Posted by on Jun 2, 2017

HAPPENING THIS WEEK:

Wednesday

  • Seniors Fellowship, 11:30 a.m., Room 104

Thursday

  • Stewardship meeting, 1 p.m., Room 101

NEXT SUNDAY: June 11, Trinity Sunday
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:1—2:4a; Psalm 8; 2 Corinthians 13:11–13; Matthew 28:16–20
SERMON: Cam Fraser, preaching

THE SASKATCHEWAN CONFERENCE PRAYER CYCLE invites us to pray this week for the following congregations and ministries: Sherbrooke Community Centre, River Bend;  Bridging Waters (Choiceland, Codette, White Fox, Nipawin), Tamarack.

SPROUTS: Our Sunday School Class for kiddos 4-6(ish) years old runs on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Our Sprouts will be singing, learning, dancing and playing together one more time on June 11 before breaking for the summer.

UPPER ROOM SUBSCRIBERS: Please check your mailboxes for the new Upper Room booklet and a notification.

FLEA MARKET NEWS: The annual Knox-Met Flea Market will be held this year on Saturday, September 30. The storage room has been cleaned out and is now ready for your donatons. We welcome Men’s, Women’s and Children’s clothing, shoes, hats, purses, scarves, household items, small electrical appliances, seasonal and sporting goods and jewelry. New or good quality items are also requested for the Gift Shop. We are unable to accept cushions, pillows, comforters, stuffed toys or furniture. Please put your donations in closed boxes or plastic bags. They can be dropped off at the church any time during office hours, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SUMMER FLOWERS: For the months of June, July and August, you are invited to share your garden flowers on Sunday mornings as has been the tradition at Knox-Met in past years.  The flowers can be placed on the communion table or on the stage just prior to the service.  If you wish, the flowers can be left for distributing to those unable to attend our morning services or you can take them home again. Thank you for sharing the beauty of God’s world with us! Consider the lilies how they grow — Luke 12:27

WELCOME SIGNS expressing “I’m glad we’re neighbours” in English and Arabic and then saying Welcome in over 20 other languages are available in the lower hall. There is a suggested donation of $10 all of which goes back to the Heritage Community Association who developed this project. Signs can be picked up from Ian.

PEOPLE POWER: Here’s something different . . . A call for HELP that does not include a money request. The Outreach & Social Action committee needs to give long-time volunteers a break, and that’s where you can help without spending a cent. The responsibilities are not difficult, but urgently required by the people they serve.

“Like what?” you ask. Like ensuring 20 loaves of sandwiches are delivered to Waterston House twice a year. Those sandwiches are Knox-Met’s commitment to help feed those in need on Sundays when other providers are closed for the weekend. Regina’s Interdenominational Sunday Lunch Auxiliary (ISLA), representing some 20 Regina Churches, operates this volunteer program which keeps the responsibility spread evenly throughout the city using the Salvation Army’s centrally located Waterston House as the distribution point.

Twenty loaves of sandwiches is not impossible to find in a congregation the size of Knox-Metropolitan. But being responsible for finding and signing up sandwich makers, finding someone to deliver them on the two designated Sundays, writing the notice for the bulletin etc. becomes a bit too much after nearly 40 years of service. Yes, that is the service given by our current ISLA volunteer! We think it’s time for a break.

Can you be our new volunteer who says, “Well done! Now it’s my turn for a yearor two. You have earned a rest!” If you are interested in this or other Outreach & Social Action work, talk to Rev. Cam Fraser or chat with one of our Outreach Ministry executives.

Watch the bulletin for the next few weeks where we will offer more opportunities to help with the Outreach & Social Action Ministry, keeping the Knox-Metropolitan tradition of People Power alive and well in Regina.

UNSETTLING IDEAS PRESENTS Nationhood Interrupted with Idle No More founder Sylvia McAdam, Tuesday, June 6, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Canadian Mental Health Association (1810 Albert St). Free event, all are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

REPORT OF BOARD MEETING ON MAY 18, 2017

OPEN QUESTIONS — What building design will serve our future ministry?

The Board will have a special meeting on Sunday, June 4 to consider a proposal from Meraki Design Group to work with the Building Design Committee to develop a schematic design for the building.  This is the next phase of our building renewal project.

MINISTER’S REPORT — Highlights from Cam Fraser’s report are:

  • acquiring new audiovisual equipment to live stream worship and other services over our website,
  • a meeting with Folk Festival people to discuss the church’s plans to serve a pancake breakfast on Saturday, August 12 during the Folk Festival.

TREASURER’S REPORT FOR THE PERIOD ENDING APRIL 30, 2017

  • Total revenues are $104,600. Expenditures are $132,700.  Shortfall is $28,000.
  • Offerings have increased $7,800 over 2016.
  • Rental income is up by $6,800.
  • The successful pie social and book sale has increased fund raising by $2,400 over 2016.
  • Monthly PAR contributions have increased by $711.
  • Expenditures to date are $39,000 less than 2016.
  • Revenues have increased by $17,300.

BELL TOWER — The net cost to date of repairing the bell tower is $235,600 against a budget of $412,000.  Further costs of about $25,000 are expected.  Overall the project will cost $150,000 less than anticipated.

MINISTRY COUNCIL — A small stewardship group will be meeting soon to plan for the stewardship campaign at the end of the year.  The aim is to make the process more intentional and reflective.

NOMINATION OF PETER RICCI — The Board confirmed the nomination of Peter Ricci to the Board of Mutchmor Lodge.

USE OF CHURCH POLICY — The Board approved amendments to the Use of Church Policy that increase all rents by 5% effective September 1, 2017 except for 12 step groups.

FROM OUR NEIGHBOURS:

SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA SEASON FINALE – Come celebrate and be refreshed with “40 Years of Bringing Music to Life” on Saturday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. at Knox-Metropolitan. This concert will feature the winner of the SSYO Concerto Competition.  Guest soloist Joanne Peng.  Silver donation at the door and reception to follow.

SCOTT WOODS CONCERT – Twin Fiddle Express: Monday, June 12, 7 p.m. at Heritage United (1050N Arnason St). Presenting Canadian Fiddle Champion Scott Woods and his band with a fun-filled 2 hours of variety featuring old time music, sensational step dancing, trick fiddling and family humour. Tickets: $25 adults, $10 children 12 and under. Call 306-949-8377 or 306-545-7190 for tickets.

THE TERRITORIAL 49r’s are presenting their spring concert ‘Down Memory Lane’ at St. James United Church (4506 Sherwood Drive), on June 4 at 2 p.m.  Tickets: $8 each or 2 for $15.