Our church community gathers in worship to remember the Shock and Awe of that first Easter morning. Come join with us as we celebrate the Good News that Christ is Risen and as we seek to share God’s goodness on this special day. Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed!
The Licenced Lay Worship Leaders of OUC offer an opportunity to begin Easter morning with a joyful celebration of Christ’s Resurrection. Join them for an informal worship service followed by an Easter Breakfast from 8:45 – 9:30 (breakfast tickets available from the church office).
The Passion Story continues on this day as we gather at 10am to lament. We will hear the story of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion told from the perspective of many of those who, we are told, were there. Come lay your burdens and your grief at the foot of the cross as we prepare to wait once more for the Resurrection and its promise of new life in Christ.
On Holy Thursday we gather for a meditative time of remembrance. Through song and scripture, we will remember Jesus’ last night with his followers. This time of reflection and prayer will include a ritual of hand washing, Holy Communion around the table, and a chance to prepare our hearts for the days to come.
Beginning a new year is the perfect time to acknowledge the tremendous work that has taken place by many hands throughout the year to make Orleans United Church such a special and welcoming home.
First, our ministers have gone above and beyond to meet the needs of OUC’s members. As we begin to adapt to church life without Rev. Dr. Glen Stoudt, a special thank you must be sent out to Rev. Molly Bell for her stalwart, warm, and kind leadership through this transition. We were also blessed to have Rev. Suzanne Sykes among us from September to December, and we look forward to sharing in the gifts that Rev. Caroline Penhale will share with us in the coming year and beyond. We offer deep thanks to these strong and faithful leaders.
I also want to acknowledge and thank our Office Administrator, Kim Gratton and our Music Director Scott Richardson, whose collaboration, organization, and many talents contribute to the rich experience that people have when coming to OUC, whether for the first or the one hundredth time.
Finally, a special word must be reserved for the many volunteers that Orleans United is blessed to have had throughout the year. There are far too many accomplishments and people to list here, and no matter how big or small commitments were, I want to thank each volunteer for making a difference and helping to strengthen our church family, our community and our country.
Looking into this New Year, there will once again be numerous opportunities to lift up the life and ministry of our congregation. Please consider joining one of the many groups active in supporting our church, and I invite you to keep an eye on our social media sites to stay connected and informed:
- Our Website, http://orleansunitedchurch.com/
- Our Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/OrleansUnitedChurch
- Our YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnOu5yFybhiRZ6fGiMIS_9w
- And our Twitter Feed, @OrleansUnited
May you be blessed and bring blessings to others in the year ahead,
Angela Fenton, Council Chair, Orleans United Church
Writing this note in the singular feels awkward to me this year. While I have been the minister who has remained constant over the course of the past year, the concept of equal and collaborative team ministry is central to how Orleans United operates, and indeed encapsulates the essence of “who” OUC truly is. The ministry team works as partners, and along with the other paid staff members and many volunteer leaders of our church, encourages and grows the ministries and programs this congregation strives to provide. Building meaningful faith relationships and developing the next generation of leaders within our faith community are high priorities for the team ministry. And so while I write this report as one person, I lift up the many people who have served and who continue to serve as ministers with this congregation.
2016 was a year of change and transition within the ministry team at OUC. The congregation focused much of its energy on the leadership transitions taking place, including using the Joint Needs Assessment to conduct a search for a new team minister, filling short-term ministry needs, and keeping our Core Ministries vital. Highpoints included unique and meaningful worship as Rev. Glen embraced his last months in ministry with a bang; focus on our Resource Ministries as our sanctuary was transformed and revitalized by an amazing group of volunteers as well as significant financial support; vibrant and engaging programs in our Learning Ministries; increased opportunities to participate in Outreach Ministries; and ever-expanding circles of Care Ministries. I am exceedingly grateful for the understanding, support and efforts of this congregation to support our Core Ministries, and my role as minister, over the past year.
For me, it remains a great privilege to serve in ministry alongside some of the most caring, gifted, funny, giving teammates anyone could ask for. It was a joy to accompany Rev. Glen Stoudt through to his retirement and I was blessed by the creativity and possibility that he inspired in me and in our ministry together. He will forever remain a cherished friend and trusted companion. Rev. Suzanne Sykes gifted our congregation with her presence in the fall, providing compassionate care and inspired teaching in her leadership. It is with thanks that we all assure her that she will remain part of our extended faith family! Kim Gratton’s administrative skills, steadfast presence, diligence and sense of humour make coming to the office fun every day, and I am grateful for all the ways she makes running this church seem effortless. Sharing worship with a talented and easy going music director like Scott Richardson is a true gift. After all these years he continues to amaze and inspire me with his abilities. Thank you all for the ways you have made our vision of equal, collaborative ministry a reality at Orleans United.
As I look to the future of OUC, I am excited about the possibilities for sharing God’s goodness that are waiting to be discovered, both within this faith community and outside our church walls. It is a blessing to continue to welcome new families into our larger church family, to witness leaders guiding our congregation with passion and purpose, to see grassroots ministry initiatives taking root, to find ways to move our ministry beyond our walls, to look to the future with hope and promise. I eagerly anticipate sharing ministry with Rev. Caroline Penhale and look forward to the team we will grow and develop together to serve this congregation.
This annual report presents a small glimpse into the dynamic, vibrant life we lead together as Orleans United Church. I am deeply grateful for the countless people who have shared their time, talents, and treasure with this congregation over the past year, especially during times of change and transition. I am excited about what 2017 has in store for our congregation, trusting that God will be guiding us on our journey!
Yours in Christ,
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; Stewardship Conversation; and 8th Orleans Scouting
Members: Esther Clarke, David Clarke, Sara Washburn-Pichette, Joanna Adair, Sarah Adair, Suzanne Allen, Peter Holt, Sheila Parisien, Michel Pichette, Samantha Carter, and many, many more substitute and summer teachers, Camp Awesome and Christmas Pageant volunteers!
In May Sara Washburn-Pichette stepped down from leading the Children’s Ministry. David and Esther Clarke assumed these duties
During the regular school year, our Nursery offers care for children ages 0-3 with one paid support staff accompanied by a dedicated Youth volunteer.
Through the first half of 2016 and up to May 2016 we were fortunate to have 8 talented teachers who alternated weeks providing Sunday School for Preschool to Grade 6. The classes were divided into four groups, PreK/JK, SK/Grade 1, Grade 2 & 3 and Grade 4, 5, 6. During the summer months, the Nursery remained open with the help of parent volunteers. With overall attendance lower in the summer, we use a “One Room Sunday School” model and recruit weekly volunteers, typically parents, who always do a wonderful job.
