MINUTES OF A JOINT CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
of Heritage United and Sydenham Street United Church
held on Sunday, January 24, 2016 noon hour in the Sanctuary
Yvonne Wright convened the meeting
Ngozi Nwokoro and Sharon Davidson are the representatives from our congregations to the CORE Com-mittee
CORE = Coordination of Refugee Engagement
The two congregations have donated $3,650 to the end of December 2015
Donations are being held in account set up for this purpose
Ngozi and Sharon will provide an overview of the process to date
A brief congregational meeting will occur at the end of the presentation to permit each congregation to vote regarding continuation and involvement of participation with CORE
Eight United Church congregations are participating
UCC is acting in a sponsorship coordinating role
St. Paul’s (Paris) manse will be utilized for housing
Can accommodate a family of 10 members
Private citizens have stepped forward to provide more housing in Paris
$30,000 is goal to cover the private sponsorship contribution
Three party blended visa sponsorship – Government of Canada, UN High Commissioner and Private Spon-sor
UN identifies the refugees
Private sponsors provided six months of support
What can we do? – volunteer, donations, provide in kind donations
St. Paul’s had $17,553 donations to date
St. Paul’s will receive and hold donations for Syrian programme
CORE is moving quickly to establish timelines
SSU and Heritage would need to contribute $5,000
When fundraising is complete funds will be transferred to the St. Paul’s fund
The role of CORE would include housing, integration, fundraising, volunteering, employment, education, spiritual, and health care support
Laurier, the Mosque and the City of Brantford are also participating
Mosque will be working with the children of the refugee family to assist their integration
The family will be assisted to manage on $2,400 month (rent, health care and food) – which would be the dollars available if they needed to access Ontario Works after the first 12 months and haven’t been able to se-cure employment
Ngozi and Sharon are available if you wish more information, if you wish to volunteer, provide donations
Questions and discussions
Yvonne Wright called the Sydenham Street United Church Congregational Meeting to order.
Motion that Sydenham Street United Church will work with St. Paul’s CORE Committee towards sponsorship of Syrian Refugee Family, moved by Ann LaSalle and seconded by Joan McSpadden. Carried.
Sydenham Street United Church meeting adjourned.
BJ Leighton called the Heritage United Church Congregational Meeting to order.
Motion that Heritage United Church will work with St. Paul’s CORE Committee towards sponsorship of Syrian Refugee Family, moved by Evelyn Picketts and seconded by Carol Ann Sawkins. Carried.
Heritage United Church meeting was adjourned.
MINUTES OF A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
of Sydenham Street United Church
held on Sunday, February 21, 2016 in Calder Hall
Rev. Beamer called the meeting to order at 12:40pm following a luncheon
This will likely be the last Annual Meeting of Sydenham Street United Church as we are moving towards union with Heritage United Church. Our meeting next year will be different.
Floor opened to nominations for Chair of the meeting and Recording Secretary of the meeting.
Motion to nominate Yvonne Wright, moved by Ron Stinson and seconded by Dave Shiels
Motion to nominate Ron Stinson, moved by Sally Lehtinen and seconded by Lawrence Jackson
Motion to close nominations moved by Cynthia Advincula and seconded by Earl Smith. Carried.
Ron Stinson declined nomination. Yvonne will accept. Motion to nominate Yvonne Wright carried.
Motion to nominate Jacquie Scatcherd as Recording Secretary of this meeting moved by Cynthia Advin-cula and seconded by Ron Stinson. Carried.
Our commitment to finish meeting in time for the Sunday Supper Club to prepare to welcome their guests this afternoon.
Devotion: offered by Yvonne “Got the Keys” a reading and reflection on Black History Month and Matthew 16:13-20
Music: Cynthia Advincula offered a gift of song “People Need the Lord”
Lighting of the Christ Candle to invite the Lord’s presence amongst us this afternoon
Motion to allow Members and Adherents to speak and vote during this meeting moved by Lois White and seconded by Ron Stinson. Carried.
Count of those present today by Ron Stinson: 55 people present
Review and Acceptance of the Agenda with two additions
1. CORE Group update – Syrian Refugee Arrival
2. Partnership for fundraising with Derek Bond & TG Enterprises
Moved by Ruth Pickard and seconded by Lois White. Carried.
Review and Acceptance of the Minutes of the Congregational Meeting February 22, 2015 moved by Earl Smith and seconded by Don Mitchell. Carried.
