MINISTRY & PERSONNEL
We were saddened by the death of Dave Shiels, a long time member of Ministry and Personnel. We also had to deal with the resignation of Joan McSpadden, our Chair in June. Joan has served on M&P for over 20 years. We wanted to recognize both Joan and Dave for their long time commitment to M&P.
Our committee goals for 2016 included updating employee job descriptions and doing performance reviews. Each employee has chosen a member of the committee as their “go to person”. This process has been invaluable as the employee has someone to advocate for them.
We were not without conflict during 2016. In January we had to deal with “fall out” as the result of the Cantata being cancelled. This was not an easy time for some of our congregants as well as our employees.
In February we had more conflict re: “Progressive Christianity”. M&P had much involvement in trying to educate both congregants and employees about this issue. Richard Street, our organist was quite distressed over this issue. M&P tried to work this out with Richard, but despite our efforts he resigned. On behalf of the congregation M&P went to the Board who agreed to take Richard back if he were to change his mind.
However, despite our efforts Richard did not change his mind and left in July.
M&P under the direction of the Official Board struck a search committee for a new organist and were successful in finding and hiring Amy Di Nino. Amy started in August and continues to do a great job.
In July M&P extended Rev. Bill MacKinnon's contract until June 30th, 2017. We are very fortunate to have Rev. Bill as our Pastoral Care Minister.
In November along with the congregation, M&P was asked for input re: the search for a new minister. This task has been given over to the Search Committee and we are excited to hear who they find as our new minister.
We would like to thank Rev. Wayne Beamer for guiding us through a very challenging year. Your experience and expertise have been invaluable. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do in the months ahead. We look forward to 2017 as we continue our journey.
Respectfully Submitted By:
BJ Leighton (Chair from July til December)
Joan McSpadden (Chair from January til June)
Carol Ann Sawkins
The Outreach Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month from September to June. Our objective is to help the Sydenham-Heritage congregation understand and participate in the local, national and international needs and issues as they arise, including the activities of the United Church of Canada. We support the United Church and interfaith initiatives by liaising with agencies and groups serving community needs and encourage fellowship within our church by organizing and/or participating in fun events for our congregation.
Brant Food Bank – Food Bank Challenge brought in 637 lbs thanks to our congregation. I would also like to thank the generous parishioners who gave money, which helps the Food Bank purchase items much needed when supplies are low.
Coffee Money – Collected from coffee after Sunday service is used to supply coffee and milk for the use of the church.
Alzheimer’s Coffee Break – is organized on a Sunday that is Outreach’s designated Sunday to arrange for coffee after church. This is usually in September or October. All proceeds go to the Brantford Alzheimer’s. This year we raised almost $100.00
Shop and Support – the company that operated the Shop and Support is now defunct. We are looking for an alternative company which would allow us to operate a new fundraiser of this type. This is the only fundrais-er that we have carried out to assist us financially to operate the Sunday Supper Club.
Friday FUN Night – we have a great time playing a variety of board games, card games and dominoes every Friday night from 7:00 to 9:00 pm from September to June. For the cost of a toonie you can come and join us for lots of laughs and friendly competition. And, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that the toonies you give add up quickly and we were able to help with the deficit and Sunday School snacks. If you have a great new or favourite game, bring it along and you will probably find others willing to take a chance on a new challenge.
Food Grains – the money this year was sent to the Fort McMurray fire recovery. It was decided to divert our Food Grains fundraiser to this fund. We sent over $400.00. Thanks to everyone who helped.
We welcome two new members to our Outreach Commission. We know that Verna Timpener and Judy Townsend will be valuable resources.
Submitted by Shelley Grisdale
PASTORAL CARE COMMISSION
Our Pastoral Care Commission proudly provides Christian concern, care, compassion and friendship to people in need. People appreciate our visits or phone calls not just within our church family but to people in the community who are brought to our attention. Life is very challenging and people appreciate knowing someone cares and takes time to listen to their needs. A smile, non-judgmental listener, and kind words can go a long way when things are not going smoothly.
We have a very caring and supportive commission that meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Our chair is Sally Lehtinen who also makes visits and sometimes helps to deliver flowers when the occasion arises. Our Pastoral Minister is Rev. Bill MacKinnon. We have been made stronger through his knowledge, and gentle guidance. Thank you, Bill, for your efforts and support.
Other members of our commission are: Barb Kernaghan (committee caller and correspondence), Dorothy Wagner, Lorna Harrington (card and flower convenor for special birthdays (80,85,90, etc.), get well, sympathy, and anniversary (50,55,60, etc.), Lois Porter, Joyce Thomas, Marion Ross, Rev. Con Estoesta and Carol Stinson.
We wish a fond farewell to Marion Ross for her 20 years of service on Pastoral Care and many years of membership in the church. We are so grateful to have had you as part of our team and wish you all the best as you leave Brantford and move closer to your family. We hope to stay in touch with you. All the best.
Also, we are very pleased and blessed to have three new members from the Heritage Congregation join us. They have come on board and right away taken on responsibilities. They are: Donna Marlett who has taken on the job of secretary and correspondence, Flo Sills, and Judy Townsend.
Our commission visits or makes phone calls to many people in hospitals, 12 retirement/nursing homes or private homes. These people are always so grateful for the visits and often ask about the activities of the church. This list is updated when necessary and discussions occur around our visits and concerns.
