events taken by Brian Braceland, our official photographer, are posted on Facebook, Instagram and the website. We have been inundated with pictures and Nicholas Lachance is storing those. The website (Cheryl Dowell) has drawn admiration from outside OUC. The OUC newsletter (Graeme Ogilvie) is sent out both by email and slow mail three to four times a year. Sermons are posted on YouTube (Dave Patterson and Dave Clemis) allowing those who cannot get out to services to still feel part of the Community. Both parishioners and some who do not attend OUC have commented on how much they enjoy watching the services on YouTube.
During the summer Paul Whynacht, Betsy Chaly and Heather McGrath made a survey of the congregation, in person and on line, to determine where they saw OUC in three years. The responses were sorted according to Ministry Team responsibilities and sent to Council. Communication goals were set by this. The primary recommendation for Communication was to reach out via streaming and YouTube to the wider community.
We have been providing information about OUC events directly to neighbouring churches and have paid for advertising in the papers at Christmas.
In 2020 the media team will be investigating the possibility and feasibility of streaming services to local retirement homes.
Chair, Communications Team
H.E.L.P. (Healthy End of Life Project)
H.E.L.P. (Healthy End of Life Project) is a research project coordinated by Carleton University, School of Social Work. HELP Ottawa is an innovative, community-based initiative, which is sponsored by Compassionate Ottawa, funded by the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada and led by an interprofessional, cross-institutional research team, which includes Dr. Pam Grassau (School of Social Work, Carleton University), Dr. Arne Stinchcombe (Faculty of Human Sciences, Saint Paul University), Dr. David Wright (School of Nursing, University of Ottawa) and Dr. Roanne Thomas (School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Ottawa). The HELP project will also be strongly supported by research collaborators, regional health care networks and programs, health care providers, community-based sites and services, neighbourhoods, communities and citizens.
The overall goal of this research project is to develop a Canadian-focused HELP framework that will mobilize more confident, competent, caregiving networks and caregivers to support people living with advanced age, frailty, chronic and/or advanced illness to receive palliative and end-of-life care at home or in the community
In the spring of 2019, Dr. Pam Grassau approached OUC about applying to participate in the project as one of two faith community partners. After an interview process, OUC was notified in the fall that it was selected to be a community-based site partner. The first phase of implementing this project at OUC was to hire a faith community facilitator. Following a hiring process, two of the applicants were offered a job sharing opportunity which they accepted. We are delighted to have Emily Davison and Heather McGrath as our OUC facilitators. Their first task will be to become familiar with OUC and the Orleans community through informal conversations with members of the congregation to discuss their experiences and feelings around health care, particularly around end of life experiences. In the spring of 2020, an OUC Volunteer Advisory Committee will be selected to offer ongoing support to this project. We are excited about the ministry and outreach opportunities this project will offer our community!
Encouraging each other to look beyond ourselves and our congregation through God’s love, to recognize the needs of others, and to respond faithfully and generously. The Outreach ministries, reported below are: Outreach Committee; Mission and Service Fund; the Interchurch Refugee Group; and Ottawa Presbytery.
The generosity of this congregation and the dedication of scores of volunteers have enabled OUC to continue sharing God’s goodness to vulnerable and marginalized families and individuals. Our sincere desire to promote justice and equality with others is at the heart of serving God’s purpose in the world. We at OUC partner with God and each other to provide a “continuum of care” from local neighbourhood ministries and programs, to national and global neighbours through the Mission & Service Fund of the United Church of Canada.
Centre 507, Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard (GEFC), Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre (OCCRC) and their food cupboard, Eastern Ottawa Community Resource Centre (EOCRC), Helping With Furniture, Multi-faith Housing Initiative (MHI), Interchurch Refugee Group, Tucker House, Habitat for Humanity, Kairos Ottawa and the Community Pastoral Care Group. The acronyms are how they refer to themselves.
Achievements in 2019
- A frequent schedule of Minutes for Mission presented during Sunday Worship
- Generous monthly donations of food to both the Gloucester and Orleans-Cumberland food cupboards. The food offerings on the first Sunday of the month with targeted donation items and posters have promoted continued interest in the program. In addition to food items we also received $1,887.50 for the Food Cupboards which is important because they are able to multiply their purchasing power.
