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NEXT SUNDAY: January 7 – 10:30am – Epiphany & Baptism of Jesus
We Welcome Sharlene McGowan – Guest Worship Leader & Preacher
LECTIONARY: Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29, Acts 19: 1-7, Mark 1:4-11
SERMON: Spirit Renewed (Sharlene McGowan)
Monday January 1, 2018
- Church offices closed
Wednesday January 3
- Seniors Lunch & Fellowship, Room 104, 11:30 am
- Congregational Life Meeting, Room 101, 5 pm
Cam will be at St. Andrew’s College from January 6-14 and return to the office on January 16, 2018. On Sunday, January 14 we welcome Peter Gilmer as our Guest Worship Leader and Speaker.
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Mel Ulmer on Monday, December 25. A Memorial Service will be held at 10am on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Speers Funeral Chapel. All are invited. Our sympathies to Mel’s family and community of friends.
An Introduction to Centering Prayer (A 5 week Course)
Are you interested in learning more about contemplation? Are you looking to begin the new year by developing a new spiritual practice. We are pleased to offer a 5 week course introducing a method of Centering Prayer which will be taught by Sister Claire Himbeault (Our Lady of Missions). Claire has given Introductory Workshops on Centering Prayer to many inter-religious groups in Winnipeg, Philippines and Regina since 2002. Come and learn about the method and practice in a gentle and low-pressure setting. If you are able, we welcome a $20 contribution to cover this course – no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Sign up with the Office or visit our Facebook Event for more information.
Today a special collection will be given to Carmichael Outreach. Suggested items for donation: hygiene products or canned food. Cash donations are also welcome.
Please pick up your 2018 offering envelopes after service today from the boxes by the Library in the Lower Hall.
The Wisdom Jesus – Cynthia Bourgault (Sermons & Book Group)
From January 21-February 11, our Sunday Reflections during the Season of Epiphany will be drawn from the excellent book The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind – A New Perspective on Christ and His Message. There will also be weekly sessions to gather over coffee & tea to discuss the book, the sermons & related topics – Thursdays 10-11am – January 18 & 25, February 1 & 8. Books can be found at Amazon or Indigo, and Cam has some for lending – a great holiday read.
Knox-Metropolitan United Church is asking big bold questions about our future as an organization, institution and community of faith here in the heart of the city. During 2018 we are launching a program called Being There When the Future Comes during which we will be exploring how other churches have responded to changing circumstances – opening social enterprises, sharing their space with cafés, restaurants, co-working spaces or creating community hubs of likeminded organizations. What will work here in this city, for this church will be discerned through community engagement, congregational discussion and feedback sessions, and learning from best practices. You can find our initial report in the Narthex. This will be an exciting process and we hope you might find a way to join in.
PD Day Camps with Lumsden Beach Camp are being offered here at Knox-Metropolitan United Church on January 26 and March 9, and may include activities such as skating, swimming, visits to the museum, art creation, science, activities in Victoria or Wascana parks, and more. The cost is $40/camper. On May 19 and June 15, we will meet at the Church and then take a bus to the Camp for a day of canoeing, archery, hikes, campfires, singing, and more. Camps in the city are $40/camper and May/June are $45/camper. Sign up online at lumsdenbeachcamp.com.
Remit #6 – One Order of Ministry is the final remit that has come forward to the United Church from the 42nd General Council and must be considered by the end of February, 2018. We will be holding a Congregational Dicussion, after worship on Sunday, January 28 to look at this proposal. All are encouraged to pick up an information guide about the remit in the Narthex or in the office and to attend on the 28th. If you have questions you would like to submit in advance, please contact Cam or Carol Schick.
Knox-Metropolitan United Church is entering a process of exploring becoming an Affirming Ministry – a designation in the United Church of Canada which seeks to publicly state an enthusiastic welcome to all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender and socio-economic status, paying particularly attention to sexual orientation and gender identity. It is not that these are more important needs, but out of a recognition that the Christian Church has (and in some places, continues to) overtly condemned members of LGBT*2I communities, and as such these communities may have particular questions about their welcome in a church. This process will involve learning about the needs of different communities and what it would mean for the church to seek to be a welcoming place for all. Throughout 2018 you will find information on our website and Facebook page. Come and learn more!
Report of Board Meeting on December 7, 2017
Being There When the Future Comes
The Board will be following up from the November 26 congregational meeting with further conversation with Rob Dalgliesh and the EDGE Network.
The current Open Question How do Minister to those outside our walls in the downtown? Will be ameneded and updated to reflect the current discussions around the future.
Sunday, April 15, 2018 has been set as the target date for the Annual Congregational Meeting of Knox-Metropolitan United Church.
We are seeking one person to serve on a Nominations Committee. They will join Gary Seib and Bob Ivanochcko. This Committee brings forward names for the consideration of the Congregation at the Annual Meeting:
- to fill vacancies on the Board created by members completing their term,
- to fill positions on the proposed new Finance Committee, and
- to fill a vacant position on the Ministry and Personnel Committee.
If you are interested in serving in any of these areas, please speak with the Nominations Committee. Nominations are also accepted on the floor of the Annual Meeting.
More information about the nominations process and positions to be filled will appear in the Bulletin early in the New Year.
Proposed new Finance Committee
A notice will be published early in 2018 setting out details of a proposal to amend the Church’s Governance Document to create a new Finance Committee.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be on Thursday, January 18, 2018