The church is wherever God's people are praising,
singing God's goodness for joy on this day.
The church is wherever disciples of Jesus
remember his story and walk in his way.
Voices United #579
Each week at Sydenham-Heritage United Church, Sunday school students and teachers endeavour to remember the stories of Jesus and learn to walk in his way as Christian community. Our curriculum includes lessons and activities from Deep Blue One Room Sunday School. In 2016 we learned about the goodness of God's creation when we studied the creation story in the Old Testament. We learned about God's promise and hope for people through the stories of Abraham and Sarah and their family: Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Esau. We learned about Elizabeth and Zechariah, Mary, Joseph and Jesus' nativity story. We learned how to learn in community and how to care for one another: we bless our snack each week, we celebrate birthdays, we share the highs and lows of the week.
Aileen Johnston teaches and cares for our youngest worshippers, with help from Shelley Grisdale. Aileen brings a passion for Christian Education and strong leadership skills with young children. As a former Girl Guide leader, at all levels, she has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to keeping young children busy and engaged. She is working hard to revamp and redecorate the Kindergarten room and has donated new, fresh resources such as The Lego Bible.
Sally Lehtinen, Eva Partridge and Jackie Childerhose work with our Primary and Middle students. Our classes take place in the Fellowship Room. Sally, Eva and Jackie bring years of experience in Christian education and great snacks, too!
Andrew Advincula teaches our Intermediate students, with the help of Charyssa Advincula. They currently meet in the Upper Room. Andrew uses themes from Deep Blue One Room Sunday School to guide lessons he teaches his students. We are so proud that graduates of the Sydenham-Heritage Christian education
program are now teaching and mentoring others. Each bring a deep personal faith and commitment to Christian living and sharing the good news of God's love for everyone.
We were delighted to work with Amy Di Nino, our new music director, on our Christmas play “A Super Christmas”, performed during worship on December 11th. Our students had great fun with this presentation and we thank Aileen for acting as our director.
As a Sunday School, we assist during worship by carrying the elements for Holy Communion, and serve as ushers, greeters or Lay Leaders. On Mother’s Day or Family Sunday, we were able to present our female role models in the church with a carnation, thanks to an anonymous donation.
Our annual Soup and Cracker Luncheon was a success this year and we particularly thank all of the volunteers who made soup for us and who helped this year with our presentation of lunch. Aileen made cupcakes for us! We are grateful to our church family for the support they gave us this year as we used proceeds to
upgrade our Kindergarten room and made a donation to the Home of Hope. We give thanks to Ruth Sylvester, who acts as our Sunday School Treasurer, taking our givings and fundraising to the bank each month. Each child was given offering envelopes to help Ruth in her work.
Our Christmas celebration was held on Sunday December 18th. Sally baked her world-famous gingerbread cookies and Eva brought icing and candy to decorate, before eating! Each child was presented with a bag of candy and an orange .
We give thanks to our children, their families and our congregation for support shown this year.
The church is wherever God's people are helping,
caring for neighbours in sickness and need.
The church is wherever God's people are sharing
the words of the Bible in gift and in deed.
Voices United #579
Respectfully submitted by,
on behalf of teachers and students
Throughout 2016, The Adult Choir of Sydenham-Heritage United Church continued to provide musical leadership at Sunday Worship Services. On occasion, the Junior Choir charmed everyone with their singing.
At the end of June our organist/choir leader, Richard Street, and his wife Gillian, resigned and moved to another congregation. We thank Richard for his leadership over three years and wish he and Gillian all the best in their new endeavours.
We express thanks to congregational members Warren Gedcke, Evelyn Picketts, Cynthia Advincula and Ruth Sylvester for providing music accompaniment on summer Sundays during July.
In August, we welcomed our new Director of Music, Amy Di Nino. As choir work resumed in September we were pleased to welcome back members who had previously been in the choir.
The Praise Team has been revived and on several occasions, has offered an alternate form of music ministry.
There are members of the Adult Choir who are willing to share their musical talents by taking solo singing parts or giving musical accompaniment to hymns. We are fortunate to have so many gifted members.