With the start of our Sunday School (runs from September 2016 – May 2017) there were only 3 regular teachers plus Esther and David Clarke to provide Sunday School classes. A request for more volunteer teachers was added to the announcements and Rev. Molly asked the congregation. Gratefully, parents volunteered to fill in a Sunday here and there but were not able to commit to teaching on a more regular basis. Even with the volunteers David and Esther Clarke were not able to attend worship from September – December 2016 as gaps needed to be filled in the Sunday School schedule.
We had another wonderful summer hosting a week of Camp Awesome, the Vacation Bible School run by Ottawa Presbytery. Our church was buzzing as 36 campers, along with counsellors, Leaders in Training, and volunteers spent the week exploring the theme “Super Heroes of the Bible”. We are grateful to all the volunteers who help make this experience possible for our community, with special thanks to Brenda, Samantha, Julia, Sarah, Robin, Marni, and Jason for keeping our campers organized, fed, and having fun!
We are very thankful for the regular teachers and all the volunteers, parent and youth helpers and an occasional music leader.
We would like to add a big thank you to our Youth Group who have volunteered to assist us on many occasions (including One room Sunday School, Christmas Class and Sundae Sunday). The children truly enjoy the time they get to spend with the Youth Group.
Our whole faith community enjoys family activities, with Sundae Sunday being a highlight every May. Our Welcome Back BBQ in September is the perfect way to reconnect after a busy summer. Our Advent Activity of gingerbread house decorating was a great success and we can’t wait to do it again next year.
Every year, the Christmas pageant is a great success with a multi-generational approach and a modern plot twist. With the creative talent of our resident playwright, Marni Hunt-Stephens, and a whole lot of volunteers (special thanks to Charlotte McRae, Robin Januska, and Janet Quirt), the children are able to share true meaning of Christmas with our congregation.
We are so blessed to have so many wonderful youngsters in our church family.
Esther and David Clarke, Sunday School Coordinators
OUC Youth Ministry provides opportunities for Youth and Young Adults to gather in faith, fellowship, and fun as it 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, 8th Orleans Scouting liaison, 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 include:
- We welcomed 3 new OUC Youth Leaders, Karina Damato, Sara Pichette and Michel Pichette.
- We continue to be served by Youth Leaders: Sarah Benfield, Robin Januska, Kim Francoeur, Mario Francoeur, and Molly Bell. Thank you very much for helping to deliver quality programs to the Youth of Orleans United Church
- Marni Hunt-Stephens stepped down from her role as Youth Leader.
- Ryan Johnson returned to being a Youth Leader in 2016, welcome back.
- We continued with the B4G (Beverage for God) program for our Young Adult cohort (ages 19 to 29)
- The annual goals and objectives document was produced as a collaborative effort between Youth Ministry and the Youth group (OUC Youth)
- We continue to send a representative to sit on the monthly 8th Orleans Group committee meeting. This year that representative is sitting in the role of Group Committee Secretary
- Additions to the Youth Lounge this year included upgraded audio/visual equipment.
- Youth Ministry continues to work collaboratively with the Youth group (OUC Youth). Additional work is needed to highlight the fact that the Youth group is not owned or operated by Orleans United Church, but is in fact an independent association.
- Youth Ministry exceeded our revenue target for 2016, our total revenue contribution was $2211.00, which was 95.7% of our expenses for 2016. Our net cost (expenses – revenue) to the congregation was $98.44.
Overall I would have to say that it was an exceptional year, full of fellowship and an ever growing program that has been a joy to be involved with.
Michael Parsche, Chair, Youth Ministry
Adult Ministries Committee
The Adult Ministries Committee encourages educational programs focused on adult members of our congregation. Our Lenten discussion group concluded the study of Brian D. McLaren’s book, “We Make the Road by Walking”. Given the changes that took place with the retirement of Rev. Glen in August, there was no October School, as the Adult Ministry team became busy supporting existing Adult Ministry programs. For example, the Men’s Breakfast weekly 7 am Bible study is now led by a team of Peter Holt, Paul Beaulieu, David Clemis, and Paul Sales; and Java Jive was led from September to December by Rev Suzanne, who was aided as required by Shirley Holt and Heather McGrath.
Brenda Grassau retired from looking after the library early in 2016 after many years of service. Thank you, Brenda! Heather McGrath graciously volunteered to join Adult Ministries to help with the Library, and is now in the process of reorganizing it. Many thanks to Rev. Glen for the donation of quite a few good books upon his retirement. We rely on donations from the congregation for new stock. Please consider donating any lightly used books on religious topics to our OUC Library.
Observer subscriptions, the last category of Adult Ministries, remain reasonably strong considering the challenges facing most print media.
Finally, the Adult Ministries committee gratefully welcomes any and all suggestions for involving the adult members of OUC in learning more about our faith.
Shirley and Peter Holt, Co-chairs
The stewardship conversation as a ministry team has met periodically to explore the many facets of “stewardship” in the context of our faith community. While we are always mindful that financial matters are an essential part of overall stewardship, we emphasize expressions of stewardship beyond the annual financial stewardship campaign. We promote the idea that money is one component of stewardship rather than the only component, and that generosity finds expression in many different ways.
We understand stewardship “as a life of faithful partnership with God, in response to God’s invitation to care for God’s creation and all those who inhabit it.”
We do this best by participating in OUC’s ministry programs, volunteering with OUC’s ministry teams, and financially supporting OUC’s overall mission and activities. We recognize that this is a work in progress for all of us, but we encourage this kind of response as an act of faith.
We explored a concept of stewardship as one dimension of the work of most, if not all, of the church ministries. After reviewing the concept with Council, we held discussions with the Elders and received encouraging feedback.
During the transition period with Rev. Glen’s departure and the interim period prior to Rev. Caroline’s arrival, we were not active as a group. Some original members of the stewardship conversation also stepped aside, as they were overcommitted with family or other OUC activities.
Our intent for 2017 is to look for new members and to consult with Rev. Caroline regarding how we might go forward with the new clergy team.
John Gibson (convener), Paul Sales, Ken Richardson
8th Orleans Scouting
The 8th Orleans Scout Group has had another successful year! Our continued success is attributable to a program based on the three tenets of the Scouting program, duty to God, duty to others and duty to self, and to having a strong Group Committee and sponsor, Orleans United Church (OUC).