- The Lenten “Change for Change” collected coins and focused on our Sunday School demographic for the development of generosity & empathy within our next generation. The result, which included a doubling by a member of our congregation, was $1,973.20 for Wampum hosted by Five Oaks Intercultural and Interfaith Education Centre in Paris ON [Gifts with Vision 19-39]. At this youth camp, Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth learn about each other and the Six Nations of the Grand River Treaty territory.
- Back to School campaign in August. Four boxes of school supplies were collected & delivered to the Orleans/Cumberland and Eastern Ottawa Resource Centres.
- Rev Caroline participated in the Community Pastoral Care Group, which is a group of ministers and laypersons from a growing number of Orleans churches, who are coordinating activities within the community. Their efforts involved coordinating the Thanksgiving Dinner for the residents of Montfort Renaissance’s “Les Terrasses”, and support for the Carefor’s Adult Day Care program.
- The congregation provided a generous response in White Gift donations and personal care items, clothing, winter coats, toiletry items for clients of Centre 507.
- Angel Tree – Christmas gifts to support 70 children known to the local Resource Centre.
- Season of Giving Calendar Project – Organized by Nathalie Merchant, OUC continued our tradition of sharing God’s goodness with others through a daily practice of making space in our homes and finding meaningful donations for those in need.
- The Green initiative has resulted in OUC using the municipal pickup for the past five years. Thanks to the Property team for their ongoing emphasis to ensure the diversion from garbage to recycling & compost continues.
- The Global Outreach fund has a remaining balance of $480.00 designated to assist OUC youth participation in mission work.
Goals for 2020
1. Promote and champion the Mission and Service Fund including World Development & Relief through focused fundraising and awareness with the congregation.
2. Continue to expand collaboration with and support for the list of community partners above.
3. Continue to promote the “Green” church policy so that OUC committees and rental groups adapt their activities to minimize the production of landfill-destined waste.
4. Support our youth with any involvement in Outreach activities they choose to embrace; such as exposure tours of the Food Cupboards / Resource Centres / Centre 507 / Mission / Multi-faith Housing activities, or even participate in a Canadian or foreign work mission trip.
5. Investigate opportunities to learn more about how the congregation might respond to the aboriginal situation in Canada.
I need to recognize Alison Sales who has stepped away from active participation with the Outreach team at the end of 2019 to move to Council and continue with A Joyful Yarn. Her contribution to the work of this congregation in the world, has involved years of effort & concern. Thus at the end of 2019 the team consists of Joan & Chalid Brockelbank [Food Cupboards & A Joyful Yarn], Natalie Merchant [Season of Giving Calendar], Lorna Hobbs [Habitat for Humanity Lunches], George Teather, Rob Orchin, Paul Sales [Mission & Service], Rev. Caroline Penhale [Benevolent Fund & Community Pastoral Care Group], & Dave MacWilliam (chair) [Multi-faith Housing Initiative], [Back to School campaign] & [Angel Tree]
I would like to thank the team plus the several scores of volunteers who support Outreach activities; for the blessing of their many hours of time and the enthusiastic help that they have so generously given; and the encouragement provided by Rev. Caroline Penhale, all of which energized and enabled this ministry to prosper throughout 2019.
Submitted in gratitude & humble trust,
Outreach Team Chair
Congratulations to every member of the congregation who contributed, as the donations including Gifts with Vision to the end December 2019 brought our total to $37,002.98. However, now that the Tower project has been completed, we can afford to refocus our attentions outside our walls again. Therefore, the OUC goal for 2020 is $40,000.
Mission & Service is how we live out the call of the church to do God’s mission. By giving regularly you make a difference in people’s lives, offer healing and hope in a hurting world. It supports programs, missions and ministries across Canada and around the world, through 79 global partners in 21 countries and includes education programs; women’s empowerment; food, housing support, and advocacy to alleviate poverty; assistance for theological students, lay leaders, and camping; congregational support; healing the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people; and youth programming.
