March Update from Chair

A Note from your Leadership Team, March 2017

The Leadership Team held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 28th. We were extremely pleased to learn that Ken McMullen is prepared to assist with the financial management of St Paul’s. He was appointed chair of finance and will work with Jack Allen who continues in the role of treasurer and Geoff Loosemore our financial assistant.

We discussed the anniversary appeal which is focused on raising funds for a part time youth worker. There are a significant number of children and youth connected with St Paul’s. Although they are not always visible there is a need to support and develop this ministry. The M&P committee is working with Jody Maltby to develop a position description for the position which we hope to fill before the summer. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more details.

With the renovations last summer, the pulpit and lectern were carefully removed to the Atrium. Reconstructing these items to be functional on our new stage is very expensive. After careful consideration, it was decided that we are best to proceed with the disposition of both and use the proceeds towards the ultimate purchase of a modern, functional and fully accessible lectern at approximately half the cost of reconstructing even one of the pulpit or lectern.

We were supportive of two grant applications for additional funding for the capital campaign. One is directed to the Presbyteries of Toronto Conference Corporation (PTCC) to cover the unfunded renovations to date (about $59,000) and completion of the A-V technology ($133,000) and video streaming capability ($8,000). The second, to the Rick Hansen Barrier Buster Fund ($20,000) is directed to the construction of a universal accessible washroom across from the Library. These will be submitted by the end of March however we won’t receive notice of our results until late June.

Most the meeting time was spent learning about the remits (motions) from The United Church of Canada that the Leadership Team is expected to vote on by the end of June. Jody Maltby provided an excellent overview of the intent of these motions which we will debate at our next meeting. A one page summary has been provided by Jody and included in the recent Sunday bulletin and is available on the St Paul’s website.

Don Atkinson

Chair, Leadership Team