We sincerely thank OUC for providing us with a loving and welcoming community, support and meeting space. This support has enabled 8th Orleans to open a new colony of Beavers and a pack of Cubs in the Avalon area at St. Dominic Catholic School and this expansion has been a highlight of the year. The Avalon area has many new families, and outreach into the area enables youth to have a program near their home. We also have a beaver colony at Convent Glen Catholic School along with all sections at OUC.
Members of 8th Orleans, both youth and Scouters, play an integral part in the life of Orleans United Church including conducting the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and helping at the Men’s Roast Beef dinner, participating in leadership in the congregation’s observances of Remembrance Day and in other services, in local camps including Camp Awesome and in conducting community projects.
During the year, 8th Orleans Group held over 28 camps and the youth participated in numerous other outdoor day activities. We started the year with our third annual group-wide camp organized by our Rover crew. We also implemented Scout Canada’s renewed Canadian Path Program.
Orleans United Church’s sponsorship of the 8th Orleans Scout Group allows us to provide one of the best youth programs in our community – one that is 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. Our continued growth and success can be attributed to our excellent leaders as well as to the support that we receive from Orleans United Church, our sponsor.
Joni Boyd, Group Commissioner, 8th Orleans Scout Group
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; Music Director; and Elders.
The team is comprised of two clergy and seven lay members, and meets about four times a year. Its mandate is to support the clergy in planning worship through the liturgical year in both selecting themes and suggesting study.
The team is responsible for making sure the nuts and bolts needed for worship are readily available: palm crosses for Easter, poppies for Remembrance Day, candles and tapers, use of banners, storage of infrequently used resources, ensuring appropriate display of flags, all things that help welcome worshippers to our space. The team is also responsible for taking note of congregational concerns and acting as liaison to worship leaders, nurturing creativity, and ensuring that ideas get to those who can make them happen. There is a budget for the provision of pulpit supplies, guest musicians and other needs.
This year, we saw the replacement of the carpet in the sanctuary and main office, installation of the ramp that will allow all persons safe access to the chancel, and changes to the Discovery Garden.
We were sad to say goodbye to Rev. Glen Stoudt this summer after six and a half years of dynamic preaching and education. Rev. Glen’s guidance to the worship ministry team and friendship to all was much appreciated. Rev. Glen worked with the team on improving communication with the congregation in planning worship.
We continue to provide orders of service on screen. We are researching expanding the worship experience in order to reach out to the community, using streaming video and audio. This would allow those who cannot attend services such as elderly, sick and shut-in to be part of our great community. The services would be live plus recorded, allowing the services to be seen at any time at any location on the Internet. We continue to improve the technology with our own FM radio transmitter and hope to improve the sound system with an all-digital audio console in this coming fiscal year.
Your Worship Ministry Team: Clergy – Rev. Molly Bell, Rev. Glen Stoudt, Rev. Suzanne Sykes, David Patterson, Marni Hunt-Stephens, Larry Klein, Bill Low, Pat Messier, Paul Beaulieu, and Sarah Benfield.
David Patterson, Chair
Although 2016 was a time of big changes at Orleans United, the dedication of our many volunteer musicians helped maintain a high-quality worship experience for the congregation throughout the year. I want to especially thank our Senior Choir members for their flexibility and their constant good humour.
Our Senior Choir began 2016 by participating in the January 17th celebration of World Religion Day at Ottawa City Hall. This interfaith event, organized by the Baha’i community, was a fascinating window into the variety of religious traditions present in our city.
Our Junior Choir has grown, and membership is once more consistently in the double digits, with a mix of very young children and older preteen members. One of our parents, Jennifer Hirst, has been helping out all year; she suggested that we pair older and younger singers, readers and non-readers, in a kind of ‘buddy’ system, and this arrangement has been very successful.
Both choirs participated this year in the Orleans Choirfest, on the first Sunday of Advent. This annual event, which supports the two local food banks, is a wonderful opportunity for outreach by our singers to the wider community.
Thanks are due, as always, to Pat Messier and Lori Lynn Penny for their willingness to fill in during my vacation weeks. OUC is blessed by your gifts.
OUC is fortunate to count among its membership and extended family a large number of talented singers and players, who offer their gifts throughout the year, especially during the Advent/Christmas season and during the summer months while the choir is on hiatus. Thanks to Mike Bennett, John and Jennifer Cunningham, Frances Buckley, Sarah Benfield, Gail Waterman-Worrell, Paul Sales, Dave Eagles, Katie Gratton, Doretta Charles-Epale, Rebecca White, Graeme Ogilvie, Janet Quirt, and Ian Richardson, as well as to any others whose names I have omitted. I would also like to thank two of my professional colleagues, Nadia Boucher and Tom Sear, who helped out at the piano during Advent.
Finally, I want to express my gratitude to all of the staff who guided the congregation with such care and sensitivity through this time of transformation, and who showed a deep understanding of the importance of our music programme to OUC, supporting us in everything and remaining keenly aware of our needs; thanks to Kim, Rev. Molly, Rev. Glen, and Rev. Suzanne for their spirit of adventure and collaboration throughout 2016.
Scott Richardson, Music Director
Once again, 2016 was a very busy and productive year for the OUC Elders Committee. We welcomed one new member, Cindy Germaine, for whom we will be seeking membership approval at the Annual Congregational Meeting. We also said good bye to Bonnie Gilhooly, who decided to resign from the Elders Committee to pursue other opportunities to serve both inside and outside of OUC. The Elders wish to express our sincere appreciation to Bonnie for her many years of support to the congregation and for her contribution to the Elders Committee.
Apart from changes in membership, the Elders also experienced a number of changes in key leadership positions, with the resignations of both the Secretary (Bev Arnott) and the Chair (Twylla Hodgins). The Elders wish to thank both Bev and Twylla for their many years of support and leadership, and look forward to continuing to work with them as Committee members. Denny Ruddick volunteered to replace Bev as Secretary, with the aid of Marie Ruddick; and Bill and Lisa Meek agreed to assume the roles of Committee Co-Chairs for a two year period. A new Council Member at Large, Lin McCourt, was welcomed to the Elders Committee.
As the ones charged with the spiritual care and oversight of the congregation, the Elders fulfilled their role by preparing and serving the sacrament of communion; approving and assisting in baptisms including baptism preparation meetings with families, and approving weddings. Elders ensured that the Welcome Table operated effectively to welcome newcomers and visitors to the church, and offered a ministry of welcome and hospitality in many different ways. Youth Elders took on leadership roles among the youth of the congregation, supported the Nursery and Sunday School Programs, lead several youth fundraising initiatives, and both organized and hosted a youth worship service.