Therefore, Mission & Service is this congregation’s opportunity to participate in the broader Christian ministry beyond our local community of Orléans. Our donations go where we cannot. The quarterly Mandate magazine has detailed information on how the donations are distributed. Copies are usually available on the table in the Narthex and a copy of the ‘Pie Chart’ appears on the Outreach board in the Hall.
It is important to be aware that this congregation does not ”top-up” our giving to Mission & Service from general revenues & offerings to reach the annual goal. Consequentially, it is critical that if donors are intent on supporting Mission & Service, in addition to their regular support for OUC, that they clearly designate the amount or percentage that they wish to donate to Mission & Service;
1) on the front of their regular envelopes, or
2) use a separate Mission & Service envelope found in the pews and Narthex, or
3) to the PAR (pre-authorized remittance) coordinator, Winston Babin.
For more information, please speak to Paul Sales, our Mission & Service Enthusiast.
Submitted in gratitude & humble trust,
Outreach Team Chair
The Interchurch Refugee Group
The Interchurch Refugee Group (IRG), a registered charity, is an ecumenical coalition of 5 East Ottawa churches – Orleans United Church, Community Pentecostal Church, Epiphany Anglican Church, Navan-Vars United Church, and Rothwell United Church. For 30 years, the IRG has been sponsoring government-approved refugee families, supporting their integration into Canadian society and facilitating their transition towards self-sufficiency. The IRG has been very active in 2019 supporting and settling two families – one family from Iran and another from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
In January of 2019, the IRG was waiting anxiously for news from Farhad and Kate about their personal safety. We were also co-ordinating our efforts with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, the Anglican Diocese, Amnesty International and other agencies to hasten the processing of their application because of the peril they faced. On January 23, M.P. Andrew Leslie intervened, requesting urgent protection for this family, resulting in their arrival in Canada about six weeks later. Janet Nield, the Chair of the IRG writes, “Even now, a year later, the emotions I felt when that letter was given to me, have only been superseded by how I felt when we stood at the bottom of the Ottawa airport escalator, seeing this family of two parents and their little boy arrive in Ottawa, to safety and their new life.”
In less than one year, the situation for them is quite different. Kate has been fully employed since last summer, putting her accounting knowledge and skills to good use. Farhad has continued his academic research and writing, as well as some lecturing, while building his network and making Canadian contacts. He begins a three-year academic contract in May, teaching in the Political Science Department of a university. Eli is thriving in daycare and quickly learning English. Their sponsorship with the IRG comes to a close at the beginning of March, 2020, with them well established here in Ottawa.
In July, the IRG was granted $10,600 from the BVOR Fund, a philanthropic fund created to encourage the sponsorship of refugees through the Canadian government’s Blended Visa Office Referred program. Having undertaken 3 previous BVOR sponsorships, we were well aware of the advantages of sponsoring travel-ready families and splitting the costs of monthly sponsorship evenly with the government. The time-limited opportunity to secure a grant, however, encouraged us to step out in faith and sponsor a second family concurrently with the Iranian family, knowing that it would eliminate the need for immediate fund-raising.
A family of four from the DRC – Carine, Hamed, and their sons, Sage and Shalom, arrived on September 19. Despite the severe shortage of affordable rental housing, they are settled in a two-bedroom apartment close to everything they need – a good school for Sage, in JK; and an ESL program for the parents, which provides daycare for Shalom. Shopping is close by, as is a good bus route. They have their OHIP cards and their Permanent Residence cards. They have a doctor, a dentist, and optometrist. All is on track for another successful sponsorship.
Thanks to our amazing team of volunteers and supporters, we ended 2019 with enough money to complete the sponsorship support for our two current families, with just over $12,000 in additional uncommitted funds that can be put toward a future sponsorship.
The generous monetary donations provided by our supporting churches for the 2019 calendar year are detailed below. We could not have undertaken our big fundraising events of the year, the Pasta Dinner and the Garage Sale, without the efforts of our church volunteers and our supporters! We are also grateful to our supporting churches for our “Other” donations, generated by volunteers and church congregants who spread the message of our work and the needs of our families.