Matters arising from the previous minutes:
1. Comprehensive Review of the United Church – report will be reviewed February 28th
2. Discernment of Alison Miculan – completed, Alison meets with Hamilton Conference as next step in her process March 12, 2016, please keep her in your prayers
3. Flags in Sanctuary – have been returned to sanctuary in a designated area
4. Slogan – “More than your average church” has been removed based on concerns it was not inviting or inclusive
Congregational Meetings during year
1. Review and acceptance of minutes of May 24, 2015 Congregational Meeting moved by Aileen John-ston
and seconded by Carol Stinson. Carried.
2. Review and acceptance of minutes of June 28, 2015 Congregational Meeting moved by Larry Pickard
and seconded by Sally Lehtinen. Carried.
3. Review and acceptance of minutes of November 29, 2015 Congregational Meeting with the following correction “the lawsuit amount is 4.5 million dollars” moved by Lois White and seconded by Carol Stinson. Carried.
Commission Reports are contained in the Annual Report. No questions brought forward at this time. Please direct any questions to any commission member after you review report content.
Finance Report – presented by Larry Pickard
Our deficit was only $1,645.77 at the end of 2015
Recognize and thankful for the $10,000 contribution from the UCW and the contribution from our Heritage friends
All loose change goes to Benevolent Fund
Have kept M&S at same target level although we missed our pledge for this year
Heritage contributed $42,000 for shared expenses
All salaries increased 2%
Custodian salary has increased more to meet minimum wage expectations
Organist salary is set by Organist Society parameters
Washroom loan will be $528 monthly - $45,000 loan interest free first year
Donations through memorial gifts will be encouraged
Manse loan increase is result of investments
Transition Team – new item $750
Question: please explain the church security honorarium
Dave Johnston continues to provide church security without accepting the honorarium
We keep the honorarium in the budget anticipating we may one day need to pay this out
Question: please explain the grant and loan for washroom
Grant of $50,000 was received toward the washroom renovations
A loan of $45,000 was received toward the washroom renovations
We are responsible for repayment of loan
Grant is not to be repaid
Motion to accept and approve the 2016 Budget of $269,862.00 moved by Larry Pickard and seconded by Dave Shiels. Carried.
Motion to accept the 2015 Annual Report moved by Lois White and seconded by Dave Johnston. Carried.
1. Kitchen Committee
This is a new committee as there was no overarching group charged with the responsibil-ity of the kitchen
Our kitchen is subject to oversight by Brant County Health Unit and government health regulations
With the wide array of groups who routinely use the kitchen, determined we needed a committee to ensure we develop policies and procedures, maintain an inventory of sup-plies, teach the health and safety and sanitation
Shelley Grisdale, Larry Eddy, Lorne White, Dave Johnston, Norma Janzen (Heritage), and Verna Timpener (Heritage), and Hazel (Seventh Day Adventist)
We need to use the 3 sink method of cleaning
Need to use water and bleach to clean countertops
J-cloths are preferred for cleaning as more sanitary
Over next while one member from each commission will be trained on 3 sink method and how to operate the dishwasher, with expectations that members will teach the rest of their commission
2. Faith Formation
A plea for congregation members to consider joining this commission
Please prayerfully consider if this commission is where you are being called
3. Transition Team Update
Wayne provided an overview of the journey of Heritage and Sydenham from July 2015 until now
Liaison Committee was formed last year to begin conversations with Heritage United
Holy Manners Workshop – developed the structure for how we will work together throughout the remainder of the transition process and beyond January 2016
Governance Committee working towards identifying the model our new union will adopt, through examining our current structures, guided by the United Church of Canada manual which outlines non-negotiable, and visioning to the future – recommendations due May 2016 to both boards
Financial Advisory Committee intended to share our current financial arrangements and identify the financial model our new union will adopt – until union is finalized the two separate financial systems are maintained
a. History – an opportunity to identify memories and journey of each congregation
b. Identity – an opportunity to engage in conversation about our current identity and func-tioning as congregations side by side
c. Vision for the future – Fall 2016 – what do we see as our calling for the future, what are we being called to be and to do
These steps are intended to lead us collectively to a good place to search for a new minister in 2017.
Liaison Committee is coming back together to ensure all the steps and tasks are completed and in place for September 2016 when the request will be made to Presbytery for union of Heritage and Sydenham Street United.
When union is granted the Joint Needs Assessment Committee will be created with the pur-pose of identifying the new congregations need for a minister. Much of the work tradition-ally completed for a JNAC will be available through the work being done currently in preparation of the union.
