While writing this I am sitting and watching the life unfolding in our garden; the colourful tulips opening, the birds dipping into the pond, the catkins lengthening on the birch tree. There is a sense of harmony of nature that soothes the soul. I’m also aware that it is an enforced time of introspection and that we are a community that are doing our part in protecting ourselves and others during this pandemic. There are many thoughtful and generous acts that are being done by everyone and heartfelt thanks go out to our nurturing community of faith. We are not alone, thanks be to God.
I am writing to give you an update on our Council Circle activities through this time. And, rest assured, we continue to be busy on your behalf! We have have had two meetings so far using Zoom technology with everyone of the Council Circle members participating. Although not as fulfilling as face to face, it has been really enjoyable to “see” everyone, hear their voices, and participate in the lively discussions.
Highlights of last night’s call are as follows:
- KUC continues to support staff, working individually and practicing safe distancing. All kinds of upkeep tasks are being accomplished in and around the building.
- Financially we are holding our own, thanks in no small part, to the fact that we have 75% of our givings coming through Pre Authorized Remuneration (PAR). This is much higher than most churches and we are blessed to have this kind of on-going financial commitment – thank you!
- We are also working with UCC and Pacific Mountain Region regarding which of the current financial supports from the Governments we can apply for to help us through this time
- CC approved three requests for financial support; a donation to the Mustard Seed, the purchase of new tables which can be used for the UCW Fall Fair, and the purchase of steam tables to allow for food-safe, hot food to be provided for PIT Stop.
- In recognition of a trend by other United Churches to be more inclusive of groups using the church for celebrations, CC approved, by an 80% in favour vote, the development of an Alcohol Use policy with the restrictions of: for private functions only, wine and beer only, no sales, approvals to be vetted through the Management Team, ensuring appropriate licensing and insurance, costs borne by the organizer.
- Visioning Process has been deferred to the fall to continue our on-going work with Amanda Fenton
- Sanctuary improvements – a team from across the congregation is being formed to look at enhancing the look of our sanctuary – stay tuned for further information! We look forward to returning to our much-loved space with a fresh look.
- PIT Stop will be starting up again on April 26, in response to the huge need of our guests. This will be done with providing take away food and with extreme precautions in place for food preparers and servers. Public Health will be on site to assist
• Preschool continues to offer support for families of health care providers. There is extra diligence in the cleaning and sanitization of the preschool area
Finally, there is a reminder to all that there will be a virtual congregational Annual General Meeting to be held on May 31st to ratify Council Circle members, Trustees and liaison responsibilities for the coming year. If you’re not comfortable with the technology, there are virtual coffee chats and Michael is willing to provide Zoom instruction to any who may need it.
If you have any questions about the above, please feel free to contact me.
In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy – I look forward to seeing all of your much-loved faces in the near future!
Council Circle Chair
Images: Council Meeting, April 21, 2020 by Zoom.
The You Tube, KUC Channel Analytics for April. Note the number for Easter Sunday – approximately
550 participants. This chart reflects Michael’s daily meditations as well as worship services.