What is not reflected in these figures are the thousands of hours spent by our nearly 30 volunteers, nor the enormous volume of donated furnishings, household items and clothing that make our sponsorships financially feasible and help us to make beautiful, comfortable homes for the families we support. We look forward to the continued support of Orleans United Church as we prepare for another rewarding year.
|IRG 2019 Calendar Year Financial Donations|
|Community Pentecostal Church||$ 835|
|Epiphany Anglican||$ 950|
|Navan-Vars United Church||$ 590|
|Orleans United Church||$ 3,495|
|Rothwell United Church||$ 2,625|
|Fundraiser Dinner, St Mary’s Anglican Church, Navan||$ 2,973|
|Garage Sale Fundraiser||$ 1,548|
If you are interested in learning more about the work of the Interchurch Refugee Group, please speak to any of the current volunteers from Orleans United Church – Annette Loebach Bater, Lynne Currie, Lyle Fair, Ivan Fenton, Elaine Moores, Jill Parkinson, Michel Pichette, Margaret Richardson, Glen Stoudt, Lynn Stoudt, Rick Verway and Sara Washburn-Pichette. Together, they have been involved in almost all aspects of refugee settlement and would be glad to share stories of this rewarding ministry. You may also contact us at email@example.com.
Please pray for both these families, and pray for the continued ministry of the Interchurch Refugee Group.
Rev. Janet Nield, Chair; Sara Washburn-Pichette, Treasurer; Margaret Richardson, OUC
Eastern Ontario Outaouais Regional Council
The Eastern Ontario Outaouais Regional Council consists of 133 pastoral charges and more than 200 communities of faith.
Geographically, the region is large, extending east to Hawkesbury, Ontario and Chelsea in western Quebec, west to Denbigh, south to the St. Lawrence River and north to Nânâdônok. We gratefully acknowledge the traditional unceded lands of Indigenous Peoples on which our buildings and ministries have been built. EOORC is the administrative organization between the General Council and the congregations and faith communities.
The EOORC’s population is diverse, with a mix of rural, urban, and small-town dwellers coming from the far reaches of eastern Ontario and western Quebec, the cosmopolitan city of Ottawa, and many towns along the St. Lawrence River all the way to Gananoque. We proudly serve a sizable population of Francophone speakers and a Chinese United Church in Ottawa.
The EOORC upholds the beliefs of the United Church of Canada. Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, our mission is to offer compassion and love to those in need, to welcome newcomers into our community, and to help people grow in their relationship with God. EOORC meets this spring on February 22 for a one day meeting in Ottawa and for a two day meeting on May 1 & 2 in Cornwall to work together in supporting the congregations and the ministry in training and offering programming for all ministries including youth YAYA (Youth and Young Adults), United Church Women, Stewardship and Gifts, Pastoral Relationships, Communities of Faith, Clusters and Networks and Affirming Ministries
Due to the size of OUC congregation, we qualify for four LAY representatives along with our clergy. Currently our representatives are David Patterson, Paul Sales and Debbie Burch.
Striving to be as efficient, effective and environmentally sound as possible in managing our church’s building, financial and human resources for God’s work. These Resource ministries, reported below are: Ministry and Personnel; Property (including Use and Occupancy); Finance; Fundraising; and Board of Trustees.
The OUC M&P Committee, in accordance with the guidance contained in the United Church Manual, provides consultative support to our staff; reviews and makes recommendations on working conditions and remuneration; and generally acts as liaison between OUC staff and members and adherents of our congregation. We also deal with the normal human resources issues of temporary hiring, sabbatical leave, sick leave, etc.
M&P Committee members in 2019 were: Ruth Fox as liaison for Rev Molly Bell, Kimberley Unterganschnigg as liaison for Rev Caroline Penhale, Gary Boyd stayed on as liaison for Scott Richardson, while Jill Parkinson took on the role of liaison for our office administrator, Kim Gratton. Both Pamela Eisner-Parsche and Jean Shaddick are members at large, while the undersigned, with the excellent support of all committee members and the OUC staff, remains as chair.