Financial Advisory Committee
4. Syrian Refugee Family
Ngozi Nwokoro provided an update
The seven individuals who comprise this family will be arriving soon
The manse in Paris is almost ready
Heritage & Sydenham have raised $7,000 which has been donated to CORE, the lead agency in this area coordinating this family’s arrival and support
Household items are needed – bulletin board will be updated on tangible needs of the family
There are volunteer opportunities to assist the family – police and vulnerable sector checks are required CORE has identified a volunteer coordinator
5. Sydenham Website
The information is outdated at this time
Each commission is asked to provide updated information for 2016
Please forward your information along to Terry Matheson
If you are interested in assisting with the website, Terry would be welcoming of your offer
6. Mission Enthusiast: Motion by Larry Pickard, seconded by Dave Johnston to reappoint Aileen Johnston as Mission Enthusiast. Carried.
7. Presbytery Representatives: Motion by Greg Pickard and seconded by Ruth Pickard to reappoint Yvonne Wright and Tom Hunt as Presbytery Representatives. Carried.
8. Observer Enthusiast: Motion by Estelle Lemay seconded by Dave Shiels to reappoint Joan McSpadden as Observer Enthusiast. Carried.
Rev. Beamer: Feel blessed to be working with all of you. God bless you all.
Rev. MacKinnon: My first memory of this congregation is chasing the Porter’s dog down the street. That wasn’t part of the job description, but part of the delight of working with you all. So pleased the union is happening.
Yvonne Wright: Our challenging year has through the Glory of God taken us to a new faith community. The United Church is changing. Our congregation is stronger for having stepped out of the valleys. Gordon Welsh so pleased to see you here today. Cynthia Advincula and Ngoze Nwokoro thank you for your contribution to Bell Lane Ministry. Aileen Johnston I have no idea how to thank you for all you do….and this year through the chaos of construction. Don Wood who oversaw the renovations, thank you. Marilyn Small for 45 years in the choir, thank you. Larry Pickard thank you for remaining on board as our Treasurer during this transition.
Dave Shiels: Thank you Yvonne for your guidance, leadership and oversight over the past years.
Closing Ceremony of Fire, Stones, Water and Scripture – facilitated by Joan McSpadden, Wayne Beamer, Bill MacKinnon and Yvonne Wright.
Closing Hymn: One More Step Along the Road I Go
Meeting adjourned 2:10pm
MINUTES OF A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
of Sydenham Street United Church
held on Sunday, June 19, 2016 in the Sanctuary
Present: Larry Pickard, Ruth Pickard, Pat Dawood, Don Wood, Emily Wood, Tim Porter, Lois Porter, Ellie White, Pat Woodney, Lyle Sylvester, Ruth Sylvester,
Sonny Sinclair, Yvonne Sinclair, Joyce Thomas, Don Mitchell, Bob Bell, Janet Bell, Connie Pepper, Marion Small, Marion Ross, Norma MacKinnon, Barbara Kernaghan, Dorothy Wagner, Rob McNeill, Linda Clark, Carol Stinson, Ron Stinson, Jeanette Johnson, Lois White, Alison Miculan, Joan Moore, Joan McSpadden, Betty Walker, Maureen Hall-Gilmore, Marie Spiece, Brenda Dunsdon, Byron Woods, Shirley Swanson, Greg Pickard.
Purpose of this meeting: To accept the new Governance Model for Sydenham Street United Church and Herit-age United Church.
Called to order at 12:00pm by Chair Yvonne Wright.
B.J. Leighton chaired the Heritage meeting.
Yvonne called on Sharon Davidson for Heritage United Church to explain the governance model portion regarding the Spiritual Co-ordinator.
Yvonne then explained the governance model portion regarding the Stewardship Co-ordinator
Yvonne and Sharon took turns explaining the remaining portions of the governance model being proposed.
Don Wood clarified items for Property Co-ordinator responsibilities
Ministry & Personnel will have a Lead on the Board , which is new
Trustees will have two members for joint Board, but only one as at January 1, 2017, with a 5 year term
Yvonne explained that the UCW is considered a very important part of the church and will con-tinue as one entity under this new structure. It will function with traditional autonomy and its own funds.
Nominating Committee for the new Board for the fist cycle beginning January 1, 2017, will be the Steering Committee. They will report at the Annual General Meeting the list of nominees for the new Board at that time
For Your Information – Erie Presbytery has accepted this new model.
