Newsletter - Trinity~Providence United Church

 

FROM REVEREND BOB

Dear Friends,

It is a delight to read through the draft of this fine newsletter. Many thanks to each of you who has contributed to it, and to Sue Pepper for putting it together so well. Thanks also to those who deliver it so that you can be both informed and invited to share the good news of the happenings at the Trinity Providence Pastoral Charge.

It is a blessing to share the journey with you in this time of transition. It is important to grieve Rodney’s loss and what that means for the congregation. Rodney shared his gifts so generously and with a good heart and I know he is missed. Yet you sent him off so well, and have offered prayerful support in his wonderful new call.

I have appreciated the ongoing warm welcome I receive and feel privileged to be here. I am impressed by the faithful work being done by so many people – there is a great level of commitment in the life of the church and its ministry both inside and outside these walls. Many folk are stepping up to offer leadership and the gift of time.

There have been lots of conversations taking place around the church about “what kind of minister will we have?” I invite you to pray daily for those who are working towards calling a new minister. Theirs is a big task and I know they feel this deeply. Some years ago, I read a description of “the perfect pastor.” I was able to find it (I never throw anything out!) – it needed editing – we no longer say in the church that “The perfect pastor, of course, must be very handsome.” But it does recognize that sometimes congregations have unrealistic expectations of their minister. No one person can meet everyone’s needs, but if that person is grounded in Christ and is able to help you grow in your faith and service, it seems like a pretty good match! Read on and enjoy!

The perfect pastor preaches exactly 10 minutes.
condemns sin roundly but never hurts anyone’s feelings,
works from 8am until midnight and is also the church janitor.
The perfect pastor makes $40 a week, wears good clothes, drives a good car,
buys good books, and donates $30 a week to the church,

is 29 years old and has 40 years experience.
The perfect pastor has a burning desire to work with children and teenagers,
and spends the most time with senior citizens,
smiles all the time with a straight face and a great sense of humor
that reflects serious dedication to the church.
The perfect pastor makes 15 home visits a day
and is always in the office to be handy when needed,

while at the same time caring for family.
The perfect pastor always has time for church council and all of its committees,
never misses the meeting of any church organization 
and is always busy evangelizing the unchurched.

he perfect pastor is always in the next church over!
If your pastor does not measure up,
simply send this notice to six other churches that are tired of their pastor, too.
Then bundle up your pastor and send to the church at the top of the list.
If everyone cooperates, in one week you will receive 1,643 pastors.
One of them should be perfect!

It’s good for a smile, and it’s a good reminder that, as you read in the bulletin every week, the ministers are the people of the congregation. This is the strength that guides your church family – the sense of being together in sharing the good news of Christ’s love.

Blessings as you continue in this fine ministry,

Bob

Editor’s Note:

Bob, fishing for men (and women)!

FROM COUNCIL CHAIR

Welcome to spring! Give yourselves a pat on the back. We managed to survive another cold winter. It has seemed to go on forever. I have always said I will never complain about the heat in summer because I sure do complain about the cold in winter. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for the day when I can once again dig in the dirt in my garden and plant some flowers.

It has been a busy time in the life of our church. The “Holy Rollers” have been busy making their delicious meat pies for sale to support the church. Many thanks to Olive Macoomb and her crew for all their hard work. The Property Brothers (Armand and Jim) have been busy too. They are always available when something needs to be fixed or replaced. They did a wonderful job in sprucing up the Bethel meeting room. The floor sure does shine. Also, a big thank you to Sue Pepper for putting together this newsletter. I know it is difficult getting everyone to submit their reports on time (guilty as charged) but I know I look forward to reading it once it is completed. Thank you Sue for your efforts.

The JNAC committee, which is the group entrusted with determining our ministry needs, has been very busy also with many meetings over the past few months. I am happy to say that as of Friday March 29th the Community of Faith profile has been completed. The next step is for it to be forwarded to Jean Wilson, who is our United Church liaison, for approval. Once she approves it, the next step is for our council to approve it and then we can proceed with placing the profile on the HUB where ministers who are looking for a position can check it out. At that point a search committee will be formed.