The goals for 2017 are to maintain existing areas of focus and support and to explore new opportunities to provide a warm and welcoming experience in the church. We hope to recruit new committee members, and continue to support the Ministers, the Church Ministries, Council and the congregation. We will continue to focus on creating a welcoming environment for those visiting OUC, and assisting newcomers in their efforts to “Believe, Belong and Become” members of the OUC faith family. The Elders will support individuals trying to become more active in the church, including those looking to explore opportunities in Ministry. We will continue to support the OUC Ministers by actively participating in worship services; serving as a liaison with Council and other church committees; and reaching out to and connecting with the congregation to share information and respond to the needs of our faith family, our Orleans and Ottawa communities, the United Church of Canada and the world beyond. We will also explore new opportunities to better serve and support our church family as OUC Elders.
Active Members of Elders include: Rev Molly Bell, Rev Caroline Penhale, Beverley Arnott, Olivia Best, Flora Crombie, Phil Chrysler, Sheila Chrysler, Emily DelCastillo, Julia Elliott; Andrea Fisher, Michael Gorley, Gord Gray, Grace Grimes, Helen Guth, Twylla Hodgins, Peter Holt, Shirley Holt, Cheryl Marvin, Bill Meek, Emma Meek, Lisa Meek, Sandra Morin, Jill Parkinson, Katrina Parsche, Donna Pinke, Marie Ruddick, Denny Ruddick, Jean Shaddick, Brenda Sutherland, Barb Sweazey, Kimberly Unterganschnigg, Heather Young and Stephen Young.
Denny Ruddick, Secretary, Elders
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.
Care and Support Team
Orleans United Church’s Care and Support Team is currently comprised of 12 members. Our mandate is to help and support the congregation in times of need, illness, or grief, and in times of celebration. From January until his retirement at the end of August 2016, Rev. Dr. Glen Stoudt was part of the team and acted as our spiritual leader, offering counsel and support. Beginning in September, Rev. Molly Bell helped us to be aware of needs in the congregation and Rev. Suzanne Sykes joined our group and attended meetings, starting in October 2016 and continued in this support role until the end of December, 2016.
There were many needs and activities that kept us busy throughout 2016. As a group, we continued to arrange for caring casseroles; give out comfort bears; write letters and cards; assist with funerals, memorials and special services; visit retirement and nursing homes, hospitals and residences; and maintain the Care and Support Alcove and the email prayer ministry. In these ways, we were able to provide care and comfort to those who were feeling lonely, grieving, ill or depressed, those who required transportation, those who were celebrating and those who just needed someone to be there.
Caring Casseroles/Cards and Letters/Telephone Calls/Comfort Bears
- 30 casseroles were provided to members of the congregation who needed some extra help at home due to an illness, a stressful situation, grief or even a joyful, but busy celebration of a new birth in the family. Thanks to Denise Connors for co-ordinating this.
- Our ever-faithful writer of cards and letters, Bev Arnott, sent many condolences, good wishes, thinking of you and special event notes to a large number of individuals and families within the congregation. Members of the team also made phone calls to express sympathy and support to fellow church members. Comfort Bears were distributed with love.
The Care and Support Team assisted at funerals and memorials throughout the year to be a gentle presence, while helping at a difficult time.
We wish to thank Ann Babin, who co-ordinated the funeral receptions throughout the year, and also thanks to all who contributed time and food for these events. Ann would like to send a special thanks to Denise Connors who is willing and capable to help in any situation.
The following receptions were held following funerals in 2016:
- January 18: Allan Dunbar – 70-80 attended
17 people contributed food/time for this event.
- June 14: Constance Hamilton Jesso– approximately 150 attended
13 people contributed to the event.
- November 3: Donna Went – approximately 100-150 people attended
17 people contributed to this event.
In collaboration with Council, the group helped to host Rev. Glen’s farewell reception on June 26. More than 30 people donated food and time. It was a church-wide event and very well-attended.
Alcove/Email prayer ministry
- CST continues to be present in our Alcove after Sunday services; to chat with anyone who wishes to talk or who has concerns that we may be able to assist with.
- Members of our congregation can become part of the prayer ministry or request prayers through our confidential email prayer ministry at:
Seasons of Life – March 30, 2016 – Caring for Our Aging Brain Session
Our volunteer Parish Nurse, Michelle Smith, planned and presented a helpful information session about healthy aging, both physically and mentally. Rev. Glen added some aspects of spirituality to the presentation and David Clemis provided audio/visual support. A handout with brain exercises was provided to participants. 61 people attended and benefitted from this most informative event. The Care and Support Team provided light refreshments based on the healthy food ideas from the Mediterranean Diet mentioned in the presentation.
Senior’s Residence Tea Time
During the fall, some CST members, accompanied by Rev. Suzanne, visited Seniors’ Residences in Orleans to have tea and spend some time with members of OUC who are now living there. The following took place in November:
- 1 Promenade Residence – 4 residents attended
- 15 Symphony Living Centre – 3 residents attended
- 22 Bruyere Village – 6 residents attended
In addition, Rev. Suzanne and Dave Clemis visited the Promenade Residence on Dec. 20 to share communion with 7 residents. The CST group plans to continue this program into the new year.
In November, we called or sent cards and notes to present and retired members of the military, thanking them for their committed service to our country.
We participated in the worship service on November 13 with a Minute for Mission and ushering.
A Candlelight Prayer Vigil
Rev. Suzanne Sykes lead and CST participated in and hosted this service on December 21. Music Director Scott Richardson provided carols and inspirational music for the service. It was a lovely, quiet, safe and spiritual time for those longing for peace or feeling especially vulnerable during the holiday season.
In May, we said good bye to our Parish Nurse Michelle Smith when she and her family moved away from Orleans.
We miss Rev. Glen’s compassionate touch since his retirement and we appreciated Rev. Suzanne’s interim help and support. Thanks to all members for so many wonderful contributions to the group.
At the present time, we are all sharing the role of chair for this committee, taking turns being the contact person and chairing monthly meetings. We look forward to continuing in our role to help with care and support for our membership here at Orleans United Church.
