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.
utreach 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.
Chair, Faith United Milton