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2016 Summer Message from Chair of Council

July 5, 2016
Dear Faith Family

 

Well, what a wonderful 'picnic' and celebration of John's ministry with us that we enjoyed on Sunday. We also paid tribute to and celebrated the service of Jack White, Alexandra and Mike Bedard, Linda and Ron Break and Ione Cox and Harry Doyle. Certainly, we will miss these folks, but, we wish them well as they continue on their journey. They will always receive a warm welcome anytime they return for a visit.
 
Thank you to all who made the service and the picnic such a success.

A couple of information items to share:

First, if you were there on Sunday you saw the lovely appreciation gifts given to those members leaving - a crystal heart-shaped paper weight with the Faith logo on it. Thank you to Judy Chartrand, Sheila McBride and Louise Prevost for arranging for these so quickly and thank you to Council for acting on the their approval and purchase so expeditiously. Council voted unanimously to establish this memento for folks who have made a significant contribution to the life of Faith and who are leaving due to a move outside of the community. There are specific criteria now established for future awarding of these mementos. Any member of the congregation may suggest the name(s) of folk to Council for consideration using the establish criteria. Please keep that in mind.

Also, it is with some regret, but complete understanding, that council has accepted the resignation of Ione Cox from Council. We are deeply grateful for the enormous contribution that Ione has made to the leadership and functioning of Faith United. We wish her and Harry all the best as they embark on a new adventure, moving to Rockwood. We know that wherever they make their church home, they will have an equal impact. Of course, we hope to see them often back at Faith for a visit and know that they will be embraced by our community of Faith anytime that happens. We are not going to replace Ione on Council at this time since we still have enough Councillors according to the Constitution. Ione's position will be replaced at the AGM in the New Year.

A note that Palermo United Church has extended an invitation to our congregation to attend their July or August Services at 10 a.m. where we will be welcomed.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge all that our family of Faith has experienced and accomplished over this past year. We have had a wide variety of worship experiences so ably planned by our Worship Team. Our Women of Faith group has had a very successful year with well-attended monthly meetings, and there were many Mission and Outreach initiatives. There was an outstanding response to provide support for the victims of the Fort McMurray fires, and we made our decision regarding ministerial time and the music facilitator. And with Lorna Turner's initiative and Barb McFarlane's leadership, there will be an EMAILED WEEKLY DEVOTION EACH SUNDAY OF THE SUMMER for us to share! A reminder that there will be an informal gathering and devotional time in August and further details will follow later.

Indeed, we are small but mighty.

As we go into the summer months and take a hiatus from our regular worship services, I wish each of you a restful, restorative and re-creative time. I know all of you will find your worship experiences and your intersections with God through many varied ways. It may be through attending a service at a different church, participating in our emailed and Facebook weekly devotions, watching a sunset at a cottage, meeting new folks on a trip, being immersed in the circle of love of family and friends, or a quiet time in the garden. Verne and I will be visiting The Rock, doing a little hiking, 'kissing the cod' and maybe sampling some 'Screech'.

May God bless each of us with His constant presence and may all of us continue to be blessed by our Faith family

Yours in faith
Mavis

2014 Fall Message from Chair of Council

Wow, what an emotional day October 19th was!  We celebrated our 3rd Anniversary in the morning with Rev. Gaylyn McLean as our guest speaker, and then our long awaited covenanting service in the afternoon.  Rev. Alison Nicholson, Chair of Halton Presbytery presided over our official welcome into the United Church of Canada.

I was so very pleased with the number of Presbytery representatives in attendance along with the Executive Director of Hamilton Conference, friends from St. Paul’s and many friends and family who have journeyed with us these past 3 years.

I would like to thank everyone involved in the first steps in our journey, the Options Task Forces who made this happen, our dedicated and passionate lay leaders who work tirelessly to help fulfill our mission and to family and friends for their support.

As Mavis said in her closing remarks, “the journey continues my friends.  We have not arrived.  May we continue to trust our future to God, humbly following where he will take us.”

With Peace and Love,

Bob Ward

Chair of Council

Faith United Milton

2013 Summer Message from Chair of Council

 

Summer is here!  In fact as I write this, it arrived yesterday morning.  The solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and this year it fell on Friday, June 21 at 5:04 universal time, 1:04 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time.  School's almost out and we are almost at those the lazy hazy days.  