Members of the Care and Support Team
Coffee Hour after service every Sunday is very well attended. Congregants enjoy the opportunity to socialize with each other. Mike and I have been fortunate to have several volunteers sign up to make coffee as well as muffins and other treats. One couple in particular has decided to take over coffee hour on a regular basis, once a month! And we are blessed with many helpers who often just drop by and give us a hand or drop off a treat even though they may not have officially signed up. I always say “the more the merrier!”
Financially, coffee hour is not a big money maker but it is self-sustaining and we manage to make a small profit for OUC. Coffee hour donations total approximately $2000.00 per year after deducting expenses for coffee, cream and other supplies.
Mike and I are pleased to be able to contribute in a small way to the happy atmosphere that is OUC. We are comfortable in this ministry and we plan to continue in the new year.
Lin McCourt & Mike Benedict, Coffee Coordinators
The Communication Committee was going through a resurgence when I first met with Rev. Glen back in March. He and John Gibson had been meeting with Barb Sweazey and her husband Mark to discuss communication in depth and look at the methods of communication both internally and externally. In April a Communication Survey was undertaken.
The findings were:
- A need to provide a range of platforms that would be the most beneficial communications approach to meet the multi-generational needs, technological preferences and spectrum of our congregation.
- A need to communicate what sets Orleans United Church apart by intentionally showcasing examples of the many actions, events, and initiatives of the congregation that spread God’s goodness within the church, the community and throughout the world.
- A needed support and enhance communication both within and between MinistryTeams
- A need to determine a contact in shaping and sharing communication messages specifically for OUC’S social medial platforms and clarify “roles and responsibilities.”
- A need to communicate and market upcoming special events in the church to let the congregation and public know when and how they can participate in and support the event.
Listed below are some of the Positive Outcomes of the survey:
- Created Communication Bulletin Board outside the Office.
- Reformatted the Life and Ministry (L & M) inserts to ensure the information is clear, user friendly. It’s formatted to share a range of information and provide opportunities to interact.
- Continued to ensure that upcoming events are displayed in a variety of formats (L & M, monitor, Facebook, Website, outdoor sign, local media papers)
- Circulated clipboards for members to update their contact information to expand our distribution list.
- Created a “Did You Know” section in the Life and Ministry and on the website
- Created a book to share and showcase the Butterfly Effect Initiative. The Church Library contains 3 copies of the book.
- Promoted the Plant and Garden Sale, the Welcome Back BBQ, and the Christmas Bazaar.
Thanks to Michelle Hanson we have refreshed our website and Facebook social media platforms. These vital links are up to date and showcase what is happening at OUC
Barb Sweazey tendered her resignation in early June. The Council has since been actively seeking an individual or individuals to Chair and form the Communication Committee. We are hopeful that this Committee will thrive and soar.
“ONE IN THE SPIRIT” This is the initiative of Dave Clemis to interview interesting people and groups of Orleans United Church. The interviews showcase individuals while providing an outreach element encouraging viewers to contact, provide feedback, and consider volunteering within the church.
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.
I am honoured to present this outline of the main activities of the Outreach team. 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 share 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 neighbourhood ministries and programs, to 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 and Kairos Ottawa. The acronyms are how they refer to themselves.
Achievements within 2016
- Tri-weekly schedule of Minutes for Mission presented in the Sunday Worship Services
- Generous monthly donations of food to both the Gloucester and Orleans-Cumberland food cupboards. The Reverse Offerings on the last 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 more than $3,395.00 for the food cupboards.
- The Lenten “Change for Change” collected pocket change and focused on our Sunday School demographic. This resulted in a donation of $1,494.23 for the food cupboards and the development of generosity & empathy within our next generation.
- After Worship on Sunday May 15 the Team served a Soup for M&S lunch appreciated by 90-100 people with many asking for recipes. An educational M&S display was provided by Paul Sales. Workers included Team members plus 8 volunteers and contributions totaling $520.25 for M&S.
- Outreach contributed one $180 registration for Country Fun Nature Camp at Tupper House.
- Back to School campaign in August. Seven boxes of school supplies were collected & delivered to the Orleans/Cumberland and Eastern Ottawa Resource Centres.
- The Welcome Back BBQ was held Sep 18th after the service. About 130 people were served in a vibrant social atmosphere. After expenses, we raised $133.72 for M&S. Planned and run as a “green” event there was some plastic garbage; but most was diverted to a green bin.
- Helping With Furniture: Lots of furniture was collected for two Syrian families and our volunteers delivered it to one. The second family did not arrive so gave their furniture to HWF and other former refugees in need. In addition about 6 people delivered furniture to the warehouse on their own.
- The group A Joyful Yarn has completed their fourth full year, making blankets for Helping With Furniture and donated blankets of various sizes last year. As well as making original hand-crafted blankets they became a conduit to Helping With Furniture for other donated bedding such as already made afghans, blankets, baby blankets and sets of sheets.
- The Outreach Fair held after worship on October 23rd required 13 tables to host our community partners. Many from the congregation enthusiastically took advantage of this valuable opportunity to meet representatives from our community partners and forge their own relationships. The team provided a light lunch.
- Multifaith Housing Initiative – received around $2000 for the Haven project from Outreach and individuals in the congregation plus lots of their cookbooks were purchased.
- The congregation provided a terrific response in White Gift donations and personal care items, clothing, winter coats, toiletry items and $925 for clients of Centre 507.
- December donations to the local Food Cupboards, along with non-perishables and storage containers, also included 10 to 15 bags of seasonal decorations, wrapping supplies and treats for children – to make their celebrations a bit brighter.
- Angel Tree – Christmas gifts to support 75 children known to the local Resource Centres, plus children of our refugee & congregation families
- Reverse Advent Calendar Project – Together, the following gifts were provided to others in our community:
- 5 large bags of hats, mitts and jackets to keep our friends warm at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre
- 12 bags of clothes and accessories to help low-income women prepare for job interviews, via Dress for Success
- 4 large bags of stuffed animals to comfort residents living in extended care facilities, via Stuffy for Seniors
- 3 boxes full of tea, coffee and snacks to soothe and sustain parents at the CHEO Oncology Ward, via Colin’s Army
- 3 bags of baby clothes and gear to outfit young families at the Youville Centre
- 7 boxes of books in support of the annual fundraiser at Kanata United
- 2 bags of markers, and 1 bag of crayons were recycled, via Maple Ridge Elementary School
- The Green initiative has resulted in OUC using the municipal pickup for the past two years. Thanks to Sandra Sales for her 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 2017
- Promote and champion the Mission and Service Fund including World Development & Relief through focused fundraising and awareness with the congregation.