I want to give a big thanks to the team consisting of Dave and Audrey MacKay, Elizabeth Hull, Debbie P., Bud Justice and Mary Tomlinson. Special thanks to Debbie for the extra time she has spent getting the profile typed and printed. Her computer expertise has been invaluable.

On a personal note I want to say how grateful I am for my church family. I have appreciated the support I have received as Chair of Council and most recently as I deal with a personal health situation.

I also wanted to take this time to remember Bob Tompkins. I was shocked and saddened, as we all were, to hear of his passing. We were fortunate to have his help with the music for Sunday services and also directing the choir. We will always remember his wonderful singing during the services. Our thoughts are with Mary Lou during this difficult time.

As I finish writing this I am looking out my front window and even though there is still snow on the ground, the sun is shining and the birds are singing and I am confident the warm weather will be with us soon. Keep smiling.

Blessings,

Cathy Bennett

Many folks want to serve God but only as advisers!

PRAYER: Don’t give God instructions….just report for duty!

Coincidence is when God chooses to remain

anonymous.

Peace starts with a smile.

FROM THE EDITOR

The season of renewal is here! It is wonderful to see the streets coming alive with people venturing out from their self- imposed hibernation. The grass is greening. A few hardy flowers are peeping out of the ground. We can put away our boots! Rev. Bob has been reminding us to notice when God is present in our lives. It seems a lot easier when the sun is shining and the temperatures climbing!

It was an exciting winter for BARC (Bobcaygeon and Area Refugee Committee). It was 31/2 years ago that BARC was formed. In January 2017 we welcomed our first Syrian family to Bobcaygeon – a family of 6. In January 2020 we welcomed our second family! Ammar, Entisar and Leen are a delightful little family. They are very keen to integrate into the Canadian life. They are soaking up English lessons like sponges. You will see them out and about in town. Little Leen starts school in September. That will make a total of 4 Syrian children in our public school! (One more to go the following September) Many people have asked me what they might need. They have just about everything that they need but Ammar did express a wish for a bicycle. We plan on hitting some garage sales soon and seeing what we can find. However, if someone has a decent bike that is gathering dust let me know. It would be fantastic to surprise him!

I am happy to report that I had no joints replaced this winter! Life is good. Travel is on our agenda. Later this month we are going on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. The summer will be full with many trips in our motor home. Our garden just may take a hit, so I am thinking that asparagus might be a good choice, as Rev. Bob mentioned in a sermon that asparagus takes 3 years to produce spears. (Mind you, perhaps he is not the best for gardening advice! His sanctuary tulips have shown no sign of renewal!)

I hope you enjoy this edition of the Carillon. I would like to remind everyone that I am editor, not a roving reporter! I thoroughly enjoy putting this newsletter together and writing my bits, but I do not enjoy the begging and arm twisting that is needed to get people to submit information to me. I keep hoping that next time will be better….but it never is. (There….that is my whining for today!)

Easter Blessings,

Sue Pepper

FROM WORSHIP


 

Now that spring is here (at least, according to the calendar!), we anticipate new beginnings – in our everyday lives, in nature, and in the world around us. Our Lenten journey leads us to the Cross and ultimately to the Resurrection. May peace be with you during this Holy Season

On December 30th, we celebrated Rev Rodney’s ministry with us as we sent him off to the next exciting step on his life’s journey. At the same time, we warmly welcomed our interim minister, Rev. Dr. Bob Root who is no stranger to our church family. We are blessed to have him with us. As Rev. Rodney left the service on Dec 30th, he carried the light out as has been his custom. On January 6th council members followed Rev. Dr. Bob Root in and carried candles to begin the service by bringing the light back in.

Another significant service was held on Jan 13th when the Baptism of Jesus was celebrated. The congregation was given an opportunity to renew their own Baptismal vows by receiving the sign of the cross with water on their foreheads.

Holy Week begins on April 14th with our Palm Sunday service. A Good Friday service will be held on April 19th at 10:30. On Easter Sunday we will gather at 6am for a Sunrise Service on the property overlooking the Little Bob River, followed by a light breakfast at the church. Our Easter Sunday Service with communion will be held at 10:30.