We (Faith United Milton) will mark the start of summer with our 2nd annual summer picnic service.  Ann Sault is once again welcoming us to her wonderful country property and this year will be extra special.  Erica Anders will be baptised and we are all so excited about this, another first for our young congregation.  Ann, David, Bruce, Verne (thanks to you all) and I just finished setting up tents as the forecast is for thunderstorms tomorrow.  As Bruce said, now that we've done that it won't rain - let's hope.  Despite the weather it is sure to be another glorious day in the great outdoors with food and fellowship.  

As we take a break from our regular worship services for July, let's take a moment to reflect on our last year together as Faith United Milton.  

We have continued to evolve as we've enjoyed listening to thought provoking speakers and presentations.  And we grew as we welcomed some new folks into the Faith family.  

Service-wise we've had a few more firsts as we celebrated the life of Alex Smith, worshiped with EHP Gospel Group and Mary & I celebrated 25 years of marriage and we look forward to Erica's upcoming baptism.  

Our Outreach Ministry had an excellent year with a major event.  The Salvation Army BBQ, which although not well attended, was well executed and most everyone from Faith that was able helped out.  Next year should be fantastic as we plan on repeating the event and growing in our Ministry - there are wonderful plans ahead.  

Pastoral Care was ever busy with their initiatives and Val Dransfield's services at Birkdale, Allendale & Martin Gardens were well received and very much appreciated.  

Of course we all felt very much at "home" as the set-up team and decorating committee worked to convert "the hall" to a warm and inviting place.  Lastly, the coffee, tea and goodies after every service are lovingly prepared and help us end every gathering on a sweet note.  

The Worship Team has several speakers in place already for the Fall but we are sadden as both Pete Hoyle and Heather Weaver-Orosz move on.  However, we are excited as we will welcome some new faces; both ordained and lay to Faith.  John Benham will join us on our 2nd Anniversary on October 20.

Your Council has been working hard on your behalf on the business of Faith.  The Halton Presbytery is moving slowly and cautiously with respect to our "official" acceptance as a congregation of United Church of Canada.  In the meantime we are patient and will continue to function & flourish as we have been.
On a personal note it is with mixed feelings that I step aside as Chair of Council at the Annual Congregational Meeting in September.  I'm not going anywhere as I'll still be involved as "Past Chair", still serve on Worship and still cart the sound system around but it is time for another to "captain the ship" so to speak.  I want to thank everyone for the tremendous amount of support that I've received over these 2 years - the future looks great.
Thanks, have a glorious summer and we'll see you soon.

God Bless
Bill Judge
Chair, Faith United Milton
chair@faithunitedmilton.org
 

2012 Christmas Message from Chair of Council

 

Well, it's that time of year again. The stores are abuzz with Christmas shoppers and the streets are all lit up (almost ablaze) with bright lights of many colours. And there is a nip in the air as we anticipate that first big snowfall.

All that aside though, this is a time of celebration; a celebration of the coming of Jesus. It is a time to reflect on the year gone by and as I do so I think back to my message of last year and the scripture passages that I closed with.

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

We asked ourselves where we were going and we asked God to lead us. We looked and we found & opened the door so to speak and we stepped inside. What we found has been amazing and inspirational. We continued on our journey that we embarked on last October and we were blessed by support and love of those around us.

We've taken great steps along the way - improving on the technical side as well as the spiritual side of things. Technically we grew from the infancy of a sound system that was 2 little laptop speakers to pedestal mounted speakers, a sound board and wireless microphones. Spiritually we've grown through the words of our many visiting speakers and through our outreach and pastoral care programs. We'll grow further through our newly formed woman's group, the advent study group and I'm sure other things that we will do to reach out to God's community.

Many of the administrative challenges are behind us as we adopted a constitution and achieved charitable status. Still to come though is a closer connection to the United Church and this I hope will come soon - perhaps as a "present" in the early 2013.

Most wonderfully, we have found ourselves amidst genuine happy & friendly people in a warm, relaxed and informal atmosphere. What I find amazing every Sunday is that we are so involved in conversation that the worship leader has to call folks to come sit down so that we can start worship.

This is a busy time of year, let us all remember the true meaning of Christmas and if I could have one wish it would be that every day could be full of peace and harmony. So wherever you may be this Christmas I wish you all the best and may you go with peace in your hearts. I want to wish you a Merry Christmas.

God Bless,
Bill Judge
Faith United Milton, Chair Council

"..because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." Romans 5. "At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father" Ephesians 5: 20