- Support the work of the Inter-church Refugee Group as they respond in concrete ways to the ongoing dislocation of populations around the globe.
- Continue to expand collaboration with and support for local emergency food cupboards and community resource centres, Centre 507, Helping with Furniture, A Joyful Yarn, the Multi-faith Housing Initiative, Tucker House and Habitat for Humanity.
- 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.
- 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.
- Investigate opportunities to learn more about how the congregation might respond to the aboriginal situation in Canada.
Joan & Chalid Brocklebank [Food Cupboards & A Joyful Yarn], Flora Crombie [Multi-faith Housing Initiative], Cindy Germain, Sara Pichette [Interchurch Refugee Group], Margaret Richardson [Interchurch Refugee Group & Back to School campaign], Natalie Merchant [Angel Tree & Reverse Advent Calendar] Alison Sales [A Joyful Yarn], Pat Ulrich [Helping with Furniture & Interchurch Refugee Group], Elaine Moore, Carla Jackson, Rev. Glen Stoudt [Benevolent Fund], Rev Suzanne Sykes & Dave MacWilliam (Chair)
I would like to thank the team and 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. We regret that Cindy Germain has retired from the team after many years; and the support provided by Rev. Glen Stoudt energized and enabled this ministry to prosper throughout 2016.
Submitted in gratitude & humble trust,
David MacWilliam, Outreach Team Chair
The Interchurch Refugee Group
The Interchurch Refugee Group (IRG), a registered charity, is an ecumenical coalition of five East Ottawa churches – Orleans United Church, Community Pentecostal Church, Epiphany Anglican Church, Navan-Vars United Church, and Rothwell United Church. For 27 years, the IRG has been sponsoring government-approved refugee families, supporting their integration into Canadian society and facilitating their transition towards self-sufficiency.
Amidst the high demand to sponsor Syrian refugees, we were extremely fortunate to be approved for the sponsorship of a family of 6 Syrians. The family arrived in mid-February, speaking almost no English. A roster of Arabic-speaking volunteer interpreters from the wider community enhanced our communication abilities. With our assistance, Abdulrahman and Nermen have made a comfortable home for their 4 children and have tended to many medical and dental needs. They are all flourishing at school, ESL classes, and daycare; they thrived at a Family ESL summer day-camp; they have enjoyed many recreational opportunities; and they even purchased a used vehicle, enabling them to visit family in the city’s west end more easily. Abdulrahman has been working part-time for most of the sponsorship and Nermen has begun volunteering at their son’s daycare, in preparation for seeking work.
In mid-March, our sponsorship of Sylvester, Anjelique and their three children officially came to an end. Several IRG volunteers continued to support this Burundian family through 2016, extending friendship and assistance as needed. This enabled the two younger children to play in a summer soccer league and attend Camp Awesome at Navan-Vars United Church and the older daughter to take leadership training and work as a Counsellor-in-Training. At the IRG’s Annual General Meeting in May, Sylvester spoke eloquently of his family’s gratitude for our support.
In the fall of 2015, the IRG applied to sponsor three Syrian young adults who wished to join their aunt and uncle in Orleans. Unfortunately, we learned this year that their entry to Canada was denied at the time of their interviews in Lebanon, and a subsequent appeal to the Minister of IRCC did not reverse this decision. This was a disappointment not only to the applicants and their family, but also to a core group of volunteers from Orleans United who had formed specifically to support them. We were grateful that several of these volunteers subsequently became involved with the first Syrian family to arrive.
We regretfully accepted the resignations of two of the IRG’s longest-serving members of the Steering Committee. Pat Ulrich, from Orleans United Church, and Roy Moffett, from Epiphany Anglican Church, have served the IRG for 16 and 20 years, respectively. The cumulative impact of their dedicated leadership and loyal service is immeasurable. Pat served as the Chair of the IRG for over 10 years and did much to raise the profile of the IRG at Orleans United and to recruit new volunteers to its ministry. Both she and Roy have touched the lives of dozens of refugees forever with their kindness and tireless service on their behalf.
Throughout the year, each of our congregations took on individual activities to support our ministry. One of the highlights occurred when the IRG family came together at Orleans United in January for our second dinner and movie night. Volunteers from all of our congregations worked to create a delicious meal and a memorable evening for the 155 guests, including 5 former refugee families. Over 30 local businesses made donations to this fundraising effort, an indication of the continued high level of support for the refugee cause throughout the community. Orleans United also supported the IRG by gathering a collection of staple grocery items to stock the kitchen of the Syrian family and adding the names of the Syrian children to the Angel Tree. In addition, three of Bernard and Magrette’s children, an earlier sponsored family, were welcomed to Camp Awesome in July.
This year we had a chance to hear first-hand the difference a private sponsorship group like the IRG makes in the lives of sponsored families. Abdulrahman and Nermen were able to compare the ongoing support they received from us to the experiences of several extended family members who arrived in Canada as government-sponsored refugees. The continuous platform of support offered throughout the first 12 months of a family’s arrival is made possible by the generosity of all five supporting congregations. Your financial support, your spiritual support, and your generous gifts of furniture, household goods, clothing, school supplies, sporting equipment and groceries all contribute to the warm welcome and ongoing care offered to those we sponsor. In addition, the many kindnesses shown by the numerous volunteers from Orleans United, who helped them move into their new home, assisted them with school enrollment, aided with budgeting and banking, offered driving lessons, helped with homework, arranged and drove them to countless medical and dental appointments, and helped with so many other tasks, have been significant in their settlement success. Abdulrahman and Nermen have expressed their sincere appreciation often.
The occasion of having two overlapping sponsorships early in 2016 highlighted the need to deepen our pool of volunteers and to create more opportunities for individuals to co-ordinate settlement responsibilities. As the year drew to a close, we planned a leadership re-organization and a targeted recruitment for early 2017 to ensure the continued viability of the IRG. We hope to initiate another sponsorship early in 2017, provided we can fill the available volunteer positions.
We express our gratitude for the ongoing support of our churches as we prepare for another rewarding year. Through God’s grace, we will continue to engage in this life-changing ministry – providing sponsorship, friendship, and support to refugee families.
“ . . . For I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.” – Matthew 25:35 (ISV)
Further information may be obtained by contacting email@example.com.