Motion #1: That the following votes be taken by a show of hands. Moved by Don Wood and seconded by Maureen Hall-Gilmore. Carried.
Motion #2: It is moved that Sydenham Street United Church will accept the newly proposed governance model, in principle, for use beginning July 1, 2016. Moved by Ruth Sylvester and seconded by Joan McSpadden. Carried.
Motion #3: It is moved that Sydenham Street United will form a permanent single entity with Heritage United Church as of January 1, 2017. The newly formed congregation shall be called Sydenham-Heritage United Church. Moved by Sonny Sinclair and seconded by Don Wood. Carried.
Motion #4: Whereas Sydenham Street United Church and Heritage United Church have coexisted at 120 Sydenham Street, Brantford for a year and have lived their congregational lives in an integrated fashion in all regards except financial and property for that time. It is moved that Sydenham Street United Church and Heritage United Church adopt a joint board structure that utilized the new governance model. Each congregation will appoint seven members. The joint board, although technically still two, seven member boards, will actually operate as one and govern the two congregations as one. Moved by Larry Pickard and seconded by Lois White
Motion #5: It is moved that Sydenham Street United Church and Heritage United Church accept the nominations of the Steering Committee to populate the new Joint Board of two separate boards of seven members from each congregation. Moved by Bob Bell and seconded by Norma MacKinnon. Carried.
Motion #6: It is moved that Sydenham Street United Church dissolve its current Board as at June 30th, 2016. Moved by Lois White and seconded by Larry Pickard. Carried.
Meeting adjourned at 12:45pm by Yvonne Wright.
We ended 2016 with a surplus of $5,282.14. Last year 2015 the deficit was modest. Thank you to the many Sydenham members that went above and beyond to donate extra to give us a surplus for 2016. It sure gives me a lift to end my 34 years as your Treasurer with a balanced budget and a surplus. I also want to express a thank you to our Heritage friends for their financial assistance to expenses during 2016.
Our surplus moves our Prior Years Accumulated Debt downwards to $62,166.82.
All Accounts Payable Invoices dated in 2016 have been paid.
Details of Certain Income Accounts:
Mixed Games: This group is made up of Sydenham, Heritage and other Brantford seniors that meet each Monday afternoon from 1:30pm to 3:00pm to play cards and shuffleboard. The group is small but does enjoy an afternoon of fun, fellowship and food. An amount of $542.42 was donated to the Operating Fund.
Bell Lane Ministry: This ministry was started seven years ago by our former minister Rev. Barry Pridham. He saw a need at the Seasons Retirement Home on Diana Avenue. This ministry attracted up to 30 people made up of many Christian faiths. This group has become smaller in the three years but still contributed $7,793.48 to the General Fund in 2016. Thank you to our present Interim Minister Rev. Wayne Beamer and to our Interim Pastoral Minister Rev. Bill MacKinnon and their ministry volunteers for continuing this important outreach ministry. Also, thank you needs to go to the volunteers that play the keyboard each Sunday
Auction Sale: This is an annual auction that is held in early February and has continued annually for over 37 years. In 2016 the auction raised $2,535.05 after expenses. The Property Commission and the Fix-it-Club organize the event along with many volunteers. The success of the auction depends on the quantity and quality of the items donated. There is a big demand for good wooden furniture. The UCW ladies arrange for the snacks that can be purchased. The 2017 auction held on February 4, 2017 will be over when you read this, but please start saving items and ask your friends and relatives to keep us in mind before they throw out an item that might sell in the 2018 auction. Limited storage space is available.
The United Church Women (UCW): donated $9,800 to Sydenham during 2016. The donation consisted of $8,800 to the Operating Fund and $1,000 to the Mission & Service Fund. The UCW always has been a generous supporter of Sydenham both in financial support and serving food at congregational funerals, memorials, birthdays, anniversaries and other social events throughout the year. Thank you to President, Cindy Aniol and her dedicated volunteers of both ladies and men headed up by Aileen Johnston and company.
Murder Mystery Theatre: This was an church fundraiser this year headed up by Cindy Aniol and company. The evening was a success with good food, a lot of fun and excellent mystery theatre players. The evening raised $621.37 for the General Fund.
Donation of Expenses from Heritage United Church: Our friends at Heritage United Church donated $42,150.00 to the General Fund in 2016 as we continued on our journey together to become one congrega-tion on January 1, 2017 known as Sydenham-Heritage United Church.