We are thankful for the valued support and encouragement of our faithful committee – Audrey Mackay, Debbie P, Geoffrey Frith, Mary Justice, Jan Carson, and Rev. Dr. Bob Root.

Happy Spring and Blessings to all.

Faithfully,

Carol Young and Sandra Keevil

FROM PROVIDENCE

Our little Providence Church has sat quiet since the lively and inspiring Christmas service. Things are not quiet with the planners and the workers! The summer schedule is coming together with the first service on May 19th. There will be more news as we get into May. See you sometime this summer.

Marion MacKenzie

FROM THE OUTREACH TEAM

Coffee Talk continues weekly on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Room. This is a time for conversation and themes for discussion. These discussion themes are a result of a brainstorming session by the group in September of each year. Sometimes we’ll have a guest presentation or a game. On the 3rd Tues. of each month we meet at the Full Cup Café where we hope we have a positive impact on the community by sharing our good news stories, jokes, laughter and “quotes for the week”.

We were especially fortunate to enjoy a Travelogue of Walter & Juanita’s trip to Israel & Jordan.

We also enjoyed a guest speaker from Ecuador who shared with us what life was like growing up in Ecuador, working for Care International. She is particularly proud of raising $6 million dollars for an AIDS project. She lives in Ecuador with her Canadian husband who volunteers for a Mission in Quito.

We have brought in ideas to share about articles or books that have inspired us, our personal travel experiences, poetry and music that we love.

One particularly interesting idea from one of our group was to illustrate a life experience that shows “We are All Smart Backwards”.

This is a group that welcomes all, regardless of church affiliation …we are always happy to welcome people from the community who have heard about us through the Promoter’s “Events Column” and by word of mouth. ALL are welcome.

Many, many thanks to Deb P. who has stepped right into the leadership role of this group on very short notice due to my battle with the ice this winter!

Jo Wesley

FROM PASTORAL CARE

The following poem by Rowena Webster exemplifies how your Pastoral Care Team aims to walk beside you in your times of need. We are pleased to offer Prayer Circle, hands on healing Ministry (Reiki), Visitation and Prayer Shawls. We can be contacted through the Church Office at any time for those in need of Pastoral Care.

Joyce Kimble

Prayer Walk

My garden gate opens out on to the world.

The world of my neighbours.

As I walk past their homes,

their lives come to mind.

There’s the elderly man who cares,

day in, day out,

or his wife with Alzheimer’s disease.

Two doors on,

a woman, widowed a year ago

but her wounds of grief are still very raw.

Across the road,

the teenage son has dropped out of college.

he stays in his room

all day and out of the house

most of the night

and will hardly speak to his worried parents.

Lord, how should I love my neighbor?

On to the main road –

solemn faces gaze from a passing bus –

Anxiety?

Anticipation?

Boredom?

You know, Lord, what they are thinking.

At the post office –

signed books proffered under the glass partition,

double stamped,

returned with pensions or allowance.

Money carefully counted, pursed and pocketed.

The means of survival ensured for another week?

Dear God,

A name on a booklet

may signify a benevolent government’s acknowledgement

that a person exists

but You know the real needs

and entitlements of that human being.

Help us work for a caring and just society.

Returning I pass the doctor’s surgery and

recall that today a friend goes for blood test results.

Anxiety, hope, despair, joy.

Just a few words will make all the difference.

Back at my gate,

half an hour

and half a mile later.

It was more than just a walk to post a letter.

FROM THE TREASURER

What a month! We found out that our investment with the United Church Foundation had increased in value due to the Stock Market improving from its base in December. The increase amounted to $6,725.15 of which 60% or $4,035.00 we are able to show as interest income. Also, we saw a good increase in giving’s from our members-an increase of $3,070.00 from last year to the end of March. This means that we now show a SURPLUS of $4,373.17 year to date. (Versus a SHORTFALL last year of $10,021.00)

Trinity is scheduled to receive a substantial bequest from the estate of Carolyn Antonio. This could be a good down payment in fixing that disastrous “parking lake” that we have experienced this spring. It will be up to Council and the Trustees to act.