Margaret Richardson, Chair
Sara Washburn-Pichette, Treasurer
Kristin Goff, Secretary
Interchurch Refugee Group
Mission and Service Fund
Congratulations to every member of the congregation who participated because the donations including Gifts with Vision as of end December 2016 brought our total to $42,504.12 which exceeded the $38,000 goal. This was an increase of an increase of $5,264.88 over 2015. The OUC goal for 2017 was set in November and remains at $38,000.
The M&S Fund is this congregation’s opportunity to participate in the broader Christian ministry beyond our local community of Orleans. Our donations go where we are not usually able to go. The quarterly Mandate magazine has detailed information on how the M&S donations are distributed. Copies are 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’ the M&S Fund, from general revenues & offerings, to reach the annual goal. Consequently, it is critical that if donors are intent on supporting the M&S Fund, in addition to their regular support for OUC, that they clearly designate the amount or percentage that they wish to donate to M&S
1) on the front of their regular envelopes, or
2) use a separate M&S envelope found seasonally in the pews and Narthex, or
3) to the PAR (pre-authorized remittance) coordinator, Winston Babin.
For more information, please speak to members of the Outreach Team.
Submitted in gratitude & humble trust,
David MacWilliam, Outreach Team Chair
Orleans United Church is a part of the Ottawa Presbytery in the Montreal & Ottawa Conference, having two clergy and four lay Presbytery representatives. The Presbytery provides a connection among its more than 64 pastoral charges, some of which host a monthly meeting, including a cash dinner. Normally, the Presbytery meets September through May, but will sometimes meet in June for particular and defined requirements, as it did in 2016. The Reverend Anne Montgomery finished her term as chair in June 2016, with Phyllis McRae becoming the new chair in September; her theme is “Regeneration.”
Of the normal nine meetings, two are program-based. Among many items discussed during business meetings were the Annual Conference of Affirm United, implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, Remits #5 (Ministry Partners within Mutual Recognition Agreements), #7 (Candidacy Pathway), and #8 (Towards a New Model of Membership) – all were voted and passed at the extra meeting in June. As well, discussion took place on several other items, such as an intentional Christian community for Seniors, Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions involved in Israel, and workshops for Remits #1 (Four level court to three level court) and #2 (ending transfers and appointments). In addition, an enhanced Licensed Lay Worship Leader Policy was introduced, which was voted on and accepted. The policy is of interest in that it becomes a conference-wide policy and not just applicable in the Ottawa Presbytery.
As always, the Presbytery youth, YAYA, was vigorous and enthusiastic, including participation at Worshiplude 2016 and Camp Awesome. As well, 20 youth took part in an educational exchange with the Zeballos First Nation community on Vancouver Island.
There are and have been countless events sponsored by various groups in the Presbytery and further information about the Ottawa Presbytery can be found at http://www.uccanottawa.org.
Marni Hunt Stephens
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.
Ministry and Personnel Committee
The mandate and duties of the Ministry and Personnel (M&P) Committee at OUC as determined by the United Church Manual, policy and guidelines are primarily to provide consultative support for our staff, and to review and make recommendations to Council on staff working conditions and remuneration. The M&P Committee also oversees the relationships among our staff and between staff and the members and adherents of our congregation.
During 2016 the M&P committee members changed in part as a reflection of the changes brought on by Reverend Glen Stoudt’s retirement. Our chair, Craig Bater, retired after leading us through a number of busy years: thank you, Craig! Peter Holt replaced Craig as Chair. Ruth Fox remained as liaison for Reverend Bell. Gary Boyd replaced Peter Holt as liaison for our Music Director Scott Richardson. Brenda Sutherland stayed on as liaison for our Office Administrator Kim Gratton. New member Kimberley Unterganschnigg, who had served on the Joint Search Committee for our incoming minister, Reverend Caroline Penhale, will be her liaison when she arrives in January 2017. Pamela Eisener-Parsche remains as a member-at-large and has been joined in that role by “new” member Jean Shaddick. Jean joins us with many, many years of “institutional memory” at OUC. Her arrival brings the committee up to the ideal number of seven for the first time in many years.
In 2016 M&P continued and finally concluded our review of mandatory workplace policies, finalised the updated OUC staff compensation policy for all of our staff members and introduced the new UCC national Ministerial Compensation model for 2016/2017. In addition, we said fond farewell to Reverend Glen in a very moving celebration in June and meaningful final worship service in August. We welcomed our Interim Minister Reverend Suzanne Sykes in September, and then celebrated her time with us with another farewell celebration in December. In addition to all of this activity, we continued as always to provide ongoing consultative support to the ministerial and lay staff at OUC. We look forward to helping Reverend Caroline become part of our OUC Staff Team in 2017!
On behalf of all members of M&P, I want to personally thank each one of our staff members, past, present and future, for their exceptional commitment to the life and work of OUC. We feel that we, and the whole congregation, are truly blessed by the dedication, commitment and amazing talent of our staff!
Peter Holt,Chair of Ministry and Personnel
The OUC Property Committee and its sub-committee, Use and Occupancy, are responsible for the maintenance and use of the church building, equipment, grounds and security.
Over our 30 years as a congregation, Orleans United Church has worked to be a welcoming presence in the community of Orleans. On any day of the week dozens of people come through our doors. Not only does our building provide the OUC congregation with a place to worship, grow and celebrate, it is home to a Seventh-day Adventists congregation, who meet for a service on Saturdays and gather for other activities during the week. Numerous other community groups enjoy our Classrooms, Chapel, Choir Room, Library, Hall and Sanctuary for meetings, concerts, educational and fitness activities. We hope that when all these people enter, the building is an extension of the warm and caring people who call this their church home. As such we strive to maintain the building as a beautiful welcoming centre.
Our goals for 2016 were:
1) To continue our journey to becoming a “greener” church.
2) To evaluate and augment storage space.
3) To replace the worn and fraying 30-year-old carpet in the Sanctuary, four Church Offices, and Library.
4) To build a wheelchair accessible ramp from the floor of the Sanctuary to the Chancel.
We have been making progress on these goals.
- Dave Humenuk sets the heating and air conditioning to match optimal savings.
- While the pews were out of the Sanctuary to put down the new carpet, Dave Humenuk brought in a lift to reach and refit all 19 lighting fixtures to use energy efficient bulbs. Thank you, Dave.
- Water barrels have been added for the convenience of our gardeners who enhance our
- We worked closely with our caretaker who took recycling to heart. He carefully sorted garbage by green bin, paper recycling, cans and glass, and regular waste. Please help out by choosing the designated recycle bins.