Memorial Fund: This fund generated $2,579.00 in 2016. The revenue in this fund is donated to the Memorial Fund by relatives and friends of loved ones that have died during the year. Additional memorial money that was donated but was designated to a project or outreach program was recorded in that project or program. Acknowledgement of these donations is recorded in the Memorial Book and also is printed in the Sunday service bulletin. Please consider donating to the Memorial Fund or a special project in memory of loved ones. Your name and loved one’s name will be recorded and become a historical church document and will also help financially support our church.
Communion and Benevolent Fund: This fund is generated from monies received during our communion services offering in the amount of $5,888.02 for 2016. The Pastoral Care Commission uses part of the money to buy flowers for our senior members who have 80th birthdays and 50 year anniversaries and then every five year intervals. To remember our seniors on these special occasions, especially those who are shut in or have an illness is a very important outreach. Money from this fund is also used to help people in difficulty that need assistance by providing them with food vouchers, accommodations at the Salvation Army or small amounts of cash if needed. Our own church family can depend on these funds for help if people find themselves in a temporary financial crisis. Any assistance given is at the discretion and confidence of our Minister, Pastoral Care Convener and Board President. This fund distributed $5,802.45 in 2016. Thank you Pastoral Care members for overseeing a very important part of your commissions work and by keeping close contact with members in hospital and our older members that are still living in their homes or in retirement or nursing homes.
Erie Presbytery Fees: This is a membership assessment that was $3,941.43 in 2016. We encourage members to contribute to the cost of this assessment in a special envelope that is provided. In 2016 we received $920.00 toward this expense, which is about 23.3% of the total expense. Our contribution to this expense was less than the previous year. We need your help with this significant budget expense to our operating budget. Our new Treasurer will announce our Presbytery Assessment for 2017.
Mission & Service Fund: This fund is administered by the United Church of Canada. It is Sydenham’s largest outreach ministry, and the part we play is very important to help maintain the Mission & Service work in the world around us. It reaches out to every part of the world’s population as well as providing financial help to congregations in Canada. Our total pledge to the M&S Fund in 2016 for our congregation, UCW and Sunday School was $19,525. We missed our pledge by $2,155.25. This is disappointing as this fund is used to help many in this world. Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the M&S Fund. Members that have not donated or have stopped donating to M&S are encouraged to consider doing so in 2017. Aileen Johnston is our M&S Enthusiast. Aileen will keep us informed about the good work of Mission & Service.
Observer Subscription: The cost of Observer subscriptions was $528.90. If you subscribe to the Observer, please remember to pay your subscription cost through your offerings. Special offering envelopes are provided in the pew racks. Current subscribers only pay $25 annual fee. Paying a little extra will cover the cost for shut-ins in nursing homes. All new subscribers need to contact the office to sign up. You will read many interesting articles about the United Church and its involvement around the world. The letters to the editor and the question box are both interesting and informative features that will encourage you to want to read more.
White Gift Sunday: Your support of White Gift Sunday will help people in our community that are struggling financially during the Christmas season. Adults and children donated toys and also donated $481.00 to the Christmas Basket Appeal. We thank those that donated food and money to the Food Bank throughout the year, and thank you to the Outreach Commission for delivery of the food to the Food Bank outlet. A White Gift envelope is packaged with your regular offering envelopes.
Sunday School: Thank you to our Superintendent, Jackie Childerhose and a dedicated group of teachers for presenting a Christian program that is interesting and relevant to the age of the children. Nutritional snacks have been a popular addition to the Sunday School program. Our Vacation Bible School occurred in July in 2016. It is a popular program and enjoyed by all the children involved. The summer of 2017 will likely see another Vacation Bible School. Watch for the time schedule in the bulletin. The Soup & Sandwich luncheon sponsored by the Sunday School used the freewill offering to pay for some Sunday School Kindergarten room renovations and a donation to the Home of Hope in Africa.
Whimsical Players Drama (formally Intergenerational Drama): This outside group needed a place to hold their plays. Our drama group has joined them and the club has put on 2 plays. The first play donated all proceeds to a charity. The second play, the net profit was shared by Whimsical Players and Sydenham-Heritage Church. Our profit was $695.09. Thank you to all the performers and volunteers that helped make both performances successful.
