The Role of Council Circle: Council Circle is responsive and accountable to the Congregation. Members listen carefully to the congregation, and act on their behalf. They are stewards of KUC’s Mission, Vision and Values. They create policy that embodies these values, and they provide guidance to achieve them. Council Circle’s focus is on strategic leadership rather than administrative detail. Council has developed a Revised Ministry Plan for our Congregation. Council Circle meetings are normally held on the 4th Wednesday of the month, at 4:30 p.m. There is no meeting in July.
Kamloops United Church uses the “Policy Governance” model as its organizational structure. Our Council Circle is comprised of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary and five Members-at-Large. The Ministry and Personnel Committee Representative and our two Ministers. The Treasurer and the Chairperson of KUC’s Ministry Management Team also attend.
Council Circle members are happy to hear ideas from congregants. To offer suggestions for improvement and implementation of our goals, please contact any one of us.
Ministry Management Team (MMT)
The roles of the Ministry Management Team:
- Responsible for implementing Council Circle policies
- Ensure that the building and property are maintained
- Provide support and direction to Group Ministries
- Develop operational policies
- Approve operational policies developed by the Group Ministries
The responsibilities of MMT range from oversight of the building and property to ensuring the security of records, finances and privacy, and the safety of people, both staff and building users. A monitoring schedule is followed throughout the year, with regularly scheduled reports provided to Council Circle.
The team includes
(seated in photo) Lay members: Ron McColl, Marnie Strong and Gail Wichmann
(standing in photo) Staff: Sharon Huuha, Administrative Secretary, Rev. Bruce Comrie and Rev. Teri Meyer. Missing from the photo is Aaron Johnson, Lead Custodian. (Aaron was on holiday when the photo was taken)
Kamloops United Church Women (Kamloops UCW)
The U.C.Women gather on a monthly basis for fellowship and to participate in a helpful way in the life of the Church. Currently there are two groups meeting at a time convenient for them. They come together monthly for general discussions and planning of projects. Occasionally a guest speaker is invited to speak on subjects of interest. All women of the church are welcome to attend any meeting and participate in any of the activities or events.
An annual “Fall Fair” provides an opportunity for fun, fellowship and fundraising. The 2013 Fall Fair is planned for November 10th from 10 am to 3 pm. Tables are booked by vendors,refreshments can be purchased and there is always a wonderful home baking and goodies table.
One of the UCW groups have homemade Cookie Sales events . Another raises funds for a person or persons in need at Christmas.
The KUC Thrift Shop at 387 4th Ave., lower floor, is an ongoing and very busy enterprise. Donations of clean used clothing, household equipment, china and linen, books and music and other miscellaneous items are welcomed.
The Thrift Shop is well supported by the community. It also welcomes volunteer workers who would enjoy the atmosphere there of presenting and selling and the fellowship of women working together. (Click to see our “a visit to the KUC Thrift Shop” page)
If you have further inquiries, call the Church office for referral.
As Envelope Steward, my primary role is to track everyone’s offerings throughout the year, issue statements in the spring and again at the end of summer, and issue income tax receipts at the end of each year. As part of the role, I help folk determine which method of giving is best for them, whether that be using offering envelopes on a weekly basis, consolidating their giving into 3-4 times per year, or joining our Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) program whereby an automatic debit can be made to a bank account, or to VISA or MasterCard. Address & phone number changes are entered into the computer as needed and changes to the offering of those on the PAR program are sent to Church House in Toronto as required. Towards the end of November each year, offering envelopes are prepared for the next year for those who wish to use that method of giving.
KUC Representatives to Kamloops/Okanagan Presbytery
Maia Walker, Marie Alllen, Kathy Johnson (back row), and Nina Maricle, Dawn Taylor and Michele Walker (front row)
are the current representatives from Kamloops United Church
to Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery (along with K.U.C. clergy).
Kathy’s Thoughts on her Role: Kathy is honoured to be a Presbytery Rep and hopes to continue to be so for some time to come. She says: “My role is to act as the representative for Kamloops United Church in Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery, and further to that, as representative for Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery at BC Conference. BC Conference meets twice in three years (a year before and year of General Council). They select several members to represent BC Conference every three years when General Council is held. The purpose of all these meetings – Presbytery, BC Conference and General Council, is to conduct the business of the Church and for BC Conference to also confirm, admit and recognize new ministers. So, although we have fun when we get together, there is work that is done as well.”
“Given my particular interest in social justice issues, I am very aware that the topic ‘social justice’ encapsulates many, many different issues, from Aboriginal rights, Human rights, ecological or eco-justice, refugee issues, environmental concerns, and the list goes on and on and on. The theme of BC Conference last year was on faithful public witness. The theme of the weekend was on faithful public witness and the difference between charity (which provides a short term solution to a problem) and service (which is responding in organized assistance on an ongoing basis) and Justice (which is a long-range policy for equalization, fairness and participation which address the root causes of injustice).”
“To me, a significant part of faithful public witness is witnessing to the public issues of social justice.”
Kathy also tells us that one of the truly wonderful activities she has enjoyed in the past, when at Presbytery or Conference, was to check out the Resource Centre’s book display. Her latest really great find was a book by Bruce Sanguin called “If Darwin Prayed”. (The Resource Centre has since gone digital.) ____________________________________________________________________________
KUC Members on the KUC Preschool Advisory Board
The PreSchool Advisory Board provides monitoring and support for the KUC Preschool and Out-of-School Care Program. Three of the five board members are members of KUC. Betty Karpuk, Marcia Skaarup and Diana Porter represent the church. The other board members represent the two preschool programs: one is a parent of a child in the 3 year old program and one is a parent of a child in the 4 year old program.