I hope that this trend continues as we have some extra expenses coming for which we did not budget.

FROM THE UCW EXECUTIVE

The Executive’s last meeting was on March 12/19.

Events:

The Bay of Quinte UCW Conference AGM is April 25th, 2019, at Trinity United Church, Napanee. The speaker at the National UCW will be President Beulah Haley, topic-“Come Fly With Us”.

The National UCW’s 2019 Initiative will be Women for Change-Zambia.

On March 2nd, the World Day of Prayer service was held this year at Lakes Community Church.

The Women’s Retreat Committee has been working hard for several months and the Retreat will take place on April 26to April 28 at Fair Havens. This is a very popular well attended event.

The Kawartha Highland Presbyterial UCW’s are all keeping busy with their different projects: VIBE Programs, Bazaars, Loonie Auctions & Dessert Luncheon, Easter Sunrise Breakfasts, Fish & Chip, Ham & Lasagna Dinners. Nothing like food for fundraising!!

We have decided to send 2 children from our Community, to Settler’s Village Day Camp this year. This is something we have done several times in the past.

Although many of our members are getting older and unable to do as much as in the past, we continue to do our best, with the help of husbands and other members of our Church family. In this way we endeavour to be true to our UCW Purpose “in Christin witness, study, fellowship and service.

Colleen Gilpin

President

WOMEN’S RETREAT

The annual retreat is fast approaching but there might be a couple of spaces still available. It will take place at Fair Haven from April 26 to 28. The cost is $245 and includes your accommodation and meals. This year the guest speaker is Sheila-Mae Gidney. Sheila-Mae has been a family physician for many years in the Kawartha Lakes area. She has been very active within the church and until Dec.31st 2018 was the Chair of the Bay of Quinte Conference Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response Committee. She is also on the board of the Abbey Retreat Center for Cancer. The topics of sexual harassment and the Abbey Retreat’s work will be presented and discussed. Contact Kim Draper (Kim.draper.tuc@gmail.com) or Mary Watson (705-738-3831) for more information.

THE “HOLY ROLLERS”

We have had a very successful pie- making year so far and have made 1,390 pies. 

I wish to thank all the ladies who helped make this fund raiser so successful.  It is truly a fellowship enjoyed by all.  I wish to thank the Oven Lady, the Cooks, the Cook's helpers, the "HOLY ROLLERS", the pastry makers, the fillers/toppers, the onion chopper lady and the celery chopper lady.  Without all of you this couldn't be done.

Also thank you to everybody in the congregation and community who bought and supported our fund raiser.

God willing and with everyone's wonderful enthusiasm, we will start this up again in the fall.  

Sincerely,

Olive Macoomb 

Bob Murray asked the men in the congregation to meet and discuss making soup as a fund raiser for the church. The first meeting was held Jan 29th and Dave Mackay, Walter Murray, Bob Frances and Steve Oliver joined Bob to discuss the logistics of making soup and selling it (similar to meat pie program) or offering a soup lunch after church some Sundays. In addition to fund raising it would be an opportunity for all men to meet and have fellowship and share interests. No final decisions were made that day.

Later, we were asked to provide a soup lunch for the Lenten Series of services on March 20th. Ross Shallop and Jim Young joined with us that day. We made 5 kinds of soup. It was well received. Many came back for seconds and thirds! We did not run out of soup! We had positive feedback. The only negative comment was that we did not have a vegetarian soup, which we will be mindful of next time.

I apologize if any names were missed off the list. If anyone is interested in joining us in the future, simply speak to any of us at church.

Steve Oliver

We have had quite a journey over the last several months. Advent and Christmas were a time of preparation for several special moments. Throughout Advent we made reusable beeswax wraps and with the proceeds we were able to purchase $400 worth of gifts from the United Church’s catalogue called Gifts with Vision. These “gifts” support the Mission and Service of the United Church. This has become our annual project and we look forward to it every year. Thank you to everyone who supported us by purchasing the wraps. We also prepared and presented a short drama for Christmas. The youth are really talented and it is always meaningful to witness their productions.