Sydenham-Heritage Fundraisers: Two turkey dinners were prepared in 2016. There were other smaller fund-raisers throughout the year. The whole church supports these fundraisers by helping prepare, serve or by attending the events. We raised a net profit of $3,946.10 for the Operating Fund.
Celtic Music Night: This was the fourth year for this fundraiser for Participation House. On November 19, 2016 the Brantford Pipes & Drums, Participation House and Sydenham-Heritage Church joined together to present a dinner and musical evening. The Celtic Music was wonderful and the dinner delicious. We had about 180 people in attendance. Sydenham-Heritage received a donation of $765.29 for hosting this event. We are still looking for corporate sponsors to help fund this event.
International Villages: July 2016 was the eighth year that Sydenham-Heritage has hosted the Filipino Community taking part in Brantford’s International Villages. The event was 4 very busy days and evenings. Sydenham-Heritage looked after the bar area, while the Filipino Community provided exciting entertainment each evening. The delicious food was provided by an outside caterer. It was a fun filled event that raised $1,014.62 for the Operating Fund.
Other Outreach Programs: Our congregational members donated $2,901.55 in 2016 to smaller outreach programs such as Alzheimer’s Society $119.70; Leprosy Mission $347.50; Food Bank $1,926.75; Fort McMur-ray Fire Relief $507.60. Thank you to all for support of these much needed outreach projects to help those who are less fortunate.
Solar Panel Revenue: The Solar Panel/Roof Loan was paid off in January 2015. All revenue earned from the solar panels is being deposited to the Operating Fund. The revenue earned in 2016 was $10,514.35. The solar investment was a good thing for Sydenham. We have a good source of revenue and we are helping the
Washroom Loan: The loan at December 31, 2016 stands at $39,192.00. We have paid $5,808.00 in 2016 through monthly payments interest free. The 3% interest begins in February 2017. The congregation has donated to help bring this loan down in the amount of $14,874.24 in 2016. This amount will be applied to the principal in 2017. Thank you to everyone that has helped to pay down this loan.
Brookfield Asset Management stock increased in value during 2016 by $840.23. It is worth $37,860.96 at
December 31, 2016 with 850.464 shares.
Brookfield Infrastructure stock is a U.S. stock. It increased in value during 2016 by $379.87. It is worth $1,283.53 U.S. at December 31, 2016 with 38.349 shares.
Sun Wise GIC stock has a cash value of $64,927.32 at December 31, 2016. The value gain during 2016 was $3,668.95.
CIBC Wood Gundy is worth $92,873.00 at December 31, 2016. The stock gained $7,734.41 in value during 2016.
Money Market – As of December 31, 2016 we have $10,577.21 invested in the Money Market. It earned $219.37 in 2016. We did not have to use funds from the Money Market in 2016 to keep the bank balance from going into overdraft. That is good news for our financial health. Money Market interest is very low, but the money is accessible at any time very quickly.
HST Receivable – The $931.16 is the 50% of all GST and the $2,122.60 is the 82% of all the PST paid in the last 6 months of 2016. Charitable organizations such as churches are entitled to this portion of the HST back from the Federal Government. The refund application for the last 6 months was sent in January 2017. The refund application for the first 6 months of 2016 was sent in early July for $3,052.21 and the refund has been received.
These items on the balance sheet are amounts received in 2016 or before that, but will not be paid out until 2017 or after.
The insured value of the building, contents and liability is $3,868,242 taken from our 2016 insurance policy. Our property value is $560,000 based on a 2016 evaluation.
Please consider using the PAR (Pre Authorized Remittance) program for your offering. We have about 20 envelope holders using PAR which helps our offerings to be more consistent especially in the summer. The church office can answer any questions concerning PAR. ATTENTION ALL PAR AND ENVELOPE GIVERS! If you haven’t already done so, please consider increasing your offering to cover increased expenses in 2017. the office can assist you to make any PAR adjustments.
Summary: On behalf of the Finance Commission I would like to thank the congregation and all the groups and clubs and also our Heritage United friends for their financial support in 2016. The Finance Commission is pleased that 2016 ended with a surplus, and is sure makes me happy. The Finance Commission under the
direction of the Board will continue keeping the congregation informed of all financial matters.
As December 31, 2016 is my retirement date, I would like to thank the Board, Finance Commission and con-gregation for your support, trust and confidence in allowing me to be your church treasurer for the last 34 years. Thank you to all Board members, Commission members, staff and volunteers for all your dedicated work at our NEW Sydenham-Heritage United Church.
Larry Pickard, Treasurer