- A large storage room off the Chapel was repurposed to be a Worship Storage Room, gathering all worship materials into one place.
- A spacious rank of storage cupboards was created by Robert Kilpatrick on one wall of the Cloak Room next to the Chapel.
Thank you, Robert. In January 2017, the Seventh-day Adventists’ audio equipment and worship material will be moved to two of these cupboards, setting up a domino effect which will make all storage more accessible for users.
Ramp and Carpet
Building a ramp and replacing the carpet was a 15-month project just completed in January of 2017 and generously financed by the congregation. It was visualized by Richard Davis and brought to reality by many volunteers who planned the construction, moved furniture, tore down, rebuilt, drywalled, painted, and added the finishing work. An architect and electrician were hired as well. Thanks to all.
We continue to look at OUC’s sizeable presence in the neighbourhood. Keeping our neighbours in mind, we realize OUC’s image would benefit from having more volunteers to tend to the gardens, lawns and trees. There are always leaves to rake, flowers to tend to, lawns to mow, snow to shovel, and outdoor equipment to maintain.
As our church building ages, large additional expenses are looming. Council is contemplating the tremendous cost of removing the tower on the front of the church. We are also aware that equipment inevitably needs to be replaced.
We would like to express our appreciation for the dedication of volunteers who spend countless hours to facilitate the smooth and economical operation of Orleans United Church.
Sandra Sales, Chair of Property
II: Use and Occupancy
Revenues from building rentals were above budget again this year. We were able to maintain our two main long term tenants and we anticipate increasing the number of short term rentals. It is a busy building and we must give thanks to Kim Gratton for keeping all the dates and times from overlapping.
My thanks and appreciation also goes to chair of Property Sandra Sales, Dave Humenuk, and many others who have assisted in making my job a lot easier.
Richard Davis, Chair of Use and Occupancy
If you have questions about the operation of OUC please consult the following list of committee members.
Sandra Sales – Chair of Property
Winston Babin – Service Contracts
Richard Davis – Chair of Use and Occupancy
Shirley Holt – Gardens
David Humenuk – Maintenance
Robert Kilpatrick – Unassigned
Dave Patterson – Communications and Sound
George Teather – Finance and Landscaping
Thank you to all who co-ordinated, advertised, baked, sewed, crafted, hosted, and supported our fundraising events this past year.
Our annual Christmas Bazaar made record breaking profits and we thank the committee and its members for all their dedicated work. We continued with our annual, well-loved activities such as: frozen berries sales, spring home and garden show, weekly coffee and muffins, weekly grocery gift card sales, men’s congregational dinner, soup lunches, chili cook-off, fashion show, vineyard tour and wine tasting, catering events and more. Thank you to all those volunteers involved in these events.
On a personal note, I have resigned as fundraising chairperson. I will be available to mentor anyone who wishes to step forward. Many people are already in the co-ordinating positions for annual events and there is a list of new fundraising events and ideas. We just need a chairperson to oversee all church fundraising events so we are not asking people to support multiple events on the same week/month.
If you have questions, suggestions or just want to help out with one event this year please speak with me or any member of our Church Council.
Dianne Davis, retiring Fundraising Committee chair
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 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 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 mortgage and other debts;
- Oversee and manage the investment of funds;
- Present to Council monthly financial statements;
- Issue tax receipts to all donors at year-end;
- 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;
- 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; Chalid Brockelbank who is Counting Coordinator; 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!
2016 Financial Results: (numbers are not final) Regular congregational offerings were $297,983, up by about $1300 from 2015, but about $3,100 below budget. The congregation also contributed an additional $1,965 towards Second Mile. Rental income was about $3600 above budget and fundraising was also above budget by over $3,000. Revenues from youth ministries were about $400 above budget. Overall, regular operating revenues were $411,844, about $4,800 above the budgeted amount. Total expenditures, including an extra $10,000 paid on the Royal Bank mortgage, were lower than the budget estimate by about $13,000, mainly due to reduced personnel expenses as a result of Reverend Stoudt’s retirement and the deferral of expenses related to the call of Reverend Caroline Penhale. The result was an operating surplus of $29,186, compared to a budgeted deficit of $8,018.
Our long term financial position remains challenging. As of January 1, 2017, the Royal Bank mortgage stands at $35,000, and has two years remaining before being paid off. Long term debt includes the $100,000 McKendry Fund and the $116,700 Church Extension loan, on which interest-only payments are being made. The increased cost of maintenance and major expenditures due to the age of our building continue to be a challenge.
The deterioration of the tower is of special concern. The Annual Congregational Meeting in February 2017 will be asked to consider a plan to move forward with the demolition of the Tower. If approved, this will be a huge undertaking, which will require major financial expenditures, and extend over at least two years.
As a result of the continuing support of the congregation, including one gift of $5000, Mission and Service donations were $42,094, over 12% more than the $37,329 raised in 2015.
Offerings from the congregation are the primary source of revenue for our church, almost 74% of the total. We extend our thanks to you, the members of the congregation for your continued financial support which, together with the many valuable volunteer activities, allows OUC to continue to lead efforts to fulfill Christ’s mission here in Orleans and the wider community.
George Teather, Chair of Finance
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees holds the legal title to all the property of the church, real and personal, in trust for the congregation.
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.
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 reported to the Annual General Meeting In February, 2016.
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 were no material deposits or disbursements from the fund during 2016.
Cheryl Holden, Chair of Trustees
Orleans United 2015 Statistics
|Members at December 2015||1099|
|By Profession of Faith||23|
|Members at December 2016|
|Non Resident Members||112|
- Dominic Elijah David Jack Henderson
- William Sherman Bond
- Emma Rose Lavoie
- Jazmyne Gwendolyn Jean-Baptiste
- Jordon Paul Jean-Baptiste
- Louis Roger Boult
- James Shin Ren Leung
- Wyatt Graham Marvin-Miles
- Sarah Brielle Roy
- Violet Rose Lauzon
- Maxwell Kenneth Stonier
- Jaxson Robert Trepanier
- Eric Daniel Watters
- Mila Rae Currah
- Chloe Michelle Currah
- Emmett James Guy Roberts
- Thomas Reid Hallatt
- Payten Grace Marie Sullivan
- Emma Ann Ross Roland
- Nylah Juma
- Gabriel Scott Edmond Ronald McRae
- Allan Dunbar
- Dorothy Prince
- David Flowers
- Larry Lecour
- Constance Jesso
- Donna Went
“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.”