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Pastor:  Rev. Gary O’Dwyer

November 5, 2017

 

V Statement-To love God and to love people; and in response to that call, to be a loving, safe, spiritual home where the seeker is welcome to begin the road to spiritual growth, and where those who believe are supported to follow the path of Jesus and to mature in faith.  We join to express our love of God through our service to others.  We are ordinary people joyously celebrating the opportunity to follow Jesus' radical message of unconditional love and to live the beatitudes.

 

Board Report- Report -September-The Board reviewed the August financial reports as prepared by the Comptroller.  CtS showed a very small surplus, reinvesting a GIC for another year.  Several requests for financial support have been received.  One local request from Youth Unlimited focussing on after school programs in Musical Theatre, Youth Concert Band and Instrumental Class.  A motion was put forth to support these programs through 3 scholarships, 1 for each class was voted on and passed costing a total of $180.00.  A new computer was purchased for church services and church related business.  The purpose of this computer was to be able to utilize graphic and video capabilities as well as supply written portions of service which also addresses accessibility issues.  The Mental Health Commission of Canada are running a two-day workshop to educate how to deal with symptoms, signs, and crisis intervention.  The Board will announce at Sunday services to see if there is any interest in the congregation to attend. The fee will be paid by the church.  Michele will speak to Rick about updating the webpage and updating links.  The Congregational Survey results and Summary Report have been handed out and emailed to all active parishioners explaining amendments 9, 10, and 11 through comparison with original wording.  The Board will ask the Congregation if they would like to sit down and discuss any concerns they may have.  An updated parishioner contact list has been completed.  Next Greenwood dinner is set for November 29th.  The hospitality ministry will no longer set schedules.  The members of this ministry have decided that they would prefer to assist each other in providing refreshments without the need of a schedule.  Members were polled and feel that potlucks not occur sooner than bi-monthly.  Next potluck is set for October 22nd, when the annual Celebration of Life service for those members of CtS who have passed away, could be celebrated.  Jim Morris will be flying in for this.   Bread for the World Sunday is October 15th.  The Meal in a Bag program is only being done now by CtS.  Participation is down over the summer months.  Feedback from the Salvation Army is positive; people now ask for the “church bags.”  Visitation feedback is positive, Anne has been visiting two members of the church.  A suggestion from a parishioner to look at possible alternative local church locations in Port Hope and Cobourg.  The Board will approach a parishioner to investigate the possibilities with criteria provided by the Board.  Michele will start a list and forward it to Board members for idea. Job performance reviews were discussed.  Reviews to be completed and submitted to the Board for evaluation no later than the November Board meeting.  2018 contracts signing deadline is December 31, 2017.   There isn’t any news from the Interfaith Ministerial Meeting.  At the Cobourg Christian Network, Christian Horizons made a presentation of their works.  Three families are coming from Eqypt, sponsored by Better Together, which CTS is a supporter.  Cobourg DBIA along with UCB are having a Christmas Market November 24th- November 26th.  Information will follow as it becomes available. The Royal Canadian legion Branch 133 are holding the annual Cenotaph service, November 11th at 11 a.m.  The annual parade along King Street will take place ahead of the service.  The upcoming Christmas Service was discussed and will be held on Sunday December 24th.  The Board will ask the congregation if they would like the service to coincide with Sunday Service or be held in lieu of regular Sunday service later in the day.  The Bread for the World Sunday will also host a small fundraiser for the Canadian Food Grains Project- Hats, hoodies, etc. will be made available for donations.  Funds raised go to Canadian and World food purchases.  Gary to provide a volunteer police check for Board records.  The Board will look at inviting Nancy to the next meeting, during daytime hours to meet her work schedule, possible on October 23rd.

 

Prayers:  Please keep Josephine and John in your prayers.  May they feel our love, and may Jesus give them strength and comfort in their journey.

 

Pastoral Ministry

We at Christ the Servant are a family.  If you notice someone missing, ill, lonely or in need from our congregation, please let Anne McLaren know. She is the contact person for this ministry.  naneen@hotmail.ca 905-372-2850

 

V Suggestions

Please submit your ideas, concerns, and suggestions. You can complete this and submit it in your collection envelope or simply put it in the collection basket.

 

V Meal-in-bag update.

The Meal in a Bag program will continue.  Do not include any perishable food items in the bags.  Bags and recipes to be filled are available on the back table.  Please try and include a canned meat/fish item as well as a dessert and/or drink.  We need to share the gift of food with our neighbours in need.  For more information, please see Rosemary or Don.  Email reminders are available.

 

Community News

 November 11th-  RCL Branch 133 Cenotaph Service in Victoria Park Cobourg at 11 a.m. Parade along King Street will process before service at 10:30 a.m.

 Cold Springs Remembrance Service will begin with march from Cold Springs Hall, meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Hall

 November 12th at 1 p.m. at Trinity College, Horizons of Friendship will hold their annual literary event, with funds raised going to support rebuilding and restoring efforts in Central America, in the aftermath of natural disasters.  There will be readings, meet and greet authors, music and question and answer session. Tickets are $100.00 and available at Horizons or Furby House.

 Created to Create, through Northumberland Youth Unlimited is running after school programs.  Musical Theatre 3:45-5:45 Tuesdays, at Northumberland Christian School, Ages 9-17 years, Fee:  $80.00.   Youth Concert Band:  Thursdays 3:30-5:00 p.m., Cobourg Collegiate Institute, Grades 6012, Fee: $50.00.   Beginning Instrumental Class, Thursdays, 5:00-5:45 p.m. at Cobourg Collegiate Institute, Grades 6-12, Fee:  $50.00.  Sibling Discounts available.  Register online at nyfc.org/registration or call 905-373-4707

 The Bethlehem Walk will be held at Cold Springs Memorial Hall November 17th, 18th, 19th, 5-8pm.  Admission:  Free, donations accepted.  Link:  https://www.facebook.com/Bethlehem-Walk-1606426756268213/

 Helping Hands need the following:

-Knitted Teddy Bears/Izzy Dolls (Cobourg Hospital for Alzheimer patients

-Yarn (worsted wool)

-Old flannel sheets to be cut into diapers 24” x 24” and sanitary pads.

-New underwear for small and medium ladies, girls size 10-14 for girl’s packages, girls’ underwear size 2-10 to match with dresses, boys’ underwear 2-14 to match with shorts.

-Medical supplies (if you know someone who has had home care, to send to 3rd world doctors,

-Lakeridge Hospital, Oshawa wants lap quilts (54” x 45”) for chemo and dialysis patients.

-Toothpaste, shampoo/conditioners, face cloths, combs.

-Knitted hats, scarves, and mitts

-Good used musical instruments that are no longer used

-Port Hope Food Bank looking for hand knitted dish cloths.

-Fidget muffs

Port Hope United Church needs small coffee tins

Costume jewellery for Golden Plough Auxiliary to sell in their tuck shop-proceeds go back to residents.

-Milk Bags for matts

 For more info, link  https://www.facebook.com/groups/460953390699166/

SAVE THE DATE:    November 29th  GREENWOOD COALITION DINNER

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