Dorothy, Barb and Carol offer transportation to some of our church members on Sundays. We are always looking for support in this area.
Thanks to Sally for purchasing and Aileen for distributing $25 food vouchers for those requiring short term assistance. Money for this support comes from the Benevolent Fund. We appreciate everyone’s generosity in this area.
We continue to distribute prayer shawls when needed. The shawls are delivered with this special message;
“This shawl was handmade for you by our prayer and shawl ministry,
As it was created, we prayed for you,
We ask the Lord to give you comfort, peace, healing and strength,
You are loved and never forgotten.”
From your Sydenham-Heritage Church family
In this regard, we would like to express our appreciation to Edith Freeze for all her efforts in crocheting prayer shawls for us.
Our Pastoral Care Commission believes that through sharing, caring, kindness, love, consideration and listening non-judgmentally to others our beautiful church family will continue to grow and thrive. If you are aware of a special occasion coming up for someone or anyone who could benefit from a visit, please let any mem-ber of our Pastoral Care know.
Respectfully Submitted by
Recording Secretary:Sonny Sinclair
Discussion began on how best to renovate Reverend Bill MacKinnon's office.
Annual Auction was again successful, with proceeds in excess of $2,500.00
Calder Hall sound system was reengineered by sound technician Paul Cole in preparation for a very successful A Night In The Old West.
Damar Security Alarm Co. replaced bad wiring in the attic related to the fire alarm system with armoured cable at a cost of $2,100.00
Skidaddle Pest Control was hired to evict our squirrel guests that inhabited the attic space for the past several years. Cost was $1,700.00
Sanctuary overhead lights needed new wiring due to the squirrel problem. This was discovered once the old insulation had been removed. Anderson's Electrical performed the repair for $1,200.00
Following the removal of the squirrels, Attic Full Installation was hired to remove the old contaminated insulation and install new insulation rated at R50 Value. Cost for this work was $2,659.79. Should be warm and cozy in the Sanctuary this coming winter.
Reverend Bill MacKinnon's office completed with Rev. Bill's glowing approval.
Kindergarten room carpet was removed and subfloor sanded and prepped for new floor tiles donated and work performed by Dave & Aileen Johnston.
Dundas Street stairwell carpet removed in preparation for Bell City Carpets to reinstall new carpeting at a cost of $1,900.00
UCW ladies put together their Annual Christmas Baskets for our Church family Shut-ins. As is Property Commission's tradition, we delivered these baskets which totaled 43 this year prior to our Christmas break with lunch at the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant.
Final notation, our Solar Panels produced a revenue of approximately $12,000.00 this past year. This also saved 240 trees over the year.
Respectfully prepared and submitted
by Sonny Sinclair & Dave Johnston
The Worship Commission met 11 times in 2016, first with Denise Rose as chair and Gillian Street as secretary, then in the fall with the members taking turns as chair and Bev Jull as secretary.
Each meeting saw reflections on past services and planning for future services as well as reports from Rev. Wayne Beamer and our Music Director. Following the departure of Richard & Gillian Street in July we were delighted to welcome Amy Di Nino this fall.
This commission oversees the weekly 9:00am service at Bell Lane and would like to thank Rev. Wayne Beamer, Rev. Bill MacKinnon, Rev. Con Estoesta, and Yvonne Wright for presiding over these services with musical accompaniment by Cynthia Advincula and Ruth Sylvester. A special thank you to Ngozi Nwokoro our liaison with the people at Bell Lane who faithfully attends every service there.
Special services in 2016 included: Heritage’s 21st Anniversary, Celtic Sunday, Black History, Ash Wednesday, Kairos, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Early Service/ Breakfast, Easter, UCW, Aboriginal, Canada Day, Cowboy Sunday, Blessing of the Pets, World Wide Communion, Thanksgiving, All Saints, Remembrance, Advent, White Gift, Children’s Sunday, Christmas Eve - 2 services and Christmas Day. Thank you to all those who have helped with our services with lay leadership, music, audio/visual, as a guest speaker, usher, greet-er, communion server, or in any other way imaginable.
Thank you to Rev. Wayne Beamer, Amy Di Nino and all the commission members for their contributions throughout the year.
Submitted by Bev Jull, Worship secretary
CHRISTMAS IN JULY at VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
VBS was very well attended again this year. We averaged 20+ children daily. Quite a few of the children attended last year and were back again. Calder Hall was decorated for the season and the children loved it. It was an all day event again this year. Snacks and lunch were enjoyed by all.
The children learned about the birth of Jesus as we enjoy it at Sydenham Heritage, and they also heard about customs enjoyed by people from different countries.
The children learned about the Home of Hope and Shepherd’s Purse. Many of the children were very touched by this and brought in items from home to be given to children who are not as fortunate as they are. It was wonderful to see.
Crafts were enjoyed by all and of course they could not wait to take their creations home. Each child was given a bag on the first day that they decorated and put their name on and each day the bag went home with them and came back empty the next day. The bags held any news that the parents might need for the next day and also a treat for the children. Pencils with “Jesus loves you” on them were a favourite.
It was a great week and the children really seemed to enjoy the fun and fellowship.
Blessing to all who helped bring these young hearts to our church.