On December 17, the Adult Choir presented the Cantata “Together for Christmas” which was well received by the audience. Amy brought musicians to add depth and percussion accompaniment. Several congregation members joined us to swell our ranks for this presentation. A great experience.
We celebrated our new beginnings with Amy at a dinner at The Tin Cup.
Amy has been planning for 2017. We will be working on an Easter Cantata as well as other enjoyable music.
We are always looking for new members to join us. The Adult Choir meets Thursdays at 7 pm. Bring your voices and be prepared to laugh until your sides hurt. The Junior Choir meets Sunday mornings before church. Please speak to Amy if you have inquiries about either choir or The Praise Team.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of Music Ministry
This club was originally known as the Mr. & Mrs. Club, but changed it’s name to be more in-clusive. We meet four times a year: March, June, September and December.
Anyone is welcome to come out to all or any of our meetings/events.
An evening of games with the Friday Fun Night group started our 2016 season. June we enjoyed a trip to Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover to see a play and have dinner. Unfortunately, we were unable to plan any other events the rest of the year.
submitted by Aileen Johnston
UCW (UNITED CHURCH WOMEN)
Once again I thank God for the women of this church. Their hard work and dedication to this church speaks for itself. (and the men that help us out are great too!)
Our monthly meetings are full of fellowship and great ideas. Our worship services are meaningful and of course we enjoy a warm drink and a cookie too.
The bazaar was even better than last year. New ideas and lots of helpful hands made it a really great day, not only from a financial aspect, but the fellowship was wonderful. I have never seen ladies have so much fun carefully displaying the jewellery that was donated to the bazaar. Single serving meat pies, lasagna, tortiere and beef-a-roni were a big hit this year. A wonderful bake table including apple dumplings and Christmas cookies was a huge success. Attic treasures is always a wonderful table. Great gift ideas can be found there. The lunch room gave everyone time to have a visit and a bite to eat. The urchins, as I call them, were once again lovingly crafted by a group of women who sincerely enjoy making them and also the fellowship of being together. Keep making them ladies!!!
I could go on and on, but I would miss something that I should have mentioned.
THANK YOU all for all you do for your church and your church family.
May 2017 be even better.
UCW FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Balance forward January 1, 2016 $3,224.78
Garage Sale 753.48
Total Receipts $17,385.63
Vacation Bible School 150.00
Camp Fees 200.00
John Noble Home 100.00
St.Joe’s Hospice 100.00
Luncheon/catering expenses 2,905.71
Bazaar expenses 1,297.41
Erie Presbytery fees 100.00
Open Door 50.00
Home of Hope 307.00
UCW National 100.00
Kitchen Supplies 229.75
Bank Charges 56.00
Funeral Expenses 2,187.83
Total Disbursements $20,033.70
Balance December 31, 2016 $576.71
SUNDAY SUPPER CLUB
2016 - 2017 is the 13th year the Sunday Supper Club has been in operation.
The Sunday Supper Club once again had an excellent year. We have six groups, each taking a turn setting up, preparing, cooking, serving, and cleaning up one Sunday a month.
The Good News Seventh Day Adventist’s
The Muslim Community
The Sikh Community who is assisted by St. George United Church
The Community Spirit (mostly Fairview United Church people)
The Church of God
Sydenham United Church
Nutritious meals in the Sunday Supper tradition were served every Sunday from January 3, 2016 to April 24, 2016 and from November 3, 2016 to December 16, 2016. Meals such as Beef, Pork, Chicken, and Ham were served in a variety of ways including: roasted, bbq sauce, stir fried, casseroles, and all meals included buns, soup or salad (sometimes both) as well as a variety of fresh and frozen vegetables and desserts. Doors open each Sunday at 2:30 pm and coffee, tea and juice, as well as a variety of snacks (chips, cookies, crackers etc.) are available until the meal is served at 4:00 pm.
God is good! More than 500 volunteers served over 2,000 guests in 2016. The City of Brantford Grant provided a grant of $6,100 for 2016 of which all was used to purchase food. This has enabled us to keep the weekly allotment to our providers at $250.00 per week. We certainly could not run this program without the awesome donations of food we receive from our local Food Bank. Three cheers to Tammy and her crew. We have also received local community and church donations, which allowed us to purchase the necessities to operate this program.