2019 proved to be an interesting year for M&P. We hired LCol (retired) Paul Whynacht, who is in his last year of theological studies, as a student Minister over the period of Rev Molly’s sabbatical this past summer. Then, when Rev Molly did not return as planned due to illness, M&P arranged for appropriate sick leave, worked with the region, EOOR, and the national church to find innovative ways to support Rev Caroline and generally did everything we could to continue with activities at OUC as normal. Finally, we were blessed to have Rev Molly return on a graduated Return to Work (RTW) program in December, and M&P remains closely involved to assist her as she continues to heal.
Through it all, we have been fortunate to have an understanding congregation and the unstinting assistance of other committees, such as Worship, Finance and Council. And of course, all of the members of our staff team have selflessly pitched in to make it work! I would like to personally express my humble appreciation to Rev Molly, Rev Caroline, Paul Whynacht, Scott and Kim for their dedication to the life and work of OUC. Thank you very much!
Chair, M&P Committee
The OUC Property Committee is responsible for the maintenance of the church building, equipment, grounds and security, as well as oversight of the rental and use of church facilities by individuals and organizations in the wider community.
The following topics are covered in this report:
- Maintenance activities and accomplishments
- Tower Takedown Project
- Rental and use of church facilities
Maintenance Activities and Accomplishments
- Fire Safety
- Installed an external key box to facilitate emergency access to the church by Ottawa Fire Services personnel
- Carried out annual inspections of fire alarm system and adjacent fire hydrant, and monthly inspections of fire extinguishers
- Food Safety
- Reviewed OUC food safety procedures and confirmed that OUC is in compliance with the Ontario Government Food Premises regulation (Ontario Regulation 493/17, Part 1, Section 2)
- Posted Food Preparation notices inside and outside of the OUC kitchen
- Replaced sanitizing dishwasher in Kitchen
- External Maintenance & Landscaping
- Replaced missing shingles after roof was damaged by windstorm
- Removed dead tree from northeast corner of the property
- Maintained beautiful gardens (thanks to Shirley & Peter Holt)
- Planted fir tree on west lawn (thanks to Lynn & Glenn Stoudt)
- Repaired handicap push-button door switch at main entrance
- Replaced all bulbs, the long extension cord and the daylight sensor timer on the outdoor PEACE sign
- Replaced the Sound Room’s two ceiling light fixtures with integrated LED units
- See Tower Takedown section of this report for additional details on external maintenance activities
- Internal Maintenance
- Repaired fridge, air conditioning system in F4, and urinal in men’s washroom
- Supplied and installed new faucets in the kitchen (thanks to Cindy Blanchard)
- Supplied and installed two new stoves for the kitchen (thanks to Dot Cooper)
- Second chest freezer was installed in the lounge for use by the bazaar team
- Maintenance and upgrades to multiple light fixtures in Narthex, Chapel, Sound Room, hallways and offices (Scott and ministers)
- Repairs to electrical outlets in the Hall
- Housekeeping and Cleaning Services
- Transferred the OUC Housekeeping Services contract from Entreprises CLM to Allstars Maintenance Services
- Installed a three-compartment grey recycling bin in the Hall. to facilitate sorting and recycling of paper, plastic and cans
- Carpets cleaned in late August (offices, Narthex, Chapel, Hallways, Library)
- Sanctuary Window
- Facilitated a dialogue with the congregation on the topic of what, if anything, should be done to change the appearance of the window. This resulted in the decision to leave things as-is
- Removed the film that diffused the light in order to resolve a stain that appeared on the window in the summer. Installed light-filtering arch shades to diffuse the light over the winter months, as a temporary fix, pending re-installation of new film on the exterior of the window when the warm, dry weather returns
- Posted notifications to users (e-mail and signage) prohibiting propping open OUC doors
- Coached users on use of main door access fobs and alarm system
- Continued close monitoring of door security and building alarm systems and assignment of fobs to users (thanks to Gloria McArthur)
- Storage and Organization
- Carried out major cleaning and reorganization of storage room S2 and the janitorial room J1
- Cleaned up and reorganized the Lounge
Tower Takedown Project
The dismantling of the iconic OUC tower was successfully completed in 2019. The following is a summary of the work that was carried out:
- Removal of the tower roof and four columns, repair of the remaining brickwork, and installation of limestone caps on the entranceway sidewalls;
- Re-shingling of the lower southwest section of the main building roof, including replacement of several joists that were found to be rotted, along with replacing the plywood section over the new joists;
- Replacing the flashing under 52 windows on the second and third levels; the flashing was found to be defective when the roof work was being carried out; and
- Repair of the damage on front lawn caused during Tower Takedown project.