Since January, we have explored ideas and questions about our faith, by following the lectionary readings. We continue to enjoy being active to explore the various themes that emerge from the scripture. Throughout the season of LENT, we have been preparing another short presentation that involves music and some circus arts. We hope to be ready to share this sometime soon. Stay tuned!

Looking ahead to July, VIBE will be taking place July 2 to July 5 from 9AM to noon. Kids aged 5 to 12 are welcome. Volunteers are needed to help with crafts and snacks etc. Watch for more information as the date gets closer.

Suzanne Smith- Merkley

P.S.Meet Charlie!

FROM SOFIA AND ANNA

April 22, 2019 is both Easter Monday and Earth Day. This may be a coincidence but it is also an opportunity to act. The resurrection of Jesus is a story of sacrifice, love and guiding people to a better way of being. Similarly, Earth Day is a call to show our love for our home and all life by taking the time to reflect on how we live -- what we buy, what we throw away and how we spend our time – and what our actions show about our priorities.

As part of Langton Public School’s Green Team, we have started a letter writing campaign to local businesses and governments. Here we are going to share some of the same ideas with you to consider when you are buying things personally or making decisions for the church.

  • Avoid single-use items such as bottled water, disposable coffee cups (bring your own mug), straws (and remember to say this to the server when you order drinks in a restaurant – we forgot the last time we ate out which bothered us), creamers, etc.

  • Consider the amount of packaging when purchasing things – especially plastic packaging.

  • Ask store owners to stock items with less packaging.

  • Take containers – bags, cups for drinks, containers for take-out – with you to stores and restaurants. (For some  people, that may feel awkward but for us, it’s a next step in living better with the Earth).

  • Prioritize “reduce and reuse” then consider “recycling”.

  • When we’ve talked to people, some are very encouraging and supportive. Others agree but then say things like, “but it’s just so much easier to use creamers” or “I don’t like drinking from restaurant cups – what if they are dirty?” Okay, but is that more important to you than animals starving to death and dying because they are ingesting plastic? Also, science is telling us that plastic doesn’t biodegrade. It just gets smaller and smaller, becoming micro plastic and getting into our food and water. Yuck!

    So this Easter Monday and Earth Day and every other day, please consider your choices.

    Anna and Sofia Entzin-Telford

FROM THE AFFIRMING COMMITTEE

We continue to meet and engage in much meaningful discussion. As we move ahead in our journey towards calling a new minister to serve Trinity-Providence Pastoral Charge, the Affirming Education Committee will continue to explore educational opportunities for LGBTQ so that moving forward, we will be well informed and excited to choose affirming all God’s creation.

Kim Draper and Carol Young

Co-Chairs

FROM THE CHOIR

Trinity choir has been undergoing some changes. It is quite the challenge for our choir leader Meg Leonard to pick music when she never knows how many will turn up on any given Sunday. She does a great job of picking appropriate music for the different worship themes. Meg will soon be attending a week long workshop at the Summer Institute for Church Music which is being held in Whitby. Trinity Choir donated the proceeds of the Christmas Cantata ($450) to help with expenses for this workshop. The Council will cover the balance. We may be small in number these days but we are big in spirit!

TRINITY LIBRARY

Thank you to Rev. Rodney Smith- Merkley for his donation of books to our library. The books can be found on the bookcase behind the door.

We also have several new books, one of which is TWO TEARS ON THE WINDOW by Julia and Kevin Garratt. This is a true story of 2 Canadians assisting with education and humanitarian work in China and then they disappeared in 2014. Read what happens to them.

You can borrow a book from our library anytime. Just sign the card in the back of the book and put the card in the basket on the shelf. Return the book in the same manner. If you need help finding a book call Lillian Partridge 705 488-1735

Have a good summer and happy reading!

Lillian Partridge

When you get to your wit’s end, you will find that God lives there.

We are called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

STEVE OLIVER AND KAREN JUNKIN

Steve and Karen are “locals”. They were born and raised on farms just outside of Bobcaygeon……Karen on a beef farm and Steve on a dairy farm. They knew each other from their high school days. Karen grew up attending Trinity and Steve attended the Baptist Church. On July 15 1978, they were married……the very last wedding performed in Trinity Hall! They have 3 children- Andrew (1983), Michael (1991), and Kathryn (1994).

