A Note from your Leadership Team, May 2017

At the May 23rd Leadership Team meeting we started with a discussion about programs and events planned for the fall. It looks like there will be a lot happening at St Paul’s so stayed tuned by checking the calendar and notices in Life and Works weekly.

We reviewed again the remits (motions) being considered by the General Council of the United Church of Canada (UCC). After discussion the vote was in favor of supporting the resolutions as follows:

1.    Three Council Model: conferences and presbyteries would be replaced by regional councils

2.    Elimination of Transfer and Settlement: the policy of placing new ministers in smaller, remote communities would be removed in line with current practices

3.    Office of vocation: a national professional practice office would determine education standards and discipline related to ministers

4.    Funding a New Model: funds donated for mission and service would be used solely for mission and service and not administration; general council would be able to assess faith communities for administrative costs directly rather than through the current presbytery fees

Updates were received on the plans for the community gardens and in particular revitalizing the space on the east side of the building. Facility use continues to increase and concerns raised by the property committee were referred to the facilities advisory group for review and comment. A number of procedures have been updated based on our experience to date and a complete manual of information is being prepared.

As summer approaches, I know we all look forward to enjoying the beautiful country we live in. The work of St Paul’s does and will continue over the summer so your support is appreciated.

Don Atkinson, Chair