The project was completed within budget in spite of the unforeseen requirements and scope of work that were identified during the implementation of the project. We owe much gratitude to George Teather who did a fantastic job in planning and overseeing the execution of this important project.
Use and Occupancy
OUC promotes the community use of our facilities. On any day of the week, dozens of people come through our doors. Not only does our building provide our congregation with a place to worship, grow and celebrate, OUC is home to a Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) congregation, who worship on Saturdays and gather for many other activities during the week. We are currently in the final stages of negotiating a two-year extension to the SDA contract.
In 2019 we received revenues from more than 45 users/groups; we also receive revenue from clients who pay parking fees to OUC. About 60% percent of the total revenue comes from three groups: SDA, Tai Chi and Coro Vivo.
These revenues represent a very important contribution to OUC’s overall operating budget, and we encourage all congregants to celebrate and support the ongoing use of our building by members of the wider community.
The Property Committee is in the process of implementing a general increase of 2.5% to the rental rates in 2020.
The Property Committee is very grateful to the many dedicated volunteers (listed below) who together have contributed countless hours to the smooth operation and economical maintenance of Orleans United Church.
If you would like to lend us a hand, please contact me or anyone else on the Property Committee.
|Members of Property Committee|
|Ron Hunt||Chair of Property Committee Oversight of Use & Occupancy|
|France Lemay-Legault||Oversight of housekeeping contract and recycling|
|James Peverley||Oversight of SDA contract|
|Janet Quirt||Storage and indoor organization|
|George Teather||Landscaping & Parking Tower Takedown project manager|
|Dave Humenuk||OUC’s Handyman|
|Winston Babin||Oversight of snow clearing contract|
|Kim Gratton||Client interface for OUC rentals|
|Shirley & Peter Holt||Gardens|
|Gloria McArthur||Security System Administrator|
|Roger Morin||Inspection of fire extinguishers|
|Brian Braceland, Dot Cooper, Lyle Fair, Rob Palo||Lawn maintenance and special landscaping projects/tasks|
|Neil & Cheryl Holden, Dave MacWilliam, Dave Patterson, Ken Richardson, Mary Lou Robillard, Marni Hunt Stephens, Lynn Stoudt, Rick Turnbull||Special projects/tasks|
Ron Hunt, Chair of Property Committee
Tower Takedown Fundraising Challenge
This year we put forth a congregational challenge of raising $40,000 to help defray the construction cost for taking down the tower. I would like to thank all those people who helped organize, and all those people who participated in our envelope campaign, online donations, soup lunches, fashion show, beer choir, chili lunch and the murder mystery dessert event. In total we raised $38,776
In 2019 OUC continued the search for a new chair of Fundraising. There is a position description on the bulletin board outside the Office. Please prayerfully consider whether you might be able to fill this position.
The mandate of the Finance Committee is to oversee and manage the financial affairs of OUC in a responsible manner, to provide assurance that finances are managed in the best interests of the congregation and in keeping with the objectives of the church as determined by the congregation and Council. To achieve this mandate, the Finance Committee will:
- Prepare and present an annual budget for review by Council and approval by the congregation at the Annual Congregational Meeting (ACM);
- Oversee the counting and deposit of congregational offerings in an approved bank account;
- Administer the receipt and disbursement of funds in accordance with the approved budget and policies of Orleans United Church;
- Maintain a record of all receipts and disbursements;
- Manage the church debts;
- Oversee and manage the investment of funds;
- Present to Council monthly financial statements;
- Issue tax receipts to all identified donors at year-end, and submit to the Canada Revenue Agency the annual charitable tax return;
- Present a financial report of the receipts and disbursements for the previous year to the congregation at the Annual Congregational Meeting; and
- Co-ordinate with other Church committees to obtain sufficient financial contributions for the effective operation of our church and maintain liaison with other committees as appropriate.