Steve attended the University of Guelph and took the Farm Mechanization and Automation Course which led him to get his mechanic’s license. They lived in London ON and Steve worked as a Service Rep for a farm equipment distributor and then changed companies to become Service Manager for Western Canada where he acted as a liaison between the mechanics and engineers. It meant a move to the west. Then he moved from service into the sales department and became Regional District Manager. The job meant a lot of travelling and after a few years grew tired of it, so in 1988 he got his insurance license and in 1992 obtained his Chartered Life Underwriter’s Designation. He worked for Canada Life in Grande Prairie where he managed an office. All told, they lived in in 5 different cities in the west….and each of their children was born in a different city. Karen kept herself busy working in retail, offices and doing Steve’s books. While living in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Karen went back to school as an adult student and earned a B.A. with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Alberta.

By 1995, career agencies were disappearing. The family moved to Lindsay and Steve became an Insurance Broker and opened his own brokerage- Oliver Insurance Services. In 2010 they opened a second office in Bellville which is managed by their son Andrew. In 2016, Steve and Karen moved their home and office to their current location in Victoria Place. No more commute!

Steve is currently President of the Market Square Non Profit Housing Corp. (MSNPH) His interest in this project developed when a family member needed help. He was asked to sit on the Board of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Victoria County Branch to help them with fundraising. It was apparent that permanent clean, decent and affordable housing was needed for people suffering from mental illness and who could be integrated into community. In the fall of 1997, a building was purchased in Bobcaygeon and the apartments were ready for occupancy by the summer of 1998. There are now 7 apartments at the Market Square property. They are very proud that there was not one cent of government money in this project! The waiting list was long….and still is. It was obvious that more of this type of housing was needed. In 2010 a new 18 unit building was built on donated land on Hamilton Street in Lindsay. They did get some government funding for that building. Then in 2012 another building with 7 apartments on Cambridge St. was purchased. (Again, with no government money). In total, they currently have 32 apartments. Tenants pay a reduced 

rate of rent and also receive support from the Canadian Mental Health Association. The group is dreaming big again, hoping in the next few years to either renovate the Market Square property to upgrade the electric baseboard heating or to find another suitable property in Bobcaygeon. Watch for news of this project!

Steve’s hobbies (other than his involvement with the MSNPH) include maintaining an extensive collection of farm toys, playing cribbage and now he is a member of Trinity’s Souper Men” and the Tech Team. He had been a member of Men’s Division International (MDI), but when he realized that the church did similar types of good works it was time to pick one organization and lucky for Trinity he picked church!

Karen’s hobbies are curling, gardening, feeding birds and helping to farm her father’s land. Her father passed away 2 years ago and Karen and her siblings have pitched in to look after it for their mother. Right now, Karen goes to the farm every afternoon to help with calving. At the time of our interview she had helped deliver 10 calves this spring with 19 more to go! She took piano lessons as an adult and she continues to hone that skill.

We are so thankful that Steve and Karen have come full circle…..back to the church where they were married.

Sue Pepper

NEW CHURCH STRUCTURE

The following article was taken, with permission, from the Cambridge Chronicle,

written by Patricia Jane Teskey. If you have any questions she can be contacted by email. (patriciajane@sympatico.ca).

As the preacher says in Ecclesiastes, there is a time to break things down and a time to build things up. On December 31 2018, after 93 years (since 1925) the United Church of Canada officially closed its conferences and presbyteries. On January 1 2019, newly created regional councils officially opened as the intermediate governing bodies between the national church (General Council) and local communities of faith. The church had 4 level of governance. It now has 3.

Our new church structure comes with a host of new words. This glossary may help:

Regions are newly created geographic areas that replace the previous geographic areas of conferences and presbyteries. The United Church has 16 regions across Canada.

East Central Ontario Region is the official name of the region that we are in.

ECO is the acronym for East Central Ontario Region. The pleasing echo of the words “ecological” and “economical” is a touch of serendipity.