The loss of the money raised through the Shop and Support fundraiser will certainly be felt in the available money to operate the Sunday Supper Club. These funds allow us to purchase hairnets, gloves, kitchen equip-ment and other required items.
Sydenham-Heritage members and volunteers provided a brunch to folks in need on Christmas morning. Thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their time on Christmas day to help with this endeavour.
Special thanks are extended to:
THE CITY OF BRANTFORD for the Grant Money received.
THE LOCAL FOOD BANK for the abundance of Food received.
TIM HORTONS at the corner of West & Dundas St. for the coffee they provide every week.
The Church of GOD
THE SUNDAY SUPPER CLUB EXISTS BECAUSE OF DONATIONS.
WE WANT TO THANK ALL VOLUNTEERS who donate their time and talents.
TO EACH AND EVERY PERSON OR BUSINESS that has donated time money or food. We couldn’t do it without you and WE WANT TO THANK YOU!!!
Respectfully Submitted by Larry Eddy
& Shelley Grisdale
Our Transition Team including two members from Presbytery is working diligently with Rev. Wayne Beamer. Our goal is to guide the congregation through the period of Interim Ministry. Rev. Wayne’s knowledge and experience is proving to be of great help.
The union of the two congregations was not foreseen in the initial Interim appointment to Sydenham Street United Church but the Transition Team formed itself to reflect that reality and has moved forward with initiatives that were meant to promote union as well as address the trauma that were distinct to each congregation.
Following are the initiatives that the Transition Team has begun. Some have been lead by the Transition Team and some have been the responsibility of recent Boards in one form or another.
The Governance Review process that was begun in 2015 and concluded this year.
A Financial Review process that was also begun in 2015 and concluded with the blending of the two congregational accounting structures as of the official date of amalgamation.
Supporting the Union process and ensuring that the health of the constituent congregations was
continuously highlighted as integration moved forward.
Holy Manners – A workshop was held on January 23 and was attended by members of our Transition Team as well as members of Sydenham and Heritage Boards and the joint M&P committee.
A Behavioral Covenant was developed and subsequently adopted by the congregation. The congregation has proceeded to live into this covenant with dedication.
History Event – this event was held before Easter and was a workshop that discussed topics related to both Sydenham and Heritage such as where we come from and how that informs who we are now. This will all be part of our ongoing journey to become one entity. A firm date for this event will be
advised in the near future.
Eric Law Event – Eric Law is the Exec Director of Kaleidoscope Institute, of L.A. Seven members will be attending a three day workshop and learning experience. We discussed Holy Currency and began learning to use the various currencies we have i.e.: our outreach is a currency we can use to be involved and recognized in community among other topics.
Who is Our Church; Identity Event was held in the autumn and was found to be both enjoyable and enlightening for all concerned. It produced a wealth of information related to our self perceptions. This is crucial as we try to understand in the spring of 2017 “Who are we called to Be and What are we called to Do”
“Conversations” The Transition Team will be facilitating a series of conversations in the winter/early spring that will endeavour to discover what it is that motivates us as individuals and as a community to “rise up” and live out the gospel in a very real way. And discover “Who are we called to Be and What are we called to Do”
For the Transition Team,
Maureen Hall-Gilmore &
Rev. Wayne Beamer
SUNDAY SUPPER CLUB
The Men’s Breakfast meets the first Saturday of each month at 8:30 am. Between twelve and twenty men, get together for conversation, sharing and fellowship. The breakfast is prepared by Dave and Aileen Johnston. Porridge with raisins is usually prepared by Lyle Sylvester. The breakfast is always welcomed by the men in whatever variation it is provided.
Twice a year, we include our spouses in the gathering. The breakfast before Christmas and the June meeting that wraps up our year. Normal attendance is about twelve men but it can swell to thirty or more when we include the ladies.
We also have speakers from time to time. Harold Wall often leads with topics of interest and devotions.
All men are welcome to attend. The cost is $5 for those that can afford it.
Prepared by: Larry Eddy