Notes from Lunch Meeting May 28, 2017

Lunch and Conversation, May 28, 2017

At the Leadership Team lunch and conversation on May 28, 2017, I presented a few highlights of the current activities happening at St Paul’s. The following is a brief summary of the presentation.

·         Youth worker: Our anniversary appeal was successful at raising over $9,000 for this position. The youth worker will focus on supporting Kids Church, Youth Programs and Home Church. Recruitment is underway with the potential to start over this summer.

·         Office staff: Kathie Joblin is leaving us in June to spend more time with her family. Katrina will be increasing her hours to cover full days, Monday to Thursday. Recruitment is underway for a Communications Coordinator. Although the hours for this role are limited it is hoped that by focusing solely on communication needs, i.e. life and works, website, social media, etc. that it will be effective.

·         Stewardship: The stewardship committee will be launching a campaign regarding endowments in June. Our endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Orillia is an excellent way to ensure reliable revenue that will sustain St Paul’s programs in the future.

·         Facility Use: There is an increase in rentals and community interest in using our facility. This has resulted in some “growth pains”. The Facility Operations Advisory Group meets every other week to review policies, procedures and requests and is developing a comprehensive manual to address concerns. Facility rental revenue for the first 4 months of 2017 is $13,000. Somniatis is happening this week and all profits are being donated to St Paul’s.

·         Capital Campaign: Over $600,000 has been raised for phase 1a. There still is a funding gap of about $55,000, which includes the cost of the organ screen. We continue to seek opportunities for grants and currently have applications for a Rick Hansen accessibility grant for washroom renovations and one to Living Waters Presbytery for completion of the sound system and coverage of the funding gap. We hope to complete Phase 1b, which is the construction of gender-neutral accessible washrooms at the top of the ramp. Future plans include expansion of washroom capacity, window blinds and air conditioning.

·         Inside Out Focus Group: Ted Reeve is reconvening this group to discuss ideas for facility and program development that fits with our mission of “turning ourselves inside out for the sake of the community”

·         Questions: Will the changes in facility rentals affect our charitable status? We are still St Paul’s United Church and there is no impact on our charitable status at this time. Can we do anything about the fire department’s requirement to keep all doors closed? I have asked Jim Harris and the property committee to look at the cost of installing magnet door releases that are linked to the fire alarm system and will allow us to keep the doors open.

If you have further questions please feel free to speak to me directly or contact me by email at

Don Atkinson, Chair