Regional Council is the governing body for each region. Voting membership consists of all ministry personnel within the region and lay member elected by the communities of faith in the region. All United Church members in the ECO region are invited to attend the first annual general meeting of our regional council at Cambridge St. United Church on the weekend of May 31- June 2, 2019.

Regional council representatives are the lay members elected to the regional council by the 

communities of faith. Each representative has one vote.

Community of Faith is the legal term shared by every faith group within the United Church of Canada. Communities of faith range from traditional congregations to small faith groups meeting in one another’s homes.

Covenant is a formal agreement by which all communities of faith are united (and United). The relationship between the communities of faith and their regional council is covenantal. Each community of faith is to name its unique needs and challenges and create an individual covenant with its regional council.

Clusters are communities of faith within a local area that support one another and their leaders. Clusters focus on worship, mission, learning, collegiality and strategic planning. They are not governance bodies.

Networks link people working on specific issues or projects that function through the whole church, such as youth ministry or food security. They are not governance bodies.

The Manual 2019 is your “go-to” book for more information. You can look at it online at https://www.united-church.ca/handbooks.

FROM THE CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES

This is hot off the press. Steve Oliver sent this information to me on April 1st. I hope it was not an April Fools’ joke!

The City will provide funding for home repairs and renovations. If you own your home and have been in need of repairs, energy efficient upgrades or accessibility modifications, there may be help for you. The municipality is participating in the Ontario Renovates Component of the Investment in Affordable Housing-2014 Extension which was developed to help homeowners improve their living conditions by providing financial assistance to repair deficiencies or make accessibility modifications.

Applications received will be considered for funding on a priority basis. The deadline for applications for the 2019 funding year is April 30. The organization provides a forgivable loan to a maximum of $10,000 for repairs such as roofs, plumbing, heating, foundations, wells, septic systems and more. A grant to a maximum of $5,000 is also available for modifications to reduce physical barriers such as ramps, handrails, chair and bath lifts and countertop height adjustments.

Requirements for this program include that applicants must own their own home; the market value must be at or below $409,250; home must be insured adequately; homeowners must be current with taxes and mortgage payments; home must be located in in the municipality of Kawartha Lakes or the County of Haliburton; applicant’s household income cannot exceed $54,000 for a 4 bedroom home or $31,000 for a 1 bedroom home.

Applications and more information can be obtained online at KLH Housing’s website (http: //www.klhhousinghelp.ca/) or you can contact Arlene Smit, Affordable Housing Programs Coordinator at 705-878-9367 X 3109.

SPAGHETTI DINNER AND LOONIE AUCTION

Save the date- Saturday November 9! Sherri Richardson Smyth and Tim Smyth (Cathy Bennett’s sister and husband) have offered to come back and help us with our second annual spaghetti dinner! Last November’s event was a big success and we learned lots. We promise not to run out of salad this time! Start saving your loonies!

YARD SALE

It’s springtime which means spring cleaning! I started early clearing out closets of things I haven’t used in a long time. It makes you wonder why we hold onto so much stuff. The problem is now everything I cleared out is sitting in a pile in my basement. So I was thinking. Why not have a yard sale at the church and donate the proceeds to the church. I don’t have a date yet…..just thinking!

If you are thinking of doing your own spring cleaning and may have things you could donate to the yard sale and/or you would be interested in helping me with a sale, give me a call, email or talk to me at church on a Sunday.

Cathy Bennett

 

GATHERINGS AT A GLANCE


 

 

Sunday, April 14 @ 10:30AM - Palm Sunday Service

Friday, April 19 @ 10:30AM – Good Friday Service

Sunday, April 21 @ 6:00AM – Easter Sunrise Service at foot Of Bolton St.

Sunday, April 21 @ 10:30 AM – Easter Communion Service

Sunday, May 19 @10:00 AM – Providence opens for the season

Thursday, May 30 @ 11:30 – UCW Annual General Meeting

Sat. June 8 from 10:30-2:30 – Artisans’ Gallery in Trinity Hall

Tues. July 2 to Fri. July 5 – VIBE

And looking way ahead

Sat. Nov. 9 – Spaghetti dinner and Loonie Auction

Sat. Nov. 23 – UCW Bazaar