Acknowledgements: All members of the Finance Committee contribute to the effective operation of the committee: thanks to Bernie Eisener, our Treasurer; thanks also to Alex Mirhady who carries out the duties of Bookkeeper. It is important to also recognize the hard work of Donna Pinke, who looks after Accounts Payable; the contributions of Winston Babin, who has the combined role of PAR and Envelope Steward; Joan Brockelbank who is the committee secretary; Annemarie Humenuk who is Counting co-ordinator; Chalid Brockelbank who is a member-at-large; and Dianne Davis who is responsible for Food Vouchers. All these positions bear significant responsibilities and take considerable time. To all a very big THANKS!
2019 Financial Results: The level of regular congregational offerings, at $286,435, is of concern, as it was more than $7,000 below budget. Building rental income, at $75,663 continues to be an important source of revenue, and was about $1500 over budget. The annual Christmas Bazaar, the major source of fundraising, once again exceeded the previous year’s success, contributing to a fundraising total of $65,127, more than $15,000 over budget. In addition, there was a bequest of $12,975. The fundraising and rental revenues and bequest more than made up for the lower than expected level of offerings, resulting in overall regular operating revenues of $456,529, which were almost $24,000 above budget. Total operating expenditures were $398,871, well below the budget estimate of $423,207. Two important factors were lower than budgeted: staff salary and ministry programs expenditures, which were below budget by about $20,000 and $9,500 respectively. Utilities and building maintenance expenses were about $6,000 over budget.
In 2019, the Tower Takedown, which removed the four tower columns and roof was completed. The net cost was $46,911, almost $2,000 over budget. Other capital expenses were $10,491, compared to a budget of $20,000.
After capital expenditures of $57,402, the net surplus was $574, compared to a budget deficit of $55,607, a remarkable achievement!
With the continuing support of the congregation, Mission and Service contributions were $35,030, compared to the budgeted amount of $38,000.
Our long term financial position continues to improve. Remaining long term debt includes the $100,000 McKendry Fund, on which interest-only payments are being made. Monthly payments continue on the Presbytery Extension loan, reducing it to $90,041as of December 31, 2019, compared to $111,700 a year earlier.
The increasing cost of maintenance and major expenditures due to the age of our building continues to be a challenge. As well, the continuing drop in the number of regular donors and its effect on regular offerings is a concern. The increased role of fundraising in recent years has been an important factor in the financial health of the church.
Offerings from the congregation are the major source of revenue for our church, about 70% of the total. We extend our thanks to you, the members of the congregation, for your continued financial support which, together with your many valuable volunteer activities, allows OUC to continue to lead efforts to fulfill Christ’s mission here in Orleans and the wider community.
Chair of Finance
The Board of Trustees holds the legal title to all the property of the church, real and personal, in trust for the United Church of Canada.
In 2019 the members of the board are Cheryl Holden, Craig Bater, David Patterson, Nancy Birchard and Gary Boyd.
A majority of the Trustees must be members of the United Church of Canada and each must be appointed by the congregation. Trustees are usually long-time members of the congregation.
In the United Church of Canada, the Trustees act in the name of the congregation:
- In matters of legal formality such as our title deed and mortgages;
- In matters of long term financing proposals and permanent alterations to our church building;
- In matters of ensuring adequate insurance;
- In matters of inventory and maintenance of congregational property, contents and equipment;
- In making recommendations with respect to the use and care of the buildings and grounds
- in maintaining the Memorial Book.
The Trustees review these matters with the Finance and Property Committees.
The Board of Trustees is a committee of Council. It meets only as needed and reports, upon request, to Council, the Annual General Meeting, and to the Ministers.
The Trustees hold and invest the Memorial and Celebration Fund and make recommendations to Council regarding the use of the gifts to this fund. There was $1300 added to the fund in 2019 for a total of $6892.92.
Chair of Trustees